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Employee and Family Assistance Program provider publishes June edition of Life Lines

Read the June edition of Life Lines.

As the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for Queen’s University, Homewood Health publishes a number of regular newsletters, including Lifelines.

The monthly newsletter is intended to support key personnel with a wealth of information on the topic presented. The June edition is entitled “PTSD in the Workplace: Solutions and Support.”

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Ce fichier est disponible en francais.


Lynda.com transitions to LinkedIn Learning

Lynda.com, an e-learning and training website for software, technology, business, and creative skills, is rebranding as LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn acquired the service in 2015 and is now moving to make valuable feature upgrades in addition to rebranding. Lynda.com is currently available to Queen’s faculty, staff, and students with a valid NetID. It will remain so after the transition to LinkedIn Learning is complete. 

What does this mean for me? 

On Aug. 7, 2019, the Lynda.com platform will be upgraded to LinkedIn Learning. In preparation for the upgrade, users of Lynda.com will receive an email in mid-July, advising of the transition and what this means for you. Once the upgrade is complete, you will receive an email directly from LinkedIn Learning with an activation link.  When that email arrives, use the link to activate your new LinkedIn Learning account for an enhanced user experience that features instructional content relevant to your professional interests and goals.  

If you are not currently using Lynda.com but would like to ensure that you are included in the migration and receive important communications about the upgrade, make sure you log into Lynda.com using your netID and password before July 5, 2019. 

What will happen to my Lynda.com data? 

When a Lynda.com user migrates from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning, all their Lynda.com data (such as learning activity) will be transferred to their new LinkedIn Learning account. After the migration, your Lynda.com account will not be accessible, and all learning will occur within the LinkedIn Learning platform. However, since LinkedIn Learning contains the full Lynda.com content library, you’ll be able to pick up your learning right where you left off. 

LinkedIn Learning combines Lynda.com’s high-quality courses with insights from LinkedIn data to provide you with personalized course recommendations based on your current job, skills, and interests.  

How can I get help? 

To find out more about the upgrade, visit https://www.queensu.ca/lynda. If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are unsure how to access Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning, please contact the IT Support Centre at 613-533-6666 or by filling out the Online Help Form. 

Eyes on the sky as Spring Convocation resumes

  • Spring Convocation 2019 Terence Dickinson
    Terence Dickinson receives his honorary degree from Chancellor Jim Leech and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf during the convocation ceremony Monday afternoon at Grant Hall. (Queen's University/Lars Hagberg)
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    A graduate looks for his family in the balcony of Grant Hall as he poses for a photo with Chancellor Jim Leech during the sixth ceremony of Spring Convocation. (Queen's University/Lars Hagberg)
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    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Alex Da Silva welcome graduands to the fifth ceremony of Spring Convocation on Monday, June 3.
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    A group of graduands from the Bachelor of Computing program gather for a photo before they take to the stage at Grant Hall. (Queen's University/Lars Hagberg)
  • Spring Convocation 2019 Ceremony 5
    Graduands from the Faculty of Arts and Science listen to Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf during the morning convocation ceremony at Grant Hall.
  • Spring Convocation 2019 Ceremony 5
    A PhD recipient is hooded by Gordon Smith, Vice-Dean (Faculty Relations) for the Faculty of Arts and Science while Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf looks on.
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    Doctoral students exit Kingston Hall and make their way to Grant Hall where they will receive their PhDs. (Queen's University/Lars Hagberg)
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    Graduates from the Master of Public Health program celebrate after receiving their degrees on Monday, June 3. (Queen's University/Lars Hagberg)

Spring Convocation 2019 resumed on Monday, June 3, with two more ceremonies being held at Grant Hall.

In the day’s afternoon ceremony accomplished amateur astronomer and astrophotographer Terence Dickinson received an honorary degree. Having authored 15 books on astronomy, Dickinson has brought the night skies to Canadians through multiple platforms including radio, television, and SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine.

Queen’s is presenting a total of seven honorary degrees during convocation.

Three more ceremonies will be held Tuesday, June 4. Overall, a total of 18 ceremonies are being held for Spring Convocation, with the final one on Wednesday, June 12.

Live ceremony feeds will begin approximately 15 minutes before the scheduled start of each ceremony. The full schedule of the ceremonies is available online.

More information about Convocation at Queen's is available on the website of the Office of the University Registrar.

More photos can be viewed at the Queen’s University page on flickr.

Creating meaningful land acknowledgements

[Land Acknowledgement Workshop]
Laura Maracle, Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre in Student Affairs, and Dale Bennett, an Indigenous student from Tyendinaga Territory, who is attending the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Queen’s Faculty of Education, lead the recently held land acknowledgement workshop. (University Communications)

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has introduced a land acknowledgement workshop to teach campus community members about the historical significance of the traditional lands that Queen’s University occupies, and to understand the importance of land acknowledgement statements.

