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An investment in sustainability

Queen’s is making an important investment in enhancing the sustainability of its operations. Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, has announced a $10.7-million energy performance contract with Honeywell, an international energy services company.

The contract is the next step in the university’s Energy Matters project, which aims to reduce the university’s carbon footprint and generate annual savings in its utility bill.

“Climate change is a significant global issue and Queen’s is committed to doing its part to improve our environment through its operations,” says Principal Woolf. “The Energy Matters project will help lower the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and reduce its water consumption, while at the same time providing important financial savings that make an investment of this size possible.”

As part of the Energy Matters project, Honeywell will implement more than 170 individual energy conservation measures in 66 campus buildings. These include the installation of low-flow fixtures to reduce water usage, upgraded lighting and building climate controls to reduce energy consumption, as well as heat recovery systems and improvements to building envelopes.

Energy Matters fast facts 

  • Total investment: $10.7 million
  • Guaranteed annual utility savings: $946,000
  • Number of conservation measures: 170
  • Number of buildings involved: 66
  • Expected annual reduction in GHG emissions: 2800 MTCO2e
  • Expected annual reduction in water usage: equivalent to 84 Queen’s Centre swimming pools

“Queen’s has been working with Honeywell since 2014, performing energy audits and identifying the most promising energy efficiency measures,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “With the energy performance contract now in place, Honeywell will begin work on the individual efficiency upgrades in January, with the project expected to be complete in August 2017.”

Once fully implemented, the Energy Matters project will result in guaranteed annual utility savings of $946,000. Queen’s current annual utility costs are roughly $20 million. The annual reduction in GHG emissions is expected to be 2800 MTCO2e, the equivalent of taking 944 mid-sized cars off of Canadian roads. The annual reduction in water usage will be equivalent to the volume of 84 Queen’s Centre swimming pools.

The $10.7-million cost of the project will be funded through the annual energy savings that Honeywell guarantees, with full payback of the costs expected over 12 years.

“This project is a very important initiative for Queen’s that will help the university fulfil its commitment to sustainability,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “It builds on a number of energy efficiency and conservation measures already undertaken by the university and, along with other changes in the energy sector in Ontario, will contribute to an expected reduction in our GHG emissions of 25 per cent since 2008.”

As of 2014, Queen’s had already seen a reduction in its GHG emissions of 18 per cent since 2008. Energy savings initiatives, such as the installation of a high-efficiency boiler in the central heating plant and lighting upgrades, contributed to this reduction.

Honeywell’s environmental and energy services division has been providing guaranteed energy performance contracts in Canada for more than 28 years. The company has delivered more than $4 billion in annual savings around the world and is experienced working in post-secondary institutions and hospitals, including Kingston General Hospital.

Breaking ground

Ceremony held to mark the official start of construction on revitalized Richardson Stadium.
 

  • A commemorative football given to donors Stu and Kim Lang.
    A commemorative football given to donors Stu and Kim Lang
  • Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, welcomes those in attendance to the ground-breaking ceremony.
    Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, welcomes those in attendance to the ground-breaking ceremony.
  • Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), highlights the impact the Richardson Stadium revitalization will have on the university.
    Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), highlights the impact the Richardson Stadium revitalization will have on the university.
  • Queen's alumni, students and supporters gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of the revitalized Richardson Stadium.
    Queen's alumni, students and supporters gather to celebrate the groundbreaking of the revitalized Richardson Stadium.
  • Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, thank the donors who have made the new stadium possible.
    Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, thank the donors who have made the new stadium possible.
  • His Worship Brian Patterson, Mayor of Kingston, discusses the cooperation and relationship between the city and Queen's University.
    His Worship Brian Patterson, Mayor of Kingston, discusses the cooperation and relationship between the city and Queen's University.
  • Stu Lang, Sc'74 and lead donor on the Richardson Stadium revitalization, talks about what his time at Queen's meant to him.
    Stu Lang, Sc'74 and lead donor on the Richardson Stadium revitalization, talks about what his time at Queen's meant to him.
  • Gaels football player & 2015 Russ Jackson Award recipient, Curtis Carmichael, smiles while mentioning the excitement amongst his teammates to take to the field at the new stadium.
    Gaels football player & 2015 Russ Jackson Award recipient, Curtis Carmichael, smiles while mentioning the excitement amongst his teammates to take to the field at the new stadium.
  • Two-time OUA all-star and Queen's Women's Soccer player, Micah Vermeer, talks about the Queen's athletic experience.
    Two-time OUA all-star and Queen's Women's Soccer player, Micah Vermeer, talks about the Queen's athletic experience.
  • Stu and Kim Lang are presented with a personalized football, commemorating the ground breaking.
    Stu and Kim Lang are presented with a personalized football, commemorating the ground breaking.
  • Confetti flutters down as the ground is broken, signifying the official start of the Richardson Stadium revitalization project.
    Confetti flutters down as the ground is broken, signifying the official start of the Richardson Stadium revitalization project.
  • Queen's coaches and student athletes pose following the ground breaking.
    Queen's coaches and student athletes pose following the ground breaking.
  • From L to R: Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, and Kim & Stu Lang, lead donors on the project.
    From L to R: Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), Paul & Vicki Hand, Co-Chairs of the Fields and Stadium Campaign Cabinet, and Kim & Stu Lang, lead donors on the project.
  • The Queen's Bands perform "Oil Thigh" following the ground breaking.
    The Queen's Bands perform "Oil Thigh" following the ground breaking.

