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Alumni in the news

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

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

Keith Williamson: going to war between degrees

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Today, you might go travelling between an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, or you might work for a couple of years. In the 1940s, Keith Williamson served in World War II between his BA and his MA.

Honor McKellar QSM: It's all in the words

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

For Honor McKellar, music is all about words and movement, rather than notes and sounds.  The distinguished mezzo-soprano and vocal teacher celebrated her 100th birthday in November at a reception at the University.

An extraordinary year at the University of Oxford

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Young Otago-trained doctors Jonny Stevenson and Claire Munro were halfway through a year at the University of Oxford, when the COVID pandemic transformed their daily lives.

Networks and Events galleries

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

View galleries from a selection of events that have taken place between Oct – Dec 2020. We love keeping in touch with all our alumni, so keep an eye out for future alumni events near you.

Otago images - @Otago issue 25

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

A selection of images from the Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena, looking back at laboratories at Otago from 1909 to the 1980s.

Sir Alan and Lady Patricia Mark, a lifelong devotion

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

From the time Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark and Patricia (Pat), Lady Mark QSO met at the University of Otago they have walked the talk when it comes to speaking up and taking action to protect our environment.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago issue 25

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

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

Turning 100 with grace, wit, wisdom and humour

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

We catch up with three extraordinary alumni and friends who celebrated their 100th birthdays this year. Each have made invaluable contributions to society in their chosen fields and interests, and mix their wisdom with a good dose of humour

Gift honours Society's Scottish traditions

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Wednesday, 16 December 2020

A desire to see Scottish traditions continue is behind the new Deed of Gift from the Caledonian Society of Otago to the University of Otago.

Reflecting on a solid Otago foundation

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Lessons learned in the lecture halls of Otago University more than 45 years ago have helped guide the career of one of our country's senior diplomats.

New Plymouth and Wellington alumni events 2020

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

New Plymouth and Wellington alumni and friends gathered on consecutive evenings to hear from alumnus and public health expert Professor Michael Baker from the University of Otago.

Central Otago alumni event 2020

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

A group of dedicated alumni and friends from across the decades gathered at Alchemy in Wanaka on Wed 21 Oct and at the Queenstown Resort College in Queenstown on Thu 22 Oct.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Darryl Pupi, 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner for his contribution to health and well-being through leadership and innovation of nutrition programmes.

Auckland alumni event 2020

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Associate Professor Anita Gibbs' presentation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) was the drawcard for the alumni event held at University of Otago House in Auckland.

Q&A with 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winners

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Thursday, 12 November 2020

Hitaua Arahanga-Doyle (Ngāi Tahu, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi), 20Twenties Young Alumni Award winner in recognition of leadership, mentorship of undergraduate and postgraduate students, and of his higher studies.

Helping market New Zealand to South Korea

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

A strong belief in "giving back to the community" spurred Otago alumnus, Professor Tony Garrett, to chair the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in South Korea for the past five years.

Women of Influence creating change

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Seeing her name next to choreographer to the stars Parris Goebel was quite a moment for Dr Sally Bodkin-Allen who, along with 11 other University of Otago alumnae, has been named a 2020 Woman of Influence finalist.

Coaches pick up the challenge of connecting online

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Coordinated by Otago alumni Carmel Leslie (Otago Academy of Sport), Grant Milne (Sport Otago) and Associate Professor Tania Cassidy from the University, this year's Connecting Coaches Conference theme is Adapting our coaching in a changing world: Connect, create and communicate.

One tiny piece of distraction

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Monday, 12 October 2020

When Gavin Kerr's wife Elizabeth (Liz) died shortly before lockdown in March this year, he wrote a poem for the small family group gathered for her farewell. He wrote about what he hoped "might have been her thoughts on leaving us".

Helping cancer survivors on the road to recovery

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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Like many who pursue a career as a sports trainer, Grant Harris had dreams of working with elite athletes or being the next All Blacks strength and conditioning coach, but he's found his niche somewhere completely different.

Christmas cards, pizza and COVID-19

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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

Christmas cards, pizza and talk about COVID-19 were on the menu on Wednesday when around 35 Alumni Entrance Scholars gathered for the pre-exam get together.

Students centre stage at Shakespeare week at Otago

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

On Saturday 26 September, 49 students from around New Zealand gathered at the University of Otago to begin the week-long Sharespeare Globe Centre New Zealand's National Shakespeare Schools Production (SGCNZ NSSP)