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Election of Council Members: Convocation and Donors of Council Members: Convocation and DonorsRegistrateur-kantoor / Registrar Office<p>​The terms of five members (three Convocation members and two donors) of the Stellenbosch University (SU) Council will expire on 1 April 2018 and another position has become available due to the resent resignation of Prof GJ Crafford who was elected as Council member of the University by the Convocation for the period 4 November 2016 to 1 April 2020. <br></p><p>The Registrar of SU, Dr Ronel Retief, is now awaiting nominations for people to fill these positions.  Nominations are awaited until midnight on Wednesday, 24 January 2018  and if the number of nominations exceed the number of existing vacancies, an election will be held during February / March.</p><p>Ballot papers will be sent out to voters per mail or per e-mail and it is therefore essential that persons potentially eligible to vote ensure that their contact details held by the Alumni Office are correct.<br></p><p>Donors who qualify as members of the electoral college of donors and members of the Convocation of SU will be able to participate in the election by voting on the SU website before the closing date, or by completing a ballot paper and handing it in at the Registrar's office, faxing it to a number that will be provided or emailing it. It is crucial that voters cast their votes only on the web or per ballot paper.<br></p><p>Non-SA citizens who are Convocation members or donors may obtain access to the web/election process by using their student numbers, while SA citizens may use their ID or student numbers.<br></p><ul><li><p>​Persons eligible to vote can check their contact and other details held by the Alumni Office by sending an  e-mail to  <br></p></li></ul><p><br> </p>
SU’s #SU99 target ‘upgraded’ to R999 999’s #SU99 target ‘upgraded’ to R999 999Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​​Stellenbosch University's pre-centenary fundraising campaign #SU99, aimed at alleviating student debt, has a new target. <br></p><p>Recent generous donations to support the cause of alleviating student debt at Stellenbosch University exceeded the initial R99 999 target, providing the impetus to reach further and increase the target to R999 999.</p><p>"As of 1 December, donations received on the GivenGain platform amounted to R24 000, and donations from alumni, and staff and students have all added a further R32 500 to the campaign," says Karen Bruns, Senior Director of the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), “but a significant donation of R500 000, received from one of our loyal major donors who regularly provides top-up bursary funding, has enabled us to raise the bar to help more graduates." </p><p>"Although many of our students have received bursary support from various partners such as government, foundations, corporates and trusts, there is often still an outstanding amount that is owed by students upon graduation," says Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at SU. </p><p>Graduation marks the end of an incredible journey for any graduate as they stand on the threshold of new beginnings, armed with a well-earned degree from Stellenbosch University, an internationally-recognised institution.</p><p>"Sadly, for some of our first generation graduates, who will enter the world of work as a first generation professional, the weight of debt that they carry on their shoulders as they try to make a fresh start can seem overwhelming. We acknowledge and appreciate the support of all our donors and partners. The need is ongoing," she adds.</p><p>Donations can be made via the Given Gain platform: <a href=""></a> or via credit card on our online portal: <a href=""></a>, EFT payments can be made via the following bank account, using the reference: Initial, surname + R2090 DEBT.</p><p><strong>ORGANISATION NAME:</strong><strong>  </strong>University of Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>BANK:</strong><strong> </strong> Standard Bank</p><p><strong>BRANCH: </strong>Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>BRANCH CODE:</strong> 05 06 10</p><p><strong>ACCOUNT NAME:</strong> University of Stellenbosch</p><p><strong>ACCOUNT NUMBER:</strong> 073006955</p><p><strong>PAYMENT REFERENCE:</strong> Initial, Surname, R2090 DEBT</p><p>The #SU99 campaign, launched on the 20<sup>th</sup> of September, will run until the 27<sup>th</sup> of December. </p><p>“Small donations of R50, R100, R500 etc all add up - it is the power of collective giving in action. We urge you to please consider giving the gift of financial freedom this festive season," Benadie concludes.   </p><ul><li><em>For more information on SU's campaign to alleviate student debt, please contact: </em><em>Cheryl Benadie on tel: 021 808 9351 or e-mail: </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em> Anneke Muller on tel: 021 808 9906 or e-mail: </em><a href=""><em></em></a><em>. </em><em>  </em>​</li></ul><p><br></p>
