Feb / March 2009 Lees Afrikaanse weergawe
In this issue:
- Welcoming a new generation of first-year students
- Perserverance and commitment pay off for alumna Welheminah Mabogo
- A bright year ahead for continuing education
- Learn to innovate on the web
- Mining engineering alumni meet at indaba
- RAG makes people open their hearts
- News from the TuksAlumni clubs and interest groups
- UP boasts record number of NRF-rated researchers
- Upcoming TuksAlumni events
- Leadership centre established at UP
- TuksAlumni Association elects new leaders
- Alumni involved in the Stroke Support Group
- Dr Piet Botha is appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the University Council
- New horizons: Resignation of Vice-Chancellor and Principal
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1. Welcoming a new generation of first-year students
The University's annual Welcoming Day took place on 17 January 2009. This event gave first-year students and their parents the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students. The annual tree-planting ceremony was once again presented by the TuksAlumni Office. A first-year medicine student, representing the Class of 2009, Ms Tarryn Thomas, continued this tradition by planting a tree fuchsia, the Tree of 2009. Read more...
2. Perserverance and commitment pay off for alumna Welheminah Mabogo
There can be no great success without great commitment. This is the motto of alumna, Welheminah Mabogo, Media and Communications Officer at the University of Venda (Univen) and UP Master's graduate in Communication Management. Read more...
3. A bright year ahead for continuing education
UP offers a number of career-focused courses (both scheduled programmes and customised in-house training) throughout the year. These courses are presented by the Universiy's academics through the campus enterprise Continuing Education at Unversity of Pretoria Trust (CE at UP Trust). Read more...
Welcome to AlumNews, a regular item in the TuksAlumni-ePOS in which you can read all about the latest achievements of fellow alumni as reflected in the press. You are welcome to submit contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to +27 (0) 12 362 5088. Read more...
5. Learn to innovate on the web
Innovate, the publication of UP's Faculty of Engineering,Built Environment and Information Technology, is now available on the web. This publication, which was launched in 2006, covers new and emerging technologies in the fields of engineering, the built environment and information technology. Read more...
6. Mining engineering alumni meet at indaba
TuksAlumni and the Department of Mining Engineering coordinated an event for UP alumni at the International Mining Indaba in Cape Town on 9 February 2009. Mr Wilco Uys, Vice-President: Operations, Energy Coal South Africa at BHP Billiton, was the speaker at the cocktail function.
7. RAG makes people open their hearts
Pretoria's streets were once again filled with students participating in the Rag procession on Saturday, 31 January 2009. The theme for this year's event was The Bucket List (that is the things you would like to do or achieve before you die), and the winning float, the time machine, was built by Mopanie and Nerina residences. Read more...
8. News from the TuksAlumni clubs and interest groups
The year is still young and while most clubs and groups are preparing themselves for the year's events, the TuksAlumni Food and Wine Guild has already hosted a Valentine's dinner and wine-tasting with the theme Cap Classique meets heavenly nougat. Read more...
9. UP boasts record number of NRF-rated researchers
The number of researchers with ratings from the National Research Foundation (NRF) at the University of Pretoria has increased dramatically over the last year. The total number of rated researchers has risen to 244, compared to 211 a the beginning of 2008. Read more...
10. Upcoming TuksAlumni events
Take a look at some of the events planned by the TuksAlumni Office for the next three months. Some of the dates are subjected to change. Read more...
11. Leadership centre established at UP
The Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences has established a Centre for Responsible Leadership at UP. Prof Derick de Jongh is the director of the centre. Read more...
12. Alumni association elects new leaders
The TuksAlumni Association elected its new Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson for 2009 at its first Board meeting, which was held on 20 February 2009. The new members of the Executive Management Committee were also elected at the same meeting. The committee consists of Mr Rikus Immink, Prof Danie Goosen, Dr Liesbeth Botha, Mr Jan van Deventer, and Ms Elizabeth Pretorius.
13. Alumni involvement in the Stroke Support Group
The Stroke Support Group, based in Pretoria, has an interesting connection with the University of Pretoria. It was established in 1983 when an occupational therapist, Pam Chasen, organised a group of people from all professions who were interested in strokes and some who had suffered from strokes themselves. Read more...
14. Dr Piet Botha is appointed as Deputy Chairperson of the University Council
When one hears the name of Dr Piet Botha, one automatically makes an association with the University of Pretoria. This is hardly surprising, as he has been associated with UP since 1966: as a student, lecturer, alumnus, member of several of the committees of the University Council and as Chairperson of the TuksAlumni Board where he served 12 years: form 1996 until 2008. This makes him the longest-serving chairperson of this association. His most recent appointment is as Deputy Chairperson of the University Council. Read more...
15. New horizons: Resignation of Vice-Chancellor and Principal
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of UP, Prof Calie Pistorius, would like to take this opportunity to inform alumni that he has accepted an offer to serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, as of 1 September 2009. Read more...
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