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Flags lowered for research adviser Phil Hahn

Flags on campus, already lowered in memory of Ronald L. Watts, the 15th principal of Queen’s University, will remain lowered in memory of Philip Michael Hahn, who worked as a research adviser in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for more than 30 years.

[Phil Hahn]
Phil Hahn worked as a research adviser in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Queen's for more than 30 years. 

Mr. Hahn passed away Oct. 12 at Kingston General Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 60.

In 2008 Mr. Hahn received the prestigious “Presidents Award” from the Canadian Association of Professors in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (APOG) for his lifelong contributions to that organization as the coordinator of, and an instructor in, a highly-regarded national resident research training course. In 2015, he was awarded the Queen's APOG Educator Award.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2-5 pm at the University Club, 168 Stuart St. 

Queen’s Principal congratulates new MP for Kingston and the Islands

The following is a statement from Principal Daniel Woolf:

I congratulate Mark Gerretsen on his election as the new Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. Let me also reiterate my thanks to outgoing MP Ted Hsu for his service to the constituency and the country.

I also offer congratulations to Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau on his parliamentary majority. I look forward to working with the new government on the important issues facing Canada’s post-secondary sector, including supporting Queen’s position as a leading research-intensive university with a transformative learning experience.

Finally, I thank all of the candidates who put their names forward in this election.

Pick up your copy of the Oct. 20 edition of the Gazette

The Oct. 20 edition of the Gazette is now available around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

Read the online version of the Oct. 20 Gazette

As always the newspaper is filled with interesting Queen's-focused items including:

  • The awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Professor Emeritus Arthur B. McDonald for his groundbreaking research on neutrinos.
  • A look behind the scenes of the preparations for Homecoming 2015.
  • A Q&A interview with technology entrepreneur Sir Terry Matthews following his Principal’s Forum presentation.
  • Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The Gazette is published biweekly during the academic year; the next edition will hit the newsstands on Nov. 3.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll or Senior Communications Officer Mark Kerr.

Also visit the Gazette Online for more stories and photos and follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Finding opportunities at the Engineering and Technology Fair

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The Engineering and Technology Fair, and more than 50 employers from the public and private sectors, returns to Grant Hall Tuesday and Wednesday. (University Communications)

Queen's University students will have the opportunity to make contacts that can lead to summer employment or even a future career at the Engineering and Technology Fair.

The annual event returns to Grant Hall and will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10:30 am-3:30 pm each day. Hosted by Career Services at Queen’s the fair brings together more than 50 employers from a wide range of industries in both the public and private sectors.

The event is also an opportunity for a selected group of students to showcase projects they are working on through the university.

Among the students presenting is Natasha Baziuk, a member of the winning team from this year’s Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative. Gryllies is a small business that seeks to off-set beef consumption with cricket protein to create a more nutritious and environmentally sustainable way to enjoy popular meat dishes like pasta sauce, chili, and lasagna.

Several of the founding members, including Ms. Baziuk, have chosen to pursue Gryllies as a full-time venture upon graduation.

“Having the Engineering and Technology Fall Fair acknowledge and encourage entrepreneurship as a viable career choice for graduating students is wonderful to see,” says Ms. Baziuk. “Entrepreneurship is imperative in supporting the local economy, in stimulating innovation, and in student's having the freedom and courage to pursue their own life’s path when they are young and are more able to take on the risk involved in start-up companies. Gryllies is very happy to be a showcase of what is possible when one takes on the entrepreneurial path upon graduation.”

She adds that it will be an interesting return as last year she attended the event as a fourth-year student looking for a job. This time around she says she’s excited about the opportunity to talk to other employers about Gryllies and any advice they may offer.

Also presenting is Morgan Litschko of the Queen’s Genetically Engineered Machine, a student run team that undertakes an innovative set of projects in the field of synthetic biology each year. The team recently earned a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Cambridge, Mass.

Ms. Litschko says the Engineering and Technology Fair is a chance for the group to present their work to their peers, attract future members, and generate ideas for future work.

“This portion of the fair also highlights the innovation of student teams and the potential of these endeavors,” she says. “There is a lot of creativity and dedication associated with these projects and this provides the opportunity to generate industry connections for individuals as well as the team. In essence, we put a lot of time and hard work into what we’ve done and this is a chance to share our accomplishments with others.”

Last year, three out of the four students who presented were able to secure summer employment from employers at the fair. The fair is held annually in October and January.  Follow #careerfairqueens on Twitter for updates and info about this event.

Queen’s celebrates Sustainability Week

The 2015 edition of Queen’s annual Sustainability Week kicked off Monday, Oct. 19 with a tour of the Wolfe Island Wind Farm. Many more events are happening throughout the week, until Friday, Oct. 23, that highlight sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community.

