University opens doors to community

20 May 2014

Professor Garon Smith

Explosions galore: Visiting academic from the University of Montana, Professor Garon Smith (a.k.a Garon the Wizard), performs a number of chemistry demonstrations for the crowd.

About 3000 members of the public were welcomed on campus last Saturday as the University held its first Community Open Day.

As part of the University’s jubilee year, members of the public were invited onto campus to celebrate 50 years of teaching and research excellence.

A fun day for all

Community members enjoyed a day full of activities, from chemistry demonstrations held by Garon the Wizard, to video games with banana controllers and dog patting.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford was impressed by the turn-out. 

“We always say that the university is for the community. This was an opportunity to get mums, dads, grandparents and so on onto campus, many of whom live around here but may feel a bit timid about coming.”

Reminiscing with old friends

Later that afternoon, past graduates and friends reminisced at the alumni and friends event held at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Community Open Day took place the day after the University’s annual Open Day for secondary school students. Nearly 3700 year 12 and 13 students attended Open Day from as far as Northland, Taranaki and Wellington. 

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