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QUAA president's message: Welcome to the family

QUAA president's message: Welcome to the family

[QUAA President's message]

Our tricolour spirit was in full display throughout our spring convocation season and with that we have welcomed 4,528 new Queen’s alumni to the family!

For those of you who have just graduated – welcome to your alumni association – a dynamic global community of close to 150,000 alumni ready to connect with you wherever in the world your degree has taken you. The association’s mission is simple: “To reach out and foster a lifelong association with Queen’s, to engage our members in the life and work of the university, and to serve the alumni community in all its diversity.”

The alumni association has branches in many communities and countries around the world and our QUAA branch volunteers are ready to welcome you. It is a great way to get to know a new community, or find a network at home that can help with a job search. Even when travelling, check out our website to find events that are happening around the globe – and see what your fellow alumni are doing in diverse places from Shanghai to Seattle to Sydney. Even if it is not your home branch, you would be welcome to join in on any of the fun and engaging events happening.

Your membership in the alumni association also provides you with discounts and access to on-campus amenities. If you have not yet applied for your Queen’s alumni card, do so today. With this, you get a 15% discount on Via Rail, and other benefits and discounts through TruCash. It will also allow you access to the campus libraries and pubs whenever you return to Kingston.

As an association member you have access to programs and services offered by our affinity partners. You can show your tricolour pride and support your alma mater when you apply for and use your Queen’sMastercard, adorned with the iconic Grant Hall. A portion of every purchase is donated to Queen’s.

As with all families, it is important to celebrate milestones, and this year we are celebrating two. I am honoured to be the 55th volunteer president of our association as the QUAA celebrates its ‚90th anniversary and we are delighted to join in the celebrations for Queen’s 175th birthday. As part of the 175th celebration, we are asking our alumni around the world to submit a “Global Oil Thigh” video. Gather some friends – or use a selfie stick – don some tricolour and take a video singing the Oil Thigh. Show where you are in the world with a backdrop that shows off your community – perhaps it’s your dock at the cottage; maybe it’s the Eiffel Tower. Make it fun and be creative. You can submit your video through the Queen’s website at queensu.ca/alumni. You may see yourself on the big screen at Homecoming!

Cha gheill!

Sue Bates, Artsci'91
Volunteer President, QUAA


[cover of Alumni Review 2016 Issue 3]