Monday 21 May 2018 3:13pm
Alumni and guests joined Otago staff in Sydney for a range of events celebrating links between the University and its alumni.
Alumni and families were invited to the Highlanders’ Captain’s Run at Coogee Oval on Friday 18 May where they watched the team go through its final preparations before the game against the Waratahs on Saturday 19 May. It was lovely to see the children, and adults, get autographs and photos with their favourite players.
Further insight into the workings of a Super Rubgy team were shared at the breakfast with the Highlanders’ coaches on Saturday, 19 May. Aaron Mauger and his team talked about the values that define the squad, and how they build the team’s culture, as well as showing two videos demonstrating the training and collegiality of the team. After breakfast, guests enjoyed an informal catch-up and photo session with coaches.
A huge thank you to the Highlanders’ team and management for their generosity with regards to these events.
On Monday 21 May the University held its 19th Otago event in Sydney, which was hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Enterprise, Professor Richard Blaikie.
Professor Blaikie spoke about the University’s proud traditions and the contribution our alumni continually make to enhance the Otago’s reputation. The recent, and numerous, achievements of staff in teaching and research excellence where especially noteworthy, he said.
Plans for the University’s 150th celebrations in 2019 were also shared, and guests were encouraged to consider returning to Dunedin during the year to relive and revive their Otago memories.
A highlight of the evening was a video screening showing past and present images of Otago, a quiz on Otago facts and idiosyncrasies, and a viewing of a recent Air New Zealand advertisement which features the University of Otago.