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Growth and renewal at Faculty of Law

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The start of the 2015-16 academic year sees the arrival of 202 JD students to the Faculty of Law at Queen's University. (Photo by Jesse Garcia)

It’s a time of continuing growth and renewal for the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University.

The start of the 2015-16 academic year sees the arrival of 202 JD students to Queen’s Law with women (52 per cent) and men (48 per cent) in almost even numbers – and 31 international exchange students from around the globe.

Sir John A. Macdonald Hall also is taking on a new look with a major renovation of its ground floor scheduled for completion in October. The Learning Commons will occupy a 6,000 sq. ft. space formerly taken up by hundreds of shelves of archived magazines. The Learning Commons will offer a dedicated study space, complete with modular furniture, graduate student offices and breakout rooms for mooting and small-group meetings.

The excitement surrounding the potential of the space is clear.

“Previously there was limited study space on the main floor. Now the entire space is devoted to student study and work spaces. One of the key things students really wanted was more room for competitive moot preparation and group study work,” says Dean Bill Flanagan. “The environment we are creating is all about facilitating academic exchange and offering a diversity of space to accommodate the many ways in which our students learn.”

Other renovations include the moot courtroom while the fifth floor has been repainted and partially renovated as well.

A new course has also been added to the first-year curriculum – Introduction to Legal Skills. Taught by seasoned lecturers and practicing lawyers, the course is designed as an introduction into the legal profession, and a starting point for building the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer – including legal professionalism and ethics, the roles of lawyers, judges and the rule of law, legal reasoning and research, legal writing, oral advocacy, and an introduction into basic lawyering skills.

Introduction to Legal Skills is part of the Queen’s Law pilot of Queen’s new OnQ digital teaching platform. It will be taught as a blended course – 50% of the course will be delivered online, with the other half in plenary lectures and tutorials.

Some other law courses are also being used to explore and innovate on the OnQ platform, with total conversion planned for next year.

“Blended learning is new for us,” says Dean Flanagan. “It's a very exciting initiative and it's really catching on among the faculty as an option to innovate in teaching. We also offered Law 201 as an online course this summer which was our first offering online.”

Major accomplishments

  • Major Admissions Awards
    Emily Heffernan, a third-year electrical engineering student, speaks with Chancellor Jim Leech at the major admissions awards reception.
  • Major Admissions Awards
    Kyle MacNeil, a fourth-year student at the School of Computing, delivers a speech at the major admissions awards reception in Wallace Hall.
  • Major Admissions Awards
    Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, speaks to the major admissions award recipients Wednesday, Sept. 30.
  • Major Admissions Awards
    Alan Harrison, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), speaks at an event for major admissions awards recipients at Wallace Hall.

Queen’s University recognized a special group of students on Wednesday as it hosted the annual reception for major admission award recipients.

At the event in Wallace Hall, a pair of upper-year students offered their advice and personal insights for life at Queen’s and beyond.

Kyle MacNeil, a fourth-year student at the School of Computing, from Upper Rawdon, NS, says that if it wasn’t for the Chancellor’s Scholarship, he wouldn’t be at Queen’s. However, he added that the benefits of the award were more than financial. He also found a community. 

“All the other people who received Chancellor’s Scholarships – we created a group on Facebook – that helped when I first came to Queen’s because I automatically connected with this group of people,” he says. “One of them is my best friend now and the fellow recipients have helped each other over the years.” 

Emily Heffernan is a third-year electrical engineering student from Alliston, Ont., and a recipient of the Chernoff Family Award. She spoke about the challenges of university life – expected and unexpected – and urged her fellow recipients to remain flexible and resilient.

“My biggest advice is to find something that you are really interested in,” she says. “Don’t worry if you think it’s the ‘right’ thing to do or what you are ‘supposed’ to do be doing, but just find something you are passionate about and I find that everything falls into place.”

Currently, there are 245 entering and in-course award recipients at Queen’s from across the country, and across all faculties and departments.  

