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Beginnings and endings

  • [Begin Anywhere 2015]
    Francesca Pang and her painting "Apertures of Interest".
  • [Begin Anywhere 2015]
    Emily Gong creates a meditative sand mandala.
  • [Begin Anywhere 2015]
    Jonas Azeredo Lobo, "Eu Tembem Era Grande".
  • [Begin Anywhere 2015]
    Iris Fryer, "Untitled".
  • [Begin Anywhere 2015]
    Lauren Rosentzveig, "Standoff", "Withhold", "Conceal".

The culmination of four years of study, creativity and hard work is on display this week as the graduating class from the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program hosts their annual year-end exhibition.

Begin Anywhere has transformed Ontario Hall into an art gallery featuring the work of 20 fourth-year students. There is an impressive range and depth to the artworks, from delicate fabrics and multi-layered print to paintings that take up an entire wall and a massive male form created out of layer upon layer of wood.

According to Otis Tamasauskas, a professor in the BFA program, the exhibition marks a transition point in the students’ lives and potential careers.

“This is their moment, where they get to participate as professionals,” he says. “This is what the program has been culminating to: to get them to be professionals. That’s the end result.”

He adds that the exhibition also offers an “oasis,” where students, staff and faculty, as well as the public, can step away from the status quo and absorb the creative works.

Paintings, sculpture, prints and mixed-media installations “physically and intellectually illuminate” the halls and rooms of the building.

Reflecting on the graduating class, Professor Tamasauskas says they are a “good group,” adding that a number of students will be moving on to post-graduate studies in Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montreal and New Zealand.

“They sort of live through the credence of creativity. You have to be independent, and individual, you have to think outside of the box. Well, they certainly do,” he says. “They have maintained their individuality after the four years. It shows. They definitely are more sophisticated and mature in their interpretations of aesthetics now.”

For Francesca Pang (BFA’15), the exhibition not only marks the end of her studies at Queen’s but a new beginning as an artist on her own. She says she has learned a lot about herself through the process as well.

“It’s very rewarding I think. It really helps me figure out how I see my art and how people are going to be able to view it. I think setting something up like this it becomes very professional,” she says. “I think for myself, seeing my work up like this in relation to each other, I’m seeing the original intent of my work and then, as a series, how they are coming together.”

Begin Anywhere continues through to Saturday, April 25 at Ontario Hall 9 am-4 pm daily. A closing reception will be held on Saturday from 7-10pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Changes to municipal on-street parking in the Queen's vicinity

Effective May 1, the City of Kingston will add time-of-day parking restrictions to residential streets in the Queen’s and Kingston General Hospital vicinity. The on-street program has two components:

  • The first component involves adding time-of-day restrictions to restrict parking for a period of time in the morning and afternoon (such as no parking between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Monday to Friday) to restrict all-day parkers.
  • The second component of the program involves issuing a limited number of permits, including resident and commuter permits, that exempt parkers from these restrictions.

For more information about the parking changes, visit the City of Kingston’s website.

Other options available include Kingston Transit, which offers express service every 15 minutes during peak hours. Explore public transit route options by using the Google Transit trip planner found at: www.kingstontransit.ca/tripplanner.

Employees of Queen’s can get a discounted monthly transit pass for as little as $53 a month.  (A savings of $19 over the regular cost.)For added convenience, these passes can be paid for and renewed monthly through payroll deduction. You can sign up for the discounted pass at the Parking Office in the Rideau Building.

The Queen’s parking department also offers monthly parking options for campus parking lots to employees. For more information see www.queensu.ca/parking.

FIT TIPS: Staying healthy

Here are 10 tips to help you aim for 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. Do bicep curls when you take out your garbage

2. Incorporate dance moves into your housework and chores

3. Update your workout playlist to encourage you to go the ARC

4. Hit the ARC when your favourite TV show is on, and watch it while on the elliptical/treadmill/stationary bike

5. Limit junk food intake to once every two days

6. Look up healthy, appetizing recipes online (Pinterest!)

7. Have a contest with friends to see who can hit the ARC most in a week

8. When watching the Gaels play, do 10 pushups every time Queen's scores, and 20 sit-ups every time the other team scores

9. Explore Kingston on foot or bike

10. When putting on your shoes, hold the stretch for 30 seconds

‘Paying it forward’ with mental health support fund

Richi Tam (Com’13) knows firsthand how it feels to be sinking in the uncharted depths of mental illness, and to resurface on a relatively safe and stable shore.

