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    Take Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus home with you

    Staff and faculty can save some money on personal computer costs thanks to a new licence for Office 365 negotiated by Queen’s Information Technology Services (ITS).

    University employees are now licensed to install Office 365 ProPlus for free on up to five personal computers, plus additional installs on mobile devices.

    “We recognize that many staff and faculty, through their work at Queen’s, become familiar with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook and they would like to use those applications at home,” says Bo Wandschneider, Associate Vice-Principal (ITS) and Chief Information Officer. “We are pleased to work with Microsoft and reduce the financial hurdle often associated with installing this software on personal devices.”

    The Office 365 ProPlus suite for Windows, Mac and mobile devices includes familiar applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. The availability of specific applications will vary based on the device and operating system.

    “We recognize that many staff and faculty, through their work at Queen’s, become familiar with Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook and they would like to use those applications at home."
    Bo Wandschneider, Associate Vice-Principal (ITS) and Chief Information Officer. 

    Office 365 ProPlus also offers benefits for staff and faculty who prefer Mac computers for personal use. They can now download and install Outlook 2015 for Mac.

    ITS has posted a service page as well as detailed tutorials for downloading Office 365 ProPlus. Queen’s-owned computers and devices should continue to use the software available through MyQueensU portal.

    Skype for Business replaces Lync

    ITS has also started rolling out Skype for Business to replace Microsoft Lync, an instant messaging and collaboration platform. This change will automatically occur through regular Microsoft updates. (Users must accept the update for the change to occur).  

    Staff and faculty will not lose any features or functionality they were accustomed to following the transition to Skype for Business.

    “The update to Skype for Business incorporates the strengths of both programs,” Mr. Wandschneider says. “Skype for Business offers instant messaging, audio and video calling, as well as easy sharing and collaboration tools.”

    ITS has created a Skype for Business service page that includes more information and tutorials about the platform.

    If you have questions about Office 365 ProPlus or Skype for Business, please contact the IT Support Centre at 613-533-6666 during regular business hours or fill out an online help form.

    FIT TIPS: Stay active and healthy

    Here are 10 tips to help you aim for 150 minutes of physical activity in a week, and to help you live a healthy lifestyle. See how many you can do in one week:

    1. Explore Kingston on foot or bike

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

    3. Try one new piece of equipment every time you go to the ARC

    4. Maintain a regular sleep routine and schedule

    5. Avoid electronics and screens one hour before bed (read a book)

    6. Stand up and walk around when talking on the phone

    7. Stand up and change the channel yourself instead of using the remote control

    8. Buy a fresh herb plant to use in cooking instead of using dried herbs

    9. Avoid menu items that use the words “creamy”, “crispy”, “breaded”, and “battered”; they’re normally high in fat

    10. If the ARC intimidates you, ask a fit friend or fitness supervisor to show you the ropes (the ARC also offers free orientations!)

    LIVES LIVED: A passion for mathematics, church and Scottish dance

    Doug Crawford, a professor at Queen’s for many years, died Jan. 19, in his 91st year.

    Doug Crawford

    Doug was born in Scotland, and long maintained his passion for Scottish dancing. However, he immigrated to North America and completed a PhD in mathematics education at the University of Syracuse. In 1962 he joined the Department of Mathematics at Queen’s University, with his focus primarily on math education and secondarily on statistics, and subsequently joined the Queen’s Faculty of Education when it was founded in 1968.

    As well as his regular teaching he was heavily involved until his retirement in 1988 in numerous studies and reports on school mathematics (again, often concentrating on statistics), most often in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). 

    Doug was a life-long dedicated churchgoer, usually attending his neighborhood United Church, St. Margaret’s United (later Crossroads United) where his wife Pat sang in the choir, but for a while attended St. George’s Cathedral when one of his sons sang in the boys’ choir there.

    Both at work and at church Doug had a wide range of strong opinions, and was not shy about sharing them, but always well-reasoned and articulated (even if not always persuasive).

    Doug was a voracious reader with many areas of interest, and this naturally went along with a sharpness of mind that stayed with him right to the end.  Indeed, almost his only complaint about the nursing home where he spent his last years was what he felt was rather a lack of intellectual stimulation.

    He lived a full and rich life.

