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For the Record: Feb. 15

 For the Record provides postings of appointment, committee, grant, award, and other notices set out by collective agreements and university policies and processes. It is the university’s primary vehicle for sharing this information with our community.

The next issue of For the Record will be published Thursday, March 1. The deadline for submitting information is Tuesday, Feb. 27. For the Record is published bi-weekly throughout the academic year and monthly during the summer.

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Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision

The School of Graduate Studies invites nominations for consideration for the 2018 Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Supervision.  The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding supervisors who demonstrate excellence in advising, monitoring and mentoring their graduate students.  Two awards will be made: one in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and one in Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering. Please see the attached guidelines, nomination form, and tips for preparing nomination packages. Nomination packages should be submitted to the Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Gordon Hall 425, by 4 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships — applications invited

The Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowships (USSRF) provides an opportunity for any continuing undergraduate students at Queen’s to develop their research skills under the guidance of a faculty researcher. Over the course of the summer, students will develop a research project in social sciences, humanities, or creative arts. Students may consider projects in disciplines outside of their own field of study or outside of their focus study areas, as well as those directly connected to their prime area of study. 

Up to 19 fellowships are available on campus and up to two of the 2018 fellowships will be offered to students whose projects take place at the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England.

The application deadline for the 2018 summer program is March 9, 2018.


Job Title: Director, Institutional Research and Planning
Department: Office of Planning and Budgeting
Competition: J0817-0304
Successful Candidate: Jodi Magee

Job Title: Director, Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
Department: Division of Student Affairs
Competition: J0917-1017
Successful Candidate: Kandice Baptiste

Job Title: Administrative Assistant, Development
Department: Office of Advancement
Competition: J1217-0682
Successful Candidate: Kairee Kirkwood

Job Title: Investment Administrator
Department: Investment Services
Competition: J1117-0759
Successful Candidate: Anna Koroleva

Job Title: Human Resources Advisor
Department: Office of Advancement
Competition: J1017-0616
Successful Candidate: Kacey McCuen (Human Resources)

Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Canadian Cancer Trials Group
Competition: J1117-0104
Successful Candidate: Nicholina Gorganzadeh

Job Title: Program Coordinator
Department: Enrichment Studies
Competition: J1017-1090
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Instructional Designer (Online Learning) (USW Local 2010)
Department: Continuing Distance Studies
Competition: J0717-0087
Successful Candidate: WITHDRAWN

Job Title: Simulation Laboratory Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: School of Nursing
Competition: J1017-0695
Successful Candidate: Laura Stephens

Job Title: Program and Event Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Office of Professional Development and Educational Scholarship
Competition: J0917-0648
Successful Candidate: Bryn Fraser (Applied Science Programs)

Job Title: Administrative Secretary (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Arts and Science - Faculty Office
Competition: J1117-0732
Successful Candidate: Jill Phillips (Undergraduate Admission)

Job Title: Small Works Project Manager (USW Local 2010)
Department: Physical Plant Services
Competition: J0917-0377
Successful Candidate: Raj Shekhar

Job Title: Digital Marketing Coordinator (USW Local 2010)
Department: Faculty of Education
Competition: J1217-0482
Successful Candidate: Sara Perosa

Job Title: Registered Practical Nurse (USW Local 2010)
Department: Student Wellness Services
Competition: J0717-0670
Successful Candidate: Mary-Lynn Sarris

Premier Wynne speaks with Queen’s students

Premier of Ontario tours the Queen's Centre before taking part in a question-and-answer session.

  • Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Queen's University on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and took part in a town hall meeting with students in Wallace Hall.
    Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Queen's University on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and took part in a town hall meeting with students in Wallace Hall.
  • Premier Kathleen Wynne reacts as she is introduced by MPP Sophie Kiwala, as SGPS president Adam Grotsky looks on.
    Premier Kathleen Wynne reacts as she is introduced by MPP Sophie Kiwala, as SGPS president Adam Grotsky looks on.
  • A group of students speak with Premier Kathleen Wynne and MPP Sophie Kiwala at Common Ground as they toured the Queen's Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
    A group of students speak with Premier Kathleen Wynne and MPP Sophie Kiwala at Common Ground as they toured the Queen's Centre on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
  • Premier Kathleen Wynne answers a question during a town hall event hosted in Wallace Hall. The premier is touring universities across on Ontario,
    Premier Kathleen Wynne answers a question during a town hall event hosted in Wallace Hall. The premier is touring universities across on Ontario,
  • Premier Kathleen Wynne introduces herself to a Queen's student during her stop at Common Ground, during her visit to Queen's University.
    Premier Kathleen Wynne introduces herself to a Queen's student during her stop at Common Ground, during her visit to Queen's University.
  • Town hall meeting attendees look on as Premier Kathleen Wynne answers a question put to her by a Queen's student on Wednesday.
    Town hall meeting attendees look on as Premier Kathleen Wynne answers a question put to her by a Queen's student on Wednesday.

