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March 2016
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Alumni & Friends E-News

Refugees, conservation and science all in one

Andrea Dekrout's career has seen her working with disadvantaged communities in Papua New Guinea and tigers in Botswana, to her current job as an environmental adviser at the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. Read more...

High Commissioner keen to see more Waikato graduates in diplomatic service

New Zealand's newly-appointed Ambassador to Canada, Daniel Mellsop, says he'd like to see more Waikato grads consider a diplomatic career. "I think there's a lot of great qualities a Waikato graduate can bring to the table," he says. Read more...

Alumni survey 2015: here's what you told us

Thanks to everyone who completed our Alumni Survey late last year. The results are in and here's what you had to say...

Getting to know: Joshua Pietras

Meet Josh. He's our Wellington-based alumni representative and has just started his legal career at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts. Fluent in Portuguese, Josh has lived in Brazil and is currently learning how to speak Indonesian. Read more...
WIN CHIEFS TICKETS: Head to our Facebook page to enter the draw to win a double pass to the Chiefs vs Western Force Super Rugby match in Hamilton on Saturday, 26 March. Kick off at 7.35pm. 

Corporate and Executive Education alumni event

Alumni are invited to a free event with Tauranga business leader, Peter Wren-Hilton. Peter is the founder of The Meteoroid Programme, an accelerator programme that helps Kiwi start-up agriculture-technology (ag-tech) companies connect with leading entrepreneur and investor networks in Silicon Valley. He'll speak on the future of ag-tech at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton, Tuesday 5 April at 6.00pm. Register here.

Around the faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Emerging Māori researcher Ngahuia Murphy has received a $179,700 PhD scholarship from the Health Research Council for her research investigating customary Māori philosophies regarding the whare tangata (womb). 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: Master of Cyber Security student Shaun Stricot-Tarboton has received a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia and is spending three months in Singapore interning with INTERPOL's Global Complex for Innovation in its cybercrime division.

Education: Emeritus Professor Russell Bishop and Associate Professor Mere Berryman were both named Officers of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2016 New Year Honours for their services to Māori and education.

Law: Student Shaymaa Arif is one of 12 New Zealand delegates attending the Ship for World Youth (SWY) programme in Japan. 

Management: Alumni are invited attend a free event with Tauranga business leader Peter Wren-Hilton, who will speak on the future of agriculture technology on April 5 at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Māori and Pacific Development: US Fulbright Scholar Kandyce Anderson has arrived in New Zealand to study how Kaupapa Māori education can be translated into an African American early childhood education context. 

Science and Engineering: Mechanical engineering student Mahonri Owen has received a PhD scholarship worth $111,550 from the Health Research Council to assist his work to develop a brain-controlled prosthetic hand.

On campus lately

A group of Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars (pictured) have been on the journey of a lifetime, trekking through Nepal's Khumbu Valley, doing humanitarian work and experiencing the legacy of Sir Ed by seeing the work he established with Nepalese communities. Several alumni and staff were named in the 2016 New Year Honours list.The University welcomed a new collection of tāonga puoro (traditional Māori musical instruments) to the Conservatorium of Music. Cello student Sam Lucas has won the 2016 National Concerto Competition. ORI2016 kicked off on campus to welcome students to university, and alumni were able to buy discounted tickets to the fortnight-long festivities with concerts featuring Kora, Stan Walker, Tiki Taane and State of Mind, as well as chiefs rugby ticket competitions. Make sure you like our Facebook page to enter more upcoming alumni competitions. 

What's on

Nominations for this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards are still open - find out how to nominate an outstanding graduate here. The university's grounds play host to the Zuru Night Glow as part of Balloons over Waikato, 19 March. All alumni are welcome at the 2016 Alumni Association AGM/SGM on campus in Hamilton, 22 MarchApplications for the University's Research Institute Scholarships are open, with more than $500,000 on offer across the six research institutes including doctoral scholarships and masters research scholarships.

Quick links

Ko Te Tangata - a history of the University of Waikato
Alumni can purchase Ko Te Tangata, for the special price of $25 (usually $50). The book was officially launched in February 2014 to mark the University's golden jubilee celebrations. 

Help us reconnect
Lost Alumni are graduates we have lost touch with, and we want to connect with as many alumni as possible. Check the Lost Alumni list to see if you, or someone you know, is on there.

Enrol now for postgraduate study
If you're looking to fast-track your career, change direction or improve your employability, our postgraduate coursework can help you achieve your goals and make you stand out in the workplace. B Semester starts 18 July.

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