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Gallaghers donate $2.5 million

The Academy of Performing Arts at the University of Waikato will be known as the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts for at least the next 10 years. On July 26 at the Academy, supporters of Waikato's top performing arts space gathered to celebrate 10 years since the Academy opened and to welcome on board new principal sponsor Gallagher.

People who had supported the Academy when it was still on the drawing board were among the guests at last night’s function, including donors Hamilton City Council, DV Bryant Trust, Trust Waikato and Calder and Lawson. They were joined by other guests including MPs, former Hamilton Mayor Margaret Evans and members of the Waikato arts community.

To view full article and the ceremony's photo gallery, click here.

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Waikato appoints new Deputy Vice-Chancellor

The University of Waikato has appointed Professor Alister Jones as its new Deputy Vice- Chancellor. He will be responsible for research development, the academic curriculum, quality assurance and will continue to progress teaching and research collaborations at national and international levels.

He will also be responsible for the University’s engagement with the Bay of Plenty including its current academic programmes and the potential development of a new physical infrastructure there.

Most recently the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Professor Jones has a science and teaching background. His former positions have included Research Fellow at King’s College London, and Directorships of Waikato University Research Centres.

Click here to view full article.

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Our man at GM

When Dan Ammann was a youngster he looked out the window to his parent's dairy farm in the tiny township of Eureka, just outside Hamilton. Today Dan looks out of the window of his 39th storey office window in Detroit to a vast cityscape including the Detroit River and on towards Ontario, Canada.

Dan is the Chief Financial Officer of the world’s second largest car manufacturer, General Motors. He was appointed to that role in April this year and at the same time was named Senior Vice President of the company which has more than 200,000 employees globally.

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Our man in Rome

New Zealand's ambassador to Italy, Dr Trevor Matheson, says he's astounded by the goodwill shown to New Zealanders in the regions he works in. Dr Matheson, a Waikato graduate with a Masters of Social Science in geography, is based in Rome and is cross-accredited to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece and Malta.

He and consuls around the region work to pursue New Zealand’s trade, economic and political objectives by increasing trade and investment flows and working with NZ Trade and Enterprise to assist exporters and entrepreneurs.

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On the diplomatic team

How is it that a student who graduates with a Masters of Science in pure mathematics ends up in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, working in such places as Belgium, Jakarta, Washington DC and Turkey?

Andrea Smith has a career to envy. When she graduated from Waikato in 1989 and was looking for a job she applied to Foreign Affairs and was accepted. "They take on people from all sorts of backgrounds; people with law and commerce degrees, economists, politics and history graduates. It probably helped that alongside my maths, I’d studied German."

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Visits to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai a success

In May, Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Roy Crawford led a large delegation overseas to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai to further the University of Waikato's interests in international connectedness and recruitment opportunities and host alumni and friends events in both cities.

The delegation, which also included the Pro Vice Chancellor International, the Deans of Science and Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Law and the Director of Development, visited a number of key universities and educational institutions. Among these were visits to the Shanghai International Studies University, Fudan University, Tonji University, the University of Malaya, the University of Kuala Lumpur and JJL - an overseas education recruitment firm.

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2011 Scholarships appeal

"The reality for today's students is more challenging than ever before."

This was the message from Deni Tokunai, the WSU's President who was the face of an appeal for scholarships.

Donate now to the Smart People, Bold Ideas, and Unlimited Ambition of the University of Waikato and make a real difference in the lives of future Waikato alumni.

To those who have already donated - thanks heaps!

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Waikato's Winter Lecture Series

The University of Waikato hosts a series of engaging debates and lectures focusing on all things sport.

The University's annual Winter Lecture Series is held every Wednesday at 6pm in August at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and will cover some serious and not-so-serious aspects of sport, including debates on rugby, racing and beer and the value of the V8s event to Hamilton.

The five week public lecture series kicks-off on August 3 with a panel discussion on high achievement in sport and among the panellists is Waiakto alumnus and Antarctic adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald.

Click here for lecture details

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

This issue of the Alumni and Friends E-News is filled with many reasons to celebrate. Chief among them, the $2.5 million commitment the Gallaghers have made to establish an endowment fund for the University.  In recognition of their generosity, the Academy will be known as the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts for the next decade and the Concert Chamber will be named the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber. My sincere thanks go to John and his brother, Sir William Gallagher, both Honorary Doctors of this University, for the extraordinary support they, their families and the Gallagher Group have provided. I hope others will be inspired by their visionary gift.

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Events

An evening with Dr Christopher Pugsley

The University of Waikato invites you to an alumni reception with war historian and 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Awardee Dr Christopher Pugsley

6pm, Thursday 18 August at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts - click here to view invite and RSVP.

Wanted:
former University of Waikato Blues Award Winners
In September, the University of Waikato celebrates the 40
th anniversary of the Blues Awards - a prestigious award recognising the achievements of students in either sport or the creative and performing arts. Staff from U Leisure have been working on identifying every award recipient since they first began in 1971. There are a number of 'missing' awardees - so if you received one or perhaps know of someone who did, visit the website to see if you can help.


Excellence in Practice Series - Centre for Corporate and Executive Education
Beginning Friday 12 August, 1-2pm, Hamilton Campus.
Alumni are invited to attend these six lectures featuring industry leaders from KPMG, Eventfinder Ltd and Vodafone talking about their experiences and how they have navigated through today's complexity of change. Click here for details. RSVP to execed@waikato.ac.nz.


Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
In the coming months a number of internationally acclaimed perfomers will be performing at the Academy, including world-renowned Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko - and many more.

Click here to see what's on.

For all University of Waikato events, visit our website.



Free subscription to Global Business Magazine
The European Institute has launched a unique online international magazine which features short articles from some of the world's leading business schools, including The Wharton School, Harvard University, The London Business School and many more. The magazine is free and available world-wide - click here to subscribe. 


TRU Reunion
Were you a member of the Thermophile Research Unit during your time at Waikato? Plans are underway for a reunion later this year and to take part in the festivites, email Colin Monk with your interest.