Support the #SU99 campaign and help alleviate student debt the #SU99 campaign and help alleviate student debtDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni​While most South Africans are impatiently waiting to take a break from the daily grind, our soon-to-be graduates are eager to start their journey into the world of work.<p></p><p>Sadly, the stress of graduating with debt is overwhelming for many students. <br></p><p>As we stand on the threshold of our Centenary, we would like to send the Class of 2017 into their new adventure debt free. All monies raised during our SU99 campaign will go <strong>directly </strong>to final year students who have outstanding debt on their books. </p><p>Professor Stan du Plessis, Chief Operating Officer (Designate), shares his support for the<strong style="text-decoration:underline;"> </strong><a href="/english/Lists/news/DispForm.aspx?ID=5328" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>#SU99 campaign. </strong></a><br></p><p><strong>1.      Why has motivated your giving to numerous Stellenbosch University projects over the past decade?</strong></p><p>I care deeply about universities – and our university in particular – and have often seen the powerful role it can play in the lives of students and staff, as well as society more broadly. I try to help modestly where I can on all these dimensions with my time and sometimes with resources. <br></p><p><strong>2.      How do you respond to potential donors who have the perception that Stellenbosch University “has enough money?"</strong></p><p>SU's financial management is sound and prudent, and that is how it should be to achieve our goals over many decades. We are grateful for the resources we have, and use them actively to support students with financial need, as well as many other wonderful projects. <br></p><p>But the need is much greater than our current means. I try to show potential donors how much more we can do if they were able to support the university; this is especially true where financial aid to students is concerned.  <br></p><p><strong>3.      Is there resistance to giving to SU that you've encountered recently?</strong></p><p>I hear most frequently the sincere plan to give to the university in the future, some years hence, when the potential donor expects to have the means. My view is that one's opportunity to support a worthy cause is not determined by the comfort of your own circumstances but by the need of the person you could assist. <br></p><p><strong>4.      You were inspired to help pay a student's debt this month. Can you tell us about this?</strong></p><p>I have known the student for a number of years as a beneficiary of a bursary scheme of which I am a trustee. He is a wonderful student and admirable young man. Due to unhappy family circumstances, he ran into financial difficulties shortly before graduation and the trust was not able to support him. I did not want him to start his career with a debt burden and was fortunate enough to have been in a position to help. <br></p><p><strong>5.      Would you encourage fellow SU staff to support the SU99 campaign to help alleviate student debt?</strong></p><p>I would like my colleagues to reflect on the position of students who have worked hard to complete their degrees, but cannot yet receive their degree certificates due to outstanding debt. I challenge them to help us clear their debt and help launch them on the career paths for which we helped to prepare them. <br></p><p><br></p>
Postdocs behind the podium behind the podiumEngela Duvenage<p>​</p><p>The audience sat up straight when sport scientist Dr Zarko Krkeljas began his talk on lower back pain at the annual Postdoc Research Day at Stellenbosch University. They watched closely as Dr Emma McKinney relayed ways with which to spot a fake sign language interpreter. And they listened carefully when issues about tuberculosis and schizophrenia were discussed, and when physicist Dr Ncamiso Khanyile explained how lasers are used to do extremely precise measurements. </p><p>The annual Postdoc Research Day held at STIAS provided a platform for postdoctoral fellows working at Stellenbosch University to showcase their research activities. The day was sponsored by the SU Postdoctoral Society, the Division for Research Development (DRD), SU International, Lanzerac Wines, Van Schaik Bookstore and ABSA. </p><p>“The University has a strong network of around 350 postdocs from South Africa and beyond who contribute significantly to the institution's publication record," said Prof Eugene Cloete, Stellenbosch University's vice-rector: research, innovation and postgraduate studies. </p><p>Talks were presented in the fields of engineering, mathematics, physics and biochemistry, as well as the biomedical, environmental and social sciences. </p><p>“I am always amazed at the quality of research being produced at Stellenbosch University by its postdoctoral cohort - world class research at the tip of Africa," said Dr Romina Henriques, outgoing chair of the SU Postdoctoral Society. </p><p>Great white shark researcher Dr Sara Andreotti of the Department of Botany and Zoology won the Dirk Stephan/DRD Travel Award that was up for grabs for the best speaker.  The Award worth R15 000 was set up in honour of the late Dr Dirk Stephan, a much-loved and respected member of the Vitis Lab in the Department of Genetics. He first started working in 2007 at Stellenbosch University as a postdoctoral fellow, and later became a researcher. </p><p>The runners-up, sign language expert Dr Emma McKinney of the Department of Psychology and physicist Dr Daniel Nickelsen of the National Institute for Theoretic Physics (NIThEP) received vouchers from Van Schaik Bookstore. </p><p>Dr Andreotti also entered the best video. Dr Waafeka Vardien of the Department of Horticulture submitted the best article. The winners were awarded cash prizes worth R1 000, sponsored by ABSA.</p><p>At the event, the new SU Post Doc Society Executive Committee was also announced. They are Dr Natasha Mothapo (Department of Botany and Zoology), Dr Zarko Krkeljas (Department of Sport Sciences), Dr Daniel Nickelsen (NIThEP), Dr Itziar Iraola-Arregui (Department of Processing Engineering) and Dr Jacqueline Walubwa (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).</p><p>At a cocktail function later the afternoon, the names were announced of the 2017 Top 20 postdoctoral researchers at Stellenbosch University, as selected by the office of the vice-rector: research, innovation and postgraduate studies. Each received a cash prize of R10 000.