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Entertain the thought

Recently, alumni volunteers have entertained some 70 local and international students as part of the “fun, fare and future alumni” program. These gatherings are an opportunity for students to meet and engage with their peers and alumni families, to share academic, professional and social experiences as well as foster new friendships. Students from over 17 countries have been paired across 6 faculties, bringing new perspectives to each others lives.

Leena Barretto from India is currently completing MEd in Educational Management and Leadership and was invited to lunch at home with the Pettitt family Medicine and Nursing graduates. She said, “It was the most enriching experience I have had in my association with Sydney University. My hosts shared their history, experiences and family which were not only interesting to listen to but full of life lessons.”

Dr Andrea Avolio (MBBS '07) said of her guests: “The students were extremely interesting and interested in learning about each other and were articulate and asked questions about Sydney University. We plan to reconvene same time next year to see how everyone is doing.” Gatherings have ranged from a day visit to Goulburn to a cocktail party in Woollahra. The generosity of alumni ensures the success of the program, which will continue in 2011.

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Helga and Gordon Pettitt entertaining students

Helga Pettitt (DipAdvClin Nurs ’71 DipCommNurs ’79) and Gordon Pettitt (MBBS ’48) hosting Kelly Chen, Jin Ooi and Jenny Fan at a luncheon in Turramurra.

Gregory Moore with students at a BBQ lunch

Chief Superintendant Gregory Moore APM (DipCrim ’86) entertaining students Adrian Lambert, Jiejie Chen and Ami Khaira at a BBQ lunch at his home in Goulburn. He also took the students on a tour of the Police College.