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2 NZ University Alumni receptions coming up.......


San Francisco Alumni and Friends Reception

Join us to meet or reconnect with fellow San Francisco-based alumni and friends and hear the latest updates on your University from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon, and hear from guest speakers Consul-General Leon Grice and Professor Robert Greenberg, Dean of Arts.

Event details

  • Date: Thursday 2 October
  • Time: 6.30pm -  9.00pm
  • Venue: The Fairmont San Francisco Diplomat Club, 950 Mason St
    San Francisco,CA 94108, USA
  • Registrations:  Click here to register
  • Dress code:  Smart casual
  • Queries: Alyson Bell, Events Coordinator: email alumni-events@auckland.ac.nz or phone +64 9 923 5622

Guest Speakers

Professor Robert Greenberg
Dean of Arts

STEAM Power: Putting the Arts into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Technology leaders have repeatedly praised the skill sets developed when studying for an Arts degree and are increasingly choosing to hire Arts graduates. Notably, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs said: “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.”

The Dean of Arts, Professor Robert Greenberg, explores this trend focusing on the shining role our Film, Television and Media Studies disciplinary areas play internationally as New Zealand’s leading research centre in this field. He will highlight the contribution alumni, students and staff such as award-winning filmmaker and 2014 Young Distinguished Alumni Award winner Roseanne Liang make to this industry.

Robert Greenberg is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Auckland.  He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1991, and has held academic and visiting appointments at Georgetown, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Yale, and Hunter College. In 2010 he received the William Clyde DeVane medal for excellence in teaching and scholarship from Yale University.

Leon Grice

New Zealand Consul General, Los Angeles

New Zealand Consul-General Leon Grice will talk about the work his agency is doing to promote New Zealand Inc, including our thriving film and TV industry. Leon’s diverse business career has been in public affairs and marketing including establishing an entrepreneurial business that created a number of start-ups.

Before joining the consulate in 2012 he was responsible for the leverage and legacy programme delivered for Rugby World Cup 2011.


Chancellor and former New Zealand Ambassador Dr John Wood, would like to invite you to a University of Canterbury alumni function in San Francisco. This will be a great opportunity to meet with University of Canterbury staff, and fellow alumni living in your city.

Dr Wood will update you on the latest developments at the University and the new campus plans.

When: Tuesday 7 October 2014
Time: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Where: The Diplomat Club, Fairmont San Francisco, Atop Nob Hill, 950 Mason Street

Register online by Tuesday 30 September 2014 here. If you cannot register online, please email alumni@canterbury.ac.nz. These events are free to attend, and you are welcome to register a guest also. Please forward this invitation to other UC Alumni you are in contact with. 


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