Queen's University

Doors Open offers rare glimpse behind the scenes


Ever wonder what exactly goes on in those campus buildings you walk by every day? If so, you can satisfy your curiosity at this year’s Doors Open Queen’s event during the lunch hours from March 8-12.

Back by popular demand, Doors Open offers a rare opportunity to get inside some of the most interesting places on campus.

“There are so many interesting things happening and so much outstanding work being done and sometimes we don’t know about it at all,” says Chris Coupland, staff co-chair of the Queen’s Campus Community Appeal. “Doors Open is designed to showcase the great work of Queen’s and introduce you to areas that you may not know. The success of the event in recent years is a great indication of how eager our faculty and staff are to get behind the scenes and see for themselves some of the impressive sites the campus has to offer.”

Now in its third year, Doors Open Queen’s continues to offer an intriguing lineup of tour sites. Highlights include:
• An open viewing of the Jordan Library special collection where you can view and handle rare books including a 500 year-old bible and early editions including Dickens, Chaucer and Dante (gloves will be provided)
• A look at the plant research being done in the environmental growth chambers and climate-controlled greenhouse of the Queen’s Phytotron
• A guided tour of the MRI facility in the Cancer Research Institute at KGH
• A walk through the Human Mobility Research Centre to see how they help people lead more active lives through their research and subsequent development of new treatments for arthritis, osteoporosis, injury and related problems
• A visit to the Adaptive Technology Centre to see how the technologies better enable students with disabilities to succeed at Queen’s
• A tour of the state-of-the-art School of Kinesiology & Health Studies Building in action, featuring new labs and teaching facilities that are unrivaled in Canada

Doors Open is part of the 2010 Queen’s Campus Community Appeal campaign, a campus wide initiative to encourage faculty and staff to financially support the university.

“We want our staff and faculty to come out and experience all the unique things we have on campus, and maybe someone will find an area or project that they want to direct their donation to in the future,” adds Mr. Coupland.

If you would like to showcase your work or facility please contact Lisa Drysdale at ext 75137 to open your doors. Staff and faculty interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance by emailing drysdale@queensu.ca so departments can staff the events appropriately. For more information, visit www.queensu.ca/communityappeal

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