Washington D.C. Brunch - report

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Univ Old Members and their guests joined The Master and Lady Crewe, and William Roth, Director of Development and Fellow, for brunch at Cava Mezze in Washington D.C. on Sunday 10th April 2016.


Dr Bercu Hacibedel (2000, Management) has kindly provided this report:


'This year, in the context of the Oxford University’s prestigious North America Alumni Weekend, Univ alumni got the chance to get together in the nation’s capital. Washington DC, with its spectacular scenery in the cherry blossom season provided an ideal setting, although nowhere near the charm of Oxford and its spires. In the spirit of all Univ DC events, following the tradition of friendly and welcoming environment of the college itself, there was this connection among the alumni from all ages and disciplines. Going back to my time at Univ, I can compare it to those evening (Martlet) talks and seminars at Master’s Lodgings with Lord and Lady Butler.


The brunch, which was one of the two events organized by Univ over the alumni weekend, was well attended and provided a rather informal gathering after a full-day marathon of meetings and seminars. In addition to Univ’s devoted alumni from all over North America, we were also fortunate to have a Univ celebrity alumnus, pro-vice chancellor Professor Nick Rawlins (1968, PPE) with us. Familiar faces from the DC alumni group were present including Sean Denniston (1987, History) who is also the chair of OUSDC. I, as one of the beneficiaries, had the chance to meet and thank Paul Chellgren (1966, Economics), who had generously set up the Chellgren Scholarship at Univ. This was one event across the pond to meet again in the Univ spirit, standing out from the crowd.


I would like to conclude this short note on a rather personal note. As an overseas student, Univ was my home away from home for three years. I will be forever grateful for the support and welcome I received from the Univ family, which completely changed my Oxford experience. Long live the Martlets!