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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".

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lecture Hot Picks - @Otago 23

Right Lecture Hot Picks

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.