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    R4.5 MILLION FOR SPORTS national lottery Funding For sports development at rhodes SA SOLAR CHALLENGE Four old rhodians get behind sustainable energy resources INNOVATION FOR CHANGE changing the Face oF rural development with inFormation & communication technology April 2011 ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING environmental education takes up residence in a new universitycommunity Facility

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    Rhodos l April 2011 Contents News iN brief some of the 2010 academic research highlights and new appointments. Page 4 staff achievers rhodes staff members hold their own in academic and professional circles and contribute to growing the south african knowledge and skills base. Page 11 New Name aNd home for eNviroNmeNtal educatioN the move into the newly built universitycommunity facility has allowed for learning, research and practice in environmental education at rhodes to be consolidated under a new name: the environmental learning and research centre. Page 15 old rhodiaN doNates artworks artist bev watson has donated two original monoprints to the new environmental learning and research centre. Page 17 commuNity eNgagemeNt as a key fuNctioN the launch of community engagement as a core function alongside research and teaching and learning formalises an already strong record of community interaction and activity. Page 18 rediscoveriNg the cultural value of Nature inkcubeko nendalo biocultural diversity conservation programme is a community engagement project run through the institute of social and economic research. Page 20 a jewel iN the crowN how disciplined project management brought the new rhodes library to its proud completion under budget. Page 22 rhodes secures large graNt for sports developmeNt national lottery funding to the value of r4.5 million will go towards sports development and the upgrading of sporting infrastructure. Page 24 a sportiNg chaNce through the sports Foundation and the old rhodian golf club , alumni are helping to raise the profile of sports at rhodes. Page 25 iNNovatioN for chaNge professor alfredo terzoli, head of the telkom centre for excellence in distributed multimedia, explores the application of icts for rural development. Page 26 liNdi arbi, uNearthed! lindi arbi, a mFa graduate, wins the spier residency Fellowship at the gyeonggi creation centre in south korea in 2010. Page 28 studeNt leadership 101 the student representative council celebrates 101 years and hosts debates on the idea of student governance. Page 30 15 22 17

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    24 57 old rhodiaNs oN the iNterNatioNal stage tom holmes and william burdett-coutts launched the edinburgh international marketing Festival last year, the first festival of its kind worldwide. Page 31 iNvisible cords of loyalty we take a look at the rhodes uk and usa trusts and their major role players. Page 32 the vc's souNdiNg board what role is played by the rhodes board of governors? Page 33 34 four old rhodiaNs meet the challeNge the story of the 2010 sa solar challenge is also a unique rhodes story. Page 34 it's a ceNtury for the old rhodiaN uNioN the oru celebrates 100 years of keeping alumni in touch with their fellow graduates and the institution to which they remain so loyal. Page 38 April 2011 l Rhodos Contents awardiNg our owN the annual old rhodian awards and the all new young alumni awards honour alumni who are making a difference Page 39 old rhodiaN bursaries aNd reuNioNs of 2010 who's who in the old rhodian bursary awards, looking back at the 2010 reunion season and looking forward to the 2011 reunions. Page 40 old rhodiaNs makiNg News headliNes on these pages we celebrate alumni who are doing their alma mater proud. Page 41 old rhodiaN uNioN report professor rod walker takes a look at the history of the old rhodian union. Page 47 the hoNour roll during graduation this year rhodes conferred honorary doctorates on six outstanding individuals. Page 48 studeNt achievers rhodes students are in top form and consistently achieve both local and international academic awards. Page 50 giviNg back alumni are giving back through the rhodes annual Fund and helping a new generation of students to realise their true potential. Page 58 rhodes uNiversity aNd the decade ahead vice-chancellor, dr saleem badat, takes a look at rhodes' 2020 vision. Page 59

