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Latest Alumni & Friends news

Economics alumnus capitalises on hard work
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
2012 Alumni Disability Support Scholarship recipient Shaun Markham completed a Master of Economics (with distinction) this May.

Why we heart Otago: Scarfie Flats
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Sarah Gallagher and Dr Ian Chapman’s book Scarfie Flats will explore the history of Dunedin flat names.

Nessie hunt highlights important science 
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Department of Anatomy Professor Neil Gemmell says there is serious science behind his project analysing environmental DNA in Scotland's Loch Ness.

Poignant gift helps others
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Personal tragedy motivated Paris-based Julie Vandingenen to donate NZ$34,000 towards Otago's Centre for Translational Cancer Research

Your Story: Wayne Fairbrother
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Otago science alumnus Wayne Fairbrother has many career highlights, but says a recent meeting with a man who was cancer-free after taking a product his team helped develop was “very inspiring”.

Medical scholarship links past and future 
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Almost every year since 2009 Toronto-based octogenarian Peter Grant has made a pilgrimage back to the University of Otago to mark two special events.

Supporting Otago: Cheers for the chairs
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Dean Professor Paul Brunton thanks alumni for supporting a Faculty of Dentistry lecture theatre redevelopment by “buying” auditorium seats, and encourages them to get behind a similar teaching-chair project.

Hot Picks: eConnect issue 15
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Every semester Otago academics, and visiting lecturers, share a wealth of information through their public lectures – we warmly invite you to access these online.

Otago music alumnus continues winning ways
Friday, 22 June 2018
Otago music alumnus Julien Van Mellearts has again tasted success on the international stage by placing second in a prestigious singing competition 

Honours abound for Otago alumni
Friday, 8 June 2018
More than 15 Otago alumni were recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Minds stimulated at Brain Health Research Centre events
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
A public lecture by Associate Professor Lynette Sadleir on advancements in epilepsy research and treatments was a stimulating start to Brain Health Research Centre events in Dunedin this week.

Inaugural Joan Mary Anderson award recipients announced
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Miriam Hunt, Caitlin Elborough and Caitlin Harris are the inaugural recipients of the Joan Mary Anderson Award in Plant Sciences.

Brisbane alumni events May 2018
Friday, 25 May 2018
Alumni and guests joined with University staff in Brisbane on the weekend of May 25th for a range of events to celebrate the link between the University and its alumni.

Melbourne alumni event May 2018
Thursday, 24 May 2018
We would like to thank alumni and guests who joined University staff for dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 24 May. We enjoyed meeting with everyone and hearing anecdotes about your time at Otago.

Sydney alumni events May 2018
Monday, 21 May 2018
Alumni and guests joined Otago staff in Sydney for a range of events celebrating links between the University and its alumni.

Travel award to illuminate radiation therapy techniques
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Bachelor of Radiation Therapy graduand Ellyott Rouse received the 2018 Angela Allen Travelling Scholarship at a Dunedin Campus event on 12 May.

Graduation often a family affair
Friday, 11 May 2018
University of Otago graduation ceremonies are often a family affair.

Samoan alumni reminded to RSVP for AGM!
Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Otago Alumni and supporters in Samoa are reminded to register to attend the local chapter's annual general meeting by 10 May!

Alumnus captures Antarctica's warm interior
Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Otago Master of Science Communication alumnus Guy Frederick's latest photographic exhibition shows other perspectives of New Zealand's Scott Base.

Irish Studies postgrads tackle wide-ranging topics
Monday, 30 April 2018
The latest cohort of Irish Studies postgraduates are researching in a broad range of fascinating topics thanks to the Eamon Cleary Trust's generosity.

Exam prep workshops stress stressing less
Friday, 20 April 2018
About 15 students who receive scholarships administered by the Development and Alumni Relations Office attended an exam preparation workshop at St Margaret's College last week.

Highlanders vs Blues
Friday, 20 April 2018
Highlanders vs Blues - An enthusiastic group of Otago alumni gathered at the Neighbourhood Bar in Kingsland prior to the game on Friday 20 April, and then went on to enjoy another Highlanders’ win.

An Evening of Celebrations: Christchurch 2018
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Alumni and guests joined University of Otago staff at the Christchurch campus on 19 April for an event outlining the highlights of next year’s University of Otago 150th anniversary celebrations.

New Otago Samoa alumni chapter president's strong vision for future
Friday, 13 April 2018
Newly elected La O Samoa Samoa Otago Alumni Chapter President To'oto'ooleaava Dr Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa has a strong vision for the alumni group's future.

Pipes recall proud traditions at commemorative centenary event 
Tuesday, 10 April 2018
Benefactors and guests travelled from Canada and around New Zealand to attend David A Grant Scottish piping and drumming centenary commemorative events at Otago on 6- 7 April  

"Be awesome" new Samoa alumni chapter board told 
Thursday, 5 April 2018
The Otago Samoan Alumni Chapter elected a President, Secretary General, Treasurer, their deputies and three executive board members at a cocktail dinner event in Apia on 5 April.

Selwynites sing reunion's praises
Thursday, 29 March 2018
More than 250 former Selwyn residents enjoyed their time at the College's 125th reunion in Dunedin on March 23-25.

All aboard for alumni in Apia
Thursday, 29 March 2018
Otago Samoan Alumni Chapter to elect board at Apia dinner on 5 April

Torch lit for Selwyn 125th celebrations
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Preparations for Selwyn College's 125th Jubilee are well underway, with more than 250 former residents set to attend this weekend's celebrations.

Plaque for medical alumnus a Jolly good idea
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
A plaque recognising the work of Otago medical alumnus and war surgeon Dr Douglas Jolly will be unveiled in Cromwell on 23 March.

Long-time supporter reflects on generosity on 98th birthday
Friday, 16 March 2018
Long-time Otago supporter and former Pharmacology Professor Fred Fastier celebrated his 98th birthday this week, and shared ideas on giving. 

Students gain insight into awards
Friday, 16 March 2018
Scholarship and award recipients attended two events in recent weeks to learn more about Otago supporters. 

Talk music to ears
Thursday, 8 March 2018
ABC with Otago Lecturers at UBS features music talk with Professor David Bilkey

Auckland Welcome BBQ 2018
Thursday, 8 March 2018
The University of Otago's Development & Alumni Relations Office and the Auckland Alumni Chapter recently hosted a Welcome BBQ open to all young Otago alumni in Auckland

Alumna's poetry PhD leads to Palgrave publication
Friday, 2 March 2018
Irish Studies PhD Ailbhe McDaid has had a work, based on her Otago thesis, published by Palgrave

Musicophilia - sound interesting?
Friday, 23 February 2018
Alumni and supporters are warmly invited to ABC with Otago Lecturers at Dunedin's UBS on 6 March when Professor David Bilkey discusses Musicophilia.  

Alumnus applauds Aquinas changes 50 years on
Thursday, 8 February 2018
Fifty years on Otago alumnus Sze Foong applauds Aquinas changes and enjoys reunion with former residents