Waikato Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter, April 2015
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Top honour for top coach 

One of New Zealand's most successful sports coaches, Richard 'Dick' Tonks, has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato. Mr Tonks has coached New Zealand rowing crews at five Olympic games, and has won five Halberg awards for Coach of the Year. Read more...

From left: Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley, Dr Richard Tonks and Chancellor Rt Hon Jim Bolger.
The Hawaiian Hobbit
Alumnus Keao NeSmith has given Gollum and Gandalf a Hawaiian makeover by translating The Hobbit
into Hawaiian. 
Risks paying off for Belinda
HR graduate Belinda Allan has enjoyed plenty of variety in her career - from city offices in Melbourne to manufacturing sites in regional Australia. Read more...

Alumni reconnect in London

Alumni and friends recently caught up in London, enjoying an opportunity to network in view of some of London's most famous landmarks. Click here to view photos from the event. 
Getting to know: Steven Rae and Jeremy Mayall

This year we celebrate 10 years of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship programme. Here, we get to know two of our Hillary Scholarship graduates: Steven (pictured left with his wife Kylie) is a former regional cricket player, now based in London. Jeremy, a composer, is a Mozart Fellow based at Otago University in Dunedin. Read more...

Celebrating 10 years of the Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship - 23 May
Alumni of the Hillary programme are invited to attend celebration events on campus on Saturday, May 23. Keep an eye out for your invitation, or contact Kylie Craig for more details. 
Remembering our ANZACS

Senior Lecturer in Music, Mike Williams, was commissioned to write a symphony to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landings. It's called "Letters From The Front" and takes inspiration from the letters of Mike's great-grandfather, who died at Passchendaele. Read more...

Around the faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Former Hillary Scholars and cellists Santiago Canon Valencia and Edward King have performed in Australia with two leading orchestras: Edward with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Santiago with Orchestra Victoria. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: A new scholarship, supported by the Gallagher Group, has been launched to support a student studying towards a Master of Cyber Security.

Education: Professor Michael Peters received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Denmark this month in recognition of his research exploring the roles of institutions of knowledge and education in contemporary society.

Māori and Pacific Development: England-born Lynda Green works part-time on the University's switchboard and is studying for a Master of Arts in SMPD. Her research looks at the naming of birds in the Bible and how when the Bible was translated into te reo Māori these names were expressed. 

Law: Recent changes to the Family Court have prompted two family lawyers, alumni Tania Williams Blyth and Kiriana Tan, to make a film that will assist families going to court. 

Science and Engineering: Alumna April McMurtie has landed her dream job handling cheetahs, training giraffes and rearing emu chicks (among other things) as a zookeeper at Wellington Zoo.

Management: A new leadership programme has been launched by the newly formed Community & Enterprise Leadership Foundation (CELF) in conjunction with WMS, with the aim of building future Waikato leaders from all walks of life. 

On campus lately

More than 1000 students graduated this month in ceremonies in Hamilton and Tauranga; representatives from the University of California visited campus to sign an MoU; thousands flocked to Balloons over Waikato; top undergraduate students received Alumni Prizes for Excellence and students, staff and volunteers helped build a house for Habitat for Humanity

Happening soon

Applications for the Research Institute Scholarships close 30 April; Distinguished Alumni Award nominations close 30 April; free public lecture, "ISIS and us: NZ and the wars for the Middle East" in Tauranga, 7 May and Hamilton, 14 May and Postgraduate Information Sessions are being held in Hamilton, 14 May and Tauranga, 20 May.

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