[Richi Tam]
Richi Tam, right, with Com'13 classmate Justin Burke. Mr. Tam helped create the Commerce Legacy Fund for Student Health and Wellness, which provides support for mental health initiatives to benefit Commerce students.

Thanks to Mr. Tam’s own tenacity – and the support of his Queen’s School of Business classmates, faculty and staff members – he has turned what might have been a life-ending experience into a testament to the strength and healing power of community.

In 2011 Mr. Tam began what he hoped would be a great adventure, after completing a stressful second year in Queen’s Commerce. But his international exchange experience at Singapore Management University soon turned dark, and his earlier struggles with mental illness came to a head in the form of auditory hallucinations and suicidal thoughts.

Fortunately Mr. Tam’s academic advisor at Queen’s School of Business was able to arrange for his immediate return to Kingston and “helped me sort things out,” he recalls. “That was a huge boost, when I needed it most.” After taking the rest of the year to get better, Mr. Tam was ready to return to study – but with a different group of students from his Com’12 classmates. His biggest fear was that he would be treated like an outsider and might find it hard to make new friends.

As it turned out, the exact opposite occurred.

“The Class of ’13 made me realize I was surrounded by people who really cared – not just students, but faculty and admin, too – who were all very supportive, wanting to make sure I was okay,” he says.

In May 2013 Mr. Tam graduated in the top 10 per cent of his class and volunteered to be the group’s giving coordinator. He and classmate Kate Moraca created the Commerce Legacy Fund for Student Health and Wellness, which provides support for mental health initiatives to benefit Commerce students.

Through the Dean’s Matching Fund, a new initiative made possible by donations from several anonymous benefactors, gifts from young Queen’s School of Business alumni who graduated in 2004 or later are matched two-to-one. That fund will add $2,000 to Mr. Tam’s initial $1,000 pledge – one of the first such matches since the fund was established. Mr. Tam’s employer, KPMG Kingston, is contributing another $1,000 through its own matching program.

Now a staff accountant at KPMG, Mr. Tam is working toward his CA/CPA designation and is excited about his career opportunities ahead. Reflecting on the rollercoaster of the past several years, he says: “There was a lot of pain, but I think I’ve come a long way and am in a much better place now. It’s true that Commerce is a competitive program, but at the end of the day students are very supportive, too. I’m so grateful for the awesome people in my class.”

Mr. Tam’s journey back to good health has been a team effort, he emphasizes. With the help of his psychiatrist and a strong support system, he is managing his recovery – and will continue to do so.

Class giving campaigns are a powerful way to give back collectively to Queen’s. Annual class gifts support much-needed student bursaries and scholarships, library acquisitions, leading-edge technology and other programs and projects that are most meaningful to each graduating class.


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, April 30. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, April 28. Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma

Human Resources

Successful Candidates

Job Title: Undergraduate Admission Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Undergraduate Admission 
Competition: 2015-029 
Successful Candidate: Breanne Smart (Undergraduate Admission)

Job Title: Undergraduate Admission Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Undergraduate Admission 
Competition: 2015-030 
Successful Candidate: Donald Ames

Job Title: Application Advisor (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business-EMBA 
Competition: 2015-062 
Successful Candidate: Megan Gee (EMBA Admin)

Job Title: Bader Curator of European Art (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Agnes Etherington Art Centre 
Competition: 2014-203 
Successful Candidate: Jacquelyn Coutre

Job Title: Registered Nurse (ONA) 
Department: Queen's Family Health Team, Family Medicine 
Competition: 2015-032 
Successful Candidate: Rhonda Gauthier (Family Medicine)

Job Title: Project Coordinator, Social Innovation 
Department: Queen's School of Business 
Competition: 2015-005 
Successful Candidate: Richard Allen (QEDC General Admin)

Job Title: International Programs Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: International Programs Office 
Competition: 2014-362 
Successful Candidate: Haley McCormick

Job Title: Academic Counsellor and Assistant Degree Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science 
Competition: 2015-037 
Successful Candidate: Heather Carter (School of Nursing)

Job Title: Program Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business- Graduate Program 
Competition: 2015-065 
Successful Candidate: Nancy Chase (Queen's Full-Time MBA (FTMBA))

Job Title: Recruitment & Admissions Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business- EMBA Office 
Competition: 2015-061 
Successful Candidate: Juanita Smith (Queen's Full-Time MBA (FTMBA))

Job Title: Web Services Specialist (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Housing & Ancillary Services 
Competition: 2015-045 
Successful Candidate: Ryan Warner (Undergraduate Medical Education)


Nominations invited for grad student supervision award

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students. Two awards will be presented at the fall 2015 convocation: one in the social sciences and humanities, and one in life sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

Award nomination forms and guidelines are available from the Office of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies (deansgsr@queensu.ca) or at www.queensu.ca/sgs. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 by 4 pm on Thursday, May 28.

