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From the editor: On feedback and plastic wrap

From the editor: On feedback and plastic wrap


It's August and that means we have just added a few thousand more alumni to our magazine circulation: welcome to the class of 2019!

Thank you to everyone who completed our readership survey in June, and also to those who tried, but didn't complete it. As we discovered, the software we used wasn't exactly user-friendly in all browsers. Thanks as well to those of you who took the time to email or phone me to discuss the survey or pass on ideas for the magazine.

Thanks to our community partners Visit Kingston and Delta Hotels by Marriott Kingston Waterfront, we are able to offer a Kingston getaway package to one survey respondent. Congratulations, Barbara di Nardo, Artsci'91, Ed'93!

We're still working through our survey analysis. In our next issue, I'll discuss the magazine improvements we hope to implement based on your collective feedback.

One important issue that has come to the forefront of late is the environmental footprint of the magazine. For some time, we have offered alternatives to our print magazine, through our email subscriptions and magazine app. For those who enjoy reading the print magazine - and there are many of you! - rest assured. We have no plans to go online-only. But we can make conscious choices for the responsible production and distribution of the magazine. For instance, the paper we print on is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as coming from responsible sources, including recycled materials.

We currently use polybags when an issue includes an enclosure (for our Canada and U.S. readers) and for our international mailing. We have, for the last several years, used plastic bags that are both recyclable and biodegradable, but we know that we can - and should - do better. I am now working closely with our printer to create an alternative to our plastic polybags. We aren't quite ready to launch this initiative, but we are working hard on it, so stay tuned for updates in the coming months.

I hope you enjoy this chemistry-themed issue.

Andrea Gunn, Editor
review@queensu.ca 613.533.6000 ext. 77016

Helen Eng, Artsci'87, Ed'88, has discovered a small treasure trove of limited-edition Queen's yearbooks Helen was the editor-in-chief of the Queen's University Women s Residence Yearbook, 1984-85. If you lost your yearbook over the years, Helen has found an overrun of 80 books in her parents' basement. If you're interested in buying one, email Helen at heleneng2013@gmail.com(and add the subject line: WRC Yearbook.) They're $50 (plus shipping) and Helen will donate the proceeds to charity.

[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 3, 2019, showing art conservator Heidi Sobol with a painting by Rembrandt]