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    [Social Innovation Boot Camp]
    Ara Dungca (Com’16), Kirsten MacMillan (Sci’17), Adam Beaudoin (Kin’15), John Sibbald (Com’18) and George Henry (EMBA’16) begin discussing their idea for the Social Innovation Bootcamp Pitch Competition. Their team, “Heads Up,” went on to win first prize as well as the people’s choice award in the competition. (University Communications)

    Queen’s School of Business (QSB) Centre for Social Impact has launched a new interdisciplinary initiative aimed at creating, invoking and inspiring social change.

    Designed to span across faculties and departments, Queen’s RECODE will support the development of a social innovation zone on campus.

    “Many faculty and students at Queen’s are committed to resolving some of society’s most pressing needs and challenges,” says Tina Dacin, Director, QSB Centre for Social Impact. “By consolidating and leveraging this activity, we have the potential to put Queen’s at the leading-edge of creating knowledge and teaching social entrepreneurship and social innovation.”

    QSB Centre for Social Impact launched Queen’s RECODE with funding from J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and matching private donations. At the end of last year, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation launched the national RECODE program to support the development of social innovation and entrepreneurship “ecologies” within and in proximity to universities and colleges, along with business, community and public sector partners.

    With the RECODE funding, QSB Centre for Social Impact will scan existing efforts on campus, convene a steering committee comprised of students, community, faculty and staff, and design interdisciplinary content and approaches to developing a mindset and toolkit for advancing social innovation.

    Pitching social innovation

    Queen’s RECODE expands the social innovation work QSB Centre for Social Impact has done over the past several years. Those activities include workshops and conferences on social enterprise, Aboriginal issues and design thinking. The centre also hosts an annual Social Innovation Bootcamp. This year’s bootcamp, held March 13-14, also featured the official launch of Queen’s RECODE.

    In addition to dynamic and informative speakers, this year’s bootcamp included for the first time a pitch competition where students could work together to identify, design and test their social innovation ideas.

    “Heads Up,” the team of Ara Dungca (Com’16), Kirsten MacMillan (Sci’17), Adam Beaudoin (Kin’15), John Sibbald (Com’18) and George Henry (EMBA’16), won the pitch competition and the people’s choice award.

    They pitched the idea for a new type of mobile app platform to improve students’ mental health. Students would track their sleep, eating and studying habits and if there were any major deviations from their patterns – often an indication of a mental health issue – the app would prompt the student to reach out to a person they trust, and help set up a method of checking in on the student.

    The team also wants to work with universities and ensure the app connects students with mental health resources offered on campus.

    Heads Up received $1,250 of seed money – $1,000 for claiming first prize and $250 for the People's Choice Award – to continue developing its idea, but Ms. MacMillan was just as excited about the acceptance they received from the judges and their peers.

    “We really wanted to show our passion for mental health. It was exciting that a roomful of people also agreed that mental health is important and it’s something we can talk about openly,” she says. “As we try and move the idea forward, it’s exciting to know that we have the backing of other students who are passionate about the issue.”

    Ms. MacMillan says the bootcamp opened up a new world of thinking for her.

    “Throughout the weekend, I was exposed to amazing and interesting perspectives. I’ve always thought I would have to make the choice between working with a non-profit organization or a for-profit company. It was eye-opening for me to hear people who are pursuing socially responsible businesses that have a positive impact on the world.”

    Visit QSB Centre for Social Impact website for more information.

    Abraham earns CIS top rookie honour in men's hockey

    [Gaels Hockey Team]
    Spencer Abraham and Darcy Greenaway of the Queen's Gaels men's hockey team were both named to the CIS All-Rookie team.

    A quick look at recent sports news at Queen’s University:

    Men’s Hockey

    A pair of teammates of the Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team has picked up some hardware at the provincial and national levels.

    Gaels defenceman Spencer Abraham has been named the CIS rookie of the year while teammate Darcy Greenaway joins him as a CIS All-Rookie.

    Abraham, a former member of the OHL’s Erie Otters, quarterbacked the Gaels offence from the blueline all season. He is the second straight Queen's player – and the second in school history – to receive the Clare Drake Award, following in the footsteps goaltender Kevin Bailie.