</p><p>The Top 20 winners are: Jose Luis Aleixandre Tudo (Viticulture and Oenology), Mohsen Alimandegari (Process Engineering), Alexander Andrason (African Languages), Sara Andreotti (Botany and Zoology), Chris Broeckhoven (Mathematical Sciences), Sjan-Mari Brown nee van Niekerk (Physiotherapy), Mareli Claassens (Paediatrics and Child Health), Marinus de Jager (Botany and Zoology), Somayeh Farzad (Process Engineering), Laure Gallien (Botany and Zoology), Brigitte Glanzmann (Biomedical Science), Guilaume Greyling (Chemistry and Polymer Science), Lars Guenther (Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology, CREST), Romina Henriques (Botany and Zoology), Pietro Landi (Mathematical Sciences), Stephanie Malan-Muller (Psychiatry), Palesa Natasha Mothapho (Botany and Zoology), Ibukun Peter Oyeyipo (Medical Physiology), Ethel Phiri (Agronomy) and Georgina Spies (Psychiatry). </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><br></p>
Making history? Untold stories see the light thanks to R11.7m grant history? Untold stories see the light thanks to R11.7m grantDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>The untold stories of South Africans who were overlooked in the past and bypassed by history are set to see the light thanks to a new project settled within Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This project, named the <em>Biography of an Uncharted People</em>, has just received a financial injection of R11.7m, spread out over the next five years, from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.</p><p>The project involves delving into the treasure trove of historical data of South Africans, especially black citizens, transcribing large numbers of historical microdata and is a first attempt to bring to light histories of families that were overlooked in the past. </p><p>"The good news is that historical records in digital format are rapidly becoming more available, but the bad news is that the stories these sources can tell remain untold," says project leader and associate professor, Johan Fourie. "Now we have funding to transcribe and analyse these records so as to be able to tell these stories."</p><p>According to Fourie, the project will contribute to the expansion of the Digital Humanities. He says Digital Humanities operates at the intersection of the humanities and computing. Scholars using the methods of the Digital Humanities can make use of a variety of tools, from algorithms that help with textual analysis, to image recognition, to big data techniques. They can digitise and transcribe large databases and analyse individuals' characteristics and behaviour. In the absence of other microdata of South Africans, particularly black citizens, who were often excluded from censuses and reports and underrepresented in other types of archival records such as personal collections of letters, individual-level records are a treasure trove of information about the economic, social, demographic, health, labour, genealogical and migration histories of the Cape Colony and South Africa. </p><p><strong>Contribute to debates in South African history </strong></p><p>Besides transcribing and disseminating these datasets, the project will also begin to analyse the information systematically in order to contribute to debates in South African history. In addition to the research topics to be undertaken by five masters and five honours students, five flagship projects for PhD students have been identified. These sources and the methods of the Digital Humanities will also be introduced into undergraduate and graduate teaching curricula. This will equip a new generation of historians to engage critically with primary sources and large amounts of quantitative and qualitative evidence. </p><p>Fourie says because the apartheid system handicapped South Africa by imposing on it a higher education system designed to maintain social and economic inequalities of race, class, gender, region and institution, this project is also an attempt to narrow the methodological divergence that have occurred in the discipline. </p><p>"We see historical privilege or disadvantage reflected in students' varying ability to work with large sets of quantitative and qualitative historical evidence using technological tools. This project aims to remove the handicaps and produce young scholars skilled in the Digital Humanities and able to teach the next generation," he says. </p><p>Prof Wim de Villiers, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of SU, says the University is grateful for The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's continued support to the development of social science and humanities research and knowledge creation and hope to continue this cooperation in future.</p><p>"This initiative clearly addresses our institutional strategy with regard to research in the social sciences and humanities as well as the crucial element of capacity development of young researchers, including those from designated groups. This trans-disciplinary project supports and will contribute significantly to the establishment and development of the Digital Humanities in the Faculty. </p><p>"Furthermore, this project will initiate and anchor a new methodology in the Department of History. It will have an impact on teaching, learning and research and open up opportunities for the motivation of future academic appointments in this field of research and teaching," he adds. </p><p>The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a longstanding relationship with SU and endeavours to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, the Foundation supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. </p><p><strong>On the web: </strong></p><ul><li><a href=""></a></li><li><a href=""></a><br></li></ul><p> <em>Photo: Project leader, Prof Johan Fourie. </em><br></p><p><br></p>
