O Extravaganza! The Great Extrav Reunion Weekend & Capping Revue Revival 
From the President — Greetings!
From the President
Professor Graeme Fogelberg, Director of the Graduate School of Business and Government Management, Wendy McPhail, newly elected President of the GSBGM Chapter of the Alumni Association, VUWAA President Beverley Wakem, and Sir Michael Fay, Vice-Patron of VUWAA. Speaking at the GSBGM Chapter launch Sir Michael stressed the need in business for that fourth 'M', after (wo)men, money, machines. His extra ingredient: magic.
On Thursday, 20 May, we welcomed into existence the Graduate School of Business & Government Management Chapter of the Victoria University of Wellington Alumni Association. When we launched the association last September, we expressed the hope that it would evolve to meet the needs of its members in the widest sense, as well as the specific interests of particular faculty-based groups. We now have nearly 1,600 financial members, with 3,352 complimentary members (new graduates). There is interest in establishing branches outside Wellington, as well as in the countries from which we've drawn many of our students in past years.
The Association has supported the University in holding functions in Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, and there is widespread and warm interest in these countries in establishing links with the Association. And London alumni have expressed interest in hosting functions there.
We welcomed our 1928 Rhodes Scholar John Platts-Mills QC to Wellington in January, and are delighted that in this Women's Suffrage centennial year law honours student Justine Munro will take up a 1993 Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford in July.
- Ongoing friendship and networking to pursue common interests and to have fun!
- Support for the University and continued association with it;
- Providing continuity and stimulating links between the University, business and the community;
- Helping the University to remain a lively and exciting place – relevant to the needs of its clients.
- And the Association is growing in importance as a force to help the University argue its case for Government policies which acknowledge the role of the University in the educational milieu and which support the development of a learning society. If New Zealand is to compete successfully in the international marketplace, we need to acknowledge the need for lifelong learning to match the sophistication of those with whom we seek to trade.
A strong and vital Alumni Association can contribute significantly to debate on these issues in support of the University.
On a less serious note – you will find in this issue information about a range of activities taking place at the University to which all members are cordially invited. The list is by no means exhaustive and illustrates some of what is available. The highlight of the Alumni Association supported events will undoubtedly be the Extrav reunion in July.
Make a diary note now!
We look forward to seeing you on campus.