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HR workshops help employees achieve their goals

A certificate program focused on volunteerism, lunch and learn sessions that explore Aboriginal teachings, and a workshop series to prepare staff for retirement are just a few of the new personal and professional development resources offered by Human Resources (HR) in 2015-16.

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Meri Diamond (second from left) and Jill Christie (second from right) recently earned their Administrative Professionals at Queen's Master Certificates. Their colleagues Stephanie Simpson (left) and Irène Bujara joined them at the certificate celebration in June. Queen's Human Resources offers a variety a certificate programs and workshops to help employees accomplish their professional and personal goals. (University Communications)

“We are always adding and refining our programs for Queen’s staff members,” says Shannon Hill, Learning and Development Specialist. “Regardless of the training objective, there’s a good chance we offer a course or program to help people achieve their personal and professional goals.” 

Queen’s HR offers a variety of certificate programs, workshops and wellness programs that any Queen’s staff member can sign up for online through the learning catalogue. The popular certificate program has expanded to include the Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate, which will provide participants with practical tools and techniques to manage volunteers within the higher education setting.

Brush up your business skills
The learning catalogue includes a variety of workshops to help staff members develop essential business skills:
Effective Presentation Skills (offered Oct. 8) – Overcome your fear and present like a professional in this two-part workshop.
Meetings that Matter (offered Oct. 9) – Learn the organizational and communication skills needed to turn long, inefficient meetings into an essential part of business life.
Principles of Project Management (offered Oct. 15) – Learn the skills needed to plan projects, monitor progress and achieve results.

In addition to the new certificate program, HR has expanded its suite of resources to assist staff members as they look ahead to retirement. Workshops on a variety of topics – covering everything from planning for your financial future to coping with the emotional effects of retirement – will be offered throughout 2015-16.

The popular lunch and learn series as well as the wellness programs will return in 2015-16 with several new additions. At various points in the year, staff can enjoy their lunch while learning about different aspects of Aboriginal teachings. HR is offering the sessions in conjunction with Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre.

HR has also once again partnered with Athletics & Recreation to offer fitness and wellness lunch-time activities. Some of the new offerings include Barre Pilates and Yoga for Managing Stress.

Visit the learning catalogue to view all of the offerings and to sign up. If you have questions, please contact Corey Scott, Training Coordinator, at ext. 78418, or Ms. Hill at ext. 74175. Alternately, you can reach the Organizational Development and Learning team by email.

A new model for student wellness

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Student Wellness Services, formerly Health, Counselling, and Disability Services, offers a wide range of services and programs to support the personal and academic development of students at Queen's.

In the ongoing effort to better support students, Queen’s University has restructured its health and wellness services.

Following an external review, recommendations were made to create a broad student wellness services delivery model. This model would support enhanced integration and collaboration across units at Queen’s and with wellness partners across the campus and in the Kingston community.

Among the transitions is a pair of name changes.

To better reflect its programs mandate, the Disability Services Office (DSO) has been renamed as Queen’s Student Accessibility Services (QSAS). While it has a new name, QSAS will continue to work with other university partners to ensure Queen’s and its programs are accessible.

The other name change involves the former Health, Counselling, and Disability Services (HCDS) which is now Student Wellness Services to better encapsulate the wide range of services and programs it offers in supporting the personal and academic development of students.

The groups now under the Student Wellness Services umbrella include Student Health Services, Counselling Services, Queen’s Student Accessibility Services, Health Promotion, and the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC).

“These changes are the first step toward enhancing the health and wellness services Queen’s University provides its students,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs). “While still in the planning stages, and contingent on funding, the university is also looking into co-locating many of these services in a, modern, accessible Student Wellness Centre at 67 Union St., at the heart of the campus to better meet the needs of the student body.”

Student Wellness Services also recently launched a new website that provides a broader range of information and increased access to the many services available through the unit.

The search for the executive director of Student Wellness Services continues following the retirement of Mike Condra on June 30.

“This organizational model is in line with other Ontario universities. We are committed to expanding services and increasing access for students at Queen's,” Ms. Tierney says. “I am confident this model will help all of us work together to achieve these goals.”

Special Recognition for Staff Award nominations

The Special Recognition for Staff Award recognizes staff members who consistently provide outstanding contributions during their workday, directly or indirectly, to the learning and working environment at Queen’s University at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected (e.g. improving the workplace efficiency, quality of worklife, customer service, problem-solving, etc.)

Deadline: Oct. 15

Visit the Queen's Special Recognition for Staff Award page for additional information and nomination forms.

