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    Pension AGM on Dec. 4

    The annual general meeting of members of the Queen’s Pension Plan, including retired members, has been arranged for Friday, Dec. 4 from 10 am to 11:30 am in the BioSciences Auditorium (Room 1101 – please note the revised start time).

    One of the plan’s investment managers will review recent fund performance and discuss the current investment outlook. Pension Committee members and the plan’s actuary will also be present to answer any questions. In addition, an update will be provided on the plan’s financial status and the progress of a sector-specific jointly sponsored pension plan (the University Pension Project).


    Robertson Davies up close and personal

    A special book launch is being hosted by Queen’s University Library and Kingston WritersFest on Wednesday, marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Canadian novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, Robertson Davies.

    [Robertson Davies]The event, being held at Speaker’s Corner in Stauffer Library from 7:30-8:30 pm, will include a special theatrical reading by Eric Friesen from A Celtic Temperament: Robertson Davies as Diarist, and an onstage conversation with its editors, Jennifer Surridge, Robertson Davies’ daughter, and Ramsay Derry editor of the novels Fifth Business and The Manticore.

    Davies was a student at Queen’s between 1932 and 1935, and his renowned Salterton Trilogy is set in a university town inspired by Kingston, and at “Waverly University,” modelled on Queen’s. While at Queen’s he was active in theater, and a contributor to The Journal.

    “We’re delighted to be partnering with Kingston WritersFest, and to be celebrating a literary figure who means so much to us,” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian.

    Tickets are $17 in advance (incl. HST and handling) – $19 at the door – and are available online at kingstonwritersfest.ca and at Novel Idea Books on Princess Street. Free rush seats are available to Queen’s, RMC, and SLC students with valid ID. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

    Queen’s University Library houses Davies’ personal library, which contains more than 5,000 volumes, theatre prints and ephemera. A special open house and tour of Davies' library will be held from 6-7 pm at the W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library – located on the second floor of the Douglas Library.

    'Amazing gift' for Queen's

    Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, 1658, oil on canvas, 107.4 x 87.0 cm, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2015 (58-008) (Photo courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)

    Thanks to Alfred and Isabel Bader, Queen’s art centre has added another Rembrandt painting to its collection – this time a remarkable, late-career masterpiece that had been privately owned and unavailable to scholars for much of its existence.

    Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, signed and dated 1658, will become part of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s permanent collection. The painting is a significant example of a dated portrait by Rembrandt from the 1650s, and one of the last works from the artist’s late career to enter a public collection.

    “I am grateful the Baders have entrusted us with this remarkable work of art,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This gift distinguishes the art centre at Queen’s as the destination in Canada for the research, study and enjoyment of Rembrandt and his followers, and places the Agnes among the premier university art galleries in North America for the study of European art.”

    Over a period spanning nearly 50 years, the Baders – two of Queen’s most generous alumni and benefactors – have donated to the Agnes more than 200 paintings, including two other works by Rembrandt, Head of an Old Man in a Cap (c. 1630) and Head of a Man in a Turban (c. 1661).

    Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo will be a centrepiece for the many portraits by the artists in Rembrandt’s circle currently in The Bader Collection at the Agnes. I’m truly grateful to Alfred and Isabel Bader for their vision in shaping this collection, and for this amazing gift,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes. “Across the university, researchers from many disciplines, from art and art history to psychology, business, theatre and medicine will take advantage of access to this painting. Most of all, we’ll treasure this piece for its extraordinary quality, and as an example of the highest aspiration of painting, which is to capture the human spirit.”

    The Agnes is currently preparing Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo for installation. The painting will be unveiled to the public in May 2016.

    “This painting is a dazzling demonstration of the artist’s signature ruwe, or rough, style, embodying the painterly brilliance so associated with Rembrandt’s late work. It also beautifully demonstrates the artist’s consummate skill in capturing the psychological presence of his subjects,” says Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art at the Agnes.

