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President's Message Dec 2015

Season’s greetings to all members of the Lincoln University alumni community. This is the final edition of AlumniLinc for 2015 and in it we report on some of the events of recent weeks and provide a ‘Save the Date’ list for you to note for 2016. The next edition of the alumni news magazine Landforms will be published in early 2016 with a record of significant university and alumni activities in the year now closing. 

What a year it has been, with the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Dr Andrew West, who was our Alumni Association Patron, and the implementation of the new regulations for the make-up of tertiary institution councils, which impacted on specific alumni representation. Fortunately the representation issue has been resolved and I talk about that in detail in Landforms (due out in 2016). In essence there will be at least one Council member, of those the Council can appoint, who must be an LU alumnus.

Always bringing brightness to the Lincoln University environment are the achievements of our alumni in the many fields in which they are pursuing their careers and passions. Among this year’s big achievements, and one that I was able to witness personally, was the storybook participation of 2015 Diploma of Agriculture graduate Joe Moody in the Rugby World Cup tournament. 

I saw Joe receive his diploma when I was on stage as LUAA President at the 2015 Lincoln University Graduation Ceremony in April, then in October at the RWC final at Twickenham, there he was again in front of me in All Black colours, matching it with the best, having been plucked urgently from New Zealand to participate in the tournament. Of course politeness prevents me from mentioning another particular alumnus who was there too! Someone with a jersey number just a couple of numerals away from that worn by a third alumnus, Sam Whitelock. We’re terribly proud of all three. 

With winter sport now behind us, we look ahead to Christmas, traditionally the season of giving. I am delighted to able report that the response of the Lincoln University community to the 2015 Annual Appeal was amazing and humbling. Lincoln’s Alumni and Development Director, Jo Brady, says it is clear that many alumni regard themselves as ‘stewards’ of the University with a responsibility to preserve and enhance the unique contribution the University and its graduates make, and that they wish to ensure the University is relevant whatever the era. These are Jo’s words and I endorse them. Stewardship of the University is a nice way of putting it.

The Alumni Association is always proud of its link with scholarships and we wish our two 2015 scholars, Tom Davies and Justine Ferguson, every success as they move onwards in their careers.

On behalf of the Lincoln University Alumni Association and its executive I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and the very best for 2016.

Jo Spencer-Bower
Lincoln University Alumni Association