Queen's employees assist Syrian refugees

Members of the Queen’s community have joined others across the region to assist families impacted by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Lori Rand, the Curriculum Coordinator for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and a small group of friends are working to support the local branch of Save a Family from Syria. The friends have formed a fundraising committee for Save a Family from Syria, and they have also launched a letter writing campaign that can be found online. They intend to announce several fundraising events in the near future.

[Lori Rand]
Lori Rand, Curriculum Coordinator for Faculty Development in the Faculty of Health Sciences, is contributing to a local fundraising effort to help resettle Syrian families in the local area. The group is connecting with people through a variety of means including a Facebook page. 

“With the level of privilege we experience, I feel we have a responsibility to provide families, just like our own, a safe home in Kingston and on-going support as they transition to life in Canada,” Ms. Rand says. “In coming weeks and months, there will be opportunities for people at the university to support the effort. The Queen’s community is full of caring students, staff and faculty, and I have confidence that we will use these opportunities to have a positive impact on the efforts.”

After gathering enough support to resettle a Syrian family in Kingston in July 2015, the group continued its fundraising efforts, which has resulted in a second Syrian family coming to live in the local community near the end of this month. The group is about to exceed the original goal, so it is looking at submitting an application for a third family.

“I commend Lori and others at Queen’s for doing their part to make a difference in the lives of Syrian refugees as well as people around the world who are displaced from their homes due to tragic circumstances,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “Time and again, we are reminded of the generosity and compassion of our community.”

Those interested in supporting this initiative can send an email to info@saveafamilyfromsyria.org. To make a donation please visit www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fourriverspresbytery/

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. 1. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Sept. 29. 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


Promotion/Renewal/Tenure/Continuing Appointment 2015


Eric Bruder, Emergency Medicine

Jaelyn Caudle, Emergency Medicine

Robert Connelly, Paediatrics

Amanda Cooper, Education

Michael Cummings, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Christine D’Arsigny, Medicine

Dale Engen, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Jason Erb, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Christopher Evans, Emergency Medicine

Susan Finch, Psychiatry

Steven Fischer, Kinesiology and Heath Studies                                   

Imelda Galvin, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

David Good, Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Jane Griffiths, Family Medicine

Kelly Howse, Family Medicine

Stephen LaHaye, Medicine

Max Montalvo, Emergency Medicine

A. Onofre Morán Mendoza, Medicine

Tariq Munshi, Psychiatry

Raveen Pal, Medicine

Lindsey Patterson, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Vincent Pohl, Master of Industrial Relations Program

Louise Rang, Emergency Medicine

Cara Reimer, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

David Saleh, Paediatrics

M. Khaled Shamseddin, Medicine

Michael Storr, Paediatrics

Catherine Vakil, Family Medicine

Stefanie von Hlatky, Political Studies

Jagdeep Walia, Paediatrics

Louie Wang, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Alex Wright, Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy   

David Zelt, Surgery


David Goldstein, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

G. Andrew Hamilton, Surgery

David Holland, Medicine

Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor

Ajay Agarwal, Urban and Regional Planning

Goce Andrevski, Business

Theodore Christou, Education

Christopher DeLuca, Education

Nandini Deshpande, Rehab. Therapy

Brendon Gurd, Kinesiology and Health Studies

Neil Hoult, Civil Engineering

Joshua Karton, Law

Ceren Kolsarici, Business

Jean-Baptiste Litrico, Business

Bertrand Malsch, Business

Allison Morehead, Art

Arcan Nalca, Business

Mikhail Nediak, Business

Terence Ozolins, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences

Trisha Parsons, Rehab Therapy

Veikko Thiele, Business

Leela Viswanathan, Urban and Regional Planning

Zhongwen Yao, Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Promotion to Associate Professor

Rozita Borici-Mazi, Medicine

Judith Davidson, Psychology

Simon French, School of Rehab. Therapy

Karen Hall Barber, Family Medicine

Amer Johri, Medicine

P. Hugh MacDonald, Surgery

David Messenger, Emergency Medicine

Kevin Michael, Medicine

Tariq Munshi, Psychiatry

David Taylor, Medicine

David Zelt, Surgery

Promotion to Professor

Blaine Allan, Film and Media

Shelley Arnott, Biology

Dongmei Chen, Geography and Planning

Adam Chippindale, Biology

Scott Davey, Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Jean-Etienne deBettignies, Business