    The Baders’ most recent gift is a significant contribution to Queen’s Initiative Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. The campaign seeks to nurture a supportive campus community, enhance the student learning experience, and secure a global reputation in discovery and inquiry.

    When asked about the motivation for his generous gift, Dr. Bader explains, “It is the best Rembrandt in Canada, and Queen’s is the best university in Canada. It is very fitting.”

    Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07) are among Queen’s most generous benefactors, supporting the university for seven decades. They have given back to Queen’s in countless ways: transforming the campus, enriching the student experience, supporting scholarship, and helping to enhance the university’s reputation as a top-tier educational institution. In an extraordinary philanthropic gesture, the couple funded Queen’s purchase of a 15th century English castle – Herstmonceux – that has been meticulously restored and is now home to the Bader International Study Centre. Last year, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened, thanks to another transformational gift from the Baders.

    Saying thanks to staff

    Queen’s University will celebrate the contributions of its people during Staff Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

    [Staff Appreciation Day]
    Queen's employees enjoy last year's holiday reception hosted by Principal Daniel Woolf. The annual event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 8 during Staff Appreciation Day. Employees can also start their day with a free coffee and tour a number of facilities on campus. (University Communications)

    “The Queen’s experience is in part about the dedication, creativity and hard work of its employees,” says Al Orth, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Resources). “Staff Appreciation Day provides us the opportunity to express our respect and gratitude for the difference they make every day of the year.”

    Principal Daniel Woolf’s holiday reception – one of many highlights during Staff Appreciation Day – will take place from 11:30 am until 1 pm in the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Queen’s community members can enjoy a light lunch and the ever-popular chocolate fountain while applauding this year’s recipients of the staff recognition awards.  

    Queen’s employees can start their day with a free medium hot beverage at all Sodexo outlets. Staff Appreciation Day events will also include tours of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Summerhill and Benidickson House, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Miller Museum of Geology, the Queen’s Observatory and the Phytotron, which consists of six climate-controlled greenhouse compartments inside the Biosciences Complex.

    There will also be free fitness classes at the ARC, including yoga, Pilates and an indoor cycle class. Lisa Sansom from the Organizational Development and Learning unit within Human Resources will host a positive psychology workshop at the digital interactive classroom in Ellis Hall.

    Please sign up for these activities through the Human Resources Learning Catalogue.

    IT Support Centre closed two hours Dec. 4

    The ITSC will be closed on Friday Dec. 4 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The following services will not be staffed during that time:

    •         ITSC Call Centre (ext. 36666)
    •         Departmental computer support
    •         Computer service desk/repair (lower level of Stauffer Library)
    •         Walk-in support (lower level of Stauffer Library)
    •         Service provisioning

    All major systems will continue to be monitored for any emergency outages as per normal.  

    Normal operations will resume at 1:30 pm.

    Shining a light on violence

    Candle campaign shows solidarity with women living with domestic abuse.

    A range of organizations provide support for female victims of domestic violence including housing, employment and rebound support. A new Canadian organization, One Spark, is providing support to women in a unique way – by providing funding to help victims of violence start their own businesses.

    “It’s about giving the women confidence to stand on their own two feet again,” says board member and Queen’s University student Lynden Evers (Artsci’16). “One Spark is trying to address a need, to empower women after leaving an abusive situation.”

    Lynden Evers wants everyone to light a candle December 6 to remember women who have experienced domestic violence.

    The fledgling organization has run a number of events including a golf tournament. On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the group is kicked off its One Spark Candle Campaign. The campaign invites all Canadians to light a candle in their front window on Sunday, Dec. 6 to show their support for women who have experienced domestic and other forms of violence. Photos of lit candles can be uploaded to the One Spark Facebook page.

    Dec. 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, marks the l’École Polytechnique de Montreal massacre when 14 women were murdered by Marc Lépine. He killed them in the name of fighting feminism. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on violence against women.

