May 2016
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Alumni & Friends E-News

Join us for an evening with
Warren Gatland, OBE

Hosted by Matthew Cooper MNZM, CEO, Sport Waikato and former All Black
Monday 13 June, Hamilton - An event exclusive to University of Waikato alumni: Join Distinguished Alumnus Warren Gatland and members the Welsh rugby team ahead of their game against the Gallagher Chiefs as they share experiences and take questions from the audience. Be sure to register early as numbers are strictly limited. 

Doing the extras gets you the job

Recent graduate Jess Howse credits internships and extra-curricular activities with giving her an advantage when she secured her graduate position at EY. A couple of months in to her job, Jess is enjoying the challenge of carving out a career for herself and the feeling she’s making a positive difference to her clients’ business. Read more...

Alumna's project aims to help athletes achieve their dreams

Hayley Gilchrist knows how hard it can be to achieve sporting success when you don't have the funding and resources to support you. So she's set up a Pledge Me page for ProPerformance, a testing service to help non-funded athletes to develop performance profiles. Read more...

Honorary Doctorates awarded at April Graduation 

The University of Waikato honoured three outstanding community leaders at the graduation in April. Emeritus Professor Roy Crawford, was honoured for his contributions to engineering and univeristy leadership and Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne and Archbishop Sir David Moxon, were recognised for their contributions to the Waikato community and University. 
We've launched a new Alumni & Friends Twitter page. Follow us @AlumniWaikato for the latest news & views, giveaways and more.

Hot in the city:

New CBD office is open for business

If you're in Hamilton, come visit us in our new CBD office. Whether you're investigating further study options, updating your details or just want to say hi, call in to our new shop front. We're on the corner of Ward and Anglesea streets.

Around the faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Does grammar matter? Linguist Dr Andreea Calude's TED-Ed talk picked up more than 100,000 views during its first 27 hours online. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: While studying for a Bachelor or Computer Science with Honours, recent graduate Tom Levy completed two internships at Google in Sydney, a couple of summer research scholarships with some international travel for programming competitions thrown in for good measure.

Education: Amina Adam, who has recently graduated from the Faculty of Education, won the Best Postgraduate Paper Award at the DEANZ2016 Conference. Hosted at the Univerisyt of Waikato, the DEANZ conference is New Zealand's premier conference in open, online, flexible and mobile learning.

Law: With the snip of a ribbon and the unveiling of a plaque, Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key officially opened the University of Waikato’s new Law and Management building on 7 April. Don't forget you can also read the latest Law eNews.
Management: Upskill with digital business knowledge - applications for Master of Electronic Commerce are now open.

Māori and Pacific Development: Originally from Hawai'i, Noe Noe Wong who graduated with a PhD in April credits her university "hanai", or adopted family, as part of her reason for studying at Waikato.

Science and Engineering: Second-year Bachelor of Science (Technology) student Emma Voss has been awarded a major Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholarship worth $5,000.

Tauranga: The University of Waikato Adams Centre For High Performance was officially opened in Mount Maunganui and will be a hub for sport science research.

On campus lately

We proudly celebrated our Class of 2016 at graduations held in Hamilton and Tauranga, check out the photos here. Charitable trust Play It Strange and the University of Waikato have teamed up to offer aspiring muso’s a new song writing 101 course from 2017. Hawkes Bay-based students will have greater access to tertiary courses in specialist areas such as marine science, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Napier City Council and the University of Waikato. Minutes from the 2016 Alumni Association AGM can be viewed onlineMake sure you like our Facebook page to enter upcoming alumni competitions. 

What's on

Breakers co-owner shares her secret recipe for successful business leadership, Liz Blackwell (pictured right) will present What drives our incredible journey? at Waikato University’s PWC lecture theatre on 27 May. Click here for more details. Alumni are invited to participate in the Career Development Services Job-Readiness initiative. Created to equip current students with  the skills to transition into the workplace, and you can help by sharing your experiences. The Annual Varstonians Day takes place on Saturday 18 June - come along and re-connect with the club and past teammates on the University fields.

A special offer for alumni from Calder & Lawson Tours

Exclusive to Waikato alumni
Myanmar by River - Mandalay to Rangoon - October 2016

Visit this extraordinary country on a pathway towards democracy. For active travellers looking for new ground to explore, there is no better way to see life in Myanmar than cruising along the Irrawaddy River. Connecting the entire country, the river is the backbone and a vital means of trade, transport and income for the Burmese.  Daily shore excursions will give you the chance to observe a variety of cottage industries, from the production of glazed earthenware pots to exquisitely woven textiles. Stopping at villages, markets, schools and monasteries offers a chance to interact with the local people and gain insight into their way of life.

This small group, escorted tour costs $12,200 per person and includes airfares, most meals, all activities and sightseeing and tips.

Register here!

Quick links

Ko Te Tangata - a history of the University of Waikato
Alumni can purchase Ko Te Tangata, for the special price of $25 (usually $50). The book was officially launched in February 2014 to mark the University's golden jubilee celebrations. 

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 on there.

Enrol now for postgraduate study
If you're looking to fast-track your career, change direction or improve your employability, our postgraduate coursework can help you achieve your goals and make you stand out in the workplace. B Semester starts 18 July.

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