    After putting on the Queen’s jersey, Abraham quickly found a home with the Gaels as he started off his CIS career with a six-game point streak and never looked back. He finished as the team’s leading scorer with 28 points (5-23-28) in 25 league games, tied for the CIS lead amongst defenceman.

    “Spencer came in from day one and showed maturity beyond his years,” says head coach Brett Gibson. “He played in all situations, against the other team's top players every night and it still did not slow down his offensive production. His future in this game and league is very bright.”

    Greenaway came to the Gaels after playing with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs and finished his first CIS campaign with an impressive 26 points (16-10-26 ) in 25 games played.

    Earlier this month the rookie duo also picked up honours at the OUA East level with Abraham being named to the First All-Star team and Greenaway earning a spot on the Second All-Star team.

    Track and Field

    Alex Wilkie took home a bronze medal in the 1500m race on Saturday afternoon at the CIS Track and Field championships at the St. Denis Centre in Windsor.

    Wilkie, also an All-Canadian in cross country, ran the 1500m race in a time of 3:49.03, a little more than 1.2 seconds behind winner Ross Proudfoot of the Guelph Gryphons.




    Law students show they can perform outside of the courtroom

    • [Cabaret for the Cure]
      Cabaret for the Cure took to the stage at the Grand Theatre to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.
    • [Cabaret for the Cure]
      A student does a little breakdancing during the Cabaret for the Cure, hosted by Queen's Law Cancer Society.
    • [Cabaret for the Cure]
      The Cabaret for the Cure featured a variety of dance performances by law students as well as a fashion show.
    • [Cabaret for the Cure]
      A group of law students perform a routine during Cabaret for the Cure at the Grand Theatre of Friday night.
    • [Cabaret for the Cure]
      The annual Cabaret for the Cure was held for the first time at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston.

    It was a night of dancing, music and fundraising as the annual Cabaret for the Cure was hosted by the Queen's Law Cancer Society.

    Students from the Faculty of Law at Queen's University took to the stage on Friday, March 13, performing dance routines and a fashion show all in the name of fun and raising nearly $14,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

    For the first time the event was held at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston.


    Have your say: take the PPS client satisfaction survey

    Physical Plant Services is inviting feedback from all members of the Queen’s community through a new client satisfaction survey. The survey, which is open until March 20, will help PPS better serve their client base and the campus community.

    Along with the survey, PPS has launched a number of new online platforms to disseminate information and interact with campus stakeholders. Their new website is easier to navigate than its previous version, includes fillable online work request forms and has more in-depth information about PPS projects and operations.

    The website also incorporates new accessibility features, design best practices and is optimized for screen-readers and mobile devices.

    PPS has also started a Twitter account to provide up-to-the-minute information about what’s happening on Queen’s campus.

    Definite appeal to supporting Queen’s

    Terrie Easter Sheen and Martha Whitehead
    Terrie Easter Sheen, left, and Martha Whitehead, right, are two of the five co-chairs of this year’s Campus Community Appeal.

    For Terrie Easter Sheen and Martha Whitehead, two of the five co-chairs of this year’s Campus Community Appeal, giving back to Queen’s is a natural response to needs they see all around them.

    “In my role in Gender Studies, I’ve come to appreciate the importance of places like Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, the Ban Righ Centre and the Human Rights Office,” says Easter Sheen. “Only through philanthropy can we ensure Queen’s continues to provide much-needed services to students, staff and faculty.”

    Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian, believes the university is alive with stories – not only of exceptional learning experiences and groundbreaking research, but of the history of Queen’s, Kingston and Canada.

    “People who care deeply about this rich tapestry of stories are generously supporting initiatives that will enable Queen’s to continue having an impact for generations to come,” she says. 

    Both co-chairs note that employees give back to the university every day through their invaluable service. This provides them with a unique perspective on where their dollars are most needed – and gifts to the annual Campus Community Appeal can be designated to any program or initiative at Queen’s.

