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Queen's moves to per-term billing

Queen’s University will introduce per-term billing for all students starting in the 2015-16 academic year.

The university will require students to pay their tuition fees and student assistance levy (SAL) for their fall 2015 courses on Sept. 1, 2015. Tuition fees and the SAL for winter 2016 courses will be due Jan. 10, 2016. Tuition and SAL for summer courses will remain the same. The session start date continues to be the due date for summer classes.

Residence fees, which include a mandatory meal plan, will also be split and billed per term. Half of the residence costs will be due on Sept. 30, 2015 and the remaining due on Jan. 31, 2016.

This change will give students and their families more flexibility when it comes to making their tuition and residence payments.

Barbara Emorine, Associate University Registrar (Records and Services)

All student activity fees will continue to be billed in the fall term with a payment deadline of Sept. 30, 2015. UHIP fees for international students are also not being split; full payment is due Sept. 30.

“This change will give students and their families more flexibility when it comes to making their tuition and residence payments,” says Barbara Emorine, Associate University Registrar (Records and Services).

Even with the move to per-term billing, the alternate payment arrangement (APA) program will continue to assist students who cannot meet the payment deadlines of Sept. 1 and Jan. 10 but have a proven source of funding.

More information
Per-term billing FAQs
Email solus@queensu.ca or call 613-533-6894

The APA allows students, upon approval, to defer payment of their tuition and SAL, without penalty, to Sept. 30, 2015 for fall fees and Jan. 31, 2016 for winter fees. Visit the University Registrar’s website for more information about who is eligible and how to apply for an APA.

The University Registrar has posted on its website answers to frequently asked questions about per term billing, including a section for graduate students and student receiving financial aid and/or awards. If students have additional questions, they can send an email to solus@queensu.ca or call 613-533-6894.

Boag, Rumball pick up top sports awards

[Colour Awards Varsity Team]
Jacob Rumball and Liz Boag were recognized as Queen's University's top student-athletes at the 79th annual Colour Awards Varsity Team banquet Wednesday.

The top student-athlete awards went to members of the women’s basketball and men’s rugby teams as Queen’s University held the 79th annual Colour Awards Varsity Team banquet Wednesday night at the ARC Main Gym.

Liz Boag (Sc’15) and Jacob Rumball (Artsci’15) received the top awards for the 2014-15 season as both capped their stellar Gaels’ careers.

Ms. Boag received the PHE '55 Alumnae Award while Mr. Rumball was awarded the Jenkins Trophy.

Other awards handed out included the Outstanding Performance of the Year (OPY) honour for Larkin Davenport Huyer (PHE’16) of women's rowing.

The Alfie Pierce Trophy, awarded to the top rookies, went to a pair of hockey players in Addi Halladay (Artsci’18) and Spencer Abraham (Artsci’18), while the Jim Tait Trophy, presented annually to the top performing varsity team was handed to the OUA champion men's rugby team.

On Tuesday, Queen's honoured its top athletes in the varsity club stream. Erin Milner from synchronized swimming and Ryan Wilson from men's ultimate, claimed the top senior student-athlete awards while women's squash earned Varsity Club of the Year.  Haley Golding from cycling and Austin O'Boyle from baseball claimed rookie of the year awards.

For more on these awards and the athletics and recreation programs available at Queen's go to gogaelsgo.com.


International student wins Three Minute Thesis

  • Three Minute Thesis
    Chenman Yin is the winner of the Three Minute Thesis competition for Queen's University. She will now represent Queen's at the provincial final at Western on April 23.
  • Three Minute Thesis
    Nicolle Domnik's presentation on her cardiopulminary system research earned her the Runner-Up Award in the Three Minute Thesis.
  • Three Minute Thesis
    Changhai Zhu's research on bass populations in Lake Ontario earned him the People's Choie Award at the Three Minute Thesis.
  • Three Minute Thesis
    Kevser Aktas makes her presentation on "The Impact of Powerful Numbers" during Tuesday's Three Minute Thesis final at Quen's University.
  • Three Minute Thesis
    Amy Rentz's presentation at the Three Minute Thesis final focussed on her research on improving the durability of geosynthetics used in landfills.
  • Three Minute Thesis
    The judges panel was comprised of, from left, Principal Daniel Woolf, journalist Ann Lukits, Toby Abramsky of Keystone Property Managment and Ken Stevens of DuPont.

