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Lecturer lands spot in international final

Queen’s University PhD candidate Morgan Lehtinen wins inaugural Young Persons’ Lecture Competition.

Queen's University PhD candidate Morgan Lehtinen (Chemistry) is the first Queen's student to win the Canadian Young Persons’ Lecture Competition and earn a spot in the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition in London, England.

Morgan Lehtinen (Chemistry) won the inaugural Canadian Young Persons' Lecture Competition.

Under the supervision of Guojun Liu (Chemistry), Lehtinen’s research focuses on the development of smart filters and their use in oil and water separation. These new tools could provide a greener option to the current separation methods – especially in regards to oil spills.

“When I began my research career, I knew I wanted to work on an applied project focusing on developing green technologies that could aid in solving one of the many issues our planet faces and make an impact on the world around me,” says Lehtinen. “When the opportunity arose to conduct research with my supervisor Dr. Liu on oil and water separation, I knew it was the perfect fit and combined my passions of scientific discovery with improving the state of our planet.”

The national lecture competition is co-hosted by the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute in partnership with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3). The competition invites students and professionals aged 28 and under to deliver a short lecture on select materials science and processing subjects. This is the first time the event has been hosted in Canada.

“Both Queen’s and the McDonald Institute are expanding the breadth and range of experience-driven opportunities for grad students in astroparticle physics to engage the public, collaborate with entrepreneurs, and build broad-based skills relevant to careers inside and outside of academia,” says Tony Noble, Scientific Director of the McDonald Institute. “Events like this are wonderful platforms for developing skills in science-translation and public outreach.”

In addition to advancing research into areas such as the mysteries surrounding dark matter and neutrino science, the institute has a mandate for scientific outreach and to develop unique undergraduate and graduate student programming and opportunities.

Astroparticle physicists investigate elementary particles at matter’s smallest scales to understand cosmological phenomena at matter’s largest scales. Apart from its focus on the nature of matter itself, experimental work in the field requires many novel materials processes to build and operate ultra-sensitive detectors, which motivates the McDonald Institute’s partnership with IOM3. 

With her victory and pending trip overseas for the Young Persons’ World Lecture Competition this fall, Lehtinen says she hopes her work can motivate other young women interested in research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

“I hope to show young women that we all have a seat at the table in the STEM world and if you are passionate about your field of study, do not let anything stop you from pursuing it,” says Lehtinen. “I strongly believe that our planet and society will not improve without the collaboration of all different types of people from various backgrounds with diverse ways of thinking. If I can give one piece of advice, it is to surround yourself with a support system that fosters inclusivity, innovation, and an overall positive learning environment.”

For more information visit the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) website.

The Boy on the Beach selected for Queen’s Reads

This year’s Queen’s Reads book explores newcomer experiences, the global refugee crisis, the politicization of tragedy, and the love and hope of one family on their continuing journey through grief and adversity.

The Boy on the Beach is a poignant memoir about the family of Alan Kurdi, the two-year-old boy who became the global emblem for the Syrian refugee crisis after his small body washed up on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, and the tragic image made headlines around the world.

Author Tima Kurdi is Alan’s aunt, who now lives in British Columbia and is an internationally-recognized spokesperson on the global refugee crisis.

“The Queen’s Reads program uses literature to encourage critical thinking and foster meaningful discussions on campus and within the greater community,” says Kevin Collins, Coordinator, Student Development at the Student Experience Office in the Division of Student Affairs. “The themes in The Boy on the Beach can help us better understand a diverse range of lived experiences as together, we learn and talk about the extraordinary resilience of the Kurdi family.”

Starting in September, Queen’s students will be able to pick up a free copy of the book at a number of locations around campus including the Student Experience Office in the John Deutsch University Centre, Stauffer Library, Victoria Hall, the Queen’s University International Centre and the Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in programming and events throughout the academic year, including discussion groups, a festival of short films, a panel event and a scheduled campus visit by Tima Kurdi in Spring 2020.

Once again, local high school students will have the opportunity to read last year’s Queen’s Reads novel, and explore the interconnected stories of a culturally-diverse Scarborough neighbourhood, including recent immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, single parents, and children. Earlier this month, the Division of Student Affairs donated over 200 copies of the novel for use in classrooms across Kingston.

“We are very thankful to Queen’s for their significant donation of Catherine Hernandez’s novel Scarborough,” says Krishna Burra, Superintendent of Education for the Limestone District School Board. “Copies will be shared with all secondary schools in the Limestone District School Board as a potential book choice in class-based book clubs, which provide a valuable learning opportunity for students.”

