Late last fall we completed a re-organization of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. One change involved combining the Annual Giving, Alumni Services, and NEW Young Alumni Engagement units together. I thought I would share an update on their most recent activities to provide you with a sense of how this new amalgamated team supports our Alumni, Advancement, and our faculty partners.


Young Alumni Engagement & Giving

  1. The Value Survey returned over 300 alumni interested in speaking with someone from Advancement.  We are sorting the data so we can connect with these individuals by Sept. 30. Stay tuned for more details on ways you may wish to be involved.
  2. The Calling 21 Program will be executed in partnership with the Alumni strategy team and will aim to connect with all new grads with the help of alumni volunteers by the end of Feb. 2022. Stay tuned for more details.
  3. We are exploring a texting platform that will best serve our strategic interactions with alumni, particularly our younger demographic. Stay tuned for more details.

Alumni Services

As we know, email is one of our most popular communication tools used within Advancement with alumni, which is why Mel McEwen is leading a large-scale Email and Mobile Phone Number Acquisition Campaign to obtain ~46,000 email addresses and mobile numbers from alumni who graduated between 1990 and 2020. Mel will be in touch with faculty partners throughout this initiative to encourage staff participation, volunteer recruitment, and review lists with prospect assignments.

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Riley directly.


Resources for Working Remotely

By Kelly Colby, Administrative Assistant, Advancement Services 

Remote by GitLab – Exploring the Future of work, culture and inclusion 
As Advancement begins to shift toward our new normal and a remote-first, hybrid workplace, these pre-recorded webinars by GitLab, a pioneer in the remote workspace, offer some valuable advice and best practices for our consideration.  We encourage you to take some time to watch some of these videos and to consider the unique perspectives, guidance, and inspiration provided and contemplate how we might apply these approaches in our new work setting.   I would personally recommend the “What will the future of work look like session” and having a look at their entire selection of articles in the 2021 The Remote Playbook.

Check out another interesting resource:

Virtual First Toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find practical, virtual-friendly exercises – from setting better goals to improving your team’s well-being.

Dropbox - Virtual First Toolkit 


Employee spotlight

The Employee Spotlight celebrates the arrival of our new staff and current staff by profiling responses they share through a fun and informal survey that will help us get to know them better. Be sure to review these profiles and use these fun facts and tidbits to find commonalities, embrace differences and spark a conversation. We have welcomed two new members to Advancement:

This week we are featuring the always wonderful Gabriela Rappell. Learn more about Gabriela and and the story behind her name.


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 this posting, please reach out to either Carla Ferreira Rodrigues or the hiring manager for the position you are interested in.

Available Position:

COMPETITION NUMBER POSITION UNIT AND DEPARTMENT CLOSING DATE GRADE
J0521-0157 Senior Programmer ADV Info Tech Management August 15, 2021 8
J0721-1031 Development Officer, Athletics & Recreation A&R Executive August 15, 2021 8
J0721-1403 Development and Communications Officer Office of the Dean - Faculty of Education August 9, 2021 8

Fun fact

Colours of the university

Queen's official colours are gold, blue, and red - tricolour! The colours were chosen in 1884 by the president of the Alma Mater Society and the captains of the university's football and soccer teams.

Previously, the only formally designated colours at the university belonged to the soccer team, whose members wore "dark red stockings, white knickerbockers, and dark-blue jerseys." The committee picked red, blue, and gold after weeks of debate because they were the main colours of the university's coat of arms.

By early this century, the red, gold, and blue had become a Queen's trademark and its teams had come to be known as the "Tricolour," a nickname superseded only in recent decades by the "Gaels."

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