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February / March 2010                                                          Lees Afrikaanse weergawe

In this issue:

1    UP scientist receives AU award
2.   Construction projects will provide top-class facilities
3.   International athletes choose the University's hpc
4.   UP welcomes new first-year students
5.   Theology gets new dean
6.   Hatfield Campus and Old Arts Building celebrate a 100 years
7.   Science reading room in Mamelodi celebrates its first birthday
8.   Tree-killing fungus unravelled
9.   Tshwane Metro and UP sign memorandum of understanding
10. Law Faculty is characterised by its versatility
11. Rag goes green
12. News from the TuksAlumni Office
13. Alumni to get their own clubhouse
14. Alumnews and profiles

Are you interested in an Alumni Reading and Conversation Forum? 

The TuksAlumni Office would like to establish a reading and conversation forum for alumni. There is not yet a suitable name for the envisaged forum, and proposals from your side will be appreciated. The idea is that the forum will discuss a book during a meeting, and that it will be elucidated by the writer or an expert in the field. Books (in both Afrikaans and English) will cover a wide range of themes. With the subsidy of the TuksAlumni Office, attendance of the forum will cost R50 per event.

Please contact André Breedt, tel 012 420 3045 or e-mail, if you are interested in such a reading and conversation forum.  

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1. UP scientist receives AU award

Prof Pat Eriksson, head of the Department of Geology, received the Continental African Union (AU) Scientific Award on 31 January 2010. This is one of only two awards that were presented. The award comprises a medal and certificate, as well as US$100 000.     Read more...  

2. Construction projects will provide top-class facilities

Visitors to the Hatfield Campus will have noticed the construction activity that is taking place. The construction behind the Aula forms part of the Engineering/Parkade Building Project, while the construction in the vicinity of the Lunnon Street gate will give rise to a new three-storey building for the Department of Plant Science. The Graduate Centre is also being expanded to accommodate the expanding campus enterprises.    Read more...

3. International athletes choose the University's hpc

The Russian national rugby team selected the University’s High Performance Centre (hpc) for its 2010 training camp. Russian head coach, Nicolai Nerush, referred to the hpc as a world-class facility.  Also read our sport snippets with news about  athletics, football, netball, cricket, golf and table tennis.     Read more... 

4. UP welcomes new first-year students

UP's annual Welcoming Day took place on 16 January 2010. This event gave first-year students and their parents the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students. During the traditional tree-planting ceremony of TuksAlumni, a first-year student in BCom (Accounting Sciences), Ms Nkamogeleng Mahlaela, planted a common rothmannia (Rothmannia capensis), the tree of the year for 2010.  Read more...

5. Faculty of Theology gets new dean

The deputy dean in the Faculty of Theology, Professor Johan Buitendag, has been appointed as the new faculty dean at the University of Pretoria  Read more...

6. UP's Hatfield Campus and Old Arts Building celebrate a 100 years

Although UP was established in 1908 as the Transvaal University College (TUC), this institution only moved to the current campus in Hatfield in 1910. Initially the university college had to make do with various buildings scattered across town. In 1910, among the thorn and karee trees, dense shrubbery and long grass, the foundations for the main and the science buildings were laid. The official laying of the main building’s (today known as the Old Arts Building) foundation stone took place on 3 August 1910.       Read more...

7. Science reading room in Mamelodi celebrates its first birthday

The Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room celebrated its first anniversary on 26 January 2010. This science facility was established at the UP's Mamelodi Campus as a partnership between the United States Embassy and UP. It attracts students and learners alike, who participate in the regular science education programmes that are presented there.  Read more... 

8. Tree-killing fungus unravelled 

Prof Brenda Wingfield, professor of Genetics and deputy dean of UP's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and a group of students have recently produced the full genome sequence of the tree-killing fungus, Fusarium circinatum. This pathogen wreaks global destruction in commercial pine plantations.   Read more...

9. Tshwane Metro and UP sign memorandum of understanding

On 2 December 2009, the University of Pretoria and the Tshwane Metro Council  signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at the design and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to develop Tshwane into a leading international  metro of excellence that stimulates growth and empowers communities.   Read more... 

10. Law Faculty is characterised by its versatility

The Faculty of Law is unique in many ways, and this makes it most successful. It has its own printing house, the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP), which publishes scholarly texts on law in Africa, as well as a series of collections of legal documents and textbooks. Furthermore, the faculty presents the annual TuksLaw Festival, which gives staff and students an opportunity to showcase talents other than those related to the law.    Read more... 

11. Rag goes green

This year, Rag exemplified the University’s commitment to preserving the environment. Students made the public aware that their first priority was to preserve the environment. All the materials used to build their floats were of recycled origin and could be reused in the future. Read more...

12. News from the TuksAlumni Office

This first issue of the TuksAlumni-ePOS for 2010 contains the programme of events of the TuksAlumni Office for the year for the next few months. Some of the interest groups have already got together: the Food and Wine Guild held its customary Valentine’s dinner and the AmaTuks Supporters’ Club now has a formal structure after a committee was selected in January. Also read more about the Tukkie Credit Card and how it could benefit your Alma Mater with no extra cost to you.    Read more...  

13. Alumni to get their own clubhouse

Although it has been under discussion for some time now, plans for a TuksAlumni clubhouse are beginning to take shape. This will be a venue in close proximity to the Hatfield Campus for the exclusive use of alumni and friends of the University of Pretoria.    Read more...

14. AlumNews and profiles

In this issue the focus is on the Roos family. Not only did all the children of Adv Tielman Roos, the University’s first Chancellor, study at UP, but currently six of his great-grandchildren are also enrolled for degrees at Tuks. You are welcome to submit contributions to or by fax to +27 012 362 5088.   Read more... 

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