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    A new vision for volunteering at Queen's

    A new learning opportunity at Queen’s aims to provide practical tools and techniques to those who work with volunteers.

    Presented by the Human Resources Department in partnership with Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, the Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate (QVEC) program offers residual benefits, says Sarah Indewey, Manager, Volunteer Relations and Reunions in the Office of Advancement.  

    [Volunteers at Homecoming]
    The Human Resources Department has partnered with Alumni Relations and Annual Giving to develop the Queen's Volunteer Engagement Certificate program, which will give staff and faculty practical tools and techniques for working with volunteers. Volunteers play an important role at many Alumni Relations events inlcuding Homecoming (above).

    “Volunteerism is an integral component of the work that we do in Alumni Relations and Annual Giving,” she says. “As we strive to improve the way we work with volunteers in our own organization, we hope to share experiences and connect with volunteer managers throughout the university. We think it will be valuable to develop a network of volunteer coordinators with a variety of perspectives to learn from and support each other.”

    QVEC has been designed especially for Queen’s faculty and staff who work with volunteers, explains Maryanne Wainman, Alumni Officer, Volunteer Relations and Reunions. “This is a wonderful opportunity to gain certification customized to working with Queen’s volunteers.”

    Offered in five modules, the course is a blend of in-class sessions and self-directed learning. Topics include how to develop a framework for your volunteer network and strategies to enhance the volunteer experience.

    The partnership came about a year ago when Volunteer Relations staff approached Human Resources with the idea of offering training in volunteer engagement, which would draw on the expertise of Advancement staff who work with volunteers.

    [QVEC logo]
    Queen's Volunteer Engagement Certificate

    “Since the inception of the Volunteer Relations unit in 2012, we’ve had the opportunity to engage individually with a number of Queen’s colleagues about volunteer-related issues, and through this work had the sense that a volunteer engagement certificate program would be in high demand,” Ms. Wainman says.

    While there are precedents at other institutions, what sets QVEC apart is that the course content is tailored to working with volunteers in the higher-education context, and at Queen’s in particular, she says. “While I can’t say for sure if it’s a first, it’s definitely unique,” Ms. Wainman says.

    To register for QVEC and to learn about other certificate opportunities visit the HR learning catalogue. For more information, visit queensu.ca/qvec  and www.facebook.com/groups/QueensVEC/events

    Putting the focus on innovation, entrepreneurship

    • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
      Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
    • The guest speakers at the Principal's Community Breakfast, were, from left, Natasha Baziuk, Venicio Rebelo and Shai Dubey.
      The guest speakers at the Principal's Community Breakfast, were, from left, Natasha Baziuk, Venicio Rebelo and Shai Dubey.
    • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
      Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
    • Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.
      Principal Daniel Woolf speaks during the Principal's Community Breakfast held at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel, Tuesday, Nov. 10.

    Mapping out a prosperous future path for Kingston and Queen’s was the focus of the Principal’s Community Breakfast held Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel.

    With a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation for the event, Principal Daniel Woolf brought together members of the Kingston and Queen’s communities as well as a panel of special guests, each with their own connection to the university: Shai Dubey, Director, Queen’s full-time MBA and Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Smith School of Business; Natasha Baziuk, co-founder of Gryllies, the winning company from this year’s Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative (QICSI); and Venicio Rebelo, former owner of two of Kingston’s largest hotels and conference centres.

    Innovation initiatives at Queen’s take a number of forms, ranging from organized initiatives between faculties such as the Queen’s Innovation Connector (QIC), through to courses or components of courses as well as weekend workshops and competitions (e.g., Queen’s Startup Summit, Queen’s Entrepreneurship Competition, Enactus). At the same time, Queen’s Innovation Connector Summer Initiative provides an important opportunity for students to develop a foundation for entrepreneurship and innovation, and an opportunity to put these concepts into practice, while PARTEQ supports innovation through supporting commercialization and transfer of Intellectual Property at Queen’s.

