Honorary Doctorates for University's Jubilee year

The University of Waikato conferred two Honorary Doctorates on law and business leaders at October's graduation.

Sir Dryden Spring (pictured left) is one of New Zealand's leading businessmen. A successful farmer in his earlier years, Sir Dryden was President of the New Zealand Sharemilkers Association and President of Waikato Federated Farmers. He served as Chairman of the New Zealand Co-operative Dairy Company and then the New Zealand Dairy Board for the better part of 20 years, leading major industry reform and building international relations. He has been a director of many companies and served on the APEC Business Advisory Council from 2000 to 2010 and is a Laureate of the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame.

Warren Scotter (pictured right) is a senior partner at Hamilton law firm Harkness Henry, where he has been for the past 45 years. He is a litigation lawyer by practice, and has appeared in hundreds of cases, frequently acting for the underdog. He has taken an active role in law administration, as president of the Waikato - Bay of Plenty District Law Society Council, chair of the High Court Practice Committee, Councillor of the New Zealand Law Society, and as a member of numerous others. He was also instrumental in improving the quality of legal standards regulation and has provided support for many new lawyers entering the profession.



New Dean has big plans

Canadian economist Professor Don Ross will soon take the reins as the new Dean of the Waikato Management School.

Professor Ross is coming from University of Cape Town where he's Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Professor of Economics. And after being at UCT for nearly two decades, the time was right for a change. Read more.  



Award-winning communicator sets her sights on New Zealand

Organisations of New Zealand, listen up. Award-winning, London-based communicator Julia Bell will soon have her sights set on New Zealand, and we don't think it will take long for someone to snap her up.

Julia is currently the Corporate Public Relations Manager for Visa Europe, and she's also the winner of the European Association of Communication Directors' Young Communicator of the Year Award. Read more



New scholarship for Pacific students

Former Morrinsville farm owner, accountant and philanthropist, the late Edna Money, has left a $1 million bequest to the University of Waikato - part of which will be used to fund scholarships for emerging Pacific leaders.

The Edna Money Future Pacific Leaders' Scholarship is worth $6000 per year for up to three years, and will be awarded to Pacific people with leadership potential. Read more.



Sculpture to celebrate 50 years

A sculpture to celebrate the University of Waikato's 50 years has been unveiled, "L" by artist Sophie Hermann.

"L" is the Roman numeral for 50. Five of the wooden black and red elements represent the University's first five decades and the sixth is a symbol for the future. Read more.



Waikato students get their satisfaction

Domestic students are overwhelmingly happy with the University of Waikato, scoring it highly in terms of learning, living, support and arrival on campus, according to a new student satisfaction survey.

The survey, of 3257 domestic students, was carried out earlier this year and found high levels of satisfaction across a range of areas, finding overall that 93% of students were either satisfied or very satisfied with the University. Read more.



Your memories are online

Throughout the year we invited alumni to share their stories with us to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary.

From nearly missing assignment deadlines to favourite lecturers and classes, click to read some Waikato memories from alumni. Read more.

To submit your own story or memory, click here



Receive your Off Campus magazine digitally

Our annual alumni and year in review magazine, Off Campus, is nearly ready to go - and it's not too late to receive your copy by email.

This year's issue features loads of alumni and University highlights, as well as a round up of our 50th Anniversary and many other stories that will make you feel proud of your University. To help us stay as sustainable as possible, simply let us know that you'd like to receive your copy by email. 



Around the Faculties

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

Arts and Social Sciences: Best-selling author Stephanie Johnson will teach 'Writing Historical Fiction' during summer school's T Semester. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: A six-year, $12 million cyber security project, STRATUS, will see the University of Waikato join with Auckland University, Unitec and the Cloud Security Alliance to create tools to return control of cloud-based data to its users. 

Education: Lecturers Sonja Arndt and Sharyn Heaton have each won a prestigious Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia doctoral scholarship, worth AUD$10,000 each. 

Law: Senior Court of Appeal Judge and President of the New Zealand Law Commission Sir Grant Hammond (pictured) has been conferred with a special Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree in recognition of his internationally recognised legal scholarship. 

Management: Public Relations students comprising the group Loud and Counted have won this year's Chesterman Group PR Campaign competition with their multi-faceted campaign aimed at getting young people to vote. 

Māori and Pacific Development: A day-long public symposium on the revitalisation of te reo Māori will be held on campus on Saturday13 December and will provide an opportunity for teachers and researchers to share their views and experiences and learn from others. 

Science and Engineering: Titanium Technologies New Zealand (TiTeNZ), a research project co-led by Waikato's Professor Brian Gabbitas, has received $14.5 million in funding from MBIE to continue to develop and maintain its world-leadership in titanium technology. 



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. If you're travelling and need to hire a car, Budget and Thrifty have preferential rates for Waikato alumni.

Alumni can also access a range of library databases and reduced membership rates to the UniRec gym and University library with an Alumni Association Life Membership


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From the Vice-Chancellor
Professor Roy Crawford

Kia ora and welcome to this Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter, my last as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato. I am proud to have led such an innovative and committed organisation for the past 10 years. I remain constantly impressed by the talent, expertise and success of our students, staff and alumni, and together we have seen some extraordinary achievements here at the University. Read more.

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Auckland Alumni and Friends event, 6 November
If you're in Auckland on 6 November, make sure you RSVP for our alumni event with Distinguished Alumnus and prominent business leader Tenby Powell. Email to register. 

Hamilton Young Alumni event, 13 November
Join us in Hamilton on 13 November for a networking event and to hear from Tom O'Neil, an award-winning speaker who will explain the importance of showing what you want to be known for and managing your online identity. Email to register. 

Historical garden tours on campus
To celebrate the transformation of the University's gardens over the past 50 years, former grounds supervisor Ron Lycette is hosting a free garden tour on 13 November, 2-5pm. He'll present a brief history of the background and development of the campus landscape, followed by a guided tour and a high tea.
The tour is limited to 30 people. RSVPs are essential to Your gold coin donation will go towards stage two of the Rongoa (Māori medicine garden).

Marketing and Customer Strategies for a Social Media Audience, 18 and 25 November
This Waikato Management School Short Course looks at the rise of interactive and social media over traditional marketing channels. Discounted rates are available for alumni.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2014
This lecture series introduces the University's newest professors to the community. Come along to hear how our people are having an impact on the world around us.
18 November: Professor Iain White, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

Café Scientifique, 24 November
Join us in Tauranga for 'In Search of New Planets', a presentation by Dr Grant Christie, astronomer at Auckland's Stardrome Observatory and Planetarium, from 6.30pm. 


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 a 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 of our alumni as possible. Check the Lost Alumni list to see if you or someone you know is on there. 

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