The selection process at Queen’s is rigorous, with more than 200 faculty, including members of the Retirees Association at Queen’s, volunteering to evaluate the nearly 1,200 submissions.  

“Major Admission Award recipients are engaged in their communities, and demonstrate outstanding leadership abilities, creativity, initiative, and academic excellence,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, who emceed the event. “They continue a high level of engagement and academic success throughout their time here at Queen’s, and we are proud to recognize their accomplishments.”

The awards are generously supported by numerous donors. Many donors want to give back this way because they, too, received some form of support, recognition and encouragement when they were students. Their generosity has a significant impact within the Queen's community and the recipients of their awards. 

The 2016-17 Major Admission Award application is now open for students applying to Queen's for the 2016-17 academic year. The deadline to apply is Dec. 1, 2015. Visit the Student Awards website for further information about Queen’s Admission Awards.

Education group marking 25th anniversary

[MSTE 25th Anniversary]
The Faculty of Education’s Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) Group is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a special event Oct. 3 at Duncan McArthur Hall. (Supplied Photo)

In the 25 years since the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE) Group was set up in the Queen’s Faculty of Education, much has changed in those areas of teaching and learning.

Computers were starting to really make an impact, awareness of climate change was on the rise and the Internet was something few had used regularly.

Fast forward to today and each has grown exponentially.

These are only some of the changes within the MSTE field over the past quarter century but show clearly how quickly things can change in the study area, which also includes more traditional trades such as culinary arts, automotive studies and woodworking.

To mark the 25 years since its inception, the MSTE Group and the Faculty of Education is hosting a day of events on Oct. 3 at Duncan McArthur Hall, including special guest speakers Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, and mathematician and sculptor George Hart.

The areas of study within MSTE and the technology used has evolved quickly but so too has the way teaching and learning is applied in today’s schools.

As MSTE coordinator Jamie Pyper points out, the primary purpose of the group is to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology education – and that’s technology education as a two word title, not just the use of technology in education – for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and students of any grade level.

Over the years, one of the main changes has been seen in community outreach, Dr. Pyper explains. In the past the MSTE Group would welcome visiting scholars and national award winning teachers, and while that still holds true, there is a greater emphasis on MSTE efforts to reach out with events such as Science Rendezvous, MathOlymPIcs and robotics competitions.

Of course, change can also mean opportunity.

“I think it’s been a good thing for us as a group to keep up to date with the changes socially, economically, and so on. Also the changing understanding of what education is all about, the philosophy of education and then the practice of education and how we implement that into the classroom especially in terms of curriculum design, as we are a curriculum-focussed group,” Dr. Pyper says. “Those kinds of changes have had a lasting impact on who we are, what we think about, how we talk together, what we find ourselves gravitating and moving towards in terms of activities. I think that’s been pretty vital.”

Queen’s Faculty of Education has long been at the forefront of education in the fields of mathematics, science and technology education and boasts a state-of-the-art tech education facility that helps prepare teacher candidates for what they will be teaching in school.

“We do have a full tech venue with all the equipment and machines you would ever want to be able to be a tech-ed teacher in elementary or high school,” Dr. Pyper says. “We also have a full suite of science labs, and a mathematics education room that is jam-packed with colour and manipulatives and games, all the stuff that a teacher would need to use in his or her classroom. So it’s very lab-based. MSTE is lab-based here in this building and in our programs. So an MSTE group fits very well here because it, as a group, is supported in the three areas.”

A schedule of the 25th anniversary events on Oct. 3, from 11 am to 5 pm, can be found at educ.queensu.ca/mste-25th.  Everyone is welcome.

Principal Woolf meets with local election candidates

Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf held a series of meetings with local federal election candidates over the past few weeks, with the goal of learning more about the platforms of each party, articulating Queen’s priorities, and strengthening relationships with local community leaders and the university.

[Election Poster]“With the election close on the horizon, it was important for me to take the opportunity to discuss Queen’s agenda and current initiatives with the candidates,” Principal Woolf says. “We want to keep the communication lines open within the community and learn more about the policies and debates that will affect students and postsecondary education in the years to come.”

