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Annual Winter Lecture Series to look to the future

The future of business, online security, entertainment and our very own city will be up for discussion at this year's series, as the University of Waikato looks to the next 50 years and beyond during its 50th celebration year.

6 August: It's Business Time - What Will Business Look Like in the Future? Join alumnus Chris Insley, Executive Director of 37 Degrees South; Waikato Management School sustainability academics Professor Juliet Roper and Associate Professor Eva Collins; and online entreperneur Steve Crowhurst to hear how business practices will change in the years to come.

13 August: Don't Get Bit-ten - How Safe Are you Online? Hear from NetSafe Chief Executive Martin Cocker, Computing and Mathematical Sciences' Senior Lecturer and Head of the University's new Cyber Security Lab Dr Ryan Ko; and online legal expert and senior lecturer Wayne Rumbles on how to enhance your digital safety. 

20 August: That's Entertainment - What Does the Future of Viewing Look Like? Join alumnus and TV presenter Jesse Mulligan (pictured) as he hosts a panel of entertainment experts: Screen and Media's Associate Professor Geoff Lealand, author Julie Thomas and The Wireless' Senior Producer Megan Whelan on what's next for the entertainment world.

27 August: The City of the Future: What Can Hamilton Learn From Others? Listen to Canadian Neil Everson discuss how he led the successful revitalisation of Hamilton, Ontario; alumnus Andrew Yeoman, director of Yeoman Developments; and the University's Professor Natalie Jackson, a demographer, on what an ageing population will mean for Hamilton in the future. 

If you are unable to join us for the lectures, you can view them afterwards on the University's iTunesU channel. View the full programme here



Alumni, students and staff among Fulbright Award winners

We're pleased to congratulate a number of alumni, students and staff who were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements this year with prestigious Fulbright Awards. 

Waikato's recipients this year include Law graduates Ashiq Hamid and Sharon Toi, Science graduates Emma Sherman (pictured) and Melanie Cheung, PhD students Vincent Malcolm-Buchanan, Monica Peters and Sarah Lockwood, and University staff Michael Walmsley, Sophie Nock and Rangi Matamua



Alumnus a champion cheesemaker 

Science graduate Miel Meyer is at the helm of one of New Zealand's fastest growing cheese manufacturers - Meyer Cheese.

Since taking over from his parents as general manager in 2007, more than 35 years after they first established the business in Holland, Miel has been on the road to success and is now setting his sights on exporting Meyer Cheese products around the world. Read more



Advantage gained with study at Waikato 

For Marina Doretto, the lure of New Zealand was too hard to resist. That, combined with a desire to upskill in her profession saw Marina leave her native Brazil in 2009 to begin post-graduate studies at the University of Waikato.

She's now putting her education to great use as an Account Specialist at DataXu, a global programmatic marketing organisation that leverages data and analytics from advertising through real time bidding. Read more



University of Waikato to host alumni event in London 

The University of Waikato brings its 50th anniversary celebrations to London with an event for alumni and friends on 14 September.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford, along with New Zealand High Commissioner Sir Lockwood Smith, will host alumni and friends at New Zealand House to reflect on the University's past, present and future, and show footage from the 2014 Gallagher Great Race as top international teams battle it out on the Waikato River in Hamilton. Numbers are limited. To RSVP, email by 8 September. 

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Around the Faculties 

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

Arts and Social Sciences: Hillary Scholar and New Zealand Opera singer Beverley Pullon will be the first to graduate from Waikato with a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and is only the second in New Zealand to achieve the qualification. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: Professor Corey Schou, one of the world's leading cyber security academics says Waikato is "leading the way" in helping fill an ever-growing shortage of cyber security professionals.

Education: Professor Bronwen Cowie, Director of the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, gave her inaugural lecture on the global influences on student learning. 

Law: Lisa Marquardt, the first law and social science student to go through the INTERCOAST programme, a collaboration between Waikato University and Germany's Bremen University, has received her PhD.   

Management: Professor Alison McIntosh and Dr Cheryl Cockburn-Wooten have founded the Network for Community Hopsitality, aimed at connecting community organisations with influential businesses to raise awareness around current issues. 

Māori and Pacific Development: Te reo Māori and tikanga lecturer Enoka Murphy (pictured) received a Sustained Excellence award for teaching in a kaupapa Māori context at the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Awards.  

Science and Engineering: Three students have received Beca Awards for academic excellence and potential as a promising engineer.  



Benefits for alumni 

Graduates of the University of Waikato are entitled to receive benefits from some of the University's partners.

Alumni can receive a 10% discount when signing up online to a 2degrees Carryover or Share Everything plan on a 24-month term. Find out more here. If you're travelling around and need to hire a car, Budget and Thrifty also have preferential rates for Waikato alumni.

Alumni can also access a range of library databases and reduced membership rates to the UniRec gym and library with a University of Waikato Alumni Association Life Membership. Find out more here.  



Quick links 

From the Vice-Chancellor  
Welcome to this edition of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter. This issue continues with the theme of celebration as we congratulate our Fulbright Award winners, share alumni success stories, and look forward to upcoming anniversary events. Read more 

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Cafe Scientifique, Tauranga
Cafe Scientifique welcomes members of the community to come along and hear the latest news in science and technology in a relaxed and informal setting. 4 August: learn about how we can protect the kiwifruit industry from biosecurity risks. Find out more.

Free Excellence in Practice Series, 8 August
Mark Powell, CEO of The Warehouse: "The Warehouse Story: Its Rise and Fall and Strategy to Rise Again." 1-2pm, MB.1.01.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2014
This lecture series introduces the University's newest professors to the community. Come along and find out how our people are having an impact on the world around us. 
9 September: Professor Brendan Hicks, Faculty of Science and Engineering.
14 October: Professor Robert Hannah, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Harkness Henry Lecture, 10 September
Former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer will present 'Law Making in New Zealand: Is There a Better Way?' at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. 

Introduction to the World of Risk Management, 11 September
This Waikato Management School Short Course focuses on unravelling aspects of risk and how individuals, organisations and communities can manage risk effectively. Discounted rates are available for alumni.  

Important changes to student loan repayments for overseas-based borrowers
The Government has changed the rules relating to paying your student loan to those living overseas for more than six months. To view these changes to see how they might affect you, click here.  

Tell us your stories!
In celebrating our 50th anniversary, we're also celebrating you - our alumni. So tell us what you've been up to since graduating, and you could be part of our Jubilee Profiles. 

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

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