Media Advisory April 18

Honorary Doctorates for former Vice-Chancellor and bishops
The University of Waikato will confer three Honorary Doctorates this week: former Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Roy Crawford, Archbishop Sir David Moxon and Emeritus Bishop Denis Browne. Emeritus Professor Crawford is being recognised at graduation on April 19 for his contribution to engineering and his former leadership of the University. Archbishop Sir David, currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See in Rome, and former Bishop of Hamilton Emeritus Bishop Denis are being jointly recognised on April 21 for their leadership and contributions to the Waikato community. An Honorary Doctorate is the highest honour the University bestows and is awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the University, the Waikato region and wider New Zealand community.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

University signs MoU with Napier City Council
Greater access to tertiary courses in specialist areas such as marine science without having to leave Hawke’s Bay may get a little easier from now on, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Waikato and Napier City Council (NCC). Areas both organisations share interests in and have agreed to work together on are economic development, the environment, high performance sport, water management and marine science. NCC has offered the former Community Development space in the library building to the university for up to three years. The intention is to establish a research centre to develop research projects in the Bay, and work with NCC on an education/innovation/entrepreneurship precinct for Napier. The university will work with NCC to set up the new office in Napier and anticipates opening by the middle of this year.
Contact: Ann Huston, 07 838 4775, or

Doing the extras gets you the job
This week former Cambridge High School student Jessica Howse graduates with a Bachelor of Management Studies with first class honours. The former kickboxing Hillary Scholar has just started her career in the graduate intake at EY in Auckland as part of the business advisory team. During her studies she maintained straight As, came first in several of her papers, tutored classes from her second year onwards and interned at EY and Fonterra. She also travelled to Japan to compete in an international case competition and was part of the team that came second out of 500 entries in a Microsoft app building competition.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

American e-learning expert presents to New Zealand educators Well-known international academic and corporate trainer in e-learning, Professor Curt Bonk from Indiana University, will be speaking at the national ‘DEANZ2016’ Conference hosted at the University of Waikato until April 20. Professor Bonk is an authority on emerging technologies for learning and will offer insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology and technology.
Professor Bonk will give a keynote speech on Education 3.0 and its impact on educators and trainers, and conduct a workshop on how to effectively engage learners in this digital era. The conference has attracted educators, corporate trainers and professional developers working in open, distance, flexible and mobile learning. It is open to anyone interested in this fast-developing field of open and flexible education.
Contact: Dr Elaine Khoo, 07 838 4466 ext 6260, or

Waikato Uni supports girls in tech
University of Waikato senior tutor Nilesh Kanji and his organisation GirlsInC is launching a ‘Girls GameMaker Competition’ next week. The initiative aims to encourage female high school students to explore digital technology, in response to the major drop-off rates of girls doing computer-based subjects at school. The competition will run Friday 29 - Saturday 30 April, from 8am-6pm each day. Teams of two will work together to create a computer game using GameMaker software. Staff will be available to give guidance and free lunch is provided to participants. To take part, students can register individually or in pairs online. Individual registrations will be matched on the day. Training sessions for those unfamiliar with the GameMaker software are on Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 April, from 12pm-5pm each day. This free event is sponsored by Google, the University of Waikato and Event Cinemas. Visit for more information.
Contact: Nilesh Kanji, 07 858 5047, or

Café Scientifique explores citizen scienceAt tonight’s Café Scientifique in Tauranga, University of Waikato PhD student Monica Peters will explore citizen science – public participation in scientific research. Globally, citizen science is of increasing importance. Citizen science offers tremendous potential for collecting a wide range of useful data to help us better understand such things as the effects of climate change on flora and fauna; changes to ecosystem health, and population trends and the distribution of flora and fauna species. Social outcomes are diverse and include enhancing participants’ scientific and ecological literacy. For more information about Monica’s research visit Café Scientifique is at 6.30pm, Monday April 18 at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Light refreshments are available from 6.30pm. Entry is $5.
Contact: Julia Banks, 021 277 1146, or

Computer and maths whiz set to graduate
Tom Levy did some pretty cool things at university. Aside from all the learning, Tom, who graduates this week with a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences with first class honours, managed to fit in two Google internships, a couple of Summer Research Scholarships, and international travel for programming competitions. A former Hillcrest High School student, Tom also won several academic awards, including prizes for most outstanding mathematics student, top student in his faculty, and three Dean’s Awards for Excellence. He’s now considering PhD options in the US or the UK.
Contact: Nicola Lee, 07 838 4401, or

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