    Each speaker offered a different perspective regarding business and the Kingston economy that drew the attention of the more than 100 people attending the event.

    Ms. Baziuk (Sc’15) spoke about the challenges faced by Gryllies and the support it has received.

    While the start-up was created in a low-risk environment, receiving support from Queen’s, Innovation Park and the City of Kingston through KEDCO, she says there remains room for growth. She pointed to a number of business incubators and accelerators that are based in major centres that draw young entrepreneurs away from smaller communities like Kingston.

    But she also saw an opportunity for Kingston due to its location and the resources available.

    “What I think Kingston could potentially do is, we’re in such a strategic location in terms of being close to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto, that Kingston itself would be a great location to start the next incubator-accelerator program with the university connection as well as an already-established innovation sector,” she says. “I think it will not only keep talent in the Kingston area but also attract talent elsewhere into our community.”

    Mr. Dubey, as the founder of Quicklaw, a leading provider of legal online database services to the legal profession, also spoke about the entrepreneurial experience. Through his work at the Smith School of Business he also sees the strength of the Queen’s learning experience, using Ms. Baziuk as an example.

    “Why are we different? Because we are teaching our people like Natasha to think, to be critical thinkers, to be able to take ideas and then put them into practice,” he says.

    He also sees much potential for the Kingston economy.

    “The opportunity is here, we just need to plug into that opportunity as we go. And we do,” he says. “We have world-class institutions, we have great assets here but how do we take advantage of them?”

     Infrastructure is a key in attracting and keeping people in Kingston says Mr. Rebelo, a Queen’s graduate as well. He says he has seen the community grow in a number of ways and pointed to recent improvements that have provided a boost to the city and Queen’s.

    “What has been really beneficial for the city is the development of the infrastructure of the city itself – the reconstruction of Princess Street, the development of the downtown, the rebuilding of Market Square, putting a skating rink there, the development of the Rogers K-Rock Centre, the Invista Centre, the K&P Trail – all those things are so critical to bring visitors to our town,” he says.

    The positive impressions of the community will remain with the visitors, who will then help spread the word about Kingston and Queen’s and bring them back as well, he adds.

    In kicking off the breakfast, Principal Daniel Woolf provided an update on Queen’s to the many community leaders in attendance.

    Principal Woolf highlighted recent accomplishments such as the $50-million donation to the university from Stephen J.R. Smith and the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physics to Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy).

    He also highlighted that the key areas of the Strategic Framework, including internationalization, continue to guide the university forward and help bring the Kington and Queen’s communities together.

    “I and other members of the administration regularly travel abroad to raise Queen’s and Kingston’s profile internationally, to recruit students and faculty members and to sign partnerships that will allow student exchanges and research partnerships,” Principal Woolf says. “And from Queen’s perspective one major area of interest is providing a welcoming environment and community for international faculty and students. We are eager to work with the city and community partners to strengthen our capacity to welcome newcomers and help them integrate fully into the community.”

    Honouring Principal Emeritus Smith

    • [Mary Smith speaking]
      Mary Smith spoke at the opening of Smith House, the new residence building named in honour of her husband David C. Smith. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    • [Family in front of David C. Smith mural]
      Brad Martin, Taylor Martin, Monica Martin, Tom Courchene, Mary Smith, Emily Casey and Tom Casey stand in front a mural of David C. Smith located in the lobby of the new residence building. (Photo by Bernard Clark0
    • [Principal Woolf at Smith House opening]
      Principal Daniel Woolf spoke about the accomplishments and work of Principal Emeritus David C. Smith. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
    • [Exterior photo of Smith House]
      Smith House, located at 222 Stuart St., will accommodate 279 students. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

    David C. Smith’s immense contributions to Queen’s were recognized on Saturday during the official opening of the new residence building that bears his name.

    Mary Smith, Principal Emeritus Smith’s wife, and several other family members attended the celebration on Saturday. Principal Daniel Woolf recalled the collegial and consensus-building approach Principal Emeritus Smith took while leading the institution during a transitional period between 1984 and 1994.

