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Last week to complete fall term break survey

Now that fall term break 2021 has passed, the Queen's community is encouraged to share their thoughts about the break by completing the fall term break survey.

The university first instituted a fall term break as a pilot program three years ago, and the Queen’s Senate Committee on Academic Development and Academic Procedures (SCADP) has recently created a task force to make a comprehensive recommendation regarding its future. The task force created the fall term break survey to consult with the Queen's community and gather feedback from Queen’s students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The survey opened Oct. 1 and is available until Oct. 22.  It asks participants about their preferences for when fall term break should occur and how to divide the six weekdays without classes each fall that are currently split between orientation, fall term break, and pre-exam study days. Participants in the survey can also indicate if they would prefer not to have a fall term break.

Learn more about the Fall Term Break Task Force on the Queen’s Secretariat website and take the survey anonymously through Qualtrics.

Queen’s United Way campaign reaches 72 per cent of overall goal

The Queen’s United Way Campaign Committee has set a fundraising goal of $425,000 for this year’s campaign in support of United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

Thanks to the continued support of staff, faculty and retiree donations the campaign currently total $305,501 or 72 per cent of the final goal.

Last year, the United Way assist nearly 80,000 members of the community through 70 agencies and 220 programs.

Queen’s community members can back the United Way through payroll deduction, a one-time gift, credit card, cheque or cash. 

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

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SPEAKER SERIES

Learn how the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington and its partner agencies are addressing the needs of people facing these very serious issues in our community. Speakers will share stories of how your donation to United Way helps this important work. Hosted by Principal Patrick Deane.

Human Trafficking
Thursday, Oct. 21
12-12:45 p.m.

Attend to find out how human trafficking occurs, learn what the signs are, and what United Way-funded programs are doing to help tackle this problem in our region. Featuring speakers from Kingston Police and Sexual Assault Centre Kingston who will also share a video from a trafficking survivor who was helped by Youth Diversion, another United Way agency.

Register for this event here or by sending an email to principal.events@queensu.ca to receive the Zoom link and calendar invite to attend.

Principal Deane says no excuses for sexist behaviour, sexual violence, or harassment

 

Action against individuals who displayed misogynistic signs at unsanctioned student parties being pursued under Student Code of Conduct.

While this weekend’s street parties and other forms of disruptive conduct might be explained sympathetically by some as an expression of the pent-up energy of young people emerging from COVID-19 isolation, no such excuse can be made for acts of sexual harassment or violence, or sexist behaviour of any kind. When misogynistic signs were hung in front of a number of houses in the University district on Saturday, the University issued an immediate condemnation and put the occupants of those homes on notice that they would see action taken under the Student Code of Conduct.  

  

Section 1 b) iv of the Code addresses actions that take place off University property where conduct adversely affects the reasonable participation by members of the University in its living, learning or working environments. The signs that appeared on Saturday poison the quality of that environment by unwantedly sexualizing campus life, but more particularly by causing the threat of sexual violence to hang over the heads of women and those vulnerable to harassment and assault in our community.In that way they compromise the right of all members of the University to enjoy a living, learning and working environment that is free from fear, intimidation and anxiety.

  

If there was ever a time when cultural mores permitted such behaviour at Queen’s, that time has most definitely passed. The University exists to serve an inclusive, equitable, just, humane and forward-looking vision for society, and while it does not expect perfection in the behaviour of its members, it does insist as a baseline that they be respectful, considerate and acutely sensitive to the impact of their actions on others. Sadly, this weekend revealed that amongst us there are still problematic and violent assumptions being made about gender that reflect a complete disregard for their impact on individuals and indeed, our entire community.


Patrick Deane
Principal and Vice-Chancellor


Sexual violence resources

There are a number of resources in place at Queen’s for students who have been affected by sexual violence, including Student Wellness Services, the Human Rights and Equity Office, and the AMS Peer Support Centre.

