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Conference pays homage to Queen’s legend

There’s often an urge to exaggerate the accomplishments of our forebears, embellishing their successes and abilities to the point where they become more legend than reality.

For a person like George Whalley though, overstating the volume and breadth of his achievements is nearly impossible. He was a war hero who took part in the sinking of the Bismarck during the Second World War, an inventor of a naval navigation beacon, helped found the Kingston Symphony, was head of the Queen’s English Department for two terms and wrote multiple books of poetry and literary criticism. It’s a long list, but still doesn’t record all his accomplishments.   

George Whalley
The life and career of George Whalley will be the focus of a three-day conference  being hosted at Queen’s by the Department of English Language and Literature from July 24-26. (Portrait by Elizabeth Tatchell Harrison)

To celebrate the centenary of Whalley’s birth, a three-day conference is being hosted at Queen’s by the Department of English Language and Literature from July 24-26. Rather than a strictly academic conference, the event will be just as multi-faceted as Whalley’s life. Its first day will focus on Romanticism and Aesthetics, Whalley’s primary academic focuses, the second will focus on the man himself and his legacy, and the third day will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Canadian Writer’s Conference, which was held in 1955 at Queen’s. 

“One conference on one subject wouldn’t be enough to cover everything that Whalley achieved and what he meant to Queen’s,” says Shelley King, head of the English Department. “The scope of his intellectual endeavors was something that resonated not just with other academics, but the broader public as well. A recognized man of letters, he was a public intellectual in the 1960s when higher education was starting to expand and there was extraordinary popular support for university work.”

Open to a wide audience of academics, writers and interested members of the Kingston community, the conference will have heavyweights of Canadian literature as well. Famed Canadian author and Queen’s grad Michael Ondaatje (MA’67) will be present as well as Giller Prize-winner Elizabeth Hay. Ondaatje studied at Queen’s while Whalley was a professor and Hay was inspired by Whalley’s work on John Hornby during the writing of Late Nights on Air. Both authors will be presenting on the conference’s second day.

Though the conference is being hosted at Queen’s, much of its organization has been handled by Michael DiSanto, associate professor and head of the Department of English and Film at Algoma University. Dr. DiSanto has for some years now been working with Whalley’s poetry and essays, is writing a biography of Whalley’s astonishing life and wishes the work of this prominent Canadian was better known.

“Seemingly everything he chose to do, he did very, very well,” Dr. DiSanto says. “He was an exceptionally thoughtful and accomplished Canadian, and I see him as part of a trio that includes Northrop Frye and George Grant.”

Along with the conference’s presentations will be a number of social events. A chamber music performance will be held at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on the evening of July 25 and a dinner will be held at the HMCS Cataraqui where Whalley was commanding officer in the early 1950s.

More information about the conference can be found at GeorgeWhalley.ca.

Childcare support deadline extended

HR Benefits has extended the childcare support application deadline from Feb. 27 to March 6 this year because the online system was unavailable from Feb. 25-26 due to a hardware failure. The deadline is extended for the following employee groups:

  • Non-Union Continuing/Term General Staff
  • U.S.W. Continuing/Term General Staff
  • OPSEU Continuing/Term General Staff
  • Research

Eligibility criteria will not be affected by the deadline extension.

To support employees in meeting the deadline, HR Benefits will continue to assist and work with employees to complete applications.

If you have any questions contact HR Benefits.

Fighting back against procrastination

Even the most disciplined of students can succumb to procrastination, so Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is helping them fight back with an event this weekend.

Get It Done will bring together students to work in a quiet, distraction-free environment. (University Communications)

Get It Done: The Long Day Against Procrastination is a day-long writing event for first-year students aimed at helping them get an early start on their final assignments of the term. Co-hosted by Residence Life, the event will bring students together in a quiet and distraction-free environment to plan, write and edit their work. Those in attendance will have ample support from SASS staff and student volunteers who will help them set goals and plan out their work.

Lisa Chandler, Comm’15/ArtSci’15, is a Peer Learning Assistant (PLA) and will be present at Get It Done to help students plan out their work. She’s excited to help students tackle what may be their first major assignments.

“We know that first-year students often see that they have to produce a large research paper that may be 10 or 15 pages and are overwhelmed by that,” she says. “As a PLA I want to help make that work seem manageable and to help them get started.”

Ms. Chandler will be hosting a workshop at Get It Done on covering topics such as brainstorming, planning, outlining and designing a strong thesis statement. There will be three other workshops throughout the day focusing on tips and strategies for productivity.

“Not every strategy works for every person, but sometimes getting a small start is all you need to build momentum,” she says. “When I was a first-year student, I had trouble starting work too, so I want to help use that experience to make things smoother for other students.”

