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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. 

 

Next head of COU a Queen's grad, fellow

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) has appointed David Lindsay as its next president and CEO.

David Lindsay will become the president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities on Jan. 1, 2016

In a release, the COU said that Mr. Lindsay, currently president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), will take up the position as of Jan. 1, 2016.

A graduate of Queen’s University (Com’81), Mr. Lindsay is also a fellow at the School of Policy Studies.

To his new role Mr. Lindsay brings a wealth of public policy experience and a proven track record in the leadership of public sector organizations, the release says.

Before joining the FPAC, Mr. Lindsay held deputy minister positions in the Government of Ontario in Energy and Infrastructure, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, Natural Resources, and Tourism and Culture. Earlier in his career he served as president and CEO of Colleges Ontario and was the founding president of the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation responsible for infrastructure planning for the Ontario government from 1999 to 2003. He also was president and CEO of the Ontario Jobs and Investment Board from 1997 to 1999, and from 1995 to 1997 he served as principal secretary and chief of staff to the premier of Ontario.

“As an alumnus and a fellow of the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University congratulates David Lindsay on his appointment as the next president and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “We are certain that he will provide excellent leadership and guidance at a time when the province’s universities face both exciting opportunities and significant challenges.”

Mr. Lindsay will replace Bonnie Patterson, president and CEO of the COU for the past six years.

'A person of immense energy'

Few people knew Flora MacDonald as well as Professor Emeritus John Meisel did. After all, he’s the person responsible for bringing her to Queen’s University and Kingston, where she would eventually embark upon her trailblazing political career.

[Flora MacDonald]
Flora MacDonald worked at Queen's University before embarking upon her political career. (Supplied photo)

Ms. MacDonald, the Member of Parliament for the riding of Kingston and the Islands from 1972 to 1988 and appointed Canada’s first Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1979, died Sunday in Ottawa at the age of 89.

A close friend, Dr. Meisel says that Ms. MacDonald was a remarkable person and a standout politician.

“She was a person of immense energy. She was just indefatigable,” he says. “She was a very public-spirited person. When she saw something in the public domain that needed to be done she went around and started doing it.”

Dr. Meisel first got to know Ms. MacDonald as he researched the 1957 general election for a book. Ms. MacDonald worked as a secretary within the Progressive Conservative party and helped provide the information he requested for various research projects in following years. She was incredibly efficient and impressed him greatly, he says. He told her that if she ever needed a job he would find her a place at the university.

Several years later and Ms. MacDonald took him up on his offer and Dr. Meisel, now the head of the Department of Political Studies, went to Principal James Alexander Corry and requested that an administrative position be created to allow him to focus more on academic work.

Principal Corry agreed. It was a decision that would have a lasting impact on the Kingston community as well as Canadian politics.

During her time at Queen’s, Ms. MacDonald proved popular and was a pillar of strength for the department.

“She was marvelous. At that time we were having a lot of people arrive, graduate students, and they had to be found accommodation and she did all that,” Dr. Meisel says. “She wasn’t just a secretary. She was really kind of a departmental mother.”

While she would remain a friend of Queen’s, Ms. MacDonald was destined for a grander stage and after being invited to take a year-long course at the National Defence College in Kingston, she returned to politics, claiming the Progressive Conservative banner for the riding and winning the 1972 election.

She would then unsuccessfully contend for the party leadership in 1976 and when the party came to power under eventual winner Joe Clark in 1979, Ms. MacDonald would become the Canada’s first female Secretary of State for External Affairs. When the PCs returned to power in 1984 under Brian Mulroney, Ms. MacDonald was named Minister of Employment and Immigration and then Minister of Communications in 1986.

Dr. Meisel says that one of Ms. MacDonald’s strengths was that she was always so well informed. The reason for that was a skill she learned during her secretary days.

“She had a wonderful advantage – she knew how to take shorthand,” Dr. Meisel says. “So she always took notes wherever she went. She never missed or forgot anything because she kept notes. She told me that when she was a Cabinet minister she used to take shorthand notes during the Cabinet meetings for herself. So she was always much better informed than other people because she had all these records.”

Flora McDonald’s funeral will be held this Sunday at 2 pm in Ottawa.

High praise for admin system project

A Queen’s Project Portfolio Office-led partnership aimed at increasing collaboration between institutions that use the PeopleSoft administration systems recently earned recognition from chief information officers across Canadian universities.

[PIF team]
Estee Joe Matthew, Nick Graham and Anna Geladi from the Project Portfolio Office are developing the Knowledge Content Centre, which will launch this fall. The project is part of the Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative, which received support from the Government of Ontario's Productivity and Innovation Fund in late 2013. 

The Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative (OPSRI) was a finalist for a new award launched this year by the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO). The award recognizes initiatives that promote collaboration within the higher education information technology sector.

OPSRI was developed with support from the Government of Ontario’s Productivity and Innovation Fund in late 2013. The partner institutions have studied ways they could work together to improve the operation of the finance, human resources and student administration systems.

“Being selected as a finalist will help significantly increase the visibility and awareness of the collaborative project and hopefully lead to more institutions participating,” says Bo Wandschneider, Queen’s Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services).

To support the collaboration efforts, eight institutions are developing the Knowledge Content Centre (KCC). Nick Graham, Knowledge Content Coordinator, is also acting as the project manager for the KCC, which will launch this fall.

“The KCC is a first step toward increased collaboration amongst institutions as it allows for a better understanding of our similarities and identification of areas where we can most effectively work together,” Mr. Graham says. “Institutions will be able to easily share relevant information, documentation and materials using the web-based platform. Furthermore, we are incorporating elements into the KCC that facilitate improved interaction between staff members across institutions.”

Mr. Graham notes that the project group has already seen considerable interest in expanding the centre to include non-PeopleSoft content. “It’s exciting that our current partners and even other institutions are beginning to see the potential in the KCC,” he says.

If you would like more information about the Knowledge Content Centre and Ontario PeopleSoft Shared Responsibility Initiative, you can email the ITS Project Portfolio Office.

Update on data centre power outage

On Sunday July 26, 2015 at 11:35 am, the Dupuis Hall data centre’s power was automatically shut down due to fire detection sensors triggering the release of the room's fire suppression system. The root cause has been identified as a compressor oil leak in one of the air conditioning units. 

Power was restored to the room just before 4 pm, following inspection by both the Kingston Fire Department and Queen's Environmental Health and Safety.

All systems have since been restored. 

 

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, Aug. 27. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Aug. 25. For the Record will be published on a monthly basis over the summer months and bi-weekly beginning in September.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Communications Officer Wanda Praamsma

Appointments

Anne K. Ellis – James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Alan Harrison is pleased to announce the appointment of Anne K. Ellis as the James H. Day Chair in Allergic Diseases and Allergy Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences. This appointment is for a five-year period from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2020.

After graduating in 1995 with her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph, Dr. Ellis came to Queen’s University to pursue her Doctor of Medicine, graduating from the School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her residency at Queen’s University in Internal Medicine in 2003, followed by a research fellowship in Queen’s Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Immunology. In 2004, Dr. Ellis became a fellow in training with the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at McMaster University, completing her training in 2006. Shortly afterwards, she completed her Master of Science at McMaster University, graduating in 2008.

From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Ellis was appointed as a clinical scholar with McMaster University’s Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She returned to Queen’s University in 2008 as an assistant professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology within the Department of Medicine, with a cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences. She was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Her position is one of a clinician scientist with 75 per cent protected time for research. 

She has served as the chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology since May 2010, and is the director of the Allergy Research Unit of Kingston General Hospital; the flagship of this research program being the Environmental Exposure Unit (EEU), an internationally recognized and validated controlled allergen challenge model of allergic rhinitis. She is also the co-director of the Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Investigator Collaborative (AR-CIC), a national multi-centre network of allergic rhinitis researchers, which receives federal funding via AllerGen NCE. 

Dr. Ellis also runs a basic science research program centered on the Kingston Allergy Birth Cohort study, a prospective birth cohort that has enrolled over 400 pregnant women to date, in order to study umbilical cord blood biomarkers that could be predictive of future atopic disease in childhood. She has gained particular expertise in the evaluation of epigenetic modifications as they relate to atopic risk and also epigenetic changes that occur as a result of allergic inflammation.   

At Queen’s, Dr. Ellis has overseen the studies and work of more than 60 students, residents, and other trainees. She served from September 2009 until June 2015 on the FHS Research Advisory Council, and currently sits on the FHS Industry Liasion Council. She has also served as the chair of the Annual Resident Research Day for the Department of Medicine since 2011.

Outside Queen’s University, Dr. Ellis is an associate editor of Annals of Allergy, and sits on the Board of Directors for both Clinical Trials Ontario, and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She is also an editorial board member of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, and an editor-at-large for the World Allergy Organization Journal.

Dr. Ellis is an active member of eight organizations, including the Ontario Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Canadian Thoracic Society. She is also a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 

Dr. Ellis has been invited to lecture more than 70 times, and is a named author of more than 60 publications. She has also presented 100 abstracts at scientific conferences.

