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Pick up your copy of the Oct. 6 Gazette

The Oct. 6 edition of the Gazette is now available around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

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

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Read the online version of the Oct. 6 Gazette.
  • The monumental $50-million donation to Queen's and the renaming of the Stephen Smith School of Business 
  • An interview with brain tumour survivor Ben Seewald.
  • A two-page foucus on what's new at the Faculty of Law.
  • 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 Oct. 20.

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.

Stay vigilant against cyber-attacks, ITS urges

Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS) wants to inform members of the university community about cyberattacks and scams during Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“Due to the nature of the work conducted through Queen’s, a vast amount of sensitive information is collected on computers and servers across campus,” says Bo Wandschneider, Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services) and Chief Information Officer. “As cyber-attacks grow in sophistication and frequency, Queen’s ITS has made the security of our data and users a top priority.”

Last year, Queen’s Senate approved an Electronic Information Security Policy Framework, a suite of policies that gives the university a consistent approach to dealing with risks to electronic information. ITS developed an information security awareness training course to help Queen’s employees familiarize themselves with the framework and learn about safe computing best practices. 

As cyber-attacks grow in sophistication and frequency, Queen’s ITS has made the security of our data and users a top priority.
Bo Wandschneider, Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services) and Chief Information Officer

“The framework clearly states that all members of the Queen’s community have a responsibility to preserve the integrity and reliability of the university’s IT infrastructure, and the confidentiality of valuable or sensitive information,” Mr. Wandschneider says. “In ITS, we are working throughout the year to give Queen’s employees the practical information and tools they need to meet those responsibilities.”

Each week during October, ITS will focus on a particular topic, with phishing kicking off the month. Phishing attacks are a form of identity theft – victims are lured into giving away sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or banking information, usually through email. The emails are designed to look like they come from a trusted source such as the university, a bank or a government agency. The ITS Cyber Security Survival Toolkit contains more information about phishing and ways employees can protect themselves from attacks.

Other topics this month include mobile device security, social media safety, and the importance of encryption. ITS will post information on its website and promote the messages through its Twitter account. The Queen’s Gazette will also post the information each week on the campus updates section.

Election info booth set up in Queen's Centre

Elections Canada has an information/registration booth in the Queen’s Centre (near the pharmacy). Students can drop by to ask questions and register to vote. Open every weekday, 10 am–2 pm until Oct. 8.

Visit Elections Canada’s website for information on voting for students and first-time voters. 

Queen's Transpass program registrations on Oct. 21

Kingston Transit will be on-site Oct. 21 in the parking lot at Union and Division streets to register individuals interested in the Queen’s Transpass program.

There are currently 226 registered in the program with a monthly rate is $53. If the Queen's community is able to reach 250 the monthly rate will be reduced to $50.

Any questions on the Transpass program can be directed to Donna Stover at 77589.

Queen's officially opens Brant House

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    Principal Daniel Woolf, left, and Chancellor Jim Leech, right, welcome Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano to the opening of Brant House. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
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    Ann Brant, widow of Dr. Clare Clifton Brant, speaks during the opening of Brant House on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
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    Janice Hill, director of the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre at Queen’s, speaks during the opening of Brant House . (Photo by Bernard Clark)
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    Brant House, one of two new residences at Queen's University, accommodates 271 students and was officially opened on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Photo by Bernard Clark)
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    A collective stomp dance, led by Tyendinaga Young Men Singers, was part of the festivities for the opening of Brant House on Saturday, Oct. 3. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Queen’s University celebrated the opening of Brant House, one of two new student residences, on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The building is named in honour of Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano and Dr. Clare Clifton Brant  – Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, members of the Wolf Clan, and Queen’s graduates.

Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano (Arts’55, LLD’91) is a leader in Aboriginal education and research who has dedicated her life to the rights and well-being of Indigenous students. Her late brother, Dr. Clare Clifton Brant, was Canada’s first Aboriginal psychiatrist and worked to advance Aboriginal mental health issues.

The residence, which accommodates 271 students, is located on Lower Albert Street.

Queen’s campus is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

Gaels stun fifth-ranked Gryphons

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The Queen's Gaels upended the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons in Saturday's 23-15 win. (Photo by Jason Scourse)


The Queen's Gaels football team (4-2) pulled off a 23-15 upset win over the No. 5 Guelph Gryphons (5-1) on Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium. The Gaels held a 9-7 lead at the half and then made a goal-line stand early in the third to maintain the lead.

On the very next play, with Queen's on their own two-yard line, the Gaels offence entered the record books when quarterback Nate Hobbs found receiver Matteo Del Brocco for a 108-yard touchdown pass.

After Guelph pulled to within a point in the fourth quarter, the Gaels answered right back as Jonah Pataki scored his second touchdown of the game.


The Queen's Cycling Varsity Club competed in their fourth and final race weekend of the University Cup mountainbiking race series this weekend at Ganaraska Forest Centre near Port Hope, and emerged victorious as provincial champions for a record sixth straight year.

The Gaels mountain bikers accomplished a result unprecedented in University Cup history by winning all four individual Men's and Women's categories combined over the four race weekends.

Taking the Men's A title was Cameron McPhaden, while Andrea Burley clained the Women's A title. In the Men's B event Patrick Farrell was tops and was matched by Amanda Schevers in Women's B.

Another first ever at the University Cup was a Men's A podium sweep by Queen's. Gold, silver and bronze went to Cameron McPhaden, Stuart Thibert, and Chris Fruetel.