Events similar to Get It Done are held at universities across Canada and the globe, with the first iteration held in Germany in 2010. Called The Long Night Against Procrastination, the event had students pull all-nighters to try to get their work done. SASS decided to take a different approach.

“A big part of the work we do is encouraging students to practice good self-care, so we really don’t recommend they stay up all night,” says Susan Korba, Director, SASS. “We want to encourage good habits and show ways to reduce stress, so we’re putting a Queen’s spin on the event by having it during the daytime.”

Get It Done will be held from noon-10 pm on Sunday, March 1 in Ban Righ Hall’s Fireside Room. The event will have free snacks and raffle prizes, and students are encouraged to drop in throughout the day. 

Ready to climb the ‘next mountain’

[Tricia Baldwin]
Tricia Baldwin arrives as the director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts after serving as the managing director of Tafelmusik, Canada’s leading baroque orchestra, for nearly 15 years. (University Communications)

Well before she formally stepped into her role as director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in December, Tricia Baldwin was already plotting its future.

Although she was then still wholly employed in Toronto as the managing director of Tafelmusik, Canada’s leading baroque orchestra – a role she held for nearly 15 years – Ms. Baldwin was spending her evenings, weekends and holidays readying herself for her new job at Queen’s.

While Ms. Baldwin admits that straddling both positions was a challenge, the arrangement seemed fitting for a woman so naturally drawn to hard work that when she first heard about the job at the Isabel, she had one thought: “that’s the next mountain to climb.” 

First drawn to the arts through music, Ms. Baldwin sensed that a career as a musician simply wasn’t in the cards. After earning a degree in music from the University of Toronto, she decided to pursue an MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business.

“My world completely opened up,” she says of the experience. “I was thrown into all kinds of new areas with students from many different disciplines. It was fantastic.”

Ms. Baldwin immediately put her newly honed business skills to work, first wending her way to Kingston in the 1990s to serve as the General Manager of the Kingston Symphony. She landed at Tafelmusik in 2000 and promptly got to work in a role that saw her managing the company’s national and international tours, helping to significantly grow its revenue, expanding its training programs, overseeing a multimillion dollar renovation project and spearheading Tafelmusik Media, the company’s own recording label, among many other accomplishments.

But as much as she had enjoyed her tenure with the world-renowned company, Ms. Baldwin says she knew she was ready for her next challenge.

“My favourite part of this job is putting new things in place,” she says. “I particularly love the interdisciplinary projects, and the fact that you never know what you will be doing next. I’ve always been thrilled with coming in at the ground floor.  At the Isabel, we have music, drama, film and visual art all under one roof, and this makes the future of interdisciplinary work very exciting here at Queen’s.  I believe that some of the greatest creativity in the 21st century will be that between disciplines.”

While she won’t be able to formally announce the Isabel’s 2015-2016 season until April, Ms. Baldwin is palpably excited about what she has in store, from a “global salon” series, to performances from past winners of internationally renowned music competitions. She is also focused on ensuring her genre-straddling programming includes a diverse range of artists from right across the country, and an investment in the creation of new works and programmes. 

“We need to represent the arts beyond the Western traditions, and to encourage a broader international experience for the students and audiences at large.”

Passionate about supporting the next generation of artists, Ms. Baldwin has already secured agreements with the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Honens Piano Competition to welcome their winning artists to Kingston.

She is also focused on nurturing talent within the Queen’s community: “our next step is to foster the next generation of arts leaders, and we are all putting much thought into how to manifest this vision.”

Ms. Baldwin is not only thrilled with her new role, but also with the many exciting possibilities she knows lie ahead for the Isabel.

“I love the quality of life in Kingston, working with artists from around the world and the  camaraderie and intellectual rigor of being at Queen’s University,” she says with a smile. “I’m in my happy place.”

ITServices warns of phishing emails

A message is circulating with the subject "Dear All Update Your Email from Queen's addresses." These emails ask that you click links to "update your mailbox," which then takes you to a log in portal. 

These emails are not legitimate correspondence from the sender in question or ITServices. Please do not click on any links and immediately delete them from your email. If you have clicked on the links and entered your credentials into the fake log in screens please change your password immediately. If you require any assistance with this please contact ITServices Support Centre at ext. 36666.

Making a 'major' decision

[Choosing a Major]
Students at Queen's University have a number of resources to help them choose a major, including the first Arts and Science Majors Night this Thursday at Grant Hall.

For university students, choosing a major can be a pressure-filled undertaking, but at Queen’s there is support available.

