Former students called on to lead way

BENEFITS: UTAS pro-vice-chancellor Professor Janelle Allison explains the benefits of alumni Welcome Home Week. Picture: Grant Wells.UNIVERSITY alumni are a resource that can benefit the North-West and help direct the state’s economy, according to UTAS pro-vice-chancellor Janelle Allison.

She has called for former students to join in Welcome Home Week, designed to engage alumni as part of the university’s 125th anniversary celebrations.

As UTAS was Tasmania’s sole university it had an important role in developing the economy, and alumni were a critical part of this, Professor Allison said.

They could provide tutoring for students, she said.

Each UTAS campus will have local attractions and celebrations including morning teas, public lectures, tours and exhibits.

Events in the North-West include a cocktail reception on Friday, September 4.

A cake-cutting ceremony at the Cradle Coast Campus will celebrate its 20th year that day.

UTAS will hold an open day at its Burnie campus on Sunday, August 30, as part of celebrations.

Professor Allison said the university was trying to build its alumni community and wanted them to engage with the events.

“I really encourage our graduates, however, they’ve engaged with UTAS, [to] find something that interests them and come back and see us,” Professor Allison said.

Welcome Home Week starts on August 29.

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