Media Advisory June 30

University’s annual free Winter Lecture Series to look to the future

The future of business, online security, entertainment, and the city of Hamilton will be up for discussion in the University of Waikato Winter Lecture Series, held every Wednesday in August. All lectures will have a forward-looking theme as the University celebrates its 50th anniversary and looks to the next 50 years and beyond. Highlights of this year’s series include a conversation with Neil Everson, the force behind the revitalisation of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada from a “steel-worker” town to Ontario’s no. 1 city to invest in; Netsafe Executive Director Martin Cocker will lead a presentation on online safety and ways to protect you and your family from online crime; alumnus and TV presenter Jesse Mulligan leads a panel discussion on the future of entertainment and viewing; and alumnus and 37 Degrees South Independent Director Chris Insley looks at the roles of iwi and sustainability in the future of business. All lectures are free and open to the public, each Wednesday in August, 6pm-7pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. For more information, visit

Science and Engineering Open Days to offer insights into tertiary study

More than 200 secondary school students from throughout the North Island will have the opportunity next week to experience a day in the life of a science or engineering student at the University of Waikato. The University’s Faculty of Science & Engineering is all geared up to host the annual Science Open Day (Wednesday, July 9) and Engineering Open Day (Thursday, July 10). Both events offer Year 11-13 students and adult learners the chance to spend the day on campus, attending hands-on workshops. Science Open Day will cover the subjects of physics, chemistry, Earth sciences and biological sciences. Engineering Open Day will cover the programmes of chemical and biological, mechanical, software, materials and process and electronic engineering.

My Father was a Race Alien: Globalisation and Immigration in New Zealand

This is a tale of a young Lebanese man leaving behind the hardships of his home country to search for new opportunities in New Zealand during the mid-20thcentury. He marries a New Zealand woman, has two children, and they are compelled to integrate into this new culture and way of life, ignoring their Lebanese heritage. Professor Michèle Akoorie, from the University of Waikato’s Management School, is one of those children. She will deliver her Inaugural Professorial Lecture in July using her family history as an example of what it was like for people who came here from non-European countries and were classified as ‘race aliens’. Professor Akoorie’s specialisation is International Management and her family history has led her on a research journey which considers aspects of globalisation and immigration in New Zealand. Her Inaugural Professorial Lecture ‘My Father was a Race Alien’, is on July 15 at 6pm in the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public. Inaugural Professorial Lectures are the University’s way of presenting new or newly promoted professors to the wider public.

Malaysian politician talks about turning Penang green

A Malaysian politician largely responsible for cleaning up Penang will reveal some of the ways he did it during a special lecture at the University of Waikato next week, July 10. Boon Poh Phee is a Minister in the Penang State Legislative Assembly and is responsible for welfare, caring society and the environment. Penang is in the midst of being transformed into a smart, clean, green and safe city and among the environmental measures that have been taken are encouraging waste minimisation, developing a new solid waste management system, establishing buy-back centres and material recovery facilities, collecting food and green waste for composting, instituting car free days and banning the use of free plastic bags and styrofoam containers. Boon Poh Phee will outline how the transformation of Penang was carried out and what other steps need to be taken, providing valuable insight into how similar ideas could be adopted in New Zealand. He will deliver his free lecture on July 10 from 5.30pm at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts.

Funding hopes from award victory

A national titanium technology grouping, based at the University of Waikato, has won a major award at the second annual KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards. Titanium Technologies New Zealand (TiTeNZ) - a collaboration between the University of Waikato, Tauranga's Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA), Callaghan Innovation, GNS Science, the University of Auckland, and a number of industry partners – won the AJ Park Commercialisation Collaboration Award at a ceremony in Auckland recently. TiTeNZ is a world leader in the development of titanium powder metallurgy and the awards are the pinnacle of KiwiNet activities, designed to build awareness and inspire research commercialisation success. Professor Brian Gabbitas from the University of Waikato’s Faculty of Science and Engineering hopes the award will lead to further funding for research into titanium and the development of more commercially-viable products.

Study questions answered at university information session

The University of Waikato has an information session this week where faculty staff and recruitment advisers will be available to answer questions about study, discuss study options and help potential students make plans for their futures. The information sessions are being held at the Student Centre on the University campus on July 2 from 2pm-6pm. All are welcome.

Waikato engineering students win Beca Awards

Three University of Waikato students have received Beca Awards for academic excellence and potential as a promising engineer. The annual awards of $2500 are granted to students in their third year of study towards a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (BE(Hons)) degree. Carl Lickfold, Logan Curry and Holly Armit were the successful students this year. Beca is a New Zealand-owned professional services and consulting engineering firm which undertakes projects across a range of market segments from its hubs in New Zealand, Australia and Asia. Richard Douch, Manager for Beca in Hamilton, was again impressed by the calibre of the candidates and in particular their passion for the engineering industry. Each of the students also has the opportunity to complete an internship with Beca.

Quartet to replace top cellist

A quartet of top Waikato University musicians will replace the advertised concert by visiting cellist Santiago Canon Valencia for the performance scheduled for this Friday at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts as Santiago’s visit to New Zealand has been cut short. Flautist Lauren Grout, clarinettist Nathaniel Smorti and pianists Andrew Leathwick and Cherry Ngan will be performing for audiences. Lauren won the National Woodwind Competition in 2012 whilst Nathaniel, has been the top clarinettist in various competitions and was a finalist in the National Concerto Competition this year. Hillary Medallist Andrew placed 5th in the 2013 World Music Competition and Cherry has achieved firsts in many sonata and concerto competitions in the North Island. The concert will still be held on Friday, July 4 at 8pm at the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts. Tickets are $30 from Ticketek or the Academy box office, or free to students.

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