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Homecoming Planning Update Enewsletter

May 9, 2013

Alumni and guests can now register to attend Homecoming 2013 - over 200 people have already signed up!

Sign up today by selecting the weekend you are returning and the group you are
reunion-ing with:

October 4 - 6:

October 18 - 20:

*Alumni who are celebrating a reunion of 50 years or more are part of the Tricolour Guard                

Which classes are coming "home"?
(This month's new additions bolded below)

Confirmed groups returning for the October 4 - 6 weekend include:

  • Arts & Science Classes of '68, '78, ’88, and '08;
  • Commerce Classes of '68, '78, '88, '98, and '08;
  • Applied Science Classes of '48, '68, '78, '88, '98, and '08;
  • Law Classes of '68, '78, '88, '93 and '08;
  • MBA Classes of '78 and '88;
  • Medicine Classes of '68, '78, and '88;
  • Nursing Classes of '78, '88 and '08;
  • Phys Ed Classes of '68, '78 and ‘88;
  • Rehab Therapy Classes of '78 and '88 (PT)
  • Football'78 - 35th Vanier Cup Reunion.

Confirmed groups returning for the October 18 - 20 weekend include:

  • Arts & Science Classes of '53, '58,'63, ’73, Biology '78, '83, Geology '83, '93 and '03;
  • Commerce Classes of '48, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, '93 and '03;
  • Engineering & Applied Science Classes of '43, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, '93, and '03;
  • Law Classes of '63, '73, '83, and '03;
  • MBA Classes of '63 and '73;
  • Medicine Classes of '50, '53, '58, '63, '73, '83, and '93;
  • Music Class of '73;
  • Nursing Classes of '73, '83 and '93;
  • Phys Ed Classes of '53, '58, '63, '73, '83 and '93;
  • Queen's International Affairs Association;
  • Rehab Therapy Class of '83.   

Other reunions currently in the planning stages include Athletic group reunions, the 125th anniversary of the Department of English, and the 40th anniversary of School of Music.

Social media and Homecoming

Want to promote your Homecoming events and activities? Spread the word using Queen’s alumni social media!

Queen's Alumni on Facebook Queen's Alumni on Twitter Queen's Alumni on Flickr

Using Twitter? Add hashtag #queenshomecoming

Our Homecoming webpage is now even easier to find:

Need help utilizing social media to best effect for promoting your Homecoming events? We can help!

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It's all about making connections - with old friends, with

current students, on campus, and in the Kingston community.

- Homecoming Event Spotlight -
Queen's Gives Back

In keeping with this year's vision of connecting communities in active, meaningful ways, Queen's Student Affairs is organizing a new event called Queen's Gives Back. On the Sunday morning of both Homecoming weekends, Queen's alumni and current Queen's students will visit Kingston neighbourhood homes gathering donations of non-perishable food items on behalf of the local United Way.

Arig Girgrah, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, is excited about the way this event has taken shape. "It was important to us to hold an event during Homecoming that would not only bring alumni and students together, but would unite them in a common philanthropic cause. Queen's is proud to be a long-standing supporter of the United Way, and we knew that partnering with them on this event would be a great fit."

Participants in the food drive will meet at the corner of Union and University in front of the JDUC (John Deutsch University Centre) at 9:30 am on Sunday, where small teams of alumni and students together will be formed, given a designated area to canvass, and head out to collect donations. When the teams return, they are invited to enjoy an informal outdoor barbecue lunch to celebrate their collective efforts. The donated food items will be collected by the Kingston United Way and distributed to campus and local organizations who support students and community members in need.

"This event embodies two of Queen's distinctive traditions - student leadership and giving back to the community," Girgrah notes. "Supporting the theme of 'food security', students and alumni will have an opportunity to meet and work together to give back to the Queen's and the local Kingston community."

There is no cost to register for this event, and no need to sign up beforehand - you are warmly invited to simply come and experience the joy of Giving Back!

For more information or to get involved, email

Last Issue's Poll:
If YOU Were the DJ...

Thanks to all of you who completed the online survey and told us what records would be spinning on your retro playlist!
Here are some favourites that rose to the top:

- 1980s -
You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Jump - Van Halen
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson

- 1960s -
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Thanks for your feedback! There will definitely be some groovy celebrations at Homecoming 2013!

Don't let his name mislead you - Boo-Hoo the Bear will be making everyone smile!

 “Oct 18-20 (classes ending in '3') No official registration for a "0th" year anniversary but info here
– @Sci13Queens, via Twitter

"0th" anniversary @Sci13Queens? Interesting idea, e-mail us at, maybe we can help you organize something! We're glad you're so excited to be joining the ranks of Queen's alumni around the world!
Congratulations on your graduation!

From the FAQ Files ...

Q:What is the best way for me to register for homecoming?

A:Our online registration system will have you registered in no time. If you have registered online for a Queen's event previously, your profile will already be set up for your confirmation, if not, you'll be taken through a simple online form to enter your name and contact information.
If you have any difficulties or questions regarding registration, please email us at or call 613-533-6000 ext. 77903. We'd be glad to help you.

Q: If I'm not part of the Tricolour Guard or the 25th Reunion, is it still worthwhile to register?

Not only does registering online let your friends and classmates see you on the list of "Who's Coming", but it also ensures that you'll be able to register for any Homecoming activities (such as Breakfast With Students on Saturday or Sunday morning) that are being centrally listed.

Registering also keeps you “in the loop”, once you register you will start receiving this e-newsletter as well as updates from your faculty / school / group. You’ll also be the first to receive the Program Booklet digitally before the weekends. 