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    Rhodos l April 2011 ContRibutoRs Marnie Steffny has worked as a groom, chambermaid, cook, waitress, dog-walker, hotel receptionist, barmaid, secretary, photographer's assistant and safari lodge manager. now she writes articles on diverse topics such as bringing up a child in the bush, keeping chickens, wildlife, and travelling around south africa. presently she lives on a game reserve near grahamstown with her husband and young daughter. she's not sure what her next career move might be. Jeannie McKeown (wallace) graduated from rhodes in 1994 with a ba (honours) in Journalism and psychology. after stints in london and durban, she returned to grahamstown with her family in 2009. Kim Barker is a freelance writer, editor and researcher. she authored the Active Parenting series of books for parents of babies and toddlers and has coauthored a book for women on the transition to motherhood, as well as numerous school textbooks. not surprisingly, kim is a mom herself, with two lively daughters and a menagerie of pets. kim also has a private practice as a pastoral therapist and she regularly facilitates workshops and retreats. Anzet du Plessis is a rhodes graduate who recently completed her ba honours in political studies and international relations, as well as afrikaans and netherlandic studies. she is currently working as the 2011 bursar for the south african guild of motoring Journalists, which involves writing for several publications - including Business Day, Citizen, ABR, Cars In Action, as well as maintaining a motoring and current affairs site (http://zetsaid.blogspot.com) Cathy Gush is a part-time writer in the rhodes communications division and also does other journalism work on a freelance basis. she is co-editor of the weekly ukufunda educational page in Grocott's Mail and facilitates a number of literacy projects in grahamstown. with a background in sociology and adult education, cathy worked in the education ngo field for over 25 years, including a four-year stint as the director of the centre for social development at rhodes. she furthered her journalistic interests through the postgraduate diploma in Journalism and now focuses on promoting reading and literacy.

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    A sense of ConneCtedness the year 2011 is a very special year for old rhodians all over the world who will join in the celebration the old rhodian union centenary. it has been said time and again that there is something special about the ability of contemporary old rhodians to pick up where they have left off and to simply absorb even those alumni whom they have never met before into their circles. this sense of connectedness to rhodes, in some cases years after graduation, is what makes the alumni community so uniquely valuable in its ongoing relationship with the university. in this edition of Rhodos, you will discover the many ways in which your fellow old rhodians are generously giving back to the university in time, donations and kind. we take a look at how the board of governors, all very busy and successful people in their own right, is a group of dedicated people who voluntarily give of their time to serving the needs of rhodes at various levels. the uk and usa trusts as well as the sports Foundation and the or golf club similarly consist of collectivities of individuals who are keeping rhodes' interests at heart and using their personal networks to the benefit of new generations of students. launched in 2010, the annual Fund represents an easy way for many more individuals to extend a lifeline to talented students who otherwise would not be able to afford a university education. the centenary celebrations over Founders' weekend on 27 to 28 august will this year include the launch of an annual young alumni award alongside the traditional old rhodian awards. through these awards it is the intention of the oru to acknowledge younger and older alumni who are giving back to rhodes and the greater south african community. it is always interesting to track down some of the high flyers among the many rhodes graduates so we profile tom holmes and william burdett-coutts who are making an impact internationally with the 2010 launch of the edinburgh international marketing Festival, the first of its kind worldwide. we also look at how four other Publisher: rhodes university Editor: kerry peter Art Director: brian garman Photo: Paul Greenway Photography: paul greenway, hennie pretorius, nikki brand and sophie smith. Contributors: cathy gush, Jeannie mckeown, kim barker, anzet du plessis, marnie steffny. Designers: lauren roodt, alexandra turner, megan ross, shameez Joubert, amy esterhuizen, divia padayachee, raisa meiswinkel, claire martin, nikita singh, Frank hermus, thirusha raja, lerusha reddy. Contact: alumni@ru.ac.za tel 046 603 8887 fax 046 603 8744 development & alumni relations division rhodes university po box 94 grahamstown, 6140 rhodos is printed by creative art, duplicating and reproduction (cadar) (pty) ltd, on behalf of rhodes university, 21 de villiers street, north end, port elizabeth 2001. tel 041 484 2251 April 2011 l Rhodos old rhodians are bringing the issue of sustainable energy resources to public attention with the sa solar challenge. Finally, lindi arbi, a master of Fine art graduate, won the prestigious spier residency Fellowship, at the gyeonggi creation centre in south korea in 2010. back at rhodes, the student representative council is joining in the oru centenary celebrations with src 101, the student body's centenary weekend celebrations which will include a colloquium around the idea of student governance. old rhodians who were members of the src will also be in grahamstown to celebrate. on campus we bring you a number of high profile stories that continue to demonstrate the ongoing relevance of academic research at rhodes to modern-day social issues. these include the launch of community engagement as a core function and third pillar of the institution alongside research and teaching and learning. this reflects the sincerity with which rhodes academics continue applying their expertise to areas of need in the community. the murray and roberts chair in environmental education has taken up residence in a newly built university-community facility perfectly situated between eden grove and the makana botanical gardens. the new environmental learning and research centre will be officially launched during the science Festival in may this year. we bring you insights into how professor alfredo terzoli, head of the telkom centre of excellence in distributed multimedia at rhodes and research director in the telkom centre of excellence at Fort hare, is leading a project to explore the role that ict could play in the upliftment of impoverished areas. he initiated an ambitious, multi-disciplinary programme to pilot the introduction of ict and the internet into a rural area of the eastern cape close to the dwesa nature reserve. and last but not least, a handsome national lottery distribution trust Fund sponsorship for rhodes sport will see the further development of sports and the upgrading of sporting infrastructure on campus. 3 © all rights reserved. no portion of this magazine may be reproduced in any form, whole or part thereof, without the prior written consent of the publisher. any information, errors or omissions are not the responsibility of the publisher. the publisher does not accept liability of any nature whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the contents of this magazine. all advertisements, advertorials and promotional material contained within this magazine have been paid for and do not carry the endorsement of the publishers unless otherwise stated. rhodos® is a registered trademark of rhodes university.

