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Lifting spirits

Faith and Spiritual Life offers new programs to support student wellbeing.

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The staff members of Faith and Spiritual Life (from left): Adam Bloemendal (Associate Chaplain), Wendy Luella Perkins (Associate Chaplain), Kate Johnson (University Chaplain), Abdullah El-Asmar (Associate Chaplain).

With a new semester underway, Queen’s Faith and Spiritual Life is offering several new programs to help students combat stress and connect with the larger Queen’s and Kingston communities.

Among these new offerings is the Supper and Support program, a chance for students with little or no parental support to gather weekly for a shared meal. Students facing similar circumstances are able to support and engage with one another in a safe and non-judgmental space. The program is held every Tuesday and features a different discussion topic each week.

“The Supper and Support program is not only an emotional outlet, but it helps me to learn important life skills and connect to other resources on campus,” says one of the student participants. “Most importantly, the group connection I developed with other students in a similar situation to mine was encouraging and showed me that we are capable of succeeding in university despite the many challenges we face.”

Students can also partake in the Grab and Go with Queen’s Retirees program. Once a month, a group of volunteers from the Retirees Association at Queen’s prepare and distribute hearty snacks to students at the University Centre.

In addition, Chaplain Kate Johnson holds Sampling Silence sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in the Interfaith room at Mitchell Hall. These focused sessions provide students with 20 minutes of meditation that draw on a variety of religious traditions and poetry.

After moving into their new space in Mitchell Hall, the Faith and Spiritual Life team have been able to expand their programs and services to benefit a larger range of students from all spiritual backgrounds.

Faith and Spiritual Life, a unit of Student Affairs, also offers other programs including Cooking with Grammas and Cooking with Kingstonians, monthly programs that allow students to engage with members of the community while preparing delicious and healthy meals.

In addition, Faith and Spiritual Life has teamed up with the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) to offer Crafternoons every Wednesday in the International Centre at Mitchell Hall. All domestic and international students are welcome to attend and partake in a variety of crafting projects.

One of the most popular programs offered by Faith and Spiritual Life is Soulful Singing. Run by Associate Chaplain Wendy Luella Perkins, this uplifting program brings people together through the shared meditative practice of song. The program runs every Wednesday in Mitchell Hall and is open to all students, staff, faculty, and community members.

"I am deeply privileged to share programs that are focused on building resiliency, fostering spiritual depth and developing vibrant community through eating, singing, meditating and creating together,” says Perkins. “Through Cooking with Grammas, Cooking with Kingstonians, Soulful Singing, Stew Suppers and Crafternoons; students, staff and community members are able to connect over a meal, through song, or while crafting, and share the joys and struggles of being human.  I have witnessed again and again how these activities can lessen the loneliness, isolation, and challenges that many students experience during their time at Queen's and bring meaning and joy to student, staff, and volunteer alike."

To learn more about these and other programs, visit the Faith and Spiritual Life website or email chaplain@queensu.ca.

Change for tomorrow starts now

Lindsay Jones, Connections Engineering Outreach Coordinator, instructs young students during the Little STEMS Pilot PA Day Program
Lindsay Jones, Connections Engineering Outreach Coordinator, instructs young students during the Little STEMS Pilot PA Day Program. (Supplied photo)

Connections Engineering Outreach of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science recently held a Little STEMS Pilot PA Day Program for girls ages five to 10 on Jan. 31, the first of its kind on a university campus.

The day was focused not only on learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), but also encouraging girls to explore options in engineering science. A key message to these girls was ensuring they know there is a need for them and their unique perspectives in these respective fields of study. The day was filled with robotics, coding and confidence building.

The PA Day camp was a resounding success – 28 girls gained knowledge of the different streams of engineering and what they are, and were given an introduction to coding. The participants used the robots known as Dash and Ozobot and programmed their robots to complete a variety of tasks.  

The activity combined different aspects of STEM.