Bright future awaits SciMathUS class of 2017 future awaits SciMathUS class of 2017Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>"The greatest gift that anyone can give today's youth is to equip them with critical thinking skills and the ability to reason logically, because these qualities not only make for an excellent student, but also an active citizen that contributes positively to society. And SciMathUS has given each and every one of us that gift."<br></p><p>These were the words of Hlakanipha Tshalanga, one of the 101 students in the SciMathUS class of 2017, at the programme's end-of-year function on Wednesday, 17 October. </p><p>The highly successful SciMathUS programme (Science and Mathematics at the University of Stellenbosch) offers talented and motivated students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds who did not qualify to be admitted to university programmes, a second chance to improve their marks. Students can either do Mathematics and Physical Science or Accounting and Introduction into Economics while also improving their NSC Mathematics.</p><p>This programme, managed by the Stellenbosch University's Centre for Pedagogy (SUNCEP) equips the students with Academic Literacies. This module includes life, study and thinking skills as well as a computer literacy course. Students also do a language proficiency module.</p><p>"I've realised how much my perception of the world and thinking processes have changed. I finally understand the power of asking questions.  This entire journey was more than just about academics, it was also hugely about self-actualisation and becoming people we've always wanted to be. Personally, I have uncovered so much about myself because this programme stretched me far beyond what I thought I was capable of," Hlakanipha said.</p><p>“I thank SciMathUS for this life-changing experience - the teaching staff constantly made it clear that they cared for us beyond the books, that they care about our goals and that they cared about our well-being."</p><p>Hlakanipha also expressed his gratitude to the donors whose contributions have allowed numerous students a second chance. "We understand that SciMathUS is not an easy ship to keep afloat and we thank all stakeholders for ensuring that things stay the way they are."</p><p>Dr Jerome Joorst, the residence head of the programme encouraged the Class of 2017 and said that challenges could be overcome with the right approach.  “In a game of cricket a batsman does not score 300 in one shot. He chips away and slowly but surely builds a solid foundation until he reaches that score." </p><p>"We send you off today with the idea that in life there are lots of hills and valleys to overcome, but you will overcome them: one by one, just like the batman. Keep on working, keep the discipline and make us proud," he added.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Dr Trevor van Louw, the Director of SUNSEP, SciMathUS rents a residence at the Boland College in town. Thus it can accommodate all students on campus and in one building. “With Dr Joorst, a few mentors stayed with the students to assist them with different issues during the year.  It was a huge decision to make, but it was a good one," he said. In the past many students had to travel to campus daily and it limited our intake of students from the rest of the country. Now these are not issues anymore."</p><p>Several funders as well as other supporters of the programme attended the lunch with the students. Ms Nokwanda Siyengo, programme manager of SciMathUS, acknowledged the funders' contribution saying, "It is not just about the money, but the humanity behind it - giving us the opportunity to run this programme and run it well."</p><p>"We wouldn't be here today to celebrate these students if it weren't for you. You have served people who would otherwise not have had an opportunity to go through this whole SciMathUS experience. I stand here in humility and receive your support with gratitude."</p><p>Applications to attend this programme in 2018 will open shortly. For more information:</p><ul><li><a href=""></a></li><li><a href="/english/faculty/education/suncep/university-preparation-programmes-(upp)/scimathus"></a>​<br></li></ul><p><em>Photo: Hlakanipha Tshalanga delivers his message to fellow SciMathUS students. (Photographer: Morgan Jacobs)</em><br></p>
SU alumnus teaches students vital soft skills at Careers Café alumnus teaches students vital soft skills at Careers Café Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p><em>SU alumnus Dalton Odendaal talked to undergraduate students at the Alumni Relations Office's second Careers Café about how his passion for sports and law allowed him to follow a rewarding legal career in sports marketing.</em></p><p>He may call himself the “longest serving article clerk in living history", but Dalton Odendaal, an LLB graduate from Stellenbosch University, entrepreneur and consultant for the UK-based sports, media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis, knows that the years he spent pursuing further study opportunities furnished him with essential skills for his future career. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dalton, who is also an entrepeur and the owner of Dalton Sports Limited, was the guest speaker at the Alumni Relations Office's second Careers Café on 9 October. The event was held in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences building and was attended by more than 330 students. <br></p><p>“I was lucky in a certain sense because I always knew I was going to do law," Odendaal told the students. “At the same time, I assumed I would become a barrister or advocate. The first case I worked on involved a building dispute. Our client was a builder who was being sued for doing some shoddy building work. To be honest, if he had done that kind of work in my house, I would have sued him too. However, our client won that case, not because the builder was not at fault, but rather because we had prepared more thoroughly for our case than our opponents. I realised then that the 'truth' or 'what is right' do not necessarily prevail in legal proceedings. That experience helped me to realise that I did not want to do court work and that I definitely did not want to be stuck arguing about procedural matters." <br></p><p>While he believes it is imperative to work hard, Dalton told the students that marks alone were not a good indicator of how well a graduate will fare in the working world. “All the people you are sitting next to today are going to be doing different things and some of them great things with their careers. Marks, whilst important, do not determine whether you will get to follow your passion or whether you will be successful or not."<br></p><p>Taking your time, he said, is not a bad thing either. “Shortly after I started working on my articles at a Cape Town law firm in 1992, I got the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in law (LLM) at Cambridge University and postponed the completion of my articles."<br></p><p>In 1994, having been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he registered for a further degree, namely a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) degree at Oxford University.<br></p><p>“It took me five years to complete my articles, but in the process I took all opportunities that crossed my path and that seemed interesting, not knowing where they might lead." Sometimes you have to take calculated chances to succeed." <br></p><p>Whilst studying at Cambridge and Oxford, Dalton learnt the importance of networking and making small talk at social engagements, something he says does not come naturally to him at all. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">It is through networking that he also managed to hear about a job at a London law firm and secured a position in the firm's corporate tax team. However, he knew that he did not want to be a tax lawyer forever, but rather that it would be good training and stand him in good stead for the next phase of his career.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Later on, to improve his chances of working in sports law, he enrolled for evening classes on a part-time basis at King's College London and completed a specialist Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law. In 2000 he joined Harbottle & Lewis as a Senior Associate where he started focusing on the commercial side of sports law such as the negotiating and drafting of sponsorship, licensing, broadcasting and other commercial agreements. Seven years later he had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work on the London Olympic and Paralympic Games where he was the Head of Legal: Commercial, a testimony to his expert knowledge in the commercial sports field. <br></p><p>“In 2012 I started my own business and through this venture we advise sports people, teams and events with the exploitation of their commercial rights. It has been great fun and I really enjoy it. It has also allowed me to continue to work at Harbottle & Lewis one day a week as a consultant doing a mix of legal and commercial work. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of the work."<br></p><p>He encouraged the students to also find their own version of success instead of letting outside forces determine it for them. “People view careers and success in a very different way these days. You should try to do things that you are interested in, but you have to be prepared to put your heart and soul into it. All entrepreneurs have to at some stage take the plunge and do something different. I have been lucky in what I have done but I have also worked hard at it. Gary Player used to say “the more I practice, the luckier I get" and I agree with that. Success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration." </p><p>“Don't be afraid to do something different too. Some of the most successful people in the world have failed at some point. Ask questions and ensure that you learn from others who have done something similar to what you wish to do, because if you can avoid the same mistakes they made, why not."</p><p>Dalton was also very excited to be back at his alma mater. “I hadn't been back in a lecture theatre for over 25 years and whilst many things were different there was still a reassuring familiarity about the buildings and the students. It was a privilege and an absolute pleasure to be back at Stellenbosch University sharing my story with a new generation of students. I was most impressed by their willingness to ask questions, solicit advice and learn from what others had done. I am not sure that we were so confident and outspoken when we were students – which was encouraging to see!"<br></p><p>Below follows Dalton's top 5 tips, which he shared with the students at his talk: <br><br></p><p>TIP 1</p><p><strong>Don't be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something</strong><br></p><p>If you don't understand something, don't be afraid to ask questions. No question is ever a stupid one, so don't let your pride or fear of appearing uninformed prevent you from speaking up. The knowledge you will gain is worth more than your pride or fear. <br></p><p>TIP 2<br></p><p><strong>Be proud of yourself and where you come from</strong><br></p><p>South Africans are rightly known throughout the world as industrious, positive and great team players. Be proudly South African!