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A world of experience on the international stage

[Team Walkly]
Team Walkly – Julie Lycklama (Cmp’17), Riley Karson, (Cmp’17), Christopher Thomas (Cmp’17) and Anastasiya Tarnouskaya (Cmp’17) – recently competed in the world final of the Microsoft Imagine Cup. (University Communications)

While they didn’t win the Microsoft Imagine Cup, Team Walkly is returning to Queen’s University having gained valuable experience that will help them reach the next level.

The Canadian representatives at the prestigious international event –  Riley Karson, (Cmp’17), Julie Lycklama (Cmp’17), Anastasiya Tarnouskaya (Cmp’17) and Christopher Thomas (Cmp’17) – created the Walkly app with the aim of providing a safer walking experience for everyone, anywhere, anytime by combining the power of social media and smartphone technology.

Winners or not, Ms. Tarnouskaya says the team had a “fantastic experience” in Seattle and benefited greatly by meeting their peers from around the world and learning from their projects and ideas at the Imagine Cup, an international technology competition that provides teams of students from various areas of study the opportunity to use their creativity to change the way we live, work and play.

Among the key things the foursome learned through the process – having competed at the regional and national levels before making it to the worlds – were being able to adapt to the changing environment quickly, working as a team and being able to handle increasing levels of pressure.

“One of the most important things was learning quickly. We had to learn everything quickly because it was the first competition we had done – from development to just being able to work with each other,” Ms. Tarnouskaya says. “So I think teamwork was a very important aspect of our learning experience because we had to rely on each other. Also being able to deal with deadlines and work under pressure. We wanted to do a good job and make Canada proud.”

With the app, the user chooses a destination through a mapping feature and an estimated time of arrival. The app then tracks the user and lets the user’s trusted network see if they are safely on their way. If the user doesn't get to their destination by the set time, the network is notified and can take action, such as a phone call. If a user arrives on time, the app’s automatic check-in feature will notify the network.

In the finals, the team had to make a 10-minute presentation before the judges as well as a large crowd. The event was livestreamed worldwide.

Ms. Tarnouskaya says that while the team was satisfied with their presentation, a number of others had already brought their product to market, giving them a key advantage when it came to some of the scoring such as usability.

Getting Walkly in app stores for Android and iOS platforms and raising awareness is the next step but the team is also looking to get more Queen’s students competing in similar events.

“Honestly, these competitions are so incredible, they are so much fun and a fantastic learning experience. We really want to inspire other students to get involved in these competitions because Queen’s has so much talent and we want people to be able to use that talent and do great things and get recognized for their capabilities on a world scale,” Ms. Tarnouskaya says, adding that the team is hoping to run presentation workshops based on their experiences. 

Math Quest: A winning formula

[Math Quest]
Camp organizers Siobhain Broekhoven, Carly Rozins and Natalie Corneau are eager for this year's program to begin. (University Communications)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who don’t typically associate mathematics with fun and games have likely never attended Math Quest, an all-girls math camp sponsored by the Canadian Mathematical Society and the Queen’s University Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Starting Monday, Math Quest, a four-day residential program, is where high-school aged young women interested in mathematics come together to learn new and exciting ways of applying mathematical skills.

“I think it’s important to try and reach those kids who enjoy math, or who could enjoy math and really want to be challenged, because I don’t think there’s really anything else like this out there,” says Carly Rozins, a PhD candidate studying evolutionary game theory and one of the camp’s organizers. “It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded girls as well.”

Based on the diversity of programming, Math Quest truly stands alone.

Participants will experience an Amazing Race across campus solving math clues and riddles at each location, program their own Lego robots, and even look at the mathematics of salsa dancing.

The activities are exciting and innovative, as the camp’s staff look for new ways to apply theoretical mathematics across the different branches of the discipline.

“It’s also activity-based, so they’ll have lots of hands-on activities and experiences – it’s all applications of math, so you can see how your classroom knowledge applies,” says Natalie Corneau, one of the camp’s instructors.

