Editor's Notebook: Exciting times in the Stampede City
On the Queen's community in Calgary, a Queen's grad in Greece, and our Associate Editor's book tour.
A DYNAMIC CITY. No, I’m not reporting on July’s 100th anniversary of “the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. Year-round, Calgary is the hub of Canada’s booming oil-and-gas industries, having emerged as one of the country’s most dynamic, prosperous, and vibrant cities – to paraphrase Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Given Queen’s excellence in training top-notch engineers, geologists, business grads, and other specialists in high-demand sectors, it comes as no surprise to learn that Calgary is home to more than 4,200 Queen’s alumni – the city’s largest contingent from any out-of-province university. And, of course, where there are Queen’s grads, there’s bound to be Tricolour spirit.
This translates into Calgary giving rise to one of the biggest and most active of the Queen’s University Alumni Association’s worldwide network of 48 Branches in 18 countries. Under a long succession of past executives and current president Jeremy Mosher, Artsci’08, the Branch organizes a wide range of events, which appeal to alumni of all interests and ages.
What’s happening in Calgary is such a good news story that we asked Calgary Herald journalist Gwendolyn Richards to check it out and to introduce Review readers to some of the remarkable grads who live and work in Calgary. You can read her report – which is accompanied by some splendid photos taken by Mike O’Connor, Sc’68, PhD’76, DSc’92 – beginning on p.18.
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GET WELL SOON. Greece has been much in the news of late, but for all the wrong reasons. The country’s ongoing economic woes have sent repeated shock waves through the European and global financial sectors. So it was in hopes of turning Greece’s economy around that newly elected Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appointed Queen’s-trained economist Vassilis T. Rapanos, PhD’82, as the country’s Finance Minister. Vassilis, a 65-year-old native of the island of Kos who’s chairman of the National Bank of Greece and teaches in the Economics Department at the University of Athens, was eminently qualified to meet, the biggest challenge of his career. Unfortunately, when the pressures and expectations affected Vassilis’s health, he fell ill and had to resign before beginning his new job. In a recent email to the Review, he reported, “I am better now and recuperating.” He was quick to add, “I hope that I can help my country from another post.” He doubtless will do so, and from afar we wish him a speedy recovery and good luck in his future endeavours.
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CONGRATULATIONS. It’s always nice to see the members of the Review editorial family excelling, and no one has worked harder to achieve success than Associate Editor Heather Grace Stewart, Artsci’95. The Pointe Claire-based writer-photographer-poet has been a Review contributor for 17 years, and over that time she has also authored numerous freelance articles, two non-fiction books for young adults, an illustrated volume of children’s poems, and three critically acclaimed books of adult verse – the latest of which is Carry on Dancing (Winter Goose Publishing). To promote the book, Heather recently completed a five-city reading tour with stops in Pointe Claire, Montreal, Kanata, Toronto, and Kingston – where among those who were there to greet her was a fan of Heather’s poetry from Daventry, England, who was holidaying in the Boston area and drove more than 300 miles to Kingston to attend Heather’s reading and to meet her. (Now how awesome is that?!)