    Norman Rice is a retired professor from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He was a long-time friend and colleague of Doug Crawford.

    Legacy of George Taylor Richardson expands with local induction

    Nearly 100 years after his death on a First World War battlefield, George Taylor Richardson is being recognized by his hometown for his athletic accomplishments.

    With the outbreak of the First World War, George Taylor Richardson joined the Canadian Army.

    Richardson is one of the greats of Queen’s University’s sporting history, first as a top talent in the early days of hockey as well as being a star football player. The main stadium for sporting events at Queen’s, Richardson Stadium, is named in his memory.

    On Friday evening, Richardson will be inducted into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame, for his achievements in a life cut short by war.

    Born and raised in Kingston, Richardson belonged to perhaps the most prominent family in the history of Queen’s University – his brother James Armstrong Richardson served as chancellor of Queen's and his sister Agnes Richardson Etherington was a mainstay of life at the university and donated her house, now known as the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. James Richardson’s daughter, Agnes Benidickson (BA’41, LLD’79), served as the second chancellor in the family from 1980 to 1996 while other Richardsons have served on the Board of Trustees, and the family has made considerable donations to Queen's libraries and lectureships.

    George Taylor Richardson graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Queen’s in 1906.

    As significant as his induction is for the community, it is even more so for Queen’s.

    “The Queen’s community holds a special place in its heart for the stadium that bears the Richardson name and this honour extends that feeling,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf. “The induction of George Taylor Richardson into the Kingston and District Sports Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to his athletic achievements at Queen’s and in Kingston, and to their nearly 100-year legacy.”

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    George Taylor Richardson netted 23 goals in 12 regular season games for the Queen's Golden Gaels.

    In his three seasons with the Golden Gaels hockey team, Richardson netted 23 goals in 12 games. After graduation he played for, and was president of, Kingston’s Frontenac Hockey Club. He also skated for the 14th Regiment of The Princess of Wales’s Own Rifles after joining the military unit in 1907.

    Richardson was captain of the regimental team of 1908 when they claimed the Ontario Hockey Association’s senior series, netting seven of his team’s nine goals in the second and final game of the series against Stratford. Later, he was added to the Queen’s University team that won the Allan Cup in 1909. Finally, he would play for the Frontenacs in the OHA senior division in 1911-12 helping the team to the John Ross Robertson Cup final.

    With the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914 Richardson enlisted in the Canadian Army and rose to the rank of captain. He was killed in battle on Feb. 9, 1916 in Belgium and was posthumously awarded the Legion of Honour by France.

    His brother James would later donate the funds to build George Taylor Richardson Memorial Stadium, which continues to be a cornerstone of sports at Queen’s. In 2014, the Richardson Foundation, the charitable arm of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, pledged $5 million towards the revitalized Richardson Stadium that is scheduled to be opened in 2016.

    Richardson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1950.

    Duncan Sinclair enters Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

    [CMHF Inductees 2015]
    Dr. Richard Reznick, right, accepting on behalf of Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair, attended the induction ceremony of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in Winnipeg on April 23. From left are: John McCrae Kilgour, accepting on behalf of his great uncle, the late Dr. John McCrae; Dr. Bernard Langer; Dr. Judith G. Hall; Dr. Julio Montaner; and Dr. Alan Bernstein. (Photo by Andrew Sikorsky)

    Long recognized as a leader in health-care reform, Queen’s University Professor Emeritus Duncan Sinclair was officially inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame (CMHF) on April 23.

    Dr. Sinclair was one of six “health care luminaries” honoured for their significant contributions to the improvement of health and health care in Canada and worldwide at the ceremony in Winnipeg.

    At Queen’s he has held a number of administrative positions including Dean of Medicine and Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) – the first non-medical doctor to serve in these positions in Canada – as well as Vice-Principal (Institutional Relations), Vice-Principal (Services), and Dean of Arts and Science.

    “Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair is widely admired and he has had a transformational influence on the health-care landscape in Canada,” says Richard Reznick, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences. “An outstanding academic administrator and scholar, Dr. Sinclair has made extraordinary contributions to the life and work of Queen’s University. He has been a trusted advisor and counsellor to students, faculty, alumni, Chancellors and Principals, all of who hold him in the highest of esteem.”

