Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 20 – October 15, 2019

Advancement Staff Queen's Day 2019
Principal Patrick Deane joined Advancement staff, members of the Queen's Bands, and the Alma Mater Society executive on the steps of Summerhill for Queen's Day 2019.

Deanna Bennett
Deanna Bennett, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal

A New Tool for Professional Development

By Deanna Bennett, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-Principal

Take the lead in your development. A passive approach to professional growth will leave you by the wayside.” – Tom Peters

Continuous professional development can be an important part of your ongoing personal development. Sometimes we think that the biggest benefit of learning is that we get a diploma or credential. But there are so many more benefits — maybe one of the biggest is the appreciation that you can be learning all the time. When we hear the words “professional development” people tend to think about formal programs with a systematic structure, but, really, the most common opportunities are informal and self-directed.

The VP’s Office has created a Learning Journal that you may find helpful. You can use this journal to record your learning and professional development, both formal and informal, why it was relevant to your development, position, team, and your reflections about the experience (for example, any new knowledge, skills and abilities, key takeaways, who you met and networked with. The journal can also be submitted with your mid-year and annual performance review to help shape the conversation. We also created a professional development request form managers and staff can use to request professional development opportunities. Links to both of these can be found below.

There are a number of resources available for continuing education and lots of different ways to access opportunities beyond the traditional conference. Some you don’t even think about include books, podcasts, webinars, mentoring, job shadow, speakers, and more.

Within Advancement, opportunities include: 

  • Staff meetings
  • Speakers
  • DiSC
  • In-house training, workshops, committee participation, coaching, special projects outside the regular scope of your role, career development leaves

Opportunities outside of Advancement include:

Opportunities within Queen’s University:

Don't forget about industry publications, professional associations, video tutorials, other recognized educational institution offerings, volunteer opportunities/community involvement, and coaching.

Nominate a Colleague for a Heney Award

It’s that time of year to nominate an Advancement colleague for the John J. Heney Award!

The Heney Award is presented in honour of John J. Heney, former director of Development and recipient of the Queen’s Distinguished Service Award, and it is presented annually to the Advancement employee who best exemplifies the characteristics of commitment to the Advancement profession, superb performance, and devotion to the organization. Visit the Office of Advancement website to view past award recipients. Any staff member in the Office of Advancement may submit a nomination.

The John J. Heney Award Selection Committee, composed of current Advancement employees who have won the Heney, made revisions to the John J. Heney Award Fund Terms (established 2001.) These changes are in keeping with the original intent of the award and include:

Who can be nominated:

  • All staff members of the Office of Advancement including continuing and term employees are eligible to be nominated
  • In keeping with the original intent and spirit of the Fund, the award is to recognize one individual and not a unit, group or team
  • Previous award winners may be nominated and receive the award more than once, at the discretion of The John J. Heney Award Selection Committee
  • If the individual in a previous year was not selected, they can be re-nominated

Award criteria:

  • Nominations are based on the employee’s previous 12 to 18 month work period and demonstrate concrete examples to support the application criteria
  • The nominator must address the rationale for the nomination based on any of the following criteria:
    • Commitment to the advancement profession, professionalism and compassion  
    • Superb performance in achieving the strategic objectives of the Office of Advancement that embodies the Advancement mission and any of the university’s 12 competencies
    • Devotion to the organization and/or the broader university
  • The nominator must include how the employee has demonstrated initiative above and beyond the regular call of duty in their work.

There is a new online nomination form. All nominations must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please take some time to nominate today – if you have any questions, please contact Carla Ferreira Rodrigues or Katelyn Siu.

Take Your Kids To Work Day

Please let Carla know if you have a student in Grade 9 that will be coming to work with you on Nov. 6!

Smith School of Business Brand Update

It’s been four years since the business school at Queen’s was named Smith School of Business in recognition of the generous gift from alumnus Stephen Smith, Sc’72, LLD’17. In this time, the team at Smith has worked to build the Smith brand with key stakeholders. To ensure we are all aligned, they have asked for our assistance when referencing Smith and its programs:

  • The school’s official name is Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, which can be shortened to Smith School of Business if space requires
  • Smith’s main website URL is now
  • Smith has streamlined its program names to align with its brand and has retired Queen’s-only program references. For example, the full-time MBA program is now Smith MBA or Smith MBA at Queen’s; the Commerce program is Smith Commerce or Smith Commerce at Queen’s
  • Smith’s updated brand guidelines are available for review and download at These resources have been developed to assist staff and faculty, and offer downloadable logos, photos, and brand guidelines

As Smith continues to integrate its brand across corporate assets, marketing collateral, promotional items, signage, and more, it is very important that these guidelines are followed. Thank you in advance for your co-operation.

If you have questions please contact:

Jeanette Hepburn
Executive Director, Development and Alumni Engagement
Smith School of Business

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

    The John Meisel Lecture Series in Contemporary Political Controversies:
    Excluded and Enraged: On Gender, Anger, and Violence
    Alana Cattapan, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

    Thursday, November 21, 2019
    4–5:30 pm
    Grant Hall
    43 University Avenue

    Positive Space Program Information Sessions

    Fall open sessions:

    Thursday, Oct 3, 3 to 5
    Tuesday, Oct 15, 1 to 3
    Monday, Nov 4, 2 to 4
    Weds, Nov 13, 10 to 12

    For more Information visit the Positive Space Program site and Register Online.

    For more information and a listing of other great events, visit the Queen's Events Calendar.

    Fun Fact

    Difficulty focusing on the computer screen, short-term memory problems and trouble with basic math can be caused by a mere two per cent drop in body water. Remember to stay hydrated during work hours.