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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

Queen’s remembers Mabel Corlett

Members of the Queen’s community are remembering Mabel Corlett who passed away on April 14. She was 80.

In 1960, Dr. Corlett became the first woman to obtain a B.Sc. in geology from Queen’s University. After obtaining her Master’s and PhD at the University of Chicago, she returned to Queen’s to teach mineralogy. In doing so, she also became the first female professor in the department, where she would teach for 17 years.

Flags on campus were lowered in her memory on Saturday, May 11.

An obituary is available online.

Queen’s remembers Mary Owens

Members of the Queen’s community are remembering Mary Owens, a staff member of the School of Nursing.

Mary passed away on April 4 at the age of 63 following a short battle with cancer.

Along with her family she is dearly missed by her colleagues at the School of Nursing who provided loving support to her especially in her weeks of illness. Mary accepted her diagnosis and maintained a positive attitude and a sense of humor until the end. She showed us what dying with dignity was about. 

Flags on campus were lowered in her memory on Monday, May 27.

Queen’s honours Shelagh Rogers

  • Shelagh Rogers hooded
    Shelagh Rogers is hooded by David Saunders, Dean of Smith School of Business, while Chancellor Jim Leech looks on, during the fourth ceremony of Spring Convocation. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/ University Communications)
  • Shelagh Rogers addresses convocation
    Shelagh Rogers addresses the graduating students at Grant Hall after receiving an honorary degree from Queen's University on Friday, May 24. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/ University Communications)
  • Students leave Kingston Hall
    Students exit Kingston Hall and make their way to Grant Hall for the fourth ceremony of Spring Convocation at Queen's University. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/ University Communications)
  • Families and friends at Grant Hall
    Families and friends try to take photos of their graduating students from the balcony of Grant Hall during the Spring Convocation ceremony on Friday afternoon. (Photo by Lars Hagberg/ University Communications)
  • MBA graduates
    Two graduates of the Master of Business Administration program at Smith School of Business are hooded during the 1 pm convocation ceremony.
  • MBA graduates
    Graduates of the Smith School of Business Master of Business Administration program fill Grant Hall for the third ceremony of Spring Convocation.

Grant Hall was a busy place on  Friday, May 24, as Day 2 of Spring Convocation featured three ceremonies.

A highlight of the day was the conferring of an honorary degree upon Shelagh Rogers (Artsci’77), an award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist and the 11th chancellor of the University of Victoria. 

Rogers is best known for her work with the CBC and is currently the host and producer of CBC Radio One’s The Next Chapter. She got her start in broadcasting at CFRC, the campus radio station of Queen’s University, while she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History.

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

The next two ceremonies will be held on Monday, June 3. Overall, a total of 18 ceremonies are being held for Spring Convocation, with the final one being held 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.

Summer student services on campus

Programs and services for students, staff and faculty continue through the summer.

While many students leave campus for the summer term, there are still many programs and services available through the Division of Student Affairs for students, as well as faculty and staff.

The Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC) is open Monday to Thursday 6 am to 9 pm, Friday 6 am to 7 pm, and weekends 8 am to 6 pm. Summer fitness programs start the week of July 8. To register, visit www.gogaelsgo.com/fitness. The main entrance to the ARC is currently undergoing a major renovation project. Access to the ARC is only be available through the ARC South entrance in Mitchell Hall. All workout areas remain open.

Hospitality Services is running summer hours of operation for some retail food outlets. The full schedule is available online. The popular $5 Friday BBQ for staff and faculty resumed on May 3, and will continue all summer from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm outside of Mackintosh-Corry Hall. 

Student Wellness Services is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4:30 pm for booked appointments and summer workshops, including Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and safeTALK. Evening and walk-in service will resume in September, when SWS will have moved to its new location on the ground floor of Mitchell Hall.

Career Services is operating Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Drop-in student advising hours will continue Monday to Thursday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. In-person booked appointments with career counsellors are available all summer, and for students living outside of Kingston, Career Services provides Skype and phone appointments. Experiential Learning workshops are also available for students working or volunteering on campus, and for faculty or staff who supervise students. For more information and to book an appointment, visit the Career Services website.

Student Academic Success Services (SASS) is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. One-on-one in-person and online writing appointments are available Tuesdays-Thursdays until the end of July. SASS continues to provide English as an Additional Language (EAL) support, and one-on-one EAL appointments will be available until the end of June. To book an appointment, visit the SASS website.

