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Recognizing inspiring women in our faculty and community

The Ban Righ Foundation is now accepting nominations for this year’s Inspiring Women Awards.

The award recognizes mentorship, knowledge sharing, and leadership by faculty members and community members, who identify as women, and who inspire students and build capacity and opportunities for others.  

Each year two Inspiring Women Awards are presented. The Ban Righ Foundation Mentorship Award recognizes a Queen’s University faculty member (current or retired) who self-identifies as a woman and who has supported women in achieving their goals, inspired students, and demonstrated mentorship and knowledge sharing.

The Ban Righ Foundation Leadership Award recognizes an individual who self-identifies as a woman and who has built capacity and fostered opportunities for others, made positive contributions within the broader Kingston community, and been inspirational.

A celebration will be held combining the Student Spring Awards Ceremony and Inspiring Women Awards at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts on April 27, 2023.

The 2023 Inspiring Women Awards nomination deadline is Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

To nominate a candidate, visit the Inspiring Women Award website.

Flu vaccine clinic taking place on campus

Student Wellness Services is encouraging all members of the campus community, including students, to get a flu vaccine to help protect against the most common strains of influenza.

A flu vaccine clinic for staff and faculty, part of a nursing student health promotion project, will be held on Nov. 22-23, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Mitchell Hall, Second floor, Parkul Lounge (south end of building). This clinic is walk-in only; please bring your health card or another form of photo ID.

A flu vaccine clinic for students will be held on campus on Nov. 8-11 and 15-18 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students can call 613-533-2506 to book an appointment. 

Student Wellness Services has also complied a list of resources on off-campus locations where flu shots can be booked.

Learn more about the flu vaccine clinics on the Student Wellness Services website.

Gaels capture silver at U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship

Football team advances to the 114th Yates Cup after beating Ottawa Gee-Gees 35-13 at Richardson Field.

The Queen's Gaels faced the Laval Rouge et Or in the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship final.

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels varsity teams in action over the weekend.


The Queen's Gaels women's rugby team finished the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship as silver medalists. The Gaels fell to the Laval Rouge et Or 22-5 in the championship game on Sunday in Victoria, B.C.

Laval opened the scoring with a penalty conversion by Audrey Champagne in the fifth minute and added two more to give Laval a 9-0 lead at half time. Queen's would get on the board when Maddy Donnelly found the try zone in the 43rd minute.

Laval would score their first try of the game six minutes later and add one more penalty conversion and try later in the half on their way to the 17-point win.

Queen’s, the OUA champions, reached the final after defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 22-17 in the semifinals on Friday, and the Victoria Vikes 13-10 in overtime on Wednesday.


The Queen's Gaels football team is heading to the Yates Cup for a second season in a row after defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 35-13 in the OUA semifinals on Saturday at Richardson Stadium.

The Gaels dominated on the ground with Jared Chisari finishing the game with 129 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and Anthony Soles finding the end zone twice on 14 carries for 58 yards. Quarterback Alex Vreeken and receiver Richard Burton led Queen's strong passing effort with Vreeken going 11-for-17 for 176 yards and Burton catching a team-high five receptions for 108 yards. Burton also returned an Ottawa punt for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Queen's defence was a force all game, holding the Gee-Gees to 280 total yards and 13 points. Defensive tackle Darien Newell applied constant pressure, finishing with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss.
Rookie kicker Tyler Mullan continued his impressive run, connecting on two field goals.

The 114th Yates Cup is a rematch of last year's game, with Queen's facing the Western Mustangs, this time in London on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.


The men's rugby team’s season came to an end as they lost to the Laurier Golden Hawks 34-27 in the OUA semifinals Saturday at Nixon Field.

The Gaels had finished the season atop the East Division standings with a perfect 4-0 record.


The women’s volleyball team got their season off to a good start, sweeping their weekend series with the Toronto Blues. On Saturday, the Gaels won in straight sets (25-7, 25-21, 25-22), and followed that up with a five-set victory (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 19-25, 18-16) on Sunday.


