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Port Elizabeth Transformation Consultation

Two functions were held on the 12th May, a Brunch and an evening Cocktail Consultation. Dr Clayton hosted both events and noted that converstations on institutional change and transformation characterise Rhodes University life. While these conversations are transformative in and of themselves a need was identified for more structured and facilitated transformation conversations. Central to the transformation project is the issues of the name of our University

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Cape Town Alumni Transformation Consultations

This May Rhodes University kick-started the Transformation Summit Alumni Consultations as an international initiative. Alumni is the largest stakeholder group that plays a strategic role in the Rhodes community. The Alumni Transformation Task Team, consisting of the staff and students currently at Rhodes University, are interacting with the Alumni in a two-pronged approach; an online survey and consultations.

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Perth, Australia Reunion Consultation

Organised by ORs Andrew Burnett (1967) and Kevin Cockcroft (1978) and kindly hosted at Andrew and Barbara’s house, the event went off exceedingly well with everyone thoroughly enjoying the evening. Prof George Wells from Rhodes University: Department of Computer Science, is currently on sabbatical and offered to be the guest speaker and to facilitate the Alumni Transformation Consultation. Prof Wells discovered that Australian boerewors ‘is actually rather good!’

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give5 Student Fundraising Campaign 2017

Give5 is a fundraising campaign run by students to raise money for fellow students. The campaign is aimed to provoke a spirit of philanthropy in students and provides them with an opportunity to help ‘one of their own’. The success of the campaign relies on the give5 Committee and the Senior Student, together with another House Committee member, from each Residence, to galvanise the students into planning and participating in the fundraising activities.

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Orientation Cocktail Party

The Orientation Cocktail Party is specifically aimed at new students who have a family connection to Rhodes and gives their Old Rhodian relative and the student the unique opportunity to meet the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, and other members of staff on a more personal level.

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Knocking On Heavens Door Reunion

Our Knocking on Heavens Door group (1965 to 1975) organised THE BIG PULL Reunion for the weekend of the 30th September. Over 40 Old Rhodians from all over the world made the big pull to Port Alfred for the weekend. The group met at the Royal Alfred Golf Club for a meet and greet braai on the Friday evening which served as an opportunity for informal Club meetings (Club 15 and League of Gentlemen) to be held at the same time. Saturday saw many gather for a game of golf, whilst others drove to

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Johannesburg Alumni Events

The Jacaranda trees were a perfect backdrop for our Johannesburg events held from the 3rd of November. The Vice-Chancellor’s Dinner was hosted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Peter Clayton, due to Dr Mabizela being needed in Grahamstown. Much debate and discussion was held on the Fees Must Fall and how it affects tertiary education and Rhodes University in particular.

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UK Club 1904 Congratulates Caroline Rowland

n the 21st September, the UK 1904 Club held an event at The Soho Hotel in order for Ms Orla Quinlan, Director of the Rhodes University International Office to present the Distinguished Old Rhodian Awards to Caroline Rowland. Caroline is Founder and Executive Creative Director of New Moon, the company thought to have redefined the role of film in campaigning to win major sporting, cultural and business contacts.

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Durban Congratulates Andy Gray

October the 15th saw KZN Alumni coming together at the Arcadia Pride Hotel in Durban. A luncheon was held midday, for our more mature Old Rhodians, and that evening the Reunion provided the unique opportunity for Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela to present Andy Gray with the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award. Andrew Lofts Gray is awarded the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award as he is an outstanding leader in the pharmacy field both nationally and internationally and epitomizes Rhodes motto 'where leaders learn'.

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