2009 Biology Alumni Cocktail Reception

23 October, 2009

By Professor Mike Thompson, Chair Biology Alumni Committee

More than 200 people attended the 2009 cocktail reception in the Macleay Building Foyer and Botany Lawn on the evening of Friday 23 October.

Groups of alumni representing many decades of graduates gathered to share very happy memories of their time in the School and to catch up on their subsequent activities. The lawn was adorned with 100s of lights and candles, and the Science Review Band provided background entertainment.

A piece of nostalgia was present in the form of the much loved Chinese Elm tree that, after a long life spent shading countless SoBS revellers on the Botany Lawn, sadly succumbed to an infection in 2008 and was cut down.

A salvaged cross-section of the trunk was mounted on the wall in the Macleay foyer especially for the alumni event, which has given the tree a second life to be enjoyed by future SoBS students.

Spring Time is Swarm Time: Alumni catch up at the cocktail reception


Herpetologist Melanie Elphick might have missed her calling as a Botanist, as she won the competition to correctly count the growth rings of the elm tree and was presented a pen made out of its wood for her prize.

This year’s party extended the successful inaugural biology alumni party - Memories, Music and Microscopy - held last year, and we hope that it sets the scene for what will become an annual event, so pencil it into your diaries.

The School of Biological Sciences is extremely happy to have renewed friendships with our alumni and we are keen for that friendship to continue.

A big thank you to the Alumni Committee, and especially Jacquie Herbert, Warrick Angus and Carla Avolio who coordinated the whole event, our current postgraduate students who served the food and drinks and provided labour when needed, the School of Biological Sciences who funded the event and most of all, to all the alumni who attended. We hope to see you all next year.

Click here to view photos of the event or see the movie below of current staff from the School of Biological Sciences, which was playing at the alumni function.