Breadcrumbs

Vol 2 - No 2 - May 2010          

Generous couple
support musicians

GENEROUS COUPLE: Ian and Agi Graham have been supporting the New Zealand Chamber Soloists for several years.

Former Waikato students may well remember Professor Ian Graham, perhaps as a lecturer or supervisor in Computer Science, or striding out on campus, off to a meeting or heading to his home on Hillcrest Rd.  These days when he’s on campus you’re more likely to see Ian in the Academy’s Gallagher Concert Chamber.

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Help us re-connect – 16,000 "lost"

Many of our Waikato alumni have lost touch with us so we are asking for your help to find them.

The identity of our University consists of many elements. One of the most important is the thousands of unique individuals who flow through our campus gates each year. Some will go on to take fascinating high profile roles, like our Distinguished Alumni Awardees. Others will be the unsung heroes of their communities and families. No matter where they are or what they’re doing, Waikato alumni make up the fabric that bind us together – and we want to know about them!

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Honorary doctorate
for long-time scientist

A scientist who's spent nearly 50 years studying New Zealand's lakes and rivers and coastlines was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Waikato at the May 3 graduation ceremony.

Max Gibbs, a fresh water and coastal scientist with NIWA, is also known internationally for his expertise in stable isotope techniques and analysis – which involves identifying and measuring stable isotopes in specific organic compounds as biomarker tracers.'

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Recognition for human
rights advocate

An international advocate for human rights and former New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner received the University of Waikato's highest honour this month.

Professor Margaret Bedggood QSO was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University’s graduation ceremony on May 6, in recognition of her significant contribution to the theory and practice of human rights.

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Digital library innovator named
World Class New Zealander

The man responsible for making New Zealand an international leader in the provision of digital library software has won the 2010 World Class New Zealand Research, Science, Technology and Academia Award, sponsored by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology.

Professor Ian Witten, who heads the NZ Digital Library Research Group in the Department of Computer Science, joins an elite group of just 120 New Zealanders deemed to be key influencers and leaders in their field of expertise. The group’s open source Greenstone digital library software is currently used in more than 60 countries and by UNESCO for tasks ranging from collating information on disaster relief operations to development work.

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Kīngitanga Day celebrations

In April the University of Waikato hosted the second annual Kīngitanga Day. This important day in the University calendar, held on the actual birth date of Kīngi Tūheitia, celebrates the University's distinctive heritage, history and relationships with the community.

Kīngi Tūheitia joined the University of Waikato to celebrate Kīngitanga Day on April 21.

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As part of the occasion the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori Office and the University of Waikato Foundation co-hosted a lunch for returning Māori alumni.

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Waikato 2010 graduation

Twins Rate Culture at Waikato

Twin sisters Neomai and Sela Pole do most things together - and uni was no exception.

The Tongan-born, South Auckland sisters graduated from the University of Waikato on May 6 with Bachelor of Social Science degrees. They are the latest in their family to graduate from Waikato, following in the footsteps of their three older brothers.

Double Success at Waikato

They're identical twins who have just graduated from the University of Waikato with identical degrees, and they've flummoxed employers by applying for the same jobs.

Former Cambridge High students Mark and Simon Wilkinson say they’ve been confusing people all their lives. "It's hard to differentiate our CVs," says Mark, who with his twin graduated earlier this month with a Bachelor of Management Studies (Honours), majoring in economics and finance. 

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Beca scholarships
boost engineering

The University of Waikato offers one of the largest scholarship programmes in the country - and it is now even larger thanks to the generosity of leading New Zealand engineering consultants Beca. From left to right: Peter Leijen, Kevin Weller, Professor Janis Swan and Sam Garrett.

Beca has made available up to three scholarships a year, worth $2,500 each, to outstanding students entering their third year of study for the Bachelor of Engineering programme.

The awards are targeted at students in any one of three specialist areas: mechanical engineering, process engineering and software or electrical engineering. 

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Foundation Trustee focus

John Revington is committed to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. He's a Director of Beca Corporate Holdings - one of the biggest engineering companies in New Zealand - and regional manager of Beca in Tauranga and Hamilton. An engineer himself, he understands the value of education, employs Waikato graduates and sees the University of Waikato as a natural fit in the Bay.

He is one of two Tauranga trustees on the Waikato University Foundation - an independent charitable trust set up to raise funds to support and resource the University. Together with businesswoman Adrienne von Tunzelmann, John champions the University in the region and works to establish links between business and the University. He was recently appointed deputy chairman of the Foundation.

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Breakfast with local
business leaders

The University of Waikato Foundation hosted a breakfast featuring Chancellor and Foundation Trustee Rt Hon Jim Bolger ONZ at the WEL Academy of Performing Arts. Forty local business leaders attended, including Hamilton City Mayor Bob Simcock and NZ Home Loans Founder & CEO John Erkkila - both Waikato alumni - along with Foundation Trustees and University Deans.

Foundation Chairman Alastair Calder recognised the generous support that the University receives from the business community with special thanks to Orbit Corporate Travel, the Gallagher Group, the Waikato Times, PricewaterhouseCoopers and BECA, among others. 