Learn more about the Queen’s Reads program on the Student Experience Office website.

Silver celebration at The Castle

  • A plaque was unveiled to honour philanthropists Alfred and Isabel Bader. (Photo by Alex Read)
    Chancellor Jim Leech and BISC Executive Director Hugh Horton unveil a plaque honouring philanthropists Alfred and Isabel Bader. (Photo by Alex Read)
  • People attending the BISC 25th anniversary enjoy a falconry demonstration. (Photo by Alex Read)
    People attending the BISC 25th anniversary enjoy a falconry demonstration. (Photo by Alex Read)
  • Many people toured the Bader International Study Centre's beautiful gardens. (Photo by Alex Read)
    Many people toured the Bader International Study Centre's beautiful gardens. (Photo by Alex Read)
  • NASA astronaut Drew Feustel is congratulated by Principal Daniel Woolf following his talk about his mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Alex Read)
    NASA astronaut Drew Feustel is congratulated by Principal Daniel Woolf following his talk about his mission to the International Space Station. (Photo by Alex Read)
  • The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, left, and BISC Executive Director Hugh Horton open the new science labs. (Photo by Alex Read)
    The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, left, and BISC Executive Director Hugh Horton open the new science labs. (Photo by Alex Read)

More than 175 alumni and Queen’s community members, some travelling from as far away as Hong Kong and Singapore, helped celebrate the past, present, and future of the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) during its 25th anniversary celebration on June 29-30.

Sunny weather greeted former students as they returned to Queen’s international campus at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England, to reconnect with old classmates and participate in a number of activities that paid homage to the castle’s 15th-century roots, including falconry and archery. Guests were also invited to explore the BISC’s new state-of-the-art science labs.

The weekend was also a time to pay tribute to philanthropists Drs. Alfred Bader (BSc’45, BA’46, MSc’47, LLD’86) and Isabel Bader (LLD’07). Alfred Bader passed away in December at the age of 94. He and Isabel decided to donate the castle to Queen’s in 1992 after seeing it for sale in a newspaper ad.

Daniel Woolf (Artsci’80), who officially stepped down after completing a second five-year term as principal and vice-chancellor over the weekend, praised the Baders for having the vision to see that the castle could be turned into a campus attracting students from around the world.

“Over the last decade, Queen’s has endeavored to expand its international footprint and ensure that our students, our researchers, and our campus all benefit from stronger ties with partners around the globe,” Dr. Woolf told alumni during his opening remarks on Saturday. “The Bader International Study Centre has been instrumental in bringing that vision to fruition.”

During a ceremony in the Elizabethan Garden, a plaque was unveiled to honour the Baders’ legacy. There, Chancellor Jim Leech (MBA’73) noted how studying abroad at the BISC, which uses small classes and its international location to create an exceptional learning environment, can be a life-changing experience.

“The Bader International Study Centre has played a foundational role in the education of thousands of students who are out there making a difference in the world,” Chancellor Leech said.

Attendees also heard a keynote talk from NASA astronaut Drew Feustel (PhD’95, DSc’16) who spoke about his career and recent six-month mission to the International Space Station.

In honour of Canada Day, the castle was open on Sunday to both alumni and local community members, and hundreds of people enjoyed Canuck-friendly fun such as street hockey and servings of poutine and Nanaimo bars.

A display of the traditional hunting practice of falconry thrilled a large crowd as several birds of prey flew over people’s heads. Other weekend events included archery lessons, croquet, an afternoon tea in the gardens, and tours of the new state-of-the-art science and innovation labs. The labs, opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex (the Queen Elizabeth II’s official representative in the county), are part of the BISC’s long-term plan to offer more science-based programs.

Vice-Provost and Executive Director Hugh Horton said he is looking forward to seeing the BISC continue to grow and offer an exceptional international learning experience to students.

“Our challenge now is to build on what we have so that we will have even more to celebrate by the time we mark our 50th anniversary,” Dr. Horton said during the official opening. “We want to create more experiential learning opportunities for our students. We want to give them access to state-of-the-art classrooms and study spaces.”

Visit the BISC Alumni Spotlight Series website and learn how studying at Herstmonceux Castle impacted the lives of former BISC students.

To see more pictures of the BISC anniversary, please see the Queen’s Alumni Flickr album.

This article was first published on the Queen's Alumni website.

Making a SOARing transition to Queen’s

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources helps incoming students learn about life at Queen’s University.