“I’m so proud of this day and all of the girls who attended,” says Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.” To hear that Grade 2 students Sloane Camirand is interested in math and science, and that Victoria Jeffrey wants to be an astronaut, and Sadie Gould might want to be an engineer one day, is all the more reason to start discussing STEM with girls now, and keep their interest in these fields alive and growing. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has always been committed to fostering innovation, and with that commitment we must pledge to be inclusive, remove barriers and join the conversation promoting women in STEM.”

United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science
“To rise to the challenges of the 21st century, we need to harness our full potential. That requires dismantling gender stereotypes. On this International Day of Women and Girls in Science, let’s pledge to end the gender imbalance in science.”
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres

The Little STEMS Pilot PA Day Program was offered in advance of the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  The UN recognizes Feb. 11 as a day for the global community to join together to confront gender biases in science, celebrate those who are leading innovation, and to change the narrative to eliminate the exclusion of women and girls in science. 

“Today I learned to code with colors on an Ozobot and that girls can do anything the boys can. It was a really great day,” says senior kindergarten student Madison Lumb.

Programs like Little STEMS are part of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science’s commitment to removing barriers for women and girls in science, and engaging and inspiring a love of curious thought about the world around us.    

“We do have a gender imbalance in science and I’m proud to work for the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University, because our faculty and staff see the importance of getting girls interested in science,” says Outreach Coordinator Lindsay Jones. “STEM and the innovation it drives is the future and my job is to make sure girls know they are just as much apart of solving the challenges of the future as their male peers.”

The Little STEMS Pilot PA Day Program would not have been possible without the Connections Engineering Outreach team, the support from the entire Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and funding from Actua Canada, Canada’s largest STEM outreach organization.

 “I’m really great at reading, but days like today remind me I’m also really good at science and math,” says Grade 4 student Lily Gould.

Jane Philpott named Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen's University

Accomplished physician, educator, and politician will assume the role in July 2020.

Jane Philpott
Dr. Philpott begins her term as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine on July 1, 2020.

Queen’s University announces that the Honourable Jane Philpott will serve as the university’s next Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine. Dr. Philpott is an accomplished family physician, educator, and global health champion, and is best known for having held several senior cabinet positions with the Government of Canada. She will be the first woman to hold this position at Queen’s University.

“Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences is among the top interdisciplinary institutions of its kind in Canada, excelling in education, research, and care,” says Dr. Philpott. “I am honoured to accept the role as Dean and look forward to serving the Queen’s community in upholding and strengthening its reputation for excellence.”

The Queen’s Faculty of Health Sciences is internationally renowned for scholarship, research, social purpose, and sense of community. Dr. Philpott will lead a faculty that includes the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. The faculty offers programs that are among the most in-demand in Canada thanks to an exceptional student learning experience, and new and innovative education models.

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville in 2015, she served in a number of prominent federal cabinet roles, including as Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board, and Minister of Digital Government. She was a key leader of prominent policies and initiatives that advanced discovery research, mental health and home care resources, medical assistance in dying, First Nations rural infrastructure, Indigenous child welfare reforms, and refugee assistance. She currently serves as Special Adviser on Health for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, an organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Treaty 5 and Treaty 9 in northern Ontario.

“Dr. Philpott is an exceptional leader who has dedicated herself to improving the lives of her patients, her fellow Canadians, and the international community,” says Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane. “She is a powerful addition to our Faculty of Health Sciences and our university and I know will play a pivotal role in furthering our mission of making a positive impact on society through education and research. I want to extend my congratulations to Dr. Philpott and look forward to welcoming her to Queen’s.”

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott spent over 30 years in family medicine and global health. After earning a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario, she spent the first decade of her career in Niger, West Africa, where she provided clinical care to patients and training to community health workers.

Returning to Canada in 1998, Dr. Philpott spent the next 17 years practising family medicine in Stouffville, Ontario. In 2008, she joined the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and became Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. She also founded a campaign that raised close to $5 million for people in Africa affected by HIV/AIDS, and helped to create the first family medicine training program in Ethiopia.

Dr. Philpott begins her term as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine on July 1, 2020. The appointment will see her also become CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization (SEAMO). Dr. Philpott will succeed Richard Reznick, who has served in the role since 2010.

