Thursday 24 May 2018 3:11pm
Our Melbourne alumni dinners have almost become an annual feature on Otago's trans-Tasman calender, and we would like to thank all guests who joined us on 24 May to make this year's event a success.
We enjoyed meeting with everyone, hearing your stories about times spent at Otago, and catching up on what you've been doing since graduation.
The 'Otago spirit' was a feature of the evening, with guests and staff enjoying both the friendly atmosphere at University House and superb views of Melbourne's skyline.
A huge thank you to Melbourne Network Organiser Graeme Steven for his work making this fabulous event happen; it is always a treat to be welcomed so warmly by the Melbourne network members, who always make us feel part of the group.
Otago Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC encouraged guests to return to Otago in 2019 to join in the University’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations. Dr Somerville outlined next year's events, and said highlights will include those held over Queen’s Birthday when the University will host a convocation ceremony, a series of anniversary dinners, departmental and residential college open days, and a gala concert.
The invitation struck a chord with alumni, prompting much discussion among alumni about returning to join in celebrations.
Development and Alumni Relations Office Director Shelagh Murray discussed recent developments at Otago, and acknowledged successive generations of alumni for creating a legacy which has underpinned the University's ongoing success.
Guests also enjoyed a video showing past and present images of Otago, a quiz on Otago facts - many of the questions were on details that only former "Scarfies" would know - and seeing a recent Air New Zealand television ad in which the University of Otago took centre stage.
Otago alumni and supporters in Melbourne can contact the local network via their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/otagounistudentslivinginmelbourne