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QUAA president's message: Tradition, spirit, and excellence

QUAA president's message: Tradition, spirit, and excellence

[QUAA president's message]
QUAA President's message

175 years of Queen’s tradition, spirit, and excellence all started on Oct. 16, 1841. So many things have changed on campus through those 175 years, but many things have not. First and foremost is the world-class education Queen’s provides, complemented by the out-of-classroom experiences that define our time at Queen’s. Our alumni branches around the globe celebrated this important milestone with many events held over the weekend of Oct.16. From football viewing parties (Gaels went in and won!) to apple picking, pancake breakfasts to barbeques, our alumni celebrated in true tricolour style.

In celebration of our 175th, the QUAA asked our alumni from around the world to submit a video of them performing the Oil Thigh. And they answered. We had submissions from Sydney to Austria, Hong Kong to Vancouver and many points in between – in fact, submissions came in from five continents. Thank you to all who submitted and to everyone who helped in the creation of our Global Oil Thigh video. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to check it out on YouTube.

One of our longest-standing traditions is Homecoming, first celebrated officially in 1926. (Happy 90th, QUAA!) Alumni have been gathering back on campus informally since the late 1800s. We welcomed home more than 3,000 alumni, representing more than 100 classes and groups, for Homecoming 2016. We had returning alumni from the class of 1941 – 75 years! – through to the class of 2016 with a new tradition, Reunion Zero. Our global alumni network was also on full display as we had alumni returning from more than 15 countries. A big thank you to all of those who made the weekend such a success – staff, students, and of course the many Queen’s alumni volunteers who organized their class reunions and helped ensure a fun celebration for all.

One of those returning classes was my own Artsci’91 and it was a thrill to celebrate my 25th reunion. We had fun reminiscing about our time on campus 25-plus years ago and connected with some classmates we had not seen since graduation. For the first time, our class added a philanthropic element to our reunion with a class gift in support of the Arts & Science Dean’s Scholarship Fund. It was great to look back, but we also thought it was essential to support the students of the next 25 years.

While it is important to celebrate all that Queen’s has accomplished these last 175 years, it’s equally, if not more important, to look forward. As alumni, I hope each of us will do all that we can to ensure that tradition, spirit, and excellence continue at Queen’s for the next 175 years.

Cha gheill!

Sue Bates, Artsci’91
Volunteer President, QUAA

Email: QUAA.President@queensu.ca

[cover graphic of Queen's Alumni Review, issue 4-2016]