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University confers Honorary Doctorates

The University of Waikato conferred three Honorary Doctorates on high-profile Waikato and Bay of Plenty identities at graduation ceremonies in April.

Bernie Crosby (right) founded Prolife Foods with his wife Kaye in the 1980s and the couple have grown the business into one of New Zealand's largest privately owned and operated food businesses.

Dame Susan Devoy (centre) was the number one world women's squash player for more than a decade, winning four world titles and eight British Opens. She was recently named New Zealand's race relations commissioner. 

Gordon Stephenson (left) is a farmer and conservationist from Waotu, near Putaturu. He is the founder of the QEII National Trust, the instigator of the National Farm Environment Awards and has been involved with countless farming and environmental organisations for more than 50 years. 



International recognition for University of Waikato staff

More than half of Waikato University's research-active academic staff have been rated in the top two categories by the government in its 2012 quality evaluation for performance-based research funding (PBRF).

The University is also among the top four New Zealand universities in having recognised researchers available for teaching and supervising postgraduate students. Read more 

Six subject areas taught at the University of Waikato were also recognised globally in the latest QS rankings as being among the best in the world. Read more



Major donation helps Music Programme go global

Former University of Waikato Dean Emeritus Professor Ian Graham and his wife, Agi, have donated $500,000 to support the University of Waikato's Music programme.

"We want to help promote the Music department around the world and support students and staff. The department is full of top performers who share their love of music with their students, and we are pleased to think we might be able to contribute to that." Read more



New Facebook page for Waikato Alumni

The University of Waikato has launched a new Facebook page dedicated to connecting alumni with their University.

We know that our alumni are a successful, mobile lot. Which is why we have created the official University of Waikato Alumni & Friends Facebook page to serve as an online hub for sharing news and information and a space to connect with one another. 

The Alumni & Friends Facebook page will highlight important University and alumni news, and upcoming alumni events around the world. Head over and 'like' us to stay connected.

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Two reasons to celebrate

New graduate Ash Puriri is used to being in the spotlight. The Masters in Management Studies alumnus is a veteran of global cruise ship entertainment, an opera singer and songwriter.

Recently he shared the stage with his wife Karleen when they graduated at the University's Te Kohinga Marama Marae, supported by plenty of whanau - including their four children aged 11 to 16. Read more



Former Hillary Scholar to run the world's highest marathon

University of Waikato Hillary Scholar alumnus Chris Dunn will brave ice, snow, and altitude when he takes on the highest race in the world - the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon. 

Chris will travel to Nepal this month to take part in the gruelling event, starting at Everest Base Camp (5364m) and travelling 42km through the Himalayas to Namche Bazaar (3446m). The marathon was created to commemorate the first successful ascent of Everest by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Ed in May 1953. Read more

Meanwhile, management and law alumnus Sam Gibb will also be competing in the marathon and raising money for a Javanese orphanage. Read more



Inaugural Dr Zena Daysh Fellow announced

It's not easy being away from family and friends, studying for a PhD in a foreign country with an 11-year-old son in tow.

But Sangion Tiu is making a pretty good fist of it and things have taken a turn for the better with the Papua New Guinea scholar announced as the inaugural Dr Zena Daysh Doctoral Fellowship in Sustainability. Read more



Emeritus Professor to host tour of Myanmar

Emeritus Professor Warwick Silvester and his wife Jan will host a 16-day river tour of Myanmar in November.

Pictured: part of the famous Bagan Temples in Myanmar.

Travelling on a 32 passenger ship, the tour starts in Mandalay and sails down the Ayeyarwady River (formerly the Irrawaddy River) to Yangon, and makes multiple shore stops to visit villages, markets, schools and monastaries. 

To find out more on joining the tour, click here



From the Vice-Chancellor

Welcome to the latest edition of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter. April was graduation month here at the University of Waikato, where we celebrated the outstanding achievements of more than 1,600 graduands in ceremonies at Tauranga's Holy Trinity Events Centre, Claudelands Arena in Hamilton and on campus at Te Kohinga Marama Marae. Graduation is always a highlight for us here at the University, and I offer my congratulations to all of our graduates and wish you every success for the future. Read more

It's not too late to start or complete an internationally recognised degree this July. 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 - seize the moment. Click here for more info.

Support your University Alumni, friends and staff can support the University of Waikato in a number of ways - find out more here 

Check out the latest issue of re:think, Waikato's latest research and innovation publication. 


Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2013 This lecture series introduces the University of Waikato's newest professors to the community. Come along to find out what our people are doing, and how their work is having a real impact on the world around us. All lectures are free and open to the public. 21 May: Prof Louis Schipper, Faculty of Science and Engineering, will discuss how working with soil microbes could help overcome problems caused by human acceleration of the nitrogen cycle.

Waikato Management School Excellence in Practice Series these free seminars feature industry leaders from New Zealand and overseas talking about their experiences and how they have navigated through the ever-changing business landscape.  28 June: Lain Jager, CEO, Zespri International Ltd, discussing differentiating kiwifruit in the global market. 

View all University events here

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Help us reconnect Lost Alumni are former students and graduates of the University of Waikato who we have lost touch with. We want to be in touch with as many of our alumni as possible - and you can help us. Check out the Lost Alumni website to see if you or someone you know is there.

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