    An expert on labour economics and income policy, Principal Emeritus Smith came to Queen’s in 1961. He took over as head of the economics department in 1968. Over the next 13 years, he built the economics department at Queen’s into a nationally recognized powerhouse.

    Principal Emeritus Smith was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1976 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 1994. He retired from Queen’s in 1996. After a brief illness, Principal Emeritus Smith died in 2000.

    Smith House is one of two new student residences to open at Queen’s this fall. Brant House, which is named in honour of Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano and Dr. Clare Clifton Brant, officially opened in October.

    The new residences accommodate 550 students, ensuring first-year students will continue to have the chance to live in residence, which is an important part of the Queen’s experience. The new residences also allow the university to restore common rooms in existing residences that were converted to rooms, and to provide additional residence space for upper-year and international students.

    Recognizing distinguished service to Queen's

    [Distinguished Service Awards]
    The Distinguished Service Awards were handed out on Saturday at the University Council annual dinner. Receiving awards were, from left: George Anderson; Gordon Smith; David Bonham; Vicki and Paul Hand; Arunima Khanna; and Dr. Jane Russell Corbett, who received the award for her husband Stan Corbett, who passed away in May. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

    The Distinguished Service Awards for 2015 were presented to seven members of the Queen’s community this past weekend at the University Council’s annual dinner. Awarded each year to staff, faculty, alumni and friends to recognize exceptional contributions to the university, the DSAs were presented by Chancellor Jim Leech and Principal Daniel Woolf to George Anderson, David Bonham, Stanley Corbett, Paul and Vicki Hand, Arunima Khanna, and Gordon Smith.

    The award recognizes exemplary service to Queen’s over an extended period of time.

    The following is an edited version of the citations for each award winner.

    Distinguished Service Awards:

    George Anderson

    George Anderson’s connection to Queen’s reaches all the way back to the 1960s, when he completed his BA in Political Studies and received the Tricolour Award. During his career in the civil service, Mr. Anderson would serve as Assistant Deputy Minister in the departments of Energy, Finance, and Foreign Affairs. He would later serve as Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Privy Council, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, and Senior Expert with the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations. Mr. Anderson’s greatest contribution to Queen’s came when he brought his experience to the Board of Trustees in 1997. His tenure on the board lasted 16 years, until 2013, at which time he was appointed Trustee Emeritus.

    David Bonham

    David Bonham served as both a professor and an administrator at Queen's University’s and took to each with equal grace and skill. Cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law and the School of Business, Mr. Bonham left an indelible mark on both students and colleagues during the 30 years of his tenure. He also served as Vice-Principal (Finance) from 1971-77 and then Vice-Principal (Resources) from 1984-88. Mr. Bonham has also always given generously of his time and energy to charitable and volunteer organizations including as Chair of the Anna and Edward C. Churchill Foundation, Vice-Chair of Hospice Kingston, sat on the Board of Directors of University Hospitals, Kingston Foundation, and the Board of Hotel Dieu Hospital. After his retirement from the university, Professor Bonham became a founding member of the Retirees’ Association of Queen’s and was chair of its Pension Committee.

    Stan Corbett

    Stan Corbett had a relationship with Queen’s that stretched across five decades, and in May of this year, he passed away. Dr. Corbett first came to Queen’s to earn a BA in Mathematics in the 1960s and returned to complete him MA and then PhD in Philosophy. Dr. Corbett then taught philosophy at Acadia University, but in the 1990s returned to Queen’s to study law. After graduating, he was hired to teach in the Faculty of Law. Universally beloved by his students, he won the Law Students’ Society’s teaching award three times. An accomplished author, Dr. Corbett also wrote numerous reviews, articles, and books before taking his most important role at Queen’s: Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Law. Under his guidance, the law school rebuilt its educational offerings, expanded to blended and online learning, and added courses to provide students with essential law skills.