Stephanie Dickey, Art

Paul Fairfield, Philosophy

Laurent Godin, Geology

Keyvan Hashtrudi-Zaad, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ahmed Hassan, Computing

Paula James, Medicine

Daniel Lefebvre, Biology

Susan Lord, Film and Media

Kieran Moore, Emergency Medicine

William Morrow, School of Religion

Chris O’Callaghan, Public Health Sciences

Sharon Regan, Biology

Joan Schwartz, Art

Marco Sivilotti, Emergency Medicine

Wayne Snedden, Biology

Shahram Yousefi, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Elisabeth Zawisza, French Studies

Mohammad Zulkernine, Computing

Successful Candidates

Job Title: Nurse Practitioner (ONA)
Department: Family Medicine - Queen's Family Health Team
Competition: 2015-138
Successful Candidate: Susan Peters

Job Title: Admissions Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Law
Competition: 2015-205
Successful Candidate: Andrew Van Overbeke (School of Nursing)

Job Title: Secretary (USW Local 2010)
Department: Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Competition: 2015-203
Successful Candidate: Erin Matthias (Undergraduate Med Ed)

Job Title: Accessibility Services Advisor (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Wellness Services
Competition: 2015-199
Successful Candidate: Karen Stevenson

Job Title: Director, Strategic Procurement
Department: Strategic Procurement Services
Competition: 2015-040
Successful Candidate: Andy Green

Job Title: Educational Technology Analyst (USW Local 2010)
Department: Centre for Teaching and Learning
Competition: 2015-161
Successful Candidate: Selina Idlas (Faculty of Education)

Job Title: Administrative Assistant (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Health Sciences - SEAMO
Competition: 2015-198
Successful Candidate: LeeAnne Howland

Job Title: Financial and Administrative Assistant
Department: Postgraduate Medical Education
Competition: 2015-214
Successful Candidate: Christine McCallum

Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (OPSEU)
Department: Family Medicine - Queen's Family Health Team
Competition: 2015-201
Successful Candidate: Kerry White

Job Title: Internship Coordinator (USW, Local 2010)
Department: School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Competition: 2015-175
Successful Candidate: Michelle McCalpin (School of Kinesiology & Health)

Job Title: Receptionist (USW, Local 2010)
Department: Career Services
Competition: 2015-202
Successful Candidate: Amanda Chapman

Job Title: Program Coordinator (USW, Local 2010)
Department: Industrial Relations Centre
Competition: 2015-192
Successful Candidate: Marcia Irving (Executive Admin)

Job Title: Web Developer(USW, Local 2010)
Department: Education Technology Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences
Competition: 2015-204 A
Successful Candidate: Joe Pelow

Job Title: Human Resources Advisor
Department: Queen's School of Business
Competition: 2015-042
Successful Candidate: Katie McKinley (QSB Human Resources)

Job Title: Senior Communications Officer
Department: Advancement Communications and Marketing, Office of the Vice-Principal
Competition: 2015-165
Successful Candidate: Deborah Melman-Clement

Job Title: Clinical Secretary
Department: Medicine
Competition: 2015-172 & 2015-R018
Successful Candidate: Julie Viau

Job Title: Technical Support Assistant
Department: Undergraduate Admission & Recruitment
Competition: 2015-069
Successful Candidate: Merry Horton (Undergraduate Admission)

Job Title: Assistant Registrar-Special Projects
Department: University Registrar
Competition: 2015-081
Successful Candidate: Suzanne Arniel

Job Title: Services Assistant (CUPE Local 1302)
Department: Jordan Library
Competition: 2015-209
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Senior Clerk/Receptionist (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Student Wellness Services
Competition: 2015-182
Successful Candidate: Monica Ribble

Job Title: Graduate Assistant (USW, Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: 2015-208
Successful Candidate: Natalie Lefebvre (Grad Studies and Bureau of Res)

Job Title: Assistant, Finance and Administration (USW, Local 2010)
Department: Continuing and Distance Studies
Competition: 2015-145
Successful Candidate: Jennifer Crawley

Job Title: Aboriginal Community Outreach Liaison (USW, Local 2010)
Department: Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Competition: 2015-182
Successful Candidate: Lisa Doxtator




Queen’s researcher receives award from Conquer Paralysis Now

Nader Ghasemlou is seeking innovative ways to treat chronic pain in spinal cord injury patients.

Queen’s University researcher Nader Ghasemlou has received the Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) New Investigator Award to study the inflammatory response in patients suffering from spinal cord injuries (SCI).

