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The Class of 2022 takes part in a wide range of activities during orientation, introducing them to their classmates, traditions, and the university.

  • [Arts and Science students learn dance moves]
    First-year students from the Faculty of Arts and Science learn dance moves from their orientation leaders at the ARC main gym on Monday, Sept. 3.
  • [Commerce students]
    First-year students from the commerce program at Smith School of Business are clearly identifiable during orientation week by their maroon and gold colours.
  • [Arts and Science students]
    Students from the Faculty of Arts and Science fill the main gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre during the opening day of Faculty Orientation.
  • [Nursing students listen to orientation leader]
    First-year nursing students talk with an orientation leader during a break from the heat under the trees of Summerhill on Monday.
  • Wearing their orange T-shirts NEWTS (New, Exchange, Worldly Transfer Students and Castle)
    Wearing their orange T-shirts, NEWTS (New, Exchange, Worldly Transfer Students) are introduced to some of the traditions and activities of Orientation Week at Queen's.
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science students fill Grant Hall
    Purple-clad students from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science fill Grant Hall as they are welcomed to Queen's by Dean Kevin Deluzio.

Starting on Monday, Sept. 3, first-year students participated in Faculty Orientation activities that will continue on through to Wednesday, Sept. 5 and return on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9.

Earlier, the approximately 4,550 students in the Class of 2022 took part in University Orientation, where they were introduced to some of the many facets of the Queen’s community.

Each of the faculties within Queen’s has its own traditions and activities during orientation and first-year students can be identified by their colourful T-shirts.

A new orientation schedule was introduced this year to help accommodate the introduction of a new Fall Term Break for students.

To learn more about orientation at Queen’s visit the Orientation website.

Gaels romp to opening win in men’s rugby

Women's and men's teams post impressive victories in rugby and soccer; Football Gaels fall to Laurier in home opener.

[Gaels Men's Rugby vs Waterloo]
The Queen's Gaels men's rugby team opened their OUA season with a 74-6 win over the visiting Waterloo Warriors on Saturday, Sept. 1. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

A quick roundup of Queen's Gaels teams and athletes in competition over the weekend:


It may have been move-in day for thousands of Queen's students on Saturday, but the men's rugby team was also in full movement to the tune of a 74-6 decision over Waterloo to open the OUA season.

The match started off slow for Queen's in the early minutes after the two teams traded drop goals for a 3-3 score through to the 15-minute mark.

From there Queen's turned on the offence with 33 of the next 36 points to take a commanding 36-6 lead at halftime.

The second half saw much of the same for the Tricolour as they were able to hold the Warriors off the scoresheet in the final 40 minutes. Meanwhile, the Gaels piled up another 38 points en route to a 74-6 final.

Nicholas DeLallo finished with three tries.


The Queen's women's rugby team put on a dominant display in their 68-10 road win over the Western Mustangs on Saturday.

Eight different Gaels connected for 12 tries on the afternoon led by Sophie de Goede with three. Rachel Hickson and Hannah Daniels each had a pair of tries.

Nadia Popov also had four conversions in the blowout victory.

It wasn't quite the home opener that the Queen's football team was expecting in a 44-18 loss to the Laurier Golden Hawks.

A total of 6,879 fans were in attendance to celebrate Tricolour Pride Night at Richardson Stadium including the many first-year students who attended the game as part of Orientation Week.

The Golden Hawks grabbed the advantage early and put up a quick 13 points in the first quarter. 

After going down 20-0, Queen's was able to put together a lengthy touchdown drive that was highlighted by a 21-yard catch from Rudy Uhl along the sidelines. Rasheed Tucker finished the drive for the touchdown. After a late field goal the Golden Hawks took a 23-7 lead into the half.

After the break the Golden Hawks stretched the lead to 44-7 before Nick Liberatore hit a 37-yard field goal.

The Gaels then drove down the field on the final possession of the game and converted on their second one-yard touchdown rush of the game, this time with quarterback Nate Hobbs as the ball carrier. Hobbs then found Matteo Del Brocco for the two-point conversion to end the ballgame.


The Queen's women's soccer team capped off a perfect opening weekend with a 4-1 win against the Laurentian Voyageurs at Miklas-McCarney Field on Sunday.

