Media Advisory March 16

Nominations open for 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Nominations for the 2015 University of Waikato Distinguished Alumni Awards are now open. The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate and honour graduates of the university who have made outstanding contributions in their careers or communities. Nominations are encouraged from university staff, students and alumni and members of the community. Graduates of the university holding a degree or diploma are eligible for nomination. All nominations are confidential and take into account excellence in the professional, cultural, creative and voluntary sectors. Past awardees include adventurer Jamie Fitzgerald, economist Dr Arthur Grimes, Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae and former Telecom CEO Theresa Gattung. For more information, visit

IPENZ awards for two academics

Two University of Waikato academics picked up awards at The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Fellows and Achievers Dinner on Friday, March 13. Engineering Professor Janis Swan won the Skellerup Award for Chemical Bioprocess and Food for her distinguished contribution to the food, biopress and chemical engineering in New Zealand. Electrical Engineering Senior Lecturer Nihal Kularatna has been awarded a Fellowship of the Institution for his contribution to the advancement of engineering knowledge and innovation in the creation of technological products. This annual event is held to recognise IPENZ members' technical achievements, contribution to the advancement of the profession and commitment to the Institution. IPENZ is the professional body representing engineers in New Zealand.

Café Scientifique debates economic arguments to help the environment

Tauranga's Café Scientifique is hosting University of Waikato's Dr Dan Marsh on March 23 where he will explain how economics can help to achieve a more sustainable New Zealand with better social and environmental outcomes. Economic arguments can actually be used in the environmental debate to help the environment rather than harm it. Dr Marsh, from the Economics Department, will describe some of the sustainability research being carried out by economists at the University of Waikato. Café Scientifique is on Monday, March 23. Doors are open from 6.30pm for a 7pm start at the Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club, 90 Keith Allen Drive, Sulphur Point, Tauranga. Entry is $5 and refreshments are provided. For more information visit:

Campus to light up for Zuru Nightglow

The University of Waikato is soon to host thousands of people on campus as part of the Zuru Nightglow, Saturday March 28. The event is part of the annual Balloons over Waikato festival. Last year the spectacle saw thousands of spectators flock to the university's sports fields to watch hot air balloons inflate and light up in bursts of flames to a musical playlist. A fun-filled family night is expected, with live music, food stalls, carnival rides and a massive fireworks display on the cards. The event will kick off at 4pm and finish at 9pm. The University of Waikato is a strategic partner of the annual Balloons over Waikato event. For more information about the Night Glow and other events taking place visit the Balloons Over Waikato website.

Applications open for Fieldays scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2015 New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. Established in 2012, the scholarship is funded by the National Agricultural Fieldays Society and is worth up to $22,000 for one year of graduate study at the University of Waikato. It's aimed at graduate students undertaking research in the agricultural sector. Previous winners' projects have focused on addressing issues currently facing the agricultural industry, such as the cost of environmental compliance in the dairy industry and the properties of flipped soil in drought-prone areas. The scholarship is open to domestic students enrolling at the University of Waikato to undertake research at a masters or doctoral level. Applications close on March 30. For more information, visit

Scholarship for Pacific students on offer

Pacific students at the University of Waikato will get a boost to their studies with two scholarships on offer. The Edna Money Scholarship for Pacific Academic Excellence worth up to $3000, and the Edna Money Scholarship for Pacific Academic Achievement worth up to $1000 are on offer to undergraduate students from the University who are of Pacific Island descent. The scholarships come as part of a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edna Money who passed away in 2013 aged 94, and she was a Morrinsville farm owner, accountant and philanthropist. She was thought to be one of New Zealand's first female qualified accountants. Applicants should be current undergraduate students at the University of Waikato of Pacific Island descent, and must be a New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Scholarship applications are open until March 31. Further information and application forms can be found on the Pacific at Waikato webpage.

Literary Mayhem

University of Waikato staff and student writers are participating in Hamilton's Fringe Festival this month by holding 'An Evening of Literary Mayhem'. The university offers courses in creative writing and participants are given the opportunity to submit their work to an annual online literary publication called Mayhem. In this live performance of poetry and prose, Mayhem contributors will offer some dramatic spin and interactive twists to their writing. 'An Evening of Literary Mayhem' will take place at the Art Fusion Gallery on campus on Thursday, March 19, 5.30pm-7pm. It is an R18 event.

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