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Host Gaels win women’s national rugby title

The Queen's Gaels celebrate with the Molinex Trophy and the championship banner after winning the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship final on Sunday on home turf at Nixon Field.

The Queen’s Gaels capped off a successful hosting of the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship with a gold medal at Nixon Field on Sunday.

The Gaels defeated the Ottawa Gee-Gees 26-18 in the final game to hoist the Molinex Trophy on home turf as national champions.

Supporters of both teams and fans of rugby lined the field despite the inclement weather and were treated to an exciting national title game.

The teams were tied 15-15 at halftime before Jaden Walker scored a try in the 49th minute to give Queen’s a lead they would not relinquish on their way to the eight-point win.

The Gaels’ Sophie de Goede, who was named U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Player of the Year on Friday, finished the game with one try, one convert, and two penalty converts. 

de Goede was also named the tournament MVP after the championship game.

“I’m honestly speechless,” de Goede said. “This is the best week that I’ve ever had. I'm so proud of the way that our team played. We couldn’t ask for anything else. This whole week, every single game, they’ve been grinding it out. They've been so gritty, so passionate. And I really feel like we’ve been a family this whole time.”

For Queen’s, Sunday's championship win was redemption after finishing second at the 2019 U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship and a great way to cap off a two-year journey after the 2020 season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It says something about the group of women that I get the chance to work with, when we put something like this at the top of our bulletin board two years ago, going and competing in and winning a national championship on our home pitch,” said Gaels head coach Dan Valley. “To see that come to fruition is an unbelievable feeling. I couldn’t be more proud of our athletes, our coaching staff, our support staff. It was a team effort every single day to get here.”

The U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship brought together the eight best teams from across the country. It marked the first national event hosted by Queen’s since the start of the pandemic.

Queen’s will also host the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship from Nov. 24-28. Tournament passes are on sale now.


The Queen’s Gaels are headed to the U SPORTS Women’s Soccer Championship after capturing the OUA title on Saturday with a penalty-kicks win over the Western Mustangs in London after neither team could score in regulation or overtime.

The Gaels will open the tournament on Thursday, Nov. 18 (9:30 a.m.) against MacEwan University in Cape Breton, N.S.


The Queen’s Gaels booked their ticket to the Yates Cup to vie for an OUA title against the Western Mustangs.

On Saturday the Gaels beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees 32-15 at Richardson Stadium, keeping their perfect record intact at 8-0.

The Yates Cup will be played at Richardson Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online.

U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship off to a great start

  • Sophie de Goede of the Queen's Gaels finds some open field as she runs the ball during Wednesday evening's quarterfinal match with the UBC Thunderbirds at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship, being hosted by Queen's. (Photo by Robin Kasem)
    Sophie de Goede of the Queen's Gaels finds some open field as she runs the ball during Wednesday evening's quarterfinal match with the UBC Thunderbirds at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship, being hosted by Queen's. (Photo by Robin Kasem)
  • A University of Ottawa player runs the ball while being pursued by a player from St. Francis Xavier during the opening game at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship.
    A University of Ottawa player runs the ball while being pursued by a player from St. Francis Xavier during the opening game at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship.
  • A player from Acadia University is brought down by a group of Laval defenders during their game at Nixon Field on Wednesday.
    A player from Acadia University is brought down by a group of Laval defenders during their game at Nixon Field on Wednesday.
  • A University of Guelph player tries to break free from her UVic pursuers as the two teams met Wednesday at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship.
    A University of Guelph player tries to break free from her UVic pursuers as the two teams met Wednesday at the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship.

An incredible opening day of the U SPORTS Women's Rugby Championship was capped off with the host Queen’s Gaels defeating the UBC Thunderbirds 33-26 in the fourth quarterfinal match at Nixon Field on Wednesday.

The national tournament brings together the eight best women’s rugby teams from across the country. It’s the first time Queen’s has hosted the event since 2015.

In the day’s other matchups the Ottawa Gee-Gees beat the St. Francis Xavier X-Women 40-12; the UVic Vikes topped the Guelph Gryphons 21-10; and the defending champion Laval Rouge et Or downed the Acadia Axewomen 46-12.

