Monday 17 June 2019 3:50pm
Blue and yellow table flowers and the glittering lights of Melbourne greeted guests to the Woodward Conference Centre for the Melbourne Alumni dinner on May 9.
Graeme Steven the Melbourne Alumni Network leader welcomed guests to the evening which began with the opportunity to mingle with others before sitting down for dinner.
This year’s event had the focus of celebrating the University’s 150th anniversary and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Harlene Hayne spoke not only about the University’s distinguished past but equally its exciting future. She thanked everyone for being a part of the Otago community and for joining us to celebrate 150 years of daring to be wise.
Shelagh Murray, Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Office reiterated the importance of the strength of the Otago community. This strength can be seen in the proud philanthropic tradition that includes the gifting of the University Lodge as accommodation for the Vice-Chancellor of the University to current gifts from alumni which support the University in many ways including the funding of 17 entrance scholarships.
Shelagh also spoke about the major 150th celebratory weekend to be held during New Zealand’s Queen’s Birthday at the end of May, and encouraged guests to come back and celebrate on campus.
As the evening wore on, memories of Otago were shared; some recent and others steeped in history, but all contained stories of comradery, a time of great excitement and of a period of life that had the power to define future achievements.
With memories of Otago foremost in their minds as guests left, the University feels fortunate that its alumni continue to remember their scarfie days fondly.
Visit the Alumni Facebook page to view photos from this event.