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A family and Queen's tradition

[Dolan Family Convocation]
Mariah Beahen, seen here with her mother Karen Dolan, will be wearing a gown that dates back to 1903 and a hood that was first worn in 1897 when she graduates from Queen's University on June 8. They are two of 14 members of the Dolan family who have graduated from Queen's. (Supplied Photo)

When Mariah Beahen stands on the stage of Grant Hall on June 8, it will be a moment of accomplishment steeped in family tradition.

As she receives her Bachelor of Arts degree, the Kingston resident will be wearing regalia that have been in her family for more than a century.

Her hood was first worn by her great-grandfather’s brother, John Henry Dolan, when he graduated from Queen’s in 1897. Her great-grandfather, George Robert Dolan, wore it the following year.

Similarly, her gown was first worn by John Henry’s wife, Laura Nugent, when she graduated from Queen’s in 1903.

That’s 118 years of family tradition over four generations.

It’s a deep connection that will only add to the life moment for Ms. Beahen.

“Even though it may not appear that I stand out, I think internally I will feel that I am standing out in that gown,” she says.

All told, Ms. Beahen will be the 14th member of the Dolan family to graduate from the university, almost all of whom have donned the family regalia.

Perhaps not surprisingly, both hood and gown are in excellent condition, cared for as a family heirloom.

“The gown is in incredible shape,” says Karen Dolan (BFA’78, BEd’79), Mariah’s mother and a Queen’s graduate herself. “It’s unbelievable.”

The significance of the event and the continuation of family tradition are not lost on Ms. Beahen. She has been amazed by the response.

“It’s pretty amazing since every person that I share the story with sinks it in for me more because everyone is just ‘Wow, that’s just incredible,’” she says. “I’m really glad I have the opportunity to do this.”

It will also be a big moment for her 92-year-old grandmother, Lois Dolan, who has taken care of the gown and hood in recent decades. Just getting the items ready has made her so happy, Ms. Beahen says. She has even stitched in the names of the graduates, including Ms. Beahen.

Karen Dolan turned down her chance to wear the gown when she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 1978. It’s something she now regrets but is happy that her daughter has made a different decision.

“I was given the chance to wear something that has been in my family since 1897 and I said no,” she says. “Luckily, Mariah said yes.”

The Dolan family’s connection to Queen’s is strong and 10 of the graduates have been women. The vast majority have also gone on to become teachers.

Another key family connection to Queen’s University is the Dolan Scholarship, created in 1992 with a donation of $1.5 million from the estate of Kathleen (Kay) Dolan (BA’24, MA’25), which provides selected students $3,000 a year for three years.

Putting the brakes on bike theft

Two new initiatives aim to give cyclists more peace of mind when parking their equipment on campus.

The university will construct its first secure bicycle parking facility near the courtyard between Mackintosh-Corry Hall and Dunning Hall. Additionally, Queen’s now offers a bicycle registration system that will help reconnect owners with their bicycles when they are recovered by police or found by other people.

The university is enhancing bike security by adding a secure storage facility and creating a registration system. (Photo by Charis Ho)

Leah Kelley, Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainability 2014-15, Alma Mater Society (AMS), says the secure storage addresses one of the major barriers to active transportation on campus. A 2012 report by School of Urban and Regional Planning students found that 83.5 per cent of survey respondents said that the addition of secure bicycle parking would encourage them to cycle more.

“Biking infrastructure is always a key issue of importance due to the large number of students who cycle to campus during the year,” says Ms. Kelley (Artsci’16). “Bike safety in particular is of great concern due high theft rates, which is why students are so excited to see the first step towards improving bike security at Queen’s come to fruition.”

Take the Commuter Challenge
Cycling to and from campus is one of several ways the Queen’s community can participate in the Commuter Challenge May 31-June 6.
The event encourages Canadians to leave their car at home and walk, take the bus, cycle or carpool to get where they are going.
Visit the Commuter Challenge website to sign up.

The secure facility will accommodate approximately 70 bikes and be enclosed by 10-foot-high steel fences. Members who register to park their bikes in that area will swipe a key fob or their staff card to access the facility. They are strongly encouraged to lock their bicycles to the racks inside the secure area. 