The School of Graduate Studies is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  In collaboration with SASS, the School of Graduate Studies is offering a Dissertation Bootcamp in May and a weekly Grad Writing Lab on Thursday mornings. Additionally, the school coordinates The Lake Shift, a six-day writing retreat for Ontario doctoral students in July at Queen’s University Biology Station at Lake Opinicon and Dissertation on the Lake, a five-day writing retreat just for Queen’s graduate students at Elbow Lake in August. These writing retreats allow graduate students to make significant progress to their theses. To learn more, visit the School of Graduate Studies Expanding Horizons website.

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) will maintain its regular hours of operation, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The QUIC space in Mitchell Hall is air conditioned and has a ping-pong table that students can use throughout the summer. QUIC will also be hosting many events and groups, including a Walk to the Farmer’s Market every Thursday and Lunch Club Mondays. To learn more, visit QUIC’s website.

The Ban Righ Centre will continue to be open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, but will be closed the week of July 15. Mature women students are encouraged to drop in to the centre for academic, personal and financial support. There will also be a weekly meditation session held Wednesdays at 12 pm throughout the summer. For more information, visit the Ban Righ Centre website.

The Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre will continue to operate Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All services are available to students, including cultural counselling, cultural safety training, admissions and transition support and webinars. Four Directions will also be holding the Kairos Blanket Exercise and Land Acknowledgment workshops over the summer. For more information, visit the Four Directions website and Facebook page.

The Donald Gordon Conference Centre is a year-round destination for overnight accommodations, dining services, and meeting and conference space. This summer they will be hosting several public events, including a three-part magic show series presented by Kingston Magic Theatre. For more information about upcoming events and services, visit the Donald Gordon Conference Centre website.

Queen’s Housing and Ancillary Services is now offering summer accommodations until Aug. 24 in residence buildings across campus. This is the largest summer accommodation program in Kingston, with more than 25,000 guest room nights are expected to be booked. For more information, including pricing and booking, visit the Summer Accommodations website.

Queen’s rights a wrong as Spring Convocation kicks off

  • Daniel Bartholomew listens to Richard Rexnick
    Daniel Bartholomew, the son of Ethelbert Bartholomew, who was affected by the 1918 ban on admission of Black students to the medical school at Queen’s, listens to Richard Reznick, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Bartholomew family look at degree
    Dr. Maria Bartholomew and Rosalind Bartholomew hand the posthumous Doctor of Medicine for Ethelbert Bartholomew to his son Daniel, during Thursday's convocation ceremony in Grant Hall.
  • Presentation of degree to Bartholomew family
    The family of Ethelbert Bartholomew take to the stage at Grant Hall to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Alex Da Silva.
  • Bartholomew family members
    Dr. Maria Bartholomew, Daniel Bartholomew and Rosalind Bartholomew hold the Doctor of Medicine conferred posthumously to Ethelbert Bartholomew, who was affected by the 1918 ban on admission of Black students to the medical school at Queen’s
  • Daniel Bartholomew
    Daniel Bartholomew gives a thumb's up as he reaches out to Edward Thomas (Sc'06, MASc'12), who researched the expulsion of Black medical students in 1918.
  • Blanket awarding to School of Medicine student
    An Indigenous graduate of the School of Medicine receives a blanket from Laura Maracle, Indigenous Cultural Safety Coordinator, during Thursday's convocation ceremony.
  • Family celebrates PhD graduate
    Family members celebrate as a loved one receives her doctoral degree during the convocation ceremony for the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing at Grant Hall.
  • Parents hood School of Medicine graduate
    A graduate of the School of Medicine is hooded by her parents as Tony Sanfilippo, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Medical Education, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, look on.
  • Jenny Medves
    Director of the School of Nursing and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Jenny Medves speaks to the graduands and their families and friends at Thursday's convocation ceremony.

Spring Convocation started on Thursday with the first ceremony being held at Grant Hall.

The afternoon event saw graduates of the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing cross the stage, as their friends, families, and loved ones looked on.

The ceremony was also a special event for the university, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the family of Ethelbert Bartholomew.

An upper-year student whose medical career was abruptly ended in 1918 by a ban on admission of Black students to the medical school at Queen’s, Bartholmew was posthumously conferred a Doctor of Medicine degree on Thursday, which was accepted by members of his family.

