Tuesday 31 July 2018 1:55pm
Along with many an inspiring works, the strong links between the University of Otago and its alumni were on display at the stunning Tauranga Art Gallery on Tuesday, 31 July.
Alumni and guests visited exhibitions on the gallery’s ground floor before reconnecting with other Otago graduates and partners in the main reception area.
Event host Chancellor Dr Royden Somerville QC updated attendees on current developments and changes to the Dunedin campus. While many exciting projects had been completed, many more that would enhance Otago’s research and teaching capabilities were in the offing. He also outlined Otago’s steady increase in teaching and research outputs.
Dr Somerville also encouraged guests to think about returning to Otago next year to join in 150th anniversary celebrations. While numerous events in 2019 would be of interest, those planned for Queen’s Birthday Weekend in early June – which included a convocation ceremony, a series of anniversary dinners, departmental and residential college open days, and a gala concert – might be of special interest, he said.
Another highlight of the event was a draw for a Highlanders’ training jersey that we are sure will be proudly worn in the Bay of Plenty.
The evening was a wonderful opportunity for alumni to share memories and stories of time spent at Otago and possibly make plans for a return – the Development and Alumni Office thanks all our guests for coming along.