Any student in need of support is encouraged to contact Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator, Barb Lotan, at bjl7@queensu.ca. For free 24/7 crisis support, students can also turn to Empower Me and Good2Talk. Faculty and staff can contact the Employee and Family Assistance Program.

Learn more on the Queen’s Sexual Violence Prevention and Response website.

 

Queen’s remembers Sameh Sorour

Assistant professor in the School of Computing arrived at Queen’s in 2019 and in that time became a well-respected and well-loved member of the community.

The Queen’s community is remembering Sameh Sorour, an assistant professor in the School of Computing who died on Oct. 6. He was 41.

Dr. Sameh Sorour
Dr. Sameh Sorour

Dr. Sorour arrived at Queen’s in 2019 and in that time became a well-respected and well-loved member of the School of Computing and had an impact on colleagues and students alike. His research interests involved the broad areas of advanced communications, networking, computing, and learning technologies for intelligent, autonomous, and cyber-physical systems. He successfully attracted research funding from a variety of sources including NSERC, OCI, Ericsson and Kings Distributed Systems.  

Dr. Sorour was a senior IEEE member and an editor for the IEEE Communications Letters and the IEEE Canadian Journal on Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a prolific author with 50 journal publications in top tier journals.

“Sameh was a wonderful scholar, instructor, mentor and colleague” says Hossam Hassanein, Director, School of Computing. “His passing is a big loss to Queen’s, the School of Computing and to the scientific community.”

Dr. Sorour received his B.Sc. (2002) and M.Sc. (2006) degrees from Alexandria University, before earning his PhD from University of Toronto in 2011. His PhD thesis was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award. His PhD advisor, Shahrokh Valaee, says that he was the best student he had in his group in Toronto.

Dr. Sorour then obtained a MITACS postdoctoral industrial fellowship to work as an industrial researcher at Siradel Canada in conjunction with the University of Toronto. In 2012 he moved to Saudi Arabia for a year-long postdoctoral research fellowship at King Abduallah University of Science and Technology. He then worked as a lecturer at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (2013-2016) and as an assistant professor at University of Idaho (2016-2019). 

Dr. Sorour was married with two young daughters.

Principal Deane issues statement on unsanctioned student parties

Condemns reckless behaviour of some students and individuals coming into community for sole purpose of causing trouble.

It is with extreme disappointment that I write this statement this morning. Despite the extraordinary efforts of our staff, student leaders, security, City officials, Kingston Police and emergency services, the last 24 hours have seen our community seriously disrupted by the reckless behaviour of some of our students, as well as by other individuals who came here for the sole purpose of causing trouble. Thousands of people gathered throughout the day and night, ignoring the law and showing little or no respect or care for others. We very much appreciate the work of the Kingston Police and OPP who demonstrated restraint and acted with professionalism to try to manage the crowds, and we acknowledge the concerns of the community members — including our own alumni — who have expressed outrage and frustration over the behaviour they witnessed Saturday night. 

Today, we will be assessing the damage to our campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, working with student volunteers to clean up, and speaking with the City of Kingston and local police. We are discouraged by what we are seeing across the province with large parties of students in Hamilton, London, Waterloo and Ottawa with similar outcomes and individuals who travel to each as a rite of passage. We know the last few years have been a struggle for young people, but such behaviour is dangerous, irresponsible, and ultimately inexcusable.

Patrick Deane
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Submissions deadline extended - Membership of Principal’s Advisory Committee, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Kevin Deluzio’s term as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science will conclude June 30, 2022. Dr. Deluzio has indicated he would like to stand for a second term.

