Last Updated: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 1:36:09 PM ET
What a 50th year it has been for QUIC!
We have had a full slate of activities to celebrate our first 50 years as an international and intercultural centre serving Queen’s students, staff and their families, and the larger community of Kingston. Over our 50th year numerous friends, alumni and families have dropped in to say “hello” or have sent us greetings. Many of those contacting us shared their memories of QUIC and Queen’s reminding us of how valuable QUIC had been in their time at Queen’s – a safe welcoming space that they could call their own. All of this has helped to reinforce the sense of community that we have shared over these 50 years.
I wish to especially thank the QUIC 50th anniversary Committee for enabling this year of events. The members on the committee are: Ann Robinson, Chair; Susan Anderson, Sandra McCance, Stephanie Simpson, and Hanna Stanbury.
A generous benefactor made possible for new kitchen appliances and video equipment to be enjoyed by students and staff this year. For those who are considering making a contribution to the Centre's operating fund, please have a look at the Queen's giving page www.givetoqueens.ca/QUIC
It is in no small part thanks to QUIC that Queen’s has developed a reputation over the past several decades among students worldwide for being a warm, caring, and dynamic place to enhance one’s English skills, to meet Canadian students and other international students, to get help with a myriad of complex bureaucratic demands, and overall, to find friendship and laughter in a new country.
The support, resources, information, networks, and education offered by QUIC to our international students makes a huge difference to the students themselves, but also to their friends, families, teachers and professors here at Queen’s. We may at times forget the impact and scope of the work we do, but I know from parents of international students, from faculty and instructors across campus, and from international students themselves that the Queen’s International Centre makes all the difference in the world to those who have travelled far to study here at Queen’s.
Thank you to all who have made and continue to make this Centre the terrific place it is, and again, my sincere congratulations on your 50th anniversary, QUIC!
Anniversary Reception, October 2012. Celebrating with friends, colleagues, alumni, volunteers and students.
Guest Speaker at IETP, June 2012. QUIC hosted Wade Davis as the 50th Anniversary Special Guest Speaker at the International Educators Training Program (IETP).
Ontario Association of International Educators Conference, May 2012. QUIC hosted the OAIE annual conference featuring workshops on student programs, international student advising, education abroad and more. Attended by 130 Ontario international education practitioners and educators.