Construction on the facility is slated to begin shortly and open by September. Financial support for the project came from Housing and Hospitality Service’s Sustainability Fund and the AMS’ Sustainability Action Fund.

Staff and faculty will have to pay $50 annually or $30 per term (fall, winter, or spring/summer) to park their bicycles in the area. For students, the charge is $30 per year or $20 per term (fall, winter, or spring/summer). Visit the Sustainability Office website to register.

Additional deterrence

Fourth-year computing students Luke Dowker, Adriaan Hoekman and David Jiang developed the bicycle registration system for an independent project in CISC 498. Staff, faculty and students can log into the system using their NetID and register their bicycles using the serial number, a photograph and other information. They can also use the system to report a stolen bicycle. The system produces a stolen-bicycle report that can be forwarded to the local police and other stolen goods registries. Anyone who finds a bicycle can search the registry to see if it has been reported stolen.

“Anything we can do to reduce bicycle thefts is a good thing,” says Neal Scott, a professor in the Department of Geography and president of Cycle Kingston, an organization that promotes cycling safety education in Kingston. “The students did a great job creating an easy-to-use system that will hopefully make thieves think twice about stealing a bike on campus.

"Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to register their bicycles even if they do not bring them to campus," he adds.

Recognising dedicated Kingston alumni

[Kingston Alumni Awards]
Peng-Sang Cau, left, is being honoured for her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in Kingston’s business development, while David Pattenden, right,  is being honoured for his remarkable and multifaceted contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities. (Supplied Photos)

Prominent Kingston businessperson/philanthropist Peng-Sang Cau (BCom’94) and active Queen’s board member David Pattenden (Arts'67, MA'69, LLB'71, MEd'74, LLD'03) will be honoured by the Kingston branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association for their contributions to the Kingston and Queen’s communities.

Ms. Cau is the 2014 winner of the Jim Bennett Achievement Award, which was inaugurated in 1993 and is given to a Kingstonian who has made outstanding contributions to the Kingston or Queen’s community through their career, sports, art or volunteering. 

Originally from Cambodia, Ms. Cau escaped the oppressive rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s to start a new chapter in her life and in the history books of Canadian entrepreneurship. Currently the president and chief executive officer of Transformix Engineering Inc., based in Kingston, Ms. Cau is a successful and savvy entrepreneur, philanthropist, and an outspoken advocate for Canadian manufacturing.

“Peng’s ability to excel academically and in business while adapting to a new language and culture is simply inspiring. She is making a positive impact in the Kingston business and sports communities through her involvement with KEDCO, Kingston Technology council and coaching a number of youth sports teams,” says Kingston Branch president Lee Wetherall.

Mr. Pattenden is the winner of the 2014 Padre Laverty Award. Inaugurated in 1967, the Padre Laverty Award is given to a resident of the Kingston area, for outstanding service to Queen's University or jointly to the Queen’s and Kingston communities.

As a member of the Queen’s Board of Trustees Governance and Nominating Committee, Queen’s University Council Program Committee, Chairman of Queen’s Human Mobility Research Centre, and Chairman of the Atrial Fibrillation Association of Canada, Mr. Pattenden is being honoured for his remarkable and ongoing contributions to both Queen’s and the Kingston communities.

“David’s contribution to Queen’s has been truly exemplary of an alumni. He has been involved with Queen’s at every level, from student to Queen’s Council to the Board of Trustee. He was nominated by Padre Laverty’s nephew, which makes this a special moment in this award history,” says Ms. Wetherall.

The Padre Laverty Award and Jim Bennett Achievement Award will be presented on May 28, at Ban Righ Hall. For more information, or to register, please visit events.queensu.ca/kingstonawards.

Cycling to help cancer battle

  • [7 Days in May]
    Cyclists participating in the 7 Days in May met with researchers from the NCIC Clinical Trials Group on Monday.
  • [7 Days in May]
    Funds from the 7 Days in May cycling event go directly to research on pancreatic cancer being done at the NCIC CTG.
  • [7 Days in May]
    Riders participating in the 7 Days in May fundraising ride stopped at Queen's University on Monday.

