Friday 25 May 2018 3:10pm
Otago Alumni and guests enjoyed "behind-the-scenes" access to learn more about what makes the Pulse Energy Highlanders Super Rugby team tick at special events in Brisbane this week. They also joined Otago staff at a range of events celebrating links between the University and its community of supporters.
Alumni and families attended the Highlanders’ Captain’s Run at Brothers Rugby Club in Albion on Friday 25 May and watched the team go through its final preparations before its clash with the Reds on Saturday 26 May. The session finished with fans of all ages getting autographs and photos with their favourite players.
Highlanders’ coaches shared further insight into the workings of a Super Rugby team with Otago alumni at a breakfast on Saturday morning. Acting coach Mark Hammett, and other members of the coaching team, talked about the values that define the team, and how they its culture of collegiality. Guests were also shown two videos demonstrating the team's approach to training. After breakfast guests enjoyed taking photos and chatting with coaches. A huge thank you to the Pulse Energy Highlanders’ team, management and players for generously giving their time to participate at our events.
On Friday 25 May the University held its 7th Otago event in Brisbane. The evening's entertainment was hosted by the Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor External Engagement, Professor Helen Nicholson.
Professor Nicholson spoke about the University's proud traditions and the contribution our alumni continually make to enhance Otago's reputation. Alumni deserved special thanks for sending their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to study at Otago, she says. Professor Nicholson also noted recent achievements of staff who continue to gain international and national recognition for their teaching and research excellence.
Dr Somerville outlined the plans for the University’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2019 and encouraged guests to consider returning to Dunedin during the year to relive and revive their Otago memories. He highlighted the range of events that will happen during Queen’s Birthday weekend in 2019, including a convocation ceremony, a series of anniversary dinners, departmental and residential college open days, and a gala concert.
Other features of the evening included a video showing past and present images of Otago, a quiz on Otago facts and idiosyncrasies, and a viewing of a recent Air New Zealand television ad that features the University of Otago.