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New law and management building for Waikato

The University of Waikato is to mark its 50th anniversary with the construction of a flagship new building for its law and management faculties. The multi-million dollar building is expected to be completed early 2015 - the year after the University turns 50.

"The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio," says Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford.

"To do that, we need top-quality facilities.  The new building will nurture collaboration and allow for the growth and development of our faculties of law and management, as well as enhancing our superb campus."  Read more

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Wednesdays in August

Keep these dates free for the 2012 Winter Lecture Series.

1 August: An Evening with Dame Malvina Major.  Reflections of an international singing career spanning decades.

8 August: Hamilton - A City for the Future.  Mayor Julie Hardaker talks about Hamilton's 10 year plan and Tainui Group Holdings' CEO Mike Pohio discusses plans for the inland port project in Ruakura.

15 August: Designing Sustainable Cities.  Professor of Environmental Planning Bob Evans discusses the importance of sustainability in urban planning and how it can apply to the Christchurch rebuild.

22 August: A Conversation with Warren Gatland (pictured).  Waikato alumnus and Wales rugby coach on the highs and lows of playing and coaching rugby.

29 August: You Are What You Eat.  The Waikato region's agricultural contribution to food; the rise of good food in the Waikato and issues surrounding poverty and food choices.

View the full programme

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Doing his best to make a difference

University of Waikato economics alumnus, James Tee, has just wrapped up a stint at the United Nations working for the Rio+20 Conference.

James (pictured at Rio+20) joined the United Nations Development Programme in New York in 2010 as a climate policy specialist, and just a year later was on special assignment for the Rio+20 Conference.

"At the UN Secretariat for Rio+20, I helped with negotiations between UN member countries on the outcome document that was adopted at the conference.  I provided technical advice to diplomats and negotiators, and also led efforts to collect more than 700 voluntary commitments to Rio+20."  Read more

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Alumna shares Afghanistan experience

University of Waikato law alumna and human rights advocate, Marianne Elliot, is a great example of Zen under fire. In fact, she wrote a book about it.

At 26 Marianne was posted in Gaza as a human rights lawyer, monitoring conflict between Palestinian and Israeli soldiers and settlers. Years later she worked in human rights roles in Kabul and Afghanistan, and established a United Nations office in the isolated Ghor province.

Marianne returned home to put her experiences on paper.  Her book, 'Zen Under Fire', is a personal account of attempting to achieve peace and wellbeing in a country that has spent the majority of its history at war.

In an interview with the Dominion Post, Marianne talks about her time in Afghanistan and the profound effect it had on her, prompting her decision to write her book.  Read her fascinating story here.

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National Geographic features Waikato scientists

Professor Craig Cary (pictured), Associate Professor Ian McDonald and Dr Craig Herbold travelled to Antarctica's Mt Erebus, the world's most southerly active volcano, to study its microscopic biology.

National Geographic travelled with the scientists to document their exciting, and at times dangerous, journey as they retreived findings from temperature probes drilled into the mountain at various altitudes.  Read the full National Geographic feature here

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Alumnus named Fulbright Scholar

University of Waikato Master of Management Studies student Kenny Bell has been awarded a US$25,000 Fulbright Ministry of Science and Innovation Graduate Award to study at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kenny will spend the next four years at Berkeley, working on his PhD and as a research assistant studying agricultural and resource economics.

“My research will look at the life-cycle environmental impacts of products. Current research ignores some important flow-on economic impacts of products and these flow-on effects have their own environmental impacts," says Kenny.  Read more

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Fieldays award scholarships

University of Waikato science and engineering students, Mark Benseman and Max Arrowsmith, have been awarded inaugural National Agricultural Fieldays Scholarships - each worth $11,000. The University has been a strategic partner of Fieldays since 2006.

The scholarships are aimed at graduate students undertaking research at the University of Waikato with a specific focus on the agricultural sector.