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Communications award
for WMS alumnus

Management School alumnus Warren Rosser was this month awarded the Ted Zorn Waikato Award for Management Communication.

Hamilton-based Mr Rosser is the national internal communication co-ordinator for St John. The Waikato Management School Ted Zorn award is presented annually to Waikato management communication graduates who are excelling in their field and who have a strong focus on ethical practice.

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2010 Alumni Association
Masters scholar

Congratulations to Melanie Haeata, winner of the 2010 Alumni Association Masters Scholarship. Pictured with her daughter and Vice-Chancellor Prof Roy Crawford.

Melanie enrolled at the University of Waikato in 2005, completing her Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in 2009. She is now working towards her Masters with a thesis that examines anxiety and depression in antenatal couples. Melanie is a native Hamiltonian and the solo mother of her 8 year old daughter. We are delighted to announce that Melanie has also been awarded a Freemasons scholarship, which was presented to her by the Duke of Gloucester in Wellington. 

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Top scholarships
for Waikato alumni

Two University of Waikato alumni are among the four winners of the prestigious William Georgetti Scholarships, awarded each year for postgraduate study in a field that will benefit the social, cultural and economic development of New Zealand.

Tehnuka Ilanko, who’s just completed an honours degree in earth sciences, will receive $108,000 over three years for doctoral studies in volcanology at Cambridge University. She’ll be working with Dr Clive Oppenheimer, coordinator of the Cambridge Volcanology Group, on a study of the active lava lake on Mt Erebus in Antarctica.

Rebecca Rose, who graduated from Waikato with a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies (Economics) and LLB (Hons) degree, has been awarded up to $45,000 to do a one-year masters degree in law. She has yet to decide where she will study, but is considering Cambridge and Oxford in the UK and Harvard, NYU and Chicago in the US.

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From the
Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this latest issue of E-News. I enjoy these opportunities during the year to keep our alumni and friends informed about the University’s accomplishments.

At the present time we are operating in a very tight fiscal environment. In May we had the latest government Budget, which was generally neutral for universities, but we were pleased with the announcement of extra funding for science, research and technology. As our alumni know, research is an integral part of life at the University of Waikato, and I am proud of the contributions being made by our students and researchers to advance knowledge and contribute to innovation.

Universities contain more than half the country’s researchers, generate nearly all the postgraduate students, and develop research outcomes into commercial opportunities. In 2009, the University of Waikato signed new research contracts worth more than $38 million. 

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Updates 

Kea New Zealand is excited to launch Pass it On

An initiative designed to connect New Zealand businesses with the world using our global network of 1 million ex-pats, especially in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2011, when the world will be watching New Zealand. Please visit www.passiton.co.nz to support the initiative by signing up and passing on the video content, which showcases the best of New Zealand.

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University of Waikato Celebrations

Faculty of Education Celebrates 50 Years of Teacher Education

The first student intake for the Faculty of Education, formerly the Hamilton Teachers’ College, was in 1960. It is now the No1 education school in the country according to government rankings.

Throughout 2010 there will be a series of symposia, which will be advertised on their website and on the University of Waikato online events calendar. For further information view the Waikato Faculty of Education website or contact them on (07) 838 4500 or email
celebrate.50years@waikato.ac.nz.

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law - Upcoming Events

The University of Waikato's Law School is now known as Te Piringa - Faculty of Law. Te Piringa translates as "the coming together" and reinforces the University's distinctiveness, and the Faculty's commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, to biculturalism and to teaching the law in its broader contexts.

The Faculty is planning celebrations for its 20th Anniversary in 2010 and in 2011 and is also planning an alumni event in Vanuatu and Samoa in 2010. For more information about the anniversary celebrations click here. For more information about the alumni event in the Pacific, please contact Linda Te Aho naumai@waikato.ac.nz. Do we have your updated contact details? Email them to alumni@waikato.ac.nz or use the online update form.

 

Events

Join us in Shanghai on Monday, 14 June 2010, Sheraton Shanghai
University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford warmly invites you and a guest to the New Zealand Universities Alumni Reception.To register for the event please email alumni@waikato.ac.nz.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series
The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series is endorsed and championed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, who sees it as an opportunity to give maximum exposure to the University, its academic staff, and the importance of their research and specialist areas.

From Idaho to Waikato: An American's View of U.S. Media and the Future of News in the Global Marketplace
Date: Wednesday 9 June 2010
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: S.G.02, University of Waikato Campus

Continuing Education Hamilton programmes

Continuing Education - Tauranga programmes

University of Waikato Events

 

Alumni Links

The Alumni Association, a membership organisation founded in 1989, is another way to stay connected. Life Membership is available for a fee of $150 and includes concession rates at the Rec Centre and Library.

Did you know that there are Waikato Alumni Representatives on campus, around New Zealand and in cities throughout the world? 

We want to hear from you. Drop us an email and tell us about your successes: alumni@waikato.ac.nz 

Have you moved recently? Update your details.

If you know of any online Waikato alumni communities please let us know too: alumni@waikato.ac.nz 

This e-zine will be distributed to Alumni & Friends every two months. In keeping with Waikato's sustainability focus, most of our communications will be emailed.