“I want to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Reznick,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “His contributions to Queen’s University made throughout his ten years as Dean, have lifted our institution’s reputation to new heights, to the benefit of our students, our colleagues, our community, and to health sciences in Canada.”

Members of the advisory selection committee:

This appointment follows a comprehensive search process co-chaired by Provost Harris and SEAMO Board Chair George Thomson. The advisory selection committee included representation from across the administration, faculty, and student body. Membership included:

  • Denis Bourguignon, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Sandra den Otter, Associate Vice-Principal (Research and International)
  • Anne Ellis, Professor, Department of Medicine and cross-appointment to the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
  • Dale Engen, Clinical Teachers’ Association of Queen’s President, Assistant Professor Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
  • Marcia Finlayson, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Leslie Flynn, Vice-Dean, Education, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Tom Harris (Co-Chair), Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)
  • Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
  • Jasmine Khan, MD/PhD Student
  • David Pichora, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Health Sciences Centre
  • Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion)
  • Steven Smith, Director of Research, Faculty of Health Sciences and Professor, Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences
  • Erna Snelgrove-Clarke, Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director, School of Nursing Designate
  • Lori Stewart (Secretary), Executive Director, Office of the Provost and Vice Principal (Academic)
  • Cathy Szabo, President and Chief Executive Officer, Providence Care
  • Chandrakant Tayade, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • George Thomson (Co-Chair), Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization, Board Chair
  • Alex Troiani, Nursing Science Society Senator

The Principal and Provost extend their gratitude to all the members of the advisory committee.

Supporting wellness through group programming

Student Wellness Services offers a variety of Wellness Groups including a new program that targets students with chronic health conditions.

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Wellness groups help students develop new skills and self-care strategies in a supportive environment.

Queen’s Student Wellness Services (SWS), a unit within Student Affairs, is helping students combat stress and other mental health concerns by offering a range of collaborative Wellness Groups.

These sessions and weekly programs give students the opportunity to develop new skills and self-care strategies in a safe and supportive environment.

This term, SWS will be facilitating a new group called Sharing Solutions & Peer Support for Managing Chronic Pain. Developed based on student feedback, this six-week program is for individuals dealing with chronic pain who want to come together and share solutions and strategies that help them thrive as university students.

Two of the occupational therapists at SWS, Tess Grant, and Katie Bala, will be running the group and providing helpful guidance and resources. While there will be some direction, the topics for each week will be decided by the participants to ensure that students have the opportunity to discuss what is most important to them.

Since the role was introduced at SWS in 2017, occupational therapists have been working with students with injuries, illness, disabilities, and extenuating circumstances who are experiencing challenges fully participating in life on campus.

In addition to helping students participate in activities that are meaningful to them, they can provide short-term academic accommodations and support students through the process of registering with Queen’s Student Accessibility Services.

With this new program, SWS hopes to expand upon the role of occupational therapy and help students find support on and off campus.

“Having a supportive network can be helpful in the recovery journey for individuals that experience a chronic health condition,” says Grant. “We hope that students will leave with solutions that they can use in their life as a university student, and also with a network of peers who they can connect with moving forward in their university career.”

Other wellness groups offered this term include ‘Group Psychotherapy’, ‘Develop Atomic Habits for Success’, a group that focuses on mindfulness and stress reduction, a series on sleeping better, and another on managing powerful emotions.

The wellness groups are facilitated by registered mental health professionals and follow a set curriculum, focusing on new skills and topics each week.

While the groups are designed to be interactive, students do not need to actively participate and are welcome to just listen and learn.

To see a full list of Wellness Groups and to register, visit the Student Wellness Services website.

To book an appointment with an occupational therapist, call 613-533-2506 or come in to Student Wellness Services in Mitchell Hall (69 Union St, ground floor) and speak to a receptionist.

Report your 2019 publication through the Queen’s University Library

If you published a monograph (books in print, fiction, or non-fiction) in the previous calendar year, Queen’s University Library wants to hear from you. Anyone who recently published a monograph, is asked to view the list from 2014-19 on the Queen’s Authors 2014-2019 page, and if your monograph is not listed, report your publication via the library website.