<br></p><p>TIP 3</p><p><strong>Be open to new opportunities</strong><br></p><p>You never know where new opportunities might lead you, but that should not stop you from pursuing them and seeing where they lead. No opportunity, whether it works out or not, is ever wasted.<br></p><p>​TIP 4</p><p><strong>Try to do something you enjoy or are interested in</strong><br></p><p>This will increase the likelihood that you will be successful at it. Remember, you spend most of your waking time working so try to do what you enjoy and love!<br></p><p>TIP 5<br></p><p><strong>​Don't be afraid of hard work</strong></p><p><strong></strong>You might have heard it a thousand times, but it's true – hard work never killed anyone. So remember to work hard at all times. It will not only be to your benefit but will also open up opportunities for you.<br></p><ul><li><em>Photo: At the Careers Café ​were Dr Pierre Viviers (Campus Health Service)​, Karen Bruns (Senior Director: Development & Alumni Relations), SU student Nondumiso Dlamini., SU alumnus Dalton Odendaal and SU student <em>Shaznay Bernardo. </em>(Photographer: Hennie Rudman) ​</em><br></li></ul><p><br></p>
It's possible to pursue your passion AND pay the bills's possible to pursue your passion AND pay the bills Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p style="text-align:justify;">If you think pursuing your passion means giving up on a job that pays the bills, this may not be the case after all. Meet Stellenbosch University alumnus Dalton Odendaal who graduated with a BCom LLB from Maties and now runs his own business specialising in sports marketing and is also a consultant at the UK-based specialist sports, media and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis. <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dalton will be the guest speaker at the Alumni Relations Office's second Careers Café on 9 October at 13:00. The event will take place in Room 230 on the second floor of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences building on the corner of Merriman and Ryneveld Streets. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“These days people do not have to do the same job for their whole lives and there are more opportunities to do something that you're interested in and enjoy. Becoming a partner in a law or an accountancy firm is not the only way to achieve success and being an entrepreneur is rightly also viewed as a sign of achievement and success," says Dalton who lives in the United Kingdom, but still proudly holds South African citizenship.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“My own career might have started off in a conventional way. I completed a BCom LLB at Maties and then started doing my articles at a law firm in Cape Town. I had the opportunity to study for a Masters degree in law at Cambridge University (LLM), so I interrupted my articles to do that. I then interrupted my articles for a second time when I had a further opportunity to complete a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law) degree at Oxford University. I must have been the longest serving article clerk in history – it took me 5 years to complete them!</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“Whilst I was at Oxford, all my peers were doing interviews at law firms in London. I am an avid tennis player and it is through this network that I ended up attending my first interview at a London law firm and secured a job in the corporate tax team."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">While Dalton admits that he already knew at that stage that he did not want to remain in corporate and tax law forever, the training provided him with a good foundation. To improve his chances of working in sports law, he enrolled for evening classes on a part-time basis at King's College London and completed a specialist Postgraduate Certificate in Sports Law. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2000 he joined Harbottle & Lewis as a Senior Associate where he started focusing on the commercial side of sports law. This included the negotiating and drafting of sponsorship, licensing, broadcasting rights and other commercial agreements. Seven years later he had the opportunity to work on the London Olympics and Paralympic Games where he was the Head of Legal: Commercial, a testimony to his expert knowledge in the commercial sports field. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">His involvement in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and his passion for all things sports related, led to his next career opportunity as the General Counsel for the inaugural Invictus Games held in London in 2014. “The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured and sick service men and women that was started by Prince Harry and has since been held in Orlando in the United States and Toronto in Canada," explains Dalton. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">His involvement in the Invictus Games has provided him with opportunities to also wok for other members of the Royal Family, for example, by helping them secure sponsorship for their various charitable activities. Other sporting events that he works on include the Rugby World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon, the World Athletics Championships, and the European Golf Tour.