Jenny Wolever opened the scoring three minutes in and Taylor Green doubled the lead just three minutes later after Wolever was fouled in the box. 

After the visitors got on the board in the second, Jamie Foot put the game away in injury time.

On Saturday, the Gaels opened their season with a 4-2 win over the Nipissing Lakers.

Jenny Wolever finished the game with a hat-trick after a Nipissing own goal put the hosts in the early lead.


On Sunday, the Queen's men's soccer team prevailed in their first action of the season with a 2-0 win over the Laurentian Voyageurs.

The Gaels started the game with a strong offensive push on the Voyageur's defence. In the 30th minute they got on the board as Brevin MacKay was able to tap the ball through the Laurentian goalkeeper’s legs and then buried the free ball into the empty net.

Eight minutes later, the Gaels struck again. Off a free kick, defender Keven Mastri flew into the crease and deflected the ball into the net. Now in his fourth season, it was his first OUA career goal.

Class of 2022 arrives at Queen's

With the help of hundreds of volunteers and support staff, approximately 4,500 first-year students spend their first day at the university.

  • Principal Daniel Woolf met up with members of the Gaels women’s hockey team on Move-In Day.
    Principal Daniel Woolf met up with members of the Gaels women’s hockey team who were volunteering to help first-year students on Move-In Day.
  • Move-In Day outside Victoria Hall
    It was a busy day, but with the help of volunteers and support staff, the 4,500 students of the Class of 2022 moved into the residences at Queen's University.
  • Principal Woolf met up with Megan Rook and Jessica Anderson, and their families
    Principal Woolf met up with Megan Rook and Jessica Anderson, and their families, as they moved into the same residence room that the principal had when he first arrived at Queen’s as an undergraduate in 1976.
  • Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney
    Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney welcomes first-year students to Queen's University on Saturday, Sept. 1.
  • Class of 2022 fills the ARC
    After moving into their residences, the Class of 2022 attended one of two Queen's Welcomes U events on Saturday night.
  • Principal Daniel Woolf offers greeting
    Principal Daniel Woolf speaks to the Class of 2022 during the Queen's Welcomes U at the main gym of the Athletics and Recreation Centre.
  • Class of 2022 listen to Daniel Woolf
    Students in the Class of 2022 listen as Principal Daniel Woolf welcomes them to Queen's during Saturday night's event at the main gym of the ARC.
  • Miguel Martinez and Alex Da Silva
    AMS President Miguel Martinez and Rector Alex Da Silva talk about their roles at Queen's during the Queen's Welcomes U event.

It was a busy day as more than 4,500 first-year students moved into Queen’s University Residences on Saturday, Sept. 1.

Students were assisted by hundreds of volunteers and support staff. A head of Move-In Day a carefully coordinated plan was created by a working group of representatives from the university, the City of Kingston, and Kingston Police.

Move-In Day was moved to Saturday for the first time to help accommodate the introduction of a new Fall Term Break for students.

A number of activities, including a welcome by administration members on Saturday evening and Gaels football home opener on Sunday night, helped the new arrivals settle in to their new homes. Faculty orientation started on Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Classes start on Thursday, Sept. 6, and orientation activities will continue with faculty events on Sept. 8, and campus events on Sunday, Sept. 9.

For further information about orientation activities, visit the university’s Orientation website.

A welcoming website

The Inclusive Queen’s website provides information on resources, training, and support services to help all members of the Queen’s community feel welcomed. 

[Queen's University Inclusive Queen's Nour Mazloum]
Employee and student Nour Mazloum browses the Inclusive Queen's website. (University Communications)

The university’s efforts to create a more inclusive community have a new home on the web.

Visitors to the Inclusive Queen’s website can browse links to resources within the university community, learn about different initiatives underway such as the University Council on Anti-Racism and Equity (UCARE), and find a list of training courses available to help students, staff, and faculty broaden their understanding of how to foster an inclusive campus.

Creating this website was a recommendation of the Principal’s Implementation Committee on Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion (PICRDI).

