Media Advisory June 18

WAIKATO VICE-CHANCELLOR TO VISIT NORTHLAND

University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford visits Northland this week, from 18 June, with a small group from the University of Waikato, including Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith. The duo will be visiting Northland schools through the week and talk to staff and student leaders about how the University of Waikato can maintain and strengthen links and relationships with Northland. The Vice-Chancellor will also announce a University of Waikato scholarship aimed at Northland Year 13 students.

WAIKATO EXPERT TO DISCUSS SUSTAINABLE ACCOUNTING

In his Inaugural Professorial Lecture next week University of Waikato Accounting Professor Charl de Villiers will discuss why businesses have begun to promote their social, environmental and sustainability programmes. Professor de Villiers has been researching the choices managers make when they decide which social and environmental information to disclose in their annual reports, on their websites and in other reports. He says the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is a great example of a company strategically releasing information to the public. During his lecture on 26 June, Professor de Villiers will explore the reasons behind companies releasing information to the public, the potential financial consequences and the influence information can have on investors’ decision making. “Organisations distribute a lot of information about environmental and sustainability issues. One of the questions I explore is why managers would disclose the information voluntarily. They must see some benefit.” The lecture starts at 6pm, on Tuesday 26 June, in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

NEW WORKS IN OLD PLACES

University of Waikato-based New Zealand chamber soloists, James Tennant, Lara Hall and Katherine Austin are presenting world premieres of New Zealand works at music festivals in Europe in June and July.  The trio will premiere two works by New Zealand composer John Psathas at the Casa Dei Mezzo Music Festival in Crete this week (June 22),  and play the works at other festivals and concerts in the Greek Islands of Syros and Paros, and in Paris and Rome.  The works by Psathas, called Corybas and Aegean, were commissioned by former Waikato academic turned businessman Dr Ian Graham for his wife’s birthday. Dr Graham will be attending the Crete concert with his wife Agi. 

TORU – MIXING WESTERN AND MAORI MUSIC

A new CD of chamber music by Waikato University Associate Professor Martin Lodge blends Western instruments with taonga puoro – traditional Māori instruments. The CD is titled Toru and the title track is a trio for clarinet, cello and taonga puroro. It features Waikato University research associate Dr Richard Nunns on the ancient instruments, Peter Scholes on clarinet and James Tennant on cello.  Lodge says the track’s ‘New Zealandness’ is clear, with sounds of bird calls, wind and sea. On other tracks there are hints of waiata, and a piano trio called Summer Music reflects the sounds and sights of geothermal Rotorua.  “There’s a lot of cross fermentation going on with music at the moment – music is getting harder to segment and with new technology there’s a lot of opportunity to experiment,” says Lodge. One of the tracks has a microphone placed inside a harpsichord, and the noises from the internal workings are then amplified and played with the notes being played on the keyboard.

INFORMATION EXPO FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

The University of Waikato is holding its own version of a careers expo this year. Following the cancellation of the Waikato Careers Expo, the University of Waikato student recruitment team decided to open up the university this Sunday, 24 June, for its own Information Expo. It will take place in the S Block foyer between 11am-3pm, and is an opportunity for anyone interested in studying at the university to come and speak to staff and students about the qualifications, study options, entry requirements, scholarships and life at the University of Waikato. The expo will feature stands from all faculties, sports clubs, U Leisure and the scholarships office, and student ambassadors will be taking guided tours of the university campus.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP TARGETS TALENTED INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

A new scholarship has been set up to encourage high-performing international students to study at the University of Waikato. The High Achievement Scholarship for International Students is open to all new international students enrolling in a full-time undergraduate programme from the start of B Semester this year. The value of the new scholarship will be equivalent to 15% of the full international student fees for the second year of undergraduate study. Students who achieve a B+ grade average over their first 120 credit points will be automatically eligible for the new scholarship for their next 120 credit points.

WAIKATO UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ON THE HUNT FOR PROGRAMMING PROJECTS

Computer science students at the University of Waikato are looking to business and community organisations for real-world projects to hone their programming and project management skills. The Department of Computer Science’s software engineering project is a three-month exercise for third-year students to work in groups to design and implement a medium-sized software project for a client – free of charge. Last year, students completed a range of projects including an iPad game for Asthma Waikato. The game was such a success that Asthma Waikato is coming back this year for more. Software engineering lecturer Dr David Streader, who’ll be supervising the projects over the course of the next semester, says it’s a great opportunity for organisations to get some free help from senior students. Interested organisations should contact Dr Streader on dstr@waikato.ac.nz before B semester starts on 16 July.

PROLIFE FOODS CHAIRMAN TO SPEAK AT FREE MANAGEMENT SCHOOL SEMINAR

As Chairman of the Board of Directors for Prolife Foods, David Irving oversees one the Waikato’s most successful and innovative companies. Mr Irving has enjoyed an impressive career; as former CEO of Heinz-Watties NZ, co- founder of business start-up incubator the ICEHOUSE,  and mentor to many young New Zealand enterprises. Mr Irving also serves on the boards of many other organisations and has recently written a book outlining his experiences. As part of the Waikato Management School’s on-going Excellence in Practice Series, Mr Irving will share his vast knowledge and experience for all to enjoy and learn from. The seminar is free and is held at the Waikato Management School, room MSB1.02, from 1-2pm, Friday 22 June 2012.

WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND, AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT A PARENT, SIBLING OR ADULT CHILD OF A MIGRANT

The National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato holds a seminar to review the implications of some important changes to our immigration policy this week. Come July, the selection criteria for residence for parents, siblings and adult children of immigrants will face some major changes. Some of these changes will discriminate heavily against families with limited incomes and will particularly affect immigrants from the Pacific Islands and those accepted under the refugee quota system. Professor Richard Bedford from the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA) at the University of Waikato is a specialist in migration research and will be leading this seminar. Professor Bedford frequently advises the Department of Labour and he is also the Pro Vice-Chancellor of research at the Auckland University of Technology. The seminar is scheduled for 1.10pm on Friday 22 June and will be held at the University of Waikato. RSVP to Dr Yaqub Foroutan (foroutan@waikato.ac.nz).

YEAR 13 STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN CHEMISTRY CHALLENGE

On Wednesday this week 96 Year 13 chemistry enthusiasts from around the central North Island will descend on the University of Waikato for the NZIC Analytical Chemistry Competition. Twenty-four teams of four will be set an analytical task, requiring accurate and careful analysis of an unknown substance. The results will be judged, with prizes and trophies awarded on the day courtesy of the sponsors: the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Waikato Branch, Hill Laboratories and the University of Waikato. The event will be held at Waikato University’s Hamilton campus, Wednesday 20 June 2012, 9.30am-4pm.

HANDS-ON SCIENCE AT WAIKATO BIOLOGY DAYS

Extracting DNA from kiwifruit was one of many activities that gave school students a taste of biology at the annual University of Waikato WEB (Waikato Experience of Biology) Days recently. The event attracted more than 750 Year 13 secondary school students. The majority of students were from the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, yet attendees also travelled from as far afield as New Plymouth. Schools were invited to register their students for the laboratory sessions and lectures which covered topics relevant to the Year 13 curriculum. Laboratory sessions covered DNA techniques in which students were given the hands-on task of DNA extraction, while lectures and seminars covered gene expression, DNA technologies, plant responses to the environment and animal behaviour, human evolution, and the process of evolution.

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