Mary Acreman – Interim Director, Counselling Services

Mary Acreman, a senior counsellor in Health, Counselling and Disability Services, has been appointed interim director of Counselling Services, following the retirement of Mike Condra. The recruitment process to fill the positions of director, Counselling Services, and executive director of the Wellness Centre are ongoing.

Successful Candidates

Job Title: Assistant Coach - Football 
Department: Athletics & Recreation 
Competition: 2015-088 
Successful Candidate: Ben D'Andrea

Job Title: Program Associate (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Biology 
Competition: 2015-083 
Successful Candidate: Laura Nagel

Job Title: Departmental Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Campus Planning and Development 
Competition: 2015-119 
Successful Candidate: Kathy Polywkan (Campus Planning and Development)

Job Title: Privacy Officer 
Department: Legal Counsel & University Secretariate 
Competition: 2015-060 
Successful Candidate: Carolyn Ann Heald

Job Title: Intake Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's Student Accessibility Services 
Competition: 2015-143 
Successful Candidate: Nicole Begin (Diability Services)

Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (OPSEU) 
Department: Family Medicine 
Competition: 2015-106 
Successful Candidate: Amy VanKoughnett

Job Title: Registered Nurse (ONA) 
Department: Family Medicine - Queen's Family Health Team 
Competition: 2015-109 
Successful Candidate: Kayla Purdon

Job Title: Coordinator, International Projects & Events (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Office of the Provost & Vice Principal (Academic) 
Competition: 2015-074 
Successful Candidate: Csilla Volford

Job Title: Film and Media Video Technician (CUPE Local 254) 
Department: Film and Media 
Competition: 2015-129 
Successful Candidate: Ryan Randall

Job Title: Receptionist (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Financial Services 
Competition: 2015-150 
Successful Candidate: Withdrawn

Job Title: Research Administrator 
Department: Department of Physics/SNO Lab 
Competition: 2015-075 
Successful Candidate: Julie McDonald

Job Title: Project Engineer (Tellurium Purification) 
Department: Physics- SNO Lab 
Competition: 2014-205 
Successful Candidate: Doug Horne

Job Title: Assistant Coach, Football 
Department: Athletics & Recreation 
Competition: 2015-088 
Successful Candidate: Alex Vertullo

Job Title: Senior Research Engineer 
Department: School of Computing 
Competition: 2014-319 
Successful Candidate: Withdrawn

Job Title: Administrative Coordinator (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Agnes Etherington Art Centre 
Competition: 2015-112 
Successful Candidate: Diana Gore

Job Title: Admission Representative (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Office of the University Registrar - Undergraduate Admission 
Competition: 2015-067 
Successful Candidate: Rya Marrelli

Job Title: Associate Director/Practice Manager 
Department: Regional Assessment Resource Centre 
Competition: 2014-181 
Successful Candidate: Rina Gupta

Job Title: Electrical Engineer 
Department: Physical Plant Services 
Competition: 2014-273 
Successful Candidate: Dan Belisle

Job Title: Financial Assistant (USW Local 2010) 
Department: Queen's School of Business 
Competition: 2015-140A 
Successful Candidate: Jennifer Miller (The Monieson Centre)

Job Title: Study Coordinator 
Department: NCIC - Clinical Trials Group 
Competition: 2015-134 & 2015-R016 
Successful Candidate: Paul Stos (NCIC - Clinical Trials Group)

 

Red the colour of the day as bike rally arrives

  • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
    Riders donning their trademark red outfits cycle in to Queen's University as part of the 17th annual Friends for Life Bike Rally.
  • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
    Riders check in with Queen's Event Services staff after finishing the third stage of the Friends for Life Bike Rally.
  • [Friends for Life Bike Rally]
    A rider receives treatment from a member of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College intern after arriving at Queen's

Red riders rolled their way into Queen’s University on Tuesday, making their annual stop as part of the Friends for Life Bike Rally.

The fundraiser for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is a six-day ride from Toronto to Montreal and Kingston marks the halfway point.

“Queen’s University has always been extremely helpful,” says Allan Hooey, the bike rally’s co-chair. “This year they not only helped us around, because of the construction, but literally told us where to go and set up. They did the map and sent it to us.”

The 17th annual ride involves 201 riders and 101 crew members, who stay in Queen’s residences for the night before hitting the road early Wednesday.

Organizers say that $1 million of the $1.4 million goal has been raised by participants, with the total accounting for 40 per cent of the PWA’s operating budget.

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