Intriguing sites on campus throw Doors Open to community
Doors Open Queen’s offered something unexpected last year for Owen Bird, a web services specialist in Residences. He and his fiancée explored campus together and met remarkable people working on fascinating projects. One location in particular had a direct impact on his daily work.
“When I visited the Adaptive Technology Centre, I saw how my work in Student Affairs supports students with disabilities,” says Mr. Bird. “I enjoyed learning about the centre’s technologies, as well as meeting the staff – people I communicate with regularly, but had not met in person. I didn’t realize the difference just one lunch hour could make.”
Now in its fourth year, Doors Open Queen’s is the signature event of the Queen’s Campus Community Appeal, the annual fundraising initiative directed to Queen’s staff, faculty and retirees.
“Doors Open is an engaging opportunity to explore the ways in which our community works together,” says Tim Fort, department head of Drama and faculty co-chair for the Campus Appeal. “Sometimes the projects are very public and sometimes they are hidden gems, but each ‘open doors’ experience illustrates special service and learning opportunities across campus, highlighting how we can find new ways to support each other.”
Doors Open Queen’s occurs during the lunch hours of March 28 to April 1, and admission to most sites is free. This year’s sites include:
• Engineering Interactive Systems at Queen’s University (EQUIS) lab – play the next generation of computer games developed by Queen’s students.
• Arts festival – attend short plays and music concerts featuring the talent of drama and music students.
• Tour the arboretum and Phytotron.
• Jordan Special Collections Library – discover some of Queen’s treasures, including the Kelmscott Chaucer once owned by Lawrence of Arabia.
• Disraeli Project – participate in some literary “CSI” by deciphering the handwriting and investigating the meaning of the letters of Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British novelist, politician, and Prime Minister.
• Human Mobility Research Centre – learn about the research and development of new treatments for arthritis, osteoporosis, injury and related problems.
See a full list of participating sites and the Campus Community Appeal video. Please visit the Campus Community Appeal website on Friday, March 11 to register for Doors Open – space is limited for some sites.