The Gaels face the Rouge et Or in Friday’s semifinal at 7:30 pm and the Gee-Gees and Vikes will square off at 5 pm. The winners of these matches will play for the national title on Sunday at 3:30 pm. All games are at Nixon Field.

Tournament passes and tickets can be purchased here. The tournament is being livestreamed on CBC Gem and CBCSports.ca.

The Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship will take place Nov. 24-28. Tournament passes are on sale now.

Visit the Queen’s Gael’s website for updated scores and more information on student-athletes and events.

Gaels Game Recap

Queen’s jumped out to an early 14-0 lead with tries by Maddy Kushner, and Hannah Daniels, which were both converted by Sophie de Goede.

After UBC cut the Gaels’ lead in half, de Goede scored and converted Queen’s third try of the game.

UBC would respond again before Jaden Walker added a try late in the first half to give Queen's a 26-14 lead at half time.

The Thunderbirds would score the first two tries of the second half to even the score before Bridget Peros scored late, and de Goede converted, to give the Gaels the seven-point win.

A new way to navigate campus

Queen’s launches a 3D interactive map that brings campus to life and reflects the university’s commitments to accessibility, inclusion, and sustainability.

  • Screenshot of map of the Kingston campus.
    The map shows users how to move between all areas of the Kingston campus.
  • Screenshot of map showing sustainability resources on campus.
    The map can show users where to find a wide variety of resources on campus. Here it displays the location of sustainability resources such as secure bike storage and reusable bottle filling stations.
  • Screenshot of map showing accessibility resources on campus.
    Accessibility resources like accessible entrances and washrooms can also be displayed on the map.
  • Screenshot of map of the Bader International Study Centre.
    In addition to the Kingston campus, the new map also helps users find their way around the Bader International Study Centre in England as well as the Toronto and Kingston North locations.

The Queen’s campus embodies the inclusive spirit of the university, and it is continually evolving to meet the needs of the community. Now, a new 3D interactive digital map will make Queen’s vibrancy, accessibility, and inclusiveness more visible.

“This campus map will help all members of our community feel more welcome and connected, whether they are visiting for the first time or have been with the university for several years,” says Vice-Principal (Finance & Administration) Donna Janiec. “We strive to offer spaces and resources that serve the diverse needs of our community, and this map will make everything we have in place easier to find.”

The Campus Planning and Real Estate team collaborated with University Relations on the project and worked together to identify the functionality and campus resources that needed to be highlighted on the new map. One of the top priorities was to share accessibility and inclusion supports. Users can locate these and other resources on the map by choosing to highlight specific themes or topics.

“The new digital map features much more than the just the buildings, paths, and roads on campus. It also effectively highlights the wide array of resources available to people, from accessible emergency blue lights to gender neutral washrooms to reusable bottle filling stations,” says Vice-Principal (University Relations) Michael Fraser. “Stakeholders from across the university community helped us carefully build the map and we expect it to continue to grow richer in detail over time.”

Accessible entrances and washrooms, for example, can be highlighted on the map. Indigenous spaces, family-friendly spaces for diaper changing or breastfeeding, and multi-faith spaces for prayer and meditation can also be tagged. An accessible wayfinding feature will be added in the coming weeks to help users plan routes that meet accessibility needs.

Queen’s has invested in making sustainability central to campus life, and the new map highlights many of these resources. Alternative transportation supports, such as secure bike storage and bus stops, can be identified by location, as well as electric vehicle charging stations. Reusable bottle filling stations, green roofs and campus community gardens can also be highlighted on the map.

3D models and Queen’s locations beyond Kingston

The new map uses 3D models of the campus buildings to give users a sense of what it feels like to experience campus in person. While exploring the map, users can take advantage of the 360-degree functionality to see how buildings look from different directions or help plan routes for a campus visit.

In addition to the Kingston campus, the new map also helps users find their way around the Bader International Study Centre in England as well as the Toronto and Kingston North locations.

The new map integrates with the virtual tours of campus created by Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment.