Participants have the chance to learn from graduate students, doctors, and “mathemagicians” from all different walks of mathematics – from game theorists, to algebraic experts.

While fostering a deeper love and appreciation for math, the program also serves as an introduction for many to the Queen’s and Kingston communities. This year, participants will take up a block of Leggett Hall, getting a taste of the Queen’s residence experience.

According to camp director Siobhain Broekhoven, it’s the connections and bonds created at camp that make it such a special place to be, and it all starts with a love of mathematics.

“We ask the applicants why they want to come to Math Quest and the top reason is ‘I really love math and I want to know more’. We have girls coming from BC, one from the Sunshine Coast – you can’t come from much farther than that in the country,” she says. “I remember last year, when we were finishing up the camp, we asked if there was anybody who wanted to share their e-mail who wanted to stay in touch with each other – and every single girl did.”

The love of math that each and every instructor and organizer at the camp has is infectious, and the relationships fostered are seamlessly facilitated through engaging mathematical quests.

Math Quest promises to be an exciting opportunity for those who love working with numbers, equations and formulas.

It all adds up.

'Making good things happen'

[Agnes Etherington Art Centre]
The Agnes Etherington Art Centre recently received funding from the City of Kingston as well as through an anonymous gift. (Supplied Photo)

Staff and supporters of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (‘the Agnes’) are celebrating news that the gallery has been awarded a significant grant and that it is the recipient of an anonymous gift, both of which will directly support its operations and programming.

As well as a $75,000 Operating Grant from the City of Kingston Arts Fund (CKAF), the gallery has been given an anonymous gift through the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area (CFKA).

“It’s a real vote of confidence,” says director Jan Allen. “The CKAF grant is a substantial one within the city’s terms. It not only allows us to accomplish great things – it’s an important piece of the funding puzzle, because we can leverage the city’s support for support from other granting bodies, foundations and other levels of government.” 

As Ms. Allen explains, while Queen’s provides the gallery’s facilities and a portion of its funds, the Agnes is also heavily reliant on outside sources of money, including government grants.

“We are a bit unusual in that we are not just a university gallery,” she explains. “We are also the public art museum for the region, which was, in fact, Agnes Etherington’s intention when she bequeathed her home to the university. She wanted it to be used as both an art centre for Queen’s and for the Kingston community.”

Ms. Allen says that as a result the Agnes, which employs 10 full-time and three part-time staff, as well as a number of students who work in casual positions, serves both the university and Kingston communities equally.

“Attendance is really split between Queen’s and non-Queen’s people,” she explains. “And in fact, that’s an important aspect of our work, because we are a meeting place between the university and all its exciting assets, and a lively community. The Agnes is a real point of integration.” 

The Agnes’ staff are currently preparing for a busy fall season which will include exhibitions of contemporary works by Vancouver-based artist in residence Judy Radul and local artist Ulrich Panzer, Canadian historical works from the Hart House Collection at the University of Toronto, paintings by past winners of The Kingston Prize, and an exhibit of the early work of Ojibwe artist Carl Beam. As well as community programming including artist talks and other public programs, the gallery will introduce its new ArtZone initiative, a free drop-in after-school program for youth.

“Any funding we get is vital because it allows us to do what we do for the community,” says Ms. Allen. “It allows us to make good things happen.”

For more information about the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, visit their website.

Good food, good company

[Old Farm]
Owner Steve France, rear, and employees Ester Romero-Acosta and Jeff Williams, get set to serve up lunch orders at Old Farm, located on Barrie Street, near Queen’s University. (University Communications)

Upstairs in the kitchen at Old Farm Fine Foods on Barrie Street, the staff banter usually centres on two favourite topics: food and films. That suits employee Jeff Williams, who studied film at Sheridan College in Oakville several years ago.

“We just have a gas,” says Mr. Williams, 29, who’s worked at Old Farm – a campus favourite for lunch and groceries – for four years. “Great people, great customers. I feel fulfilled, doing a job I really enjoy and still being able to pursue other things on the side.”

