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Alumnus leads Unilever Western Europe

Jan Zijderveld, a BMS graduate of the Waikato Management School, has been appointed global giant Unilever's Western European President.

Unilever has 30,000 employees in Europe, which includes 2,000 managers, and all of them report to Jan. Sales are 12 billion Euro a year. Jan’s job involves travelling all over Europe  selling the company’s world famous brands – Magnum, Dove, Sunsilk, Persil, Rexona, Streets – to name but a few. 

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Breaking Barriers at Fieldays

The University is pleased to continue its long association with Fieldays and this year's theme is Breaking Barriers to Productivity - a constant challenge for all individuals and organisations involved in the agriculture industry.

Our Premier Feature site highlights some of the relevant and innovative research we are undertaking at the University. We will again feature our popular seminar series relevant to the agricultural industry and have a second stand where you can pick up information about the University of Waikato – the courses we offer and opportunities for research collaboration.

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Click here for the University of Waikato's Seminar Series programme.

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Mr Moa now Doctor of Science

The New Zealander known as 'Mr Moa' was awarded a Doctor of Science at Waikato University's graduation on Monday 2 May. Trevor Worthy is a palaeontologist, fossil-hunter and author who has been internationally acclaimed for the work he's done on moa.

Dr Worthy’s 2002 book The Lost World of the Moa, written with extinction biologist Dr Richard Holdaway, is considered to be the authoritative moa text book and Dr Worthy has also done extensive research into other birds and vertebrates including frogs, lizards, crocodiles, turtles and bats.

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2011 Scholarships Appeal

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

This is the message from Deni Tokunai, the WSU's President who is the face of a new fundraising appeal to alumni, friends and staff of the University of Waikato asking for scholarship support.  Look out for your appeal letter from Deni, coming soon.

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International conductor awarded honorary doctorate from Waikato

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Emeritus, James Judd, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato on 16 March.

James Judd spent nearly a decade as music director with the NZSO and during that time he raised the orchestra’s international profile and supported performance and recordings of New Zealand composers. He says he’s excited and deeply moved to receive this honorary doctorate.

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Foundation trustee focus

Richard Rowley promised himself two careers and while he's done that, he has also ended up back where he started - in law.

Richard is CEO of Hamilton law firm Tompkins Wake, where he oversees the day to day running and long-term direction of the 70-strong practice.  He is also the newest Trustee on the University of Waikato Foundation, which was established in 1992 to fundraise for scholarships, research, capital projects and endowment.

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Waikato campus full of activity on Kingitanga Day

The University of Waikato campus was full of activity as people took part in celebrations to mark Kingitanga Day on Thursday April 14.

Staff, students and the community were treated to a variety of activities held throughout the day. Activities included seminars and presentations from leading academics and guest speakers, including University Chancellor Jim Bolger, MP Dr Pita Sharples and award winning sound designer David Whitehead.

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Online Te Reo journal launched at Waikato

An online academic journal published solely in Te Reo was launched at the University of Waikato on April 14, coinciding with Kingitanga Day celebrations.

The University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Maori, Professor Linda Smith, says the new journal, Te Kotihitihi – Nga Tuhinga Reo Maori, has been established by a group of emerging researchers at Waikato who were looking around for opportunities to publish in Te Reo.

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law 20th Anniversary

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law celebrated its 20th anniversary of law education on Wednesday 20 April.

The afternoon activities included a "Thesis in 5" presentation from current PhD students, campus tours taking in the University's most recent additions - the library and the Academy of Performing Arts - and a lively debate by law students on 'This house believes in the death penalty.’

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Cheese whizz!

Waikato University alumnus Miel Meyer has been named New Zealand Cheese School Champion Cheesemaker of the Year 2011.  At 27, Miel is the youngest cheesemaker to receive the accolade in the history of the awards.

The Microbiology and Biochemistry graduate is "completely blown away" by the award.  "I didn't expect this at all.  My goal over the past year was to focus on the quality of cheese we've been making, so this is unbelievable.  It’s still sinking in.”  Click here for more. 

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Healthy ice cream?

There is hope for all ice cream lovers out there.  Waikato University Master of Engineering student and Hillary Scholar Sean Nixon is working on developing an ice cream that offers benefits rather than just calories.

“I can’t say too much about the product at this stage because I intend to patent it but it’s going to have benefits for athletes, diabetics and people who are obese,” says Sean.  Sounds like good news!  Click here for more.

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PwC's first Maori partner

Congratulations to Waikato alumnus Wayne Tainui on his appointment as Pricewaterhouse Coopers first Maori partner – the same firm he has worked at since graduating 13 years ago.

Born and bred in Te Awamutu, Mr Tainui was ecstatic when he got the chance to return to Waikato.  He is now based at the firm’s Hamilton office and leads the Manukura Maori Business team, a group set up to work with Maori organisations and iwi.  Click here for more.

 

 

 

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Royal Presidency

Professor Don Cowan has been elected as President of the Royal Society of South Africa.

Don graduated from Waikato University in 1981 with a PhD in Biochemistry.  He then spent 16 years working in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University College London before moving to Cape Town in 2001 to take up the Chair of Microbiology at the University of the Western Cape.  Click here for more. 

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to this latest edition of the Alumni & Friends e-news. As you read this, we have just celebrated hundreds of our students graduating in Hamilton and Tauranga.

Over the course of April and May, about 1500 students graduated in person at these ceremonies, with friends and family alongside them acknowledging their journey. These new

alumni have embarked on the next big stage of their lives and will soon start achieving in their careers. I am constantly impressed with news I hear of the achievements of our alumni all over the world.

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Events

Kuala Lumpur & Shanghai – May 2011

The University of Waikato will be making official visits to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai on 19 and 24 May, respectively.  Each event will be hosted by Chancellor Rt Hon. Jim Bolger ONZ and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Roy Crawford.  The University's ability to create knowledge and drive innovation depends on strong international connections, and we look forward to meeting with our many alumni and friends.

Academy of Performing Arts

In the coming months a number of critically acclaimed international acts will be performing at the Academy, as well as a Royal Society of New Zealand public lecture and much more.  Click here to see what’s on.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series

The University of Waikato invites you to take part in one of our most significant traditions - the Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series.  The 2011 series will showcase some of the latest research from our newest professors. 

17 May: Professor Richard Coll, Faculty of Science and Engineering - A journey from science to science education: Moving to the dark side, or the attainment of enlightenment?

21 June: Professor Geoff Holmes, Dean, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences - Machine Learning Application Development.

12 July: Professor Dawn Penney, Faculty of Education - Making a Difference: Policies, People and Pedagogy in Physical Education and Sport. 

Varstonians Day - 24 June

Varstonians Day is an annual event held on the last Saturday of June. University of Waikato Sport Clubs invite ex-players of hockey, netball, rugby and soccer to come together, reminisce and watch the current teams play.  This year's celebrations coincide with the rugby club’s 50th anniversary event, held at the Academy of Performing Arts.

Click here to enquire about event and ticketing information.   

For all University of Waikato events, visit our website.

Kea Unnofficial Census

2011 was to have been Census Year in New Zealand.  Kea (Kiwi Expat Association) still intends to find and survey as many of the 700,000 Kiwis abroad as possible.

The University of Waikato is pleased to support Kea in its mission to connect New Zealand with the rest of the world by building a network of global citizens who take an active interest in the future of our country.

To join Kea and complete the census please visit their website: www.keanewzealand.com.

Alumni Links 

Alumni Representatives are available to you as a first point of contact wherever you are in the world. Let us know if you would like to set up an alumni group in your area. 

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