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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.

Taking a closer look at the Class of 2019

More than 4,600 undergraduate students from the Class of 2019 are experiencing university academic life for the first time this month, with classes beginning on Queen’s campus in Kingston and at the Bader International Student Centre (BISC) in Sussex, England.

[Class of 2019]
More than 4,600 undergraduate students make up the Class of 2019 at Queen's University. (University Communications)

“Queen’s is excited to welcome the incoming class, the newest members of the Queen’s family,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “We look forward to supporting these students as their passion for learning takes them in new and exciting directions over the next four years.”

Queen’s received nearly 31,000 applications for 4,517 spaces in the first-year class. The incoming class boasts an average of 88.4  per cent, and female students make up 60 per cent of first-year students.

These new students hail from all 10 provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Queen’s also continues to make progress on its goal of increasing the number of high achieving international undergraduate students. There are 318 international students in the first-year class, an increase of 29.8 per cent over the same time last year. Almost 10  per cent of the incoming class    attended high school outside of Canada in 42 different countries and 29 U.S. states.

“The Queen’s student learning experience is enriched by the diversity of experience and perspective that students from all over the country and around the world bring to the Queen’s campus,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs.

Queen’s continues to do well in attracting Ontario, out of province and international students with acceptances from Ontario students increasing by 4.3 per cent and out of province acceptances increasing by 8 per cent. 

Some other quick facts about the incoming class include:
• 4.3 per cent of students self-identify as the first generation in their family to attend post-secondary education;
• 1.5 per cent of the incoming class identifies as Aboriginal; and
• 93 per cent of the incoming class was 18 years of age or younger as of June 1, 2015. 

Faculty of Arts and Science students make up 68.7 per cent of the incoming class, followed by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science with 16.5 per cent, Commerce with 10.7 per cent and Nursing with 2 per cent.

Gaels get back on winning track

[Gaels vs Varsity Blues]
Queen's Gaels receiver Peter Hannon celebrates his touchdown during Saturday's 37-18 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues. (Photo by Jamie MacDonald)


The Queen's Gaels (3-2) got a breakout game from quarterback Nate Hobbs as they scored a 37-18 road win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (1-3) on Saturday.

Hobbs threw for 401 yards and two touchdowns while adding 14 yards on the ground and another touchdown as he faced his older brother Marcus, the backup pivot for Toronto.


The Queen's Gaels men's soccer team (5-1-2) stretched their win streak to five games with a pair of victories at home on the weekend. On Sunday at Miklas-McCarney Field, the Gaels topped the Trent Excalibur 4-2. On Saturday dispatched the UOIT Ridgebacks (3-3-1) by a score of 1-0.


The Queen’s Gaels women’s soccer team (4-2-3) earned a weekend split after beating the Trent Excalibur 4-1 on Sunday at Miklas-McCarney Field. On Saturday the Gaels (0-7-0) lost 1-0 to the UOIT Ridgebacks (4-2-0).


Emma Chown had a big night for the Queen’s Gaels women’s rugby team (3-0) scoring five tries in a 106-3 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (0-3) Saturday at Nixon Field.  The Gaels scored a pair of tries in the first five minutes and held a 64-3 lead at the half.

The Queen’s Gaels men’s rugby team (3-1) battled to a 33-19 win over the RMC Paladins on Saturday, relying on a dominant second half. The Paladins led 14-12 at halftime.


The Queen’s Gaels men's volleyball team began their preparation for the 2015-16 season with their first exhibition action this weekend in Toronto at the Ryerson National Bank Invitational Tournament, finishing with a 2-1 round-robin record. That was enough to get the Gaels into the final but they fell to the Western Mustangs on Sunday in four sets (17-25, 20-25, 25-21 and 19-25).


The Queen’s Gaels women's volleyball team participated in their second exhibition tournament in Saskatchewan this weekend at the University of Regina Invitational tournament. Queen's went 1-2 in the round robin and claimed fifth place with a four-set win over Brandon on Sunday (32-34, 25-17, 25-21, 25-17).

JDUC window project starts Sept. 28

On Monday, Sept. 28, Emmons & Mitchell will commence work on pulling windows (installing temporary Lexan inserts) from the west end of the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) main elevation on the east side of Wallace Hall. Fencing is in place for isolation of the work from public areas. Site work using genie or boom lifts will only operate within the fenced area.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, weather permitting, Emmons & Mitchell will commence installing the walk-through scaffold over the south entrance and the two basement exits to the side. During the installation of the scaffold, each of the three exits will sequentially be out of service for regular use – i.e., only one exit at a time will be out of service. Even during the brief time that an exit is “closed” it will still be available for emergency use.  A simple barricade to dissuade use of an exit will be easily and quickly moved clear if an emergency occurs.

Please note:

  • Emmons & Mitchell will temporarily dismantle the walk-through scaffold and remove equipment and fencing for Homecoming events.
  • Work associated with this project will be done in stages. The current schedule has the crew working in Wallace Hall and on most of the west elevation windows next spring and summer. The site foreman from Emmons & Mitchell will work with the Student Life Centre staff as appropriate. 
  • Grad Residence is not included in the scope of work for this project.

Any questions regarding this window project should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.


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