Premier Kathleen Wynne (Artsci’77) visited Queen’s University on Wednesday to speak with students during a town hall meeting.

The premier started her tour of her alma mater by visiting the Queen’s Centre where she had a number of informal talks with students.

She then made her way to Wallace Hall where Queen’s students asked her a number of questions on topics including funding for post-secondary education, healthcare, and the increase in the minimum wage.

The visit to Queen's was part of the premier's ongoing tour of post-secondary institutions. After departing Queen's, her next stop was nearby St. Lawrence College. 

Queen's encourages innovation with student competition prize

The City of Kingston and the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre have partnered to create an additional prize for the Mayor's Innovation Challenge.

Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson visits the 2017 Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) participants. (Supplied Photo)
Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson visits the 2017 Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI) participants. (Supplied Photo)

Building on the strong partnership between the City of Kingston and Queen’s University, the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre (DDQIC) has stepped forward to sponsor an additional prize for the 2018 Mayor’s Innovation Challenge.

“Modern cities need to consistently innovate to improve the lives of their citizens, and modern universities are always looking for ways to enhance and support their communities," said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). "In that spirit, Queen’s is very proud to support the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge and to work in partnership with the City to leverage the innovative talents of Kingston’s citizens to address real municipal issues.".

In addition to the opportunity to be awarded a 16-week paid internship with the City to implement their project idea, competing teams of post-secondary students will now also have an opportunity, sponsored by the DDQIC, to receive:

  • a $7,000 stipend per team member for the summer,
  • $4,000 in seed capital for the idea, and
  • access to the entire summer's Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative (QICSI 2018) programming to accelerate their innovation.

This exciting partnership will create additional opportunities for career development and employment for youth, and facilitate an additional innovative municipal project to be implemented.

“I’m so thrilled that we’ve partnered with Queen’s University and the DDQIC to offer another prize for students as part of the Mayor’s Innovation Challenge,” said Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson. “We have a great relationship with Queen’s and we both want to help launch our post-secondary students into the workforce by providing paid opportunities to help build their skills and experience. It’s amazing that we will now be able to award two teams with truly unique and potentially life-changing summer experiences.”

The Mayor's Innovation Challenge pitch competition will be held Friday, March 2 between 9:30 am and 12 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The big reveal of the winning teams is expected to take place around 12:45 pm that day.

For more information on the challenge, visit the City's website.

Senate, Board welcome new members

Suzanne Arniel and Steven P. Smith will join Senate, while Ellie Sadinsky and Liying Cheng will sit on the Board of Trustees.

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

Liying Cheng (Education) was acclaimed in the Board of Trustees faculty/librarian/archivist election. Ellie Sadinsky (Division of Student Affairs) was elected as the new staff representative.

Steven P. Smith (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences) received the most votes in the Senate faculty/librarian/archivist-at-large election. Suzanne Arniel (Office of the University Registrar) will serve as a staff-at-large representative after running unopposed.

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


Principal’s message regarding the Colten Boushie verdict

Indigenous Law Students' Alliance and the Office of Indigenous Initiatives hosts candlelight vigil.

On behalf of the Queen’s University community, I wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Colten Boushie, and to the broader Indigenous community. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Queen’s University has a vital role to play in the process of reconciliation. As partners, we will continue to create meaningful change on our campus and come together to create open and meaningful dialogue. At Queen’s we are committed to bringing about meaningful institutional change and building strong relationships with our partners in the Indigenous community.

The Queen’s community was invited to take part in a candlelight vigil for Colton Boushie in front of Richardson Hall on Tuesday evening. The event was hosted by the Indigenous Law Students' Alliance, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, and the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program. 

