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What it's like to work in Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations staff at Queen's works to build life-long relationships with alumni donors, volunteers and others. Staff in the department work in support of events, reunions, branches, alumni education, alumni travel, communications, with affinity partners and merchandise and with the Queen's University Alumni Association and Queen's University Student Association.

Recent successes demonstrate the range of their work.

Branch Award outreach

Alumni Relations raised awareness of the annual Johnson Award given by the Calgary Branch of the QUAA with outside organizations with promotion of the award winners (Lorna and Roger Smith) by the Mount Royal Foundation in Calgary, and the Canadian Bureau of International Education. The award also made the Alumni Beat on the Queen’s News Centre.

Football Tailgate Party

Alumni Relations, with the QUAA Toronto Branch, partnered with Athletics & Recreation in September 2011 to create a successful football tailgate party in Toronto, as the Gaels played U of T.

Career webinar for young alumni

In the fall 2011, the Students and Branches unit of Alumni Relations co-hosted a personal branding webinar for young alumni by CareerJoy, “What’s Next for Your Career?” The CareerJoy staff received this positive feedback by email:
“I enjoyed listening to your Branding webinar today. As a new grad actively looking for work, I have often felt overwhelmed by the idea of personal branding. Your talk helped clear some of my hesitancies to branding and gave me new confidence in my job search.”
Healthy food for our staff

The Alumni Education unit of Alumni Relations added to its Healthy Snacks program for the department with a small vegetable garden outside Summerhill. Staff helped tend the tomato garden started by Melanie McEwen.

Space planning tool

Associate Director Dan Robertson developed an easy-to-use office space planning tool in Excel to assist the department in developing efficient and cost-effective office space management options.

QUAA Award awareness

The Communications hub of Alumni Relations raised the profile of the 2011 QUAA Award recipients across the university; 12 departmental and faculty websites at Queen’s have run stories online or in print on one or more of our award recipients. We connected with employers outside the university as well. Our Teaching Award recipient, George Bevan, was recently profiled on the U of T website ( he is an alumnus and former faculty member at U of T.)
Another award recipient, Jeremy Mosher, who works with CIBC World Markets, received a personal note of congratulations from both the head of CIBC World Markets Equity Research and the head of CIBC World Markets Investment Banking for his Branch Rising Star Award.

Town-gown connections

Terri Flindall, of the Events Unit, worked with Athletics & Recreation and the City of Kingston to assist the Hon. John Matheson dedicate a maple tree in City Park to the Vanier Cup-winning Gaels football team. A plaque-unveiling ceremony was held in the park with Mr. Matheson, and the coaches and players from the football team. The permanent plaque reads: With gratitude to Pat Sheahan with his superb coaching staff and the fabulous 2009 Golden Gaels for a championship season Yates Cup - Mitchell Bowl - Vanier Cup From an ardent alumnus, John Ross Matheson (Arts’40).

Collaboration across campus

Judy Griffiths and the Events Unit worked on the Grand Opening for the School of Medicine with colleagues across Alumni Relations, in Development, Marketing and Communications (both Creative Services and News & Media Services) and the Dean’s office in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The event drew a crowd of more than 400 (made up of donors, alumni, city officials, students and faculty) to celebrate the opening of the new building.

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For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.