Momentum building for 175th anniversary

Momentum building for 175th anniversary

By Communications Staff

January 9, 2015


Planning for Queen’s University’s 175th anniversary in 2016-17 is shifting into a higher gear.

The 175th anniversary executive committee is in the process of identifying events, activities and initiatives that will occur or be created for 2016-17 that could be enhanced or co-branded to coincide with the anniversary.

“Through our ongoing meetings with units and faculties across the university, we are developing a network of enthusiastic contacts who are assisting us in the planning process,” says David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen’s 175th Anniversary in 2016-17. “For example, whether at the Agnes or the Isabel, in the Faculty of Law or at Four Directions, with the City of Kingston or our many alumni branches, we are identifying and will promote a comprehensive and diverse mosaic of activities to properly reflect this important milestone year.”

[David Walker]
David Walker, Director and Chair, Queen's 175th Anniversary in 2016-17, has dedicated a great deal of his time developing a network to assist in the planning process. 

Dr. Walker, former dean of Health Sciences, and the executive committee have been mindful of the objectives of the 175th anniversary celebration, which were developed with significant input from the advisory committee chaired by the Hon. Peter Milliken. The goals of the 175th anniversary include:

  • Celebrating Queen’s unique legacy, contributions and role at the national and international levels and raising the profile of the university
  • Contributing to the future vision for the university
  • Enhancing and strengthening relationships with the City of Kingston and constituent stakeholders, including alumni
  • Promoting and celebrating the close of the Initiative Campaign.

In the coming months, the executive committee will share a preliminary view of the significant range of anniversary events and activities, including “175 Queen’s Moments,” an exciting initiative spearheaded by Mike Blair (Sc’17), 175th Co-Ordinator.

The executive committee launched a Queen’s 175th anniversary website in the fall to share information and updates. The website will develop into a more robust communications vehicle in 2015.

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