The library has been asked to compile a list of Queen's faculty monographs to help inform the annual Queen’s University Faculty Author Reception.  We would like to ensure that the list is as complete as possible, as it will assist in confirming our library holdings.


Queen’s beats RMC to win Carr-Harris Cup

Queen's Gaels win the 2020 Carr-Harris Cup
The Queen's Gaels men's hockey team gather for a photo after defeating the RMC Paladins 4-2 to win the 34th Carr-Harris Challenge Cup at the Leon's Centre on Thursday night. (Photo by Ian MacAlpine)

The Queen's Gaels (12-12-3) scored two goals in the third period to defeat the RMC Paladins (9-18-1) 4-2 in the 34th Carr-Harris Challenge Cup at the Leon's Centre in Kingston on Thursday night.

The game also saw a new record for attendance for the Carr-Harris Cup with 4,121 fans on hand.

The teams were unable to get on the scoreboard in the first period but at the 11:44 mark of the second Luke Edwards put the puck past RMC’s Joey May to open the scoring for the Gaels. About two minute later Jared Bethune, who assisted the opener, was set up by Edwards to put the Gaels up 2-0.

The back-to-back goals sparked RMC but they were unable to score before the end of the period.

Finally, a little more than halfway through the third, the Paladins got on the board as Liam Stagg set up Marshall Skapski to cut the Queen’s lead to 2-1. A few minutes later, RMC were on the powerplay and Cameron Lamport set up Rhett Willcox to tie it up 2-2.

The tie wouldn't last long as the Gaels answered right back as Brandon Schuldhaus scored his first career U SPORTS marker to put Queen’s back in front with a point shot. Josh Curtis would then add an empty-netter to secure the Gaels’ 21st win over RMC at the Carr-Harris Cup

Queen’s Sustainability Office rebranded as Sustainable Queen’s

The Queen’s Sustainability Office has rebranded itself as Sustainable Queen’s.

The goal of the new Sustainable Queen’s brand is to communicate that the responsibility for sustainability does not rest solely with the Queen’s Sustainability Office but requires engagement from all members of the Queen’s community. This goal will be achieved by renewing collaborative partnerships focused on sustainable initiatives and programs with students, staff, and faculty at the university, in the Kingston community and beyond. 

This new approach was developed with input from the Sustainability Office and Sustainability Working Group members and the brand was launched during the 2019 Sustainability Week.

The words “Engage,” “Act,” and “Inspire” accompany the Sustainable Queen’s brand to convey the three pillars of their mission.

The Queen’s community has already started engaging with this mission. This includes the formation of sustainability-focused action groups, such as those in Hospitality Services, Biosciences and Physics, propelling departmental goals and initiatives.

Sustainable Queen’s connects people across the campus with resources that can help them make their daily routines more environmentally friendly. For instance, they have helped to implement a number of office recycling programs, such as the zero waste box for coffee capsules, which helps divert coffee pods from landfills and the zero waste box for office supplies. Additionally, in an effort to make recycling easier for the Queen’s community, Sustainable Queen’s created a Waste Look-Up Tool app that can be downloaded from the website. The app acts as a search tool for sorting over 2,000 different items, and is compatible with Android and iPhones.

Anyone interested in learning more about how they can engage with Sustainable Queen’s is encouraged to join the monthly Sustainability and a Coffee sessions held on the first Wednesday of each month in the Mac-Corry cafeteria. All members of the campus community are also invited to share any thoughts they have about how to make Queen’s more sustainable through the Sustainable Ideas webpage.

Learn more on the Sustainable Queen’s website.  

Principal Deane addresses coronavirus student party

Today, Principal Patrick Deane addressed the recent coronavirus-themed student party held on Saturday, Feb. 1 and reiterated his message from an earlier public statement, calling on the Queen’s community to come together and treat one another with dignity and respect.

“It was in bad taste and with great insensitivity that some students chose to hold a party that made light of the very serious coronavirus threat. At a time when our community is struggling with fear, misinformation and ignorance about this public health crisis, this party was justly met with outrage,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University. “Now, more than ever, the university must come together and ensure we take action so that all members of our community feel supported and this health crisis does not turn us against one another. We need to arm ourselves with knowledge based on caring and empathy.”