On December 5, Queen’s University hosted a ground breaking ceremony to officially mark the start of construction on the revitalized Richardson Stadium. Alumni, students and community members gathered to celebrate a new chapter in the history of Richardson Stadium and of Queen's athletics.

“We are incredibly grateful to our generous benefactors for making the dream of a revitalized Richardson Stadium a reality,” says Alan Harrison, Queen's University Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Without this kind of leadership and philanthropic support, this project would not be possible.”

The revitalization project began with a lead gift of $10 million from Queen’s alumni Stu Lang, Sc’74, and Kim Lang, Artsci’76. The Richardson Foundation contributed an additional $5 million donation towards the project, with total donations exceeding $17 million. The university will invest an additional $3 million for infrastructure support of the stadium, bringing the total funding to $20.27 million.

“My wife and I met and spent four wonderful years at Queen’s. I personally experienced life-changing opportunities both on and off the field,” says Stu Lang. “The revitalization is about far more than just a new stadium. It is a key step in building a stronger varsity sports program for Queen’s and providing a better connection to the university. I’m proud to support this transformative initiative.”

Scheduled to open in time for the 2016 Gaels football season, the new Richardson Stadium will be amongst the top facilities of its kind in Ontario – with an artificial turf field, U-shaped seating arrangement, a state-of-the-art scoreboard and improved broadcast and webcast capability.

“I know our entire team is looking forward to taking the field next year in our new home,” says Curtis Carmichael, wide receiver for the Queen’s Gaels football team and recipient of the 2015 Russ Jackson Award. “The new Richardson Stadium will be a major point of pride for Queen’s, current and future Gaels and the Kingston community.”

During the fall the Gaels community was asked to provide feedback on three potential end zone designs for the revitalized Richardson Stadium. With over 5,000 votes cast, design B featuring a blue end-zone with Queen's in gold and tricolour swooshes on either side emerged as the clear fan favorite.

The Richardson Stadium revitalization project is a priority within Queen’s $500-million Initiative Campaign. It is the next step in the university’s efforts to enhance its athletics and recreation facilities to promote the health and wellness of all students. Other recent projects include the Athletics and Recreation Centre and the redevelopment of Tindall, Nixon, and Miklas-McCarney fields. For more information on the Richardson Stadium revitalization project, please visit the website.

Queen’s names next Board chair

Donald M. Raymond will succeed Barbara Palk as chair of the Board of Trustees, effective June 1, 2016.

Don Raymond has been named the next chair of Queen's Board of Trustees.

Queen’s has announced the appointment of Donald M. Raymond, an internationally respected investment executive and Queen’s alumnus, as the next chair of the university's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Raymond will begin a four-year term as chair on June 1, 2016, succeeding Barbara Palk, who has served as chair since 2012. His nomination as chair was recommended to the Board by its Governance and Nominating Committee, following a thorough review and selection process led by Chancellor Jim Leech. 

“Don has been a highly engaged member of the Board of Trustees and he will bring a tremendous amount of expertise to the role of chair,” says Chancellor Jim Leech, who serves as a member of the Board’s Governance and Nominating Committee and chaired the Advisory Subcommittee that recommended Dr. Raymond. “Queen’s is fortunate to have a wealth of experience among its trustees and both the Board and the university will benefit greatly from Don’s leadership in this role.”

Dr. Raymond is managing partner and chief investment officer at Alignvest Management Corporation. He previously served as chief investment strategist for the $220-billion Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), where he spent 12 years helping to build the CPPIB into a leading global investment organization. He was instrumental in the development of the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Investing, and in their adoption by CPPIB in 2005.