On behalf of Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green announces the membership of the committee that will advise him on the deanship and the present state and prospects of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Mark Green – Chair
  • Lori Stewart – Secretary
  • Fahim Quadir – Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Christina Bisol – Engineering Society President
  • Rohit Shukta – Society for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Carlos Saavedra – Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Kim McAuley – Faculty, Chemical Engineering
  • Tony Noble – Faculty, Physics, Engineering Physics, and Astronomy
  • Chelsea Elliot – Staff, Director, Corporate Relations, FEAS
  • Wanda Costen – Dean, Smith School of Business
  • Nancy Ross – Vice-Principal (Research)
  • Klodiana Kolomitro – (Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning)
  • Stephanie Simpson – Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Melanie Howard – Director, Aboriginal Access to Engineering

Principal Deane extends his thanks to the members of this committee for their willingness to serve. As noted in a previous announcement, submissions on the present administration and future direction of the faculty can be sent to the principal at principal@queensu.ca  Submissions may also be made to the committee through the committee chair at provost@queensu.ca. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at noon.

 

Submissions deadline extended - Membership of Principal’s Advisory Committee, Faculty of Arts and Science

Barbara Crow’s term as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science will conclude June 30, 2022. Dr. Crow has indicated she would like to stand for a second term.

On behalf of Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Mark Green announces the membership of the committee that will advise him on the deanship and the present state and prospects of the Faculty of Arts and Science.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • Mark Green – Chair
  • Lori Stewart – Secretary
  • Fahim Quadir – Vice-Provost and Dean, School of Graduate Studies
  • Alyth Roos – President, Arts and Science Undergraduate Society
  • Anthony Lomax – Society for Graduate and Professional Students
  • Sam McKegney – Faculty, English Language and Literature
  • Ajay Agarwal – Faculty, Geography and Planning
  • Haley Everson – Staff, Associate Director, Student Services -Advising, Appeals, and Academic Consideration
  • Mark Walters – Dean, Faculty of Law
  • Sandra den Otter – Vice-Provost (International)
  • Klodiana Kolomitro – Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning)
  • Stephanie Simpson – Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill ­– Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)
  • Shelley Arnott – Faculty, Biology

Principal Deane extends his thanks to the members of this committee for their willingness to serve. As noted in a previous announcement, submissions on the present administration and future development of the faculty can be sent to the principal at principal@queensu.ca  Submissions may also be made to the committee through the committee chair at provost@queensu.ca. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 8, 2021 at noon.

Minister Dunlop makes first visit to Queen’s

  • Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop listens as Eric Tremblay, Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning, explains some of the innovations in Engineering Innovation Studio classrooms.
    Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop listens as Eric Tremblay, Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning, explains some of the innovations in Engineering Innovation Studio classrooms.
  • Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane listen as Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney and Director of Student Wellness Services Cynthia Gibney provide updates on the resources at the Student Wellness Centre.
    Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane listen as Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney and Director of Student Wellness Services Cynthia Gibney provide updates on the resources at the Student Wellness Centre.
  • Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, is guided through Mitchell Hall by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane on Thursday, Oct. 14.
    Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, is guided through Mitchell Hall by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane on Thursday, Oct. 14.
  • Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane stand outside the main entrance of Mitchell Hall.
    Minister of Colleges and Universities Jill Dunlop and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane stand outside the main entrance of Mitchell Hall.

The Honourable Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, visited Queen’s University on Thursday, Oct. 14, her first visit to campus since being appointed in June.

Minister Dunlop was welcomed to the university by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane who provided a guided tour of Mitchell Hall.

As part of the tour the minister visited the Student Wellness Centre where she met with Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs Ann Tierney and Director of Student Wellness Services Cynthia Gibney, who provided updates on Queen’s mental and physical health programs and its COVID-19 vaccine resources.

Minister Dunlop’s final stop was the Engineering Innovation Studio classrooms where she heard about the latest developments in the state-of-the-art classroom from Eric Tremblay, Director, Engineering Teaching and Learning.

Principal Deane cautions against large unsanctioned gatherings

With all official Homecoming events taking place online, Queen’s strongly urges students to respect COVID-19 safety guidelines over the coming weekends.

