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November 2012         

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Off Campus 2012

The 2012 alumni magazine Off Campus is set to hit the press in a few weeks. If you've moved recently, make sure you update your contact details and your preference for an e-version here

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Makeover for Alumni

The University of Waikato has some new and exciting online features and resources now available for all Waikato Alumni.

The new-look Alumni website is now live - click here to have a look around. There are lots of new additions, including a new alumni profiles page showcasing the amazing things our graduates are doing, and more up-to-date news and event information.

Be sure to check out the latest Lost Alumni list to see if you or someone you know is on it. Lost Alumni are former Waikato students and graduates who we have lost touch with - and we want to be in touch with as many of our alumni as possible.

The University of Waikato has also launched its own iTunesU collection, an area within Apple's iTunes store, which contains over 100 podcasts ranging through academic presentations, performances, student presentations and special lectures. Click here to find out more.

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Honorary Doctorate for science leader

Dr Roger Hill, founder and managing director of internationally respected Hill Laboratories in Hamilton, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Waikato's graduation ceremony in October.

Hill Laboratories, which Dr Hill established in 1986, is now New Zealand's largest privately-owned commercial labaratory with more than 250 employees.

Dr Hill's focus on developing new analytical methods has resulted in speedier, more accurate and cheaper analytical testing, and has significantly aided the establishment of a reputable analytical industry in New Zealand.  Read more

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Respected artist, playwright and poet an Honorary Doctor

Campbell Smith, who's played a big part in Hamilton's art scene for more than 60 years has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato.

Mr Smith is a life member of the Waikato Society of Arts and a former Art Gallery Director of the Waikato Art Museum. He was instrumental in the decision to have the Waikato Museum face the river - one of the first major Hamilton buildings to do so.

He is one of New Zealand's most noted wood engravers, with many of his works reflecting the river and its bridges. He has written 24 plays; many of them about history-changing New Zealanders and won numerous awards.  Read more

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Supporting the University's Journey of Excellence

Distinguished Alumni and Welsh Rugby Coach Warren Gatland will headline the University of Waikato appeal to alumni and friends. Look for your appeal brochure arriving in the post or via email in the next few weeks.

Warren Gatland embodies the Waikato spirit of excellence, leadership and international connectedness. The Gatland family have a long association with the University, and we are grateful for their generosity in allowing us to showcase Warren’s success.

Gifts from our alumni and friends are directed to strategic priorities that support the University’s goal to rank among the best in Australasia. Scholarships, the Research Institutes, the Endowment Fund, and the new Law and Management building are all featured in the 2012 appeal.

We hope our alumni and friends will feel inspired to support the University of Waikato in its journey of excellence.

For more information contact Sharon Roux, Fundraising Manager: sroux@waikato.ac.nz or +64 7 838 4693.

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Waikato researchers win Marsden Grant funding

Six research projects led by University of Waikato researchers will receive support from the Marsden Fund, New Zealand's funding for ideas-driven research.

The Marsden Fund announced it will distribute $54.6 million to fund 86 projects nationwide, each for a three-year period.  One of the six projects being funded is Professor David Hamilton's (pictured) research into lake restoration - worth $920,000.

"Marsden Grant funds are highly competitive, less than 10% of applications are successful, so I'm delighted with our success," said Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford.  Read more

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Waikato student scoops top scholarship

Comuter Science student and Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar Katie de Lange is one of only three New Zealand recipients of the prestigious Woolf Fisher scholarship, worth about $100,000 to study for a PhD at Cambridge University in the UK.

Katie, who's interest is in biomedical informatics, was awarded the scholarship based on her leadership skills, boldness of vision and exceptional zeal, keeness and capacity for work - qualities admired by the late Sir Woolf Fisher, co-founder of Fisher and Paykel.

Katie is particularly interested in human genetics, and in developing genome analysis techniques that could help direct the development of new drugs to tackle diseases like cancer.  Read more

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Alumnus on a mission

In November last year Jordan Taylor, former Hillary Scholar, accepted a job with international accounting firm Ernst and Young, but after a trip to Cambodia with Habitat for Humanity he rescinded the offer and decided to dedicate himself to being a missionary.