“As we prepare to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Queen’s Royal Charter, I am mindful of the selfless dedication of generations of leaders who conceived a humble, regional college and built a university with global impact,” says Dr. Raymond. “I look forward to working closely with my Board colleagues and the entire university community to enhance Queen’s strategic position as the quintessential balanced academy, ready to take on the next 175 years.”

Dr. Raymond earned both a BSc and PhD from Queen’s in electrical engineering. He has been a member of Queen’s University’s Board of Trustees since 2008 and currently serves as one of its vice-chairs. He also serves as chair of the Board’s Investment Committee, vice-chair of its Pension Committee, and as a member of both its Human Resources and Capital Assets and Finance committees.

“I look forward to working closely with my Board colleagues and the entire university community to enhance Queen’s strategic position as the quintessential balanced academy, ready to take on the next 175 years.”

- Don Raymond, incoming chair of the Board of Trustees

“Dr. Raymond will take up the role of chair at an important time for Queen’s, as the university celebrates its 175th anniversary and continues to advance its position as a leading research-intensive university that delivers a transformative student learning experience,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “The Board has an important role to play in the governance of the university, including overseeing the goals of its strategic framework, and I look forward to working closely with Don over the coming years in his role as chair.”

Barbara Palk has served on the Board of Trustees for 14 years and as its chair since 2012. During her tenure as chair, Ms. Palk presided over a number of important initiatives, including the completion of the Board’s governance reform process, the development of the strategic framework and the implementation of the new budget model

The Board of Trustees is one of the university's governing bodies, along with Senate and University Council. While the Senate is responsible for academic matters, the Board is responsible for the overall operation of the university, including overseeing financial matters, property, and making senior appointments. Queen's is one of the country’s oldest degree-granting institutions and will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2016-2017.

'Amazing gift' for Queen's

[Rembrandt]
Rembrandt van Rijn, Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, 1658, oil on canvas, 107.4 x 87.0 cm, Gift of Alfred and Isabel Bader, 2015 (58-008) (Photo courtesy of Otto Naumann, Ltd.)

Thanks to Alfred and Isabel Bader, Queen’s art centre has added another Rembrandt painting to its collection – this time a remarkable, late-career masterpiece that had been privately owned and unavailable to scholars for much of its existence.

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo, signed and dated 1658, will become part of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre’s permanent collection. The painting is a significant example of a dated portrait by Rembrandt from the 1650s, and one of the last works from the artist’s late career to enter a public collection.

“I am grateful the Baders have entrusted us with this remarkable work of art,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “This gift distinguishes the art centre at Queen’s as the destination in Canada for the research, study and enjoyment of Rembrandt and his followers, and places the Agnes among the premier university art galleries in North America for the study of European art.”

Over a period spanning nearly 50 years, the Baders – two of Queen’s most generous alumni and benefactors – have donated to the Agnes more than 200 paintings, including two other works by Rembrandt, Head of an Old Man in a Cap (c. 1630) and Head of a Man in a Turban (c. 1661).

Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo will be a centrepiece for the many portraits by the artists in Rembrandt’s circle currently in The Bader Collection at the Agnes. I’m truly grateful to Alfred and Isabel Bader for their vision in shaping this collection, and for this amazing gift,” says Jan Allen, Director of the Agnes. “Across the university, researchers from many disciplines, from art and art history to psychology, business, theatre and medicine will take advantage of access to this painting. Most of all, we’ll treasure this piece for its extraordinary quality, and as an example of the highest aspiration of painting, which is to capture the human spirit.”

The Agnes is currently preparing Portrait of a Man with Arms Akimbo for installation. The painting will be unveiled to the public in May 2016.

“This painting is a dazzling demonstration of the artist’s signature ruwe, or rough, style, embodying the painterly brilliance so associated with Rembrandt’s late work. It also beautifully demonstrates the artist’s consummate skill in capturing the psychological presence of his subjects,” says Dr. Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Bader Curator and Researcher of European Art at the Agnes.

The Baders’ most recent gift is a significant contribution to Queen’s Initiative Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the university’s history. The campaign seeks to nurture a supportive campus community, enhance the student learning experience, and secure a global reputation in discovery and inquiry.

When asked about the motivation for his generous gift, Dr. Bader explains, “It is the best Rembrandt in Canada, and Queen’s is the best university in Canada. It is very fitting.”