Mark's research will examine ways to accurately calculate the amount of dry matter in any given paddock, useful for farmers to make the best use of available pasture. Max wants to find out if precision agriculture methods can be applied to steep hill country land areas to create economically and environmentally sustainable fertiliser use.  Read more

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Finance in the City

For the first time, starting 31 July, Waikato Management School is offering a part-time Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Finance at a central Hamilton City location.

Thanks to an agreement with Hamilton law firm Tompkins Wake, seminars and classes will take place in the firm's centrally-located office on Victoria Street.

Six papers are available each year, meaning the Graduate Certificate can be completed in 6 months and the Graduate Diploma in a year.

"Small class sizes, a focused programme, evening classes in Victoria St and web-based seminars make these innovative courses ideal for busy professionals who need an understanding of finance," says the University's Finance Department Chair, Dr Stuart Locke (pictured).

Places are limited for courses starting 31 July.  For more information about classes and enrolment click here.

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'Raised Voices' at Calder & Lawson Gallery

2 July to 10 August, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Raised Voices explores responses to ideas of urban development that have become an ongoing concern for the world. The exhibition features photography by China-based artist Yang Yi, works by New Zealand artists Eve Armstrong and Kerry Ann Lee and video works by the Michelangelo Pistoletto Band from Korea.

Gallery sponsors Calder & Lawson Tours are renowned world travel experts, with over two decades of experience in international travel. They offer over twenty amazing tours every year to destinations across the world, all specifically geared to suit the 55 years plus market.

Calder & Lawson Tours are endorsed by the University of Waikato, ensuring the highest quality educational experience.

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Thrifty discounts for Alumni

Thank you Thrifty, the University of Waikato's preferred rental car supplier, for extending preferential rates to Alumni.

Discounted rates apply on standard insurance cover, with options to reduce the standard excess available. Alumni also benefit from reduced airport booking fees at $15 from the usual retail price of $40.

Further rates and reservation information can be found on the Thrifty website or by phoning 0800 73 70 70. Remember to quote the promotional code 7298614749 when making your reservation.

 

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this latest e-news for alumni and friends of the University of Waikato.

It is an exciting time on campus with plans for a new Law and Management Building, recognition for high achievement in a world ranking survey, reaffirmation of our commitment to sustainability at Rio+20, and an impressive line-up for our Winter Lecture Series.  Read more

There are still places available for study in 2012 at New Zealand's top ranked business school. With Triple Crown accreditation and global recognition for the excellence of its programmes, Waikato Management School offers Degree, Diploma and Certificate qualifications in a wide range of subjects. Apply now

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Te reo Maori in the spotlight: free lecture series celebrating Maori Language Week July 23-29.

Public lecture: Mai Chen 31 July 1.10pm One of the country's most high-profile lawyers will present a lecture discussing issues featured in her new book 'The Public Law Toolbox', which is based on her 25-year career in public law. The lecture will take place in Te Piringa - Faculty of Law, room G.04.

Public lecture: Prof Stephen Cornell 1 August 11am K.G.11 'Indigenous Development: Governance and Nation Building.' Prof Cornell is Director of the Udall Centre for Studies in Public Policy and Professor of Sociology and Public Administration and Policy at the University of Arizona. He has spent the last 20 years working with indigenous nations on governance, economic development and tribal policy issues. Prof Cornell appears courtesy of Waikato-Tainui College for Research & Development.

Wednesdays in August: free public Winter Lecture Series

Alumni & Friends events

Wellington: An Evening with Murray Sherwin, Wednesday 8 August 5.30pm

Hamilton: A Conversation with Warren Gatland, Wednesday 22 August 6.00pm

Waikato Management School Excellence in Practice Series 31 August Gladwyn Mendez of KPMG discusses the use of data-informed business decisions.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

The University of Waikato invites you to take part in one of our most significant traditions - the Inaugural Professorial Lectures. The 2012 series showcases research from our newest professors.

18 September: Prof Michael Peters, Faculty of Education

9 October: Prof Tina Besley, Faculty of Education

Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts Lunchtime recitals, Black Grace and more.

View all upcoming University events

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