To help with the decision-making process, Queen’s is hosting its first Arts and Science Majors Night this Thursday at Grant Hall from 5-8 pm, where students can ask questions and learn about each program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.

“Choosing a program is a key decision for students, and it is important to offer them as much information as we can, so they can make an informed choice,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney. “We have been working to integrate academic and career advising, and this new event is aimed at facilitating access to advice from peers and professional staff about all of the options available and where they can lead.”

Each Departmental Student Council (DSC) will have a booth, where students who have already gone through the process of selecting a major will be available to talk about their experiences in that major.  DSC reps will be in attendance from all Arts and Science programs as well as the Faculty of Education.

Attendees will be able to compare the different programs they are considering and explore if they line up with their interests and future goals.

“Plan selection is both exciting and a little nerve-wrecking. Students often think of it as choosing what you want to do for the rest of your life – now," says Gordon Smith, Vice-Dean,  Faculty of Arts and Science. "We see it more about choosing a great plan for the next three years. We want to make sure students find the best fit for them, both for now and for the long-term. Through our advisors, our events and the many on-campus resources, we hope students know that we are here to help them along their way."

Advisors from Academic Advising, Career Services and Peer Academic Support Service (PASS) will also be available to answer specific questions about choosing a program and where to find career resources at Queen’s.

Majors Night is a partnership between Career Services in the Division of Student Affairs, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS), and the Arts and Science Departmental Student Councils.

Queen’s also recently created “major maps” for all 44 of its undergraduate programs, making it the first university in Canada to do so.

The maps provide advice on academics, extracurricular activities, networking, international opportunities and career development, providing support before, during and after students earn their degree.

Students can access print versions of the maps through their faculty or department advisers. Career Services has also posted the maps online in web and accessible formats.

The Faculty of Arts and Science also has information that can be found online and posted a new video to help student in the process of choosing a major.

Standing up for intellectual freedoms

  • Daniel Woolf Freedom to Read
    Principal Daniel Woolf takes part in the annual Freedom to Read Week event at Speaker's Corner in Stauffer Library.
  • Debbie Jardine Freedom to Read
    Debbie Jardine, Services Assistant, Jordan Library, reads from Greasy, Grimy Gopher Guts by Josepha Sherman
  • Michele Chittenden  Freedom to Read
    Michele Chittenden, Research and Instruction Librarian, reads from Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women
  • Paul Banfield  Freedom to Read
    Paul Banfield, University Archivist, reads a passage from the book The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman.
  • Kimberly Sutherland Mills Freedom to Read
    Kimberly Sutherland Mills, Kingston Frontenac Public Library, reads from Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
  • Freedom to Read Basket
    Freedom to Read Week is being marked at Stauffer Library with readings at Speaker's Corner from Tuesday to Thursday.

Queen’s University is taking part in Freedom to Read Week with a series of readings at Speaker’s Corner in Stauffer Library.

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is a project of the Book and Periodical Council, the umbrella organization for associations involved in the writing and editing, publishing and manufacturing, distribution, and selling and lending of books and periodicals.

At the Queen’s event members of the community are able to listen to passages from banned and challenged books as they are read by special guests, including Principal Daniel Woolf, who took part on Tuesday. Books read included To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, while others spoke on the continuing constraints on freedoms.

The event will continue on Wednesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30 pm. On Thursday, Tsvi Kahana (Faculty of Law) will lead a discussion on “when freedoms collide.”  

For more information about Freedom to Read, go to freedomtoread.ca.

Pick up your copy of the Gazette

The Feb. 24 edition of the Gazette is out and distributed around Queen’s campus, as well as a number of off-campus locations.

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View the Gazette online

The newspaper is filled with interesting Queen's-focused items including:

  • The winning images from the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) photo contest.
  • A one-on-one interview with Tricia Baldwin, the director of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.
  • A preview of a three-day conference set for July looking at the life and contributions of former Queen’s professor George Whalley.
  • Briefs on the latest research, awards and achievements of student-athletes.

The Gazette is published bi-weekly; the next edition will hit the newsstands on March 10.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll or Senior Communications Officer Mark Kerr.

Also visit the Gazette Online for more stories and photos and follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

A glimpse of the world

  • QUIC Photo Contest Overall Winner
    Overeall Winner: Pause, Surabaya, Indonesia - Fenton Isaacs (Artsci’17)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Home Away From Home
    Home Away From Home: Golden Rays from Home, Montreal - Werdah Iqbal (Artsci’15)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - People and Culture
    People and Culture: Early Rider, East Sussex, England - Mitchell Gleason (Artsic’17)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Landscape and Nature
    Landscape and Nature: The Fog in the Fairytale, Venice, Italy - Erin Colwell (Artsci’15)
  • QUIC Photo Contest - Critical Global Issues
    Critical Global Issues: Street Dogs Puppy Love, Ghana - Kelsey Ross (Artsci’15)

There is beauty to be found all around the world — from grand buildings and cities to hidden treasures and everyday life.