A map that evolves with the campus

The digital map is a flexible tool that can be updated to capture the latest developments on campus, such as the construction of new spaces. Short-term changes can also be made to the map to reflect road closures or parking restrictions for large campus events, such as convocation, homecoming, and residence move-in.

“The new map is very much a living resource that is designed to evolve along with the campus,” says Tony Gkotsis, Director, Campus Planning and Real Estate. “If anyone in our community has thoughts about spaces or amenities that could be highlighted more effectively, they are encouraged to submit feedback to our team.”

See the map and submit feedback on the campus map website. Feedback can also be submitted through an online form.

Honouring the Bader family

Queen’s is proclaiming Nov. 15 Bader Day and announcing three new gifts from the Bader family.

Photograph of Alfred and Isabel Bader
The late Dr. Alfred Bader and Isabel Bader have been among Queen's most significant donors.

Eighty years ago, the late Dr. Alfred Bader (BSc'45, BA'46, MSc'47, LLD'86) arrived on campus to begin his studies at Queen’s, inaugurating an ongoing relationship between the university and the Bader family that has been marked by a series of transformational gifts. To commemorate the anniversary and the extraordinary philanthropy of the Baders, Queen’s has proclaimed Nov. 15 Bader Day and is also announcing three new gifts from the Bader family and Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

“The philanthropic impact of the Bader family and Bader Philanthropies Inc. at Queen’s is unparalleled,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand. “These most recent gifts will put our students on the forefront of training and research in the fields of art history and art conservation while supporting our mission to advance Indigenous initiatives at the university.”

Continuing a philanthropic tradition that began in 1948, the latest series of gifts from Isabel Bader and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. aid Queen's mission to advance research and knowledge and include:

  • 12 paintings to Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The paintings, all from the Dutch 17th century, include still lifes, Biblical scenes, and scenes from daily life.
  • Nine Leica S9i microscopes to help students in the Queen’s Art Conservation program examine and treat cultural artifacts.
  • Funding for the Outdoor Gathering Space on campus, modelled after an Ojibway round house, and endowing a new full-time, permanent Curator, Indigenous Arts and Culture at Agnes.

The Baders, Dr. Bader, his wife, Isabel Bader, LLD’07, and Bader Philanthropies, Inc. have been among Queen’s University’s most significant donors,  gifting the 15th-century English castle, Herstmonceux, home to the Bader International Study Centre; providing $31 million in support of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts; a lead gift of $40 million (USD) in support of Agnes Reimagined; more than 500 paintings and works on paper to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre; and funding a variety of student awards.

Bader Day will be an entire day dedicated to celebrating the Baders and their impact on Queen’s, Kingston, and beyond. The day will include a visit to campus by members of the Bader family, and on Nov. 17 Queen's will also confer an honorary degree on Daniel Bader.

Learn more about the Baders on the Queen’s Alumni website and the Bader Philanthropies, Inc. website.

Attend the launch and signing of the Scarborough Charter

After more than a year of collaborative and collective work, extensive and valuable feedback from students, faculty, staff, senior leadership of partner institutions, sector-wide bodies, and Black political and civic leaders and organizations outside academe, the Scarborough Charter on Anti-Black Racism and Black Inclusion in Canadian Higher Education is ready to launch. Queen’s is a signatory of this important document and Principal Patrick Deane will be attending the virtual launch event.

Everyone in the Queen’s community is invited to join the virtual signing and launch of the Scarborough Charter on Thursday Nov. 18, 3-4 pm ET by registering here. Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 15.

More information on the Scarborough Charter and Queen’s commitment to anti-Black racism and Black inclusion will be shared closer to the launch date through the Queen’s Gazette.

Listening and learning: Insights from Indigenous research

This year’s Indigenous Research Collaboration Day incorporated the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals in highlighting the important of collaboration in research with Indigenous communities.

Relevance, respect, reciprocity, and responsibility. These are the themes participants were encouraged to consider during Queen’s Indigenous Research Collaboration Day.

[Illustration "Respect" by Portia Chapman]

Co-hosted annually since 2017 by the School of Graduate Studies and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, in partnership with the Centre for Teaching and Learning and the Research Portfolio, Indigenous Research Collaboration Day aims to showcase the outstanding research done by Queen’s graduate students, post-docs, and faculty and highlight the importance of collaborating with local Indigenous communities on issues of inequality and access.