After graduating from Sheridan, Mr. Williams worked in restaurants in Toronto while navigating the competitive film world. He ended up staying in the food business, working in Ottawa as well, before making his way back to Kingston, his hometown.

“Everyone knows good food here, and Nancy (George), with her culinary background, knows a ton. I’m learning a lot,” says Mr. Williams, who has also worked at the restaurant Chez Piggy, as well as 10 years part-time at Classic Video.

Ms. George, a trained chef who ran her own restaurant in British Columbia for seven years, owns Old Farm, along with her husband, Steve France. The store’s name stems from their farm north of Kingston, where they produce hundreds of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, as well as herbs and other vegetables, all as seedlings in the spring.

Old Farm brings in food from dozens of local food suppliers and with Ms. George’s expertise in the kitchen, they feed the surrounding community: students, staff, faculty, and local residents. The store also serves as a pantry service for Ms. George’s catering business.

On weekdays, especially at lunchtime, Old Farm quickly fills up, its small space jammed with regulars ladling soup and ordering grilled sandwiches or slices of pizza, all made in-store. In the warmer months, customers linger on the modest patio and take in the Barrie Street view.

“We are in a really good spot here, on campus and in Sydenham Ward. It’s a great community,” says Mr. France, adding that 95 per cent of the store’s traffic arrives on foot. Open for the past six years, Old Farm sells, on top of lunch fare of sandwiches, soups, pizza, salads and desserts (local ice cream!), an array of local and organic products, including milk, cheese, meat, vegetables and dried goods.

“We have a good crop of regulars – the tech guys from Queen’s come in every morning for coffee,” says Mr. Williams, who plans to make films – comedies – in his spare time, along with promotional videos for Old Farm. “And everyone’s doing cool stuff – for example, I get to hear and see pictures about rocket conventions in Utah – it’s a lot of fun.”

Old Farm Fine Foods, 204 Barrie St., is open seven days a week: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-6:30 pm, and Saturday-Sunday 10 am- 5 pm.

 

Luce-Kapler to grow community as new dean

Dr. Luce-Kapler looks forward with great excitement to the future of the Faculty of Education at a time of change and renewal.

Rebecca Luce-Kapler was at home and about to leave for a vacation when she received an e-mail from Provost Alan Harrison asking her to call him at her earliest convenience. She called him immediately and was offered the position of dean of Education at Queen’s.

Accepting his offer, she hung up the phone and then ran around the house, looking for her husband.

She remembers yelling one thing: “I GOT THE JOB!”

“I didn’t realize just how much I wanted the job until I got closer to finding out. I’ll never forget how good that felt,” says Dr. Luce-Kapler, who stepped into her new role on July 1.

[Dr. Luce-Kapler]
Rebecca Luce-Kapler took on the role as dean of Education on July 1.

Dr. Luce-Kapler, who lives on a cliff overlooking a lake and who confesses a great love for Kingston, first came to Queen’s with similar feelings of excitement in 1997 to work on language and literacy research and programming within the Faculty of Education.

A B.Ed graduate who pursued her graduate work at the University of Alberta, Dr. Luce-Kapler set out to complete a master’s degree with the intention of returning to teach in the classroom.

During that process, however, she came to realize that she wanted to make a deeper impact on education beyond the traditional school-teacher setting. She ended up staying to complete a PhD in language and literacy education, fostering a love for research and higher education at the same time.

Arriving at Queen’s, she was surprised to find that transitioning between provinces was more difficult than expected.

“When I came to Queen’s, I thought, it’s not going to be that big a transition because it’s still Canada… well it turns out that Alberta and Ontario are kind of different,” she laughs.

Due to the immediate bonds and sense of community that she experienced within her new faculty, however, Dr. Luce-Kapler grew to love her city and her Queen’s community. “I thought I’d stay for a few years and then go back to the prairies, and I never did,” she admits.

