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Queen's University
Homecoming Planning Update
April 10, 2013 Issue #3 - 2013 Planning Cycle

If YOU Were the DJ...

What would be on your retro-themed playlist?

Here's your chance to show off your great taste in music! In recognition of the classes celebrating their 25th and 50th reunions, think back to the hit lists of the Swingin' Sixties and the Totally Awesome Eighties . Then take a few moments and share your own playlist with us using the link below, or by scanning the QR code below to take the survey on your smartphone.
  Whether you share one song idea or 20, you are helping to build playlists for Homecoming festivities all around Kingston and Queen's Campus! Thanks for your help!




Last Issue's Poll:
Movies in the Square

Thanks to all of you who completed the online survey and ranked your choices for for Movies in the Square!
Here's are the results:

1st   (70 votes):  From Russia With Love
2nd (TIED-  66 votes each):  
The Pink Panther
The Great Outdoors
(50 votes):  Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
(43 votes):  Beetlejuice
(42 votes):  Big
(35 votes):  The Sword in the Stone

Thanks for your feedback, and for the additional movie suggestions that were submitted! The two movies that make the final cut for Movies in the Square on the Friday evening of Homecoming Weekends will be announced soon!

Social media and Homecoming

Want to promote your Homecoming events and activities? Spread the word using Queen’s alumni social media!

Queen's Alumni on Facebook Queen's Alumni on Twitter Queen's Alumni on Flickr

Using Twitter? Add hashtag #queenshomecoming

Our Homecoming webpage is now even easier to find:

Need help utilizing social media to best effect for promoting your Homecoming events? We can help!

Frosh in the 1980s

Frosh from the 1980s - possibly returning for
their Reunions this October?

- Homecoming Event Spotlight -
25th Reunion Celebration


Last month, the event in spotlight was a long-standing and much-loved Homecoming tradition - the Tricolour Guard Dinner. This month we're focusing on a brand new event that will undoubtedly become just as much of a beloved tradition; the 25th Reunion Celebration.

  On Saturday, October 5, the classes of 1988 are invited to come to Richardson Stadium for a pre-football game party being held just for them! Music, a barbecue lunch, a full-service bar, a memory display, family activities, and maybe even a bit of friendly competition over some horseshoes will all make this event into a relaxed family event.

Towards the end of the event, just before the Queen’s-Laurier game begins, each of the classes of '88 will gather near the field for their official Homecoming class photo. 


Congratulations, Classes of '88, on your 25th Reunion!

Which classes are coming "home"?

  (This month's new additions bolded below)
Confirmed groups returning for the October 4 - 6 weekend include:

  • Arts & Science Classes of  '68, '78, ’88, and '08;
  • Commerce Classes of  '68, '78, '88, '98, and '08;
  • Applied Science Classes of '48, '68, '78, '88, '98, and '08;
  • Law Classes of '68, '78, '88, '93, '98 and '08;
  • MBA Class of '88;
  • Medicine Classes of '68, '78, and '88;
  • Nursing Classes of '78, '88 and '08;
  • Phys Ed Classes of '68, '78 and ‘88;
  • Rehab Therapy Classes of '78 and '88 (PT)
  • Football'78 - 35th Vanier Cup Reunion.

Confirmed groups returning for the October 18 - 20 weekend include:

  • Arts & Science Classes of '53, '58, '63, ’73, '83, Geology (Artsci) '83, '93 and '03;
  • Commerce Classes of '48, '53, ' 58, '63, '73, '83, '93 and '03;
  • Engineering & Applied Science Classes of '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, '93, and '03;
  • Law Classes of '63, '73, '83, and '03;
  • MBA Classes of '63 and '73;
  • Medicine Classes of '50, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, and '93;
  • Music Class of '73;
  • Nursing Classes of '73, '83 and '93;
  • Phys Ed Classes of '53, '63, '73, '83 and '93;
  • Queen's International Affairs Association;
  • Rehab Therapy Class of '83.   

Other reunions currently in the planning stages include Athletic group reunions, the 125th anniversary of the Department of English, and the 40th anniversary of School of Music.

 Football players congratulating each other

 “I am so glad to hear that Homecoming is moving back to October! When I went for my fifteen year reunion, the highlight was definitely the football game so I am so pleased to hear that the timing will work again for my 20th in 2013! ”
– Liz Dowdell, Con-Ed '93

Alumnus taking photos in downtown Kingston

From the FAQ Files ...

Q:Where can I stay for the weekend?

A:Queen's has booked blocks of rooms for those alumni celebrating 25th and 50th+ reunions. Information on how to book will be available when registration goes live mid-April. If you don't fall under either of these categories, your Reunion Coordinator may have booked a block of rooms for your class - your first communication piece can be expected within the next month with further details.

You also have the option of booking rooms on your own. Kingston accommodation information can be
found online .

Q: We haven't been to Kingston for a while. What are some good restaurants for dinner/brunch that weekend?

A:Kingston has excellent restaurant options! Visit the
Dining page on Kingston Canada's Official Tourism website to search for restaurants by type or location, or visit the Dining page on Downtown Kingston's website to have a look specifically at restaurants, pubs and eateries in the downtown area. As for what to order once you're there? That's thereally difficult question, but at Kingston's great restaurants, it's hard to go wrong!