    “We want to show women out there they have our support,” says Mr. Evers, “and we want to shed light on the issue of violence. Just one spark could be enough to change someone’s life.”

    On average in Canada, a woman is killed every six days as a result of domestic violence and on any given night there are 3,300 women and 3,000 children staying in a women’s shelter. Mr. Evers was motivated to join the board as his mother works in the field and he wanted to be able to pass One Spark’s message on to friends and colleagues at Queen’s.

    “I want to reach a different crowd, a more diverse group,” says Mr. Evers. “Domestic violence is something that affects everyone no matter what race, class, age among other things. We need to raise the awareness.”

    Visit the One Spark website for more information.

    Gaels win five-set thriller

    [Volleyball Will Hooey]
    Will Hooey of the Queen's Gaels goes on the attack against the Waterloo Warriors.

    Men’s Volleyball

    Mike Tomlinson recorded a game-high 20 kills, and the No. 10 Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team earned a dramatic five-set victory over the Waterloo Warriors 18-25, 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 15-9 on Saturday evening at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). Queen's improves to 8-2 and sit alone in second place heading into the holiday break.

    On Friday, the Gaels fell in straight sets to the undefeated No. 1 McMaster Marauders 25-13, 25-21, 25-23.

    Women’s Volleyball

    Shannon Neville and Caroline Livingston each recorded 12 kills, and the Queen's Gaels women's volleyball team finished off the first half of the regular season with a 25-16, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15 win over the visiting Waterloo Warriors at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC) on Saturday night.

    On Friday, the Gaels fell to the CIS No. 9 McMaster Marauders in straight sets 25-18, 26-24, 25-19. Caroline Livingston and Victoria Wensley each tallied team-bests of five kills.

    Men’s Basketball

    Sukhpreet Singh recorded a game-high 33 points, and the Queen's Gaels men's basketball team remained unbeaten on the road in the regular season, defeating the Waterloo Warriors 86-81 on Saturday evening.

    The Toronto native continued to lead the way, shooting 12-of-22 from the field, including two three-pointers, and draining 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Ryall Stroud and Andrew Mavety chipped in 12 points each for the Gaels, who improve to 6-1 on the season and sit first in the OUA East division heading into the holiday break.

    On Friday, Singh recorded a team-high 19 points as the Gaels defeated the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks 81-74.

    Women’s Basketball

    Fifth-year veteran Jenny Wright recorded a game-high 19 points, and the Queen's Gaels women's basketball team ended the first half of their season with a convincing 84-69 victory over the Waterloo Warriors.

    One evening after reaching the 1,000-point milestone, Wright continued adding to her career total, shooting 7-of-15 from the field and 3-of-7 from beyond the arc in helping the Gaels to another road victory. The nursing major now sits at 1,023 points for her career, and has fellow Kingston native Liz Boag in her sights. Boag, who completed her eligibility last year, totalled 1,055 points to sit second all-time in Gaels history, while Brittany Moore's 1,652 points ranks her first at Queen's and third all-time in the OUA.

    On Friday, Wright had 10 points as the Gaels topped the Laurier Golden Hawks 64-61.

    Men’s Hockey

    The Queen's Gaels men’s hockey team (8-4-0) lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to the No. 2 McGill Redmen (14-2-0) at the 2nd annual Puck Cancer game in honour of Queen's student Carley Allison who passed away in March. A late goal from David Rose with just 50 seconds left proved to be the difference. Eric Ming had both goals for Queen’s.
    A total of $2,100 was raised during the game. For more information or to make a donation visit www.carleysangels.ca

    Women’s Hockey

    The Queen's Gaels women’s hockey team lost 1-0 against the Windsor Lancers Saturday in the final game before the break. On Friday the team exacted some revenge against rivals the Western Mustangs with a 2-0 win. Goalie Caitlyn Lahonen played both games, allowing only one goal. Courtenay Jacklin scored both goals for Queen’s.


