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Fieldays no mystery
It came as no surprise that alumni visiting the Lincoln stand at National Agricultural Fieldays at Mystery Creek, Hamilton, over 11 – 14 June were very interested in their old college/university.   

Located at site E24, close to the Fieldays Headquarters, the Lincoln University stand was staffed by the student recruitment team, academic staff and two representatives from the Alumni & Development Office, Patrick Yeung and Ian Collins.

The Alumni and Development reps met alumni from all over New Zealand - from Northland to Southland - and alumni across all the decades from the 1950s to very new graduates.  Many of the retired alumni had held top positions in the primary sector and many of the newer graduates were tracking well along significant career paths in land-based industries and professions.

Among the early visitors was Waikato MP and alumnus Lindsay Tisch, who is Assistant Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Speaker of the House, alumnus and Port Hills MP, David Carter, also called by, as did the Minister for Tertiary Education Steven Joyce and the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy.

From the 1956 intake, John Dickson, originally from Gore, called in to meet the alumni staff. From the 1969 DipAg intake Warwick Graham was a visitor. Among visitors from various classes in the 1970s were alumni Peter Hodges, Alan Livingston, Lee Whiley, and John and Lyn Pauling. As a student Lyn, then Lyn Forbes, flatted in the Ivey Cottage on Springs Road with Mary Fraser (now Mary Webb). Also from the 1970s, Brian Petersen called in. Brian was a member of the Students’ Association Executive in 1972.

Visitors from the 1980s included Paul Tarbotton, Lindsay James, Mac O’Brien, Fraser Hall, and Roger Baldwin; and from the 1990s, Kale Pfennig and Mark Gibb. From the 2000s Alumni and Development Office staff met Ashley Waterworth, Serena Clarke, Alex Taylor, Cassandra Ryder, Ian Pepperell, Tom Humphries, Rob Kidd, Maree Calder and many others.

Having an Alumni and Development Office presence at the National Fieldays seems to be much appreciated by visitors and it complements well the presence of student recruitment staff. The ‘lifecycle of a student’ can be seen … from recruitment through to graduation, to career path, and eventually retirement and reflection on what will turn out for most to be one of the best times of their life, their time at Lincoln.   

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