Alfred Bader (Sc’45, Arts’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07) are among Queen’s most generous benefactors, supporting the university for seven decades. They have given back to Queen’s in countless ways: transforming the campus, enriching the student experience, supporting scholarship, and helping to enhance the university’s reputation as a top-tier educational institution. In an extraordinary philanthropic gesture, the couple funded Queen’s purchase of a 15th century English castle – Herstmonceux – that has been meticulously restored and is now home to the Bader International Study Centre. Last year, the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts opened, thanks to another transformational gift from the Baders.

Green your office

The green office certification program encourages practices that reduce waste and divert it from landfill, save energy, and lower emissions.

Queen’s has launched a new green office certification program to encourage offices across the university to lessen their impact on the environment.

The program, which has already been piloted by Physical Plant Services (PPS), is designed to recognize the sustainable practices offices are already doing and to identify further opportunities to create a greener office.

“Sustainability is an important priority for Queen’s and there is a tremendous opportunity for all of us who work here to help make the university’s daily operations more environmentally friendly,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “The green office certification program aims to get people thinking more about sustainability in the workplace and my office is looking forward to being one of the first signed up to participate.”

The program, managed by the Sustainability Office, uses a series of checklists to assess an office’s green credentials. Points are awarded for each sustainable practice on the checklists and offices are given a certification level based on the number of points they earn: bronze, silver, gold or platinum.

Examples of sustainable practises include

  • Setting computers to sleep mode after inactivity
  • Properly disposing of e-waste
  • Turning off lights in unoccupied areas
  • Participating in Queen’s carpool program

“We successfully piloted the green office certification program here in PPS,” says John Witjes, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities).  “The process is easy: an initial assessment is done using the program’s checklists and then the participating office decides which other sustainable practices they want to adopt. After six months the assessment is done again to see if you’ve moved up in your certification level.”

The program awards points for having one or more sustainability ambassadors and for initiatives that help save energy, improve waste diversion and reduction, and promote more sustainable transportation practices.

“The Sustainability Office is here to guide you through every step of the program. We want it to spark discussions about sustainability and encourage offices to challenge their fellow departments to join.

- Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager

“The Sustainability Office is here to guide you through every step of the program,” says Aaron Ball, Sustainability Manager. “We want it to spark discussions about sustainability and encourage offices to challenge their fellow departments to join. All offices participating in the program will be recognized on the Sustainability Office website and listed according to their certification level.”

The program aims to bring sustainability to the forefront in daily office operations and to demonstrate the importance of the entire Queen’s community engaging in sustainability.

More information about the program is available on the Sustainability Office website. Anyone who would like more inforamtion or who may be interested in participating in the program can contact Aaron Ball by email or at ext. 33379.

Arts scholarships celebrated

The first recipients of the Dean’s Admission Scholarship for the Arts were celebrated recently at a special event hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Science.

[Dean Susan Mumm]
Susan Mumm, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, speaks at the ceremony for the Dean’s Admission Scholarship for the Arts. 

A total of 188 students received the new scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year, which was open to all students in the Bachelor of Arts Honours Program with an average of 88.5-89.9 per cent.

Dean Susan Mumm spoke of the importance of the scholarships in helping to bring “the best” to Queen’s adding that alumni have played a vital role in providing the necessary financial support.

Recipients of the Dean’s Admission Scholarship for the Arts signed a card of thanks to supporters.

“Asking alumni to give to student scholarships is one of the most fun jobs a dean has because alumni respond really well,” Dean Mumm said at the event. “They can remember what it is like to be a student and not have much money. They want to help the next generation succeed so Canada has its next generation of leaders.”

An example of the difference the scholarships can make was provided by student Skyler McArthur-O’Blenes who said that the support allowed him to stay close to home and be near his family soon after finding out that his father had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Like the other recipients, his goal was achieved through hard work and he is hopeful that through this a new community is being formed within the Faculty.

The dean and the faculty look forward to a larger event next year when the scholarships are extended to Bachelor of Science Honours students within the 88.5-88.9 per cent range as well.

“We know we attract top-level students at Queen’s,” says Dean Mumm. “This helps us continue that and gives us a competitive advantage in a very competitive landscape.”

Get in the end zone

[End Zone Vote]
The end zone design for the revitalized Richardson Stadium will be decided through an online vote.

The Queen’s community has the opportunity to have a say in how a piece of the revitalized Richardson Stadium will look.

Athletics and Recreation at Queen’s is currently hosting the End Zone Design Contest, where people are invited to cast their vote online for one of three designs for the end zones of the football field.