    Fit Tip: Live healthy, live longer

    “Lead a healthy life and you will live longer”

    How do I do that? How much longer will I live?

    A study a few years ago followed more than 20,000 men and women (ages 45 to 79) for more than a decade. Researchers were able to identify four habits associated with longer life. They weren’t quick fixes, just simple everyday decisions. These small actions can add up to a longer life:

    1. Keep physically active – either at work or on your leisure time (Hint: Get Your 150 each week!)

    2. Eat five servings of fruit and vegetables daily

    3. Drink in moderation 

    4. Don’t smoke

    Adopt these four habits and you could add 14 years to your life!

    For tips and tricks on ways you can stay active in the office and at home visit gogaelsgo.com/150.

    Health, wellness and a lot of fun

    • A pair of students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science pose at the photo booth set up as part of Health and Wellness Week.
      A pair of students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science pose at the photo booth set up as part of Health and Wellness Week.
    • Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science were able to get a 15-minute massage as part of Health and Wellness Week.
      Students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science were able to get a 15-minute massage as part of Health and Wellness Week.
    • Making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows was one of the fun activities during Health and Wellness Week at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
      Making towers out of spaghetti and marshmallows was one of the fun activities during Health and Wellness Week at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

    With exams just around the corner the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science hosted its Health and Wellness Week, with a full schedule of fun events Nov. 23-27.

    Events included complimentary massages courtesy of Trillium College, a photo booth, yoga and Zumba sessions and a wide range of workshops.

    Carley's legacy lives on

    While Carley Allison is no longer with us, her legacy lives on in the Queen’s and Kingston communities in what has become an annual fundraising hockey game to support the battle against cancer.

    [Carley Allison]
    Carley Allison's memory lives on in the Puck Cancer game, featuring the Queen's Gaels men's hockey team, Saturday night at the Memorial Centre.

    The second annual Puck Cancer game will see the Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team take on the McGill Redmen Saturday at 7:30 pm at the Memorial Centre, but it’s much more than a hockey game.

    The inaugural game, organized by the hockey team last year, honoured Ms. Allison who had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer for a second time in her young life. She died on March 31.

    The loss, however, fortified the Gaels and event organizers with the aim of carrying on Ms. Allison’s strength of personality and touching as many lives as they can, explains Jordan Coccimiglio (Artsci’17), a forward with the team.

    “We really want to make this game a tradition here at Queen’s similar to the Carr-Harris Cup where something happens every year,” he says. “But we also want to make it an event for the entire Queen’s community, for everyone to come together for a good cause, get Carley’s name out there and raise as much money as possible to help change as many lives as we can.”

    Last year a total of $10,000 was raised and the target is to reach that level again. Proceeds from the game go to the Carley's Angels Foundation and the Princess Margaret Foundation.

    Beyond raising awareness and funds, Holly Mathias (Artsci'16), who is helping with marketing and communications for the game, also sees it as a good community building event.

    “I think that with this game it goes to show you can help out in any capacity and that really encourages students because many people here have been affected by cancer, whether it’s touched a family member or friend,” she says. “So it’s about coming out to a game, supporting your school, but also supporting and honouring those who may have lost their lives or are still battling cancer, and even survived as well. It’s a good way to give back to the community.”

    In a special addition this year, organizers have invited families from Kingston whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.

    The game will also feature a number of fun activities and chances to win prizes.

    Head coach Brett Gibson has donated a pair of tickets to an Ottawa Senators game that will be raffled off along with a Free Pizza for a Year coupon from Boston Pizza, while members of Carley’s Angels will be selling special necklaces. There also will be a paper airplane toss with the closest to the centre faceoff dot winning a pair of round-trip, business-class tickets to anywhere in Canada, donated by Air Canada. Adding to the fun, two trainers from the Gaels team have volunteered to be targets for a pie toss. For those who can't attend the game, donations will be accepted through Tilt.

    For more, visit the Puck Cancer page on Facebook.


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