St Albert’s College celebrates 40 years

Published 09 March 2009

sta5St Albert’s College, the University of New England’s largest residential college, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the weekend of March 20-22.

Over the years, St Albert’s (“Albies”) has been home away from home for more than 5,000 students, with many expected to return this month for the “Back to Albies” reunion.

The program for the weekend will include a “black tie” dinner and ball, sporting matches including a “Golden Oldies” game pitting some of the College’s former Rugby stars against the current Albies team, a walking tour of the campus, and Mass on the Sunday. With many past students travelling from afar, the weekend will be an opportunity to renew old friendships.

The social life at Albies has always been a big part of the college experience, and firm friendships have been forged during the many formal dinners, theme nights, dances, and other events that have been – and still are – part of the Albies calendar. The Saturday night dinner ball will evoke some memories of those events and friendships, with memorabilia from different decades – including student magazines, past staff profiles and photos – on display.

Founded in 1969, the College is proud of its academic record: 111 past Albies members have completed a Doctorate, almost 200 have completed a Master’s degree, and 11 have been awarded the University Medal. Last year 78 Albies students graduated – four achieving First Class Honours, and two being awarded a University Medal. More importantly for some are the 120 college romances that have blossomed into marriage over the years.

After its academic successes, Albies is most renowned for its strong sporting traditions. The Rugby Union Club in particular has a long history dating back to the College’s origin, and enjoys continued support from alumni – many of whom will be attending the Rugby on the reunion weekend, either to participate in the “Golden Oldies” game, or as spectators.

As an affiliated college of UNE, Albies has always had the freedom to develop its own Catholic character while being open to people of all faiths.

For more information on the 40th Anniversary Reunion, as well as booking forms and programs, go to the College’s Web site at: www.une.edu.au/campus/st-alberts/ or ring Georgie Scott on (02) 6773 6002.