Votes can be cast at gogaelsgo.com/endzonevote until Nov. 15. The design with the most votes will be selected as the design featured at the stadium when it opens in fall 2016.

The revitalization of Richardson Stadium is a priority within Queen’s University's $500-million Initiative Campaign.

The project is viewed as not just the construction of a new stadium but a key element to the building of a strong varsity sports program for Queen’s, and of a strong university overall.

Plans for the revitalization were kicked off in March 2014 with the announcement of a $10 million pledge to the stadium project from Queen’s alumnus and former Gael Stu Lang and his wife Kim. That announcement was followed by news of a $5 million contribution from the Richardson Foundation. Other donors have also come forward to contribute to the project, bringing the total amount raised to more than $17 million. 

The university will contribute an additional $3 million for infrastructure support of the stadium, bringing the total funding to $20.27 million.

Richardson Stadium has been a fixture at Queen’s for nearly 100 years. The original Richardson Stadium was built in 1921 and located on what is now Tindall Field as a gift of James Armstrong Richardson, Queen’s Chancellor from 1929 to 1939. In 1971 the stadium was rebuilt on its current site at West Campus. 

Investment Committee makes decision on divestment

The Investment Committee of the Queen’s Board of Trustees has decided not to divest the university’s pooled endowment and investment funds from fossil fuels.

The committee made the decision after reviewing and adopting the report of the Principal’s Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels, which undertook an extensive consultation period with the Queen’s community.

“Queen’s is an academic institution whose core activities are teaching and research. The university’s endowment funds exist solely to further these activities and the university has an obligation to seek the best possible return on these investments in order to advance its academic mission,” says Don Raymond, Chair of the Investment Committee. “The Investment Committee agreed that divestment is an ineffective tool to mitigate the risks of climate change and would result in Queen’s losing any moral suasion it has with companies in this sector.”

While the advisory committee’s report did not dispute that climate change is a critical issue, it found that the case for divestment on the basis of ‘social injury,’ as defined in Queen’s Statement on Responsible Investing (SRI), had not been made. The advisory committee also concluded that aside from the question of social injury, divestment is not an effective tool in mitigating the risks of climate change.

“The SRI provides a definition of social injury that entails activities that violate or frustrate the enforcement of rules or laws. While specific instances of illegal activity may occur, the committee recognized that fossil fuel industries are lawful, highly regulated and carry social and economic benefits,” says David Allgood, who chaired the principal’s advisory committee. “Given Queen’s position as a relatively small investor, divestment would be largely a symbolic gesture. There are more effective contributions that Queen’s can make to help address climate change through education, research and innovation, and in its operations.”

The Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels was struck by Principal Daniel Woolf, as required by the SRI, after a divestment request was received from the student group Queen’s Backing Action on Climate Change. The advisory committee engaged in extensive consultation before delivering its report.

“When I struck the committee I wanted to ensure that everyone who might wish to have their views heard on this matter would have that opportunity,” says Principal Woolf. “After a six-month consultation period, more than 220 submissions and presentations were received from alumni, students, staff, faculty and others. I would like to thank everyone who participated in this process.”

In accordance with the advisory committee’s recommendations, the Investment Committee will review the applicability of the definition of social injury to sector-wide phenomena, and will consider possible shareholder engagement activities, given the resources available, around mitigating impacts associated with fossil fuel extraction and distribution.

The full report of the Principal’s Advisory Committee on Divestment: Fossil Fuels is available online, and more information about the advisory committee is available on its webpage. Details about Queen’s process for considering divestment requests can be found in the university’s Statement on Responsible Investing.

Scholarships foster leadership in STEM fields

Queen’s University is proud to count four recipients of the 2015 Schulich Leader Scholarships among the members of its first-year undergraduate class. The national scholarship program recognizes deserving students across Canada and helps to build leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Queen's 2015 Schulich Leader Scholars are (clockwise from top left): Sandra Chan from Calgary AB, who is studying in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science; Mary Kathleen Hickox from Stratford PEI, who is in her first year of a Bachelor of Science (Honours) program; Lin Wei Tung of Chilliwack BC, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in the Faculty of Arts and Science; and Sandra Smeltzer of Harrow ON, who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. 

“The Schulich Leader Scholarship program is highly competitive and Queen’s is proud to have these four outstanding students in the first-year class this fall,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “They are among the 50 recipients across Canada who were selected from more than 1,250 nominees. On behalf of the university, I would like to congratulate them on their hard work and remarkable achievements.”