    The Gazette asked each appeal co-chair to share what motivates them as volunteers, as well as their personal reasons for giving. Easter Sheen’s and Whitehead’s responses are presented below, while those of their colleagues – Professor Tim Bryant (Mechanical and Materials Engineering), Associate University Registrar (Undergraduate Admissions) Stuart Pinchin and Emeritus Professor Carlos Prado (Philosophy) – will appear in a future edition of the Gazette.

    What drew you to this volunteer position as co-chair for the Campus Community Appeal?

    Terrie Easter Sheen:  I was a mature student for many years, and as a way in which to thank and “give back” to Queen’s, I began gifting immediately upon my graduation.

    Martha Whitehead: I wanted to help support good causes and acknowledge the donors we have on campus. We benefit so much from each other, and there can never be enough opportunities to say thank you.

    What project(s) do you support with your gifts to Queen’s?  

    TES:  I support the Ban Righ Centre and the Gender Studies Department.

    MW: One of the things I appreciate most about Queen's is our commitment to helping students whose financial circumstances are a barrier, so I like to give to the Student Financial Assistance Fund.

    What would you say to someone who was considering a gift to Queen’s?

    TES: Not only is Queen’s my alma mater, I have worked at Queen’s for my entire life.  If the person were also a Queen’s employee, I would let them know what a real privilege it is to work and learn every day at this institution. Giving back is one way to show it.

    MW: I would say, “Your gift is a personal investment in our current and future generations. It makes a difference, and it is hugely appreciated.”

    Every year, in November and March, current and retired staff and faculty members volunteer their time and leadership to encourage their colleagues’ participation in the Campus Community Appeal. The appeal has a direct impact across campus, supporting programs and initiatives that enrich the teaching and learning environment. Gifts may be designated to almost any area of need: from student assistance to mental health and wellness, faculty programs, the library, archives, community outreach and more.

    Current issue of For the Record

    Human Resources

    Job Title: Budget Coordinator 
    Department: Planning and Budget 
    Competition: 2015-008 
    Successful Candidate: Lisa McKee

    Job Title: Director, Business Development 
    Department: Queen's School of Business, Executive Education 
    Competition: 2014-312 
    Successful Candidate: Larry Graham

    Job Title: Career Coach, Business Career Centre (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Queen's School of Business 
    Competition: 2014-359A 
    Successful Candidate: Lora Sprigings

    Job Title: Assistant Web Developer (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Faculty of Education 
    Competition: 2014-340 
    Successful Candidate: Mark Sloan

    Job Title: Program Manager (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Queen's School of Business 
    Competition: 2015-024 
    Successful Candidate: Kathryn Papke (EMBA Admin)

    Job Title: Clinic Clerk (USW Local 2010) 
    Department: Family Medicine 
    Competition: 2015-035 
    Successful Candidate: Carly Bain

    Job Title: Ethics & Regulatory Team Leader 
    Department: NCIC - Clinical Trials Group 
    Competition: 2014-285 
    Successful Candidate: Jennifer Snyder

    Job Title: Auditor-Monitor 
    Department: NCIC - Clinical Trials Group 
    Competition: 2014-315 
    Successful Candidate: Yan Zhao


    Nominations invited for grad student supervision award

    The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations of faculty members for consideration for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision. 

    The purpose of this award is to recognize those outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students. Two awards will be presented at the fall 2015 convocation: one in the social sciences and humanities, and one in life sciences, natural sciences and engineering.

    Award nomination forms and guidelines are available from the Office of the Dean, School of Graduate Studies (deansgsr@queensu.ca) or at www.queensu.ca/sgs. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Queen’s University, Gordon Hall 425, 74 Union Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 by 4 pm on Thursday, May 28.

    Last call for visitorships, lectures nominations

    The Provost’s Advisory Committee for the Promotion of the Arts invites nominations for the Brockington Visitorship, the Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture, the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund, the Robert Sutherland Visitorship and the Rosen Lecture Series. In order to encourage the broadest possible range of nominations, any person or group within the Queen’s community is eligible to make a nomination. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2015. Please send one electronic copy of submission to provost@queensu.ca

    Terms of references:

    Brockington Visitorship: “To invite a person of international distinction to come to Queen’s University to deliver a public lecture and to meet formally and informally with faculty and students.”

