Student Homecoming Volunteers

Help welcome alumni home during Homecoming! If you're interested in volunteering at Homecoming, please click on the role to read a full position description or contact us to find the position best suited to your talents and interests.

Sign-up to become a Homecoming Volunteer

Volunteers will be required to attend a one-hour virtual orientation and training session during the first week of October (several dates/times will be available to choose from). The training will cover day-of expectations, FAQs, contacts, accessibility information, and role-specific training with the Event Staff Lead. We'll look forward to meeting you at orientation!

Questions or concerns?

Contact the Homecoming Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-267-7837 (toll-free in Canada and the U.S.) or 613-533-2060. 

Meet and Greet Check-In Assistant

Volunteer Position Summary

The Meet & Greet is the fast-paced kick-off event of Homecoming weekend (Oct. 28-30, 2022), taking place Friday afternoon and Saturday morning in Grant Hall. It is often the first opportunity for alumni to connect with Queen’s, as well as old friends and classmates. As a first point of contact, volunteers in this role will cultivate a celebratory, welcoming, inclusive tone for Homecoming, as well as officially check-in alumni for Homecoming weekend, and provide them with appropriate giveaway items, name tags, tickets and/or purchases.

Training

Volunteers in this role will be required to attend a one-hour virtual orientation and training session during the first week of October (several dates/times will be available to choose from). The training will cover day-of expectations, FAQs, contacts, accessibility information, and role-specific training with the Event Staff Lead.

What you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Greet alumni warmly to ensure their Homecoming experience begins on a positive note
  • Check-in or register alumni for weekend activities
  • Give each alumni registrant a name tag, and advise them that it will also serve as an Alumni Card for the weekend (used for access to any campus pubs); Tricolour Guard alumni receive special photo name tags
  • Answer general questions about Homecoming programming
  • Provide alumni with appropriate giveaway items, tickets and/or purchases in a Homecoming tote bag 
  • Provide 50th Reunion alumni with their 50-year medals
  • Train incoming volunteers on the registration process at the close of your shift (shifts will overlap by 15 minutes)

Skills and experience:

  • Retail experience an asset
  • Comfortable working with technology
  • Strong interpersonal skills: outgoing, friendly personality; respectful, patient demeanor (will be interacting with alumni from all age segments, from new graduates to graduates from 60 years ago)
  • Works well in a team
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to focus and to answer questions in a fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with various campus locations
  • Strong familiarity with the Homecoming program and the weekend’s many events
  • Adaptability

Time Commitment

Shifts are three hours in length. 

Staff Partnership

Andrew Lubowitz, Event Lead can be reached at andrew.lubowitz@queensu.ca or by calling 343-363-0577.

Jess Koehn, Volunteer Lead can be reached at jessica.koehn@queensu.ca or by calling 613-985-0519.

Tricolour Guard Event Photographer

Volunteer Position Summary

The Tricolour Guard Reception is a semi-formal cocktail reception in Grant Hall on the evening of Saturday, October 29, 2022. This signature event celebrates and pays tribute to the Tricolour Guard (TCG) alumni – those marking a milestone of 50 years or greater since graduating from Queen’s.

Volunteers in this role will be responsible for capturing the event experience through photos, which may be used in future marketing and communications pieces in the Alumni Review, news stories, and/or on social media. Previous photography experience and personal SLR camera are required for this role. 

Training

Volunteers in this role will be required to attend a one-hour virtual orientation and training session during the first week of October (several dates/times will be available to choose from). The training will cover day-of expectations, FAQs, contacts, accessibility information, and role-specific training with the Event Staff Lead. 

What you’ll be doing in this role:

  • Attend the Tricolour Guard Reception in Grant Hall, capturing both spontaneous moments and designated photo ops to help us tell the Homecoming story visually
  • Answer questions about photos and what they will be used for 
  • Note: Volunteers who feel they have captured a very special moment are asked to please send directly to Mike Onesi during Homecoming weekend for consideration for immediate posting.
  • Please respect individuals’ wishes if they indicate that they do not wish to have their photo taken
  • We ask that the photos you take be provided via PLATFORM no more than 3 business days after the event, and that the photos taken are not circulated or used for other purposes without permission from Tess Kozina

Skills and experience:

  • Previous photography experience and personal SLR camera required
  • Strong interpersonal skills: outgoing, friendly personality; respectful, patient demeanor
  • Adaptability

Time Commitment

Shifts are one and a half hours in length.

Staff Contact

Tess Kozina, Event Lead can be reached at tess.kozina@queensu.ca or by calling 613-453-4666.

Jess Koehn, Volunteer Lead can be reached at jessica.koehn@queensu.ca or by calling 613-985-0519.