On separate occasions, Principal Woolf met with NDP candidate Daniel Beals, Conservative candidate Andy Brooke, Liberal candidate Mark Gerretsen and Green Party candidate Nathan Townend.

Principal Woolf – along with other executive heads of Ontario universities – will strive to work with student groups and electoral officials from all orders of government to promote youth participation in the electoral process. “I encourage all of our voting-eligible students to familiarize themselves with the candidates and party platforms and to get out and vote on Oct. 19 or in the advance polls. Make your voice heard,” he says.

On Queen’s campus, students can visit an information/registration booth in the Queen’s Centre (near the pharmacy) to ask questions and register to vote. The booth, hosted by local Elections Canada representatives, is open every weekday, 10 am–2 pm until Oct. 8.

Elections Canada also has a special section on its website for students and first-time voters. Included on the website is information on registering (whether in a student’s home riding or school riding), the four different ways to vote (on election day, in advance polls, at one of 400 Elections Canada offices across Canada, or by mail), and outreach on campus.

Current issue of For the Record

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, PhD examination and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, Oct. 15. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Oct. 13. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer months.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma


Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Tabitha Kung, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Rheumatology – Sept. 1, 2015
  • Maria Velez, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology – Sept. 1, 2015
  • Stephanie Sibley, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine – Sept. 1, 2015
  • Thomas Gonder, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology – Sept. 1, 2015


Headship Search Committee — Department of Critical Care Medicine

John Drover was appointed interim head of the newly created Department of Critical Care Medicine on Sept. 1, 2015. In accordance with the Senate document governing the Appointment of Clinical/Academic Department Heads, a Headship Search Committee is being established to consider the current state and future prospects of the department and to make a recommendation to the board chairs of the participating hospitals and the provost and vice-principal (academic) of Queen’s University on its future leadership and official successor to Dr. Drover.

Faculty, staff, students, residents and all other members of the hospital and university communities, are invited to nominate members of the faculty and heads of clinical departments for membership on the committee. Nominations are to be directed by Wednesday, Oct. 21,
2015 to Dean Richard Reznick, c/o Andrea Sealy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Macklem House, 18 Barrie St., or by email .

Human Resources

Successful Candidates

Job Title: Administrative Assistant to the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Department: Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
Competition: 2015-196
Successful Candidate: Lacey Monk

Job Title: Administrative Secretary (USW Local 2010)
Department: Psychiatry
Competition: 2015-220
Successful Candidate: Ashlee Charlton

Job Title: Coordinator, Marketing and Communications (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: 2015-157
Successful Candidate: Matthew Mills

Job Title: Research Accounting Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Financial Services
Competition: 2015-227
Successful Candidate: Colleen Murphy (Financial Services)

Job Title: Financial Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Competition: 2015-185
Successful Candidate: Lori Roy (Advancement)

Job Title: Student Resource Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science
Competition: 2015-217
Successful Candidate: Carrie Roosenmaallen (Student Records & Services)

Job Title: Arts Stage Technician (USW Local 2010)
Department: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Competition: 2015-164 (A & B)
Successful Candidate: Patrick O'Neill (IBCPA) and Aaron Holmberg

Job Title: Special Project Assistant, 175th Anniversary (USW Local 2010)
Department: Marketing (University Relations)
Competition: 2015-169
Successful Candidate: Celia Russell

Job Title: Facilities Supervisor
Department: Residence Facilities (Housing & Ancillary Services)
Competition: 2015-137
Successful Candidate: Eric Lloyd

Job Title: Academic Content Advisor (Online Learning) (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education- Continuing Teacher Education
Competition: 2015-239
Successful Candidate: Nicole Young

Job Title: Internship Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Career Services
Competition: 2015-221
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Political Studies
Competition: 2015-241
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Services Assistant (CUPE Local 1302)
Department: Jordan Library
Competition: 2015-235
Successful Candidate: Virginia Létourneau

Job Title: Graduate Studies Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: 2015-189
Successful Candidate: Dianne Flint (Political Studies)