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    4 Rhodos l April 2011 news in bRief there is always something new on the rhodes research agenda. academic highlights during the past year include the launch of exciting projects under the maths education chair, new developments at biobru, a name change for the business school, and new appointments, courses and research projects. CUttinG edGe teChnoloGy aids BioBRU's ReseaRCh the rhodes biomedical biotechnology research unit (biobru) last year purchased a highly specialised Facs machine (Fluorescence-activated cell sorter) that allows researchers to conduct a wide range of fluorescence-based analyses on microscopic particles. the installation of this machine directly benefits both biobru's parasitology and cancer research themes. the Facs allows biobru to isolate a rare but resistant population of cells, known as cancer stem cells, from tumours. this insidious cancer stem cell population is thought to be the root of the development, spread and drug-resistance of many cancers. the Facs machine is ideally configured for stem cell isolation and will make biobru one of the best equipped units in south africa for stem cell research. being able to acquire sufficient quantities of these BioBRU stUdents in GeRmany two postgraduate students, James njung'e and ingrid cockburn, spent three months at the philipps university in marburg, germany, last year as part of the biobru project's exchange programme. this research visit was funded by the deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (dFg) as part of the "german-african collaborative research project in infectology" programme. they were hosted by prof klaus lingelbach and dr Jude pryzborski at the parasitology research group in the department of biology. this group focuses on host-parasite interactions, including the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. both njung'e and cockburn are working on elucidating the mechanism by which the malaria parasite protects itself from stressful environmental assaults as part of a broader aim to identify and develop treatments that will curb the disease without harming the host. their visit enabled them to exchange ideas and learn new techniques using the highly advanced technologies and facilities at marburg as part of their thesis work. njung'e obtained a first class honours degree in biochemistry and an msc in biotechnology from the university of kenyatta in nairobi before joining rhodes at the beginning of 2010. cockburn completed a bsc majoring in chemistry and biochemistry at rhodes and then obtained her bsc (hons) in biochemistry with distinction. cancer stem cells will allow biobru to interrogate their biology and to design improved cancer treatments. biobru will also use Facs, together with its newly established parasite culturing facilities, to quantify parasitemia in blood cultures, allowing them to conduct high throughput screening of novel compounds with anti-malarial properties. the purchase of this machine was made possible by a grant awarded to professor greg blatch and dr adrienne edkins under the national research Foundation's (nrF) national equipment program (nep). the nrF provided funding to the value of two-thirds of the total cost of the machine, with the remaining third coming from rhodes. costing in the millions, this technology would be out of reach without this financial support. otheR news fRom BioBRU dr adrienne edkins took over as acting director of biobru in 2011. dr earl prinsloo, a former postdoctoral fellow in the unit has been given a one-year contract as a junior lecturer. amy kenyon, a biobru graduate supervised by dr edkins, has been awarded a prestigious wellcome trust four-year phd Fellowship to undertake her phd at oxford university. lola afolayan undertook a research visit to the laboratory of dr kaz nagata in Japan as part of a collaborative grant between the nrF and Jsta. Jo-anne de la mare attended the inaugural meeting of the south african chapter of the cell death society. she is a representative of the sa board of the society and will present her work at the brazilian meeting of the society in June/July this year. kyle o'hagan is a masters student who is in the process of launching cair (cancer awareness initiative at rhodes) supported by a committee of members of biobru to educate and raise money for cancer charities and to encourage public engagement and communication of science.

