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Opening of Syme Dining Hall and 80th Anniversary Launch

Last night marked a new chapter in University College’s history with the opening of Syme Dining Hall and the launch of the 80th anniversary year.

Over 500 guests, including alumni, supporters, students, parents  and staff, attended the celebration. Dressed in academic gowns, students greeted alumni and supporters throughout the evening.

Mrs Lesley Falloon OAM, a UC alumna from 1938, took the audience on a walk down memory lane. Laughter filtered through the room as she fondly reflected on her time at University Women’s College.

Mrs Lesley Falloon OAM and Mrs Anne Cronin OAM unveiling the plaque

“It was an absolutely magnificent atmosphere at this college, everybody wanted us to learn, everybody wanted this place to be the best possible. So, I can say from the bottom of my heart, that I couldn’t have chosen a better entrance to enter adulthood than through the gates of University Women’s College.”

The dining hall was officially opened by Mrs Anne Cronin OAM (President of Council) and Mrs Lesley Falloon OAM (UWC 1938) before the crowd was entertained by Trio Bresciani, plus one (thanks to alumna Dr Di Bresciani OAM and her husband Lino). With alumni from all decades of University Women’s College and University College in attendance, students were excited to have the chance to hear about College life before their time.

Head of College, Dr Jennifer McDonald concluded the evening by saying, “thank you for joining us at University College on this momentous occasion to mark the official opening of Syme Dining Hall and the launch of the 80th Anniversary. We look forward to seeing you all at the various 80th Anniversary celebrations taking place throughout this year, and beyond.”

If you would like to find out more about the special events happening this year, please click here. To host an alumni reunion, please contact the Advancement Office at University College on 9349 9113 or