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Waikato in New York

Two former New Zealand Prime Ministers were on hand to speak at a recent event in New York, celebrating the collaboration between the University of Waikato's Faculty of Education and Columbia Teachers College.

Waikato's delegation, led by Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger and Vice-Chancellor Prof Roy Crawford, also met with several New York-based alumni and internationally renowned Kiwi artist Max Gimblett.

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From criminology to design

Singapore-based Edmund Wee's career has taken him from criminology to journalism to owning his own design agency, Epigram. Today he is one of Singapore's 10 most influential people in the arts.

And it all started at the University of Waikato.

"Fresh off the boat" is how Edmund describes himself arriving in New Zealand in 1971 as a scholarship student under the Columbo Plan for developing countries within the British Commonwealth.  "I came from a simple, poor family and I'd never been overseas before," he says.  "The first suit I ever wore was for the flight to New Zealand."

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A dynasty in the making

There's a dynasty in the making at the University of Waikato. Altogether 13 members of the Phee family from Penang in Malaysia have graduated from Waikato; three are still studying, and there's still more to come.

Boon Eow Phee (pictured) was the first in the Phee family to come to New Zealand for university studies in the 1970s.  He graduated with a science degree and an MBA before returning to Penang to run the family's printing and packaging business.

The University of Waikato remains the tertiary institution of choice for the Phee family and other members have gone on to successful careers in government, finance, law and marketing.

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Former All Black graduates

Matthew Cooper is CEO of Sport Waikato and he graduated this month with a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. He says the experience has changed his leadership style.

The former All Black and part-time Sky rugby commentator says he's pleased to have completed the qualification which he admits was a challenge.  "It was certainly no walk in the park.  You need to be organised, sometimes even ruthless, to make time to do all the readings and assignments."

"Now it's done, I've been able to sit back, take stock and say it was definitely worth it," he says.

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Alumnus revitalising Hawaiian language

Hawaiian PhD graduate Keao NeSmith recently completed his Doctorate in applied linguistics with the School of Māori and Pacific Development. He hopes to develop a professional teaching programme for his endangered native language.

Keao was a recipient of a top US Mellon-Hawai'i Fellowship worth $56,000 which allowed him to travel to New Zealand to study.  He completed his doctorate in applied linguistics with his research focusing on how the Hawaiian language is being conveyed to a new generation of speakers.

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Alumni land top jobs in sustainability

It’s official: saving the planet can boost your career. Students who’ve taken Waikato Management School’s graduate-level Strategies for Sustainability paper are popping up all over the world in corporations seeking to be environmentally and community friendly.

Joe de Jong, Pauline de Haes and Trent Bos have landed top jobs in Germany, the Netherlands and Australia. 

De Jong (pictured), works for PE International in Stuttgart, Germany and sees a direct connection between his sustainability studies and the work he is doing for Fortune 500 and Global 200 companies.  "The strategic and product sustainability arena is growing in demand, which means companies are always on the lookout for graduates who 'get' sustainability," he says.

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Alumnus heading co-operative affairs for Fonterra

Congratulations to alumnus and University Councillor Todd Muller on his recent appointment as Managing Director, Co-operative Affairs, for Fonterra.

A former Waikato Students' Union President, Todd has enjoyed a successful career since graduating from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Social Science in economics and political science and a Masters in 1992.

Todd's first role out of University was as Executive Assistant to Prime Minister Jim Bolger.  In 1998 he joined Zespri International Ltd in Tauranga, holding several senior leadership roles.  In 2007 Todd was appointed CEO of New Zealand owned Apata Ltd, where he remained until 2011 when he joined Fonterra as Local Government and Regional Relations Manager.  Todd's new role at Fonterra will see him heading up Co-operative Affairs.
  

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'Remix' at Calder & Lawson Gallery

14 May to 22 June, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts

Remix, by Hemi Macgregor (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tūhoe, Pākehā) is a dynamic art practice that mixes issues of contemporary youth culture with Māori concepts of knowlege, time and identity.  This solo exhibition spans nearly 15 years of work featuring painting, sculpture and mixed media.

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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Stepping Higher thanks to Compass Group

Generous sponsorship from the Compass Group has made a new award available to senior Sir Edmund Hillary Scholars.

The Step Higher Award is an opportunity for these Scholars to travel to Khumbu Valley in Nepal, work with local communities and trek to Everest Base Camp.  They will see and experience the true legacy of the great New Zealand explorer, Sir Ed.

Compass Group is the world's leading provider of contract food and support services, and is a significant supplier on campus for a range of hospitality services, including halls of residence catering.

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to the latest issue of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter.

Over the past month we have been celebrating with our graduating students at a series of graduation events in Hamilton and in Tauranga. It was an opportunity for more than 1,400 graduands to look back on their time here, and to look forward to new challenges.

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Support your university

2011 Off Campus magazine - read it online

Join us in Taipei New Zealand Universities Alumni Event Wednesday 23 May 7-9pm Taipei World Trade Centre.    

What's on

Gallagher Academy of
Performing Arts
 Upcoming features include lunchtime music recitals and a performance by the UoW orchestra.

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.

22 May: Prof Douglas Pratt, Religious Studies, FASS 'The Persistence
and Problem of Religion'

26 June: Prof Charl de Villiers, Accounting, WMS

17 July: Prof John Oetzel, Management Communication, WMS

Waikato Management School Excellence in
Practice Series
25 May Roger Wilson, PwC's Managing Partner, discussing the Waikato region's ability to recruit stellar employees.

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upcoming University
events

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