Office of Advancement
Office of Advancement

ALTogether Now

Vol. 21 - October 21, 2019

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

Tell us how we're doing, ALTogether Now

Scott Anderson Raptors, renovations, reunions. Missions, mansions, models and metrics. Baseball, basketball, and broken bones. Fun facts, fund facts, and funny faces. These are just a few of our favourite things.

This is the 21st issue of the ALTogether Now newsletter and the topics we have covered weekly over the last four months have included those listed above and many more. Since the first issue on June 3, we’ve heard from each ALT member a few times and we have run the gamut from issues such as diversity, equity, and inclusion to strategic planning and our internal culture. There has been some silliness too (Thanks, Tom).

The newsletter was created because we heard loud and clear that there was not enough communication within the Office of Advancement. ALTogether Now is an attempt to ensure that key information is shared with everyone regularly. It’s also a chance to learn a little bit about each other.

Later this week ALT will gather, as we do almost every month, for a half-day session to review progress against our annual plan. This week we are planning to discuss ALTogether Now and its usefulness to all of us. Is it working the way we thought it would?  I’d like to ask for your feedback before we do this.

Please take a moment to complete the brief survey to help us understand what’s working for you and what could use some improvement. Thanks in advance for your help (and your Fun Facts)!

Queen’s Day – Let’s do it again!

Thanks to everyone for helping to revive Queen’s Day as a university tradition. Queen’s Day celebrates October 16 to mark the date in 1841 that Queen’s was granted its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria. For a long time the date was celebrated as University Day, which, over the next century, saw a range of events from track and field contests to concerts to fireworks.

The tradition died out during the Second World War.

This year we brought the tradition back. Over the course of the day people all over campus and dozens of alumni posted their tricolour pride on social media. Our Queen’s alumni Twitter account received more than a 1,500 percent boost in mentions and our overall engagements were up 400 per cent over the previous two days. An AMS video about Queen’s Day was viewed more than 14,000 times. On campus, staff, faculty and students who wore tricolour and brought reusable mugs enjoyed half-price coffee. Next year we’d like to make it even better. Please share your thoughts about what Queen’s Day could be in 2020.


Philanthropy Day is November 15

Philanthropy Day is fast approaching on Friday, November 15. This is an important opportunity to celebrate our donors. We will be sharing donor stories and messages of thanks on social media that entire week. Please think about what you might do in your area for Philanthropy Day. Contact Jodi Snowdon with your ideas or to learn more.

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 résumé) 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

Development and Alumni Engagement Analyst

Smith School of Business Sunday, Oct. 27 7

    Learning Opportunities on Campus

    Faculty/Public Lecture: Dr. Vikram Patel, recipient of the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award (2019)

    When: Monday, Oct. 21, 2019
    4–5 PM
    Where: School of Medicine/Abramsky House
    Room: Main Floor Lecture Theatre, 132A
    Description: The Lecture, titled “Transforming Mental Health Globally” discusses Dr. Patel's work in low- and middle-income countries and pioneering approaches for the prevention and treatment of mental health in low-resource settings

    Department of Philosophy Presents: Peter Diestch "Just returns from capitalist production"

    When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
    4 PM
    Where: Watson Hall
    Room: 517
    Description: Peter Diestch, from Université de Montréal discusses his paper on how economic theories explain and justify sharing of capital output.

    Light from Within: An Alternative Approach to Islamic Art by Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamisi

    When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
    6:30–8:30 PM
    Where: Agnes Etherington Art Centre
    Description: Dr. Ulrike Al-Khamisi (Director, Collections and Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum) with accompanying displays of Islamic art objects as is part of Islamic History Month.

    Dr. James Makokis: Decolonizing Medicine: Creating an Inclusive Space for Transgender and Two-Spirit People

    When: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019
    5–7 PM
    Where: School of Medicine/Abramsky House
    Room: Britton Smith Lecture Hall (Rm 132)
    Description: The Dr. M. Nancy Tatham & Donna Henderson Lectureship. This lectureship will promote inclusivity in medical education by inviting scholars and experts from diverse backgrounds, with special attention paid to LGBTQ2 and Indigenous issues.

    Fun Fact

    Scott's dog Franklin was in a televison ad that aired during the Canadian Superbowl broadcast.

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