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Emeritus title for Tucker

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Thursday 10 June 2021

The longest serving Dean of the School of Pharmacy has been given an Emeritus title.

Hākitekura and Wanaka

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Wednesday 2 June 2021

The beauty of Queenstown and Wanaka were matched at our recent alumni events by the performances of Drs Tessa Romano and Luca Manghi.

Geology gift provides unique hands-on fieldwork opportunities

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Tuesday 25 May 2021

Seeing a need for today's geology students to develop their hands-on field skills, Otago Geology alumnus Clynt Nauman and his fellow geologist and wife Jan decided to put their support behind re-establishing and enhancing two field trips run by Otago's Department of Geology.

Sheila Langridge: Otago and other adventures

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Wednesday 5 May 2021

An unpublished memoir by one of our History alumni has delighted her grandchildren and given the Alumni office a treat. This is Sheila's story of her time at Otago from 1949 - 51.

Nicholas Madden – singing for royalty is all in a day's work

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Wednesday 5 May 2021

Singing at royal weddings and funerals, with your performance being televised to millions around the world, is literally all in a day's work for Nicholas (Nick) Madden, Otago alumnus and Lay Clerk in the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Pūtea Tautoko steps up for Otago’s students

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Tuesday 4 May 2021

International PhD students Grace Duke and Jessica Valisa say the support they received from Otago’s Pūtea Tautoko fund has made it possible for them to finish their degrees.

Return to the Gardies

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Wednesday 14 April 2021

Close to 100 alumni and friends attended the pre-match function at the Marsh Study Centre, the former Gardens Sports Tavern.

A farewell to Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne

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Thursday 18 March 2021

As we farewell the Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne, the Development and Alumni Relations Office would like to pay tribute to her service to the University over the past 10 years.

Why we heart Otago - Dental Class of 1980 reunion

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Members of the Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th anniversary reunion by revisiting one of their old haunts - the Faculty of Dentistry's Walsh Building.

Remembering Sophia – first scholarship in her name awarded

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Thursday 18 March 2021

The generous response to the Sophia Michelle McMillan Crestani Scholarship fund has meant that the first scholarship in Sophia's name was able to be awarded in March this year and fundraising for a second scholarship is well advance.

Otago Images - Dental School

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Thursday 18 March 2021

A selection of images from the Otago Dental school, dating back to the opening in 1908.

Lecture hot picks - @Otago issue 26

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Pearl Matahiki leaving the helm of the Māori Centre

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Helping tauira Māori through their tertiary studies has been a nearly two-decade journey for Pearl Matahiki (Ngāti Porou). Pearl left her role as Tumuaki (Manager) of Te Huka Mātauraka (Māori Centre) on 26 February after 20 years at the centre.

Alumni in the news

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Alumni in the news - an overview of some of the amazing things that University of Otago alumni are doing right now.

Creative disrupters keeping it real

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Deftly using humour as a courier for a serious message, it's the type of nimble solution which is becoming synonymous with Auckland creative agency Motion Sickness, founded by Otago alumnus Sam Stuchbury

Networks and Events galleries

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Thursday 18 March 2021

Read about recent alumni and university events that have been held to date in 2021. The Vice-Chancellor's informal leaving celebration, the opening of the new Auckland Dental Facility, and the recent Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast.

COVID 'beat-cop' hunting for clues

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Wednesday 17 March 2021

Ten years after helping in the Christchurch earthquake as a medical student, Dr Felicity Williamson is playing a key role in another national health emergency.

Dunedin Highlanders Coaches' Breakfast 2021

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Thursday 4 March 2021

Alumni and guests were treated to a pre-game insight at the Coaches' Breakfast held on 26 February at the Otago Business School. The breakfast was held on the morning of the Highlanders vs Crusaders game.

Donor’s $3 million gift expands options for southern scholars

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Wednesday 24 February 2021

A distinguished neurologist and philanthropist’s generous gift of NZ$3 million will support southern students to pursue their studies in Science, Music, Health Sciences and Engineering at the University of Otago and University of Canterbury (UC).

They haven't aged a day!

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Monday 15 February 2021

Members of the Dental Class of 1980 celebrated their COVID-delayed 40th anniversary reunion by revisiting one of their old haunts - the Faculty of Dentistry's Walsh Building.

Tim Mathis: from Theology to vagabonding

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Wednesday 10 February 2021

It's quite a leap from studying Theology to writing a handbook for "hiker trash, ski bums, and vagabonds". US-based Otago alumnus Tim Mathis explains his interesting journey.