“Indigenous Research Collaboration Day grew out of a need to provide Queen’s researchers with information on the proper protocols and understanding necessary to participate in research with Indigenous communities,” explains Kanonhsyonne Jan Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) and member of the day’s planning committee. “This understanding is crucial if we are to properly engage with peoples and voices that have, up to this point, been largely excluded from the research dialogue.”

This year’s event, which took place via Zoom on Friday, Nov. 5, centred on the principles of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs present a call to action, encouraging people to act as citizens of a global community in an effort to take care of our shared environment and commit to a better life for all. The theme evokes Queen’s own commitment to advancing the principles of equality and sustainability through its research and operations in the local community and around the world, as laid out in the university’s Strategic Framework. It is also well-fitted to reflect the core values embedded in Indigenous cultures and a reminder of the importance of acknowledging and collaborating with Indigenous ways of being.

Following an opening keynote by Queen’s Chancellor, The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Queen’s doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from the School of Graduate Studies presented their research through panels organized around the specific SDG themes of Reduced Inequality, Quality Education, and Good Health and Well-being. Many of the students are themselves members of Indigenous communities and their research serves to underlie the importance of listening to and learning from Indigenous peoples when it comes to addressing Indigenous needs.

[Photo compilation of L-R/T-B: Elisa Corbett, Dr. Tina Dacin, Kacey Doo, Olivia Franks, Kenneth Gyamerah, Jodi Mae John, Alice Johnston, Brittany McBeath, Dr. Jackson Pind, Tyler Twarowski]
Some of the day's panelists. Clockwise from top left: Elisha Corbett, Dr. Tina Dacin, Kacey Dool, Olivia Franks, Kenneth Gyamerah, Tyler Twarowski, Dr. Jackson Pind, Brittany McBeath, Alice Johnston, and Jodi Mae John.

PhD student panelist Jodi John is Mohawk, Bear clan from Tyendinaga Mohawk territory, where she lives and works as a Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator. This June, Jodi was also the inaugural recipient of the Teyonkwayenawá:kon Graduate Scholarship, administered by the School of Graduate Studies to support Indigenous graduate student research and promote the diversification of teaching and learning at Queen’s.

Presenting her research on the advantages of using Indigenous ways of being to benefit Indigenous health outcomes, Jodi says what she most hopes attendees took with them from the day is an understanding that “Indigenous people know their communities best and are best situated to address ongoing issues, including those of Indigenous health disparities.”

“My community is the inspiration for my research,” says Jodi. “I hope that my research will contribute to transforming healthcare spaces from places of fear, violence, and adversity to those of safety, engagement, and empowerment.”

For more information on this year’s panelists, their research, and to view the full day’s agenda, visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

Celebrating fall 2021 graduates

Queen’s is recognizing the accomplishments and perseverance of this fall’s graduating students.

Graduation is the culmination of the months and years of effort Queen’s students put into completing their programs, and the tricolour community is celebrating the more than 2,000 students who are reaching this milestone this fall. While in-person convocation ceremonies have been postponed due to COVID-19, Queen’s is congratulating graduates with a video message that also recognizes their perseverance throughout the pandemic.

“If you’re graduating this year, a good portion of your program has been spent under circumstances that have been truly unprecedented,” says Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane in the video. “Your graduating is a tribute to your determination, your creativity, your hard work, and your flexibility. You have both my admiration and warmest congratulations.”

When it is safe to do so, Queen’s plans to resume in-person convocation ceremonies and intends to invite graduates from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 back to campus to mark their graduation.

“It’s regrettable that we cannot gather together in person this fall to celebrate your hard-earned degree, your diploma, or your certificate. However, I’m pleased to have this opportunity to offer my sincere congratulations as you officially complete your studies,” says Chancellor Murray Sinclair in the graduation video. “I do hope that before too long we will all be able to mark this important achievement together as a community.”

The university officially conferred degrees for fall graduates on November 1, and it is preparing diploma packages to send by mail in the coming weeks. A full list of graduating students has been shared online by the Office of the University Registrar. Some faculties and schools are also recognizing their graduates through a virtual event or other online methods in the near term.

