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Alumnus gets Harper’s attention

Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted the achievement of prominent Queen’s alumnus Robert Sutherland at an event honouring Jamaican-Canadians’ contributions to the country.

Born in Jamaica, Sutherland studied law at Queen’s, making him the first black man to obtain a degree from a North American university in 1852 and first to practice law in Canada.

Sutherland left an estate worth around $12,000 to the University upon his death in 1878, a sum that saved Queen’s from a difficult financial situation.

In 2009, the former Policy Studies building was renamed Robert Sutherland Hall and a plaque was unveiled in his honour.

The reception marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Jamaica, and was attended by about 500, including Jamaican business leaders,

government representatives

and religious leaders.

— Holly Tousignant

Queen’s gets graded

Queen’s fared well in a recent student satisfaction survey conducted by the Globe and Mail.

Queen’s, ranked with other medium-sized Canadian universities, received mostly grades in the A range on the survey, with an A- in student satisfaction, work-play balance, student residence, city satisfaction and career preparation.

The University received an A in student-faculty interaction, quality of teaching and learning, information technology and campus atmosphere. The University received one A+, in reputation with employers.

The rest of the grades fell in the B range, with a B in research opportunities, environmental commitment, course registration and career preparation (co-op, internship and other work-related opportunities) and a B+ in instructors’ teaching style, class size and academic counselling.

For the full results of the survey, see

— Holly Tousignant

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