    Paul and Vicki Hand

    Paul and Vicki Hand have each in their own way made contributions to the university. Paul has served as a member of the School of Business’ Campaign Cabinet and on the Advisory Board Committee. Vicki was the president of the Alumni Association’s New York branch. Together they’ve supported the construction of Goodes Hall, the Dean’s Innovation Fund, as well as contributing to scholarships and awards. Perhaps their greatest contribution to the university has been the leadership role they’ve taken in the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet. Under their leadership, Queen’s has seen the construction of three new fields, and it is in large part thanks to the effort and dedication of these two that the Richardson Revitalization Project was such a success.

    Arunima Khanna

    Arunima Khanna is a psychologist and Cross-Cultural Advisor in Health, Counseling, and Disability Services. Since coming to Queen’s to complete her PhD, Dr. Khanna has been a tireless advocate for international and racialized students and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure their inclusion and success.  Her job sees her advising administrators, faculty, staff, and student groups on issues pertaining to the needs of international students. Dr. Khanna provides frequent support to the Queen’s International Centre and the School of Graduate Studies as they navigate the challenges of integrating and working with people of different cultures. Dr. Khanna also works to supervise graduate students on placement at HCDS.

    Gordon Smith

    Gordon Smith has served as Director of the Queen’s School of Music, Associate Dean, and now Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. During that time he has worked to develop joint programs with St. Lawrence College, establishing the Indigenous Studies Minor, working to create a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts and has been an active member of the Aboriginal Council of Queen’s. One of Dr. Smith’s greatest services to Queen’s came from when he chaired the Operations and Planning Committee for the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. In this position he balanced the needs, interests, and opinions of many different parties. Because he cared deeply about the Isabel, he spent hundreds of hours reviewing plans to make sure that everything was just right.

    Gaels take CIS women's rugby silver; Win OUA women's soccer title

    The Queen's Gaels faced the McMaster Marauders in the final of the CIS Women's Rugby Championship on Sunday. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine}

    The following is a quick roundup of the weekend results for Queen's Gaels teams:


    The Cinderella story wasn’t to be as the host Queen’s Gaels were unable to knock off the second-seeded McMaster Marauders in the final of the CIS Women’s Rugby Championship, Sunday afternoon at Nixon Field.

    The OUA champion Marauders claimed their first Monilex Trophy with a 27-3 win over the No. 8 Queen’s Gaels in the gold-medal final.

    The Gaels had pulled off a pair of upsets just to reach the final.

    Despite the loss, Queen’s still achieved the best result in program history, surpassing a CIS bronze medal in 2013. Head coach Beth Barz credited the Marauders for their play but was also proud of her group.

    “They worked their tails off the whole game, realistically McMaster had a pick-and-go that we had a hard time stopping even though we certainly worked to do it and had some success at times,” she says. “It sure was fun to watch our team this tournament and man they played with a lot of heart today.”

    For McMaster it was a return trip to the national final after dropping a 43-34 decision to St. Francis Xavier in last year’s title match in Guelph.

    Four days after being named the CIS player of the year, fourth-year McMaster standout Cindy Nelles was voted championship MVP after scoring two tries in the final.


    The Queen’s women's soccer team defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 1-0 on a goal from Tara Bartram to win the 2015 OUA Championship.

    This was the Gaels first OUA Championship win since 2011. Queen's has won three national championships in team history. Their first was in 1988, followed by back-to-back national championships in 2010 and 2011.

    Coming in off of a penalty kick win over the undefeated York Lions in the OUA semifinals, the Gaels kept that momentum rolling into the OUA Championship on Sunday afternoon against the Laurier Golden Hawks. The first half saw both teams playing strong defensively but it was the Gaels attack that came out with most of the pressure as they fired 11 shots towards the goal.

    The Gaels finally broke through in the 69th minute when striker Tara Bartram was able to get free on the left side of the 18-yard box striking the ball into the opposite side of the net to give Queen's a crucial 1-0 lead heading into the final 20 minutes of play. The Gaels defence came up strong in the dying minutes as they held the Golden Hawks attacks in check

    “I couldn't be prouder of our team. To emerge as champions from a final four with the quality that was on display this weekend is tremendous,” says head coach Dave McDowell. “I thought our team defending throughout the playoffs was fantastic and proved to be difference for us.