Distilling years of research into a three-minute presentation is challenging enough, but doing it in your second language is a monumental task.

That’s what Chenman Yin did as she claimed the Queen’s University title for the Three Minute Thesis on Tuesday.

Ms. Yin, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Engineering and Applied Physics, is an international student from China who also completed her undergraduate studies at Queen’s.

Her presentation – a three-minute talk and a single static slide – on using lasers to cut bone during brain surgery, earned her the top prize of $1,000 and the chance to compete at the provincials. She competed against nine other finalists who spoke on a wide array of topics, from powerful numbers in mathematics and using geosynthetics in landfills to protecting traditional knowledge and whether or not allergies develop before birth.

The event is a mix of in-depth research, engagement and humour, with the goal of helping the audience understand the findings.

The win was a bit of a surprise for Ms. Yin who entered the contest at the last minute and, being an international student, wasn’t confident in her presentation skills. She credits her friends for pushing her to enter the contest in the first place.

“As an international student, where English is not my first language, there is always pressure when speaking in front of a big crowd. I think I needed that push to do something like this. I wouldn’t voluntarily do it,” she says.

She also points out that taking part in the event will help her as she works on her thesis, providing focus as well as giving her confidence in her presentation abilities. She also just loves what she is doing and wants others to know about it.

“I think this is a great opportunity to think about what you did over the past two years, in three minutes. I personally think that my project is cool so I really want to tell people about it,” she says. “A lot of people get scared when they hear the word physics but for me it isn’t (scary), so I guess I try to use everyday language to show people why physics is neat and they actually can do something to help people live a better life.”

Nicolle Domnik, who is pursuing a PhD in physiology, claimed the runner-up prize and $500 for her presentation on her research on the cardiopulmonary system, while Changhai Zhu, a Master’s student in biology, picked up the People’s Choice Award for his work in using fishing competitions to monitor bass populations in Lake Ontario.

Ms. Yin will represent Queen’s at the Ontario University Three Minute Thesis Competition set for April 23 at Western University.

For further information on the Three Minute Thesis, go to queensu.ca/3mt/.

'Never give up'

[Alex Mann]
Alex Mann (Sc’16) marked his fifth year free of cancer on March 9 and celebrated by launching an online campaign that raised $11,000 for a pair of childhood cancer foundations. (University Communications)

On March 9 Alex Mann (Sc’16) marked a special anniversary: five years without cancer.

The day marked a sort of conclusion to a journey of loss and triumph.

The loss of a promising future in baseball. The loss of an 18-cm section of his humerus, the bone in your upper arm. Triumph over adversity at so many levels.

Now, at the dawn of a new stage in his life, he’s looking to give back.

To celebrate, Mann, who at the age of 17 was diagnosed with Ewing’s Cell Sarcoma, a rare form of childhood bone cancer, has launched an online fundraising campaign that will benefit two of the charities that helped him through his darkest days: Childhood Cancer Canada and Children’s Wish.

In less than two weeks, he raised more than $11,000. It has been an enlightening exercise.

“Getting $11,000, it’s overwhelming, the amount of support. When I first put it up, the amount of people who were sharing it and sending me thoughtful messages, it just blew me away,” he says. “I have some really good friends here at Queen’s but I just didn’t realize the amount of support I really had. People are reaching out to me personally and some of these people I haven’t spoken to in years.”

It was also thanks to the support of his close friends that he initiated the campaign and the five-year mark had always seemed to be the right time.

Anyone who has fought cancer or is close to someone with the deadly disease, knows that the fifth anniversary is a key waypoint in the journey.

While not an absolute, in the majority of cases it marks a successful end of the battle.

For Mann, it certainly was a special day.

[Alex Mann pitching]
Alex Mann pitched for the Queen's Gaels for three seasons. (Supplied photo)

“Waking up it was just like, all right, it worked, I was okay, I was living, I was healthy,” he says. “I kept having these flashback memories of the hospital. Some good moments and some bad moments and it was just crazy for me to think that was five years ago today, that I was leaving the hospital. I won’t ever forget that.”

