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@Queen's: Your Alumni Newsletter

August 2013

Stories at Queen's this month

Queen's names new university chaplain

KateJohnson.jpgKate Johnson (MDiv’06) has been appointed as Queen’s next university chaplain, effective August 19.  She brings extensive chaplaincy and counselling experience to the role, most recently from her work with Correctional Services of Canada, Kingston General Hospital and the Canadian Hearing Society. She received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in restorative justice from Queen’s Theological College in 2006.

"My own time studying at Queen's was full of both joy and challenge and I am really looking forward to journeying with students through this time of huge growth in their lives,” she says.Read more...



New tools for alumni

In September, Queen’s Office of Advancement will discontinue its Online Community (OLC) and associated programs (NetworQ, tricolour email forwarding, broadcast email), and will upgrade to three new modules for alumni.  Some services associated with the OLC will continue, and others will be enhanced. Read more....

Reminder: the Report of Contributions goes online

The Report of Contributions is going online this year. Queen’s donors should watch their email inbox this month for a link to the online, searchable version.

Biology prof earns top Arctic research prize

One of the world’s top Arctic researchers, biology professor John Smol, has been awarded the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. His work has been instrumental in helping the world understand global climate issues and the effects of contaminants on the Arctic environment. Read more...


[Homecoming graphic]Alumni making reunion plans may be eager to see know who else is planning a trip back to campus. Our Homecoming "Who’s Coming" lists are updated daily as alumni celebrating a milestone anniversary year with their class, team, or group register for their Homecoming weekend. Check the lists on the on the Homecoming webpages for the weekend of Oct 4-6 and for the weekend of Oct 18-20.More than 800 alumni from 89 classes and groups have already registered for their Homecoming activities.

QUAA updates

On behalf of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, thank you to Mike Jakubinek, Artsci’03 and Tara Swords, Artsci’02, Ed’03 for their dedication and commitment to the QUAA. Mike and Tara have recently stepped down from their roles as Co-Chairs for Alumni Volunteer Summit.

The QUAA welcomes Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08, to its Board of Directors.  Jeremy will be taking on the new role of Director, Alumni Volunteer Summit. We look forward to working with Jeremy as he moves forward with the new vision for AVS

Queen's alumni travel

 June 6 – 14 [logo of Bluewater Adventures] , 2014 Explore Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) with  Bluewater Adventures. Cruise the waters of this remote archipelago and see ancient Haida villages, an incredible abundance of wildlife, and outstanding scenery.  Explore the eastern and southern shores which lie within the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, an incredible area with over 100 islands, beautiful forested creek walks, rugged headlands, and protected passageways between towering mountains. Haida Gwaii provides a remarkable evolutionary showcase, hence their description as the “Canadian Galápagos”.


Event spotlight

The annual John Orr Dinner and Dance, held by Toronto Branch of the Queen's University Alumni Association, is set for November 16. John A. Rae, Arts’67, will be honoured for his many contributions to the Queen's community. This black tie event takes place at the Fairmont Royal York. Registration will be available in September so be sure to save the date.

Alumni affinity partner


Do your homework before renovating your home.

[TD logo] In today’s housing market, many homeowners who are looking for a change may decide to give their home a facelift instead of moving. Before swapping that ‘For Sale’ sign with hammers, hardwood and paint, it’s important to consider the insurance implications of your home renovations. Sylvie Demers, Chairman, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, provides her top tips for handy homeowners to consider before picking up the hammer and paint brush.


Upcoming alumni events


To learn about these and other Queen’s alumni events happening in your community and around the world,  visit

Initiative Campaign

12-0104-Campaign-Alumni-email-graphic-300.pngDid you miss Professor Heather Stuart’s inaugural Bell Lecture in Toronto in July about the effects of the stigma associated with mental illness? You can now watch the lecture on iTunes.  Professor Stuart, the Bell Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, was joined by James FitzGerald, award-winning author, and Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off the Record.

Alumni merchandise

[photo of Queen's lamp]Light up your reading nook with a solid maple lamp engraved with the Queen's coat of arms.   Personalized engraving is available.Explore the alumni merchandise website...



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