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Adelaide reunion catalyst for South Australia alumni network

For the first time ever, the Lincoln University Alumni and Development Office has organised and hosted an alumni reunion in Adelaide, South Australia. The only earlier recorded gathering of South Australian alumni was in November 2001 when alumnus Hugh Wynter (DipAg 1962, DipVFM 1965), who lives in Adelaide, organised a local dinner reunion.

Anecdotally we have heard there may have been one subsequent get-together and the Alumni & Development Office would be interested to have the date of this, if any reader can help.   

The 2014 event, billed as an Alumni Spring Gathering, was held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley on Monday 15 September. The overall aim of the University’s presence was to get the ball rolling again for alumni in South Australia. Hugh gave his support, but unfortunately at the last minute he was hospitalised and couldn’t attend.  We are pleased to report he is back to full health.

With a land area of almost one million square kilometres, over three times the size of New Zealand, South Australia is a vast area for a centralised alumni gathering, so the attendance of John and Sandy Andre and David and Wendy Botting from Millicent, almost 400kms away in the state’s south-east, was greatly appreciated and their company was enjoyed immensely. 

John is a BAgrSc (1963) alumnus and holds the Lincoln University Alumni International Medal while David is a BAgrSc (1958) alumnus, and Wendy (nee Myers) is a BAgrSc(Hort) alumna from 1960-62. 

Others attending were 2003 PhD graduate Paul Petrie, now National Viticulturist and Vintrepreneur with Treasury Wine Estates; 1999 BCom(Hons) graduate Sandra Yee (married to Paul) who is Careers Advisor in the Learning and Teaching Unit, University of South Australia; 1984 BHortSc graduate Dr Kevin Williams, an Associate Professor of the University of South Australia and a General Manager on the Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Development; and 2009 GradDipV&O graduate Gavin Clements, who is currently making a career move from the wine industry into secondary school teaching.

The evening passed with enjoyable food, drinks, story-telling and congeniality, and there was consensus that the establishment of an up-to-date alumni network in South Australia would be a good idea and that an annual reunion would be appreciated. 

If you would like to be included in future South Australia events, please let the Alumni & Development Office know by emailing us at  alumni@lincoln.ac.nz.