He also won’t forget the shock, pain and trials that he and his family went through in his “lost year.”

It was May 2009 and Mann was riding high, having just celebrated his 17th birthday and in the midst of a solid baseball campaign. But then he felt a pain in the upper portion of his left arm, the one he used for fielding. It wasn’t the usual ache that comes from playing ball, so he went to the hospital to get it checked out.

What happened next would change his life forever – he was diagnosed with cancer.

“It was surreal. I was a healthy guy. It was baseball on the weekends strictly,” he says. “You ask ‘How did this really happen and how did it develop?’ It’s not the right question to ask yourself. At the time you always think things happen because of the way you live.”

A bit of research and Mann learned that in most cases of cancer, there isn’t a specific reason or cause. It just happens.

A mere three weeks later he would undergo his first seven rounds of chemotherapy. In November he had surgery, removing the bone and part of his deltoid and replacing it with a metal rod linking his shoulder and elbow joint.

After two weeks of recuperation, there were seven more rounds of chemotherapy.

At the end of it, he was literally a shadow of his former self. His body had been wracked by the aggressive treatments. He had lost 30 pounds.

Yet he was alive and the outlook was good. Doctors told him the chemotherapy had destroyed 99 per cent of the cancerous cells.

Through it all, he set himself a number of goals, including getting back to playing baseball, which he would do the next year and eventually would go on to pitch for the Queen’s Gaels. He also made sure he set himself up for a good education.

Mann wasn’t alone and had a lot of support, first and foremost from his family, but also from a number of foundations, including Childhood Cancer Canada and Children’s Wish.

He credits his parents for ensuring he put up a good fight. They simply told him “never give up.” And they hammered it home.

He has shared that simple message with others as they begin their treatment.

“For the most part I was just pushing them and saying there is going to be a life after cancer. And there is a life after cancer,” he says. “You can’t count yourself out. You’re going to come out beaten and bruised and, you know, I came out totally different than I thought I was going to. You have to have that goal. You can’t let yourself get depressed about it. It’s not going to make the situation better. Asking ‘Why me?’ is not going to help anything. You just have to put it in perspective and you just have to stay up as much as you can.”

Mann’s campaign can be found at tilt.com/campaigns/alex-mann-five-years-and-counting.

Policy series celebrates inaugural director's legacy

As the inaugural director of Queen’s School of Policy Studies (SPS), Tom Courchene strived to bring together the academic and professional policy communities through the school’s programs, conferences and lectures.

Queen's School of Policy Studies has developed a speakers series to honour Tom Courchene, the school's inaugural director and a distinguished member of the Canadian public policy community.

SPS has recognized the former director’s enduring legacy by establishing the Tom Courchene Distinguished Speakers Series. The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair, commissioner and chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), will give the first lecture in the series this Friday at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

The speaker series is supported by the Margie and Tom Courchene Endowment Fund. It was established in 1999 with an initial gift by the Courchenes. Since that time, generous donations from Dr. Courchene’s colleagues at Queen’s and across the country have supplemented the fund.

“This speaker series will provide our students, and the Queen’s community more broadly, with a bridge between academics and policy-makers,” says Kim Nossal, Director, Queen’s School of Policy Studies. “This series will encourage an on-going discussion on critical issues, in particular Indigenous policy and governance, a policy field Tom has been increasingly engaged with in recent years.”

The Tom Courchene Distinguished Speakers Series
“What do we do about the legacy of Indian Residential Schools?”
The Hon. Justice Murray Sinclair, Commissioner and Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Friday, March 27, 11:45-1:15 pm, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (390 King St. West) Transportation available More information

Dr. Courchene came to Queen’s in 1988 as the Stauffer-Dunning Chair in Public Policy and the first director of the new School of Policy Studies. From 1991 until his retirement in 2012, he held the Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professorship in Economics and Financial Policy at Queen’s, where he was a member of the Department of Economics, the School of Policy Studies and the Faculty of Law.