 [Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR)]
Being held July 5-14, Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) helps introduce first-year undergraduate students and their families and guests to the resources available at Queen's University. 

More than 500 first-year undergraduate students and their families and guests will be coming to campus over the next two weeks for their first glimpse into life at Queen’s.

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) runs July 5-14, and includes events and activities for students in Arts and Science, Commerce, Engineering and Applied Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, and students who will be spending their first year at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC), in England.

During this annual program, new students spend a day on campus learning about academic expectations, learning strategies and how to prepare for their transition to university. They also have the opportunity to meet their future classmates, upper-year students in their program, and get all of their questions answered.

“The goal of SOAR is to ensure a smooth transition for all incoming students to maximize their academic and personal success,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “We look forward to welcoming these new members of the Queen’s community to campus and helping them prepare for their upcoming academic journey.”

SOAR includes interactive presentations, a resource fair, faculty-specific programming, including advice with course selection for students in the Faculty of Arts and Science, and residence tours. In addition, students will have the chance to speak with academic advisors, accessibility advisors, the campus dietitian and our dining hall chefs.

For students who are unable to attend SOAR, or have more questions, Student Affairs is holding weekly webinars for first-year students to help support their transition to Queen’s. Hosted by staff and upper-year students, the webinar series covers topics such as course registration, living in residence, orientation week, and academics.

“SOAR and the summer webinar series are both wonderful opportunities for new students to ask questions and get advice from peers and professional staff about life at Queen’s,” says Meg Ferriman, Director, Student Life in Student Affairs. “It’s important that all students feel welcome and equipped to make a successful transition in the fall.”

For more information about SOAR and the webinars, and to register, visit the Student Experience Office website.

Student Affairs and faculty representatives are also travelling to Vancouver and Calgary in mid-August to meet with first-year students and supports and help them get ready for Queen’s. Learn more.

Public information session: Proposal for new student residence building

Queen’s is proposing to build a new student residence building on the north-west side of its main campus in Kingston.

A public information session is being held to give interested members of the community an opportunity to learn more about the proposal and speak with members of the project team, in advance of the site plan submission to the City of Kingston:

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
6 - 8 PM

Queen’s University
Mitchell Hall, main foyer
69 Union Street, Kingston, ON

This event is a casual drop-in format featuring information boards and an opportunity to interact directly with project team members. You will also have the opportunity to sign up to receive project updates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour Queen’s recently opened Mitchell Hall. 

Dean of Education reappointed for new term

Rebecca Luce-Kapler renews as head of Faculty of Education for another five year term.

Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Queen's Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Queen's Dean of the Faculty of Education, has renewed her role for a new term.

Queen’s University is pleased to announce that Rebecca Luce-Kapler has accepted re-appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Education for a five-year term, effective July 1, 2020. The offer of appointment from Principal Daniel Woolf was in response to a unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation from the Principal’s Advisory Committee, chaired by Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic) Tom Harris.

Dr. Luce-Kapler has served as Dean of the Faculty of Education since July 1, 2015, and brings over thirty years of experience in education to her position.

“Throughout her tenure as Dean, Dr. Luce-Kapler has focused on building a collaborative and inclusive environment where students, staff, and faculty in the Faculty of Education can thrive,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “She has also strengthened teaching, learning, and research by expanding the faculty complement and enhancing graduate studies.”

Since taking on the role of Dean, Dr. Luce-Kapler has worked to enhance the financial position of her portfolio, and the Faculty of Education’s expertise in revenue diversification is recognized across campus. She has also made measurable strides in developing strategic local, national, and international relationships, such as the partnership with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Dr. Luce-Kapler received her doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1997 and came to Queen’s that same year as a language and literacy scholar. Prior to her appointment as Dean, Dr. Luce-Kapler served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Education where she led several important initiatives, including the development and implementation of the online Professional Master of Education program. During her time at Queen’s, she has taught secondary English methods courses and developed writing courses for both B.Ed. and graduate students. She has also taught English as an elementary and secondary school teacher in Alberta, and holds a permanent teaching certificate from that province, in addition to being a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Her research interests focus on the integral role of literary practices, particularly writing, in the development of human consciousness and identity. This work has contributed to understanding the normative power of cultural forms and the importance of interpretive reading and writing practices for generative learning and teaching. She is the author of Writing with, through, and beyond the text: An ecology of language and The gardens where she dreams. She is also the co-author of Engaging Minds: Changing teaching in complex times and Language and learning: An introduction for teaching.