Job Title: Coordinator, Facility Operations (USW Local 2010)
Department: Athletics and Recreation
Competition: 2015-222
Successful Candidate: Stephen Tyson

Job Title: Business Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment
Competition: 2015-070
Successful Candidate: Amy Lalonde (Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment)

Job Title: Manager, Banking and Merchant Operations
Department: Financial Services
Competition: 2015-156
Successful Candidate: Rodney Myers

Job Title: Box Office Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts
Competition: 2015-170
Successful Candidate: Douglas Ottney

Job Title: Business Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Information Technology Services
Competition: 2015-108
Successful Candidate: Katie Leger (Stauffer Library)

Job Title: Administrative Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Competition: 2015-146
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN


Enjoying being behind the scenes, in work and music

Rick Stratton likes to be behind the scenes. At Queen’s, he’s a timetable administrator in the registrar’s office, doing the detailed work of scheduling classes and exams. His work isn’t something people think about very often, but without him, the university would be a very disorganized place.

Same goes for his creative life outside of work. In his spare time, he’s a bass player for The Paradise Eaters, a local band that plays rock infused with folk, funk and jazz – great dancing music.

“The bass is really the unsung hero in a band,” says Rick. “People don’t notice it until it’s gone.”

Rick Stratton, who works in the registrar's office and is a father of two, says playing in a band keeps him and his bandmates feeling young.

While not front and centre, the bass player’s role is key to bringing a group’s sound together. “The drums are percussive and the guitars provide the melody, but the bass is both percussive and melodic – it has to blend everything together. It’s the glue,” he says. “The bass has to be very much in tune with the others in the band and be able to anticipate shifts and improvise.”

The Paradise Eaters is made up of Andy Hills, Frank Carone, Phil Wright and Rick. They’ve played shows around Kingston – at the Mansion, the Tir Nan Og, Musiikki and at outdoor festivals. This past summer, the band also played a show at OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River.

“A lot of students come to our shows, and it’s great, their energy – it reminds me what it’s like to be their age, and it helps keep us all young,” says Rick, who is in his late-30s and has two young children.

A Queen’s graduate, Rick studied computer science. And while he played bass guitar in high school – a group he was involved in opened for Great Big Sea in Kingston in 1996 – he didn’t buy his own bass until he was at Queen’s. He started going to open mic nights, and sought out other musicians to play with. His major musical influences include Béla Fleck (he named his son after bass player Victor Wooten), the Dave Matthews Band, Led Zeppelin and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

After moving around the country, to Vancouver and Montreal, Rick eventually ended up back in Kingston. He joined The Paradise Eaters three years ago, and soon after, he began working at Queen’s, first in ITServices, and then in the Office of the University Registrar.

“It’s a lot of fun, the band. All of us have families and jobs, and those things are our priorities. But playing with the band is something I look forward to, something I really enjoy.”

To listen to Rick and The Paradise Eaters, and for upcoming shows, visit their Facebook page.

Queen's hosting Matariki colloquium

[Gauvin Bailey]
Gauvin Bailey (Art History), the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, is the keynote speaker for the Religion Across the Humanities: A Matariki Humanities Colloquium. (University Communications) 

The role of religion within the humanities is the focus of an international conference being hosted by Queen’s University from Oct. 1-3.

Starting Thursday, Queen’s will host Religion Across the Humanities: A Matariki Humanities Colloquium, bringing together scholars from the seven member institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities.

The highlight of the event is the keynote presentation by Queen’s own Gauvin Bailey (Art History), the Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art. Dr. Bailey will offer up an engaging talk, that is open to the public, entitled “The Spiritual Rococo: Décor and Divinity from the Salons of Paris to the Missions of Patagonia” on Thursday, from 6-6:45 pm in Speaker’s Corner, Stauffer Library.

In his presentation, Dr. Bailey will address some “fundamental conundrums” that impede the understanding of 18th-Century aesthetics, culture, and religion, including why Rococo, a profane, self-consciously private manner of ornamenting the French aristocratic home turned into one of the world’s most popular manifestations of the sacred and why is Rococo still treated as a decadent nemesis of the Enlightenment when the two had fundamental characteristics in common?

