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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 4 March 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2017 7 NEWS La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary celebrations set to kick off The genre-bending duo Xylouris White will be performing as part of an impressive line-up at the Lawn Lunch event on Sunday ANASTASIA TSIRTSAKIS This year marks La Trobe University's 50th anniversary, which will be celebrated with a range of events throughout the year. The first major event, the Lawn Lunch, will kick off on Sunday 5 March at the La Trobe Bundoora campus, with an exciting program lined up championing the institution's history through music, film, food and drinks, and is a chance for former students, staff and friends of the university to return and relive their glory days. "For me personally, it's a tremendous privilege to be vice chancellor of the university when it's going through a celebration of this sort of milestone, and there's a huge amount to celebrate from the last 50 years," Professor John Dewar told Neos Kosmos. Having played a significant role in maintaining Greek language education and research into the Greek Australian community, Professor De- est rates, the affordability of units compared to house and land packages for first home buyers, the increasing number of downsizers who want a carefree home; it all adds up to a boom in residential apartments which is destined to continue. "For the past three years, our sales have increased 50 per cent year-over-year. We'll sell 700 apartments this year, and by the end of the year, we will have about 1,500 apartments under construction," concludes the determined entrepreneur, who seems to be on a real mission to make Canberra truly great. war also stressed the event would be an opportunity to showcase La Trobe's cultural awareness and inclusiveness. "Cultural inclusiveness is one of the university's greatest strengths. We have one of the most diverse student populations in the country, where new and older migrant groups are also represented very strongly among the student community. So I think to be able to symbolise all of that in the 50th anniversary celebration is a really wonderful thing," he said. In the spirit of this ethos, the Lawn Lunch is open to everyone, with tickets including food from one of the nine social enterprise catering partners and a drink upon entry, a La Trobe memorabilia bag, as well as access to an outstanding line-up of film, music and talks from some of the people who have made La Trobe a success. The music stage has a stunning line-up of some of Australia's finest talent, including the captivating duo Xy- louris White, The Harpoons, a reunion of This is Your Captain Speaking, and comedy folk duo The Astruds. There'll also be screenings of historical shorts from the La Trobe archives and films connected to the university's pioneering cinema studies department and filmmakers. A Speaker's Corner will be set up, where conversations with esteemed academic thinkers will be taking place along with the launch of the university's new book From the paddock to the Agora – Fifty years of La Trobe University, which will be available for purchase on the day at cost price. The event couldn't have come at a better time, given the current political climate in the United States, and the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump last month. But the Professor says La Trobe is committed to welcoming scholars from around the world. "This is actually part of a 1,000-year-old university tradition, it's just that LaTrobe PHOTO: LA TROBE UNIVERSITY. has taken that ancient tradition and applied it to the northern suburbs and the regional communities we serve around Victoria. "The travel ban was such a profound attack on that sort of internationalism that universities have represented for so long. So it's a really important tradition to maintain and to foster," Professor Dewar said. So far the university has had a positive response to the event, with all funds going towards covering costs and supporting the work of the social enterprises involved. "La Trobe also has a well-deserved reputation for being at the epicentre of Melbourne's vibrant social, cultural and political life. The Lawn Lunch will demonstrate why," said Professor Dewar. The La Trobe Lawn Lunch will take place on Sunday 5 March, 2017 from 12 noon– 5.00 pm at the Academic Lawn, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC. Entry is $20 general admission and $10 concession. For tickets, visit 50years.latrobe/lawn-lunch/ Greek woman leaves millions to Wellington animal shelter Lawyer Margaret Doucas was a matron saint of animals For the better part of her life, Margaret Doucas had been devoted to animals. The Wellington lawyer first became active in the local SPCA when she was a five-year-old migrant from Greece, with limited English language skills; she found solace among the animals sheltered there and formed a life-long relationship with the centre and its cause. It is no wonder, therefore that she would leave a large part of her fortune to the organisation, after her sudden demise, last year. Her bequest consists of $1 million, which has gone into paying off the outstanding loan borrowed to make up the shortfall of the $4 million needed to build the new animal centre in the old Fever Hospital in Mt Victoria, and another million in investments, to ensure funding of the centre's ongoing operations. "At every level her contribution is unprecedented," says long-time friend and Wellington SPCA board chairwoman Theresa Gattung. "Her contribution is unparalleled in scope, breadth and longevity." The Doucas bequest came exactly a year to the day she died, resulting in the centre officially being renamed in her honour. "The important thing for her was that the SPCA was in a good financial state, not that the centre was named after her or that there would be a big fuss made of what she did to achieve that," said her husband John Tizard, describing how the Wellington SPCA had always been dear to his wife's heart and that she had planned to make it a beneficiary in the event of her death. Despite her disadvantages as a migrant, Doucas managed to overcome any problems and excel at school, becom- ing one of the first women in New Zealand to hold both science and law degrees and to be a qualified lawyer and patent attorney. Throughout her remarkable career she never ceased her involvement as a volunteer with the SPCA. She was a board member for more than 20 years and often offered pro-bono legal advice for the charity, the only one of its kind in New Zealand to prosecute animal abusers. Doucas’ husband John Tizard with SPCA dog Barkeley after the plaque unveiling. The late Margaret Doucas. The lucky quadrupeds.
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