Dr. Courchene has written more than 300 articles and authored or edited 60 books. The recipient of many awards and accolades, Dr. Courchene is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

Justice Sinclair was Manitoba’s first Aboriginal judge and the second Aboriginal judge in Canada. He has received numerous honours for his work in the field of Aboriginal justice. Justice Sinclair chairs the TRC, which was established in 2007 with a mandate to inform all Canadians about the 150-year history residential schools, and guide and inspire a process of reconciliation and renewed relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

University Council elects members to Board

The University Council recently elected Doug Bruce and Kathleen Pritchard to serve on the Board of Trustees.

The University Council elects six of its own members to serve on the Board of Trustees, two of whom retire from office each year after serving a three-year term. Mr. Bruce and Dr. Pritchard will begin their terms on the Board effective June 1, 2015.

Doug Bruce’s biography

Kathleen Pritchard’s biography

Queen’s seeks temporary extension to noise exemption

Queen’s has submitted a request to the City of Kingston for a one-year extension to the temporary, limited exemption to the city’s noise control bylaw in effect for the sports fields at the corner of Johnson Street and Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard, and for Richardson Stadium. The current exemption expires on June 30, 2015.

The university is requesting a further one-year exemption, under the same terms and conditions previously approved by city council, until June 30, 2016.

“We have been in regular communication with our West Campus neighbours throughout the past year, and the feedback we have received suggests that there have been significant improvements in terms of the sound emanating from our sports fields,” says Leslie Dal Cin, Executive Director, Athletics and Recreation. “This temporary extension will allow the university to continue to work collaboratively with community members toward a long-term solution for the fields, and for the revitalized Richardson Stadium, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016.”

At the time of 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, including the creation of a dedicated web page, reporting line and response plan;
  • Limiting the volume, frequency, duration and type of amplified sound permitted;
  • Providing the City of Kingston with a copy of the noise impact assessment along with a proposed list of actions by December 31, 2014; and
  • Reporting field usage on a monthly basis to the City of Kingston for the duration of the exemption.

The university has complied with each of these conditions.

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 current exemption, and has since implemented all of the consultant’s recommendations.

The City of Kingston has opened a public comment period and Kingston city council is expected to consider this matter at its meeting on May 19.

Board in brief

Highlights from the March 6-7 meeting of the Board of Trustees

Welcome from the Chair

Chair Barb Palk congratulated the incoming executives of the Alma Mater Society (AMS) and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS). She reported that Trustee Edward Speal was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board for a term to May 31, 2016, and that Trustee Deborah Alexander had resigned from the Board. 

Consent Agenda

As part of the consent agenda, the Board approved naming dedications. 

Principal’s Strategic Update

Principal Daniel Woolf updated the board on the topic of HLTH 102 and noted the Provost’s review of the matter. He highlighted the March student leadership summit, co-hosted by the Principal and the Rector, which involves incoming and outgoing student leaders in the AMS, SGSPS, and faculty societies. Two Queen’s projects received funding from the Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program, enabling 35 Queen’s students to pursue an internship or study abroad opportunity. Queen’s recently launched Major Maps, an academic and career planning tool that is a first of its kind at a Canadian university. The Principal concluded by recognizing the outgoing SGPS and AMS executives.

Provost’s Operational Update

Provost Alan Harrison highlighted a number of initiatives underway including:

Operating budget overview

Provost Alan Harrison provided an overview of the university’s preliminary 2015-16 operating budget, as well as an overview of applications to date as part of an enrolment update. He noted that the university faces increased special payments to fund the pension plan’s deficit, beginning in 2015.

Campaign Update

Vice-Principal (Advancement), Tom Harris, provided an update on the Initiative Campaign, noting that more than $67 million has been raised so far this fiscal year, on a goal of $60 million. Overall, $480 million has been raised out of a total campaign goal of $500 million. Vice-Principal Harris highlighted two upcoming events: an information session on family wealth and succession planning and an event focusing on women as philanthropists.

Research Update

Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss provided an update on Queen’s application to the Canada First Research Excellence Fund and noted that the competition will be extremely competitive. The announcement of the results is expected in July, and a second round of the competition will have additional funding available. He also noted that a new open access policy will require researchers with tri-council grants to make their peer-reviewed journal articles available freely online.

