In 2019, the University will celebrate 150 years of "daring to be wise". The main celebrations will take place over Queen's Birthday Weekend, 1-3 June. As part of those celebrations, Knox College will open its doors to its alumni on the afternoon of Sunday 2 June, starting with lunch from 12:30 pm, continuing with afternoon tea from 3 pm, and concluding with a choral performance by the college choir in the Ross Chapel at 4 pm. Alumni are most welcome to visit the college any time between 12:30 and 5 pm that day. Current students will be on hand to welcome alumni and show them around. Then, on Monday 3 June, we hope to have a Cameron Shield sporting event (possibly the rugby) for alumni to attend. The details of that event, which the Knox and Selwyn student executives are currently working out, will be made available closer to the time.
On Friday 26 October, around 50 Knox alumni and guests gathered in the historic Pah Homestead in Hillsborough. Host for the evening, and Knox College Fellow, Sir James Wallace, welcomed everybody and talked a little about his longstanding interest in, and support for, the arts in this country. Sir James was followed by the Chancellor of the University of Otago, Dr Royden Somerville QC, who shared something of his experience of being a Knox resident and encouraged everyone to come down to Dunedin for the University's 150th anniversary celebrations over Queen's Birthday Weekend next year. Finally, Professor Nicola Peart, speaking on behalf of the Foundation for Knox College and Salmond College, talked about opportunities to support the college financially, especially in regards to the provision of scholarships.
All in all, it was a very pleasant evening, something which we hope to repeat in a couple of years' time. Until then, our focus will be on hosting visiting alumni for the University's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2019.
On Wednesday 4 July, more than 120 Knox alumni gathered in the Grand Hall of Parliament in Wellington for the first college alumni event since the College Centenary back in 2009.
The Master of Knox College, Dr Graham Redding, hosted the event. National MPs the Hon Tim Macindoe and the Hon Nikki Kaye welcomed the alumni to parliament and shared some personal memories of when they had been residents of Knox College in the early 1980s and late 1990s respectively. The current Vice-President of the Knox College Students' Club, Jack Saunders, spoke in glowing terms about what the current Knox experience is like, and a Trustee of the Foundation of Knox College and Salmond College, Professor Nicola Peart, talked about the work of the Foundation in helping fund new developments, including the provision of more scholarships to make Knox affordable for those of limited financial means, and potential building developments.
A good spread of ages was represented among the alumni, including three alumni who had attended Knox College in the 1940s: Wyn Beasley, Colin Fenton and Denzil Brown (pictured below)
Also pictured below are the Hon Nikki Kaye and the Hon Tim Macindoe with the KCSC Vice-President Jack Saunders and Sub-masters Alec McWhirter and Juliana Costa.