“Sustainability Week is all about engaging the Queen’s community in sustainability through fun and informative events that highlight ways to lessen our environmental impact,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “New this year is a networking opportunity for students interested in careers in the renewable energy sector, and an expanded alternative transportation hub event with food and live music. I encourage everyone to attend.”

This year, sustainability week again features the theme “5 days, 5 ways," with each day highlighting a different way to live more sustainably:

Monday, Oct. 19 Energy
Tuesday, Oct. 20 Local Food & Recycling
Wednesday, Oct. 21 Alternative Transportation
Thursday, Oct. 22 Climate Change
Friday, Oct. 23 Biodiversity

One of the highlights of the week is the alternative transportation hub happening at the corner of Division and Union streets from 10 am – noon on Wednesday, Oct. 21. The event will feature live music, a food vendor, a number of sustainability-related booths including Transpass sign up, and electric vehicle testing.

Thursday, Oct. 22 will feature a career networking session for students interested the renewable energy industry, while Friday, Oct. 23 offers an eco-walk at the Queen’s University Biological Station. For more details about these and other Sustainability Week events, see the sustainability week calendar.

This week is also National Waste Reduction Week, which aims to educate Canadians about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Queen’s Sustainability Office, in partnership with the Alma Mater Society, is releasing new recycling posters and videos in an effort to simplify the waste sorting and disposal process.  In addition, a waste audit will be conducted on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Goodes Hall, with the help of student volunteers, to provide information about the effectiveness of the waste and recycling collection program and facilities in that building.

Check out the full schedule for Sustainability Week as well as the Sustainability Office’s Facebook page.

Parking lot closures

The Union/Division Parking Lot will be partially or fully closed as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10 am until 2 pm: South portion of the parking lot (closest to Union Street) will be closed for the Sustainability Week "Alternative Transportation Hub" initiative
  • Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 am until Sunday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm: Full parking closure for ReUnion Street Festival activities

Any questions should be directed to Donna Stover, Parking Manager, at extension 77589.  

Cyber Security Awareness Month: Be social media smart

Staying safe on social media is the focus this week as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month.

Information Technology Services (ITS) has created a list of Social Media Security Best Practices for navigating the Internet’s social media landscape: 

  • Never give anyone your password and always use a strong password that can't be easily guessed.
  • Only add people you know and trust to your social networks. Adding people you don’t know as friends or connections opens the potential that these unknown users might be trying to steal your information.
  • Limit what you share publicly. Don’t put too much personal information online, including your public profile. Details like your date of birth, home address, phone number and family relationships can be used to steal your identity. Try a Google search for yourself and find out what your profile looks like to someone who isn’t logged in.
  • Check the privacy settings for your account to control what people can see. Many sites set their default privacy controls very low, which means you could be sharing personal details with people you wouldn’t normally (including current or potential employers).
  • Be careful when posting pictures. Is there anything in the picture that you don’t want strangers to see? Avoid posting pictures of valuable objects that you own or that could be used to identify you, like your house or car.
  • Don’t click suspicious looking links or videos from friends. If it looks like something they wouldn’t normally share, their accounts might be compromised – and yours could be too if you click it.
  • Don’t share everything you do in real time or continuously “check-in” to places you visit. This tells people where you are at all times and makes you an easy target for stalking and theft.
  • Remember to log-out before leaving a public computer. Don’t let strangers have access to your account – or friends who might post embarrassing things while pretending to be you.
  • GPS tracking can allow social media like Facebook and Twitter to geotag your messages. If you’re using your smartphone and don’t want your location to be known, disable geolocation services, just to be safe

Visit the ITS website to learn more about cyber security at Queen’s and view information about the themes from previous weeks including phishing, a form of online identity theft, and mobile device security.

 

Looking forward to Homecoming

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Homecoming is always an opportunity for alumni to reconnect with Queen’s University, former colleagues, faculty and current students. (University Communications)

Each year thousands of alumni return to Queen’s to reconnect with one another and relive some of their student experiences.