Nominations now accepted for Distinguished Service Award

Queen’s faculty, staff and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions. Recipients become honorary life members of the council.

Recent changes to the University Council bylaws now allow Queen’s employees and retirees to nominate recipients, who will be recognized at the University Council annual dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7.   

The guidelines, the nomination form and additional information are available online.

Please submit nominations to the University Council executive committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4 pm

Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process.

LIVES LIVED: Dedicated to department and community

Dr. James A. Low came to Kingston in 1965 to assume the position of Professor and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Queen’s University and the Chief of Service at the Kingston General Hospital. During the 20 years as Head, he was instrumental in shaping the Queen’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology into one of the most respected academic clinical departments and one of the most sought after postgraduate residency programs in the country.

[Dr. James Low]
Dr. James Low

Furthermore, during his tenure as the Head, the department became recognized for academic excellence at the national and international levels in the areas of maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and gynecologic oncology. It was through the philosophy and ideals of Dr. Low that the department continues to flourish and remains to this day one of the country’s more successful academic departments of obstetrics and gynaecology.

At various times during his career, Dr. Low served as Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada (APOG), Chair of the Specialty Committee for Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair of the Manpower Committee for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Chair of the Postgraduate Manpower Committee of the Council of Ontario Faculties of Medicine, Chair of the Perinatal Medicine Committee for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and member of the Editorial Board for the two most prestigious journals in our specialty; Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

From his first peer-reviewed publication in 1959 to finishing his last manuscript the week before he died, Dr. Low has had one of the most influential and productive careers as an academic obstetrician and gynecologist in Canada. He is recognized as a world-renowned expert in the fields of fetal asphyxia, cerebral palsy and female urinary incontinence. With all of these achievements, Dr. Low always identified that his successes have been a part of his role with the Department at Queen’s and has always promoted recognition of the university.

Following his retirement from clinical practice in the early 1990s, he embarked on a second career when he established and had been leading and promoting the Museum of Health Care at Kingston until recently.

Dr. Low has received many awards during his lengthy career including being named a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (United Kingdom), Queen’s University Distinguished Service Award, Kingston First Capital Honourable Achievement Award, Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and this year, just prior to his death, Dr. Low was invested into the Order of Canada, specifically for his work with the Museum of Health Care.

Dr. Graeme Smith is Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Professor Emeritus Hugh Gorwill is a former member of the Department of Obstetrics and is the President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Health Care at Kingston.

Systems outage May 2-3

Several systems will be unavailable Saturday, May 2 starting at 5 am, and ending Sunday, May 3 at noon in order for ITServices to perform upgrades to the Oracle databases that support these applications: 

  • PeopleSoft
  • FAST - Financial Reporting
  • NetID profile manager
  • NetID activation, password resets

ITServices will post an update on its website when services have been restored.

Questions or concerns can be directed to ITServices Support Centre:
On Campus: ext. 36666
Off Campus: 613-533-6666

Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Pritchard

Flags on campus are lowered in memory of James Pritchard, a professor emeritus in the Department of History.

Dr. Pritchard taught history courses on New France, Quebec, and early modern European expansion. His research focused on areas of early Canadian colonial and maritime history. He was the author of several well-known titles including Louis XV's Navy; A Study of Organization and Administration; Anatomy of a Naval Disaster; The 1746 French Expedition to North America; and In Search of Empire, The French in the Americas, 1670-1730.  Most recently, he published A Bridge of Ships; Canadian Shipbuilding during the Second World War.

A celebration of Dr. Pritchard's life will be held at the Donald Gordon Conference Centre (421 Union St.) on Saturday, May 2 at 2 pm. In remembrance, donations may be made to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation – St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Palliative Care Unit. You are invited to share your memories and condolences online at www.cataraquicemetery.ca.

New lab boosts support for international students

[Queen's in the World]
Queen's in the World

Queen’s students – in particular, English as a second language (ESL) and international students – now have access to expanded services as they work to develop their language and academic skills.

The Queen’s Learning Commons (QLC) Academic Skills Lab in Stauffer Library is a welcoming and flexible space that can accommodate small group discussions and one-on-one meetings with professional staff and trained peer assistants.

[Min Xing Zhu]
Min Xing Zhu uses the new Queen's Learning Commons Academic Skills Lab to practice her presentation skills with Donna Katinas, ESL co-ordinator in the Writing Centre.

