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@Queen's: Your Alumni Newsletter

June 2013

Stories at Queen's This Month

Actress Glenn Close to be honoured at spring convocation

Six-time Oscar-nominated actress Glenn Close will be among those receiving honorary degrees as part of the June convocation ceremonies. The spring ceremonies will also honour renowned climate scientist Raymond Stuart Bradley, pioneering nurse Sally Elizabeth Thorne, and Chief Justice Warren Winkler, among others. Read more.

Cancer pain could be reduced with fewer treatments

A study from the NCIC Clinical Trials Group (CTG) at Queen’shas shown that fewer radiation treatments can help relieve pain caused by the spread of cancer to bones. Read more.

Chaplain Brian Yealland retiring after 30 years

Brian Yealland feels he is the “luckiest guy alive” because he was able to work at Queen’s for the past three decades and have a deep involvement in many people’s lives. Read more.

Political Studies student wins Trudeau Scholarship

PhD student Sara Pavan is one of just 14 people across Canada to receive a Trudeau Scholarship this year. The international student from Italy is studying multicultural policies. Read more.


Call for nominations: 2014 Alumni Awards

Help us to recognize the accomplishments of alumni and other members of the Queen’s community.

Submit a nomination for a 2014 QUAA Alumni Award.

Nomination deadline is June 10, 2013.

Get details and nomination forms online or email

Alumni Affinity Partner


When it rains, it pours: How to protect your home from water damage

Thawing snow and ice and spring showers can wreak havoc on homes. Water damage is now the leading cause of property damage in Canada, costing insurers approximately $1.3 billion per year. However, Sylvie Demers, Chairman, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, says there are precautionary measures homeowners can take to ensure their homes stay dry no matter how hard it pours. Read more.
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Alumni Merchandise

[photo of students with diploma frames]Convocation takes place at Grant Hall this month. Remember your Convocation ceremony? Did your Queen's diploma ever make it out of its tube? It's not too late to display it with pride. Visit our alumni store to see our selection of official Queen's diploma frames.

Initiative Campaign

Breaking the Silence - The Bell Lecture on Mental Health and Anti-Stigma

Tuesday, June 25 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto.

Master of Ceremonies Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s ‘Off the Record', joins speakers Heather Stuart
, Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Research Chair and James FitzGerald
,award-winning author. Read more.

This event is made possible by Bell's gift to the Queen's Initiative Campaign.

Your Alumni Network

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Homecoming Registration

More than 300 people have already registered for Homecoming 2013!

Registration is now open for Queen’s Homecoming 2013, scheduled for two weekends in October. Alumni celebrating a milestone anniversary year with their class, team or group are invited to join the more than 300 people who have already registered for their Homecoming activities on the weekend of October 4-6 or 18-20.

86 classes and groups have confirmed participation over the weekends! Visit the class and group pages today or email to find out what your class is up to and information on how to get involved.

Full events listings are available on the Homecoming website.

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Event Spotlight


Stirling Award - June 19 in Montreal

Keith “Skip” Eaman, Sc'72, is used to winning. He helped the Gaels win the 1968 Vanier Cup as a running back and punt returner. He won a Grey Cup with the Montreal Alouettes in 1974. Now his Queen’s spirit and continued support for the football program has led to another honour – the 2013 John B. Stirling Montreal Medal, to be awarded by the Montreal Branch of the QUAA on June 19. Read more.

Alumni Travel


June’s Feature Tour Operator: Thomas P Gohagan & Co.

October 4 – 12, 2013 Voyage of Ancient Empires, visiting Malta, Sicily, the Amalfi Coast and Rome

February 3 – 13, 2014 Tanzania Safari during the Great Migration

February 10 – 22, 2014 Burma

Make 2014 your year to become a Tricolour Traveller!
More than 35 intriguing destinations – such as Easter Island, Burma, the Khutzeymateen Inlet, Japan, and Bhutan – are yours to discover.

Queen’s Alumni tours are ‘learning journeys’ and feature an educational component intended to expand cultural horizons, foster intellectual growth, and optimize the travel experience of our guests.

Alumni Branches News


Sudbury - Don Duval, Artsci’99, is the new contact for the revitalized Sudbury Branch, which holds its first event on June 26 – a wine & cheese networking event hosted by Jim Simmons (Arts'64, Law'68), Steve Moutsatsos (Com'85, Law'87) and Howard Lightle (Artsci'92, Law'95) - all partners in the local law firm Weaver Simmons.

Minnesota – David Barkwell, MBA’01, contact for the Minnesota Branch, is planning to hold a new event on September 19 – Save the date.

   Alumni Events



June 13

Calgary - Annual Dinner

June 16

Brockville - Tall Ships Festival

June 18

Toronto - Summer Lovin' Waterfront Night

June 19

Montreal - Stirling Award reception

June 20

Ottawa - Shakers & Stirrers Young Alumni event 

June 26

Sudbury - Wine and Cheese at Weaver Simmons

September 10

Ajax - Paul Stothart Men's Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament




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