Anyone in need of support is encouraged to contact: Elder, Mishiikenh (Vernon) Altiman, va18@queensu.ca, (613) 533-6000 ext. 79097; Thanyehtenhas (Nathan Brinklow) nathan.brinklow@queensu.ca, 416 Kingston Hall; Interfaith Chaplain Kate Johnson, chaplain@queensu.ca, 613-533-2186; or Student Wellness Services, counselling.services@queensu.ca, 613-533-6000 ext. 78264.

Domestic water shut down for B-Wing in Duncan McArthur Hall on Tuesday morning

A domestic water shutdown is planned for B-Wing in Duncan McArthur Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 13 between 8 am and noon to permit Physical Plant Services to connect domestic water for the new sinks in the Tech Wing room B157.

During the shutdown period, there will not be domestic hot or cold water for flushing toilets, hand washing, safety showers, eye wash stations or kitchen use, etc. Building occupants and visitors should be directed to washrooms in A-Wing while work is in progress.

Note: There may be discolouration or air in your water when a tap is first opened following the service interruption. This is quite normal and is an aesthetic problem only; it does not present a safety concern. Run your water for several minutes before using it and the problem should quickly remedy itself. It is best to perform this initial flushing at a tap that is not equipped with a mesh strainer in order to avoid a possible fouling of the strainer.

For more information, contact Fixit at ext. 77301 or by email.

Women’s squash team wins OUA title; men capture bronze

Gaels dominate in capturing their fourth-straight provincial championship, this time on home court.

 Queen's Gaels Women's Squash team wins 2017-18 OUA title.
The Queen's Gaels women's squash team lifts the OUA banner after winning their fourth straight provincial championship, on Sunday at the Athletics and Recreation Centre (ARC). (Supplied Photo)

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


The Queen’s Gaels women’s squash team successfully defended their title at OUA squash championships over the weekend on home court while the men’s team captured the provincial bronze.

In the women’s competition, the Gaels were dominant, winning all five of their games, including  against  the University of Toronto in the final, with a 41-4 record in matches. It is the fourth straight OUA title for the team.

On the men’s side, no one was able to stop the Western Mustangs who put up a perfect 5-0 record. The Gaels claimed the bronze while Alex Collins was named the top rookie.


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (14-3-3-4) split of their games on the weekend but that was enough to secure first-place for the OUA regular season.

On Saturday, the Gaels dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Laurier Golden Hawks (2-4-14-3).

Hailey Wilson and Addi Halladay scored for the Gaels but the team was unable to find the back of the net in the shootout. Stephanie Pascale made 22 saves in the Queen’s net.

On Friday, the Gaels upended the Toronto Varsity Blues (13-0-8-2) 3-1 in Toronto. 

After the Varsity Blues opened the scoring the Gaels roared back with Katrina Manoukarakis scoring a pair of goals with Jessica Wakefield adding a late empty-netter.


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (19-6-3) closed out their regular season schedule with a big 5-0 win over the Nipissing Lakers (9-15-4). With the win, the Gaels clinched second place in the OUA East and set a new program record for wins in a season with 19 beating the previous record from last season.

Jacob Brennan had a strong night in net, making 37 saves for the shutout. The scoring was spread out as Slater Doggett, Ben Fanjoy, Luke Bertolucci, Jaden Lindo and Francesco Vilardi found the back of the net. Alex Row finished with three assists.

The Gaels and Lakers will now meet in the OUA playoffs as Nipissing finished seventh in the OUA East.

On Friday, the Gaels tumbled to a 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Gee-Gees (15-8-4) in Ottawa.

In a tough defensive battle, Luke Edwards was the only Gaels to score, on a first-period powerplay that put them in the lead.

But the Gee-Gees would keep up the pressure and eventually were able to move ahead for the win, and snap a six-game win streak for the Gaels.


The Queen’s Gaels (11-9) fell victim to a huge comeback by the Toronto Varsity Blues (10-10) 90-80 on Friday.

After leading 43-31 at the half the Gaels were unable to hold off the visitors, who closed the gap in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth.

