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Ring True
January 2023

Greetings, Wolves!

This time of year, we happily look forward to a packed diary of events, gatherings, and social activities before the quiet period and exams begin after Easter. There’s plenty to get involved in and we look forward to seeing you very soon.
As ever if you have any ideas or suggestions, do get in touch.

Sian Cook, Director of College Networks

College News

Wolfson Students & the Entrepreneurship Society
The MSt student who survived war and loss to study at Cambridge
Alasan is studying at Judge Business School for an MSt in Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of two businesses and is the incoming President of the Wolfson Entrepreneurship Society. (You can read about this year's competition here)

But just six years ago, after suffering significant injuries in Afghanistan, and following painful losses in his personal life, Alasan “was contemplating whether life is worth living”. Changing his mindset, he says, was one of the greatest accomplishments of his life.

Alasan was born and raised in The Gambia, but moved to the UK as a teenager. He had always been fascinated with the military, and so in 2007, when he was only 17, he joined the British Army... Read more

Alumni & Networks

Member of the Month
Akram Shalabi (m.2009)

How did you come to study at Wolfson? 
I applied to Wolfson because I liked the ethos, mature and multicultural community, and the age of the college - traditionally modern.

How have your studies at Wolfson helped you in your career?
My studies and the academic challenge at Wolfson pushed me out of my comfort zone. The experience of working and living with a diverse and multicultural group of people helped me develop a more in-depth understanding of... Read more

Your Alumni News

Introducing the new section of Ring True where our alumni and friends can share their special news. From new babies to new jobs, let us know your latest news so that we can share with all our Wolfson alumni and friends! 

Cristina Bicchieri (m.1976)
Christina has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and also the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.

Jonathan Chan (m.2017)
Jonathan had his poetry collection, going home (2022), published in July 2022. Many of the poems in it were written while he was at Wolfson

George Kakavelakis (m.2019)
George has recently been elected assistant professor of printed electronics at the Hellenic Mediterranean University in Greece.

We always love to hear what our alumni are up to. If you have any news that you would like to share, please get in touch with Tiffany at alumni@wolfson.cam.ac.uk 

From the Development Director

Simon Crookall

Singapore and Kuala Lumpur
The President and the Development Director will be traveling to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in February, to share the latest news about Wolfson and our exciting Masterplan for the campus. Jane and Simon will be hosting receptions on the following dates, and look forward to seeing as many local alumni and friends as possible:

Sunday 19 February, 3.00pm to 5.00pm
The Majestic Hotel, 5 Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tuesday 21 February, 6.00pm to 7.30pm
Raffles Courtyard, Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Road, 189673 Singapore, Singapore

Music News

Lent Term Concert & Choir Reunion
Sunday 19 March
After a busy Christmas season of carols and concerts, the Wolfson Music Society is working towards a major event on Sunday 19 March at 5pm at St Mark’s Church Newnham. It will mark thirty years since our Director of Music, Lyn Alcántara, started conducting the College Choir and we will be holding a Choir Reunion and concert, performing John Rutter’s ever-popular Gloria, accompanied by local group, Prime Brass. The current College Choir will also perform choral favourites. We do hope you can join us to celebrate, either in the choir or the audience!
Choir Alumni will be sent further information soon, or you can contact musicassistant@wolfson.cam.ac.uk if you don’t receive an email.

Lyn says: "I can’t believe I’ve been conducting Wolfson Choir for thirty years! Where has the time gone? The choir has grown in size from a small ensemble of ten or so singers to the forty singers we have today, and I have had the pleasure of working with hundreds of you.
Choir highlights have included tours to Lyon, Austria, Rome, Greece, France & Hungary, performing in Ely Cathedral and the Royal Albert Hall, and providing congregational singing for Songs of Praise. We have sung at choir weddings, christenings, birthdays, and sadly at a few funerals too. We even held rehearsals on Zoom and then sang in masks in the Lee Hall during COVID’s various restrictions. Monday nights have been a really special part of my life since moving to the UK, with so many choir members becoming life-long friends."

Music Events Coming Up
There will be a talk on 31 January, in collaboration with the Humanities Society, entitled, 'The Making of Jamaica’s "First Composer": Rethinking Samuel Felsted (1743-1802)'. Speaker, PhD music student Wayne Weaver.

