Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 22 – October 28, 2019

Advancement Leadership Team
Advancement Leadership Team: Steve Hornsby, Leigh Kalin, Scott Anderson, Karen Bertrand, Deanna Bennett, and Tom Hewitt

A Homecoming Thank You

By Leigh Kalin, Interim Associate Vice-Principal Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Leigh Kalin

With Homecoming 2019 now in the rearview mirror I want to share some information about the weekend. More than 3,200 alumni attended from as far away as the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Australia, and Singapore. More than 180 alumni volunteers helped organize reunions and just over 100 students participated in a variety of volunteer roles. In addition, more than 250 prospects were on campus for the weekend.

There are more stories than I can share here but suffice it to say there were some very special and memorable moments. Please take time to view some of the highlights of these very special few days. Check out the Homecoming 2019 video. I encourage you to share this video on your social media channels and with our alumni.

Izzy in a Queen's scarf


What was your most memorable Homecoming 2019 moment?  Do you have ideas for new, fun, and innovative programming which could be incorporated into Homecoming 2020? Please let me know! 

It goes without saying that it takes an incredible amount of teamwork, effort, and dedication to produce and execute a weekend of this magnitude and, for this, THANK YOU!

ALT Update

We recently had our monthly extended ALT session. Our team dedicates one half-day per month to this. We have received feedback that staff would like to know more about what takes place at these meetings. Our agenda for this past meeting focused on four items:

  1. ALT Development: We reviewed our ALT strengths and areas which need improvement (as determined by DiSC reports). Each ALT member has an assigned area of responsibility. This meeting had a particularly lively discussion around the topic of when and how ALT offers praise. So much so that we will return to it at a future meeting!
  2. Assessment of ALTogether Now Newsletter: We reviewed the results of the recent ALTogether Now newsletter survey. More on this below. If you didn’t have a chance to submit your feedback it’s not to late. 
  3. Budget Review: To date we are tracking well.
  4. Advancement Objectives 2019–20: We had an update from each ALT member about progress to department x-matrix goals and a discussion on addressing barriers. For more detailed information, please speak to any ALT member.
  5. ALTogether Now Content: It was suggested that we provide an opportunity for staff to ask questions which could help us determine topics and content for future editions. What would you like to hear about? Do you need more information on a certain topic?

Offord presentation

In the ALTogether Now newsletter of Oct. 7 we asked if there was anything about the staff meeting presentation of Sept. 26 by Nicholas Offord that surprised you. One item that several individuals expressed skepticism about was the length of tenure of Advancement staff at Queen’s. So we dug a bit deeper.

To verify the self-reported survey data from Nicholas’ presentation, we reviewed actual employment records for the Office of Advancement. The graphs attached show this comparison. In fact, our employment records show that the percentage of staff in the Office of Advancement with eight or more years of employment at Queen’s is 47 per cent versus 52 per cent of the survey respondents. 63 per cent of staff in the Office of Advancement have five or more years of employment at Queen’s versus 62 per cent of survey respondents.

Bottom line, our employment records validate Nicholas’ assertion that Queen’s Advancement has a significant percentage of long-tenure employees.

Principal's Installation Volunteers

The Principal’s Installation ceremony takes place on Tuesday Nov. 12. The Events team is looking for additional volunteers to assist with the installation ceremony. The time commitment would be from 2–3:45 pm. You would be welcome to stay and enjoy the ceremony and reception afterwards.

Duties will vary but may include:

  • Greeting guests as they arrive at Grant Hall;
  • Directing guests to designated areas of the Hall;
  • Assisting guests with accessibility considerations;
  • Guiding VIPs to their seating;
  • Taking names at the registration table and checking against a list (the alphabet will be split to assist in the smooth flow of traffic);
  • Ensuring the flow of people through the space and preventing areas becoming clogged;
  • Giving guidance to anyone who appears lost or in the wrong area.

Please email Chantal by Wednesday, Oct. 23 if you are available to volunteer.

THRIVE: A Week of Wellness

Thrive is a week of wellness activities organized by Human Resources that will take place Nov. 4 to  Nov. 8, 2019. The goal of Thrive week is to increase awareness, provide education and talk about positive mental health. Part of thriving is being aware of your own mental health. 

Some events include:

  • Kick-off event: Free apple cider and granola bars;
  • Keynote speaker Francoise Mathieu;
  • Interactive yoga in the Agnes;
  • Free massages.

For more information, including other events, dates and how to register, check out the THRIVE web page.

Branded Content Audit


Is your team using the tricolour swooshes or wedges in your marketing materials or in any other collateral such as Powerpoint templates, web banners, memos, agendas, stationery, ads, etc.? We have included two examples but there are many versions of these designs.

Central Brand Communications is looking into the ways we are using the tricolour swooshes and wedges across campus.

Please share any examples with and, if possible, put a copy in the shared drive: I:\ADV Common\Brand Audit before Wed., Oct. 30.

Jobs with Advancement

We need your recruitment help. Know great talent that would be a good addition to our team? If so, please promote the vacancies below with your networks and let’s find some amazing new team members.

Applications (including a cover letter and resume) must be submitted through CareerQ. For additional information on these postings, please reach out to either Katelyn, Carla, or the hiring manager for the position you are interested in.

Available Positions:


Executive Director, Principal Gifts

Principal Gifts, Department of Development Monday, Nov. 4 12

    Learning Opportunities on Campus

    Sister Sophie Lecture – Dr. Amanda Anderson: Moral Thought in the Age of Psychology

    When: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
    4:30–6:30 PM
    Where: University Club
    Description: This talk will explore the importance of literary and philosophical approaches to moral reflection in the context of psychological paradigms reaching from psychoanalysis to cognitive science.

    University Distinguished Service Awards Reception

    When: Friday, Nov. 1, 2019
    5:30–7:30 PM
    Where: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
    Description: Jim Leech, Chancellor and Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor invite you to a reception honouring the 2019 Distinguished Service Award recipients

    Francoise Mathieu Presents- The Edge of Compassion - Staying Well while working in High Stress Environments

    When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
    6:30–8:30 PM
    Where: Dupuis Hall
    Room: Auditorium
    Description: Inspired by Françoise Mathieu’s recent Tedx Talk, this keynote explores the tools required to develop exquisite empathy and the ability to rapidly return to a healthy baseline while working in challenging, high volume environments

    Fun Fact:

    The first official reunion was held the third weekend of November 1926 and attended by 870 graduates representing the classes of 1874 to 1926.