Are you up for the 21 Day International Challenge?

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Attention students: This is the chance of a lifetime! The 21 Day International Challenge (4-25 May 2015) is an exciting new UC initiative that brings teams of 30 UC students together with 30 NZ industry leaders to work together in solving local community issues in the mountainous Berber community in Morocco, a Hindu/Buddhist Himalayan community in Nepal and an indigenous community in the rainforest of Brazil.

Students will research and create solutions to help the struggling communities, and develop a business plan, while having the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip with Linda Cruse (frontline humanitarian aid worker) to visit the community and help implement their solution from 5-12 July 2015.

This is an incredible opportunity that gives you the chance to make a real difference to real people with real problems, increase awareness of other cultures and global issues, gain experiential learning, network outside your usual sphere, apply your learning and skills, and be enterprising and innovative. The list goes on! If you want to get involved – and let’s face it, why wouldn’t you?! – then get onto it.

Registrations for students close on Thursday 7 April. If you want to apply or even learn a little more about what’s involved, then check out this link. Good luck!

Annual Tower Race proves fun again

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The annual Tower Race up the stairs of Puaka-James Hight was held on Tuesday this week. It’s an exciting tradition that students have enjoyed since 2005. The race begins with a 200 metre sprint around the base of the Puaka-James Hight tower, followed by a 53 metre vertical climb up 264 stairs – all 11 levels to the top floor of the tower.

The event was sponsored by The Edge again this year and they encouraged students to do the race in fancy dress with a prize for the best dressed competitor. This year that prize went to Alastair McDowell who completed the race fully equipped with mountain climbing gear including a full tramping pack. However, he didn’t like the sound of his time, two minutes and 25 seconds, so he decided to do the race again without the mountain gear, finishing with a more pleasing one minute and 40 seconds the second time around.

The stars of the race were Patrick Turner and Kathryn McLardy, who set new records for the fastest male and female times, both beating the records they set in 2014. Patrick finished this year’s race in one minute and 25 seconds, beating his previous record by four seconds. Kathryn crossed the line at one minute and 58 seconds, beating her previous record by an impressive seven seconds. That is some seriously fast stair-climbing!

The organiser of this year’s race, Sam Garmonsway from the Rec Centre, said “this year’s event ran a lot better than previous years’ races, which was contributed to in a big part by the amazing volunteer staff from the library and the Rec Centre.”

New Zealand Sign Language Level 1 certificate course

The Disability Resource Service is offering a New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) Level 1 Certificate course for students. The course takes place over terms 2, 3 and 4 starting on Thursday, 30 April 2015.  The certificate is recognised by the NZSL Teachers Association and is taught by NZSLTA teacher Josje Lelijveld. This is the first time a recognised qualification in NZSL has been offered at the University of Canterbury.

You will start by learning the finger-spelling alphabet and basic phrases, some university specific vocabulary and basic grammar. No previous NZSL experience is required. However, for those who have attended past beginners’ courses at UC this course will refresh and build nicely on your learning.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and use NZSL in simple conversations on familiar topics
  • Understand and use basic grammatical structures of NZSL in simple sentences or questions.
  • Appropriately use visual conversational behaviours in NZSL.
  • Show basic understanding and awareness of the Deaf culture and community in New Zealand.

If you would to join the course visit the Disability Resource Service website to find out more and register!

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