The Queen’s recipients of the 2015 Schulich Leader Scholarships are Sandra Chan of Calgary AB, Mary Kathleen Hickox of Stratford PEI, Sandra Smeltzer of Harrow ON, and Lin Wei Tung of Chilliwack BC.

“Being awarded the Schulich Leader Scholarship has meant the world to me,” says Ms. Chan, who is a graduate of Calgary’s Webber Academy and studying in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. “It has opened the door for me to explore a field of study that I am passionate about at a prestigious university away from home.”

Created in 2011 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to pursue higher education and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Now in its fourth year, 170 students from across the country are Schulich Leader Scholars, and have received $11 million in support. Awards for students studying in engineering are valued at $80,000 and awards for other STEM areas of study are valued at $60,000. 

“Fostering leadership in STEM fields is vital to Canada’s economic prosperity,” said Seymour Schulich. “It is immensely important to invest in the next generation of technology innovators as they develop and hone their minds and skills to contribute to our national and global community. Every year, our mission is to support outstanding students in pursuit of their dreams”.

The nomination period for the 2016 Schulich Leader Scholarships competition is now open. High schools, secondary schools and CEGEP’s across Canada have until Feb. 2, 2016 to select their scholarship nominees. The student nominees then have until Feb. 23, 2016 to submit their application. To learn more about the Schulich Leader Scholarships, visit their website.

Computer Store services transitioning in 2016

Several services currently offered by the Campus Computer Store will transition to existing shared services after the store ceases retail operations next year.

The university reviewed the Campus Computer Store and all other ancillary operations on campus during the 2014-15 fiscal year. In light of the growing deficit, the review recommended closing the store by April 29, 2016, with retail services being discontinued and core services that support the academic and business requirements of the university transitioning to existing shared services.

The decision to close the store is in line with the broader trend across the province, with only one university still operating a computer store.

“Queen’s is committed to financial sustainability in order to protect the university’s overall academic mission,” says Caroline Davis, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration). “Increased external competition, especially from online retailers, coupled with broader product lines available instantly from local retailers challenged the Campus Computer Store’s business model.

“ITS explored different options in recent years to offset declining sales, but the opportunities could not guarantee the long-term financial sustainability of the Campus Computer Store,” Ms. Davis says.

Human Resources (HR) has met with the store employees and union representatives to discuss future options. HR is offering ongoing support to the employees and has made them aware of new positions that will be created as a result of some services transitioning to existing shared service units.

“We have given serious consideration to the impact this decision will have on store employees, who provide exceptional service to the Queen’s community,” says Bo Wandschneider, Associate Vice-Principal (Information Technology Services) and Chief Information Officer. “As we move forward with the transition plan, we will do our utmost to support the employees.”

Services transitioning

Departmental IT purchases will transition directly to Strategic Procurement Services (SPS) starting in May 2016. In the meantime, departments can continue to place orders through orderit@queensu.ca.

SPS is currently developing new processes to support departmental IT purchases. SPS will consult with stakeholders as it develops the processes, which will be publicized in the coming months.

“Staff and faculty will have access to a convenient online portal where they can obtain quotes and place orders,” Ms. Davis says. “Re-directing internal purchases to Strategic Procurement Services will deliver cost savings to departments by eliminating the current Campus Computer Store mark-up without compromising the service they have come to expect from store staff.”

The Queen’s Mobile Voice and Data Plans will transition directly to ITS after the store closes. Until that time, staff and faculty phone requests can continue to be submitted to qmobile@queensu.ca Any process changes that occur as a result of the transition to ITS will be communicated to the university community at a future date.

Students, faculty and staff members will no longer be able to purchase IT products for personal use from the Campus Computer Store after April 29, 2016. Personal purchases will continue at the store up until that date, but inventory and displays will be reduced as the store prepares to cease operations.  

Payroll deduction loans for staff and faculty will no longer be offered after Dec. 24, 2015 at noon. Furthermore, staff and faculty members will not be able to add to their existing payroll deduction loan after that point. ITS will continue to administer all existing loans after the store ceases operations. Staff and faculty members with loans will continue with their payout schedule until the loans are paid off.

Enterprise software agreements like Microsoft Office, onQ (the campus-wide learning management system) and others will continue to be managed and provisioned by ITS. All other software agreements will be reviewed and evaluated as they come due, and a committee will be struck to review software site licensing. The departmental leasing and rental program offered by the computer store, which has declined in use in recent years, will be discontinued.

Questions can be directed to Mr. Wandschneider or Brian McDonald, Associate Director, IT Support.

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