“In addition to academic skill development in writing and learning, which Student Academic Success Services (SASS) already provides, the lab is a great addition that will help students improve in areas such as presentation skills and pronunciation,” says Donna Katinas, the ESL co-ordinator in the Writing Centre, which is part of SASS.

QLC repurposed a group study room on the ground floor of Stauffer Library to create the lab, which features a group meeting space. The room also includes several workstations equipped with learning software. In addition, the Residence Society’s First Year Experience Fund will help offset the cost of Inspiration and Kurzweil 3000, adaptive technologies for the lab.

“With Queen’s seeking to increase the number of international students, this lab is well positioned to meet the needs of those students both at the undergraduate and graduate level,” says Nathalie Soini, QLC Co-Ordinator. “The services offered at the lab have the potential to alleviate some of the stress international students experience when they give a class presentation or lead a seminar, for example.”

QLC and SASS partnered to develop the new lab. As the lab develops over the next few months, they plan to work with the Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC). Ms. Soini says that as a QLC partner, the ATC will help train staff and peer assistants on common technology, such as Kurzweil 3000, educational software that provides literacy support for students.

Susan Korba, Director, SASS, says the new lab fits well with the Queen’s University International Centre’s English language support offerings, which focus more on conversational skills.

“International students want to develop the confidence in a wide range of academic skills. The new lab is another piece of that puzzle,” she says.

For more information about the new lab, please contact Susan Korba by email or at ext. 77630 or Donna Katinas by email or at ext. 75180. 

Getting a first look at Queen's

Garfield Dunlop, Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities for the Progressive Conservatives and MPP for the riding of Simcoe North, visited Queen’s on Tuesday, April 14, and received a tour of the university. During his visit he spoke with administration and students to gain a better understanding of the university, including recent developments to improve the learning experience such as the active learning classrooms and the increasing focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Gazette editor Andrew Carroll spoke to Mr. Dunlop about his visit.

[Garfield Dunlop]
Garfield Dunlop, MPP for the riding of Simcoe North and Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities for the Progressive Conservatives, visited Queen’s University on Tuesday. (University Communications)

Andrew Carroll: In your role as Critic for Training, Colleges and Universities, what do you see as the biggest challenges for Ontario’s universities today and moving forward?

Garfield Dunlop: I think the rapidly changing world. We have to make sure that our universities are properly funded and that’s a challenge for the government and the private sector and for the universities themselves to meet the demands that will be put on them in the changing world ahead, such as, in particular, the electronic world. We’ve seen examples of that today where Queen’s has moved in a very forward-thinking way with their classrooms, their innovative new ideas. So making sure that they don’t get caught in a rut where there’s no money and there’s no resources for them to move ahead. It’s kind of a partnership that everybody has to share in but universities are the future of our country.

AC: What do you see as the strengths of Ontario’s universities, in particular Queen’s?

GD: I come from central Ontario and even there the general feeling is that if you have gone to Queen’s you’ve got a really good opportunity for finding a good job down the road. It’s a university that is really appreciated by almost all Ontarians. They’ve done it right for almost 175 years, they don’t need anybody to come in and to do a rapid change to what is happening here. Just make sure this is properly funded for the future and it will continue it churn out good citizens and good taxpayers for Ontario and, for a lot of cases, for the rest of the world.

AC: While it has only been a brief visit, what are you taking away from your time at Queen’s?

GD: I think first of all there is a real sense of community here. I see the students are friendly, nice, wanting to share their experiences in some of the discussions we had. The administration took a lot of time to be with me and explained to me the challenges they face – government challenges, red tape, and things that they don’t really need. So I think that overall I learned an awful lot. As a critic I have to get out and learn what each university is about and what they specialize in and, after today, I think I can say a lot of positive things about Queen’s University.

AC: Do you have any advice for current graduates and for those of the future?

GD: I think graduates of this university have a great opportunity for good job placements, whether it’s in Kingston, in Ontario, in Canada or whether it’s international. There certainly is a number of international-national connections made here at Queen’s. So the advice from me would be to share the story about Queen’s. For example, I told my own granddaughter, who wants to be a doctor, about Queen’s medical school. We have a Queen’s graduate living in Orillia who is a pediatrician and is a great example of what can be accomplished. I pointed out to her that the doctor is a graduate of Queen’s and through the university she has had the opportunity to travel around the world and work and she now has come back with new skills and perspectives to contribute to the community. 

This interview has been edited and condensed. 



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