Visit the Faculty of Education website to learn more about Dr. Luce-Kapler.

The Principal joins the Provost in expressing the university’s gratitude to the following individuals who served on the Principal’s Advisory Committee. Their willingness to undertake this responsibility is very much appreciated.

Alana Butler

Assistant Professor of At-Risk Learners and Student Success, Faculty of Education

Theodore Christou

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Education

Barbara Crow

Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Betsy Donald

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Tom Harris   

Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Committee Chair

Carlyn McQueen

Information and Project Coordinator, Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), and Committee Secretary

Julie Anne Matias

Director, Finance and Administration, Faculty of Education

Lindsay Morcom

Associate Professor in Language Revitalization and Decolonizing Education, Faculty of Education

Carla Namkung

President, Concurrent Education Students’ Association

Jean Pfleiderer

Associate Director, Human Rights Advisory Services

Jackson Pind

President, Education Graduate Student Society

Brenda Reed

Head Education Librarian

Jordan Shurr

Associate Professor of Special Education, Faculty of Education

Celebrating inspirational secondary school teaching

Awards allow graduating students to recognize the outstanding secondary school teachers who helped them on their path to Queen’s.

Baillie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching
April Thompson and Jackie St. John take the Grant Hall stage along with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Rector Alex Da Silva, as they receive their Baillie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. 

Graduating Queen’s students have the special opportunity to recognize secondary school educators who played a formative and inspiring role in their path to higher education.

Launched in 2007 by Queen’s Chancellor Emeritus A. Charles Baillie, the Baillie Awards for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching celebrate the role of secondary school educators in developing Queen’s graduates.

Josee Sunday
Josee Sunday (Artsci'19) nominated Jackie St. John, April Thompson, and TJ Point for their support through the Native Resource Centre at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School

This year’s recipients were nominated by their former students, and are attending the students’ convocation ceremonies, where they are being honoured with the award.

“The stories of support and inspiration that our students recount through the nomination process reinforce the positive influence so many educators have on their students,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. “The university is so grateful to Mr. Baillie for his generosity in establishing this longstanding program to recognize excellence in secondary school teaching.”

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Jackie St. John, April Thompson, and TJ Point, who staffed the Native Resource Centre at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS), in Cornwall, Ontario. They were nominated by Josee Sunday, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology, who convocated on June 4;
  • Krista Van Gaal, chemistry teacher at St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville, Ontario. Ms. Van Gaal was nominated by Randilynne Urslak, Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Life Sciences, who is convocating on June 11;
  • Shawn Hood, physical education teacher and sports coach at North Toronto Collegiate Institute, in Toronto. Mr. Hood was nominated by Mitchell Malinsky, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), who is also convocating on June 11;
  • Christopher Zutt, a teacher at St. Margaret’s Public School in Scarborough, Ontario. Mr. Zutt was nominated by Nirosha Balakumar, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Global Development Studies and Gender Studies, who is convocating on June 12.

For more information about the awards and past recipients, visit the Division of Student Affairs website.

Inspiring an amazing academic journey

Claire Gummo and Stefanie vo Hlatky
Rhodes Scholar Claire Gummo (Artsci’17) nominated Stéfanie von Hlatky, her former professor in the Department of Political Studies for the Rhodes Inspirational Educator Award. (Supplied Photos) 

When Claire Gummo (Artsci’17) arrived at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in 2017 it was a dream come true.

Along her academic journey there was a lot of hard work and dedication and as well as support, including from Stéfanie von Hlatky, an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University and the former director of the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP).

Two years later, remembering her invaluable encouragement and mentorship during her time at Queen’s as an undergraduate student, Gummo nominated Dr. von Hlatky for the Rhodes Inspirational Educator Award. Recently, it was announced that the Rhodes Trust agreed with Gummo.

Making the decision to nominate her former professor was easy, Gummo says. She knows that she wouldn’t have become a Rhodes Scholar without Dr. von Hlatky’s guidance and support.

“Dr. von Hlatky was my biggest advocate in the Rhodes Scholarship selection process. Beyond writing a recommendation letter in support of my application, she ran practice interviews with me, provided encouragement at key moments when I doubted myself, and helped me to select my program at Oxford once I learned I had received the scholarship,” she says. “For me, this piece around encouragement was most crucial. I have, like many young women, a tendency to doubt my own abilities, making something like the Rhodes Scholarship feel like an impossible dream. Dr. von Hlatky pushed me to embrace opportunities and be confident about my own potential and intellect. She did this not just in her words but also by acting as a role model, providing a clear example of what professional excellence and strength look like.” 