Dressed in their trademark purple jerseys, a group of cyclists helping fund the battle against pancreatic cancer visited the research clinic that is benefitting from their fundraising efforts on Monday.

Funds raised by the 7 Days in May cycling are donated to the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) at Queen’s University for its ongoing clinical trial PA.6, which is targeted at improving the survival odds for pancreatic cancer patients.

“The funds raised support the PA.6 trial that if successful will improve the cure rate for patients who undergo surgery for pancreas cancer,” says Janet Dancey, director of the NCIC CTG. “It is a very important trial being conducted by the academic research community. 7 Days in May raises funds that allow the trial to be conducted and also awareness for research, for the study and for patients with pancreas cancer.”

The ride, which also aims to raise awareness around pancreatic cancer, circles around Lake Ontario and the 20 participants have already raised nearly $44,000 toward their goal of $50,000.

The stop in Kingston marked the start of Day 3 in the week-long ride that will cover just over 1,100 km.

The 7 Days in May Foundation was founded by Gord Townley, who continues to ride, in memory of his mother Lorraine Townley, who became an advocate for others by participating in clinical trials before dying in November 2011.

NCIC CTG is an academic clinical trials cooperative oncology group that conducts phase I-III trials testing anti-cancer and supportive therapies across Canada and internationally. It is one of the national programs and networks of the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute CCSRI, and is supported by the Canadian Cancer SocietyThe NCIC CTG’s Central Operations and Statistics Office is located at Queen’s University.

Proposed academic accommodations policy posted

A newly-proposed policy for academic accommodations for students with disabilities has been posted on the website of the University Secretariat for the Queen’s community to review and provide feedback. 

The community will be able to provide feedback until June 8. Feedback can be sent to policies@queensu.ca.

Power outage will affect some West Campus facilities

A planned power outage by Utilities Kingston will affect Richardson Stadium, the Coastal Engineering Laboratory, GeoEngineering Laboratory and the West Campus Storage building on Thursday, May 28, from 9 am to 7 pm. 

Questions or concerns regarding this planned work should be directed to Utilities Kingston by phone at 613-546-1181 x 2442.

This work is weather pending, and the alternate dates are June 3rd and 4th.

Washroom closure - Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Washroom Closure

The following washrooms within Mackintosh-Corry Hall will be closed for minor renovations (flooring replacement and painting) beginning on Monday, May 25:

  • 3rd floor north (B-Wing) and south (D-Wing)
  • 2nd floor south (D-Wing)
  • 1st floor north (B-Wing)

All other washrooms in the building will remain available to occupants and visitors while this work is completed. A separate notice will be issued when the above-referenced washrooms are re-opened for use.

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

A plan tailored for success

Talon Lloyd
Talon Lloyd (Comm’15) recently won the Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Queen’s School of Business, for his business Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring. (Supplied photo)

As Talon Lloyd (Comm’15) explains it, his company – Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring – is a meeting of an old world business with 21st century technology.

In a time when so many young entrepreneurs are focused on apps, Mr. Lloyd has taken a different tack, introducing bespoke tailoring – where garments are custom-made – to the needs of today’s consumer – a quality product without a lengthy wait.

Like apps, however, the key to the startup is the use of the Internet along with understanding the needs and wants of the market, in particular young professionals in the financial district of Toronto.

The premise is simple. He has taken a specialized industry and put it in the hands of the consumer. Forget the traditional visit to the tailor in his shop.

“What I am doing is utilizing technology so that it optimizes this business for today’s consumer,” he says. “The way we run online appointments, the way that we use our mobile POS (point of sale) system that allows me to go into offices and collect payments locally, the way that we can take measurements through our online system where we actually teach somebody how to measure themselves and then they can submit their own measurements.”

With a supplier in Hong Kong, where expert tailoring is still available and affordable, Mr. Lloyd is able to provide a high-quality product quicker and cheaper compared to the traditional model.

This meshing of old and new recently earned him the $5,000 top prize at the annual Paul and Tom Kinnear Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Queen’s School of Business.

