Media Advisory February 28

WAIKATOLINK APPOINTS NEW CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR

WaikatoLink, the commercial arm of the University of Waikato, has announced two new board appointments. Waikato’s 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Auckland business leader and long-serving army officer, Lt Col Tenby Powell has been appointed as Chairman, and Hamilton-based lawyer James McGillivray, has been appointed as a director. Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford said, “We’re delighted to have directors of this calibre join the board. Tenby Powell is one of the country’s most successful businessmen and his considerable experience in strategic planning and leadership combined with his entrepreneurial flair will be invaluable. James McGillivray’s legal and commercial skills will also be a great asset to WaikatoLink as it continues to build its portfolio of technologies and services.” The new directors fill the positions left vacant by Dr Gerald Bailey and Peter Schuyt. Current WaikatoLink Directors, Dr Rob Pringle, Sir William Gallagher, Professor Roy Crawford, Tom McClunie, Ross Townshend and Professor Doug Sutton, are all remaining on the Board.

NEW CHAIR FOR PBRF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS PEER REVIEW PANEL

An internationally recognised authority on management communication has been named as the chairperson of the Business and Economics peer review panel for the Tertiary Education Commission’s 2012 Performance-Based Research Fund quality evaluation. Professor Ted Zorn was a member of the panel during the 2006 evaluation and takes over as chair from Waikato’s Professor Kerr Inkson. The six-yearly quality evaluation will assess the research portfolios of approximately 1000 New Zealand academics in business-related disciplines such as management, finance, marketing, accounting, and tourism. The evaluations help decide the allocation of the government’s PBRF funding to tertiary education organisations.

O-WEEK KICKS OFF AT WAIKATO UNIVERSITY

Waikato University’s Semester A kicks off today with a number of orientation week activities planned for new and returning students throughout the week. Activities include a daily breakfast held on the university’s Village Green from 8.30am-10am and a clubs day on Wednesday March 2 featuring club performances and stalls. On Thursday March 3 the Waikato Student Union will hold its Super Olympics featuring giant Snakes and Ladders, Twister and Jenga games. Former New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is also expected from 11am on Thursday. His visit is part of his tour of orientation weeks around the country. For more information on Waikato University’s O-Week activities visit the O-Week website.

NEW PAPER LOOKS AT POSITIVE PRACTICES IN THE WORKPLACE

A new part-time paper being offered this semester at Waikato Management School may help answer questions about the best strategies for organisational success. The post-graduate level paper, to be taught by management communication expert Professor Ted Zorn, will explore how qualities such as optimism, compassion, hope, and gratitude can enhance workplace wellbeing – and also help the bottom line. Professor Zorn says two recent international surveys show positive practices in the workplace have a significant effect on staff retention, customer satisfaction and financial performance. Professor Zorn’s paper is one of a suite of five management communication papers being offered throughout the year. They are aimed at graduates who have entered the workforce, and are designed to fit the schedules of busy working people. Places are still available on this semester’s papers, “Meaningful work and workplace wellbeing” and “Organisational Change and Communication.”

AWARDS FOR MANAGEMENT SCHOLARS WITH FRESH PERSPECTIVES

Fresh thinking has garnered Outstanding Emerging Scholar awards for two early-career academics at Waikato Management School. Dr Paresha Sinha of the Department of Human Resource and Strategic Management and Dr Umesh Sharma of the Department of Accounting are the joint recipients of the 2010 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Emerging Scholar. Dr Sinha’s research focuses on organisational leadership and international management, and she is particularly interested in exploring alternatives to the concept of heroic leadership. Dr Sharma, who’s originally from Fiji, uses interpretive approaches to generate new insights for management accounting in less developed countries. He’s also looking at ideas around new classical economics, including Buddhist economics that can help make people better corporate citizens.

SOLOMONS BENEFIT FROM WAIKATO SCHEME

A Waikato University Faculty of Education computer donation scheme that began with local Waikato schools has now been extended globally. A shipment of 30 computers, filing cabinets and teaching materials were recently packed and sent to Honiara's School of Education in the Solomon Islands. Due to arrive on March 21, the computers will be used to assist the Island's teacher education students during their studies. For the last four and a half years Waikato's Faculty of Education and the Solomon Island's School of Education have worked in partnership as part of a NZAid funded project. Waikato University has supported the Solomon's School of Education with the development of high-quality teacher education qualifications through providing leadership, research, curriculum, and assessment and teaching expertise.

WAIKATO UNI’S DEMOGRAPHY EXPERT GIVES PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS

Director of Waikato University’s National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis Professor Natalie Jackson will give the presidential address at the Annual General Meeting of the Waikato Branch of the New Zealand Geographic Society this week. With reference to the national context of an ageing population, increasing ethnic diversity and the growing divide between regional and urban New Zealand, Professor Jackson will explore what is happening in the contemporary Waikato and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Her illustrated presentation points to some of the key elements shaping the region’s future. Professor Jackson’s presentation will follow the AGM which will be held at 6pm on Thursday March 3 at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, room J.G.17.

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