HOMECOMING 2015
Main hub for the weekend is Grant Hall – Alumni Meet and Greet
Friday, Oct. 23 11:30 am-6 pm Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30 am-12 pm
Kick off the Homecoming Weekend by visiting Grant Hall. Representatives from Queen’s Archives, student clubs, Athletics and Recreation, Queen’s Bands and more, are eager to welcome you home to Queen’s. Pick up your reunion pin at the registration tables, along with any football tickets that you’ve purchased.
Academic Excellence events:
School of Policy Studies presents “Dear Premiers: How Does 20 Years of Fiscal Austerity Sound?”
by Don Drummond, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow
Friday Oct. 23, 5:30-7 pm, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Rm 100.
In this presentation Don Drummond will explain why economic and revenue growth will be insufficient and what provinces and territories can do to bolster growth. All welcome.
Battle of the BooksDepartment of English
Saturday, Oct. 24, 10:30 am-12 pm, Stauffer Library, Speaker’s Corner
Eight teams will do battle to persuade the audience that their pick merits the 2015 Giller Prize. Teams participate in a series of three elimination brackets, with just three minutes to make their case. Open to all.
Queen’s Spirit events:
Engineers Without Borders – Pumpkin Smash

Friday, Oct. 23, 12-3 pm, Agnes Benidickson Field
A chance to chat about the work the group does in the community and the overseas ventures it supports. Watch as they drop a 500-pound pumpkin at 2:30 pm.
Queen’s Solar education Centre Open House
Saturday, Oct. 24, 12-4 pm, Upper parking lot West Campus
Join alumni, students and community members at the QSEC, an off-grid home powered exclusively by solar energy. Team members will be offering tours of the home.
AMS ReUnion Street Festival
Saturday, Oct. 24, On Union Street
A celebration of Queen’s pride and spirit that offers alumni and students the opportunity to interact through a variety of activities and entertainment.

Homecoming 2015, slated for Oct. 23-25, is a time of excitement and renewal for the returnees as well as the university.

Making sure the annual event will be one to remember for both the alumni and Queen’s takes months of planning and preparations, as well as a lot of hard work by staff and volunteers.

With Homecoming mere days away, everything is coming together quite nicely, says Sarah Indewey, Manager of Volunteer Relations and Reunions at the Office of Advancement.

Registrations for this year’s Homecoming weekend have topped 2,700, well ahead of last year’s numbers, she says.

Classes having milestone graduation anniversary years will enjoy special programming hosted by the university. Events are planned for classes celebrating their five-year and 25-year anniversaries, as well as those who graduated 50 or more years ago, better known as the Tricolour Guard.

One of the nice surprises this year is a significant increase in the number of alumni returning for their five-year reunion.

“There’s been some great work done in terms of engaging the younger alumni population. We started a pilot program last year to start recognizing the fifth reunion in a more significant way,” Ms. Indewey says, adding that organizers worked with Colin McLeod (Artsci’10), who is the Director-at-Large, Young Alumni for the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA). “They did a strategic analysis of what it is their classmates are interested in that are coming back to the reunion.”

The result is an event that will be hosted at The Underground ahead of the AMS’ ReUnion Street Festival. There are more than 300 confirmed attendees, while a similar event last year attracted less than 100. Overall, more than 500 members of the Class of 2010 will be attending their first Homecoming, a number never seen before.

“So that committee and that approach really blew things out of the water,” Ms. Indewey says. “And that’s an important group for us to think about in the future when engaging the alumni. It’s a really positive win for this year.”

That positivity also reaches to the hundreds of volunteers who help make Homecoming the best event it can be.

There are over 200 student volunteers who help out throughout the weekend with the signature reunion activities as well as the wide variety of activities hosted by the faculties.

Another important aspect of Homecoming is philanthropy, particularly through class giving. Many classes choose Homecoming as a time to make a difference at their alma mater, usually with direct benefit to students.  For example, BioSci’75 is working to raise $5,000 to purchase a number of one-person bunkies in support of students conducting field research.

“Class giving reconnects alumni with the student experience. It’s another way that they (alumni) can continue to make a difference at Queen’s and contribute to the traditions that were memorable to them as students,” says Tom Harris, Vice-Principal (Advancement), adding that more than 100 volunteers are working on this year’s philanthropy effort. “It speaks volumes about the dedication and pride that surrounds Homecoming weekend. We look forward to welcoming our alumni home, and to a safe and respectful celebration of the Queen’s spirit.”

For more information and schedules visit the Homecoming 2015 website. Also the Homecoming Program Booklet is available online.

Gaels survive football scare

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Chris Osei-Kusi returns a punt 40 yards for a touchdown during the Queen's Gaels 33-32 win against the York Lions on Saturday in Toronto (Photo by Rahom Abtahi/York University) 

FOOTBALL

The No.10 Queen's Gaels football team (5-2) secured a playoff spot as they hung on for a 33-32 win over the York Lions (1-7) in OUA action on Saturday afternoon in Toronto.

Game highlights included a game-winning 21-yard field goal by Dillon Wamsely with 1:42 left, a 48-yard touchdown run by Jonah Pataki and a 104-yard TD pass from quarterback Nate Hobbs to receiver Doug Corby. Chris Osei-Kusi also scored on a 40-yard punt return.

