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President's message

Birthday parties are always fun and on 23 September Lincoln University celebrated the birthday of its founding Director William Edward Ivey.

Much like Queen’s Birthday, the date was not actually his real birth anniversary - that’s 26 August, which falls in semester break time when students are away from the campus, so all the University family is not available then to celebrate. Marking Ivey’s birthday is a reasonably new event on the University’s calendar, but a very worthy one. 

Ivey was born in Hobart, Tasmania, and before coming to Lincoln he worked in Melbourne and elsewhere in Victoria and married in Sydney. As such, a strong trans-Tasman connection existed in the life of the University’s first Director.

I mention this because the Lincoln University Alumni and Development Office has just hosted two alumni reunions in Tasmania - in Hobart (Ivey’s birth place) and Launceston. In addition, the annual Sydney reunion took place as usual before the first of this year’s Bledisloe Cup rugby matches, and the annual Melbourne alumni dinner is coming up on 7 November, in Melbourne Cup week.

Lincoln University has loyal alumni in all three of these places of significance in Ivey’s early life. Growing our alumni connections across the Tasman has been one of the important tasks on the Alumni & Development Office’s agenda this year and it has the support of the Association. 

In this edition of AlumniLinc, you will read about Alumni and Development Officer Anisha Thomas hosting the two reunions in Tasmania and she says alumni there really appreciate the on-going connection with their University. The Office also hosted an alumni gathering in Adelaide in South Australia for the first time in over a decade. The first and last recorded activity there was in November 2001 when Hugh Wynter (DipAg 1962, DipVFM 1965) organised an alumni dinner, although anecdotally there was one more gathering after that. Alumni and Development Office staff member Ian Collins hosted this latest Adelaide gathering, attended by loyal alumni.  

The Australian connections are part of Lincoln University’s family history, and birthdays are great times to reflect on family history.

Talking of the Lincoln University family, it was reported at the latest meeting of the Alumni Association Executive that the University’s alumni database now has over 35,880 names on it. Even with the projected task of data cleansing, which will reduce the total a little, that’s a large family! But after all, Lincoln University has been around for 136 years!

Membership of our Lincoln University Alumni Association Executive has also grown, and it is with pleasure that we welcome on board Simon Lee from Mendip Hills, who joins us as the Telford representative.  

With spring now here and summer approaching, I wish you all enjoyable days outdoors, and remember, do keep in touch with your Association.

Jo Spencer-Bower
Lincoln University Alumni Association