Alumni return for Spring Reunion and MiniU
Queen’s campus hummed with activity last weekend when alumni returned to campus for Spring Reunion and MiniU.
“The wet weather did not dampen spirits,” says MiniU organizer Melanie McEwen. “Smiles abounded all weekend long, regardless of the weather, and several participants told me in person that they thought this was the best MiniU to date.”
Steven Heighton (Artsci’85, MA’86), noted author and poet, opened the weekend with a talk about ethics and the nature of heroism, a subject explored in a number of his works.
Throughout the weekend MiniU attendees explored diverse Queen’s resources, from the Queen’s University Biological Station to the Queen’s Archives, and attended sessions by faculty, staff and students. Michelle Thompson (Sc/Artsci'11) thrilled listeners with her experience studying moon dust at NASA to wrap up the weekend.
Ms Thompson told her audience that she loves science and their pursuit of lifelong learning is inspirational.
Alumni who graduated between 1941 and 2006 returned last weekend for Spring Reunion. Several classes donned convocation gowns and hoods to relive their graduation from Queen’s in a re-convocation ceremony in Grant Hall, presided over by Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf and Chancellor David Dodge.
Alumni celebrating a 50th anniversary received commemorative medals and John Clark, Meds’41, who celebrated his 70th anniversary received a special certificate in recognition presented by health sciences dean, Richard Reznick.
Members of the Tricolour Guard – alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more – were also honoured at a special dinner with the Principal and Chancellor on Saturday.
On Saturday night, more than 500 Queen’s alumni and friends took over Fort Henry for a special Queen’s night at the fort. A formal dinner was followed by entertainment by the Fort Henry Guard and the Queen’s Bands. The evening was capped with a tri-colour fireworks display.
More than 100 Queen’s students and staff members volunteered over the weekend, helping at both Spring Reunion and MiniU events. Members of the Queen’s Bands performed throughout the weekend all over campus, as well as at the Fort Henry event.
A number of university faculties and programs celebrated anniversaries with open houses and special events.