“I seek to answer these questions by treating Rococo as a global phenomenon and by exploring its moral and spiritual dimensions through the lens of populist French religious literature of the day—a body of work I call the ‘Spiritual Rococo,’” Dr. Bailey says. “I will trace Rococo’s development from France through Central Europe, Portugal, Brazil, and Spanish South America by considering the parallel diffusion of the style itself and the literature of the Spiritual Rococo in these same regions. One of my ultimate goals is to acknowledge Rococo’s essential modernity.”

He adds that such events hosted by the MNU are important because they bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines but with key interests in common.

“In this case the colloquium is focussed on religion, a critical aspect of research and teaching in many fields,” he says. “The opportunity for cross-disciplinary dialogue made possible by the Matariki Humanities Colloquium make these connections happen.”

The MNU is an international group of leading, like-minded universities. Along with Queen’s, member institutions include: Dartmouth College (US); Durham University (England); Uppsala University (Sweden; University of Tubingen (Germany); University of Western Australia; and University of Otago (New Zealand).

Dr. Bailey also is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Correspondent Étranger, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France.

Flags lowered for Mary Balanchuk

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of Mary Lilian Balanchuk, a professor emerita in the Faculty of Education. She died on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston.

[Mary Balanchuk with sister Stephanie Patterson]
Mary Balanchuk (right), Arts'49, is survived by her sister Stephanie Patterson, Arts'63. The siblings attended the launch of the Initiative Campaign in 2012. 

Ms. Balanchuk is a former member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 1994. She served as president of the Faculty Women’s Club (now known as the Queen’s Women’s Association) from 1998-2001.

Family and friends will be received at the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Home – Township Chapel (435 Davis Drive) on Friday, Oct. 2 from 10 am until the service at 11 am. Reception to follow. Final place of rest will be Mountainview Cemetery, Thunder Bay.

For those wishing, donations may be made to the Mary Balanchuk & Stephanie Patterson Fund. 

Opening doors to the future

  • [Queen's Career Fair]
    The Queen's Career Fair was hosted Tuesday by Career Services with more than 100 recruiter booths available for students to visit.
  • [Queen's Career Fair]
    Queen's students were able to meet with recruiters from a variety of sectors and a wide range of schools during the Queen's Career Fair.
  • [Queen's Career Fair]
    As part of the Student Prep Area at the Queen's Career Fair, students were able to get a quality photo taken for their LinkedIn profile.
  • [Queen's Career Fair]
    The Queen's Career Fair was hosted Tuesday by Career Services with more than 100 recruiter booths available for students to visit.
  • [Queen's Career Fair]
    Principal Daniel Woolf toured the Queen's Career Fair and spoke with Annette Lilly, Associate Director of the Research Program Office at Queen's School of Business.

The prospect of making some valuable connections with potential employers and post-secondary institutions drew crowds of students to the Queen’s Career Fair on Tuesday.

Held at the Athletics and Recreation Centre’s main gym, the event brought together more than 100 recruiter booths from organizations in both the public and private sectors. Visitors were also able to get some help in polishing up their resume as well as a quality headshot for their LinkedIn profile.

New this year, Career Services partnered with the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to help students interested in working or studying outside of Canada.

Introductory French for Adults course offered

A new partnership between Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) and the Department of French Studies at Queen’s University has created a one-day French Language course for adults and parents of French Immersion students.

This course, being offered Saturday, Oct. 3 or Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 am-5 pm, provides participants with introductory language skills and vocabulary that will assist with communicating in and understanding basic French.

The course will be taught by Marianne Pivot, a professional French language instructor with experience working with both adults and children. She created this course for families of French immersion students who want to better understand and communicate in French or for those interested basic French skills.

The course fee is $125 for seven hours of instruction, course materials, a catered lunch and parking. All participants will receive a certificate of completion. Call the ESU Office at 613-533-3181 to register. Space is limited.


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