Dr. von Hlatky says that while Gummo is strong academically, what set her apart during her time at Queen’s was her level of engagement on campus and her commitment to helping other students, particularly her work and advocacy on sexual violence prevention.

As a professor, Dr. von Hlatky aims to convey her passion to her students when teaching or discussing her research. Receiving this award, she says, has provided an opportunity to think about how to teach with purpose moving forward with an increasingly diverse student body in mind. 

“As professors, we teach and provide training to students but at Queen’s, there are fantastic opportunities for genuine mentorship relationships to emerge,” Dr. von Hlatky says. “This is the case not only because our students are very active in student clubs and continuously involve their professors, but also thanks to programs like Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF). For me, involving undergraduate and graduate students in my research projects has been a great way to provide mentorship that goes beyond the classroom.”

Not only has Dr. von Hlatky been a mentor for Gummo but she’s also a role model. Dr. von Hlatky is as equally talented a researcher as she is an educator, Gummo says, with compelling work on topics including gender mainstreaming, contemporary security trends especially within NATO, and military cooperation, that has shaped her own academic thinking in critical ways. 

“I am struck and inspired by the way Dr. von Hlatky’s confidence and intelligence never fails to command the respect and admiration of her colleagues – both military and civilian,” Gummo wrote in her nomination letter. “In this way, she has acted as a crucial role model for me in my own life, shaping my approach to professional and academic endeavours. However, what truly sets Dr. von Hlatky apart is that this boldness is matched with a remarkable generosity of spirit. She goes above and beyond to mentor her students, especially young women, even founding Women in International Security Canada, which has provided support to more than 600 young academics. Taken together, these two disparate yet complementary elements of her character – boldness and generosity – have greatly inspired me, as they have every student who is fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn from, and with, her.”

Gummo was named Queen’s University’s 57th Rhodes Scholar in 2017. At Oxford she completed a one-year master’s in Global Governance and Diplomacy, followed by a second one-year master’s in Public Policy, where she specialized in gender mainstreaming and practical feminist ethics.

Each year 11 Canadians are selected for Rhodes Scholarships, the most prestigious academic awards in the world. Created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the scholarships cover all costs for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford. The scholarships are awarded to students on the basis of high academic achievement and personal integrity, who are also expected to emerge as “leaders for the world’s future.”


Queen’s is deeply engaged internationally with strong academic and research ties around the globe including the university’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC) in the United Kingdom, that offers high-quality programs in humanities, social sciences, business and law. Queen’s has more than 220 student exchange partners in more than 40 countries and numerous education abroad experiences available.

Opportunities to connect at ONRamp

Queen’s-based entrepreneurs network at new innovation space in Toronto.

  • ONRamp
    Nathan Mah, co-founder of Mero Technologies, gives a short business pitch to the crowd gathered at ONRamp.
  • ONRamp
    Queen’s entrepreneurs, alumni, and venture capitalists were provided an opportunity for productive networking at the launch of ONRamp.
  • ONRamp
    Norman Musengimana, Queen’s graduate of the Master of Management Innovation & Entrepreneurship (MMIE) program at the Smith School of Business, and Founder & CEO of Bizskills Academy, gives a short pitch to the crowd at ONRamp.
  • ONRamp
    Vice-Principal (University Relations) Michael Fraser and Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation) Jim Banting were present to launch Queen’s partnership at ONRamp.
  • ONRamp
    Irshad Shariff, founder at Craft Tapp, and Tom Ebeyer, Founding Partner at Leading Minds Lab, talk shop at the launch of Queen’s partnership at ONRamp.

Innovation and entrepreneurship were hot topics at a recent gathering of alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs at ONRamp – a new, collaborative workspace in Toronto where Queen’s- and Kingston-based start-ups can network and grow. The May 15 event was the first of many meet-ups set to take place in the facility.

In February, Queen’s University formalized a partnership agreement with the University of Toronto-led space, gaining use of its meeting and workspaces. Three other university partners are also members of ONRamp, including McMaster University, the University of Waterloo, and Western University. Launched in 2017, ONRamp has since been utilized by 50 startups, and currently has 600 active users.

“Entrepreneurship is hard, and networking is vitally important to support start-ups,” says Jim Banting, Queen’s Assistant Vice-Principal (Partnerships and Innovation). “A lead, a connection, or insight into a marketplace all help a start-up to succeed. Queen’s membership in ONRamp provides prime location for Queen’s and Kingston-based start-ups to work and hold meetings with potential investors, customers, suppliers, and government officials while visiting Toronto.”