A panel of judges has selected the winners of the seventh annual Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) Photo Contest in the categories of People and Culture, Landscape and Nature, Home Away From Home and Critical Global Issues, as well as a grand prize winner.

Sharing international experiences with others is an important step in the building of understanding, appreciation and enjoyment across cultures.

This year’s grand prize winner Pause was taken by Fenton Isaacs (Artsci’17).

Other category winners include:

  • Home Away From Home: Werdah Iqbal (Artsci'15)
  • People and Culture: Mitchel Gleason (Artsci'17)
  • Landscape and Nature: Erin Colwell (Artsci'15)
  • Critical Global Issues: Kelsey Ross (Artsci'15)

Photos from the contest will be exhibited March 3-4 from 4-6 pm at QUIC, located in the John Deutsch University Centre. There will be a  second exhibit of selected photos (RETROSPECT ’09 -’15) at the Pump House Steam Museum in downtown Kingston from April 1-25. Admission is free with Queen’s ID.

Voting for the People's Choice Award - including continues until Friday, Feb. 27 at 4 pm. You can cast your vote by following this link.

SPORTS ROUNDUP: Women's hockey team tumbles out of playoffs

[Gaels Women's Hockey]
Members of the Queen's Gaels and the Laurier Golden Hawks battle for the puck during Saturday's game at the Memorial Centre. (Photo by Michael Parkinson)

Women’s Hockey

The No. 6 Queen’s Gaels women's hockey team saw their 2014-2015 season come to an end as they were defeated by the Laurier Golden Hawks 3-2 Saturday night at the Memorial Centre, losing their best-of-three series 2-0.

The Gaels opened the scoring in the first frame on the powerplay as Danielle Girard tallied her first of the playoffs. The Golden Hawks evened the score in the second period on a goal from Jessie Hurrell. Queen's responded and regained their lead as Danielle Bishoff found the back of the net at the nine-minute mark.

The Gaels were unable to fend off Laurier's offence and preserve their advantage as the Golden Hawks registered back-to-back tallies to grab their first lead of the night. Queen's could not find the equalizer to force overtime as Laurier secured the victory.

Final shots were 29-27 in favour of Queen's. Caitlyn Lahonen made 24 saves.

Men’s Hockey

The season drew to an end for the Queen’s Gaels men's hockey team as they were defeated 3-1 by the No. 6 McGill Redmen in Game 2 of their OUA semifinal matchup Friday night at the Memorial Centre.

The series picked up right where it left off in Montreal as goalies Kevin Bailie and Jacob Gervais-Chouinard continued their dominant play between the pipes. After a scoreless first it didn’t take long for the Gaels to find the back of the net in the second period as Patrick McGillis tallied his first of the playoffs just 48 seconds in. 

However, penalties in the final frame cost the Gaels the series as Samuel Labrecque registered back-to-back powerplay markers in a 17-second span to give the Redmen their first lead of the night, while an empty-netter in the final minute of play rounded out the scoring. Bailie made 55 saves on the night.

Women’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels women’s basketball team (12-8) wrapped up their 2014-15 OUA regular season on Saturday with an 81-65 win over the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-10).

The Gaels were led by Jenny Wright with 18 points while Abby Dixon and Liz Boag added 13 points each.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled 72-62 against the No. 7 Ryerson Rams (16-3). Boag put up a game-high 19 points while rookie Marianne Alarie contributed 12 points and Emily Hazlett added 11 points and six assists.

The Gaels now face the Laurentian Voyageurs (8-11) in the first round of the OUA playoffs Wednesday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre at 6 pm. The Gaels won 89-62 when the teams met in Kingston on Jan. 10.

The winner faces the Laurier Golden Hawks (17-3) on Saturday in Waterloo at 2 pm.

Men’s Basketball

The Queen’s Gaels men’s basketball team (5-14) was edged out of the OUA playoffs by the Toronto Varsity Blues (6-13), who won their final regular season game 87-79 Saturday.

The Gaels were led by Sukhpreet Singh who scored a game-high 20 points and Greg Faulkner who finished off his five-year university basketball career with 18 points. Tanner Graham grabbed a double-double performance with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 94-67 to the No. 3 Ryerson Rams (17-2). Graham led the Gaels with 16 points and five assists.


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