October 4-6 and October 18-20

These schedule drafts are currently in development and events are still
being confirmed to be included. All details below are subject to change.

Registration is scheduled to go live mid-April.
  Note that unless indicated otherwise, events will run on BOTHweekends.

If you are interested in having Alumni Relations help promote your event to Queen's alumni, students and the Kingston community, visit our
Event Submission Page .


  • 1 - 4 pm - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 12 - 6 pm- Clark Hall Ritual (Clark Hall Pub)
  • 4- 6 pm- Students/Alumni/Community Networking Event (Grad Club)
  • 4 - 11 pm - Pub and Restaurant Specials (throughout Kingston)
  • 5 - 9 pm - Class and Group Reunion Activities (throughout Kingston)
  • 6 pm - 12 am - Community Welcome Events (throughout Kingston)
  • Sundown - Movies in the Square (Springer Market Square)
  • 7 - 10 pm - Distinguished Service Awards (invitation-only)  *OCT 18 ONLY*
  • 7:30 - 9 pm - School of Music Showcase (Grant Hall)  *OCT 18 ONLY*  


  • 7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 8 - 11 am - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Student Clubs / Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Showcase (Grant Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Faculty and School Open Houses (various buildings at Queen’s)
  • 9:45 - 11 am - 25th Reunion Crest Painting (location at Queen's TBD)
    *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 11 am - 1 pm - 25th Reunion Celebration (Richardson Stadium)  *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 11 am - 12 pm - 3 km Tricolour Fun Run/Walk (begin and end at Grant Hall)
  • 11 am - 1:30 pm - Battle of the Books: Panel Discussion previewing the 2013 Giller Prize Nominees *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 - 3 pm - Chilifest (Confederation Park) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 pm - Queen's Bands Parade (Grant Hall to Richardson Stadium)
  • 1 - 4 pm - Football Game (Richardson Stadium)
    • Oct 5 – Laurier @ Queen’s
    • Oct 19 – Guelph @ Queen’s
  • 2:30 pm (approx.) - Half-time Parade (Richardson Stadium)
  • 5 pm - 12 am - Community Events (throughout Kingston)
  • 5 - 10 pm - Queen's Grant Hall Society Dinner (invitation-only) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 6 - 9 pm - Tricolour Guard Dinner (Ban Righ Hall) *OCT 19 ONLY*
  • 9 pm - 1 am - Pub Night Specials, Retro Music Features (pubs, clubs and bars at Queen's campus and throughout Kingston) 


  • 7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Community Breakfasts/Brunches (throughout Kingston)
  • 9:30 am - 12 pm - Queen’s Gives Back (parking lot next to Tindall Field)
  • 10:30 am - 12 pm - Gaels Alumni Brunch (Queen's Centre) *OCT 20 ONLY*
  • Welcome Tent (location at Queen's TBD)
  • Scavenger Hunt! (throughout Queen's and Kingston)

When everyone is decked out in tricolour and grinning from ear to ear,
it can be tricky to tell the students from the alumni!

Networking at the Grad Club!

Students from the Society of Graduate and Professional Studies are excited to be planning a networking event, which will be taking place on the Friday of both Homecoming weekends. Alumni from out of town, local alumni, and Kingston business leaders are all invited to come and meet with Queen's students who are currently in graduate or professional programs. The students will be eager to share their current research and their plans for the future, and will also be looking forward to the career advice and guidance that Queen's alumni and Kingston business leaders have to offer.

Fittingly, the event will be held at the Grad Club, where both the casual, pub-style comfort and the automatic connection to the grad student community will set the tone for informal networking.

Stay tuned to the Homecoming webpage for more information about this event, including how to participate, as details are confirmed.

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in advertising options or information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Peter Gillespie at .

This photo of an old Queen's tradition called the Quarathon was taken in 1958. The student in the center of the photo is holding the Quarathon football, which students would carry and run, relay-style, to the playing field of the opposing team. A lucky team of runners might be tasked to run the ball to the RMC field one year, but Quarathons were even run to locations like U of T and McGill!

Maybe some of our returning Alumni from Sc'58 or Meds'58 will recognize themselves or their friends in this photo - if you can, let us know!


 Did You Know...

Did you know that many of the student-run pubs and establishments on campus can be booked to host your Homecoming event?  



  Contact:Jake Archbell, Manager (12/13)
Good to Know: If your event brings in a minimum of $800 in revenue from food and drink, there's no charge for renting the space!


  Contact: Virginia Clark, Manager
Phone: 613.546.3427
Good to Know: Let them know ahead of time if you want to have food available.


Contact: Ellie McBain, Manager (13/14)
Good to Know:  All that is required for renting out Alfie's is a $200 deposit (which is returned if $800 gross revenue in bar sales is reached) If you charge cover or sell tickets in advance you can keep all revenue from tickets/cover




Contact: Julia Raco, Facilities and Events Manager (13/14)
Good to Know:Looking to hold a coffee house, silent auction or any other event? Common Ground’s lounge space is FREE to book - just make sure to book early in order to ensure availability!


In addition to student-run options, Queen's Event Services can be your on-campus logistics partner. 

Queen's Event Services

Good to Know: Contact them to discuss your events and book their services sooner rather than later, as Queen's Event Services is in high demand, particularly around Homecoming Weekends!

613.533.6000 ext. 77903

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