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O Extravaganza! The Great Extrav Reunion Weekend & Capping Revue Revival [1993]

[VUWPoint Newsletter]

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VUW Point

Alumni Newsletter

ISSN 1171-8099, Vol 2 No 2 September, 1993 VUWPoint Alumni Newsletter masthead

University Fun on Open Day

Dick Simpson, Patron of the Alumni Association, enjoys a joke with Sharon Major, Alumni Relations Manager, and Andy Du Fresne at the O Extravaganza! festivities.

Dick Simpson, Patron of the Alumni Association, enjoys a joke with Sharon Major, Alumni Relations Manager, and Andy Du Fresne at the O Extravaganza! festivities.

Dinosaurs and superconductors, art, poetry and music, the trial of Oscar Wilde and a vote on New Zealand's most unpopular politician — all will be part of Victoria University's Open Day on Saturday September 25. Organiser Dr David Burton emphasises that the Open Day is fun for the whole family. "Come early and stay the whole day," he said. "There will be a great variety of activities, displays, and entertainment."

Some highlights:

Hunter Building: The restoration project is not completely finished but much of Hunter is open for public inspection after being closed for about 15 years. The Alumni Association is hosting an Open Day café, on level two of the Hunter building.

Ostracism: In ancient Greece any ostracised politician had to leave the country for 10 years. With a general election due, there may be special interest in ostracising a politician.

Dinosaurs: The DNA display will give some idea of how plausible the plot of Jurassic Park really is; fossils of New Zealand's own dinosaurs will be on display along with a life-size replica of a flying pterosaurus with a four-metre wingspan; and live tuatara will make a rare public appearance.

Other science: Superconductors and laser beams, weather and earthquakes, giant wetas and tiny animals from the garden will all be part of the science displays. The scanning electron microscope will magnify a honeybee up to 100,000 times, and gardeners can bring in soil for analysis.

Live performances: Oscar Wilde was at the height of a glittering literary career when he was accused of homosexuality, then a crime under English law. He was convicted, imprisoned and disgraced. On Open Day the Law Faculty and the Drama Club are staging a re-enactment of Wilde's trial. Other live entertainment includes Chaucer's bawdy medieval classic "The Miller's Tale", one-act plays, readings by children's writer and Writer's Fellow Jack Lazenby, and by poets Bill Manhire, Jenny Bornholdt, Diana Hawken, Fiona Kidman, Harry Ricketts and Vincent O'Sullivan.


Art: Victoria University has a significant collection of New Zealand art, dominated by Colin McCahon's Gate III. Other artists represented include Milan Mrkusich, Gretchen Albrecht, Brent Wong, Heather Busch, Toss Woollaston, Frances Hodgkins, Evelyn Page and Ralph Hotere.

Music: Sample Professor David Farquhar's new Serenade for Strings, commissioned by Denis Adam for the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, a rehearsal of the 18th-century Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, works by women composers, period instruments and the Gamelan Orchestra.

Other attractions will include architecture in action, human chess, a computer model of the economy, the generation of new plant varieties, a film on German reunification, women's studies focusing on the suffrage centennial, the chemistry magic show and a literary quiz.

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All events are free of charge unless indicated

Graduate School of Business and Government

Management Alumni Chapter Lunch

Monday 27 September 1993, 12.00 noon

Graeme Nahkies: CEO, Hutt Valley Health

Corporation Ltd: "Say CHEs!" $25 for members; $30 for non-member guests. Enquiries to: Crysa Damianou, GSBGM, Tel: 471 5367

Plunket Medal Oratory Competition: The 87th Annual Contest

Thursday 30 September, 7.30pm

Adam Concert Room, School of Music

Admission: $5.00 and $3.00

VUW Debating Society with the English Speaking Union and Alumni Association. Oratory should convince the reason, stir the emotion, and compel constructive action. Come and be inspired!