Indigenous History Month
June is Indigenous History Month in Canada.
In recognition of this the Gazette is highlighting a number of articles over the coming weeks.
To learn more about Indigenous Supports at Queen’s University, visit the Inclusive Queen’s webpage.
Information is also available at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre website.

Developed in response to the high demand for Indigenous cultural services on campus, this collaborative experience encouraged the first 25 attendees on Tuesday, May 28 to move beyond standard land acknowledgements and embrace a more reflective and intentional approach.

The two-hour workshop also gave participants the opportunity to create their own personalized land acknowledgments and practice in a safe setting. It reached capacity two days after registration opened, and there is currently a wait list for people who wish to attend future land acknowledgement workshops.

“Creating personal land acknowledgements is a part of reconciliation for all people,” says Vanessa McCourt, Coordinator, Office of Indigenous Initiatives. “By giving participants the space to develop their own land acknowledgements, they are able to see themselves in this process and work towards right relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.”

The workshop was run by Laura Maracle, Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator at the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre in Student Affairs, and Dale Bennett, an Indigenous student from Tyendinaga Territory, who is attending the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at Queen’s Faculty of Education.

Bennett helped develop the workshop during his three-week practicum with the Office of Indigenous Initiatives.

“The goal in creating this workshop is for land acknowledgements to become more meaningful and impactful by tying the participants’ own experiential background into acknowledging the traditional lands in which they occupy,” he says. “A part of my journey at Queen's and through the ATEP program was connecting to my spirituality and culture, and I want to thank Vanessa and Laura who have been instrumental in passing down their teachings to me in order to inform this workshop”.

More sessions are being planned throughout the summer to continue these meaningful conversations.

“It’s important to have discussions about perspective and positionality on campus,” says McCourt. “This workshop allows participants to dig deeper into Indigenous history and traditions and situate themselves within a greater context of change.”

To learn more about Indigenous initiatives, resources and cultural services on campus, visit the Four Directions website.

Class of 2023 taking shape

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During the annual Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR), incoming students and their families and supports can tour Queen's campus and connect with the resources available at Queen's. (University Communications) 

As Queen’s University celebrates its most recent graduates at convocation ceremonies this spring, the next incoming undergraduate class is taking shape.

Overall, Queen’s received 47,236 applications for 4,719 spaces in Fall 2019 – an 11 per cent increase over 2018, compared to a preliminary province-wide increase of four per cent.

Ontario-based students have until June 3 to accept their offer of admission. The deadline for students from outside of Ontario to accept their offer was May 1.

“Admissions staff and faculty representatives have reached out across Canada, talking to students and their families about Queen’s, and answering their questions before the acceptance deadlines,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “It is always exciting to speak with students about their choices and options, and all that Queen’s has to offer. We look forward to connecting with them on campus and online over the summer, and welcoming them on Move-in Day in September.”

This year, the Bachelor of Health Sciences is expanding its online degree to welcome its first 120 Kingston-based on-campus students. Also this year, Queen’s is aiming to continue modest year-over-year increases to first-year international student enrollment to reach 15 per cent of the entering class.

After accepting their offer of admission, the next steps for new first-year students are to apply to residence and pay their deposit by the June 10, 4 pm, deadline, and register for Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) which runs July 5 to 14. SOAR is a one-day program that aims to help ease the transition of incoming first-year students and their families. It provides information about academic expectations, resources, and learning strategies, and opportunities to meet with course selection and wellness-related advisors, and talk to upper-year students, faculty members, and staff. 

“SOAR is an important part of the support Queen’s provides to students in the weeks leading up to their arrival on campus,” Tierney says. “We also offer webinars throughout the summer for students who are unable to make it to campus, and there are options for students to talk by phone with academic advisors in their faculty or school, our in-house dietician, accessibility services staff, and others who can answer questions to help them better understand and prepare for the transition to university."

Queen’s has a Next Steps website that provides new students with monthly checklists of things to do before they arrive at Queen’s. 

Queen's competes in Commuter Challenge

Campus community joins nation-wide competition to promote sustainable transportation.

Illustration of a cyclist and pedestrian in Kingston.
The Commuter Challenge runs from June 2-9, 2019.

Queen’s is poised to take on teams across the country in the 2019 Commuter Challenge – a week-long competition designed to encourage active and sustainable commuting. The contest, which runs from June 2-9, 2019, encourages participants to reduce their use of personal vehicles in favour of more environmentally friendly transportation.

“Participating in initiatives like the Commuter Challenge is part of the university’s broader efforts to create a culture of sustainability, and we are pleased to invite the campus community to join our workplace team this year,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “We strive to support Queen’s students, staff, and faculty in their efforts to consciously choose environmentally-friendly alternatives.”

