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Latest edition of Otago Connection out now

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:33pm

Laboratory Technician Rebecca Macdonald in this month's "Otago on Location" series which showcases the Department of Botany's glasshouses. Photo: Emma Allen.

The second edition of the Otago Connection newsletter hit inboxes late last week, offering some behind-the-scenes glimpses of life at Otago.

Otago Connection is the Vice-Chancellor’s e-newsletter to parents, whanau and friends of Otago students.

In this issue we celebrate the Otago Rowing Club’s Women’s and Men’s Eights rowing teams on their spectacular win at the International Universities Rowing Regatta in China, explore the hidden history of the Department of Botany glasshouses, and interview Head of Studholme College Ziggy Lesa.

We’ve had many heartwarming stories about students giving back to the wider Dunedin community, such as the Otago Law students who tirelessly organise the Women’s Refuge Appeals Week every year, and the Commerce students fundraising for the Dunedin Night Shelter through their Developing Responsible Leadership paper.

Otago students lead the way in academic excellence, and in this edition of Otago Connection we recognise a student who received an award from the French Embassy, and our trio of Computer Science students who competed in the World’s Challenge Challenge.

Lastly, meet some of our medical and dental students who open the Teddy Bear Hospital each year to provide young children with positive and encouraging medical experiences.

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