9 July 2016
Well we all survived the big reunion, thank you to all those who came along and sorry to miss those who could not get there.
The event started at the old Agriculture school where everyone got name tags so we could all make sure we knew who we were talking to, and laugh about how little we had all changed over 40 years! The Acting Dean Brian Leury gave an excellent presentation on the current status of the Agriculture and Forestry courses and what the future is likely to hold. The old-new Ag building closest to Tin Alley is to be demolished at the end of the year and a new purpose-built "Learning Centre" is to be constructed. Special thanks to the Alumni Relations staff Maree Blackburn and Peter Moran for helping with this part of the evening and also a big thanks to Brian Leury for taking the time to talk to us all.
We were due down at International House for pre-dinner drinks at 5:30pm however the conversation at the Ag School was so spirited that many didn't leave until nearly 6pm, so we delayed the serving of dinner as a result.
Thanks to all those who sent in bios. Just to make sure people had read them, we asked some trivia questions based on these bios during the evening. I am still wondering how tall lanky Birchi actually fitted inside that Darlek! We also heard from attendees who had "forgotten" to send their bios to me prior. It was interesting to learn more about the diverse range of career paths that we all had taken over the years.
Ross Clarke had kindly provided a 1978 themed music soundtrack for the evening, and then he outdid himself when along with Phil Ford, Scotty and Ken Grenfell, did a live music set later in the evening.
Although we had the venue booked till 10:30pm, the last attendees didn't leave till 12:30am. This gives you an idea as to the enthusiasm and vibrancy of the event.
A special thank you Mark Gordon and the staff at International House for their help organising, and their good natured and relaxed manner during the evening.
Alumnus reunion organiser: Peter Holloway