| October '11
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Girtonians Honoured. Congratulations to Ms Jenny Edwards (1973) and Professor Gillian Baird (Thomson, 1962) who were honoured in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The Chancellorship election. Voting is taking place this Friday and Saturday in the first Chancellorship election in over 160 years. For details please see the University's website. All candidates have spoken at the Cambridge Union this week and recordings of the hustings will be released on their website. If you intend to travel to Cambridge to vote please do let us know. You are welcome to park in College, if you are arriving by car; there is a frequent bus service into the City centre.
The Girton Music Society calendar will shortly be available online. The programme will include performances of Bach and Brahms and an Advent Carol Service.
This term's Alumni Formal Hall on 27 October coincides with the MCR's inaugural Fellows Research Seminar evening where four Fellows will be presenting snapshots of their work. The speakers are: The Mistress, Prof. Susan J. Smith (Geography), Dr Colm Durkan (Centre for Nanoscience), Prof. Jochen Runde (Judge Business School) and Dr Ben Griffin (History). The seminars will start promptly at 5.30pm with dinner to follow.
TIBC Dinner - Calling all boaties! We would like to invite you to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Infidel Boat Club on Saturday 19th November. Once again, this delightful dinner will be hosted at the Oxford and Cambridge Club on London's Pall Mall, an exclusive venue not to be missed, and of course there will be boatie banter in abundance. So round-up some ex-crew members and book soon as places are going fast! We welcome anyone who has an interest in rowing (whether whilst at College or after) to come and join in the Infidels' celebrations.
Calling all netball, rugby and football players! On Saturday 26 November College will be holding the annual Alumni vs Girton sporting fixtures. This year we are delighted to announce that there will be a turf cutting ceremony for the Sports Pavilion ahead of the matches. If you would like to attend the ceremony, or you are interested in playing in one of the fixtures (even if it has been awhile since donning your sports kit!), please do get in touch - email@example.com.
The University is moving towards Girton. Over the next 2 decades the University of Cambridge plans to develop its North West Cambridge site into a sustainable, mixed-use community. Included in the development will be staff and student accommodation, academic facilities, research & development space and recreation areas and will bring the University to Girton's doorstep. Full details about the project, for which planning permission has recently been submitted, can be found on the dedicated North West Cambridge website.
The Easter term started with the presentation of the first Jane Martin Poetry Prize, a national prize for poetry made possible by the family of Girtonian Jane Elizabeth Martin (1978), who sadly died in 2009. Later in May the second Girton Alumni Sporting Association networking lunch was held at the Bleeding Heart in London. Many thanks to Adam Tyrer (1988) for organising such a lively occasion and one that GASA hopes to repeat! Girton was delighted to host Fellows, alumni and students at the Foundation Dinner at the end of June, and it was a particular treat to have the College Choir present and to hear them perform. The next event held in College was the annual Roll Buffet Lunch which this year included a reunion for those who matriculated in 1968. The guest speaker at this event was Karen Pierce CMG (1978), Director, Afghanistan and South Asia, and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who gave a riveting and thought-provoking talk about her work with the FCO. Later in the summer Girton hosted reunion dinners for alumni from the years 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and reunions for those from the years 1951, 1961 and 1971 were held at the Roll Dinner. The guest speaker at this year’s Roll Dinner was Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray (Griffiths 1964) who gave a very informative talk about her role as Her Majesty's Coroner for Essex and Thurrock. The Friends of the Lawrence Room, People's Portraits and Gardens hosted fascinating lectures during the Roll Weekend and Presidents of the Friends were delighted that so many Friends, Patrons and alumni could attend. Finally, a busy summer was concluded with the Mistress visiting the USA and where she hosted informal receptions for Girtonians in New York and Washington D.C.