Media Advisory July 8

DAME MALVINA MAJOR HOSTS MUSICAL PERFORMANCE SHOWCASE
Dame Malvina Major is hosting a musical showcase featuring students from the University of Waikato's Conservatorium of Music on Friday, July 12 from 1.30-2.30pmin the Concert Chamber at the university’s Academy of Performing Arts. The event will include solo and chamber instrumental works, along with a selection of vocal repertoire, as well as a guest appearance by the New Zealand Chamber Soloists. The event has been organised to coincide with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performing 'Bold Worlds' in Hamilton that evening.

POWHIRI FOR NEW FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES DEAN
A powhiri to welcome the new Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to the University of Waikato will be held at Te Kohinga Mārama Marae on Tuesday July 9 at 11am. Professor Robert Hannah comes to the University of Waikato from Otago University, where he taught Greek and Roman art and was also Dean of the School of Language, Literature and Performing Arts from 1999-2002. More recently he was Associate Dean of Research for Humanities and currently serves as an auditor for the New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit. Professor Hannah holds a BA (Hons) in Greek and MPhil in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University.

PUBLIC SEMINAR ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND PUBLIC GOOD
As part of the Executive Seminar Series, Professor Simon Marginson will give a presentation on Higher Education and Public Good. He is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Melbourne where he works in the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. In his seminar, Professor Marginson will unravel the frontier problem of ‘public’ goods and how this can be measured in society, as well as what happens when the pendulum swings towards ‘private’ goods. The seminar is on Tuesday, July 9 from 5-7pm in the Gallagher Concert Chamber at the University of Waikato’s Academy of Performing Arts. 

NZ CHAMBER SOLOISTS PREMIERE WORKS OF JOHN PSATHAS
Leading chamber music ensemble, New Zealand Chamber Soloists, will perform a New Zealand premiere of works by John Psathas in Auckland on July 10. ‘Corybas’ and ‘Aegean’ were commissioned by University of Waikato Emeritus Professor Ian Graham as a birthday present for his wife Agi, and were performed for the first time in Crete last year. The Grahams are long-time supporters of the university’s music programme, recently gifting $500,000 to its Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Lara Hall (violin), James Tennant (cello) and Katherine Austin (piano), the trio has released two CDs and performed around the world to great acclaim. All three are lecturers at the University of Waikato. The concert is on Wednesday, July 10 from 6.30pm–7.30pm at the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. Entry is free to the public.

FREE TALK BY DIRECTOR OF THE ORATOR
Samoan New Zealand film maker Tusi Tamasese will give a free talk at the University of Waikato on July 11. Tusi is the acclaimed director of The Orator (O Le Tulafale), the first feature length movie shot in Samoa, in Samoan and with a Samoan cast and story. The movie received widespread acclaim and was submitted to the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. Tusi came to New Zealand at the age of 18 and studied at the University of Waikato, gaining a bachelor's degree in social sciences, and later at the New Zealand Film School and at Victoria University, obtaining a Master of Arts degree in creative writing. He will be speaking about his journey from being a student at Waikato to an internationally renowned director. Tusi Tamasese is speaking in Room S.1.05 (S Block) at the university at 7pm on Thursday, July 11, with light refreshments available from 6.30pm. The event is free but people are urged to register with Nyree Sherlock.

ECO-TOURISM A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR WAIKATO GRADUATE
University of Waikato biological sciences graduate Stewart Robertson has used his scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial vision to create an idyllic lifestyle for himself as an owner/operator conservation tour guide in the Abel Tasman National Park. Stewart says he not only has high hopes for the success of his business, Golden Future Environmental Ltd, but also for the level that he can contribute to the environment and wider community. Stewart gives five per cent of the proceeds from the tours to the Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, a community-based conservation group. He hopes to achieve significant results for them as well as expanding his activities to deliver conservation messages to school and community groups. While eco-tourism is his core business, Stewart also provides scientific research services to organisations such as Waikato University and the Department of Conservation.

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING OPEN DAYS OFFER HANDS-ON TERTIARY EXPERIENCE
Next week more than 200 North Island secondary school students will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a science or engineering student at the University of Waikato. The university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering is hosting the annual Engineering Open Day (Thursday, July 18) and Science Open Day (Friday, July 19). Both events offer Year 11-13 students and adult learners the chance to spend the day on campus attending hands-on workshops. Engineering Open Day will cover the programmes of chemical and biological, mechanical, software, materials and process, and electronic engineering. Activities will include analysing computer programs for ‘hotspots’, and using electronics to make wooden mouse-traps more reliable. Science Open Day will cover physics, chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, and biological sciences. Activities include improving flight characteristics of paper planes using physics and learning the ways in which biology relates to our five senses. Registrations for both events have closed. A full programme for each event is available on request. 

MBA LECTURER APPOINTED TO PHARMAC BOARD
Waikato Management School's Associate Professor Jens Mueller has been re-appointed for a second three-year term to the board of PHARMAC (New Zealand's Pharmaceutical Management Agency). Dr Mueller, who lectures on the University of Waikato’s MBA programme, says PHARMAC has come a long way in the past three years, and is now on track to expand its nearly $900 million a year medicines’ budget by also adding medical devices. Stuart McLauchlan, PHARMAC's Chairman and President of the New Zealand Institute of Directors, says Dr Mueller is a tremendous asset to the board with his 20-plus years of global health care leadership both on the clinical/hospital side and in the medical devices industry. Jens Mueller has been Chair or CEO of large global businesses for more than two decades and now works with MBA-level participants at Waikato Management School and several other MBA programmes overseas.

ONE OF THE DREAM TEAM
University of Waikato education lecturer and Fulbright alumna Associate Professor Deborah Fraser is one of Sir Peter Blake Trust’s Dream Team – people going into schools this week to inspire young New Zealanders to ‘dare, dream, do’ – the theme of this year’s Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership Week. Dr Fraser will be speaking to pupils at Hamilton’s Peachgrove Intermediate on Tuesday, July 9 talking about her own experiences to inspire students to take action towards realising their goals and dreams. In total, 300 New Zealanders will be speaking in schools around the country this week, and leading the Dream Team is Waikato University alumnus, Governor General, Lt Gen Sir Jerry Mateparae who became involved with the initiative because he wanted to encourage New Zealand youth to “dream big, dream often and go after their dreams”. 

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