    The CIS championship is set start Thursday, Nov. 12 in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. Last year’s winner the Laval Rouge et Or lead a field that includes No. 2 UBC Thunderbirds (Canada West champions), No. 3 Queen’s Gaels (OUA champs), No. 4 Cape Breton Capers (AUS champs), No. 5 Trinity Western Spartans (Canada West finalists), No. 6 Sherbrooke Vert & Or (RSEQ finalists), No. 7 Calgary Dinos (Canada West bronze medallists) and No. 8 Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks (OUA finalists).


    The Queen's Gaels men's rugby team will get a chance to defend their three-time OUA title streak after dispatching the Western Mustangs 37-8 on Saturday night in Kingston. They will face the Guelph Gryphons in the final on Sunday, Nov. 15.


    The Queen’s Gaels men’s volleyball team (4-1) picked up a pair of wins on the weekend topping the York Lions (3-3) three sets to one (25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-20) on Saturday, a day after beating the Nipissing Lakers (3-3) in five sets 23-25, 25-15, 25-19, 22-25 and 18-16.


    The Queen’s Gaels Women’s volleyball team (2-3) swept the York Lions (2-2) in three straight sets Saturday night 25-14, 25-14, 25-23 for their second win of the season. On Friday they beat the Nipissing Lakers (0-3) in straight sets as well 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.


    The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team started the 2015-16 regular season with a 70-66 win over the visiting York Lions Saturday night in the main gym of the ARC.


    The Queen’s Gaels (1-0) opened up their 2015-16 season with a 64-47 victory at home against the York Lions (0-1) at the ARC.


    The Queen’s Gaels split their home-and-home matchup against UOIT on the weekend. On Friday the Ridgebacks won 5-3, but the Gaels bounced back to score a 4-3 win in overtime in Oshawa.

    Student support system

    New group at Queen’s focuses on mental wellness for students.

    A group of students on campus is examining the way the university community views mental health, stereotypes related to masculinity, and substance abuse, particularly in young adult males.

    Dave Rennick (l) and Brian Earl are leading the Queen's For The Boys group on the Queen's campus.

    Queen’s For The Boys (QFTB) was formed as part of the Caring Campus Project, a project created in fall 2013 thanks to a $1.7 million grant from Movember Canada. Led by Heather Stuart (Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and Public Health Sciences) and colleagues Shu-Ping Chen (Public Health Sciences) and Terry Krupa (School of Rehabilitation Therapy), the project focuses on mental wellness and safe substance use for first-year students.

    “This group is incredibly focused on their goals and wants to develop sustainable programs that will continue long after the funding is finished,” says research assistant Josh Decaire. “We want to provide support to encourage healthy masculinity on campus.”

    Headed by Dave Rennick (Sc’18) and Brian Earl (Artsci’18), QFTB has developed a strong social media presence, held a number of events and is raising its profile through a poster promotion on campus.

    “The ‘for the boys’ culture has always had a negative image, but we are trying to turn that around,” says Mr. Rennick. “We want to take the name back, make it something positive. We need to change some of the culture on campus. We aren’t an anti-drinking organization, but a group that stresses responsible drinking and creating a positive image of masculinity.”

    Along with the Facebook page, QFTB has also developed two videos that explore healthy masculinity and drinking culture among young males. There is also a movie screening of The Mask You Live In in the Ban Righ Fireside Room on Wednesday, Nov. 18 starting at 6:30 pm. The documentary looks at how North American culture's narrow definition of masculinity is affecting young men and society.

    “This group is relevant to everyone, not just young males, and we are already seeing the impact the group is having on campus,” says Mr. Earl. “There are a number of stressors when young students are transitioning to independence and we want to provide a supportive environment for them.”

    The Caring Campus Project is a joint effort between Queen’s, Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary.

