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Tuesday Lunch Club hears Hub update

Tuesday Lunch Club on a Wednesday. That was the end-of-year twist to the Alumni and Development Office’s 2015 programme of popular monthly lunchtime gatherings for alumni and retired staff, and their partners.

The campus dining hall in Te Kete Ika was the venue for the gathering, held on 9 December with an attendance of 50. The Wednesday scheduling was necessary in order to have the Chancellor as guest speaker as there was a meeting of the Lincoln University Council on the Tuesday.

Chancellor Tom Lambie brought members up to date with the University’s plans and aspirations around The Hub and the Government funding injection linked to the University working in association with partner organisations such as the local CRI’s., describing the negotiations as ‘complex’.

The Chancellor also stressed the need for the University to continue to grow its student enrolments, which had suffered subsequent to the Canterbury earthquakes.

Loyal alumnus and Tuesday Lunch Club organiser Neil Gow was presented with a bottle of Lincoln University wine by the Chancellor. In reply Neil said history had come ‘full cycle’ from his student days when he was reprimanded by Lincoln College Principal Malcolm Burns for breaking the no-alcohol-on-campus regulation. “Now,” he said, “I am being given a bottle of wine on the campus by the Chancellor!”

Among those present at the luncheon were former Chancellor the Hon. Chancellor Margaret Austin, 2001 Bledisloe Medallist and former University Council member Brian Cameron, and 2013 Bledisloe Medallist Dr Terry Heiler.