 

Ahead of an entirely virtual Homecoming 2021 weekend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane sent a message to all Queen’s students today cautioning against unsanctioned gatherings and urging respect for pandemic safety rules and guidelines. 

His message highlights concern from local health care and public service organizations about unsanctioned gatherings and asks students to do their part to keep groups small and within legal limits, and to act responsibly. 

Principal Deane will also be releasing an accompanying video message across the university’s social media channels to emphasize this message to the community, and an online ad campaign targeting students will run on popular apps to reinforce awareness of penalties associated with hosting or attending large gatherings.

Numerous university departments are engaged closely with campus and community partners — including the AMS, SGPS, KFL&A Public Health, Kingston Health Sciences Centre, Kingston Police, City of Kingston, Frontenac Paramedics, and others — to communicate to students about risks of large gatherings. Coordinated outreach efforts are underway, including door-to-door visits in the University District, to ensure wide awareness.

Our community partners have also launched alcohol safety campaigns targeting students, and the municipal government is set to activate the University District Safety Initiative in an effort to curb large, unsafe gatherings. Mayor Bryan Paterson shared a video message to students and those considering travel to Kingston from out of town to urge caution and restraint.

Read Principal Deane’s letter to students in full, below:

Dear Students,

As you may be aware, Homecoming celebrations this year will take place virtually, Oct. 15-16, 2021. We made the decision to go virtual due to ongoing concerns regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community.

Our priority is and will always be the health and well-being of our residents while we work to fulfill our academic mission. Our alumni understand this, and while they are disappointed, they know the serious nature of the pandemic requires extraordinary actions.

Despite the measures we have taken to protect public health, the university has been made aware that unsanctioned gatherings are planned not only for this homecoming weekend but for the following weekend as well. Our partners across Kingston, particularly our public service professionals and hospital administrators have raised serious concerns about the city’s ability to absorb and address large numbers of young people in Kingston if these gatherings involve alcohol and substance use and create additional pressures on emergency services that are already operating under considerable duress with limited resources and exhausted staff.

I am asking for your assistance in helping contain the social gatherings and to act responsibly over the coming weekends. Being fully vaccinated is not a pass to ignore Ontario’s gathering limits (social gatherings up to 100 people outdoors or up to 25 people indoors). As members of both the Queen’s and Kingston community, we all must demonstrate leadership, respect one another and be mindful and aware of the provincial laws and local bylaws that are in place to protect us. No one is above the law. If you are getting together with friends, please wear your masks and keep your group small and within legal limits. Avoid large crowds and keep roadways clear for emergency vehicles.

I am proud that Queen’s has been able to open its doors and resume in person teaching. We are an institution of higher education and this university, at its core, is about learning in an environment of respect where knowledge, intellectual and social development are paramount. In these precarious times when the future is still uncertain and the good health of our community remains at risk, I ask that you think about the impact of your actions and you hold one another accountable. I trust I can count on you to act responsibly and together, help keep everyone safe and healthy so we can continue to enjoy being back on our beautiful campus.

Patrick Deane
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Reminder: Nominations for Special Recognition for Staff Awards to close Nov. 3

Special Recognition for Staff Awards

Nominations for the 2021 Special Recognition for Staff Awards are now being accepted, with a new streamlined nomination process.

The awards recognize staff who consistently provide outstanding contributions, both directly or indirectly, to the learning and working environment at Queen's University at a level significantly beyond what is usually expected. Nominations can be submitted by anyone, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

“Nominating a staff member who has positively impacted the Queen's community is an excellent way to show your appreciation for the work they have done,” says Steve Millan, Associate Vice-Principal, Human Resources. “We know that there are many staff that continuously go above and beyond in their daily work, and we want to recognize their meaningful contributions.”

Nominations for the awards are open until Nov. 3, 2021. Nomination forms, and information about the new streamlined nomination process, are available on the Human Resources website.

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