By Degrees Roger Hall

Monday 18 October, Downstage Theatre Alumni Block booking - see enclosed slip

Seminars, Lectures, Concerts

Lecture Series: "Women and the Election in Suffrage Year"

Wednesdays 12.00-1.00pm, Murphy 101

22 September: Anne Pomeroy Women in agriculture

29 September: Judith Davey Women, health and home ownership

6 October: Alison Laurie Women and human rights

Stout Research Centre

Wednesday Seminars 4.10pm Stout Research Centre 12 Wai-te-ata Road

22 September: Dorita Hannah Performance, space, architecture

29 September: Sarah Shieff Cultural magpies: musical reworkings of Denis Glover's poetry

6 October: Jennie Gallagher Mountaineering women

13 October: Jessie Munro Mother Aubert's collecting tour

School of Music

All in the Adam Concert Room, VUW Organ Recital

Tuesday 21 September, 5.30pm.

Janet Gibbs: Bruhns, Buxtehude, Homilus, Walond, Zwart, Bach. $10.

Thursday lunchtime concerts (1.00pm)

23 September

Schwanengesang (1828), Franz Schubert. Peter Russell bass baritone, Margaret Nielsen piano

30 September

Australian piano duo Diane Selmon and Charles Glenn. Music by Hummel, Gerard Brophy, Rachmaninov and Infante

7 October

Rossini, Burch, von Weber. VUW Orchestra with student soloists

14 October, 12.00 noon

Grand Finale: Serious and not-so serious End-of-Year Celebration

Studio performance

Les Fêtes Vénitiennes

7.30 pm Friday 8 October

4.00 pm Sunday 10 October

Admission $15 and $5

Scenes from the opera-ballet by André Campra (1660-1744). Vocal soloists, members of the Baroque Workshop, VUW Chamber Orchestra and students from the New Zealand School of Dance. Directed by Peter Walls, with Emily Mair and Greer Garden. Choreography: Jennifer Shennan

Public Lecture

"Mahler's biography as a key to his works"

8pm Wednesday 13 October

Prof Henry-Louis de La Grange (Paris)

Professor de La Grange will also give a lecture to students in the course "Music in the Romantic Era" entitled "Music about music in Mahler: Reminiscences, allusions or quotations?" Wednesday 13 October, 11.00am Alumni welcome.

Faculty of Commerce and Administration

Economics Group Seminar Programme Wednesdays 12.00 noon, Murphy 506

29 September

Prof Douglas Pearce (North Carolina) Discount Window Borrowing and Federal Reserve Operation Regimes

20th October

Professor Mike Veall (McMaster) A Bootstrap method for Testing Non-Linear Restrictions

27 October

Dr Dimitri Margaritis (Waikato) Productivity Changes in the New Zealand Manufacturing Sector: 1979-1991

3 November

Prof Martin J Osborne (McMaster) A Model of Political Competition with Citizen-Candidates

10 November

John W Wood (Lincoln) Spatial variations in Uncertainty

VUW Point is published by the Alumni Relations Centre of Victoria University of Wellington

Open Day – 25 September

Alumni Relations Centre,

Level 3, Hunter Building

To increase your chances of meeting someone who was at University at the same time as you, we suggest you try to visit at the following times: if you were a student before 1940, between 10am and 11am; 1940-1949, 11am-12noon; 1950-1959, 12noon-1pm; 1960-1969, 1pm-2pm; 1970-1979, 2pm-3pm; 1980 and after, 3pm-4pm.

Alumni Café,

Level 2, Hunter Building

Come to the one-day-only, special Alumni café - right next to the University Council rooms.

NB: Until Hunter is completed, including the courtyard, there is no wheelchair access into the building. There are lifts, but first the front steps must be negotiated.

Weir House

60th Anniversary Reunion

Are you a former resident of Weir House? Join them in celebrating their 60th anniversary, on Saturday evening, 25 September. Catch up with old friends at the early evening Cocktail Party in Weir, and at the Reunion Dinner following it in the Student Union Building.

Contact Tricia Walbridge for tickets, Victoria University Foundation - tel: (04) 495 5109; fax: (04) 495 5244; or PO Box 600 Wellington. It will be a great occasion and we look forward to seeing you there!