Senate report to Board

Senator Eric Rapos provided an oral report to the Board, noting that Senate had approved the establishment of several new programs, including an internship program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. The Senate had discussions about the Interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol developed by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group, as well as governance reforms related to the composition of Senate and committee terms of reference.

Student Reports

Rector Mike Young noted that the consultation process for Richardson Stadium is now underway and he is excited about the prospect of a new venue for sports. He noted that the issue of sexual assault on university campuses has been troubling, but that the consultation process at Queen’s around the interim protocol has been robust and thorough. The Rector expressed his thanks to fellow student leaders for their hard work over the past year.

AMS President Allison Williams expressed her desire to see Queen’s maintain its reputation as a balanced academy, ensuring equal focus on research excellence as well as its transformative student experience. She thanked the administration for working collaboratively with the AMS over the past year.

SGPS President Kevin Weiner reported that a working group has been set up to consider the university’s policy on personal (non-code) harassment. He noted this is an example of the Principal’s and Provost’s engagement with student leadership and he thanked them for working constructively with student executives. He noted that the SGPS is overhauling how it delivers its student advisor program and stressed the importance of ensuring delivery of services to students away from campus, such as while on an internship or practicum.

Queen’s University Alumni Association

QUAA President George Jackson presented on the changing demographics of Queen’s alumni and the growing importance of young alumni, with 40,000 new alumni expected to graduate over the next 10 years. He provided an overview of the new QUAA organizational structure adopted in May, and highlighted current QUAA activities including the ongoing work for Queen’s 175th birthday celebrations.

Student Alumni Association

QSAA President Taylor Jennings provided an overview of the role of the QSAA in supporting the work of the QUAA. QSAA volunteers undertake many projects and host events that help connect current students with Queen’s graduates, including an upcoming alumni speaker event featuring NASA astronaut Dr. Drew Feustel, PhD'95.

Committee Motions and Updates

On the recommendation of the Capital Assets and Finance Committee, the Board approved:

The Board also approved amendments to By-law No. 4 ”Signing Authorities” on the recommendation of the Governance and Nominating Committee. 

The Board also received a report from the External Relations and Development Committee, which included an overview of the revised Approvals Procedure for Philanthropic and Service Namings

As part of the Pension Committee report, the Board received an update on the University Pension Project from Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) Caroline Davis.  Universities and employee groups involved in the project are examining the feasibility of a new multi-employer, jointly sponsored pension plan for the university sector.

Faculty Report

Susan Mumm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), provided an overview of the faculty, noting that it includes 30 departments and schools, 550 faculty members and 10,000 undergraduate students. The faculty has developed new degree programs, including a 2+2 joint degree program with Tongji University. FAS offers a common first-year curriculum to encourage students to take a breadth of courses before choosing a major. The faculty’s Continuing and Distance Studies unit will offer more than 130 online courses next year, and the Bader International Study Centre will begin offering a science stream to first-year students.

Sexual Assault Interim Protocol

Principal Daniel Woolf provided an update on the Interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol developed by the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group (SAPRWG) and the ongoing consultation process. Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, provided an update on sector-level work related to sexual assault response and prevention. Arig al-Shaibah, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs (Student Life and Learning) and chair of SAPRWG, provided an overview of Queen’s related activities and provided the board with an opportunity to give feedback on the interim protocol.

Student learning experience and research prominence

Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research), provided an overview of the strategic framework metrics associated with the research prominence strategic driver, noting how the variety of funding programs, with differing funding structures, can impact year to year research revenue reporting. He noted that a three-year average offers a more reliable outlook of research revenue trends.

Provost Alan Harrison provided the Board with an overview of experiential learning at Queen’s, noting that it is defined as learning through experience or reflection on doing. An experiential learning working group is working to better track participation in experiential learning opportunities, to enable better reporting and target-setting. He noted that experiential learning opportunities arise in many contexts, such as individual courses or programs, and through employment, volunteerism and co-curricular activity.

Lieutenant Governor to visit Queen’s

[Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell]
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell will vsit Queen’s University on April 1 and deliver a lecture at Goodes Hall starting at noon. (Supplied photo)

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will visit Queen’s on Wednesday, April 1, as the Principal’s Distinguished Visitor and deliver a public lecture.