Participants walk, run, cycle, carpool or take public transit to work and then log these trips at CommuterChallenge.ca. Each kilometre traveled is tallied on the website, as workplaces and cities go head-to-head in a friendly contest to decrease CO2 emissions. In 2018, through their participation in the competition, Canadians saved the equivalent of 263,140 kilograms of CO2 emissions from being released.

Last year, 216 Queen’s employees took part in the challenge – the largest workplace team in Kingston to participate. Combined, Queen’s team members traveled 14,636 km, ultimately preventing the equivalent of 2200 kilograms of CO2 emissions.

“In past years, the Queen’s community has demonstrated that local action can make a real difference in advancing sustainability, not just at Queen’s or in Kingston, but across the country,” says Nathan Splinter, Manager of Energy and Sustainability at Queen’s. “Changing the way we commute can also make for better health and wellbeing,” says Splinter, noting that in 2018, Queen’s Commuter Challenge team members burned a combined 135,240 calories in changing how they travel to and from campus.

The Queen’s community can take part by registering via the unique team link, and then logging their sustainable transportation throughout the week. On June 4, Queen’s will host a Roll-In Breakfast in front of the JDUC, at the corner of University Avenue and Union Street, from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Free breakfast and coffee will be available for all individuals who cycle to work as part of Cycle Week, an event organized by Cycle Kingston that coincides with the Commuter Challenge.

Man using his smartphone to engage a Dropbike.
Dropbike users can book a bicycle using their smartphones. (Photo by: Dropbike)

Watch the Queen’s Sustainability and City of Kingston Twitter feeds for city-wide events taking place in support of the Commuter Challenge week, along with prize draws and announcements. The Sustainability Office will also be awarding some prizes for outstanding Queen’s Commuter Challenge team members – including a number of free Dropbike rides.

Dropbike, a bike share program that first debuted on campus in 2017, has returned after a year-long restructuring period. The company has signed a new license agreement with Queen’s to make its services available on campus.

Starting in June 2019, up to 80 Dropbikes will be available at 18 locations across campus for members to use for errands, commuting, or recreation. Bikes will be available at several locations including the Biosciences Complex, Botterell Hall, Duncan McArthur Hall, Mackintosh-Corry Hall (in the secure bike parking area), Queen’s Centre, and Victoria Hall. Membership can be accessed via a smartphone app and ride rentals cost as little as $1/hour. Download the app from the Dropbike website.

The Dropbike program joins the cohort of alternative transportation options supported by the university, including the Queen’s Transpass and carpooling programs.

Museum of Anatomy open house June 15

The Museum of Anatomy at the Queen’s School of Medicine will open its doors to the public for free tours during its annual open house on Saturday June 15.

Each year, hundreds of students from Queen’s and nearby high schools use the materials in the museum to learn about the structure of the human body. The open house will make this same educational experience available to anyone who is interested.

Visitors must register for tours ahead of time, as space is limited. The first tour begins at 9:20 am.

At the museum, visitors will be able to view the large collection of anatomical objects that Queen’s has collected over several decades. Organized by anatomical regions, the museum contains multiple samples of almost all parts of the human body.

Most of the objects are displayed in jars filled with a preservative fluid, but some have been plastinated. These items, including a number of hearts and bones, can sit out in the air and are able to be touched. By feeling the specimens and turning them over in their hands, students often notice details that are difficult to observe otherwise.

At past open houses, according to Dr. Leslie MacKenzie, Director of the Pattern II M.Sc. program in Anatomical Sciences, visitors have expressed their enthusiasm for the chance to have such an in-depth and detailed look at the human body. Some visitors have been so moved that they have gone on to volunteer for the Human Body Donor Program. All the anatomical specimens on display at the museum are collected from donors who chose to donate their remains to Queen’s. These donations are incredibly meaningful gifts to the school and help us fulfill our research and educational goals. To show respect for the people who have donated their bodies, Queen’s holds a burial service each spring at the Cataraqui Cemetery. The families of the donors are invited to attend.

Faculty members and graduate students from Queen’s will be in the museum on June 15 to introduce people to the space, guide them, and answer any questions they might have about the collection. 

A long-overdue degree and hope for our future

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Dean Richard Reznick and Chancellor Jim Leech celebrate with members of the Bartholomew family. 

This article was first published on the Faculty of Health Sciences Dean’s Blog.

On Thursday, May 23 the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine held their convocation ceremony, and those of us on the faculty had the joy of seeing our tremendous graduates receive their new degrees. Convocation is always a meaningful occasion, but this year’s stands out because we had the opportunity to grant a posthumous degree to Ethelbert Bartholomew.

