Doors open at SA Government House to UNE Alumni

Published 07 April 2014

A vice-regal reception at Government House, Adelaide has celebrated the contribution of distance education to the lives of South Australians.

The Governor of South Australia, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR, held the reception for the Chancellor of the University of New England (UNE), The Honourable John Watkins, and about 50 South Australian UNE alumni together with their guests.

His Excellency is an alumnus of UNE, graduating in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Financial Administration degree program during his service with the Royal Australian Navy.

Last Friday at the University’s campus in Armidale, The Governor was presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree during a graduation ceremony at which he gave the Occasional Address.

In thanking His Excellency the Governor and Mrs Scarce for their hospitality, Mr Watkins said that UNE was proud of its South Australian alumni, including the achievements of the Governor.

“His Excellency is a most distinguished and eminent alumnus of the University with a long and successful career serving his nation in the Royal Australian Navy and as a much-respected Governor of South Australia,” Mr Watkins said.

Since its foundation in 1938 as the New England University College, the number of South Australians who have graduated from UNE now count in their thousands with almost 400 South Australians currently studying through UNE.

Among the alumni who attended the Governor’s reception were a former Premier of South Australia, the Honourable Dean Brown AO, former Director of Adelaide Zoo, Dr Edward McAlister AO, President of the South Australian Chapter of the UNE Alumni Association, Mrs Wendy DiMonte, and a founding member of the Chapter, Mrs Jennie Teasdale.

Also attending the reception were the Director of the Office of Advancement at UNE, Mrs Anita Taylor, and UNE’s Alumni Relations Officer, Ms Jennifer Miller.