    Away from Queen’s, Dr. Sinclair headed the governance subcommittee of the Steering Committee for Review of the Public Hospitals Act in Ontario and achieved national recognition as a member of the National Forum on Health. He was the founding chair and acting CEO of Canada Health Infoway/Inforoute Santé du Canada – an organization designed to foster the development of Canada’s health information management.

    Dr. Sinclair continues to teach at the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and a lectureship has been established in his name to recognize his contributions to the university and the Medical Research Council of Canada.

    Fellow inductees Dr. Bernard Langer and Dr. Alan Bernstein both hold honorary degrees from Queen's.

    The CMHF is a national charitable organization that has honoured the accomplishments of Canadian medical professionals since 1994.

    Faculty play special role in convocation

    Faculty members can be a part of their graduating students’ big day by participating in the academic procession during spring convocation ceremonies.

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    Faculty members can participate in the academic procession during convocation ceremonies.

    “Our students have dedicated a great deal of energy and effort during their academic career at Queen’s building to this important moment,” Principal Daniel Woolf says. “To share convocation with those faculty members who nurtured and mentored them during this journey of discovery and achievement makes the celebration all the more meaningful.”

    Spring convocation includes 21 ceremonies held from May 21 to June 11. Faculty members have until May 8 to reserve regalia to participate in the academic processions during the convocation ceremonies.

    Faculty members who are Queen's graduates can confirm their participation in one or more of the academic processions and reserve regalia by filling out an online form. Members of the academic procession who are not Queen’s graduates must make their own arrangements for hoods; however, they may reserve a black gown and confirm their participation online.

    Faculty members can pick up their regalia 30 minutes prior to each ceremony in Room 209, Kingston Hall. Those not requiring regalia can still confirm their attendance in the period leading up to the ceremonies after the May 8 deadline for booking regalia.

    For more information about convocation, including the department and faculty breakdown for the 21 ceremonies, visit the University Registrar website.

    For more information, or if there is difficulty submitting the form, please contact Brent Cameron, Convocation and Communications Administrator, Office of the University Registrar, by email or call ext. 74050.

    Research tools project enters final phase

    Queen’s University has initiated the final phase of the Tools for Research at Queen’s (TRAQ) project.

    The TRAQ project is providing suitable research administration tools to handle an annual average of 5,100 individual projects and provide timely information for more than 4,500 research community users. The university has already introduced new modules for managing awards, biohazard permit applications, human ethics certificates, and financial reporting.

    As part of the final phase of the TRAQ project, a new system for managing research and academic CVs and annual reviews will be developed and implemented over the next two years.

    “The new research, CV, and reporting system should save a lot of work for both the faculty and administration,” says Kayll Lake (Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy), the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) representative on the CV and annual reporting steering committee. “Researchers associated with Tri-Council support should find very useful tools for dealing with the Canadian Common CV.”

    The new tool will allow faculty members, librarians and archivists to maintain and update their CV and annual report information in one location. The tool will also eliminate the duplicate entry of research and academic data, such as courses, grants and other activities that are already available on other systems.

    "The new research, CV, and reporting system should save a lot of work for both the faculty and administration."
    Kayll Lake, Professor, Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy

    The tool also has the capability to securely manage the workflow related to annual reviews as well as renewal, tenure and promotion processes.

    “The new tool has the potential to make the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes (QUQAP) more efficient,” says Laeeque Daneshmend, Deputy Provost. “Because of the single repository, members of the Queen’s community will find it easier to obtain the CV information they need and generate it in the appropriate format for the evaluation of academic programs under QUQAP.”

    An evaluation committee – which included faculty members from across the university – selected Data180 to implement the new system after seeing demonstrations from the top three responses to Queen’s University’s request for proposals.

    “Data180 understands the university environment given the academic background of the company’s leadership and its wealth of experience developing easy to use reporting and evaluation solutions for colleges and universities,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “We look forward to introducing a new and modern CV and annual reporting tool that will improve the user experience for Queen’s faculty members and administrative staff.”

    The final phase of the TRAQ project is currently in the planning stages. The project team is actively seeking participation from faculty members and their delegates for the testing, training and roll-out planning for the new tool.