A number of entrepreneurs from a variety of start-ups were in attendance at the first-ever Queen’s gathering at ONRamp, including: Spectra Plasmonics, Limestone Analytics, Elentra, Mero Technologies, BizSkills Academy, Leading Minds Lab, AdaptiveX, and Craft Tapp.

For more information about ONRamp, or how to access ONRamp facilities and programs via Queen’s membership, contact Amanda Gilbert, Communications Coordinator at Queen’s University’s Office of Partnerships and Innovation. The ONRamp initiative is the latest innovation partnership for Queen’s, adding to other partnership efforts in Kington, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, and in Upstate New York. Visit the office’s website for information about all Queen’s innovation initiatives.

Upcoming ONRamp events will be posted on the Queen’s events calendar.

Castle campus marks 25 years

Queen’s Bader International Study Centre to celebrate milestone with alumni reunion.

Queen's Bader International Study Centre
Queen's Bader International Study Centre (BISC) celebrates 25 years.

Inside the walls of a nearly 600-year-old English castle, Queen’s alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will soon gather to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC) housed there. Among them: a NASA astronaut, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, leading academics, Canadian expats, local community members, and those traveling from around the world – all of whom will be on hand from June 29-30, 2019 to celebrate the past, present, and future of the overseas Queen’s campus.

“For a quarter century, the BISC has been a temporary home to Queen’s students looking to further broaden the scope of their learning,” says Hugh Horton, Vice-Provost and BISC Executive Director. “Here, they are able to engage with scholars from across the world, in a close-knit, interdisciplinary academic environment to not only enhance their education, but give it a truly global dimension.”

Visionary philanthropists and Queen’s alumni Alfred and Isabel Bader gifted the BISC, located on the Herstmonceux Castle estate in East Sussex, UK, to Queen’s University in 1993, and it opened doors to students in 1994. It has since provided innovative, international undergraduate and graduate programs to over 7,000 Queen’s students, across disciplines as diverse as archaeology, music, international law and politics, global health, international project management, and astronomy. Program offerings continue to grow.

In 2017, the BISC accepted its first group of students from the Queen’s Concurrent Education Program, which prepares undergraduates to become educators. Students enrolled in this program complete local practicums at primary and secondary schools nearby the BISC campus, providing a hands-on comparative learning experience.

This year, programming for science students is set to expand with the opening of the BISC’s brand-new teaching science laboratory and innovation design space, allowing the campus to offer practical science subjects on campus for the very first time. The facility will be officially unveiled during the 25th anniversary celebrations.

The Bader International Study Centre
Queen's Bader International Study Centre.

“The Baders envisaged a learning facility that could take the Queen’s educational experience Alfred deeply cherished, and extend its reach internationally,” says Dr. Horton. “With 25-years of BISC alumni now living and working in countries across the world—many of whom are set to join us in celebration of this incredible milestone—and our ever-growing complement of programs, I think their vision has truly taken shape. In honour of their vision, and of Alfred, who passed away late last year, I look forward to continuing our momentum forward into the next 25 years.”

On June 29, 2019, BISC alumni and their families are invited to the first day of 25th anniversary celebrations. There, they will have a chance to reminisce during castle tours, have tea in the Elizabethan gardens, mingle with professors, and attend the unveiling of a commemorative garden honouring the Baders. NASA astronaut and Queen’s alumnus Drew Feustel, who returned from the International Space Station last October following a six-month mission, will also deliver a keynote address.

On June 30, the celebration will open to the public and take on a Canadian theme in recognition of the Canada Day weekend. Canadians living in England are encouraged to join alumni on the castle grounds for street hockey, tastes from home such as poutine and Nanaimo bars, falconry and archery demonstrations, and a symphonova performance by the BISC Musicians in Residence, featuring works by Dan School of Drama and Music Professor John Burge.

Queen’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf, Chancellor Jim Leech, and Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand will be among senior leaders there to help mark the milestone.

“In 1993, the Baders bestowed Queen’s with the BISC; an amazing gift that went on to play a foundational role in extending our university’s global horizons,” says Principal Woolf. “The unique, experiential learning prospects that the facility provides helped inspire us to chart educational linkages with many other institutions and organizations internationally – opening a world of opportunities for our students.”

Those interested in attending the festivities can register on the website.


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