She cites the collaborative environment and special relationships she has developed as the primary reason that she never left.

“There’s an intermingling between disciplines and levels here that I found very synergistic,” she says. “I ended up doing research that I never imagined I’d have the chance to do… and I really, really like our students.”

Now at the helm of this community, Dr. Luce-Kapler feels excitement about the myriad of opportunities that lie ahead. Recognizing things will get even more hectic when September rolls around, she has not wasted any time in getting to work.

One such opportunity is the introduction of a new Bachelor of Education program, whose first cohort started at the faculty in May. The provincially mandated changes for B.Ed programs in Ontario have led to the complete restructuring of the faculty’s education program. The Queen’s program now takes 16 months to complete and sees students starting in the spring, rather than in September.

She describes the feedback from students she’s spoken with so far as being positive, and says she is excited to help shape teacher education at Queen’s within a new provincial framework.

“The opportunity to see this program and its students grow, and to continue to grow our community as a whole on a number of different levels – it’s all very exciting,” she says.

When speaking about growth, Dr. Luce-Kapler routinely focuses on the people involved in the process, and the importance of forming meaningful relationships within the faculty.

She speaks, particularly, of her close relationship with former dean Stephen Elliott, who she met soon after arriving to Queen’s. He became one of her first friends and has continued to be a wonderful support system.

[Dr. Luce-Kapler]
In her office, Dr. Luce-Kapler poses with a painting created by former dean, Dr. Stephen Elliott.

The connections she made with her colleagues were fostered in unique ways. When Dr. Luce-Kapler first arrived, she, Dr. Elliott and Dr. Peter Chin (who now serves as Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies), formed a hermeneutic reading group, reading texts from that philosophical perspective.

“I was lonely when I first came – I knew no one here and my entire family was in Alberta. Back in Alberta, I was part of a reading group and I really missed that, so I asked Peter [Chin] who I knew was from the west as well if he wanted to join a hermeneutic reading group, and he said yes. Stephen [Elliott] was walking by, asked us ‘what’s hermeneutics?’, and we said that he’d had to join to find out. So for a year, the three of us had a hermeneutic reading group.”

She explains how when the three of them went on to become the administration team years later, they laughed when thinking back to their earlier experiences together.

A lover of gardening, cooking, and poetry, regularly drafting biographical poetry about women’s experiences in her spare time, Dr. Luce-Kapler is a people-oriented leader who greatly cherishes opportunities to bring individuals together and share experiences. Perhaps most telling is how she describes her colleagues as friends and her faculty at large as a family.

“The Faculty of Education at Queen’s is non-departmentalized, and so it really feels like you’re working in a community together,” she says.

When it comes to her new role, Dr. Luce-Kapler feels like everything has fallen into place in the right way at the right time.

“Things have flowed in a lovely way since I arrived here. I couldn’t be happier to be where I am, and I cannot wait to see where this faculty goes from here.” 

Law grad Ghana’s first female electoral commissioner

[Charlotte Osei]
Charlotte Osei, LLM’95, becomes the first woman to head the Electoral Commission of Ghana as she is officially sworn in on June 30. (Supplied Photo)

Graduates of Queen’s Law are renowned for taking on interesting challenges around the globe. This summer in Ghana, a Master’s graduate from Queen’s is blazing new trails in government and doing her part to change the face of democracy in the nation.

Charlotte Osei (LLM’95), was sworn in as the head of the Electoral Commission of Ghana on June 30, by Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama in a ceremony held in the capital city of Accra.

The scope of her duties as chairperson includes supervising every public election and referenda, demarcating electoral boundaries and declaring the winner of presidential elections. As the first female Electoral Commissioner, Ms. Osei has been lauded for her abilities and dedication to the public service.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Osei was the chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education. Before taking a position in the civil service, she was the founder and lead counsel of Prime Attorneys, a leading law firm in Accra. She was also a senior legal officer for the GCB and company secretary/legal adviser for Unibank Ghana Limited. As a lawyer she has worked in the areas of public service management, institutional reform, corporate law, banking, insurance, project financing and public-private partnerships and employment.