Jaz Bains led with 17 points while aTanner Graham had a big night with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

At halftime of the game, Queen’s Athletics honoured their fall championship teams – sailing, women’s cross country and men’s rugby – with their banners being raised to the rafters in the ARC gym.

On Saturday, the Gaels (11-10) fell 86-78 to the No. 9 Ryerson Rams (15-6), in their final regular season home game of the year. The Gaels honoured graduating senior players Sammy Ayisi and Mike Shoveller prior to tip-off.

Tanner Graham had another massive game with 22 point nine blocks and eight rebounds.


The No. 8 Queen's Gaels (16-5) battled back from being 21 points down but fell 82-75 in overtime against the Ryerson Rams (11-10) on Saturday, in the final home game of the regular season for Queen’s.

Abby Dixon finished with 17 points and seven steals, while Marianne Alarie added 13 points.

On Friday, the Gaels were upset by the Toronto Varsity Blues (8-12) 79-76.

Once again the Gaels were forced to mount a comeback following a slow start, tying the game at 72-72, but were unable to grab the win.

Sophie de Goede led the Gaels with 20 points and Veronika Lavergne added 17 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.


The Queen's Gaels (12-4) defeated the RMC Paladins (2-14) in straight sets at the ARC 25-14, 26-24 and 25-15 on Sunday.

Julia Wiercigroch finished with eight kills and an ace and Sierra hardy powered the attack with 28 assists.


The Queen’s Gaels (7-8) swept the RMC Paladins (2-13) in straight sets on Sunday afternoon at the ARC, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-21.

Markus Trence finished with a team-best 13 kills while Zac Hutcheson added 12 kills. Zane Grossinger had 37 assists.

Learning Indigenous languages

Practice your “Boozhoo” (how the Anishinaabe say “greetings”) and “Miigwetch” (“thank you”) and learn about Indigenous cultures in a new Queen’s program.

Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) leads an Anishinaabemowin class. (University Communications)
Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman) leads an Anishinaabemowin class. (University Communications)

A new certificate program will provide students with an introduction to three Indigenous languages, while also deepening their knowledge of Indigenous cultures.

Launching this fall, a new Certificate of Indigenous Languages and Culture will provide an introduction to Mohawk, Inuktitut, and the Anishinaabe language – known as Anishinaabemowin, meaning ‘language of the people’.

The certificate brings together existing Indigenous language courses at Queen’s plus new Anishinaabemowin training into a program which can be completed through full-time studies in one year, or part-time over two years. The existing language training tends to attract both Indigenous students seeking to learn more about their history, and non-Indigenous students hoping to better understand Indigenous culture.

“Offering this type of program helps us respond to both the needs of our community and the broader responsibilities we have as an institution,” says Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning). “This certificate will assist in revitalizing Indigenous languages and fostering greater understanding of Indigenous cultures and ways of knowing.”

Professors in this program include Mishiikenh (Vernon Altiman), an Elder-in-Residence and Cultural Counsellor at Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre, who teaches Anishinaabemowin; Thanyehténhas (Nathan Brinklow), Lecturer and part-time Chaplain at Queen’s, who teaches the Mohawk language; and Noel McDermott (PhD'15), an Assistant Professor who teaches Inuktitut.

In addition to helping students recognize the three languages and grasp them at a beginner level, the certificate will also include exposure to Indigenous ceremonies, traditions, and contemporary issues. For instance, weather permitting, each Anishinaabemowin class begins with a smudging ceremony held outside Kingston Hall. 

Students introduce themselves in Anishinaabemowin to start each class. (University Communications)
Students introduce themselves in Anishinaabemowin to start each class. (University Communications)

The creation of this certificate program supports the recommendations of both the national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and Queen’s own TRC task force report, both of which call for the creation of “credentialed Indigenous language programs” at post-secondary institutions.

In the future, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures is working with Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Language and Culture Centre (TTO) to launch a Mohawk language certificate within the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. The two-year program would intensively focus on language instruction and would aim to help revitalize the language among the Indigenous community as well as their understanding of the rich Mohawk culture.

“I am very excited by the recent unanimous Senate approval of this new certificate program, and by the prospect of the collaborative certificate in Mohawk Language and Culture,” says Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill). “I am very happy to see the university taking up the Call to Action and the recommendation in our very own Extending the Rafters report through the further development of Indigenous language offerings. Further, ensuring these programs are credentialed by the university ensures student eligibility for financial assistance and makes these important programs more accessible.”