    Contact allent@queensu.ca, complete this questionnaire or call 613-533-6000 ext. 77315 if you are interested.

    Training resources will be available for users before the different parts of the tool go live. Updates on the new tool will be posted on the TRAQ website as they become available. 

    Grooming the next generation of leaders

    For more than 25 years, Queen’s Enrichment Studies Unit (ESU) has given elementary and secondary school students a taste of university life. Thousands of students have attended academically challenging programs in campus labs or classrooms led by Queen’s faculty, graduate students or community professionals.

    Now ESU wants to give students the leadership skills they’ll need in the years ahead, in high school and in preparation for post-secondary education.

    [Enrichment Studies Unit]
    Queen's Enrichment Studies Unit provides a variety of programs that give elementary and secondary school students a taste of university life.

    “The new and innovative Queen’s Excellence in Skills Training (QuEST) program aims to guide students as they build the foundation for being an effective leader,” says Tracey Mallen, Manager, ESU. “The activities and classes we have designed for this program are tailored to nurture teambuilding, leadership and communication skills.”

    The three-part summer program is open to students who are entering Grades 7 and 8 in the fall. It includes three sessions focused on core, intermediate and advanced leadership skills. The final activity of the program requires the participants to work together and apply their leadership skills to complete a unique task.

    “We believe the program will help students prepare for post-secondary education,” Ms. Mallen says. “The experience is something they can add to their portfolio or refer to when preparing the personal statement of experience portion of their university applications.”

    More summer fun
    [Summer camp]Athletics and Recreation also offers a staff discount on its summer camps. Visit its website for more information about its summer offerings.
    Looking for even more summer camp options? The Gazette online has compiled a list of summer camps offered by various departments and groups this summer. Learn more

    ‘Something for everyone’

    In addition to QuEST, ESU offers several other summer programs for students who are curious and love learning – “something for everyone,” according to Ms. Mallen.

    The Summer Enrichment Experience at Queen’s (SEEQ) features academic courses, extra-curricular activities, and the opportunity to experience life in a residence. SEEQ has two streams: junior for students entering grades 8 and 9 and senior for students entering grades 10-12. ESU also hosts Academic Allstars – a program that combines athletics and academics in a week-long program.

    ESU – a department of Student Affairs – is currently offering a staff discount for both SEEQ and QuEST programs. Visit the ESU website for more information about the summer programs and to register your child.

    Flags lowered for Ronald Seegobin

    Flags on campus currently lowered for student Madison Crich, Professor Emeritus Howard A. Smith and Professor Emeritus Robert Gilbert will remain lowered in honour of Dr. Ronald Seegobin. 
    Dr. Seegobin began his career with Queen’s University in 1989 in the School of Medicine’s Department of Anesthesiology, where he inspired students and residents for the next 26 years. 

    Dr. Seegobin’s clinical and academic interests included cardiac anesthesia, 3D computer models of myocardial ischemia from precordial mapping, ECG analysis in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, and the use of extradural opiates for pain relief. He received a number of grants from the British Heart Foundation, IBM, various pharmaceutical companies, and the Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s University to pursue his research.

    Dr. Seegobin passed away peacefully in his sleep. Visitation will be held at James Reid Funeral Home on May 1 from 6 pm-8 pm. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on May 2 at 11. As expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.

    Flags lowered for Professor Emeritus Gilbert

    Flags on campus that are currently lowered will also honour Robert (Bob) Gilbert, professor emeritus in the Department of Geography, who died April 27.

    Dr. Gilbert was a highly productive, dedicated and creative scientist. He joined the Department of Geography in 1975 from the University of Alberta where he was a postdoctoral fellow. At Queen’s, his research focused on the processes that occur in lakes and the sea, especially on how sediments are delivered to, distributed through, and deposited in water bodies in the Great Lakes region, western Canada, the Canadian Arctic, Greenland, Antarctica, Nepal and the southern United States.

    Dr. Gilbert led by example through his passion for research and a deep commitment to teaching at all levels. He taught undergraduate courses in Earth system science, physical limnology, and Arctic and periglacial environments. At the graduate level he taught and supervised students in lacustrine and marine systems. Throughout his distinguished career, he was a champion for the discipline and inspired many over the years.

    This story will be updated when service details become available.


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