    Chancellor Dunning Trust Lecture: “The Chancellor Dunning Lecturer will be expected to deliver a public lecture that promotes the understanding and appreciation of the supreme importance of the dignity, freedom and responsibility of the individual person in human society.”

    George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund: “This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities.”

    Robert Sutherland Visitorship: “This fund provides grants to support public performances and exhibitions for the benefit of the Queen’s and broader Kingston communities.”

    Rosen Lecture Series: “The purpose of the series is to enable the wider community to better understand the living and vital tradition of Judaism, its relationship to other religious traditions and its role in the development of contemporary civilizations, and to explore the historical role played by Jews and Jewish thought.”

    Nominations now accepted for Distinguished Service Award

    Queen’s faculty, staff and retirees are invited to nominate candidates for a Queen’s Distinguished Service Award. Inaugurated by the University Council in 1974, this award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions. Recipients become honorary life members of the council.

    Recent changes to the University Council bylaws now allow Queen’s employees and retirees to nominate recipients, who will be recognized at the University Council annual dinner on Saturday, Nov. 7.   

    The guidelines, the nomination form and additional information are available online.

    Please submit nominations to the University Council executive committee, care of the University Secretariat, by Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 4 pm

    Please contact the University Secretariat at ucouncil@queensu.ca or 613-533-6095 if you have questions about the Distinguished Service Award or the nomination process. 

    Giller Prize winner visits campus

    Equipped with his whirring theremin, the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Sean Michaels, visited campus on Friday.

    Sean Michaels performs a short song on his theremin. (University Communications)

    Mr. Michaels, whose debut novel Us Conductors received one of Canada’s top literary prizes, kept an audience at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre riveted with a lecture, reading and question and answer period. He even gave a brief performance on his theremin, an instrument that plays a central role in Us Conductors.

    The novel tells the mostly true story of Lev Termen, the Russian scientist, inventor and spy who created the theremin, as he rises to prominence in the Soviet Union and moves to the United States to promote his new electronic instrument and perform espionage for the Russian government.

    Though not a musician himself, music has been important to Mr. Michaels’ career. He created one of the internet’s first mp3 music blogs, Said the Gramophone, and the creation and performance of music runs throughout Us Conductors.

    “I guess I took the easier path, in that I wasn’t particularly gifted in performing music and I didn’t take that much pleasure from it,” Mr. Michaels says. “Playing music never clicked that strongly, whereas writing does … To me [making music] is less fun than being alone with my adjectives.”

    That preference for writing has served him well, making him only the second debut novelist ever to win the Giller Prize, something he’s still in disbelief about.

    “The Giller feels like something that happened to me, rather than something I actually did,” he says. “I’ve always wanted three things from my writing career: to produce work which I feel is good, to connect through my writing to other people, and to be able to have enough of a readership that I can support myself to write. The Giller’s made the third one that much easier.”

    Mr. Michaels’ visit was facilitated by the Department of English Language and Literature, which has hosted the recipient of the Giller Prize annually for eight years. 

    FIT TIP: Rest essential to your health

    With the aim of helping faculty and staff ‘Get your 150’ (minutes of recommended exercise a week) to improve health and wellness, the Gazette and Athletics and Recreation will be offering a Fit Tip in each edition.

    Are you getting enough sleep, giving yourself a chance to rest? Here are three things to consider to improve your wellbeing:

    Sleep: Adults need seven to eight hours of sleep per night. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day and remove all electronics from the bedroom.

    Physical Activity: To sleep better try getting regular physical activity. Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week.  

    Daily Rest: Research shows that there are significant benefits to including moments of rest into your day. Try taking a few minutes in a quiet space and practice deep breathing or spend time in nature.
    Rest is critical for your wellbeing. Take care of yourself.

    Raising awareness

    [Aboriginal Awareness Week]
    Aboriginal Awareness Week includes a bannock sale, medicine shield-making workshop and the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance at the Tett Centre.  From left, are QNSA members,: Alyssa Jeavons; Leah Combs; Brittany Town; Holly McCann; and Melanie Gray. (University Communications)

    This year, the Queen’s Native Students’ Association (QNSA) wants to get people of all backgrounds involved in Aboriginal Awareness Week. The week, which runs from March 16-21, celebrates indigenous histories and cultures with a wide array of events.