In addition, when you register, the folks at Alumni Relations know to have your registration package and official reunion-year pin ready for you when you arrive in October.

Q: How do I register for my class-specific events?

A:Some reunioning classes are listing their class-specific events (like dinners, pub nights, class-branded merchandise) as options to be selected on the central online registration site, however, many classes are choosing to look after registration and payment for their own events.

Reunion Planning Committees are in the process of sending email updates, so you can expect to hear more details on your class-specific plans soon.

Also, be sure to check your class web page often, as all updates to plans and information will be added as they're confirmed!


October 4-6 and October 18-20

These schedule drafts are currently in development and events are still being confirmed to be included.
All details below are subject to change.

Registration is NOW LIVE!!
  Note that unless indicated otherwise, events will run on BOTHweekends.

If you are interested in having Alumni Relations help promote your Homecoming event to Queen's alumni, students and the Kingston community, visit our
Event Submission Page .


  • 1 - 4 pm - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 12 - 6 pm- Clark Hall Ritual (Clark Hall Pub)
  • 4 - 6 pm- Students/Alumni/Community Networking Event (Grad Club)
  • 4 - 11 pm - Pub and Restaurant Specials (throughout Kingston)
  • 4:30 - 6 pm - Faculty of Health Sciences Alumni Reception
  • 5 - 9 pm - Class and Group Reunion Activities (throughout Kingston)
  • 6 pm - 12 am - Community Welcome Events (throughout Kingston)
  • Sundown - Movies in the Square (Springer Market Square)
  • 7 - 10 pm - Distinguished Service Awards (invitation-only)  *OCT 18 ONLY*
  • 7:30 - 9 pm - School of Music Showcase (Grant Hall)  *OCT 18 ONLY*  


  •   7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 8 - 10:30 am Continuing Professional Development Symposium for Alumni (School of Medicine)
  • 8 - 11 am - Welcome Home! Alumni Meet & Greet (Grant Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Student Clubs / Society of Graduate and Professional Students (SGPS) Showcase (Grant Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Faculty and School Open Houses (various buildings at Queen’s)
  • 9:45 - 10:45 am - 25th Reunion Crest Painting (Medical Quadrangle)
  • *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 10 am - 12 pm -  Law Continental Breakfast and Student-Guided Tours (Macdonald Hall)
  • 1 0 am - 12 pm - Queen's School of Business Alumni Brunch & Goodes Hall Tour
  • 10 am - 12 pm - School of Rehabilitation Therapy Homecoming Brunch (Donald Gordon Centre)
  • 10 am AND 11 am - Tour of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)
  • 10 am - 2 pm - School of Nursing Homecoming Open House (School of Nursing)
  • 11 am - 12:30 pm - 25th Reunion Celebration (Richardson Stadium)  *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 11 am - 12 pm - Tricolour Run/Walk (begin and end at Grant Hall)
  • 11 am - 1:30 pm - Battle of the Books: Panel Discussion previewing the 2013 Giller Prize Nominees *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 - 3 pm - Chilifest (Confederation Park) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 12 pm - Queen's Bands Parade (Grant Hall to Richardson Stadium)
  • 1 - 4 pm - Football Game (Richardson Stadium)
    • Oct 5 – Laurier @ Queen’s
    • Oct 19 – Guelph @ Queen’s
  • 2:30 pm (approx.) - Half-time Parade (Richardson Stadium)
  • 3 pm AND 4 pm - Tour of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)
  • 5 - 7 pm - Physical Education and Kinesiology - Game Day BBQ ( School of Kinesiology and Health Studies Building) *OCT 19 ONLY
  • 5 pm - 12 am - Community Events (throughout Kingston)
  • 5:30 - 7 pm - Law - Dean's Cocktail Reception (The University Club)
  • 5:30 - 10 pm - Queen's Grant Hall Society Dinner (invitation-only) *OCT 5 ONLY*
  • 6 - 9 pm - Tricolour Guard Dinner (Ban Righ Hall) *OCT 19 ONLY*
  • 9 pm - 1 am - Pub Night Specials, Retro Music Features (pubs, clubs and bars at Queen's campus and throughout Kingston) 


  • 7 - 10 am - Breakfast with Students (Leonard Hall)
  • 9 - 11 am - Community Breakfasts/Brunches (throughout Kingston)
  • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm - Queen’s Gives Back (Union and University in front of the JDUC)
  • 10 am - Tour of the Athletics & Recreation Centre (ARC)
  • 10:30 am - 12 pm - Athletics Brunch (Queen's Centre) *OCT 20 ONLY*


  • Welcome Tent (location at Queen's TBD)
  • Scavenger Hunt! (throughout Queen's and Kingston)


Homecoming simply wouldn’t be the same without student volunteers! Typically hailing from a variety of faculties and years, student volunteers help to infuse the weekend celebrations with vibrancy and excitement.

Volunteer roles are designed to encourage meaningful connections between students and alumni. Whether welcoming alumni to campus upon arrival, acting as social ambassadors at class dinners, assisting with the football game half-time parade, or helping in a wide variety of other roles, student volunteers will play an integral part in hosting two successful Homecoming weekends.

This year, we hope to engage upwards of 200 student volunteers. If you know any current undergrad or graduate students who would be great Queen’s ambassadors, please encourage them to get involved!

Volunteer registration will open in September. In the meantime, if you have questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator.


Queen's Golden Gaels running onto the field at Homecoming 1961    

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities

If you are interested in advertising options or information on becoming a sponsor, please contact Peter Gillespie at .

613.533.6000 ext. 77903

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