Media Advisory October 15

SILVER FERN, ROWING CHAMP WIN UNIVERSITY BLUES AWARDS

Silver Fern Laura Langman and world under 23 rowing champion Hayden Cohen won major awards at the 2012 Wallace Corporation University of Waikato Blues Awards on Friday night. Langman, who also plays netball for Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, was named the Sportswoman of the Year, while Cohen was named the Sportsman of the Year. Langman has finished a Postgraduate Diploma in accounting and Cohen is studying a Bachelor of Management Studies. Hayden Cohen’s older brother Nathan won Sportsman of the Year last year, and was a London Olympic double sculls gold medalist. The Pou Ahurea award for Māori Person of the Year went to composer Adam Maha who is studying a Postgraduate Diploma of Music. Cellist Santiago Canon Valencia won the Creative and Performing Art Person of the Year. This year nearly 50 Blues Awards were given out to the University of Waikato’s top sporting and arts students. Award winners represented a range of disciplines, from graphic design to table tennis, orienteering to debating. The Blues Awards are one of the University of Waikato’s most prestigious awards and strongest traditions. Many past recipients go on to succeed on the world stage and many current students are following in their footsteps.

UNIVERSITY PREPARES FOR GRADUATION

This week more than 600 University of Waikato students graduate with ceremonies on 16 October at the Te Kohinga Mārama Marae on the university’s Hamilton campus and at Hamilton’s Claudelands Arena on 17 October. The Marae graduation begins at 9.30am. There will be two ceremonies held at Claudelands Arena and they will start at 10am and 2pm, covering all schools of study and level of achievement. A schedule for the Hamilton graduations is available online.

ART'S ELDER STATESMAN TO GET HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM WAIKATO

A man who’s played a big part in Hamilton’s art scene for more than 60 years will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Waikato this week. Campbell Smith, artist, poet and playwright is a life member of the Waikato Society of Arts and a former Art Gallery Director of the Waikato Art Museum. He is one of New Zealand’s most noted wood engravers and many of his works reflect the river and its bridges. A book called Lines of Light features 110 of his wood engravings and his work is in collections at the Waikato Museum and Te Papa. “Mr Smith’s contribution to the arts in Hamilton and the Waikato, as an administrator and a practising creative artist, has been huge, and we’re delighted to acknowledge that by conferring our top honour,” says University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. “Mr Smith has been referred to as the elder statesman of the arts in Hamilton, and he and his colleagues laid a strong foundation for a thriving arts community we have today.” Mr Smith will have his honorary doctorate conferred during the first of two University of Waikato graduation ceremonies on 17 October at the Claudelands Arena.

WAIKATO HONORARY DOCTORATE FOR MAINSTAY OF ANALYTICAL TESTING INDUSTRY

A leader in the development of New Zealand’s internationally respected analytical testing industry is to receive the University of Waikato’s highest honour. Dr Roger Hill, founder and managing director of Hamilton-based Hill Laboratories, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate at the university’s afternoon graduation ceremony on 17 October. Hill Laboratories, which Dr Hill established in 1986, is now New Zealand’s largest privately-owned commercial laboratory with more than 300 employees. “The honour is in recognition of Dr Hill’s substantial contributions to the regional and national economy, and his services to science, to the University of Waikato, and to the wider community,” says University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Roy Crawford. Roger Hill trained as a chemist before setting up an agricultural and horticultural testing service in Hamilton East with his wife Anne. Today, his company Hill Laboratories has four divisions – agricultural, environmental, and food and bioanalytical, plus a satellite laboratory in Christchurch and a sales office in Japan.

TAURANGA LECTURER NAMED NEXT WOMAN OF THE YEAR IN EDUCATION

University of Waikato Tauranga lecturer Chris Brough has won the education category of the 2012 Next Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. Ms Brough was one of five finalists in the education category and one of 30 finalists overall. The winners were announced last week. Ms Brough said she was absolutely stunned to be nominated and felt honoured to be a finalist alongside such capable and inspirational women. In July Ms Brough received one of 12 national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards which recognises sustained excellence in tertiary teaching.

IT’S ABSURD

University of Waikato theatre studies students have created their own work for their annual production and they promise it will be absurd. It’s called Flights of Absurdia and is based on Absurdist principles and texts. “Absudist plays were popular in the 1950s,” says student Brendan Theodore. “They were based on the belief that human existence has no meaning or purpose, so communication breaks down and logic and argument give way to irrational and illogical speech, ultimately leading to silence. It’s comedy, it’s vaudeville…absurd but entertaining, possibly disturbing.” The 14 students have been working on the play all semester. Mr Theodore says you have to come to the play with an open mind. “I guarantee people will be amused, intrigued and possibly disturbed.” Flights of Absurdia is directed by Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies Gaye Poole and runs at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts for four nights, this week, October 17-20. Tickets are $10 at the door.

GIVING A VOICE TO YOUNG FATHERS

A University of Waikato masters student has been looking at the experiences of young men who became fathers while at high school. Masters of Education student Kerry Cooper is a teacher, dean, and facilitator of the Te Kotahitanga project at Hamilton’s Fraser High School. The Te Kotahitanga project is a University of Waikato Faculty of Education initiative that aims to improve Māori students' learning and achievement. Part of his role as dean is the pastoral care of students, which helped inspire his thesis topic. “I see a dean’s role of pastoral care to be holistic and encompass a wide variety of our students learning experiences, occasionally of which issues with parenthood feature.” His study looked at a number of constructions of fatherhood, family and the household, and how these related to the experiences of young fathers. Cooper graduates at a ceremony at the university’s Te Kohinga Mārama Marae this week on 16 October.