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    takinG maths Beyond the ClassRoom the Firstrand Foundation (FrF) mathematics education chair established one of its key projects, known as visual technology for the autonomous leaning of mathematics (vitalmaths), over the past year. the initiative challenges conventional methods of teaching mathematics and enhances the accessibility of mathematics education via the use of online and mobile media. the project is an international collaboration between the school of teacher education, university of applied sciences, northwestern switzerland (Fhnw) and rhodes university's FrF chair in mathematics education, professor marc schäfer. a series of videos illustrate mathematical concepts in a universally attractive way that intrigues and entertains. the theorem of pythagoras, viviani's theorem, palindromic sums and 'hubcap geometry' are some of the concepts that have already been explored by the producers. encouraging learning in any context, they are freely downloadable from the vitalmaths website (www.ru.ac.za/vitalmaths) and accessible via mobile phones. currently available with english or german text, work has already begun on translations into isiXhosa and there are plans to further translate the videos into several indigenous african languages. another branch of the chair's activities is the mathematics teacher enrichment programme (mtep) which facilitates fortnightly meetings with grahamstown school district mathematics educators, as well as representatives from the department of education. its April 2011 l Rhodos 5 objective is to reignite enthusiasm for maths in learners. a third focus of the chair's current activities is the south african directory of mathematics education research (sadmer) which gathers and collates information on all published mathematics education research by south african authors as a resource for educators and academics involved in mathematics education, research and development. Marc Schäfer, the Chair in Mathematics Education, is the sum of many parts. Photo: Paul Greenway

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    6 Rhodos l April 2011 GRahamstown Citizen of the yeaR 2010 dr kenneth mlungisi ngcoza was announced as the grahamstown citizen of the year 2010 for his efforts in promoting mathematics and science education and for his involvement in community-based organisations. the citizen of the year award was started by the rotary club of grahamstown sunset to recognise and honour local citizens who epitomise the rotary maxim "service above self" and who go beyond the call of their professional duties to make a difference in other peoples' lives. a grahamstonian born and bred, ngcoza attended nathaniel nyaluza high school and went on to earn a phd in science education from rhodes. in addition to lecturing in science education at rhodes, ngcoza coordinates a programme for science teachers and runs the khula (which means to grow) learners' project for township schools. one of the former khula learners is now doing a phd in chemistry at uct. he wrote: "it's great to hear that the khula project is back to life, it was indeed a sad moment when it ended because most of us who were in the programme won't be where we are if it wasn't for khula and i believe all of us will always be grateful..." ngcoza acknowledged the support he had received from his family, his colleagues Joyce sewry from the chemistry department; reuben maselwa (his former science teacher who is a science subject advisor) and leo goosen, a chief education specialist at the grahamstown district office; dr humphrey atebe, from the FrF chair; mary-Jane Jackson and ms natasha de souza from the professional development centre (pdc); learners and science teachers from the local schools. he was also thankful to rhodes university, the hods, postgraduate students and support staff from the education and chemistry departments. in 2009 ngcoza was honoured (jointly with Joyce sewry) by rhodes with the vice-chancellor's distinguished award for community engagement. in addition to his noteworthy service in the sphere of education, ngcoza is involved in various community-based organisations such as hospice (which he chairs), the mobile science lab, rumep, gadra and the governing body of graeme college. Dr Kenneth Mlungisi Ngcoza - the 2010 Grahamstown Citizen of the Year 2010 - was recognised for his efforts in promoting Maths and Science education and for his work with community-based organisations. Photo: hennie Pretorius Vera Adams - the new Director of the Centre for Social Development. Photo: Paul Greenway The Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor (right), and Professor Tebello Nyokong (centre), the Director of the DST/ Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre chat to one of Prof Nyokong's students.