In April, the university signed an official letter of apology, acknowledging the institution’s past racist actions and repeated failures to hold itself accountable.

Three more ceremonies will be held on Friday at 10 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm. At the 4 pm ceremony, award-winning Canadian broadcast journalist and Chancellor of the University of Victoria, Shelagh Rogers, will receive the first of seven honorary degrees being handed out by Queen’s at convocation.

Overall, a total of 18 ceremonies are being held for Spring Convocation, with the final one being held Wednesday, June 12. The first 14 will be held at Grant Hall, while the final four will be hosted at the Athletics and Recreation Centre Main Gym.

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.

Spring Convocation 2019

Starting Thursday, May 23 and finishing Wednesday, June 12, a total of 18 ceremonies are being held for Spring Convocation at Queen’s University. The first 14 will held at Grant Hall while the final four will be hosted at the Athletics and Recreation Centre Main Gym.

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.

Nominate an Inspiring Woman

Do you know an inspiring woman who should be recognized for her leadership or mentorship?

The Ban Righ Foundation will celebrate the achievements of a female faculty mentor (current or retired) at Queen’s University and a female community leader in the Kingston community through the presentation of two awards.

Nominate your Inspiring Woman before the deadline on June 28, at 3 pm. Visit the Ban Righ Centre web site or contact the Ban Righ Centre at banrighcentre@queensu.ca or (613) 533-2976 for more information.

The awards will be presented on Wednesday Oct. 23, 7:30-10 pm at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Celebrating a decade of visionary leadership

The Queen’s community and Principal Woolf look back on his 10 years of service.

As Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf prepares to step down from his post this June, the Queen’s campus community has been reflecting on and celebrating the legacy he’s crafted during 10 years at the helm of the university. During a recent tribute concert staged in his honour, family, friends, colleagues, students, and members of the Kingston community gathered to share with him their appreciation, and witness the unveiling of his official portrait and a tribute video dedicated to his years of service.

Prior to the evening’s performance by world-renowned jazz vocalist Claire Martin, Principal Woolf shared thoughts on his life, career, and decision to move into administration, as well as the value of education, and the role of Queen’s — and universities more broadly — in providing space for the free of exchange of ideas and debate.

Read a slightly-abridged transcript of Principal Woolf’s remarks below:

I’m often asked why I took on this job, or indeed why I wandered into administration in the first place over 20 years ago, at what should have been the height of my scholarly career. My late mother, a scholar of 20th century literature, had her doubts about the wisdom of this move and gave me as a cautionary tale the autobiography of the late Ernest Sirluck, who confessed in that book that an administrative turn had destroyed his once-promising career as a 17th century literature scholar.  (Hmm: Jewish, from Winnipeg, and works on the 17th century — how subtle, mum!). My late father was a bit more optimistic, and happily, both had come round within a few years to see that administrative service could be useful, and that it was not necessarily the death knell of one’s scholarly life.

I had tired of the endless complaints in my then union regarding administration, and believed not so much that I could do better, but that if I were going to gripe and grumble (which as a faculty member I could do as well as the next person), I had at least a duty to try to do these jobs myself. It was intended as a short-term gig at the same institution. I could not have imagined it would have led all the time from my late 30s to my early 60s, and to the principalship of my alma mater.

Over the years, I have had further occasion to reflect many times on the purpose and use of administration, and, why it is worth doing. The university is among the oldest institutions in the world. Only the papacy and Britain’s monarchy have had a longer continuous existence, at least within the Eurosphere.

Principal Daniel Woolf addressing guests at a tribute concert staged in his honour.
Principal Daniel Woolf addressing guests at a tribute concert staged in honour of his 10 years of service.

I believe that Education matters, whether it be early childhood, K to 12, community college, or university. It matters whether it is in the liberal arts or the professions. It matters whether it is in an applied field or undertaken purely for the sake of developing skills of thought and reflection. Universities are not the only custodians and transmitters of knowledge, but for at least the past two centuries of their existence they have uniquely combined the centuries-long function of instruction in inherited knowledge with the generation of new knowledge, across the widest range of fields, from literature to engineering, from music to psychology, from social sciences to life and natural sciences. Perhaps above all, we encourage people to think independently.

