News in brief

Medical school thanks government

After receiving almost $60 million in federal and provincial government funding, Queens’ School of Medicine unveiled its new medical school building on June 3.

Guests at the unveiling included Principal Daniel Woolf, Dean of Health Sciences Richard Reznick and Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy.

Current medical students gave guests and media a tour of the new facility.

The four-floor building contains two 125-seat lecture theatres, an anatomy learning centre and labs for museum and surgical skills.

Current and future Queen’s medical students pledged $500,000 dollars towards the building.

The School of Medicine will celebrate the building’s grand opening on Sept. 22.

—Savoula Stylianou

Peter Milliken to teach at Queen’s

Former MP for Kingston and the Islands Peter Milliken will join Queen’s this fall as a fellow in the School of Policy Studies.

As Canada’s longest-serving Speaker of the House of Commons, Milliken, Arts ’68, will focus on governance and policy-making in parliamentary democracies.

In his three-year renewable term, Milliken will contribute research and occasional lectures to the department.

“As a champion of parliamentary democracy who served the Parliament of Canada for many years, Peter Milliken’s expertise and experience will add a rich perspective to the School of Policy Studies,” Principal Daniel Woolf said.

—Vincent Matak

Marketing strategy approved

A new marketing strategy for Queen’s was approved at last month’s Board of Trustees meeting.

The Spirit of Initiative emphasizes a collaborative approach based on Queen’s reputation for academic excellence and spirit.

Previously, Queen’s had no concrete marketing strategy, said Queen’s Director of Marketing Kathleen Vollebregt. “[The strategy will] provide a foundation and focus in all the initiatives that we do,” she said.

The annual appeal-video on the Queen’s website and the 2012 view-book for incoming students have been created under the new strategy.

To further develop the strategy, the marketing department is running workshops with students, faculty, staff and alumni throughout the year.

—Catherine Hart

David Dodge re-appointed

University Council unanimously re-appointed Chancellor David Dodge for a second term, last month.

Dodge is the 13th person to serve as Chancellor, the University’s highest governing position.

The May 7 announcement means Dodge will hold the title for another three years.

Dodge has served as governor of the Bank of Canada, a senior advisor at the Ottawa office of Bennett Jones LLP and was a professor in the Queen’s economics department. He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.

“We couldn’t imagine a more committed and engaged member of the Queen’s community than David to hold this important leadership role,” Principal Daniel Woolf said.

—Vincent Matak

Queen’s students recognized

Canada’s 2011 Top 40 under 40 list includes three Queen’s alumni.

The award celebrates those who’ve made an outstanding impact in their areas of study as well as in their communities.

Leonard Brody, ArtSci ’93, is the president of the Vancouver based Clarity Digital Group. He is also head of the company’s examiner.com website, one of the Top 100 media and information websites in North America.

Natasha Sharpe, NSc ’93, MA ’95, works for Sun Life Financial as a chief credit risk officer. She is also chair of the board for Toronto’s Kensington Health Centre.

Steve Sousa, MBA ’11 is the president and chief operating officer at SaskTel International, where he helped increase the revenue for the software division by $5 million.

—Alison Shouldice

Alumni donates $1 million

Alumnus Robert Burnside, Sci ’56, and his wife Doris donated $1 million to the Faculty of Engineering.

The gift will fund a collaborative Innovation and Global Leadership program between the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Business. Its focus will be on innovation and leadership in the global economy.

Burnside said it’s important to provide engineers with strong leadership skills.

“A large part of the project is about negotiation, interdisciplinary collaboration, management and vision. That’s leadership,” he said.

—Alison Shouldice

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