The Queen's Gaels men's volleyball team claimed their second straight Queen’s invitational exhibition tournament with a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend. The Gaels wrapped up the title by beating the Ryerson Rams in the third and final game (21-25, 25-19, 25-19 and 26-24). Earlier, the Gaels beat the Guelph Gryphons (25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21) and the Montreal Carabins (25-21, 25-22, 20-25 and 25-20).


The Queen’s Gaels women's soccer team (4-2-5) conceded a last-minute goal to draw 1-1 against the Carleton Ravens (3-4-3) on Sunday. On Friday night, the Gaels notched a scoreless draw with the No. 2 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Friday night at the Miklas McCarney Field.


The Queen’s Gaels men’s soccer team (5-2-3) saw their seven-game unbeaten streak come to an end Sunday in Sudbury with a 3-2 defeat to the Laurentian Voyageurs. In North Bay on Saturday, the Gaels earned a 1-1 draw with the Nipissing Lakers.


In a hard-fought, match between a pair of OUA powerhouses on Saturday, the Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (4-1) grabbed 14-9 win against the Western Mustangs (3-1). Lucas Rumball scored the lone try in the game.


The No. 3 Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team (4-0)  charged to a convincing 41-7 win over the York Lions (2-2) on Friday, continuing their perfect start to the season.


The No. 5 and No. 7 women's and men’s cross country teams competed at the 42nd annual Paul Short Run on Friday, Oct. 2 in Bethlehem, Pa, one of the biggest meets in North America.

The men's team came away with a 10th-place overall finish at the event with 325 points. The Gaels were led by Alex Wilkie, who posted the best time by a male from a Canadian university, coming in 11th place in a time of 24:16. Other top runners from Queen's were a 39th-place from Jeff Archer and a 47th-place finish from Eric Wynands.

On the women’s side it was Julie-Anne Staehli with the best placing on the day for Queen's as she cracked the top-five coming in fifth at a time of 20:34, less than a second behind fourth and seven seconds behind the first-place runner from Temple University. Claire Sumner was close behind with a time of 20:52 for 11th while Charlotte Dunlap finished 73rd in 21:49 to round out the Gaels in the top 100. As a team Queen's took 12th overall with 360 points.

Up next for the Gaels is the Queen's Invitational on Oct. 17 at Fort Henry.

Former Queen’s principal explained space travel in 1861

William Leitch wrote about the use of rockets in space 30 years before any other scientists.

In a recently published paper, space historian Robert Godwin has proven that William Leitch, the fifth principal of Queen’s University, applied scientific principles to accurately describe the rocket as the best device for space travel in 1861 – more than three decades earlier than previously believed.

Mr. Godwin says Reverend Leitch, who was appointed principal Nov. 9, 1859 and joined Queen’s on Oct. 29, 1860, was a trained scientist and is the first person to correctly apply modern scientific principles to spaceflight in an essay he wrote in 1861 called A Journey Through Space. The essay was published in a journal in Edinburgh that year before being included in Leitch's 1862 book God's Glory in the Heavens.

Previous histories of spaceflight have maintained that the first scientific concept for rocket-powered space travel was envisioned at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century by such men as Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Hermann Oberth and Robert Goddard.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Leitch deserves a place of honour in the history of spaceflight,” says Mr. Godwin. “The fact that he was a scientist is the key to this story. He wasn’t just making a wild guess. Not only did he understand Newton’s law of action and reaction, he almost dismissively understood that a rocket would work more efficiently in the vacuum of space; a fact that still caused Goddard and others to be subjected to ridicule almost six decades later."

Current Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf, a historian and space enthusiast himself, says he is intrigued by the new findings.

“These new documents reveal one of the earliest known references to the use of rockets for spaceflight and it’s interesting these revelations came from the fifth principal of Queen’s University,” he says.” It’s a fascinating discovery that could change the history of astronomy.”

Asked why this discovery was so long in coming, Mr. Godwin explained that Rev. Leitch’s proposals “seem to have fallen through the cracks of history” because he died at a young age and the copyright to his writings fell victim to the bankruptcy of his publisher in 1878.

“His suggestion to use rockets in space remained in print for over 40 years, but his name had been stripped away from the work. The problem was compounded by the title of his book being changed at the last minute to remove all references to astronomy, which led to it languishing for 150 years in the theology section of libraries,” Mr. Godwin says.

Frank Winter, former curator of rocketry at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, commented on the new finding.

“We can no longer take it for granted that the consistently cited trio of founders of space flight theory – Tsiolkovsky, Goddard, and Oberth – were the only individuals who seriously thought and wrote about the rocket as the most viable means of achieving space flight, he says. “William Leitch is less well known than the first three, but he should now be included in the overall picture, especially since he pre-dated them.”

Fit Tips: Stay active at school

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. Volunteer to be a referee or coach for a local youth sports team
  2. Walk to go pick up food instead of getting delivery
  3. Buy organic or local when possible
  4. Support the Gaels by standing and cheering at games. You have free regular season tickets, check out the schedule for all teams and clubs.
  5. Use technology to find new strength exercises (Nike+ app is great and free!)
  6. Pay attention to recommended serving sizes
  7. Start a jogging group
  8. Go on the haunted walk in downtown Kingston
  9. Take a five minute full-body stretch break between classes
  10. Leave for class 10 minutes earlier and enjoy the extra fresh air

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

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    Emily Heffernan, a third-year electrical engineering student, speaks with Chancellor Jim Leech at the major admissions awards reception.
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    Kyle MacNeil, a fourth-year student at the School of Computing, delivers a speech at the major admissions awards reception in Wallace Hall.
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    Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, speaks to the major admissions award recipients Wednesday, Sept. 30.
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    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.


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