February 2014         

Uni launches 50th celebrations

University of Waikato 50th celebrations officially began on 14 February with the launch of Ko Te Tangata, a history of the University's first 50 years.

More than 400 present and former staff and long-time supporters of the University were on campus for the book launch. Ko Te Tangata's author, Emeritus Professor Noelene Alcorn (pictured with the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor), gave the audience a quick run-down of the University's history and its many achievements during its first half-century. Read more.  



New Alumni Manager for Waikato

The University of Waikato's new Alumni Relationship Manager, Leonie Woutersen, started late last year and is located in the Student and Academic Services Division.

Her role is to refresh the University's alumni relations programme and revitalise ways to stay connected with you, our alumni. Read more.



Alumna in her element at Tourism New Zealand

Julia Cooke is in her element as a media adviser at Tourism New Zealand.

Looking after international media on trips to New Zealand means Julia got to walk the red carpet next to Sir Peter Jackson at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. "That's something I definitely won't forget in a hurry," she says. Read more.



Flash Hawaii job for alumnus

Just three weeks after handing in his masters thesis, chemistry graduate Simon Williams was on a plane to Hawaii.

Since that day two years ago he's worked as a research assistant at the University of Hawaii's Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) in the lab testing the conversion of biomass into fuels and other products. Read more.



Celebrate Waikato alumni

Nominations are open for the 2014 University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards.

If you know any Waikato graduates who have made outstanding contributions in their careers and community, consider nominating them for this prestigious award. Nominations close Friday 2 May. For more information and to download a nomination form, click here

Pictured are 2013's Distinguished Alumni - from left designer Edmund Wee, Māori Land Court Judge Stephanie Milroy and mathemetician Distinguished Professor Marston Conder. 



Students on show

Current and former Waikato students feature in a new Māori Television reality series show starting in February.

The Kapa pits 24 top kapa haka exponents against each other and former students Kahurangi Maxwell (pictured), Tiria Te Kurapa, Rakena Takerei and Tuirina Wehi are among those involved. Over the course of 12 episodes, contestants will participate in kapa haka challenges as they hope to impress a panel of experts. Read more



Around the faculties

A round-up of the top news and events from across the Faculties.

Arts and Social Sciences: Geography Professor Robyn Longhurst, who completed her bachelors, masters and PhD at Waikato, has been appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor Education.

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: Computer Science alumnus Boris Pfahringer (pictured) is off to New York City to begin an internship with web giant Google.

Education: John Williams, Director of TEMS (Technology, Environmental, Mathematics and Science) Educational Research Centre, has been appointed professor.

Science and Engineering: Masters student Sam McCormack took first place in the Research-in-3 session for his research into the pharmaceutical properties of sea sponges.

Law: Two Northland sisters, both law graduates, are the recipients of the inaugural Centre for Indigenous and Māori Governance scholarships.

Management: Uni snowboarder, Hillary Scholar and WMS/LAW student Natalie Good, makes history by winning NZ's first gold medal at the Trentino 2013 World Winter Universiade in the snowboard/slopestyle event.

Māori and Pacific Development: MSc student, Kristopher Taipeti, has been working with the Te Arawa River Iwi Trust on the health, restoration and maintenance of the Waikato River from Huka Falls to Atiamuri. 



Quick links

From the Vice-Chancellor
Welcome to this first Alumni and Friends E-Newsletter for 2014.  This year we celebrate 50 years of teaching and research excellence, and 50 years since we first opened our doors to students. Read more

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Waikato alumni honoured
The University is extremely proud to congratulate a number of alumni who featured in the 2014 New Year Honours List.

Campus Fun Run and Walk Series 17 February - 7 April
Join us on campus every Monday evening from 17 February to take part in a 5km run or walk around our beautiful campus. Entry is $5, click here to find out more. 

Balloons over Waikato ASB Nightglow 29 March
The University is proud to be a major partner of this iconic event where balloons from all over the world gather for the annual nightglow on the Uni's fields.

Data mining with Weka - another MOOC
The University is offering its data mining with Weka MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for a second time. The open source Weka software was developed at Waikato and is widely used around the world. The MOOC starts in March and runs for five weeks. Click here for more info. 

Community and Alumni Open Day 17 May
As part of the University's 50th celebrations this year, we are hosting a community open day - welcoming alumni and the wider community onto campus to share in the celebrations. Keep an eye on the 50th website for information on this year's events. 

Tell us your stories
In celebrating our 50th anniversary, we're also celebrating the achievements of our alumni. Get in touch and tell us your story and you could be part of our Jubilee profiles. 

Enrol for world class postgraduate study
If you've been thinking about enhancing your career options with a postgraduate qualification at a University ranked in the top 2% in the world, sieze the moment.

Alumni prize winners
Waikato-based alumni were given the opportunity to win double passes to the Hamilton Garden Arts Festival - of which the University is a major sponsor. 13 lucky winners were drawn, attending a variety of performances.

Help us reconnect
Lost alumni are graduates we have lost touch with, and we want to connect with as many alumni as possible. Check the lost alumni list to see if you or someone you know is there.  

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