Jordan is now based in Kona, Hawai'i, with the biggest Youth With A Mission School in the world, where earlier this year he completed a Disciple Training programme. As part of an outreach option the school offers, he spent three months in India working with street orphans and slum families.  Read more

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Kudos for Waikato staff

The University of Waikato is extremely proud to congratulate a number of staff who have been recognised for outstanding teaching, research and contributions to their communities.

Four Waikato staff are recipients of 2012 Kudos awards. The awards are a Waikato initiative held once a year to celebrate science achievement in the region.

Professor Cam Nelson (pictured) was honoured with the University of Waikato Lifetime Achievement Award, acknowledging his major contribution to science of relevance in the Waikato region and to the international profile of New Zealand science.

Sustainability Coordinator Rachael Goddard was recognised for her work increasing awareness of environmental issues around the Waikato; School of Engineering's Dr Mike Duke won for his work incorporating solar technology into long run metal roofing and water quality advocate Professor David Hamilton took out the environmental science category.

Congratulations also to Tauranga lecturer Chris Brough who won the education category final in the 2012 Next Woman of the Year Awards. Chris was one of five finalists in the category and one of 30 finalists overall.

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Milestones for Music and Engineering

The University of Waikato has celebrated 25 years of its top ranking Music programme and ten years of Engineering.

In 1987 performance teaching was started at Waikato with piano and singing. Now the Music programme offers teaching in a variety of instruments and full streams of music history, composition and digital technology.  The hard work has paid off - in the most recent PBRF research rankings, Music at Waikato was ranked number one in New Zealand. Read more

In 2002, the first eight students graduated from the University of Waikato with Engineering degrees. Now, the University has more than 300 engineering students with all its degrees fully accredited by IPENZ, the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Read more

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From the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Roy Crawford

Welcome to the November Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter, where we continue to celebrate the success of our University, its students, alumni and staff.

In this issue, I am pleased to share news of our highest-ever achievement in the globally recognised Times Higher Education rankings; the conferral of Honorary Doctorates on Hamilton arts proponent Campbell Smith and science leader Dr Roger Hill; recent graduate Katie de Lange’s Woolf Fisher scholarship to study at Cambridge University in the UK – one of only three recipients in New Zealand; young alumnus Jordan Taylor’s missionary work in India; University of Waikato researchers awarded significant Marsden Funding grants; several Waikato staff recognised for their outstanding teaching and community contributions and milestone anniversaries for the University’s Music programme and School of Engineering. Read more

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WHAT'S ON

Te Piringa - Faculty of Law is launching the Te Mata Hautu Taketake-Maori and Indigenous Governance Centre, a facility for improving Maori governance.

Hamilton: 5 November 4.30pm-6pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, the University of Waikato

Rotorua: 6 November 5.30pm-7pm, Blue Baths, Queens Drive, Government Gardens

Wellington: 7 November 5.30pm-7pm, Chaffers Dock, 1 Herd St, Chaffers Dock, Oriental Bay

Email RSVP@waikato.ac.nz to register

Alumni & Friends events

Tauranga: Monday 26 November - An Evening with Dame Malvina Major

Auckland: Tuesday 27 November - 'Farming: why should townies care?' with Agribusiness Professor Jacqueline Rowarth

Waikato Management School - NZ's leading business school - now offers one day short courses. An ideal professional development opportunity, these courses are taught by the same professors and lecturers as the award-winning MBA programme.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture Prof Lynda Johnston 'Proud people and places or just more Riff Raff? The spatial politics of gay pride.' 20 November, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Fulbright lecture Professor James McCormick, former University of Waikato Fulbright US Senior Scholar will review the outcome of the US elections at an event for alumni, 21 November 6-7pm, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. 

Corporate & Executive Education Alumni are invited to network and reminisce with fellow Exec Ed alumni and staff at the Gallagher Academy of Peforming Arts, 23 November 6-8pm. Leading business coach Marcus Powe will also speak on the importance and power of networking. RSVP to execed@waikato.ac.nz

Excellence in Practice Series: Annah Stretton, Stretton Clothing: 'Fashion with Heart, What's more important, the brand or the bottom line?' 23 November, 1pm

Calder & Lawson Gallery '50 Years Elemental Music and Dance Pedagogy - Orff Music Education' from Salzburg, Austria, November 2012 - January 2013, Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

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