While at Queen’s Law, Osei was supervised by Professor Rosemary King – also from Ghana – and wrote her thesis entitled: “Reclaiming Ourselves”:  Re-examining the status of Ghanaian Women Under Customary Law.

Ms. Osei’s other degrees are a Master’s in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, Pretoria and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana in 1992. She was called to the bar in 1994.

This article first ran on the Faculty of Law’s website.

Sharing the beauty of math

[Kevser Aktas]
Kevser Aktas, a post-doctoral fellow in mathematics, believes that mathematical methods, games and applications can be used to develop creativity and artistic skills, as well as promote an active lifestyle of outdoor activity and sport. (University Communications)

Although her domain of number theory is among the more abstract reaches of maths, Kevser Aktas, a post-doctoral fellow at Queen’s University, has innovated ways of reaching out to show people “the beauty of mathematics” at the same time as mobilizing the problem-solving skills at the heart of that beauty for an astonishing variety of aims.

Dr. Aktas’ belief is that mathematical methods, games and applications can be used to develop creativity and artistic skills, as well as promote an active lifestyle of outdoor activity and sport. In March 2014 she set out to realize this ideal by working with the EU initiative Erasmus+ to host the first offering of “Mathematics for All!!!” This weeklong program in her native Turkey united people between the ages of 18 and 25 from Italy, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain and UK.

It was a natural step for Dr. Aktas to work with the Erasmus+ Programme, which aims to boost skills and employability for EU youth, as well as modernising education, training, and youth work. During her master’s studies at Turkey’s Selcuk University, she worked as a mathematics teacher in an elementary school. In her PhD at Gazi University in the Turkish capital Ankara, her teaching expanded to undergraduate courses and she also began volunteering with a program for teachers in training who were blind or had visual impairment.

Dr. Aktas’ internationalizing ambitions brought her next to Queen’s University to work with the world-renowned number theorist Ram Murty. Since there’s no learning quite like teaching – in a second language, no less – Dr. Aktas quickly became the first post-doctoral researcher to present at the 3MT competition in March of this year.  Her talk, entitled “The Impact of Powerful Numbers,” was also the first number theoretical research subject to be presented at a 3MT event. The branch of number theory is sometimes called “The Queen of Mathematics” because of its foundational place in the discipline.

“An integer is called a powerful number if a prime number divides it, and then the square of that prime number also divides it,” explains Dr. Aktas. She and Dr. Murty actually made the discovery that pairs of consecutive powerful numbers were predicted by a kind of equation they dubbed the Brahmagupta-Pell Equation. “It is not easy to find all consecutive powerful number pairs, which makes them very special.”

Nor is it known whether there are an infinite or finite number of pairs. But it is worth searching for the answer because of their relationship with prime numbers, which are key to encryption, she says. “The prime factorization of very large integers is used in cryptography,” a practice only becoming more important as digital tech becomes ubiquitous.

“The idea of presenting at 3MT was attractive for me because sometimes when you go deep into your research, it is not easy to see the big picture,” says Dr. Aktas. “3MT gave me the opportunity to look at my research from that perspective.”

On the heels of 3MT, Dr. Aktas traveled to present her research at the Canadian Mathematical Society’s Summer Meeting at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she also showed the video of her 3MT presentation.

“Because most of the conference-goers were also coming from universities in Canada they were a little familiar with the competition, but none had participated,” she says. “They liked the concept so much. I believe that these activities are motivating for people who work on pure mathematics.”

Dr. Aktas has also taken advantage of other training activities arranged by School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Postdoctoral Training to improve her professional skills.

“I attended Career Week just three weeks after I arrived to Queen’s,” she recalls, “and I still use the tips from that training, including effective writing for CVs, resumes, and cover letters.”

