UNSW Vice-Chancellor visits New College and answers students' questions
The New College Commencement formal dinner was held recently. All current residents and invited guests attended this important College event. The special guest addressing the dinner was UNSW Vice Chancellor and President Professor Mark Wainwright.
To see photos please visit: Commencement Dinner Photos.
Also present at the dinner were a group of New College alumni from different years; amongst this group were two of the three Rhodes Scholars in the College's 36 year history - the College's first Rhodes Scholar Dr Michael Kilborn 1985 and Mr David Winterton who is a 2005 Rhodes Scholar. The Master Professor Trevor Cairney interviewed Michael and David during the function and found out how being Rhodes scholars had affected their lives and their memories of 'New'. They remembered the college with affection.
The night also included a musical item where talented New College students performed Eric Clapton's Layla to the delight of the audience. This contemporary item was well received by the College community.
Professor Cairney acknowledged the five New College University Medallists for 2004 - Hari Balakrishna (Accounting), Rebecca Barnes (Environmental Engineering), Ben Lavis (Mechatronic Engineering), Emily McPherson (Mining Engineering) and Jacob Wood (Process Metallurgy), as well as the 19 Collegians who won 22 University prizes & awards.
The Vice Chancellor also presented the 6 annual New College academic prizes to Jarryd Pla – Petroleum Engineering, Jamie Kelly – Physics/Mechanical Engineering, Zoe Paterson – Arts/Law, Prue Freestone – Commerce, Jane Barr – Optometry and Fiona Knox – Science.
Living up to his reputation as a down-to-earth and popular academic on campus Prof Wainwright spoke about the exciting development of UNSW Asia. UNSW has been invited by the Singapore government to found a new UNSW university at a green field's site near the Singapore International Airport. He also updated students, alumni and College staff on the building works taking place on the Kensington campus, UNSW academic and general news on new staff appointments; plans to improve accommodation and housing options and improvements to the academic program.
Professor Wainwright remained after dinner to answer residents many questions and was still in the building talking to residents at 10pm.