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The School of Business unveils a plaque in honour of the renaming of the Goodes Hall Atrium to the BMO Financial Group Atrium. BMO announced a $2 million donation to the business school’s financial project on Thursday.
The School of Business unveils a plaque in honour of the renaming of the Goodes Hall Atrium to the BMO Financial Group Atrium. BMO announced a $2 million donation to the business school’s financial project on Thursday.
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Board approves provost model

The Board of Trustees approved a motion for Queen’s to introduce a provost model at its Dec. 5 meeting.

The provost is Queen’s chief operating officer. He or she works with non-academic offices and departments within the University and is involved in financial decision making.

The motion, moved by Principal Daniel Woolf, will take effect on May 1.

Bob Silverman, who will replace Patrick Deane as interim vice-principal (academic) in July, will also act as interim provost.

Woolf said the new position will give the vice-principal (academic) more input into Queen’s finances and more responsibility over the University’s internal operation.

Many universities in Canada, including the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, have already adopted the provost model.

—Gloria Er-Chua

Equity report shows Queen’s falls short

A new report by the Council on Employment Equity and the Queen’s Equity Office says the University needs more proactive measures to achieve its goals of employment equity.

The report, released on Dec. 15, shows Queen’s lags in hiring visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities—three of the four designated groups requiring equitable representation by the federal government.

Women are fairly well represented in the University’s workforce, the report states, adding that Queen’s has made efforts to promote women into management positions.

However, the University is far below target in hiring the other three designated groups.

Fourteen employee categories, including faculty, manual and skilled trades workers, staff and supervisors, were surveyed.

—Gloria Er-Chua

Queen’s in Best Lecturer finals

Three Queen’s professors featured in TVO’s Best Lecturer Competition have advanced to the semi-final round.

Political studies professor Eleanor MacDonald, music professor Kip Pegley and biology professor Virginia Walker were selected as three of the top 20 professors in Ontario this year.

More than 330 nominations for excellence in teaching were sent in.

Ten finalists will be announced on Feb. 8. Taped lectures by each finalist will be aired in March and the winner will be chosen by a group of judges and viewers.

The winner receives $10,000 from TD Insurance for his or her school.

Chemistry professor Richard Oleschuk and psychology professor Dean Tripp were also nominated this year.

—Gloria Er-Chua

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