She also enrolled in SGS 901: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education through the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

These activities have been opportunities for building a social community in Kingston, too.

“Kingston is a very nice place to live, with its history and natural beauty,” Dr. Aktas says. “I will never forget these experiences I’ve had here because of Queen’s.”

This article was first published on the website of the School of Graduate Studies.

Employee assistance program always ready to help

In its ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of staff and faculty, Queen’s University provides access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

[EFAP Poster]And while employees are made aware of this valuable resource, many perhaps don’t know the range of services available to them and their families.

Since 2014, Homewood Health, with more than 35 years of experience in the field, has been the provider of the EFAP – a confidential, professional counselling and wellness service that provides support when needed, including counselling, a range of lifestyle and specialty services, plus a variety of online services.

In her role as manager of Return to Work Services at Queen’s, Sydney Downey also oversees the management of the sick leave benefit and says that currently, the majority of workplace absences are related to mental health. With mental health being a key focus for the university, the resources offered by the EFAP, Ms. Downey points out, are valuable tools that not only can help during a time of difficulty but are meant to be used preventively by providing the needed support before the employee is faced with a medical leave.

Of course, to better utilize the EFAP, members need to have a better understanding of the resources available. And that’s something the EFAP committee at Queen’s is working towards right now.

“I definitely think there is a large misconception about what the EFAP is for and I believe that the majority of our EFAP committee would agree that we see people accessing these services maybe when it’s too late, if at all,”Ms. Downey says. “It’s not something that needs to only be used for major life challenges; it can be used for day-to-day challenges as well. That’s, in fact, what it is designed for. We would rather people be accessing their EFAP really early on to access some of the help and support structures that they may require to better prepare them if the challenges get larger and hopefully effectively preventing challenges from being unmanageable.”

Counselling – whether in-person with a professional or through a phone-based or online service – is the most commonly used service as members deal with the effects of grief, stress and anxiety. But the EFAP offers much more when it comes to counselling, Ms. Downey explains, including for family support, addiction, major life transitioning, childcare and parenting, as well as elder and family care.

And while counselling is a particular strength of the EFAP and Homewood, there also are many other services related to lifestyle and wellness.

“We also have nutritional support services, physical activity coaching services, career development services, financial management as well as legal services,” Ms Downey says. “So there exists a wide variety. There exists an abundance of online learning courses people can take as well as exciting programming such as 12 Weeks to Wellness.”

In the 12 Weeks to Wellness program, members are assisted in setting personal goals for improving their overall health and are provided support to assist in goal attainment.  Goals could range from smoking cessation, to weight loss, to running a marathon. 

Another key misconception among members, Ms. Downey says, is that the services offered through the EFAP cost extra. That’s not the case – it’s all free, including for family, and covered through the employees’ benefits package.

It’s also important for members to understand that the services are also confidential, says Coleen McLachlan, senior account executive at Homewood.

“The number one question that people can have about an EFAP is whether it is truly confidential — and it is,” she says. “The program is confidential, within the limits of the law, plus it’s voluntary, so members call us directly and no one at Queen’s will know that you used the service.”

One of the programs that Ms. Downey would like to see get a bit more attention is the key-person support line for managers at Queen’s. 

“Through the program, if a manager would like support in working through an emotional situation in the workplace, this is a confidential advice line they can access, and, in many cases, they will speak with a clinical manager directly,” she says.  “So there’s also real value, not just as a supportive tool they can recommend to their staff, but also for them to help them go into a difficult meeting.”

Still, as in any workplace, counselling services will always be a needed resource and both Ms. Downey and Ms. McLachlan point out that counsellors are made available right here in Kingston and the surrounding area for members’ convenience.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit queensu.ca/humanresources/employees/efap.html.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).  

