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Alumni visit Waite Campus 50 years on

Every year, the University of Adelaide is proud to welcome back alumni to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

On Friday 20 October, we celebrated the Class of 1967. Graduates were invited back to Bonython Hall for a Commemoration Ceremony followed by a luncheon.

We were delighted to host over half of the graduating class from the Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the Waite campus, many who travelled from Victoria and Queensland. It was great to see old friends catching up and learning more about the new research in the Agricultural Science sector.

It was great to hear their stories and show them how the campus has changed in 50 years.

After lunch, Dean of the Waite, Mike Keller welcomed the group and gave them a tour through the Waite building.  Dr Stuart Roy and Professor Diane Mather then gave the group a look at some of the newest technology on campus in the Plant Genomics Centre, and discussed the plant genomics and molecular breeding work of the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine. The view over the vineyard from the balcony was breathtaking, and there were some animated discussions about the research!

The Plant Accelerator was the next stop, where a tour and demonstration of the smart houses by Scientific Director Bettina Berger impressed the group. Several of the alumni commented on how their own studies years ago would have been transformed by the technology available today.

A look at the Hickinbotham-Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory and winery finished the tour.

Alumna Meredith McBratney said the celebrations and tour were ’most enjoyable… The day ran very smoothly for us and I think all of us would say it was a great success. It really gave us a buzz!’

’Friday was a wonderful day for our small group on Ag Scientists. We could have gone on for a few days!’ said alumnus Peter Schroder.  ‘The changes at the Waite over the last 50 years are amazing. It is hard to believe they could be so dramatic. The automatic glass houses, wow!’

The University of Adelaide regularly assists alumni with reunions, if you would like to organise a reunion with your classmates, please contact Alumni Relations.

 

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