    Celebrating a Breakthrough in physics

    SNO Collaboration, Art McDonald recognized for discovery of neutrino oscillations.

    Queen’s University Professor Emeritus and Nobel laureate Arthur McDonald, representing the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, has received the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. The partnership received the prize at a ceremony and gala on Nov. 8 at the NASA Ames Research Centre in Moffett Field, California.

    [Arthur McDonald]
    Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Arthur McDonald, representing the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) Collaboration, received the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics at a gala at the NASA Ames Research Centre on November 8.

    “Our collaboration members are very pleased to receive this testimony to the scientific significance of their work,” says Dr. McDonald. “Our findings are a result of many years of hard work starting in 1984, led by George Ewan of Queen’s University and Herb Chen of the University of California, Irvine.”

    The SNO collaboration was selected by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation “for the fundamental discovery of neutrino oscillations, revealing a new frontier beyond, and possibly far beyond, the standard model of particle physics.”

    Founded by Russian entrepreneur, venture capitalist and physicist Yuri Milner, the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics recognizes individuals who have made profound contributions to human knowledge. It is open to all physicists — theoretical, mathematical and experimental — working on the deepest mysteries of the Universe. The prize is one of three awarded by the Breakthrough Foundation for outstanding contributions in life sciences, fundamental physics, and mathematics.

    “I want to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Dr. McDonald and all of the SNO partners and collaborators on receiving the Breakthrough Prize,” says Daniel Woolf, Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Dr. McDonald and his team at SNO have made a tremendous contribution to our understanding of the world around us and opened up new possibilities in the study of astrophysics. Queen’s University is proud to have supported their groundbreaking research.”

    The research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, for which Dr. McDonald also received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics, took place two kilometres underground in Vale’s Creighton mine near Sudbury, Ontario. Their findings demonstrated that neutrinos change their type – or flavour – on their way to Earth from the sun, a discovery that requires neutrinos to have a mass greater than zero. The results also confirmed the theories of energy generation in the sun with great accuracy.

    “At Queen’s we have fostered a culture of research excellence and strongly encourage and support the collaborative efforts of our researchers,” adds Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research).  “This prize is truly indicative of how fundamental research can have a transformative impact on how we view the nature of matter and the universe, and the monumental role that university research plays in addressing some of the world's most difficult questions and challenges.”

    The $3-million prize is shared with four other international experimental collaborations studying neutrino oscillations: The Superkamiokande, Kamland, T2K/K2K and Daya Bay scientific collaborations.

    Queen’s reviews practices for supporting students with severe allergies

    The university has begun a review of practices and procedures on campus to ensure continuous improvement to services for students with severe allergies.

    The university has begun a review of practices and procedures on campus to ensure continuous improvement to services for students with severe allergies.

    “We will be speaking with students, families and experts and looking across the post-secondary education sector to consider model practices. We want to continue to improve services for students and hear from those directly affected by severe allergies and from experts in the field,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, who is leading the review.

    The review will entail extensive consultations with a broad range of stakeholders including students, parents, medical experts, food service providers, Food Allergy Canada, and other interested parties that can provide advice and assistance to inform the work of the committee.

    Consultations will be held through one-on-one and open meetings, details of which are posted to the Division of Student Affairs website. Individuals are also invited to submit questions or comments and request a private meeting with the committee via email at vpdean.sa@queensu.ca.

    The review will focus on three areas:

    • Communication, education, awareness programming, health management and outreach;
    • Residence and campus-wide food service policies and practices; and
    • Training and emergency response.

    The members of the committee are as follows:

    Ann Tierney, Student Affairs (Chair)
    Kyle Beaudry, AMS
    Dr. Carolyn Borins, Student Health Services
    Chris Cochrane, SGPS
    Jasmine Toor, University Communications
    Roxy Denniston-Stewart, Student Affairs
    Bruce Griffiths, Housing and Hospitality Services
    Dan Langham, Environmental Health and Safety
    Kim Murphy, Risk Management
    David Patterson, Campus Security and Emergency Services
    Project and Research Assistant: Lauren Armstrong, Health Promotion

    The committee is planning to deliver its report to Principal Daniel Woolf by early spring.