Nader Ghasemlou
Dr. Nader Ghasemlou, an associate professor in the Queen's University Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, has received the the Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) New Investigator Award for research into pain treatment for patients with a spinal cord injury. 

“A common misconception about spinal cord injuries is that because patients can’t feel or move their limbs, they can’t feel pain,” says Dr. Ghasemlou (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences). “In fact, up to 80 per cent of people with spinal cord injuries experience chronic pain.”

Dr. Ghasemlou and his research team hope to identify inflammatory biomarkers in various tissues including spinal fluid and blood from patients. They hope this will lead to the development of new therapeutic targets to treat and potentially eliminate the pain experienced by patients with SCI.

Reducing or eliminating pain would not only result in improvements to patient quality of life, but would also reduce the need for pain medicines, like opiates, which have a range of unappealing side effects and present a high risk for abuse.

Dr. Ghasemlou says his study will use a “bedside-to-bench” approach to study pain resulting from a spinal cord injury from a genomics, proteomics and behavioural approach. This approach uses clinical observations as the “starting point” for new research, which in turn leads back to patient-side implementation and further clinical observation.

The New Investigator Award aims to attract and support new researchers in the field of spinal cord injury.  The award is given to newly hired researchers that begin their career in SCI research after their graduate studies or established researchers who recently switched to the SCI field.

The New Investigator Award is one of six categories in Stage 1 of the CPN Challenge, which CPN issued for the first time this year. The CPN Challenge is designed to provide early stage funding for innovative new approaches to SCI research. The program sought out proposals that were unconventional, high risk yet high reward and offered the potential for functional recovery in chronic animal and human subjects.

Responding to the refugee crisis

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Queen's in the World

The Syrian refugee crisis has sparked action from individuals and community groups around Canada and raised awareness of humanitarian crises in that country and other regions of the world.

Queen’s welcomes refugees to study at the university through the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) student refugee program. The sponsored students receive financial support throughout their studies at Queen’s. The program is supported financially by the university and student activity fees from all undergraduate and graduate students.

The Alma Mater Society (AMS) WUSC Club, a supporter of the Student Refugee Program, also raises money for Shine a Light, a WUSC program designed to promote education among refugee girls.

Queen’s Undergraduate Admission is currently monitoring the crisis in Syria.

“Even though the admission cycle for 2015-16 is complete, we will stay up to date on the crisis and address any admission issues on a case-by-case basis to expedite or extend admissions to qualified applicants who may be affected by the crisis,” says Stuart Pinchin, Executive Director, Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment. 

As an educational institution where international activity flourishes in many different forms, Queen’s is committed to contributing to the success and well-being of refugees hosted by our community.
— Daniel Woolf, Queen's Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Refugee students are also given preference for the Principal Wallace Freedom of Opportunity Award, established in 2013 by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader in recognition of Queen’s 11th principal. Principal Wallace opened the way for Alfred Bader to study at Queen’s after he was turned away from McGill and the University of Toronto. Alfred Bader, a Jewish teenager who was forced from his home in Austria by the Nazis during the Second World War, built a successful career as a chemist and businessman, becoming Queen’s most generous benefactor.

Queen’s has continued to build on that legacy of welcoming refugees, most recently pledging its support for the establishment in Kingston of a Resettlement Assistance Program for government-assisted refugees. The KEYS Job Centre is seeking to establish the program, which will focus on directly delivering immediate and essential services to government-assisted refugees during their first four to six weeks in Canada.

“As an educational institution where international activity flourishes in many different forms, Queen’s is committed to contributing to the success and well-being of refugees hosted by our community,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “We look forward to working together with a variety of partners, including members of the Queen’s community, to create and implement a Resettlement Assistance Program in Kingston.”

Members of the Queen’s community affected by crises in Syria or elsewhere in the world can access a variety of support services on campus. Students can contact Dr. Arunima Khanna, Queen’s Cross-Cultural Advisor, by phone at ext. 75774 or email, and Nilani Loganathan, International Student Advisor, Queen’s University International Centre by email. Staff can access confidential, professional counselling and wellness services through the Employee and Family Assistance Program offered by Human Resources. 

Two Queen’s researchers receive Royal Society medals

Duo honoured for their achievements in environmental science and public awareness.

Two Queen’s University professors are being recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) for their contributions to the environment and the public awareness of science.

Professors John Smol and Kerry Rowe
(Pictured L-R) Professor John Smol and Professor Kerry Rowe have been honoured by the Royal Society of Canada for their contributions to the environment and the public awareness of science.

