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Student may have discovered rare type of galaxy

Karen Lee Waddell
A Queen’s University PhD student may have identified a new, extremely rare type of galaxy that offers insight into the way these systems are formed and evolve. Read more

Principal appoints new University Secretary

Lon Knox
Lon Knox has been appointed Queen’s new Secretary of the University, succeeding Georgina Moore who retires this month after 26 years of service to Queen’s. Read more

Creating a book club for first-year students

Eating DirtSpecial edition copies of Eating Dirt by Charlotte Gill are being distributed to approximately 3,900 incoming students to read over the summer in preparation for several activities planned for the start of the new academic year. Read more

Colour of robins' eggs determines parental care

Queen’s researchers have found that a male robin will be more diligent in caring for its young if the eggs its mate lays are a brighter shade of blue. Read more

Addressing the mental health needs of international students

J. Barrett

International educators are turning their attention to the mental health needs of international and exchange students. Read more

Call for speakers - TEDXQueensU

TEDxQueensU is looking for inspiring speakers for its 2012 conference on campus October 28. This year's theme is 'Pioneers'. You can nominate yourself or someone else. All presenters will be featured on the TEDxQueensU website and the TEDxTalks Youtube channel. Deadline for nominations is July 31. Read more
Dr. Wade Davis, Public Lecture

Wade Davis
"Into The Silence: The Great War, Mallory, And The Conquest Of Everest."

Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 pm at Chalmers United Church (212 Barrie St). Read more
Buy vs. lease: what’s right for you?

TD Insurance Meloche MonnexBuying a new car means making decisions that require a lot of research, homework and, ultimately, a test drive. But it doesn’t stop there. Before you sign on the dotted line, you’ll need to decide whether it is better for you to buy or lease. TD Insurance Meloche Monnex offers these expert buying and leasing tips to help steer you in the right direction.
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Campus busy for MiniU and Spring Reunion

From May 25-27, more than 40 Queen’s presenters were on-hand to discuss their research and engage in energetic intellectual discussion with MiniU participants, while over 1000 alumni from the graduating classes of 1947 to 2002 returned to campus to catch up with classmates and tour old haunts.
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Spring Reunion Photos
To see photos from the weekend, visit our Flickr slideshow.
Alumni Volunteer Summit approaching

Interested in getting involved with your Alumni Association as a volunteer? Join us October 12-13 on campus for the Alumni Volunteer Summit, a full weekend of learning and networking opportunities presented by the Queen’s University Alumni Association. This event is a must-attend for anyone who volunteers for Queen’s in any capacity or wants to become more active in the Alumni Association. Learn more
East Coast hospitality

The Halifax-Dartmouth Branch will be offering a warm east coast welcome to Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and Alistair MacLean, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, who’ll be making a special visit to connect with Queen’s alumni on June 20.

Principal Woolf will then travel on to St. John’s on June 21 to spend a special evening with St. John’s Branch members at Government House.

Alumni living in Halifax or Dartmouth and St. John’s are invited enjoy these evenings of conversation and camaraderie.

Please visit the alumni website to register for the Halifax-Dartmouth or St. John’s events.
Stampede in Calgary

Calgary StampedeThis year marks the 100th anniversary of the Calgary Stampede and the first year that the Queen's Bands will be in Calgary to take part in the Parade and to enjoy this historic event. The Bands involvement this year is thanks to the hard work of two alumni and Stampede Board of Directors members Mike Casey, Law'72, and Mike O'Connor, Sc'68. If you're going to be in Calgary for the Stampede Parade on July 6, fuel up for the festivities with a Parade-side Spectators’ Breakfast from 7 to 11am on 9th Ave SW (making sure to give the Queen’s Bands a rousing round of applause as they march past). Alumni and Bands members will also be gathering after the Parade at noon to chat and mingle over a delicious Stampede Brunch.

Please contact Jim Campbell for more information about the Spectators’ Breakfast at Please also ensure that you register online if you plan to attend the post-Parade Stampede brunch.

Share your Stampede experience on Twitter! Tweet to @queensualumni and use the hashtag #queensustampede.
June 9 Arizona Branch – Cool Summer Lunch
June 10 Atlanta Branch – Atlanta Braves vs. Toronto Blue Jays
June 14 Sydney, AU Branch – Pub Night
June 14 Calgary Branch – Annual Dinner
June 19 Ottawa Branch – Grant Hall Society Garden Party
June 20 Halifax-Dartmouth Branch – Alumni Reception with Principal Woolf
June 20 Kingston Branch – Annual General Meeting
June 20 Toronto Branch - Summer Patio Series #2
June 21 St. John’s Branch – Government House Reception
June 25 Queen’s Football Annual Golf Tournament and Dinner
June 28 Northern California Branch – 7th Annual Canada Day Reception
June 30 Thompson Okanagan Branch – Celebrate Canada Day in the Marron Valley
July 1 Perth, AU Branch - Wine and Cheese Event
July 5 Arizona Branch - Pub Night
July 6 Calgary Branch - Stampede Brunch with the Queen's Bands

Visit our online alumni calendar for more listings and information

Showcase success with Queen’s diploma frames

Queen's students with diploma framesDo you have a family member or friend who has recently graduated from Queen’s? Help get that diploma out of the tube and onto the wall with an official Queen’s diploma frame. Proceeds from the sale of frames help support alumni initiatives across campus and around the world!

Place your order today
The 2013 tour roster is ready and the annual travel catalogue is ready to be mailed!

You’re sure to be tempted by intriguing new destinations – Great Bear Rainforest, Namibia, and Central America – and the return of popular programs in Tanzania, Ireland, Holland & Belgium, and Tuscany.

Our tours have an educational component that expands cultural horizons, fosters intellectual growth, and optimizes the personal enjoyment of our guests – the Tricolour Travellers.

Whatever your interest – history, languages, culture, art, architecture, wine, or cuisine – we are sure to have an itinerary that will appeal to you.

For more information, call Melanie at 1-800-267-7837 or email

What travel/learn experience do you want to have in 2013?
Bali Prague Ireland Amalfi Coast




Amalfi Coast…

Thank you to our 2012 Spring Reunion and Queen's MiniU sponsors:

TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Manulife Financial

Queen's University MasterCard

Days Inn & Conference Centre Kingston

Holiday Inn Express

Radisson Kingston

Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront

Ambassador Conference Resort Kingston

Four Points by Sheraton Kingston

Kingston Chamber of Commerce Tourism Kingston
Faculty of Arts and Science Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

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