QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 76 - Page 7

Big drama at North Berwick North Berwick High School recently celebrated receiving a big donation of theatre sound and lighting equipment from QMU. David Fitzgerald, a QMU drama graduate, is the school’s first ever dedicated drama teacher. However, although the school had a long tradition of musical theatre, they had a severe lack of drama equipment to support David’s teaching and student productions. Keen to support community projects and university graduates, David’s former drama lecturer, Scottie Anderson, came to the rescue. With QMU having upgraded much of its lighting and sound system equipment, Scottie was able to organise a substantial donation of equipment which had become surplus to requirements. Scottie Anderson said: “As David is a former QMU drama graduate and a fellow thespian, we are delighted to be able to support him in his new position and pleased that his appointment means that more school children are able to access drama training in East Lothian.” ❒ where he has just produced the annual UK American Football event. He also discussed his involvement with many large scale events including the American Super Bowl, the Olympic Games opening ceremonies, the Goodwill Games and other major events across the globe. David Zolkwer, the Executive Producer of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies, talked to students about the management of the event which will showcase Scotland to the world. In his first public presentation in Scotland since taking up his appointment, David discussed his involvement in various global events, including the Athens Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies in 2004, the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the development of the celebration sites in London’s Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square which were created for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. M Injured ex-serviceman, Phil Packer inspires a generation any of you may be familiar with Phil Packer MBE, the inspirational injured ex- serviceman who has regularly appeared on TV over the last year. Staff and students were surprised and delighted when Phil asked to visit the University to talk to young people about the challenges he faces followin g his spinal cord injury and his passion for his charity, The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT). Phil kicked off the day at QMU by raising awareness of his work with young people. A target of £15 million is needed to build the ‘BRIT Centre for Inspiration’ for youngsters facing adversity. Phil was then joined by students, staff and school children on a six mile walk around the campus grounds. With a serious spinal cord injury, for Phil, walking eight to ten miles is the equivalent of running a marathon. By the time he finished his 2012 mile challenge in December last year, Phil had walked the equivalent of approximately 310 marathons in 330 days across the length and breadth of the UK. Eve Davidson, Head Girl at St David’s High School in Dalkeith, brought a group of pupils to hear Phil’s talk. She said: “We felt really privileged to meet Phil, to hear about his experiences and see how, every day, he pushes himself to overcome his limitations. He’s a great role model for young people and it was inspiring to see that someone, who clearly faces a lot of physical challenges, is dedicating their time to helping others.” ❒ Professor Joe Goldblatt, said: “We have been privileged to have had such an incredible range of event specialists at the University. This has provided our students with an outstanding opportunity to learn from some of the most respected professionals in the industry. Aside from developing a greater understanding of the event management profession, the VIP talks help students gain career tips, develop their aspirations and think about what they might be able to achieve on a global basis. I like to encourage them to think big so they can realise their full potential.” ❒ QMYOU / Community Engagement 7