Kerry Rowe, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, has been awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal for his research and expertise in improving barrier systems for solid waste landfills, practice standards for protecting land and water resources from contamination and the rectification of past poor practices.

"I am of course delighted by the award,” says Dr. Rowe. “However, I see it not as an award for me but for my team of outstanding past and present graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, without whom the work could not have been conducted, and to my incredible colleagues in the Geoengineering Centre for their support and collaboration over my 15 years at Queen's."

Dr. Rowe is recognized by his peers as one of the pioneers in the field of geosynthetics, who combines theory, lab work and field studies to find solutions for practical engineering problems.

John Smol, Professor, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and 3M Teaching Fellow, is also being honoured by the Royal Society of Canada with the McNeil Medal for public awareness of science. 

“I am deeply honoured to win this medal from our national academy for science communication,” says Dr. Smol. “I have always believed that, if research is knowledge creation, then teaching –whether it is to students, policy makers, or the public-at-large –is knowledge communication. There is little point in doing one without the other.

“After all, the public has largely paid for the research we do in the first place, so they deserve our efforts in communicating science effectively,” says Dr. Smol.

This is the third RSC Medal Dr. Smol has received, having previously received the Miroslav Romanowski Medal for the environmental sciences and Flavelle Medal for biological sciences. His research has made profound and lasting contributions to identifying changes to the environment caused by humans, as well as greater public understanding of environmental issues.

The Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and McNeil Medal are two of 20 awards bestowed by the Royal Society of Canada for making an outstanding contribution to a particular field of study. They are awarded annually, biennially or at irregular intervals, depending on the nature of the award. For more information about the Royal Society of Canada’s awards, visit the website.

Planned power outage for Sir John A. Macdonald Hall on Sept. 17

Sir John A. Macdonald Hall will be restricted to Physical Plant Services staff and contractors only during a planned power outage from Thursday, September 17 at 10 pm until Friday, September 18 at approximately 2 am while McClement Electric relocates the 600 volt electrical panel within the building.

Please note:

  • A fire watch will be in effect during this planned outage.
  • All three passenger elevators (EL1321, EL1322 and EL1323) will be shut down on Thursday, September 17 at 3:30 pm and will be restored to service on Friday, September 18 at 8:15 am.
  • Occupants are reminded to power off all computers and sensitive equipment no later than 9:45 pm on Thursday, September 17.

Any questions or concerns regarding this planned outage should be directed to Fixit by phone at extension 77301 or by e-mail.


Winning weekend for Gaels teams

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Queen's Gaels running back Jesse Andrews scores one of his three touchdowns in Saturday's 47-24 win over the Waterloo Warriors. (Photo by Jason Scouse)


The Queen's Gaels football (2-1) team downed the visiting Waterloo Warriors (0-3) with a 47-24 victory Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

Running back Jesse Andrews was a force offensively for Queen's finishing the day with 204 total yards of offence with three touchdowns. Quarterback Nate Hobbs completed just over half of his passes for 223 yards with three touchdown passes, and adding another on the ground. Mike Moore led the Gaels defence with six and half tackles to go along with a sack.

Up next for the Gaels are the Western Mustangs (3-0) on Saturday, Sept. 19 in London.


The Queen's Gaels (1-1-3) exploded on offence with a 10-0 win over crosstown rivals the RMC Paladins (0-3) at RMC. Jenny Wolever and Tara Bartram  each scored a pair of goals to pace the Gaels in the victory.

The Gaels head to Toronto to play against the Toronto Varsity Blues next Saturday, Sept. 19.


The Queen's Gaels (1-1-2) faced the RMC Paladins (0-4-0) at RMC in Kingston on Saturday afternoon. A late penalty kick goal from Kristian Zanette sealed the 2-1 victory for Queen's.

The Gaels next face the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-1) Saturday, Sept. 19 in Toronto.


It was a close game Sunday as the Queen’s Gaels (1-0) made a second-half comeback to top the McMaster Marauders (0-1) 15-14 in their OUA home opener at Nixon Field. 

With the Marauders up 14-3 early in the second half, the Gaels battled back with tries from Emma Chown and Hannah Van Luven.

The Gaels next head to Peterborough where they will take on the Trent Excalibur Saturday, Sept. 19.  


The Queen's Gaels (1-1) grabbed a 40-0 shutout win in their home opener over the Brock Badgers (0-2) Sunday at Nixon Field.  

The Gaels head to Waterloo to face the Warriors on Sunday, Sept. 20.


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