“The university is extremely honoured to host the Lieutenant Governor, whom I know to be passionate about innovation,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “After speaking with Her Honour at the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Celebrations in January, I’m looking forward to sharing some of the work being done on Queen’s campus and hearing her address the Queen’s community as part of the Principal’s Forum.”

While on campus, Her Honour will participate in a roundtable with students and faculty discussing how Queen’s brings multiple perspectives to the table, encourages innovation, and cultivates new ideas to solve problems. Following the round table, Her Honour will give a public lecture entitled “Ideas that Matter: Conversations with Ontarians” as part of the Principal’s Forum in the Goodes Hall Commons.

“I look forward to meeting with students during my visit to Kingston,” Ms. Dowdeswell says. “Achieving environmental protection, social inclusion and economic prosperity is not an unreachable goal; it is a work in progress that demands innovation and the best of us all. Universities have always been among the first to call our attention to important societal issues, and it is with enthusiasm that I look forward to hearing about what students and faculty at Queen’s are doing to integrate these themes into their ongoing work.”

Before moving into her role as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour has served as President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies and as an Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and holds 10 honorary degrees.

For more information on the Lieutenant Governor, go to lgontario.ca.

Ms. Dowdeswell’s public lecture will take place in the Goodes Hall Commons from noon until 12:50 pm on April 1.

The Principal’s Forum is a lecture series in which notable guests are invited to campus to give a public address on matters of Canadian import. Past speakers have included world-renowned scholar Dipesh Chakrabarty, His Excellency the Governor General, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, and the Rt. Hon. Tricia Marwick MSP, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament.

People of Queen's: Finding her niche

People of Queen's is a regular feature of the Gazette, profiling a Queen's staff member whose dedication and passion has enriched the various offices they have worked in and the community.

[Terena Grice]
Terena Grice is the support and training coordinator for Financial Services. When she took up the position she knew right away that she had found the right job.( University Communications)

When Terena Grice delivered her first accounting presentation at Queen’s, she received a standing ovation. Ms. Grice had only just begun as Financial Services’ support and training coordinator, but with the enthusiastic reaction, she knew she was onto something. 

“I used real-life experiences to drive home the accounting concepts I was explaining. The audience was engaged and I knew they were getting it. It turned out to be a defining moment for me,” she says. “When I got back to my office my inbox was flooded with emails from attendees who said, ‘thank you for making it simple,’ and I never forgot that.”

Ms. Grice began working at Queen’s after graduating high school and has held a number of positions, all within Financial Services, over her nearly 39 years at the university. She started as an intermediate clerk, with limited responsibilities.

“I spent the entire day typing travel expense cheques,” says Ms. Grice, adding with a laugh, “I was pretty young, so that was enough responsibility at the time.”

From there she quickly moved to a senior clerk position administering research projects and then became assistant manager of account administration. There she continued to develop her financial know-how and became closely acquainted with the university’s operating budget and various funds, seeing how they all tied into “Queen’s bigger financial picture.” Always keen to learn new skills, Ms. Grice frequently took advantage of training courses offered at Queen’s, took part-time accounting courses and did on-the-job training whenever possible.

When she reached her current position in 1990, Ms. Grice knew she’d found her niche. Teaching other staff, especially departmental administrators, the ins and outs of Queen’s accounting system is something that came to her naturally. 

“The ability to translate accounting terms into user-friendly language and to recognize different learning styles is something that’s always helped me connect with people,” she says. “When I watch someone reach a turning point in their learning, that’s when I can say it’s been a good day.”

It’s been more than just a love of teaching and finances that’s kept Ms. Grice at Queen’s for so long. Her colleagues have played an important role as well.

“I’m both proud and privileged to work with such an incredibly talented and dedicated team of experts and leaders. I’m not an accountant, but I’ve been afforded opportunities to work alongside of them for my whole career. Many have mentored me along the way and enabled me to do what I do.”

As Financial Services migrates their training to online modules from classroom lessons, Ms. Grice remains passionate about the work. “My commitment to providing guidance and support to the Queen’s administrative community continues to be a priority for me. It’s what I love to do.”

Suggestions for profiles can be sent to andrew.carroll@queensu.ca.


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