Ethelbert should have been granted this degree 100 years ago, but the 1918 policy that banned Black medical students from Queen’s took away his opportunity to receive the degree he deserved.

You may remember that last month Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and I signed a public letter of apology for this ban. Ethelbert’s son, Daniel Bartholomew, traveled to Kingston from Whitby to attend this apology ceremony, and I was grateful that he was able to be there.

Afterwards, at a dinner marking the occasion, Daniel looked at me and said: “There’s one more thing I’m wondering if you could do. Could you give my dad his degree?”

Now, this sounded like a great idea to me, but I was somewhat taken aback by this simple yet profound request. So, being a polite dean, I told him I would see what I could do. Granting a degree is a complicated process, and it isn’t something I could just do on my own. Even if it were possible, I was afraid that it might take a long time. Universities, you might know, don’t exactly move at lightning speed.

So that evening, I spoke to Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney and she said “we can do this!”

The next day I spoke to our Director of Diversity Mala Joneja and she said “we can do this!”

To my great thrill, everyone at Queen’s jumped into action with great commitment to granting this degree. Processes that would normally take us a year got finished within a month. Daniel Bartholomew asked for this degree in April, and we were able to confer it in May.

Dr. Maria Bartholomew and Rosalind Bartholomew accept the Doctor of Medicine degree for Ethelbert Bartholomew from Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Alex Da Silva. (University Communications)

Conferring this degree was made all the more meaningful by the fact that Daniel and other members of Ethelbert’s family came to Kingston to attend convocation. Two of Ethelbert’s descendants even agreed to accept the degree on his behalf: Dr. Maria Bartholomew, his great niece, and Rosalind Bartholomew, his granddaughter.

I am so grateful to all the members of the Bartholomew family who joined us for convocation. Handing Ethelbert’s long-overdue degree to Maria and Rosalyn will stay with me as one of the most meaningful moments in my time as dean. I am also grateful to PhD candidate, Edward Thomas, for his incredible and diligent work in unearthing many of the details of this story through his research.

The ban of 1918 is certainly a sad moment from our past, but, as I stood in front of our new graduates, I felt immense hope for our future. When it comes to embracing diversity, the class of 2019 is light years ahead of where we were, as a society, in 1918. Undoubtedly, they are even light years ahead of my generation.

It’s thrilling to see the ways in which they have all embraced inclusivity in the classroom, around campus, and in the hospital. For this generation, the drive to promote equity and diversity is part of who they are as people. And I know that they will all continue to work to make Canada a more equitable society as they embark on the next stage of their careers.

Dean Reznick thanks Andrew Willson for his assistance in preparing this blog.

Queen’s bans smoking, vaping, and tobacco

University’s Canadian campuses and properties go smoke-free on June 1, 2019.

Aerial view of Queen's main campus.
The Queen's Smoke-Free University Policy was approved by the Vice-Principals’ Operations Committee in April 2019.

Spring air on campus will be even fresher next month, as a new policy prohibiting smoking, vaping, and tobacco use on Queen’s University’s Canadian properties takes effect on June 1, 2019.

“The health and well-being of everyone on the Queen’s campus are of utmost importance to me, and to the entire senior university administration,” said Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, when the policy was announced in April 2019. “We want our community members to feel their best – and living, working, and studying in a smoke-free environment is a key step toward that goal.”

The policy applies to students, faculty, staff, contractors, visitors and all others on university property, and prohibits smoking of any substance in any manner, and use of all tobacco products. Allowances for Indigenous use of traditional medicines, approved teaching and research, and prescribed medical cannabis will be made available.

Queen’s offers assistance to both students and employees seeking smoking cessation supports. Details are available at the Cessation Resources section on the Smoke-Free Queen’s FAQ.

Learn more about the Queen’s Smoke-Free University Policy, property boundaries, and available resources.

Getting ready for Homecoming

Homecoming 2019 is set to take place Oct. 18-20.

As a part of Homecoming coordination each year, the Reunions Team creates a centralized registration system. We aim to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for alumni to register and pay (where applicable) for the various events being organized by campus groups. 

Homecoming is a great opportunity to engage the alumni of your faculty/school/department/division, build lasting connections, and share what’s new in your area – alumni want to connect with you!

The Reunions Team also maintains an online Schedule of Events, which gets more than 11,000 unique pageviews in the month of Homecoming, as well as produces 2,500 printed program booklets, which are handed out at the Meet & Greet event during Homecoming weekend. 

If your faculty/school/department/division is interested in planning an event for Homecoming, or already has plans underway, The Reunions Team would love to integrate it into our system and support your efforts to run a successful event. Our team is also here to help with logistics advice, communication to alumni, and promotion of your event to class volunteers planning their reunions.  

Homecoming registration will go live on June 21.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to work with our team.

The Reunions Team


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