The men’s volleyball squad earned a split with the Toronto Blues in their season-opening weekend, losing the opener in five sets (21-25, 25-23, 32-30, 21-25, 13-15), before rebounding on Sunday with a straight-sets win (27-25, 25-23, 27-25).


The men’s hockey team beat the visiting Nipissing Lakers on Friday night at the Memorial Centre, rallying for a 4-2 win and improving their record to 3-5.

The Gaels fell behind 2-0 early but bounced back with goals from Ryan Cranford, Josh Curtis, Nolan Hutcheson, and Matthew Hotchkiss.


The women’s hockey team topped the Brock Badgers 2-1 in St. Catharines with Sarah Campbell scoring the winner just nine seconds into overtime.

Quinn Johnston started the comeback scoring with 30 seconds left in the game. The win improved the Gaels record to 2-2-1.


The women's basketball team scored a big 81-41 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Friday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). 

Julia Chadwick led the Gaels with 22 points and also had 13 rebounds and three steals as the team improved to 2-0.  


The men's basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 98-84 win over the Nipissing Lakers on Friday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). 

The Gaels were led by Luka Syllas who netted 31 points.

Remembrance Day ceremony to be held at Grant Hall

The Queen’s community will gather in Grant Hall on Friday, Nov. 11 to mark Remembrance Day.

The service will start at 10:50 a.m., with doors opening at 10:30 a.m.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. The event is also open to the Kingston community.

The event is also being livestreamed.

To learn more about the Queen’s community’s contributions to the Canadian effort during First World War and Second World War, visit the Queen’s University Archives website.

Queen's United Way campaign reaches 82 per cent of its goal

The Queen’s United Way campaign has now raised $388,817, topping 82 per cent of the overall goal of $475,000.

The biggest workplace campaign for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington the Queen’s campaign accounts for more than 10 per cent of overall target of $3,808,000.

The funds raised helped the United Way as it assisted nearly 74,000 members of the community – single parents, abused women, families, young children and teenagers, the elderly, the physically challenged, the homeless, and more – via a network of agencies and programs.

Queen’s staff, faculty, and retirees are leaders in the community having the largest workplace and retiree campaign within the region. A recent report by Deloitte showed that Queen’s community members annually raise well over $1 million to support local causes while students put in thousands of volunteer hours with local agencies and programs

To join the campaign and donate, visit the Queen’s United Way site and follow the instructions. Previous donors who have accepted automatic renewal can also use this link to increase their annual pledge.

Distinguished Service Awards reception being held Nov. 4

This year’s recipients of the Distinguished Service Awards will be honoured during a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 4 (5-7:30 p.m.) at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Inaugurated by University Council in 1974, the award recognizes individuals who have made the university a better place through their extraordinary contributions.

The 2022 recipients of the Distinguished Service Award are a group of community members and leaders who have each made a lasting, positive impact upon Queen’s University. 

Award Recipients

  • Leslie Dal Cin
  • Leslie Flynn, Artsci’78, Meds’87, MEd’15
  • Jim Leech, MBA’73
  • Donald M. Raymond, Sc’84, PhD’98
  • Dan Langham
  • Kimberly Woodhouse

Visit the event page to learn more about the ceremony, including registration to attend, and the contributions of each recipient.

The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts is fully accessible for all mobility types. In-person guests are encouraged to wear business attire. 


Former Film and Media department buildings to be demolished

Former Film Studies buildings to be demolished
The houses at 154 and 160 Stuart Street will soon be demolished.

Two vacant and aging houses at 154 and 160 Stuart Street, which used to house the Queen’s Film and Media department, are slated to be torn down this November.

The buildings have been vacant since September 2014 when Film and Media relocated to the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. The houses do not meet current accessibility standards, have several building code compliance issues, and the cost to refurbish them is prohibitive.

A City of Kingston report to Heritage Kingston in March 2022, notes the property was one of three Queen’s properties on Stuart Street that were assessed as part of a Cultural Heritage Study in 2015. The property was found to have “limited cultural heritage value” and given its condition, was not recommended for any designation.