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    April 2011 l Rhodos a new diReCtoR foR the Csd vera adams, formerly the director of sciFest africa, has been appointed as the new director of the centre for social development. although her background is in community based health research, since her involvement with sciFest she has become increasingly interested in strengthening the support given to children during their early education. "since my involvement in sciFest africa i have realised that most of the interventions aimed at improving our education are started too late and that we need to focus more on the early stages of development if we want to make an impact on the child's learning," she said. "the early years of a child's life are crucial for cognitive, social and emotional development." with her growing interest in this area, the csd and its focus on early childhood development (ecd) was a logical progression for her: "the csd offers quality training for prospective and existing ecd practitioners which is a critical phase in establishing and advancing quality and leadership in ecd." bringing with her a wealth of experience in community projects, adams believes in the value of establishing partnerships with other organisations, departments and institutions for the benefit of all. "any vision that i have for csd is shaped and influenced by the vision of the staff of csd," she said. "since i have been here we have engaged in several exercises to determine the way forward for our centre and one thing we all agree with is that csd needs to continue with its unique focus of a socio developmental approach to ecd." nanoteChnoloGy innovation CentRe oPened By naledi PandoR through its national nanotechnology strategy, the national department of science and technology (dst) is one of the major stakeholders in south africa's first two nanotechnology centres at the council for scientific and industrial research (csir) in pretoria and the national mineral research organisation mintek in Johannesburg. the dst/mintek nanotechnology innovation centre has three initial focus areas: sensor (for early disease and toxin detection); biolabel (the addition of a marker or label, which can subsequently be detected, to a biological sample); and water nanotechnology. rhodes is one of three academic institutions responsible for the supervision of research in these areas. researchers in the chemistry department are performing tests on a device for the early detection of disease and toxins. the university of the western cape will focus on the destruction of pathogens and diseased cells; and the university of Johannesburg will look for solutions to remove water-borne pathogens. nanotechnology holds promise for innovations in the development and administration of medicinal drugs that treat critical diseases such as cancer and hiv/aids and this is the area where rhodes is most involved. the minister of science and technology, naledi pandor, officially opened the dst/ mintek nanotechnology innovation centre at rhodes in 2010. the centre is under the directorship of professor tebello nyokong who is a recipient south african research chair funded by the dst through the national research Foundation. 7

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    8 Rhodos l April 2011 Professor Owen Skae of the Rhodes Business School. Photo: hennie Pretorius. GloBally ResPonsiBle BUsiness sChool rhodes business school has been accepted as one of the 67 partners of the globally responsible leadership initiative (grli). the grli is set up as a foundation of public interest in belgium that aims to become a worldwide network of companies and learning institutions which will "develop a next generation of responsible leaders". director of the business school professor owen skae said the school actively promoted the understanding of business ethics and incorporated corporate social investment, responsible leadership, and sound environmental management practice into the "language of business". "it was a logical progression for us to become partners in a global initiative emphasising this" he said. the school also became a signatory to the principles for responsible management education (prme) - which is a united nations initiative under the un global compact. it is also an organisational stakeholder (os) of the global reporting initiative (gri), chaired by corporate governance and sustainability expert mervyn king, who is a visiting professor at rhodes business school. RiBs ChanGes its name in January the rhodes investec business school changed its name to rhodes business school. rhodes and investec bank limited mutually agreed that the time was right for such a change as the funding was always for a limited time period and the school has been operating sustainably for a few years now. For investec itself, the continued funding of the school in no longer consistent with its current primary focus on improving mathematics and science at secondary school level. "we are very proud to have been associated with investec and without them we would not have to got to where we are Professor Owen Skae of the Rhodes Business School, which will be helping to train Mercedes-Benz's middle to senior managers. Photo: hennie Pretorius today, especially being recognised as a thought leader in teaching about leadership and sustainability," said director of the business school, professor owen skae. the outgoing chairman of the school's board of advisors (boa), david lawrence, who is also the deputy chairman of investec, had served in this capacity since 2002. imogen mkhize became the new chairman of the boa with effect from January 2011. mkhize is an old rhodian and also serves on the university's board of governors. she is currently the nonexecutive chairman of richards bay coal terminal and sits on the boards of a number of listed companies. BUsiness sChool BRinGs meRCedes on BoaRd in 2010 mercedes-benz south africa signed a contract with the rhodes business school to train their middle to senior managers at the east london assembly plant and the mercedes-benz head office in pretoria. the managerial training model developed by the mercedes-benz head office in germany includes partnering with a local business school that assists in delivering the courses. as a business school located in the eastern cape, this allows rhodes to make a strategic contribution to the local automotive industry. the school had previously been awarded an automotive industry development corporation (aidc) tender to deliver a certificate in management for the assemblers and their suppliers. they have also extended their programmes into motor retail, working closely with barloworld motor retail, the volkswagen sa sales and marketing academy, and merseta. almost a decade ago rhodes business school first signed an agreement with mercedes-benz to provide their executives with management training and education, in the form of the mba degree and other executive courses. the more recent agreement with mercedes-benz south africa, and the german-based daimler corporate academy, is a two-year contract whereby the school will provide three programmes, namely the 'daimler seminar for managers', 'leading people and teams', as well as 'leadership in practice'.

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