Homecoming celebrations: bigger, better than ever
More than 7,000 alumni, their families and friends are expected to converge on Kingston for Homecoming Weekend, Friday, Sept. 26 through Sunday, Sept. 28.
A highlight of the weekend will be the long-awaited official opening and rededication on Saturday, Sept. 27 of Tindall Field on Union Street on the west side of Mackintosh-Corry Hall. The formal Homecoming program begins at this event when Principal Tom Williams welcomes alumni home. More details about the Tindall field rededication will follow later this week.
Principal Williams, Chancellor David Dodge and Alumni Association President Sarah Renaud will be available for interviews by arrangement throughout the weekend.
Sixteen official reunion classes, along with members of the Tricolour Guard (classes of 1933 to 1958) will be represented this weekend at various functions, events and awards ceremonies including: Classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1948 1/2, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003.
The traditional football game kicks off at 1 pm with Queen's meeting University of Western Ontario.
The game officially sold out on the morning of Sept. 25. Tickets usually sell out by game time, but this is the first time in recent memory that the game sold out by mid-week. (To attend the game and access the field at half time, media must notify Queen's News and Media Services 24 hours in advance of the game start time.)
Other Homecoming related events include: Dale Mercer, professor and head of the Department of Surgery and Adam Szulewski, undergraduate medical student discussing the generational gap in medical professionalism in Boom, Bust and the YouTube Echo; tree planting on the corner of Aberdeen and William Streets to build student civic responsibility and help beautify the City of Kingston; Gala Awards Dinner honouring alumni achievements; TriColour Guard Dinner honouring alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more; an open house at CFRC campus-Kingston Community radio with opportunities to interview radio broadcasting alumni; a lecture by Globe journalist Gordon Pitts titled The Journalist as Teacher; and the Alma Mater Society Sesquicentennial wrap up alumni celebration.
Alumni Assembly 2008 runs Sept. 24 through Sept. 26, and enables alumni of all ages to reconnect with friends and meet other alumni and share in social and learning opportunities while influencing the strategic direction of the university.
For a full listing of the many events taking place this weekend, visit homecoming.queensu.ca