That last mission is perhaps the most apposite at this time of great danger to the planet and to the values of liberal democracy. A decade ago, at the outset of my time as Principal, I heard a veteran American university president complain about the lack of ‘nuance’ in public sphere discussions, and indeed of hostility toward it. That comment has stuck with me through my career as Principal, and 10 years on, the situation is, if anything, worse. In an era of social media (of which I myself have made great use), of extraordinary politicization, of extreme polarization of views, it is hard to find consensus on issues of common importance to humanity, whether we are talking about climate change, public services, trade policy, gender, ethnic, racial and other forms of inequality, or even so basic an issue as freedom of speech. I personally resist the politics of division and polarization, and I even more strongly reject the culture of abuse, extremity, and ad hominem attack that has suffused society in recent years, fanned by social media, and which, sadly, has crept into university discussions — not just at Queen’s or even especially at Queen’s. To quote the great 17th century historian R.H. Tawney, who died over half a century ago, and who was the doctoral supervisor of my own doctoral supervisor, ‘An erring colleague is not an Amalekite, to be smitten hip and thigh’.

My point is that apart from its role as a centre for teaching and preparation for careers and citizenship, and its role in fundamental and applied research, the university can and should be a neutral site for exchange of views, tough but not abusive discussions, and for the elucidation of intellectual subtlety and nuance, for working through problems rather than rigorously holding fast to an ideological position whether that be from the right or the left. Ideology is fine: it is part of debate and we all have our personal beliefs and convictions about the gap between the country, or the world, or the university, as it is, and is it might be. But these need to be starting points for discussion, not end points. If we at the university cannot provide a rational space — “a safe space” to use the expression so often favoured by some of our students, who use it in a different sense than I understand—for exchange of ideas and debate, then heaven help the country and the planet, because we aren’t finding much of it elsewhere.

Our own beloved Queen’s has long played a role in teaching, research, and public discourse. We are a great university, but not a perfect university. We have made past mistakes, and we should own up to them, as for instance in our recent apology for the despicable 1918 decision to expel black medical students on entirely specious and self-serving grounds. But I also believe we can learn from our past, and that we need to own it, not bury it. In that way, we can continue to grow and prosper, and remain relevant to society. I’ve also often said, and will repeat here, that while we need to honour our traditions, we must not maintain all of them, all the time. Traditions are time-bound creations, some of which are adaptable, and others of which must be terminated when they cease to reflect the values of society at large. I hope with all of the changes of the past ten years that I have provided due respect for tradition but helped liberate us from some of the shackles with which it can fetter us.

Let me conclude by saying that it has been the honour and the privilege of a lifetime to serve as Principal of this great university. Like Cincinnatus of old (that’s my classics courses at work in case you wondered), I will be taking up my intellectual plough again as a professor in the near future, and I hope to continue to contribute in that role for a few years yet. Thank you all for listening, and for your own commitment to our common mission. Enjoy the rest of the evening and the show. Cha Gheill! □

Queen’s PhD candidate chasing 3MT national title

The national competition for the Three Minute Thesis is currently underway and Amanda Brissenden is representing Queen’s University.

[Amanda Brissenden]
Amanda Brissenden won first prize at the Queen's Three Minute Thesis competition.

After taking top spot in the Queen’s 3MT and then earning a national berth with a third-place finish at the Ontario competition, Brissenden, a PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering, who specializes in Biomedical Engineering, is one of 12 contestants from across the country.

The national competition is conducted via videos from the regional events. The videos are currently available on the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) 3MT website. The winner will be selected by a team of judges and announced in the first week of June.

At the same time, the People’s Choice Award is decided through online votes and the Queen’s community can help Brissenden by viewing her video and casting a ballot online.

The voting period for the People’s Choice Award is currently open and concludes on Sunday, May 26.

“The 3MT is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to hone their communications skills and share the impact of their work with the local, national and global communities”, says Fahim Quadir, Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies. “Amanda has done a remarkable job of explaining her interdisciplinary research in a concise yet engaging manner. We are very proud that she represents Queen’s at the national 3MT and we wish her the best for her participation in this competition.”

Brissenden’s presentation, “Building Blocks for a Healthier Spine,” delves into her research which involves using polymers to augment the human spine and help alleviate pain.

To learn more about the Three Minute Thesis, visit the Queen’s 3MT webpage.


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