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July 29th 2017 Bill Simmonett's Retirement

Our catering manager Bill Simmonett will be retiring next month, and people from across the college came to a lunchtime party to mark the occasion.

Bursar Nick Downer (right) thanked Bill for his 26 years of service to Selwyn, during which the college and its catering & conferences operation had grown massively.

Bill in return said that friendliness was at the heart of Selwyn, and he would greatly miss his colleagues and friends here.

We wish Bill a long and happy retirement.

July 16th 2017 How the West was sung

The Selwyn choir's tour of California began in the spectacular setting of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco. There was a large audience for a concert that ranged from Tallis to Mealor, and included the North American premiere of James MacMillan's One Equal Music.


The concert was introduced by the Master of Selwyn Roger Mosey, who thanked the alumni and benefactors who had made the trip to California possible. He added that in troubled times it's essential to retain the bonds between the people of the United States and Britain – and music is one of the ways of bridging continents.


Before the concert there was a reception for all University alumni hosted by 'Cambridge in America'. Among the Selwynites present were Julian Abdey (1991), Zach Marcus (2010) and Sabrina Abdey.


The other stops on the choir tour are Sacramento, Fresno and San Diego.


July 4th 2017 Degrees of Success

Selwyn students received their degrees on Friday June 30th in a centuries-old ceremony in the university's Senate House. A full selection of photographs is now online: https://www.flickr.com/photos/selalum/sets/72157685750774826

The afternoon started with a graduands' photograph in Old Court.


The Selwyn contingent then processed down West Road and through King's College to the graduation ceremony itself.


Here are four of our new BAs on the steps of the Senate House afterwards.


We congratulate all our new graduates, and we're delighted that many of them are staying on at Selwyn to study for a Master's degree or a doctorate.


June 27th 2017 A rare honour

A Selwyn alumna has become the first member of the college this decade to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Sophie Wilson is seen as one of the foremost computer scientists of her generation.
Sophie, who is already an honorary fellow of Selwyn, was recognised at a ceremony in the Senate House on June 21st. The previous evening, the college gave a dinner for her; and she is photographed, front left, with the Master and Fellows.
Sophie is now Senior Technical Director and Fellow at Broadcom. As an undergraduate she developed what would form Acorn System 1, a microcomputer which was Acorn’s first product. In 1981, the BBC commissioned her to design a more advanced microcomputer, the BBC Micro, which allowed schools across the UK to introduce children to writing their own software and for which she designed and wrote BBC BASIC. In 1985 she co-created the Acorn RISC Machine Processor, now an integral part of items such as smartphones and broadband routers. Used in Apple’s first personal assistant, Newton, Apple products still feature it today. 
You can read more about all the honorary doctorates here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/news/honorary-degrees-2017

June 26th 2017 Fizzing with enthusiasm

On the final day of the 2017 May Bumps, Selwyn gave a traditional launch with bubbles to its new boat. It's named in memory of our great Master Owen Chadwick; and his son Stephen did the honours by pouring some suitably sparkling alcohol over the vessel. 
A number of members of the Chadwick family were also present, including three of Owen's four children. 
Speakers at the event at the new boathouse included Brian Hornsby, representing the Permanent Henley Fund which supports rowing at Selwyn. If you'd like to make a contribution to future success, please click on this link: https://www.selwynalumni.com/sslpage.aspx?pid=298 – and choose "Rowing (Henley Fund)" from the drop-down menu.

May 30th 2017 Scholarship matters

We’re pleased to announce two more winners of prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s and Selwyn College scholarships. The first goes to Paula Czarnowska, who’s already studying here for an MPhil in Computer Science. She will now stay with us for her PhD.


The other award is to George Severs, currently taking his MPhil at Pembroke College. He will study at Selwyn for a PhD in History.

This makes a total of four Vice-Chancellor’s and Selwyn scholarships, in what is the first year of our partnership. We’re able to do this because of the generous support of benefactors, and we’re grateful to everyone who supports students and education at the college. You can read more on our alumni website https://www.selwynalumni.com/pages/student-support- or please contact the development office: alumni-office@sel.cam.ac.uk. There’s an account of how the Vice-Chancellor’s scheme works on the Cambridge Trust website: https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/v-c-awards-and-cambridge-international-scholarships/.

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