The university is working with the student governments and the rector to look at how it can bring the community closer together to support those most impacted to reassure them they remain a vital and valued part of the community. The principal is meeting this week with impacted students directly. There will also be a broader community meeting.

Principal Deane stressed that Queen’s remains committed to fostering an inclusive environment where all members of the community feel welcome and supported, and is committed to immediate as well as longer term actions.

“No one should feel unsafe or marginalized on our campus,” says Auston Pierce, President of Queen’s Alma Mater Society. “We know that words alone are not enough to prevent these incidents from happening again. We know there must be action. We are working with the administration to show that we, the Queen’s community, stand in solidarity with our peers.”

Tyler Macintyre, a student trustee on the Queen’s Board of Trustees, today announced his immediate resignation in the wake of concerns raised following his attendance at the coronavirus-themed event.

Board of Trustees and Senate election results announced

The University Secretariat has announced the results of the recent Board of Trustees and Senate elections.

For the Board of Trustees, Colette Steer (School of Graduate Studies) was elected to the staff-at-large position while Victoria Remenda (Geological Science and Engineering) was elected to the faculty-at-large position.

For the Senate, Kandice Baptiste (Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre) is the new staff-at-large representative while Heather Aldersey (School of Rehabilitation Therapy) is the new faculty-at-large representative.

The University Secretariat congratulates the winners and thanks all members of the Queen’s community who stood for elections. 

The successful candidates for the board positions begin their three-year terms on June 1, 2020 and the Senate terms start on Sept. 1, 2020.

Information regarding elections for the university’s governing bodies – Board of Trustees, Senate, and University Council – can be found at the University Secretariat and Legal Counsel website.

If you have any questions, contact the Secretariat at 613-533-6095 or univsec@queensu.ca.

Playoff-bound Gaels and Paladins ready for Carr-Harris Cup

Carr-Harris Cup poster

The Queen’s Gaels men’s hockey team (11-12-3) is looking to pick up valuable points when they battle the RMC Paladins (9-17-1) in the Carr-Harris Cup Thursday night at the Leon’s Centre.

Puck drop is set for 7:30 pm and tickets are available at the Queen’s customer service desk and Leon’s Centre box office. Tickets are $12 for one or fans can get a special four-pack for $30 available at Queen’s customer service.

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup was initiated in 1986 by the International Hockey Hall of Fame in celebration of the hockey rivalry between Queen’s University and the Royal Military College of Canada which dates back to 1886.  

The rivalry is the longest in the world on record. 

The Carr-Harris Challenge Cup trophy was donated by the Centennial Committee and features the ‘Lennie’ sculpture by Kingston native Joan Belch. It depicts Lennox Irving, the Queen’s player who scored the lone goal in the March 10, 1886, inaugural game between RMC and Queen’s. 

The trophy is named in honour of the Carr-Harris family, which has a long-standing connection with both Kingston universities.

This year marks the 134th anniversary for the rivalry and 34th Carr-Harris Cup game. The Gaels lead the series with a 20-11-2 record but despite winning the Queen’s Cup last season as conference champions, lost to RMC 5-1 in the Carr-Harris Cup.

Queen’s has just two games remaining this season as they host the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm to close out the season. The Gaels enter the week sitting in the seventh spot in the OUA East but can still climb to as high as fifth.

“The Carr-Harris is going to be a big game for us points-wise and then with all the fans and excitement it just adds another level of intensity that we need to bring to the game,” says Gaels captain Patrick Sanvido.

The RMC Paladins have had a historic season thus far. First, they defeated West Point in the annual rivalry game against the Black Knights 3-2 in overtime and then this past Sunday RMC clinched their first playoff berth since 2006 with a 4-3 overtime win against the Ottawa Gee-Gees. 

With two teams flying high heading towards the playoffs, Thursday night’s matchup promises to be entertaining with a near-capacity crowd expected at the Leon’s Centre.


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