The Gaels will close out their OUA regular season Saturday at Richardson Stadium for Homecoming against the Laurier Golden Hawks. For tickets visit www.gogaelsgo.com/tickets. Only Gaels Club and limited assigned seating remains. Student tickets will be available for pickup on Oct. 20 starting at 6 am at the ARC.

CROSS-COUNTRY

The final race for the Gaels prior to the OUA Championship was their own Queen's Invitational held on Saturday afternoon at Fort Henry. Queen's took a first-place finish on the women's side beating out the other eight schools thanks to a first-place finish by Julie-Anne Staehli in the women's 6-km race in a time of 20:45.47. The men's team finished  second among the 10 visiting schools, just behind the McMaster Marauders.

Behind Staehli on the women's side was a third-place finish by Claire Sumner who ran a time of 21:04.97. Charlotte Dunlap placed ninth and Erin O’Higgins was 13th.

On the men's side Alex Wilkie led the way for Queen's as he took second in at a time of 31:06.53 in the 10-km run. Wilkie finished just over four seconds behind the first place finisher Kevin Tree from Lakehead University. Eric Wynands placed sixth and Jeff Archer was 14th.

MEN’S RUGBY

The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (5-1) clinched their fifth consecutive win Saturday afternoon with a convincing 60-20 victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-4). The Gaels charged out to a 36-0 lead at the half and held on for the victory.

WOMEN’S RUGBY

The No. 5 Gaels (5-1) defeated the York Lions (2-4) 53-15 on Saturday in the OUA quarterfinal match, sending the Gaels on to the OUA semifinals. The Gaels took a commanding 26-3 lead into the half.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels women's soccer team (6-2-6) picked up a win and a draw in weekend action. On Sunday, the Gaels topped the Trent Excalibur 3-1 on the road, following a scoreless draw with the UOIT Ridgebacks on Friday. The results place the Gaels fourth in the OUA East Division heading into the final week of the regular season.

MEN’S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels men's soccer team (8-2-4) picked up a pair of wins on the weekend, defeating the Trent Excalibur 4-2 on Sunday afternoon and a 1-0 victory Friday over the UOIT Ridgebacks. The Gaels sit third in the East Division, with a four-point cushion over the Carleton Ravens and one point behind the Toronto Varsity Blues.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (2-1-0) defeated the Brock Badgers (0-3-1) 4-3 on Saturday night in OUA men's hockey at the Memorial Centre in Kingston. On Friday, the Gaels suffered their first defeat losing 3-1 against the York Lions.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (3-0-0-1) traveled to Toronto on the weekend. After dropping a shootout decision to the No. 6 Toronto Varsity Blues 2-1 on Friday they were able to bounce back with a 2-0 win over the Ryerson Rams (0-3-0-1) on Saturday.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Quen's Gaels (1-0) grabbed a straight-set win against the RMC Paladins (0-1) Saturday in their first game of the 2015-16 OUA season. The Gaels took the match 25-22, 25-15, and 25-17. Newcomer Marko Dakic along with Dylan Hunt led the attack, contributing 14 points each.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels women's basketball team made it a clean sweep at the Tindall Invitational Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC), topping the Carleton Ravens 81-63. Earlier the Gaels beat the Memorial Sea-Hawks 94-62 and the UQAM Citadins 69-63.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen's Gaels men's basketball team dropped the final game of its Invitational Tournament on Sunday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC), falling 98-75 to the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The Gaels finished with a 1-2 record, beating the UQAM Citadins 89-87 on Saturday and losing to the Cape Breton Capers 82-67 on Friday.

ULTIMATE

The Queen's men's ultimate team won the national championship this weekend defeating the Manitoba Bisons in the final. The Gaels women’s team were able to rebound after a semifinal loss to finish in third place.

Fit Tips: Creative and active

Here are 10 tips to help you achieve 150 minutes of physical activity in a week, and to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See how many you can do in one week:

  1. Make an exercise game out of your favourite TV show, so every time a catchphrase is used you have to do 10 jumping jacks, etc.
  2. Volunteer to be a referee or coach for a local youth sports team
  3. Pay attention to recommended serving sizes
  4. Start a jogging group
  5. Order dressing on the side of salads
  6. Go on the haunted walk in downtown Kingston
  7. Incorporate games with movement into activities with friends, for example Twister or charades
  8. Make easy healthy meals using a crock pot and freeze extra servings for another meal
  9. Organize a fun sport tournament with friends
  10. Take advantage of the equipment desk at the ARC, whether its sport- or exercise-related 

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