Honouring outstanding service to Queen’s

[Paul and Vicki Hand
Paul Hand and Vicki Gilliatt Hand, co-chairs of the University’s Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, are two of this year’s recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. (University Communications)

The University Council Executive Committee has announced the 2015 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes exemplary service to Queen’s over an extended period of time. This year’s recipients are:

George Anderson

A long-serving member of the Board of Trustees and past chair of the board’s Finance Committee, George Anderson served in the federal public service for more than 30 years, including 10 as a deputy minister. He has served as president of the Forum of Federations and as a member of the standby team of mediation experts at the United Nations. He has worked and lectured in more than 20 countries, is the author of two widely translated books on federalism, and the editor of three other books. He holds degrees in political science from Queen’s and Oxford University, as well as a diploma from the École nationale d'administration in Paris. He has also been a resident fellow at Harvard and New York universities.

David Bonham

David Bonham is a professor emeritus in the Faculty of Law and Queen's School of Business who also served as vice-principal of finance for a decade. From 1978 to 2009, Mr. Bonham was a partner, then counsel, with Cunningham Swan Carty Little and Bonham in Kingston. He has served on numerous boards in the Kingston community, and holds both the Padre Laverty and the John Orr awards from Queen’s.

Stan Corbett

A Queen’s graduate (BA’66, MA’72, PhD’82, LLB’95) who became the university’s longest-serving associate dean in the Faculty of Law, Stan Corbett also served as the academic director of the faculty’s Global Law Programs at the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle in England. He was a member of the affiliated faculty with the Queen’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and taught courses in the Department of Philosophy and in the School of Policy Studies. This award will be presented posthumously.

Paul Hand and Vicki Gilliatt Hand

Co-chairs of the University’s Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, Paul Hand (BA ’69, MBA ’73) and Vicki Gilliatt Hand (BA/BPHE ’73) are generous Queen’s benefactors and sports enthusiasts. Mr. Hand, a member of the football Gaels from 1969-73, is a managing director of RBC Capital Markets. Ms. Gilliatt Hand swam varsity synchro from 1971-73 and is still swimming masters. Together they have also supported Queen’s School of Business where Paul’s father was the dean, before becoming vice-principal. Three new fields have been built under their leadership – Tindall, Nixon, Miklas-McCarney – and this fall, Richardson Stadium will be revitalized to support outdoor athletics.

Arunima Khanna

A registered psychologist and adjunct assistant professor who received her doctoral degree from Queen’s, Arunima Khanna currently serves as the university’s cross-cultural counsellor. Her role sees her specializing in issues of concern to students from diverse cultural background including international students, racialized students and new Canadians, as well as advising faculty, staff, student groups and administrators on issues of diversity, equity, multicultural awareness, intercultural communication and problem-solving.

Gordon E. Smith

Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and a professor of ethnomusicology, Dr. Smith has also served as director of the School of Music. He holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and the ARCT diploma in piano performance, and has edited or contributed to numerous books and authored many articles. He also played a key role in seeing the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts come to life on the Kingston waterfront.

Inaugurated by University Council in 1974, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes those individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions. Recipients become honorary life members of University Council. The 2015 Distinguished Service Awards will be presented at the University Council dinner, which will be held this fall at Queen’s University. For more information about the Distinguished Service Awards, please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or by phone at 613-533-6095.

 

Queen's and QUFA, USW reach tentative agreements pending pension discussion

Early on July 29, the university and the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) reached a tentative collective agreement. On July 30, a tentative agreement was reached between Queen's and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2010.
 
Both agreements are subject to reaching a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the parties on a process for dealing with matters pertaining to pension, and to the ratification of the tentative collective agreements by both the university and the employee groups. 
 
“The university is very pleased with this significant step towards new collective agreements with both QUFA and USW,” says Michael Fraser, Vice-Principal, University Relations. “We look forward to reaching a memorandum of agreement regarding the pension process in the near future.” 
 
The university anticipates matters related to the University Pension Project will be addressed at an Aug. 13 meeting with university employee groups. 
 
Details of the tentative agreements will remain confidential until the agreements are ratified by both parties.
 
Additional negotiations between the university and all three CUPE locals are scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6. 

 

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