The near-term plan is to retain the site as green space for future re-development. The mature trees surrounding the property will be protected through the demolition and retained.

The Film and Media department originally occupied 154 Stuart St. in 1969. In 1980, 160 Stuart St. was purchased, and the department occupied both properties. In 1990 the two houses were joined together into their current configuration.

New Vice-Provost and Executive Director appointed at Bader College

Janine Griffiths-Baker has been appointed as the new Vice-Provost and Executive Director of Bader College at Queen’s University.

Bader College at Queen’s University is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Vice-Provost and Executive Director, Janine Griffiths-Baker, LLB (Hons), LLM, PhD, PFHEA. Dr. Griffiths-Baker has also been appointed as an adjunct professor to the Faculty of Law.

Dr. Griffiths-Baker joins Bader College from CILEx Regulation Limited, one of the largest legal regulators in England and Wales, where she is currently Chief Executive. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in higher education, having held several high-profile leadership positions at various public and private institutions across the United Kingdom including Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Bristol, Deputy Principal at St. Mary’s University (London), Dean of the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of South Wales, Dean of Nottingham Law School, and Chief Executive and Dean of the Institute of Law in the Channel Islands.

Born in Wales, Dr. Griffiths-Baker was educated at Cardiff University, where she obtained her initial degree. She earned a LLM in International Commercial Law at the University of Bristol as well as a PhD.

An accomplished scholar and researcher, Dr. Griffiths-Baker specializes in legal ethics, professional regulation and education. She frequently advises national and international bodies on regulatory issues and training programs. She is a former editor for the Journal of Legal Ethics and has been a member of its International Advisory Board since 2010. As a passionate advocate of experiential learning, she was made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. Over the last five years, she has devised and delivered training courses for the Ministry of Justice in Oman, the U.S. State Department and the Guernsey Bar, as well as securing significant grants for the delivery of international programs.

Dr. Griffiths-Baker will be taking up residency at Bader College in late December and will officially begin her new role on Jan 1, 2023. Principal Patrick Deane would like to acknowledge and thank Jennifer Medves, who has been acting in the role since July and will assist with the transition of Dr. Griffiths-Baker.

Construction crane goes up at JDUC

A tower crane will be erected on the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) revitalization project site this week. The 10-storey tall crane is scheduled to arrive on site on Thursday, Nov. 3, and will take a day to install. Area traffic is not expected to be impacted during the installation or operation of the crane.

Work on the site continues to progress. Rock excavation, which began Oct. 17, is expected to continue for another three weeks. Work is being done between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Removal of demolished and excavated materials is ongoing.

The university thanks everyone for their patience while this important work is completed.

More information on the JDUC Revitalization Project is available online at https://www.queensu.ca/facilities/jduc-revitalization.

Principal Deane delivers message ahead of Homecoming

Community members should enjoy Homecoming but keep the health and safety of themselves and others in mind.

The following message from Principal Patrick Deane was sent out to the Queen’s community – students, faculty, and staff – ahead of Homecoming this weekend.

Dear members of the Queen’s community,

This weekend will see the return of in-person Homecoming. Many alumni will be coming to our campus to enjoy the festivities and reunite with old friends. It is a weekend for celebration, and I hope that all who take part will do so safely and without incident. Our Advancement team and many partners across the university have planned events to help us mark the occasion. In a special effort to engage our local community, a Fall Harvest Festival has been planned for Saturday afternoon on Benidickson field. Food and beverages will be available along with music and activities for our local friends and families.

Last weekend Kingston, like many other university towns, found itself host to a Faux Homecoming. This week, the police, city and hospital released statements about the negative impact of the unsanctioned activities that took place. A number of students were hurt, some seriously, and the toll on our city, police, first responders and hospital was significant.

We continue to work with our partners to address problems caused by large gatherings and dangerous behaviour, but in the first instance it is important that everyone be thoughtful about the impact that uncontrolled behaviour can have on ourselves and others, even where no harm is intended. Please enjoy your Homecoming weekend but do so with the health and safety of yourself and our community in mind.

Patrick Deane,
Principal and Vice-Chancellor


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