“We are fortunate to have a campus community that is made up of people from all walks of life, says Teri Shearer, Deputy Provost (Academic Operations and Inclusion). “Having a greater understanding of and appreciation for different cultures is important for our staff and faculty, and for our learners as they join increasingly diverse work and study environments.”

“This site is intended for all members of the Queen’s community – whether you are seeking resources like prayer spaces, the Queen’s Inclusion and Anti-Racism Advisor, or student cultural clubs; or if you wish to further your understanding of Indigenous knowledge, employment equity, or racism and oppression,” she adds.

In addition to launching the website, the Office of the Provost and University Relations will continue to collaborate on efforts to raise awareness about inclusivity initiatives and resources on campus, as well as to communicate the university’s progress in implementing the PICRDI recommendations.

The Office of Indigenous Initiatives and University Relations are also working on a website focusing on Indigenous initiatives and reconciliation at Queen’s, to launch this academic year.

To view the new Inclusive Queen’s website, visit queensu.ca/inclusive.

Enhancing student and community safety

The University District Safety Initiative, unveiled this spring, will be in effect for Orientation Week.

This fall marks a number of firsts for the Queen’s University community. Along with an updated Orientation Week schedule and a new fall break, a joint initiative between the City of Kingston, Kingston Police, and the university will be implemented in September.

[Principal Daniel Woolf and Mayor Bryan Paterson announce the UDSI]
Mayor Bryan Paterson and Principal Daniel Woolf announce the University District Safety Initiative in June 2018. (Photo: University Communications)

The University District Safety Initiative (UDSI) is a pilot program developed to help promote a culture of safety and respect in the neighbourhoods surrounding Queen’s. A new enforcement approach will mean a summons to court for anyone issued a ticket for specific offences under the city’s Nuisance Party and Noise by-laws, as well as the Liquor License Act, during events including Orientation Week, Homecoming and St. Patrick’s Day.

“The university shares the City’s concerns around the impacts of large unsanctioned parties in the University District. We have also heard the same concerns from local health and emergency services experts,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “Our students are part of two communities, Queen’s and Kingston, and this initiative is one way we are promoting positive citizenship both on and off campus.”

Individuals issued a summons by the City will now be required to appear before a Justice of the Peace in Kingston, regardless of where they live, and will not have the option to pay a fine online or by phone.

The university can then identify and assess these cases, as appropriate, through the Non-Academic Misconduct system. Incident reports will be considered individually, with the focus on citizenship development, harm reduction, and helping students who are showing additional signs of distress. Outcomes could include community projects, conversations with community members, formal warnings, restitution, peer education initiatives, and/or loss of privileges.

Work has been underway to inform students and community members about the initiative. Queen’s has spread the word throughout the summer with a media conference in June, Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) activities for incoming students, and training for O Week leaders and Residence Dons. Online resources are available both on the City of Kingston website and the Queen’s Student Conduct website. Activities are planned throughout Orientation Week and the fall term to keep the initiative top of mind for students across campus through efforts by the AMS, Residence Life, departments and faculties, as well as the City and Kingston Police.

For more information, visit the Queen’s UDSI website and the City of Kingston’s UDSI website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this initiative targeting students?

The initiative is not targeting students, but targeting the area where problematic behaviour has historically existed - the University District. Not everyone who participates in this behaviour is from the Queen’s community, and the majority of Queen’s students do not engage in the types of disrespectful and unsafe behaviours that are of the greatest concern.

When does the UDSI take effect?

The UDSI took effect on Thursday, Aug. 30 and continues indefinitely. Specific days and times of enforcement can be found on the City’s UDSI webpage.

How will this initiative be evaluated?

The UDSI pilot program will be re-evaluated in the spring of 2019 by the City of Kingston, Kingston Police, and the university.

What area does the University District cover?

Kingston Police have the discretion to enforce this initiative anywhere in Kingston.

The use of the term University District identifies the neighbourhood that has historically been the site of unsanctioned large-scale street parties.

Statement on freedom of speech

Principal Daniel Woolf comments on the Ontario government’s new freedom of speech policy in his role as chair of the Council of Ontario Universities.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the Government of Ontario announced a new policy regarding freedom of speech. In his capacity as Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities, Principal Daniel Woolf issued this statement: 

Ontario universities share the Ontario government’s interest in protecting freedom of expression, and are committed to working with all stakeholders, including faculty, students, and the province, to provide opportunities for thoughtful debate and discussion on our campuses.