With Lloyd and Company Bespoke Tailoring successfully up and running for two years now, Mr. Lloyd’s business plan for the competition was based on improving the delivery system and more suited to the customer. The money will now be put to adding QR codes to the product so the customer can track exactly where their orders are, from the measurements up to delivery.

“The approach that I took in my presentation was how do we optimize the customer relationship, specifically looking at after somebody places their order, how can I not only track that order from manufacturing to delivery, but how can a customer maintain an understanding of where their order is,” he says. “Right now we send everything off to our supplier and then it arrives in a box a few weeks later. Then, when I have it in my hand, I can reach out to the customer and say I have your product. In the meantime I don’t know whether the product is in the air or if it is in the cutting stage, the sewing stage.”

Today’s customers, he explains, aren’t willing to merely sit back and wait for their orders to show up. They want to know exactly where it is and what is going on. The other benefit to the QR code system is that he will also be able to keep track of the orders and deal with any delay-causing issues as they arise, such as a fabric being out of stock.

The other key is the minimal overhead required for his concept. Owning or renting a store in downtown Toronto means a massive initial investment, while a “pop-up” shop that sets up temporarily at a hotel lacks the image his clientele are looking for.

So Mr. Lloyd is using a shared-office model, where another company that owns the entire floor of a building at Bay and Wellington streets in Toronto’s financial district, segments out offices to smaller businesses, such as Lloyd and Company.

There’s also a shared reception, providing the professionalism he wants and his customers demand.

As for the future Mr. Lloyd has big plans, including expanding to other financial centres around the world and taking on more of a management role.

“Ultimately, I’m a business student. I would like to see this operated and use what I’ve learned at school to advance the business end as opposed to being the salesperson,” he says. “You can only be in one place at a time as a salesperson. But the way that we’ve started this business it can be leveraged and scaled. I can’t be in every financial centre selling at the same time so ideally I would like to remain as involved as I can on the sales side but I’ d like to be in a position where this business can run on its own without me involved day-to-day.”

FIT TIPS: Plan to be more active

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. Pack healthy snacks to eat throughout the day and to curb cravings
2. Find ways to laugh more, laughing reduces stress
3. Floss more, it improves oral hygiene and studies show it adds about three years on to your life!
4. Avoid eating late
5. Go for frozen yogurt instead of ice cream
6. Focus on good posture when sitting at your desk
7. At the beginning of the week plan how you’re going to get your 150 minutes of physical activity
8. Include an item from each food group in every meal
9. Don’t focus on what the scale says, pay more attention to how you feel
10. Use an agenda to better manage your time, and reduce stress

City council approves exemption extension

On May 19, Kingston City Council approved the university’s application for a one-year extension to its noise bylaw exemption for two West Campus sports fields and Richardson Stadium.

“We are very pleased with the decision, and with the recognition from the mayor and several members of council of the work we’ve done to date to limit the sound emanating from the sports fields and to work with local residents to find solutions when issues arise,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation.

The exemption permits the use of game whistles at the sports fields between the hours of 9 am and 9 pm Monday to Sunday, until June 30, 2016. Limited amplified sound for game-related announcements and playing the national anthem is also permitted on a limited basis.

At the time of the original exemption approval, city council placed a number of conditions on the exemption, including:

  • Communicating with internal and external field users on the importance of keeping noise levels to a minimum;
  • Posting field signs with the same message, and ongoing communication with the community;
  • Establishing a call-in line and response protocol to address any neighbourhood concerns; and
  • Limiting the volume, frequency, duration and type of amplified sound permitted.

The university will continue to comply with each of these conditions. Queen’s will also continue to report field usage statistics and neighbourhood feedback to the city of Kingston.

Last year, HGC Engineering conducted a noise impact assessment that led to several recommendations for noise reduction in the area. The university began making a number of adjustments to field usage prior to receiving the original exemption, and has since implemented all of the consultant’s recommendations.

As planning for the revitalization of Richardson Stadium moves forward, the university will continue to consult with West Campus neighbours and community members regarding a variety of stadium-related subjects, including noise.

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