Applications for this certificate program will open in May. It is expected to attract approximately 10 to 15 students annually. 

Cheering on Canada’s Olympians and Paralympians

A flag recognizing the partnership between Smith School of Business and the Canadian Olympic Committee will fly in front of Goodes Hall for the duration of the Games.

  • Smith School of Business-Canadian Olympic Committee flag raised
    A flag recognizing the partnership between Smith School of Business and the Canadian Olympic Committee is raised in front of Goodes Hall on Thursday. From left: Paralympian Anne Fergusson; Olympian Greg Douglas; Olympian Christine Robinson; and Dean David Saunders.
  • Christine Robinson and Greg Douglas
    Christine Robinson, who competed in the Olympics in water polo, and Greg Douglas, an Olympian in sailing, spoke about their experiences as top-level athletes.
  • Dean David Saunders, Dean of Smith School of Business, speaks about the strategic partnership between Smith and the Canadian Olympic Committee during a special flag-raising event at Goodes Hall.
  • Smith School of Business Olympic event group shot
    Queen's community members gather for a photo during a special event at Smith School of Business ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
  • David Saunders, Dean of Smith School of Business, with Olympians and Paralympian
    David Saunders, Dean of Smith School of Business, third from left, poses for a photo alongside, from left, Olympian Christine Robinson, Paralympian Anne Fergusson, and Olympian Greg Douglas.
  • Good wishes signing
    Members of the Queen's community sign a large scroll in support of Canada's Olympians and Paralympians ahead of a special flag-raising event at Goodes Hall.

With the Winter Olympics opening in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday, Feb. 9, a special event was held Thursday to raise a flag recognizing the partnership between Smith School of Business and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Hosted by Dean David Saunders, the event was attended by Olympians and Queen’s students Christine Robinson (water polo) and Greg Douglas (sailing), as well as Paralympian and Queen’s alumna Anne Fergusson (sitting volleyball).

In November 2016, Smith School of Business and the Canadian Olympic Committee formed a strategic partnership, with Smith becoming the exclusive business education partner of the COC and a founding partner of Game Plan, Canada’s athlete career transition initiative. Over eight years, some 1,200 athletes will be eligible to enroll in various Smith programs.

The flag, located in front of Goodes Hall, will continue to fly until Sunday, March 18, the final day of the Paralympic Games.

More information about the official partnership is available on the Smith School of Business website.


Don’t let the ‘winter blues’ get you down

Queen's University offers a wide range of supports for community members, including the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Homewood Health.

For some people winter is a time to get outdoors, enjoy the snow-filled landscape, and get active. But for others the constant cold and short daylight hours can be a grind.

Winter Weather
Queen's University can be a beautiful place in the winter, but the short daylight hours can have a negative effect on some people. (University Communications)

For Queen’s employees and family members who struggle with winter – including, for some people, serious conditions such as depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – there is a wide range of supports on offer, including the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provided by Homewood Health.

Free, confidential and easy to access the EFAP provides services for Queen’s employees and their dependents, including counselling, coaching, information, and support for all types of issues relating to mental health, health management, and achieving greater personal and workplace well-being, explains Sydney Downey, Manager of Return to Work Services at Queen’s.

“We have set up important supports for Queen’s employees that are easily accessible and preventative, that allow them to engage fully in whatever they do here at the university,” she says. “It is important to us that they are present, engaged and healthy and therefore we have gone to lengths to establish different support structures, one of them being our EFAP provider. This service is available, accessible and free and we strongly encourage employees to be more preventative in their health care.”

Homewood Health has been providing confidential EFAP services to Canadian employees and their family members for over 33 years. Services provided include healthy eating plans, employment coaching, counselling, and much, much more. This support network is available 24/7.

Overseeing the program at Queen’s is the EFAP committee, which includes representatives from all the unions at the university as well as for non-unionized workers.

“The members of the EFAP committee represent a wide range of departments and groups here at Queen’s and are a valuable resource as they can assist Queen’s employees in accessing the services and answer any questions regarding the program,” Ms. Downey says.

For more information on the Queen’s EFAP, visit the Human Resources website.

For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).  


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