“I truly hope that you have enjoyed your time at Queen’s and trust that you are taking away with you some wonderful memories and friends who will be with you for the remainder of your lives,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation) in her remarks for the video. “My hope is that going forward you will feel confident in your future as you lead the way to positive change for generations to come.”

For more information fall 2021 graduation, visit the Office of the University Registrar website.

Students required to enrol in multi-factor authentication for SOLUS by Nov. 15

To enhance cybersecurity protection at Queen’s University and to help keep users identity and personal information safe, IT Services is introducing multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all student accounts. This means all students will be required to provide their NetID and password as well as a second method to verify their identity when logging in.

All students who enrol in MFA by Nov. 15 – including students who enrolled last year – will be automatically entered into a draw to win a set of AirPod Pros.

Additionally, the first 1,000 students to enrol in MFA between Oct. 29 and Nov. 15 will receive $10 added to their student card.

For more information about the draw and student card funds, please visit our Student Enrolment FAQ page.

What do I need to do?

What happens if I don’t enrol?

Starting Nov. 2, if you have not enrolled in MFA, you will be prompted to do so at each log in to most Queen’s applications. These prompts will continue for up to 14 days. If you still have not enrolled in MFA by Nov. 16, you will lose access to SOLUS until you complete the enrolment process.

Also starting on Nov. 2, you will see a new login page to SOLUS. This page will look the same as the current login page for Office 365 and onQ.


For further assistance, or if you do not have a device to use as your second factor, contact the IT Support Centre by visiting the online Service Portal and clicking on Get IT Help (log in with your NetID and password to fill out the form). You can also call 613-533-6666 (see the IT Services website for hours). Read the FAQs for more information on MFA.

Queen’s community members urged to observe Remembrance Day through broadcasts

Queen’s University will mark Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will not be hosting an in-person ceremony.

The university encourages all community members to observe a moment of silence on Nov. 11, to mark the sacrifice of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and to acknowledge the courage of those who still serve. Classes are cancelled 10:30 am-11:30 am ET to allow time for commemoration.

A wreath will be laid in the JDUC Memorial Room to honour the university’s fallen.

The national ceremony will start at approximately 10:45 am and is available for viewing on Facebook via the Canadian Legion, and will also be carried by Canadian broadcasters. The Queen’s Park Ceremony of Remembrance and the City of Kingston’s Civic Ceremony are also available online. 

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.

More information is available on the Faith and Spiritual Life website.

For the Record - Nov. 4, 2021

For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

Submit For the Record information for posting to Gazette editor Andrew Carroll.

Selection Committee appointed for Head, Department of Sociology

Dr. Annette Burfoot’s term as Head of the Department of Sociology is scheduled to end on June 30, 2022. The Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Greenhas appointed a Selection Committee to advise him on the appointment of the next Head. The Selection Committee has the following membership: 

Elected Members

  • Thomas Abrams, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Steve Baron, Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Nicole Myers, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Alana Saulnier, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Victoria Sytsma, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Marc Epprecht, Cognate Faculty, Professor, Department of Global Development Studies
  • Michelle Underhill, Undergraduate Assistant, Department of Sociology
  • Spencer Huesken, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
  • Holly Pavusa, Undergraduate Student, Department of Sociology
  • Chris DeLuca, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Bill Nelson (Chair), Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Danielle Gugler (Secretary), Administrative Assistant to the Vice-Dean & Associate Deans, Faculty of Arts and Science

Pursuant to Articles 41.3 and 41.3.6 of the Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association and Queen’s University at Kingston, comments are invited on the present state and future prospects of the Department of Sociology by Nov. 24, 2021. Those interested may also submit names of possible candidates for the headship. Please send all comments, in confidence, to the attention of Danielle Gugler [danielle.gugler@queensu.ca]. All letters will be reviewed by the Selection Committee and will become part of the record of decision-making.

At the request of either the department members or the committee, a meeting can be arranged between the department and the committee to ascertain the department’s views on the qualities of a head. Once a shortlist has been established, it will be distributed to members of the department for further input on the merits of the respective candidate(s).


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