    Get in the end zone

    [End Zone Vote]
    The end zone design for the revitalized Richardson Stadium will be decided through an online vote.

    The Queen’s community has the opportunity to have a say in how a piece of the revitalized Richardson Stadium will look.

    Athletics and Recreation at Queen’s is currently hosting the End Zone Design Contest, where people are invited to cast their vote online for one of three designs for the end zones of the football field.

    Votes can be cast at gogaelsgo.com/endzonevote until Nov. 15. The design with the most votes will be selected as the design featured at the stadium when it opens in fall 2016.

    The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is a priority within Queen’s University's $500-million Initiative Campaign.

    The project is viewed as not just the construction of a new stadium but a key element to the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall.

    Plans for the revitalization were kicked off in March 2014 with the announcement of a $10 million pledge to the stadium project from Queen’s alumnus and former Gael Stu Lang and his wife Kim. That announcement was followed by news of a $5 million contribution from the Richardson Foundation. Other donors have also come forward to contribute to the project, bringing the total amount raised to more than $17 million. 

    The university will contribute an additional $3 million for infrastructure support of the stadium, bringing the total funding to $20.27 million.

    Richardson Stadium has been a fixture at Queen’s for nearly 100 years. The original Richardson Stadium was built in 1921 and located on what is now Tindall Field as a gift of James Armstrong Richardson, Queen’s Chancellor from 1929 to 1939. In 1971 the stadium was rebuilt on its current site at West Campus. 

    Investment Committee makes decision on divestment

    The Investment Committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees has decided not to divest the university’s pooled endowment and investment funds from fossil fuels.

    The committee made the decision after reviewing and adopting the report of the Principal’s Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels, which undertook an extensive consultation period with the Queen’s community.

    “Queen’s is an academic institution whose core activities are teaching and research. The university’s endowment funds exist solely to further these activities and the university has an obligation to seek the best possible return on these investments in order to advance its academic mission,” says Don Raymond, Chair of the Investment Committee. “The Investment Committee agreed that divestment is an ineffective tool to mitigate the risks of climate change and would result in Queen’s losing any moral suasion it has with companies in this sector.”

    While the advisory committee’s report did not dispute that climate change is a critical issue, it found that the case for divestment on the basis of ‘social injury,’ as defined in Queen’s Statement on Responsible Investing (SRI), had not been made. The advisory committee also concluded that aside from the question of social injury, divestment is not an effective tool in mitigating the risks of climate change.

    “The SRI provides a definition of social injury that entails activities that violate or frustrate the enforcement of rules or laws. While specific instances of illegal activity may occur, the committee recognized that fossil fuel industries are lawful, highly regulated and carry social and economic benefits,” says David Allgood, who chaired the principal’s advisory committee. “Given Queen’s position as a relatively small investor, divestment would be largely a symbolic gesture. There are more effective contributions that Queen’s can make to help address climate change through education, research and innovation, and in its operations.”

    The Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels was struck by Principal Daniel Woolf, as required by the SRI, after a divestment request was received from the student group Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change. The advisory committee engaged in extensive consultation before delivering its report.

    “When I struck the committee I wanted to ensure that everyone who might wish to have their views heard on this matter would have that opportunity,” says Principal Woolf. “After a six-month consultation period, more than 220 submissions and presentations were received from alumni, students, staff, faculty and others. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this process.”

    In accordance with the advisory committee’s recommendations, the Investment Committee will review the applicability of the definition of social injury to sector-wide phenomena, and will consider possible shareholder engagement activities, given the resources available, around mitigating impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction and distribution.

    The full report of the Principal’s Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels is available online, and more information about the advisory committee is available on its webpage. Details about Queen’s process for considering divestment requests can be found in the university’s Statement on Responsible Investing.


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