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I didn't come from a professional background in that neither of my parents had been to university. My father completed an agricultural degree at Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute in the Great Karoo and my mother was a personal assistant. They ended up running their own business exporting proteas. They realised the importance of an education and of working hard. They encouraged both my sister and myself to do the best we could at school and to get a good university degree.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">“I knew I wanted to be a lawyer – mainly by process of elimination as I didn't want to do anything involving science or maths and I am not a creative person at all. I thought I wanted to be an advocate – but that might have been the influence of television programmes. It was only when I started working at a law firm that I realised what I liked and what I didn't like. It also dawned on me that I was going to have to work for a long time and that I needed to do something that I was interested in and passionate about. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">“By working hard at whatever job I happened to be in and by keeping an eye open to all opportunities, I was able to end up doing something that I really enjoy and that I am good at. I recognise that I have been fortunate and that not all students might have the family support and opportunities that I had, but I firmly believe that you can increase your possibility of having a successful career by working hard and doing something you are interested in."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">According to Shaun Stuart, the Manager: Alumni Relations, the Careers Café series was developed by the Alumni Relations Office to provide a platform for alumni to engage with the university in a different manner by offering their time and skills to help current students prepare for the careers they want. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Stuart says that while SU's degree programmes are world-renowned and equip graduates with the relevant skills and knowledge to perform the tasks they are required to do upon entering the job market, studies have shown that graduates across the world are failing to build their careers or progress up the career ladder due to a lack of soft skills. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">"There is therefore a real need to focus on improving our students' soft skills in the long run, but at the same time, we can also build better connections with past graduates who have experience of the world of work and what our current students will need when entering the job market and beyond.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"This is also part of a bigger drive at the university to connect with our alumni in a variety of meaningful ways, to build more intimate relationships between alumni and their faculties, and to start connecting with our future alumni and inspire them to think about their lives beyond university and start building the career they want now," said Stuart at the first Café held in October 2016. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Invites have already been sent to students and those who RSVP before the cut-off date on 5 October will receive a free lunch that they can enjoy during the talk. Students are also encouraged to like the University and Alumni Facebook pages to receive more information about the talk in the weeks preceding it and to watch those pages for the Facebook competition to win a free dinner with Dalton and the Alumni Relations Office on the evening of the talk.<br> <br>After the event, a survey will also be conducted amongst students on ways to improve the Cafés going forward and a lucky student will also stand the chance to win a voucher for two from Hudsons in Stellenbosch during this exercise. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Remember to use the hashtag #SUCareersCafe or #USLoopbaanKafee to keep track of the event before and on the day on Facebook and Twitter. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Photo: Dalton Odendaal, an SU alumnus, entrepreneur and legal consultant at the UK-based me</em><em>dia and entertainment law firm Harbottle & Lewis</em><em>, will be the guest speaker at the second Careers Café at Stellenbosch University on 9 October. </em></p><p><br></p>
Help us raise R99 999 in 99 days us raise R99 999 in 99 daysDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU) is gearing up for its 100<sup>th</sup> birthday celebrations in 2018! And what better way to drum up some excitement around the upcoming centenary and add to our bursary coffers, than with a campaign to highlight everything worth celebrating about SU. </p><p>With that in mind, the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC), launched the #SU99 campaign on Wednesday, 20 September. And even SA musician, Garth Taylor, was on hand to help with the lunchtime launch in the Neelsie when he performed a few of his songs. ​<br></p><p>This campaign will run for 99 days until the 27<sup>th</sup> of December and provides ample opportunity for staff members and current students to give their small change to make a change on campus and for alumni and friends of the University to add SU onto their Christmas gift list. </p><p>Says Marvin Koopman, Alumni Relations Co-ordinator: “We will place branded collection boxes on the Stellenbosch, Tygerberg and USB campuses for staff and students to donate their 99 cents (or more) with the aim of raising R99 999 in 99 days." <br></p><p>“#SU99 is also a way to show you just how easy it really is to give back and make a positive difference. From bursaries, to capacity building programmes, with your support this university can send skilled students out into the world, prepared to contribute to a brighter future." <br></p><p>According to Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at DAR, the objective is to raise awareness of the upcoming centenary and the new Stellenbosch University Annual Fund. The money raised will go into the new Annual Fund. Money in this Fund could be directed towards worthy causes - in this case, bursaries for deserving students - at the discretion of the Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers.</p><p>Benadie says there is a perception that Stellenbosch University is a 'rich' institution and therefore does not need money. “The assumption that all Stellenbosch students are from affluent backgrounds is also incorrect. A recent analysis showed that 41% of our students last year were from the so-called missing middle, i.e. households with a combined income of R600 000 or less per annum.</p><p>“We therefore need to implement numerous fundraising initiatives to augment the finances needed to keep us on track to our vision and mission. By giving to Stellenbosch University, you are investing in an inclusive, innovative and future-focused institution, a place of discovery and excellence where staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in service of all stakeholders," she adds. </p><p>"I want to encourage all staff and students to dig deep and wherever you see the alumni-branded boxes, be sure to add a coin or two! And don't forget to use #SU99 on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instragram," concludes Koopman. <br></p><p><em>Photo: At the launch of the #SU99 campaign were Hazel Seseko (SRC representative), Cheryl Benadie (Donor Relations Manager), singer Garth Taylor, Kieran Maharaj (Maties Sport), and Shaun Stuart (Alumni Relations Manager).</em><br></p><p><br></p>
Bursary boost for SU students boost for SU students Development & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>Almost R7 million from the Moshal Scholarship Programme, R3.7 million from Eskom and R1.8 million from FNB… These are just some of the many donations that will give Stellenbosch University's bursary coffers a huge boost in 2017, to the benefit of financially deserving undergraduate and postgraduate Matie students. <br></p><p>“The University has received over R17 million from various companies, foundations and individuals to be used for bursaries. And this generous amount came from first time as well as regular donors," says Sarah Archer, Fundraising Director in SU's Development and Alumni Relations Office.  </p><p>Archer says the power that financial assistance hold to many students' future has been in the spotlight numerous times - more so over the past two years with the #FeesMustFall protests.  “It is gratifying to see the students' dreams of a brighter future becoming a reality because companies, foundations and individuals decided to invest their hard-earned money in higher education," she adds.  </p><p>“In 2016 a total of 1981 Matie students out of 5 420 who received their degrees did so thanks to some form of financial assistance - whether it be bursaries, loans or bursary loans. In addition, with the help of our donors, we are hoping to stretch that assistance and grow those numbers even further.</p><p>"The financial support we've received thus far, not only makes the higher education dreams of students come true, it also enables the University to fulfil its mandate of delivering well-qualified graduates, producing new knowledge and making a positive impact on society," Archer says.</p><p>She concludes: “The Development and Alumni Relations Office as well as departments and faculties are all working hard to remove financial obstacles for students and to ensure that the next-generation of Maties reach their full academic potential."   </p><p><strong>Our gratitude goes to:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>First National Bank Fund for R1 819 085.00 providing 16 student with disabilities with full cost bursaries. </strong></li><li><strong>Dippenaar Family Education Trust for their R1 100 000 that will be supporting 21 students.</strong></li><li><strong>Eskom for giving R3 780 954 to support 33 students. </strong></li><li><strong>Standard Bank whose R95 971 will support two former Hope@Maties students.</strong></li><li><strong>BATSA for its Legacy Scholarship of R400 000 that was granted as a legacy to Matie students when the company moved its headquarters out of town. </strong></li><li><strong>CIPLA who gave R136 000.</strong></li><li><strong>Mix Telematics for its R43 580.</strong></li><li><strong>Peregrine Capital for its R203 545. </strong></li><li><strong>Thermaspray for its R189 116.</strong></li><li><strong>Bay Steel's R16 194.</strong></li><li><strong>R900 000 for bursary loans were disbursed from the Wiese endowment of R29m.</strong></li><li><strong>Stonehage Fleming has awarded R500 000 for law bursaries.</strong></li><li><strong>Henk Seymore has left a bequest of about R1.3 million to the University.</strong><strong>  </strong></li><li><strong>The Claude Leon Foundation has extended support to SU's Legal Aid Clinic for a three year funding cycle.</strong></li><li><strong>Freyson Trust for R51 200 towards one Engineering student's class fees.</strong></li><li><strong>Msaada Trust's R17 000 for single parent students.</strong></li><li><strong>SARS for 5 full bursaries totalling R493 170.</strong></li><li><strong>PA & Alize Malan Gedenktrust's R50 000.</strong></li><li><strong>Shell's full bursary at R112 173.</strong></li></ul><p><strong><em>Would you like to help shape the next generation of our country's leaders, entrepreneurs, and technical experts? Please contact Sonia Schoeman on 021 808 2830 or e-mail </em></strong><a href=""><strong><em></em></strong></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>(Photographer: Stefan Els)</em></strong></p><p> </p><p><br></p>