ADVICE FOR TAURANGA STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY INFORMATION DAY

People wanting to find out more about the range of University of Waikato programmes offered in Tauranga are invited to come and talk to advisers at an Information Day this Friday, 19 October. The University’s annual Information Day will be held from 10am-3pm at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Windermere Campus, and the Bongard Centre in Cameron Road. Advisers will be available to give advice on the following diplomas and degrees which can all be completed entirely in Tauranga: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood and Primary), Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) and Diploma in Law. Bookings are essential. For more information, or to make an appointment to see an adviser, phone 07 577 0620, or email uwt@waikato.ac.nz. For more information on the full range of programmes offered in partnership with Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, including business, science and computer graphic design, phone 0800 BOP POLY.

A PHD: PART OF THE LEARNING JOURNEY

You don’t have to be a pointy-headed academic to embark on a PhD. That’s the message being put across by a panel hosted by the University of Waikato this week, being held as part of Postgraduate Month. Speakers range from academics to entrepreneurs to current PhD students. Each speaker will discuss their doctoral journey, where their PhD has taken them, and where it is taking them. Professor Kay Weaver, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, will host the conversational style panel this Thursday, 18 October. It takes place in the Gallagher Academy of Performing arts from 6-7pm. Attendance is free but, RSVP before Tuesday, 16 October to rsvp@waikato.ac.nz with ‘Panel Discussion’ in the subject line.

CHEMISTRY QUIZ TO CHALLENGE SCHOOL STUDENTS

The University of Waikato’s annual ChemQuest will provide the ultimate test for Year 12 chemistry students next week. The after-school event gives students studying chemistry at NCEA Level 2 the chance to compete for the ChemQuest trophy and other prizes. Sixty-seven teams of three students are expected to attend. “ChemQuest is a highlight of the year, and it’s great to see keen students giving up their spare time to participate in the quiz. Of course, we try to make it fun, with a wide variety of chemistry-based questions, including chemistry general knowledge and music with a chemistry connection,” says event organiser Professor Bill Henderson. The event is sponsored by the Faculty of Science & Engineering, James & Wells Intellectual Property and Hill Laboratories. The ChemQuest takes place at 7pm on 24 October and is held at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, PWC lecture theatre.

NUMERACY PROFESSOR INVITED TO UK PARLIAMENT

University of Waikato Professor Diana Coben has been invited to the House of Lords for the launch of a new United Kingdom initiative called National Numeracy - an independent organisation committed to raising the standards of numeracy in the United Kingdom. She was instrumental in offering guidance to the founding members of National Numeracy. Prof Coben is the world’s only professor of adult numeracy. She is originally from England, where she is an Emeritus Professor at King’s College London. She moved to New Zealand in 2011, where she was appointed as the Director of the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults. Hosted at the University of Waikato, the National Centre focuses on literacy and numeracy for adults through professional learning opportunities for educators and managers, research, policy advice, resources and strong partnerships.

NEW WEBSITE PROMOTES THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE AND HIGH PERFORMANCE SPORT

Fuel Aotearoa is a new website aimed at informing female athletes, exercisers, coaches and parents about the benefits of exercise and high performance sport, while avoiding the negative consequences of energy deficiency. University of Waikato Senior Lecturer Dr Holly Thorpe and Maria Bentley, a physiotherapist and competitive endurance runner, launched the website www.fuelaotearoa.co.nz. The website provides accessible research-informed knowledge on the risks of low energy availability and the Female Athlete Triad: a medical term coined to describe three separate but interrelated conditions - amenorrhea (loss of menstruation), bone mineral loss, and disordered eating. The website is not designed to be alarmist, it aims to remove some of the stigma and social silences surrounding this increasingly important health issue.

STEAM ENGINES ON SHOW AT WAIKATO’S ENGINEERING DESIGN SHOW

The Carter Holt Harvey Pulp and Paper Engineering Design Show this year showcases both historical and modern design. University of Waikato graduate diploma in engineering student Chris Mitchell will have his miniature steam engine on show, as will many of his class mates, as a demonstration of the work they’ve done in class. Students built the steam engines as part of their introduction to workshop process paper, utilising the university’s large scale laboratory. The Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Engineering Design Show is held at the University of Waikato on 24 and 25 October, in S Block. Topics include Chemical & Biological Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Materials and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering. The Design Show is an opportunity for high school students and industry representatives to meet the School of Engineering’s students.

PR CAMPAIGN EVENING WILL SHOWCASE STUDENTS’ WORK ON SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT ORGAN DONATION

Waikato University students have been busy around town raising public awareness about organ donation in preparation for this week’s annual PR campaign showcase. Students on the capstone public relations course at Waikato Management School have set up four student ‘agencies’ to research, plan, design and implement campaigns for Organ Donation New Zealand. The focus of the campaigns was to raise awareness of the need to talk to families about one’s wishes regarding organ donation. The students will present their campaigns at a public event this Thursday, 18 October, from 5.30pm in the PWC lecture theatre to judge the best campaign for the Chesterman Group Public Relations Award. It is free and open to the public.

STUDENTS PRESENT THEIR STRATEGIES BEFORE BEER BOSSES

Hamilton craft beer brewer Good George is the business case study for the Waikato Management School’s 33rd Strategic Case Competition, a pinnacle project for all Bachelor of Management Studies students. Good George is a recent start-up micro brewery and restaurant with a mission to transform the beer drinking experience. At the bar and ‘dining hall’ on Somerset Street, in the industrial heart of Frankton, diners are able to gain an appreciation for the brewing process by watching it happen. The top four teams will present their strategic cases in front of a panel of judges this Wednesday, 17 October, from 6.30pm in the PWC lecture theatre. It is free and open to the public.

This page has been reformatted for printing.