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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whānau: Voices of Aotearoa, far from home

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Wednesday 3 February 2021

The day before the second lockdown began in the UK in early November, a group of 23 New Zealand opera singers and musicians, including five Otago alumni, joined together to film Whānau: Voices of Aotearoa, far from home.

Remembering Professor Phil Bishop

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Monday 1 February 2021

Professor Phil Bishop was “quite protective” of his frogs during the shoot, recalls the photographer of this portrait taken for his 2014 Inaugural Professorial Lecture.

Obituary: Associate Professor R.T.M. Poulter

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Friday 29 January 2021

Our friend and colleague Associate Professor Russell Poulter died suddenly on 11 January while hiking in the Hooker Valley with his family. Russell was an active and passionate researcher right up to the time of his death - which occurred as he was investigating an interesting flower by the side of the track. He is survived by wife and research partner Dr Margi Butler, their daughter Jane Poulter, and son George Taiaroa.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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