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President's Message
What a busy and exciting year it’s proving to be, and I’m not talking about World Cup Cricket or the upcoming World Cup Rugby! I’m referring to our own organisation - the Lincoln University Alumni Association.

Anyone who was around the campus on 23rd and 24th April will know what I am talking about. On the 23rd, the day before Graduation, we held our inaugural Alumni Association Day. An opportunity for all former students to celebrate their connection with Lincoln University ahead of the new cohort of graduates joining our ranks after the next day’s ceremonies.

As you will read in this edition of AlumniLinc, the day opened with the Association’s AGM, which was followed by an address by the 2014 Bledisloe Medalist. Then there was the enjoyment and conviviality of the Alumni Luncheon and later in the afternoon the R-a Whakamana ceremony for the University’s M-aori graduands and, a sports and future leaders ceremony was also held. Capping off the day was the Vice-Chancellor’s Invitational PhD Dinner, a splendid occasion at which I was able to pass on personally the association’s congratulations to the latest crop of doctoral graduates.

The 24th was Graduation Day and again there was lots of involvement and representation by alumni, from the award of the 2015 Bledisloe and Alumni International Medals to the handing out of gift packs by Alumni and Development Office to the new graduates, welcoming them to their status as Lincoln University alumni.

It is a status to be proud of. It will open doors and make you friends the world over. Value it and build on it. That’s my message with this newsletter, as we continue on with the busy and exciting year I referred to earlier. Check out the Save the Date section - there’s plenty coming up, and remember too the medal nomination process and forms. Perhaps you have some deserving candidate in mind. Please, go online and complete a nomination and help bring distinction to a fellow member.

On the subject of distinction, congratulations to alumnus James Davidson BCom(Ag) 2011, who has just won the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year title in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.    

Jo Spencer-Bower
Lincoln University Alumni Association