    “I’ve often found that when I tell people about QNSA and the work we do, they feel like they can’t take part because they aren’t of indigenous ancestry, or if they are, because they don’t feel connected to that part of themselves,” says Leah Combs (Artsci’16), President of QNSA. “We want our events to be spaces where anyone can learn about these issues and not feel like they’re stepping out of their place.”

    Among the week’s events are a bannock sale at University Avenue and Union Street, a medicine shield-making workshop at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and a panel discussion in Grant Hall about missing and murdered aboriginal women. The panel discussion, which concludes the Our Stolen Sisters radio series by CFRC, will feature Queen’s professors Robert Lovelace (Global Development Studies), Sam McKegney (English Language and Literature), as well as Dr. Dawn Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

    Capping off the week will be the Indigenous Celebration of Arts, Culture and Dance, held for the first time at the newly-opened Tett Centre. Along with crafts and traditional food vendors, the celebration will have a performance by a Haudenosaunee water drummer, Metis jigging, and performance by the Red Spirit Singers and Dancers.

    Throughout Aboriginal Awareness Week, QNSA will have a history exhibit in the lower ceilidh of the John Deutsch University Centre. They’ve worked with the City of Kingston to create a visual presentation of Kingston’s indigenous peoples throughout history.

    “We’re trying to tie in histories of indigenous groups in Kingston to groups that are here now — we want to bring the past to the present and look towards the future.”

    Along with raising awareness about indigenous issues, many of the week’s events will raise funds to support a new initiative started by QNSA. With the Northern Food Security Initiative, the QNSA is sponsoring an impoverished Inuit family who live in Taloyoak, Nunavut. Each month, the group is sending the family traditionally hunted foods, such as musk ox and caribou, or supplies of their choosing. Donation boxes will be present at each of the week’s events for those looking to make a contribution.

    “It’s important to understand that the issues indigenous peoples in Canada face are the responsibilities of all Canadians, not just those with indigenous ancestry,” says Ms. Combs.

    View the full schedule of Aboriginal Awareness Week events.

    Springing into action

    Were you cooped up these past few months, avoiding the seemingly endless snowy, cold conditions? Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation (A&R) offer wellness program to help shake off the winter slumber.

    “Staying active during the winter months can challenge the most dedicated fitness enthusiasts. With warmer conditions just around the corner, there’s no better time to start thinking about getting fit and we’re here to help,” says Shannon Hill, the Learning and Development Specialist in Human Resources.

    Kirsteen MacLeod leads a yoga for managing stress class, one of many health and wellness offerings from Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation. Visit the HR learning catalogue to register for spring classes. 

    Ms. Hill and Tiffany Bambrick, Coordinator of Fitness and Wellness Programs in A&R, work in partnership to offer extensive wellness programs. The university earned a Workplace Wellness Gold Award in 2014 from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health for its ongoing commitment and support for workplace wellness initiatives.

    One popular offering is the walking program, a lunch-time program that includes a circuit of strength training exercises and information on a variety of health topics.

    “The feedback we have received about this program has been tremendous,” Ms. Bambrick says. “We’ve heard that staff and faculty find it refreshing to get active over the lunch hour while enjoying the spring weather.”

    Other spring session programs include Pilates, gentle yoga and yoga for managing stress.

    The warm weather also marks the return of grilling season for many people. HR aims to help staff and faculty spice up their grilling skills with its “Healthy BBQ” Lunch and Learn session on April 24. Other upcoming Lunch and Learn sessions include “Stress Busters” (April 16), “The Journey to Wellness (May 20) and “The Emotional Effects of Retirement (June 16).

    Registration is now open for the walking, yoga and Pilates classes. Due to popular demand, the yoga and Pilates classes are now offered in 12-week sessions. Visit the HR learning catalogue online to learn more about the wellness programs and HR’s other workshops and certificate programs.


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