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@Queen's: Your Alumni Newsletter

May 2013

News from campus

Shape-changing smartphone from Human Media Lab

Researchers at Queen’s Human Media Lab have developed a new smartphone – called MorePhone – which can change its shape to give users a silent yet visual cue of an incoming phone call, text message or email.  Read more.

Caribou the missing piece of arctic warming puzzle

In the first study of its type in Canada, new research from a Queen's biologist has shown caribou have a role to play in climate warming in the arctic. Despite declining herd numbers, caribou grazing is controlling plant growth in the arctic and reducing the effect of global warming. Read more.

Thanks! from Alumni Relations

To celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 21- 27), Queen's Alumni Relations created a special video to thank Queen's University Alumni Association volunteers for their invaluable contributions to the life and work of Queen’s University.

Watch the video.

The video features volunteers from across the globe, as well as thank you messages from QUAA President, Jess Joss, and several Queen’s senior administrators, including Principal Woolf.


Call for nominations: 2014 Alumni Awards

Help us to recognize the accomplishments of alumni and other members of the Queen’s community.

Submit a nomination for a 2014 QUAA Alumni Award.

Nomination deadline is June 10, 2013.

Get details and nomination forms online or email

Alumni Affinity Partner

The Early “Birdie” Catches the Worm!

Spring has finally sprung and that means lots of great golf awaits. Save on golf and play tons of 2-for-1 rounds on PrivPlay Days!

Early bird offer for Queen's alumni:
Until May 15, 2013, buy a Privileged Play membership for only $74 + HST (25% off!) and get an entry into a contest for a chance to win a Callaway X HOT Driver ($339 value).

With the NEW PrivPlay program, enjoy 2-for-1 pricing on PrivPlay Days and save 20% on green & cart fees every other time you golf during prime season. Take advantage of just 1 PrivPlay Day and you'll cover your membership fee. Learn more...

Alumni Merchandise

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Do you have a loved one graduating from Queen’s this spring? Why not display his or her achievement with pride in an official Queen’s University diploma frame! Order online and use promotional code GRAD65 by June 2, and you'll save 10% off the price of a frame. Get 15% off a frame package -- a diploma frame plus a photo frame.

Place your order today at
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Initiative Campaign

Queen's professor helping to create inclusive communities

As one of the world’s leading experts on minority rights, Will Kymlicka (Artsci’84) is working with governments across the world to build more inclusive communities. In Canada, Dr. Kymlicka is committed to understanding the Canadian experience with diversity. His ideas and writing on immigration, Aboriginal rights and Quebec serve as a constant reference point for policymakers in Canada. Learn more about his work...

Your Alumni Network

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Homecoming Registration

Registration is now open for Queen’s Homecoming 2013, scheduled for two weekends in October. Alumni celebrating a milestone anniversary year with their class, team or group are invited to register for their Homecoming activities on the weekend of October 4-6 or 18-20.

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85 classes and groups have already confirmed participation over the weekends! Visit theclass and group pages today to find out what your class is up to and information on how to get involved.

Homecoming Event Spotlight:
Class of 1988

On Saturday, October 5, the classes of 1988 are invited to reunite with fellow classmates to repaint their year crest on the Queen's campus right next to the newest members of the Queen's family, the members of the class of 2017! Show your Queen's pride by painting your crest for others to see for years to come!

Following the crest painting, buses will take the classes of ‘88 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 more will all make this into a relaxed family event.

Towards the end of the pre-game celebration, 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. This and other exciting events are being confirmed for October 2013 Homecoming Weekends.
Visit the website for full details and to register or email us at

"Queen's Heritage":
Orientation Week memories

Help us welcome the class of 2017! The Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) is preparing a Grant Hall exhibit in September, showcasing the life and traditions of Queen’s. This month, ASUS is looking for your memories of Orientation Week. If you have any memorabilia, pictures, or stories you feel would be a positive addition to this event please send them to You can also post on the Queen’s Heritage Facebook page

Alumni Event Spotlight

West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson


The Kingston Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association, in collaboration with Queen’s MiniU, is pleased to announce that Peter Raymont, Arts’72, will be screening his film West Wind: the Vision of Tom Thomson at Queen's. Watch the film with Peter, and join him in a discussion about Thomson’s life, art, and mysterious death.

Registration is now open! For more information, visit our website, e-mail or call 1.800.267.7837.   

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Thank you to our sponsor:
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Watch for more Queen's MiniU events coming this year: in Kingston, in your community, or online!


   Alumni Events



May 6

Brockville Branch - Luncheon with Guest Speaker Dr. Brenda Ravenscroft

May 9

Toronto Branch - The Evolution of Today's Pension with Jim Leech

May 14

New York Branch - Arts & Science Reception

May 15

Washington, DC Branch - Reception with Ali Velshi and Alistair MacLean

May 16

Kingston Branch - 2013 Padre Laverty & Jim Bennett Achievement Awards Dinner

May 16

Calgary Queen's Gaels Alumni Gathering

May 20

Registration deadline for BISC 20th anniversary reunion (July 26-28)

May 20

Hong Kong Branch - Cocktail Reception

May 24

Beijing Branch - Mataraki Network Cocktail Party

To learn more about these events, please visit our website at

Alumni Travel

The 2014 travel roster is complete!

You’re sure to be tempted by intriguing new destinations – such as Easter Island, Burma, the Khutzeymateen Inlet, Japan, and Bhutan – and the return of favourites like Normandy, the Panama Canal, Southern Africa, and the Galápagos Islands.

Queen’s Alumni tours are ‘learning journeys’ and feature an educational component intended to expand cultural horizons, foster intellectual growth, and optimize the travel experience of our guests.

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

To learn more, visit our website, email or call Melanie at 1.800.267.7837.



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For general inquiries about Office of Advancement events and programs, please call our Contact Centre at 1-800-267-7837 (toll free in Canada or the US), or 613-533-2060.