Queen’s alumni are the University’s largest stakeholder group. As such, they are one of our most vital assets for support, building brand and keeping the University alive in the minds and hearts of people around the world.
Continuing to connect with current and future alumni will be essential during the life of the university’s Campaign, according to Judith Brown, Associate Vice-Principal (Advancement) and Executive Director of Alumni Relations.
The Department of Alumni Relations works in close partnership with the Queen’s University Alumni Association (QUAA) to promote informed, involved, and invested alumni. This begins with the first connections with prospective students.
The Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA) brings alumni and students together to the mutual benefit of both, with experiences ranging from mentorship and career networking to convocation, when students are welcomed into alumni membership. Students for a short time, alumni for a lifetime is the message that students receive throughout their years on campus, from staff, students and alumni.
A variety of programs, benefits, and services invite alumni to pursue a lifelong relationship with their university and with one another. These include opportunities for professional networking, education, travel, recreation, and volunteering.
Whether mentoring students, appearing as guest speakers and lecturers, or hosting and organizing events in their respective communities, volunteers make an essential contribution to the life and work of the University. Once a year, the QUAA hosts a summit on campus for volunteers to reconnect and re-energize. Enhancing the experience of volunteering for Queen’s is a priority for the Department of Alumni Relations over the next few years.
Publications like the Queen’s Alumni Review continue to prove a popular means of reaching out to graduates. After soliciting feedback from alumni about the magazine, one message has come back loud and clear: "don’t change a thing."