We welcome further discussion with the government on how freedom of expression may continue to be protected, and believe any framework must balance the right to free expression with universities’ duty to maintain a civil campus environment, along with physical safety and security for faculty, students, and staff.

For centuries, universities have encouraged the free flow of ideas on campus. Universities have always been places for open discussion and free inquiry.

This has not changed. Universities are committed to creating learning environments that promote free expression and provide opportunities for dialogue to take place with civility. 

Every day, on every university campus in the province, hundreds if not thousands of conversations and debates take place; facts and opinions are expressed that some participants may not like, or even find offensive.

Ontario universities have policies that affirm the right to freedom of expression for students, faculty and staff, and have mechanisms in place to resolve disputes. We will work with the government and other stakeholders to ensure that freedom and expression is alive and healthy.

– Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Queen's University and Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities

* In his role as Principal of Queen's, Dr. Woolf recently commented on the issue of freedom of speech and academic freedom in an opinion piece published by the Globe and Mail, as well as a piece for his Principal's Blog.

Street closures in effect during Move-In Day

On Saturday, Sept. 1, approximately 4,500 first-year students are scheduled to move in to Queen’s residences.    

In order to keep routes clear for Move-In Day, a number of streets around Queen’s residences will be closed during the evening of Friday, Aug. 31 including: Queen’s Crescent, Lower Albert Street, Collingwood Street (south of Union Street) and St. Lawrence Avenue. Please keep this in mind if you are working an overnight shift on Friday.

Kingston Transit is providing a complimentary adult transit pass for all parking permit pass holders for Saturday, Sept. 1, along with an easy-to-use guide with route information and “park and ride” locations. Buses arrive and depart every 30 minutes during Saturday service. To plan your ride, you can use the Trip Planner at City of Kingston Trip Planner. Contact Donna Stover at stoverd@queensu.ca to request a pass. The Move-In Committee strongly urges you to consider transit on Sept. 1 to avoid traffic and lineups. All campus parking lots will be used for move-in.

If you need to be on campus on Sept. 1 and are planning to be dropped off, note that University Avenue and Albert Street will be closed to all traffic at Union Street, and Albert Street will be closed at King Street. Stuart Street (west of University Avenue) and Bader Lane will also be closed to all traffic. Please plan to be dropped off outside of this zone.

Full details about Move-In Day – including a colour-coded map – are available on the Queen’s University Residences webpage.

Aug. 28 edition of the Gazette now available

Aug. 28, 2018 Gazette cover
Read the Aug. 28, 2018 edition of the Gazette online.

The Aug. 28 edition of the Gazette is now available and can be picked up around Queen’s campus.

This latest edition of the Gazette is filled with interesting Queen’s-focused items including:

  • Articles related to the return of students for the 2018-19 academic year
  • An update on recent changes to the members of the university’s executive team
  • The latest installment of the Introducing New Faculty Members series, with an interview of Lindsay Fitzpatrick (Chemical Engineering)
  • ​Updates on the latest research, awards and achievements of faculty, staff and students.

The next edition of the Gazette will be published Sept. 11. New articles are posted daily at the Gazette Online.

Follow us on Twitter at @queensuGazette.

Anyone looking to get a story, photo or information in the Gazette can contact the paper's editor Andrew Carroll.

Free software tools support learning

Queen’s University provides all students, faculty and staff, with free access to an impressive suite of productivity tools, including:

  • Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus: Stay on top of your assignments and collaborate with others using the latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive for Business (5 TB of free storage per student), Skype for Business, Teams, Planner, Forms, To-Do, and more.
  • EndNote: Use this powerful research and reference manager to automatically build bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles.
  • Windows 10 Education: This version of Windows offers advanced features including additional privacy and encryption settings, and anti-malware protection through Windows Defender.
  • NVivo: Organize and analyze data such as interviews, field notes, audiovisual material and journal articles.
  • SPSS: This IBM product makes the analytical process easier, from planning to data collection, analysis, reporting and deployment.
  • Maple: This software combines a powerful math engine with an interface that makes it easy to analyze, explore, visualize and solve mathematical problems.
  • SAS: Perform large scale business functions such as data warehousing, data mining and human resources management.
  • MATLAB: Analyze data, develop algorithms, create models and more.
  • ArcGIS: Use tools for mapping and spatial reasoning to explore data and share location-based insights.

