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Biennial Wits Medical School Reunion, Newport, Rhode Island, USA

When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 - Friday, 28 September 2018
Where: Off campus
Newport, Rhode Island, USA
Start time:12:00
Enquiries:

Purvi Purohit +27 11 717 1093

Reservations: Melanie Belman-Gross melaniebelmangross@aya.yale.edu

RSVP:

Purvi Purohit +27 11 717 1093

Cost: The meeting registration fee is $300 per person

Biennial Wits Medical School Reunion, Newport, Rhode Island, USA September 26-28 2018

Wits Medical School graduates are invited to a reunion in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

The organisers have reserved rooms at the Newport Habor Hotel. See below for details.

The programme (subject to change) is:

  • Presentations by Professor Martin Veller, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Peter Maher, Director, Alumni Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (or another Wits representative)
  • Open microphone – you are invited to share experiences with your fellow alumni
  • Keynote address by Gerald Friedland, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine: HIV and TB: From the Bronx to Tugela Ferry (Kwazulu-Natal)
  • Participant presentations
  • Tours, dinner etc

See below for details.

Reservations

We have reserved rooms at a special meeting rate of $255 per night for a Marina-facing room, and $215 per night for a town-facing room, both exclusive of tax. It is advisable to book early because the number of rooms offered at the special rate is limited. For those who wish to arrive early, we have a few rooms reserved at the meeting rate for Tuesday, September 25th ($215 and $255.) And if you wish to stay on Friday, September 28th, please email melanie@belmangross.aya.yale.edu who will be able to book a harbor view room for you for $355, exclusive of tax.

You may make your reservation (except for Friday) by calling the Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina reservations @ 800-955-2558 or 401-847-9000 and informing them that it is for the Wits Reunion.

OR

online at www.newporthotel.com by entering the Attendee Code: 1809WITSRE.

You will be charged at the time of your reservation but may cancel, with a full refund provided the cancellation is received not less than three days prior to the date you are scheduled to arrive.

Your reservation should be received no later than August 27, 2018.

Registration fee

The meeting registration fee is $300 per person, payable to Martin Colman by check sent to: “Wits Alumni Club”, c/o Martin Colman, 1066 Long Reach Drive, Galveston, TX 77554

Preliminary agenda 

Wednesday, September 26th


For those classes who may wish to meet for lunch, we will be pleased to organize it for you. Please email melaniebelmangross@aya.yale.edu

Our evening agenda will begin with cocktails and dinner, and brief participant introductions.

After dinner presentation by:

  • Professor Martin Veller, M.B.B.Ch., FCS(SA.) MMed(Surg.), Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and,
  • Peter Maher, Director, Alumni Relations at University of the Witwatersrand OR other representative of the University of the Witwatersrand

The presentations will be followed by an open microphone – you are invited to share any experiences, from your student days to the current time, with your fellow alumni.

Thursday, September 27th

Morning:

7:30 AM to 9:00 AM continental breakfast

Key note address given by Gerald Friedland, Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine: HIV and TB: From the Bronx to Tugela Ferry (Kwazulu-Natal)

Lunch on your own and time to explore the town.

Afternoon:

Tour of the Breakers, the most famous of the Newport ‘Cottages,’ which are, in fact, palaces that rival the grandest of any in Europe. We will select an alternative mansion for those who have already been to the Breakers or you may choose any other that might be of interest.

Evening

6:30 PM dinner, followed by Participant Presentations

If you are interested in making a presentation on whatever subject of your choosing, please email the title and a brief description to melaniebelmangross@aya.yale.edu      Audio-visual aids will be available.

Current topics include:

  • The Four SAAF airmen of Blenheim Z7763b - lost then found, Given by Michael Eliastam, M.B. B.Ch. Associate Dean, R3 Education/Saba
  • Lessons from a lifetime of fungi and foraging, Given by Denis Benjamin, B.Sc., M.B. B.Ch., Research Associate: Botanical Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth, TX, Member of the American Society of Botanical Art and the Society of Watercolor Artists

Depending on the number of submissions received, there may also be time for an open microphone for attendees to share experiences, from student days to the current time, on a more informal basis.

Friday morning

Check out

Guided walking tour of Newport led by The Newport Historical Society

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Alumni reunions in Australia

When: Sunday, 16 September 2018 - Saturday, 22 September 2018
Where:
Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Perth
Start time:0:00
Enquiries:

Purvi Purohit +27 11 717 1093

purvi.purohit@wits.ac.za

Australia 2018

Wits alumni reunions will be held in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Gold Coast in September 2018.

Perth: Sunday, 16 September, 6pm, Crowne Plaza

Melbourne: Monday, 17 September, 7pm, The Hotel Windsor

Sydney: Thursday, 20 September, 6pm, Rydges World Square

Gold Coast: Saturday, 22 September, 6pm, Bond University, Robina

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Founders' Tea 2018

When: Thursday, 29 November 2018 - Thursday, 29 November 2018
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Library Lawns
Start time:10:30
Enquiries:

Yumna Patel 011 717 1091

RSVP:

yumna.patel@wits.ac.za

Annual tea for Wits graduates of more than 40 years' standing

This year we welcome the Class of 1978 to their first Founders' Tea.

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