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Editor's notebook: on participation and feedback

Editor's notebook: on participation and feedback

[photo of Gordon Hall with graphic text for Editor's Notebook]
Editor's Notebook

Many thanks for your enthusiastic responses!

When I opened up our readership survey in late May, I expected a high participation rate. What I didn’t expect was the outpouring of email correspondence that ensued. For almost three weeks, I heard from scores of readers. Some of you wanted to let me know that you were going to take the survey; others let me know you were too busy to do so. You gave me ideas for future surveys and future magazine ­articles. You updated me on new family members and new jobs. I even reconnected with a good friend from high school!

With that kind of enthusiastic response, I’m looking forward to seeing your survey feedback on specific components of the magazine.  Congratulations to our draw winners. Dr. Yin Gao receives a Queen’s chair, and Mr. Arif Mohiuddin, a Queen’s lamp, courtesy of the Queen’s alumni merchandise program. And thanks to colleagues in Institutional Research and Planning and in Advancement Technology ­Services for their survey help.

Since our readers are so generous with their ideas, I thought I’d ­offer you all two more opportunities, to add your stories to our athletics issue online and to help shape our first online-only issue this fall.

Calling all sports fans

I’m putting out the call for your best Queen’s sports-related memories and photos. Whether you were on a varsity team or part of a recreational club, were a weekend warrior or an avid spectator, send me your stories. I’ll post them as part of the online version of this issue. There, you’ll also find stories and photos on the athletics theme not in the print issue. Staff in Athletics & Recreation are also planning a contest this fall to help design the new Richardson Stadium end zone, so watch our website for details.

Changing gears

Our first online-only issue will launch at the end of September. Its theme, “Changing gears,” focuses on people who have made changes in their lives. So, I’d like to get you involved in this issue. Did you start in one faculty and switch to another? Did you change your research focus in grad school or make a radical mid-life career change? When faced with a challenge, did you turn it into an opportunity?

Update on embedded counsellors

A story in our last issue on Queen’s embedded counsellors program neglected to mention some of the counsellors by name. I’d like to ­acknowledge counsellors Sarah Horsford, of the Faculty of Education, and Ashley Vanstone, of the School of Graduate Studies. Together, with Joanne Roston, of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied ­Science, who was quoted in the article, they provide professional counselling services to students in their faculties and schools. The three also work closely, sharing best practices and supporting the others’ work.

There are number of other embedded counsellors working across the university. An evaluation of the university’s hub-and-spoke ­counselling model is currently underway. Preliminary results show that this program is effective at serving students where they choose to access professional counselling services (at the university’s central counselling services or through faculty-based outreach), and is ­benefitting those students. I'll post more on the evaluation when it is completed.

Cha Gheill,
Andrea Gunn

[cover of Queen's Alumni Review 2015 Issue 3]