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Supporting Otago

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Friday, 18 September 2020

The Priscilla Sandys Wunch Trust has spent 20 years helping Taranaki students attend Otago, while businessman Mark Brosnan worked with his son, and the Dunedin Medical School to provide surplus surgical masks.

Doing her bit for student hardship

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Friday, 18 September 2020

With many students struggling and an office full of art that she needed to empty, Dr Elaine Webster had a great idea on how to raise funds for Pūtea Tautoko, the student hardship fund, while leaving a wee piece of herself on campus.

Fulbright honours set to open doors

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Eight Otago graduates received Fulbright New Zealand awards in August. We catch up with what this means for Science and Innovation award recipient Anezka Hoskin and General Graduate award winner Nathaniel Otley.

20Twenties Awards 2020

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Congratulations to all the recipients of the University of Otago's inaugural Young Alumni Awards; 20Twenties. The 20Twenties recognise the outstanding achievements of some of our newest graduates, and highlight their exceptional successes and qualities.

Making your dreams a reality

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Otago alumnus Mark Barnett has followed his motor racing dreams and spent more than 13 years working for some of the world's leading motorsports companies. He is currently the Director of Research and Innovation at McLaren Racing in the United Kingdom.

Alumni scholarship a shining star on CV

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Young graduate Chelsea Steen-Jones credits her first-year alumni scholarship with helping her expand her horizons and her friendships at university, and says it holds pride of place on her CV.

Networks and events

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Friday, 18 September 2020

We were thrilled to be able to host alumni in person for events with the Highlanders and to be able to welcome new graduates to the community. Online, our book club continues with its second book, and our American Board (AUOA) are hosting webinars for those based in North America.

Lecture hot picks – @Otago Issue 24

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Friday, 18 September 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.

Pūtea Tautoko saves master's degree and helps pay mid-winter bills

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Wednesday, 5 August 2020

As of today, 694 alumni, friends, staff, parents and students have donated an extremely generous $357,000 to the Pūtea Tautoko student financial relief fund. For Duncan Coutts and Victoria Sugrue this meant a vital scholarship extension and help with paying the bills over winter.

Blackbaud data incident -
Important information

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Thursday, 30 July 2020

We have been informed by Blackbaud, the world's largest provider of not-for-profit database management software, of a recent data security breach involving information on alumni, donors and related groups from universities and charities around the world.

He Maimai Aroha:
Honouring Piri Sciascia

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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Professor Piri Sciascia ONZM (Ngāti Kahungunu, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa) was an alumnus of the University of Otago. He was a staunch Māori leader, he kuru tokarerewa, a treasured member of Māori society and he will be dearly missed. He kura takihia, he maimai aroha.

One family; generations of discovery

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Thursday, 23 July 2020

What are the odds? Two Beverly Scholarships in one family, one hundred years apart. That's a question that statistics honours student Conor Hassan might be able to solve, along with his great-grandfather, distinguished Otago physics and maths alumnus Miles (MAF) Barnett OBE.

Highlanders fans enjoy meeting the team and coaches

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Alumni and their families attended two Highlanders' events which coincided with the team playing their southern rivals, the Crusaders, at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 4 July.

Alumni in the news

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Friday, 26 June 2020

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

University community boosts Pūtea Tautoko support fund

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Since it was launched last month, the financial relief fund Pūtea Tautoko has allocated grants with a total value of $659,156 and has received a major boost from alumni, friends, staff, current students and parents.

Dental reunion film 'bittersweet'

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Here's a gem – the short documentary film 'The Dental Reunion', featuring Otago dental graduates from the class of 1950, received its world premiere on 12 June at the Documentary Edge Festival 2020.

A long and wonderful journey

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Friday, 26 June 2020

From North Otago to North Carolina, Winsome Wallace Leadbetter's life has travelled many different paths, but perhaps none quite so special as the trail which follows alongside the Leith River in North Dunedin.

Links unearthed to one of our leading lights

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Friday, 26 June 2020

A chance discussion during lockdown led to the discovery of strong family ties to the University. Otago Business School Development Manager Graeme Mullin was Skyping an old friend in the UK, only to discover that his friend's great-grandfather was one of the founding Geology professors at Otago, Professor Patrick Marshall.

20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Do you know an outstanding young alumna or alumnus? You still have time to nominate them for the Otago's inaugural 20 Twenties Young Alumni Awards which close at the end of June.

Top Queen's Birthday Honours for alumni

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Friday, 26 June 2020

We catch up with Dr Karen Poutasi CNZM, who was appointed Dame Companion, and Mr George Ngaei ONZM who along with Dr John Nacey was awarded CNZM.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 23

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Friday, 26 June 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

Networks and events

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Now that New Zealand has moved down to level one lockdown we are thrilled to be able to host the Highlanders' Breakfast with the Coaches. Our first online book club has also started and has had an incredible uptake by alumni.

Otago alumni central to Fiji's pandemic response

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Fiji's COVID-19 Incident Management Team (IMT) represents Fiji's whole-of-government response to the pandemic and implements the Fiji Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Plan.

See the world from your armchair!

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Friday, 15 May 2020

Otago alumnus Steve Wilson is doing all he can to keep his team of worldwide tour guides working by employing them as virtual guides in their home countries.

Helping meet hunger in the community

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Friday, 15 May 2020

Otago alumna and current PhD student Heather Tribe has been multi-tasking as social media adviser, relief driver and board member for Auckland food rescue NGO Fair Food, as it responds to increased need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Epic firsts for alumni!

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

We love hearing about interesting things our alumni have been up to, and we've gathered up some impressive achievements that have come to our notice recently.

Coronavirus Project - Call for documentary subjects

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Medical practitioner and documentary maker Paul Trotman plans to make a feature documentary telling the story of the COVID-19 outbreak from start to finish, using the words and experiences of doctors, nurses and allied staff.