The entire listing of available software and information on how to get support is available on the IT Services website.

Data security

“Your data has value and you need to protect it,” says Jennifer Doyle, Chief Information Officer for IT Services.

Here are a few tips on safeguarding your information:

  • Never share your NetID credentials
  • Learn to recognize phishing (a form of identity theft)
  • Report suspicious emails to abuse@queenus.ca
  • Be aware of the access you provide to other users. Learn how to set OneDrive folder permissions to ensure classmates and peers have access to only the folders and files you want to share.
  • Subscribe to anti-malware protection; Windows Defender is included in the Windows 10 Education package. Other protection packages are also available online at no charge.

How to get support

IT Services provides many self-help tutorials and learning resources. You can also get help in person on campus, online or by telephone at 613-533-6666.

Learn how to do just about anything with thousands of training videos on hundreds of topics at lynda.com.  

New HR Learning Catalogue has something for everyone

The 2018-19 HR Learning Catalogue provides Queen’s employees with opportunities to develop new skills, deepen their knowledge, and thrive in the workplace.

With more than 135 offerings, including lunch-and-learns, certificate programs, and an extensive variety of health and fitness classes, there is something for everyone, explains Alison Cummings, Training Coordinator with Human Resources.

[Dan Bradshaw - HR Certificates]
Plaques are given to graduates of the Human Resources certificate programs during a special ceremony hosted at the University Club. (University Communications)

At the same time programming helps grow professional networks.

“Both participants and instructors are able to meet people from other departments they might not otherwise interact with and develop new professional connections that will continue throughout their time at the university,” Ms. Cummings adds.

In 2017-18, nearly 1,500 employees benefited from HR Learning Catalogue programming.

The catalogue’s centerpiece is a series of certificate programs: Queen’s Volunteer Engagement Certificate (QVEC); From Diversity to Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate (DIW); Certificate in Workplace Communications (CWC); Certificate in International Perspectives (CIP); Administrative Professionals at Queen’s Certificate (APAQ); and Administrative Professionals at Queen's Master Certificate (APAQM).

Insights from Instructors

Vital to the success of the certificate programs is the instructors who contribute their insights, knowledge and expertise. Last year, 42 individuals representing 14 units across Queen’s facilitated courses or workshops.

One of these instructors is Jordan Phoenix, Records Manager with the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel. He teaches a section of the CWC focused on helping employees make the best use of their work time.

Effectively managing email is a common challenge, says Mr. Phoenix. Most people respond to an email within minutes of receiving it, and as a result, get sidetracked from whatever they were working on for up to 30 minutes.

“What I focus on is getting into better habits and acknowledging that the average person will burn somewhere up to eight hours a week doing email replies,” he says. “So what I talk about is handling emails and acknowledging that the volume keeps getting greater as time goes on. It’s a reality of the workplace and I provide methods of being able to address that type of issue more easily.”

Being an instructor has also proven beneficial for Mr. Phoenix in his role as Records Manager, as it requires him to keep up-to-date with new developments in the information management field.

Learning something new every time she teaches a module of the QVEC is a tremendous reward for Kathryn Vilela, Alumni Officer with Volunteer Relations.

“I’ve consistently been amazed by the breadth and depth and variety of expertise that exists in the Queen’s community. It’s also encouraging to see how Queen’s staff have such a desire to learn and improve, and a willingness to share the expertise that we each have,” she says. “As an instructor, it’s rewarding to see the group discussions and the connections that grow between participants over the course of the program each year, but as a current manager of Queen’s volunteers myself, my own work has benefited from the connections I’ve made with QVEC participants.”

To view all the offerings and to register, visit the HR Learning Catalogue.

For more information, contact Alison Cummings at ext. 78418 or hrodl@queensu.ca.


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