Other events include the termly College Service on 7 February,  as well as Jazz and Madeira on 17 February, and several lunchtime concerts.

Sustainability News

Wolfson's May Ball ranked as one of the most sustainable

The Wolfson May Ball team placed third among all Cambridge colleges in the latest Cambridge Sustain-a-Ball ranking – thanks to a host of new sustainability innovations at its fairytale-themed 2022 event.

The Sustain-a-Ball Project assesses each college May Ball across eight categories, from carbon reduction to social accessibility; allocating awards for the most sustainable events in the year.  As in previous years, the... Read more

Sport News

by David O'Loughlin, Men's Captain
It’s going to be an exceptionally exciting few weeks for Wolfson rowers this term. Returning from Wolfson’s first ever international rowing camp in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, both the men’s and women's sides have a head start on Bumps. Three crews traveled out to the purpose-built 2km rowing course; senior men, senior women, and a “development” boat made up of novice rowers who learnt to row before Christmas. We spent four days under the Portuguese sun and it proved to be a massive success. The focused time on the water was not only hugely beneficial for our rowers and coxes technically, but it also gave us the opportunity to bond as teams and as a club. We hope it to be the first of many!

With the selection made, our crews are looking ahead to the Lent Bumps. Two men’s and two women’s crews are set to compete. While M1 and W1 are guaranteed their spots, W2 and M2 will have to compete in the Getting On Race in March to secure their place in Bumps.

All four crews are competing in the Newnham head on Saturday 4th of February, and the Pembroke Regatta two weeks later. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for updates in the lead-up to Bumps.
The momentum is starting to build around College. Watch this space!

Upcoming Events

In Conversation with Ronjon Nag
31 January2023, 6pm, Roger Needham Room
Join Dr Ronjon Nag (m.1984) as he discusses his life as a serial entrepreneur, passionate alumnus, and involvement in the Wolfson Entrepreneurship Society. Read more

Alumni Law Event
18 February 2023
The third annual Sir David Williams Law Society event. The day will include panel events in the afternoon (which are free to attend), followed by Black Tie Dinner in the evening. Tickets for the dinner are very limited, so we recommend signing up soon. Sign up and find out more here!

Varsity Rugby
25 March 2023, Twickenham Stadium
This year, the Wolfson Alumni and Development Teams are putting together a group to attend the Varsity matches! Sign up to join us here!

East Market and Boat Race Event
26 March 2023, 2-5pm
Join us for an afternoon at Wolfson where we will have a wide variety of stalls, an Easter egg hunt, garden games, a rowing competition, and an exciting big-screen watching of the Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Races! This is a free event - we would love to see you there! Find out more here

Lecture - "The Closeting of Secrets"
3 February 2023, 5pm, Lady Mitchell Hall
Wolfson Fellow, Professor Adrian Kent, adds to the Darwin Lecture series, as he tries to explain (without equations!) how fundamental physics allows us to make secret predictions, design unforgeable money, and control information in other ways that are impossible using current methods.

International Women's Day Dinner
11 March 2023
A dinner to celebrate Women of Wolfson will be held on 8 March, International Women’s Day. There will also be a Gender Hub Research conference on the same day. More info coming soon.

MA Graduation
25 March 2023
Those eligible for their MA graduation should have received communication from the Tutorial office. If you believe you should be eligible but have not heard anything, please get in touch.

Wolfson in South Africa
6-15 April 2023
Vice President Kevin Greenbank will be in Cape Town, South Africa in April and will host a gathering during his time there. Contact  RSVP@wolfson.cam.ac.uk to flag your interest. More information coming soon

What's On?

If you want to get involved, check out College’s three Interdisciplinary Hubs in Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation, and Gender. Each has its own webpages and there are events, group programs, and many ways to participate. Other activities are to be announced shortly so watch out for information about how to get involved Don't forget that you are also entitled to a range of alumni benefits!

What Can I Get Involved With?

If you want to get involved, check out College’s three Interdisciplinary Hubs in Global Health, Sustainability & Conservation, and Gender. Each has its own webpages and there are events, group programs, and many ways to participate.

With very best wishes,

Sian Cook, Tiffany Charnley, Rosemary Fricker, & Charlie Barty-King 
The Alumni Networks Team

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