Marking 175 moments

Marking 175 moments

To celebrate the university’s 175th anniversary in 2016, a group is collecting historic Queen’s moments – and they welcome your input.

April 22, 2015


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The 175 moments curation team — Duncan McDowall, Celia Russell, Mike Blair, Paul Banfield, Alison Migneault, Greg McKellar, Andrea Gunn and David Walker (clockwide from top left) — deliberate during a recent meeting. The last call for submissions is April 29. The moments will be highlighted during Queen's 175th anniversary in 2016.

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Although the clock is ticking, there’s still time to suggest an historic Queen’s moment you feel should be included in a special Queen’s 175th anniversary project.

“Identifying 175 seminal moments from the past 175 years is a major way we are engaging alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members leading up to and during Queen’s 175th anniversary in 2016,” says Mike Blair, Queen’s 175th anniversary co-ordinator and chair of the 175 moments curation team. “Through the moments, we will reflect on the evolution of Queen’s, celebrate our many successes, and ponder what the future holds beyond this significant anniversary.”

Over the past year, the group has reached out to many stakeholders and distributed submission cards to alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members at various events.

“We are excited to receive such a diverse range of moments involving events, people, ideas and locations, and we are still welcoming further suggestions,” Mr. Blair says. “The thoughtful contributions will certainly lead to some interesting and compelling deliberations around the table.”

Team members including University Historian Duncan McDowall and University Archivist Paul Banfield are currently sifting through the submissions and identifying any gaps. Once the list is finalized, Dr. McDowall will write short entries for each moment over the summer.

Submit your Moment
Do you have a Queen's moment that you think should be recognized during the 175th anniversary celebration in 2016? Send it to Mike Blair at

The team will then work with the 175th anniversary executive committee to develop a plan for unveiling the moments.

Email your submissions by April 29 to and visit the Queen’s 175th anniversary website for more information and updates about the celebration plans.

In other 175th anniversary news, the Senate Committee on Honorary Degrees is currently accepting nominations for 2016. All degrees awarded that year will be given to Queen’s alumni to mark the 175th occasion. Visit the University Secretariat website for more information.