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End of lectures Coffee Party

Coffe party UCSA

The Coffee Party is a free, all ages, alcohol free event for UC students brought to you by UCSA Help (Advocacy & Welfare) team and the UCSA Events team. It is a chance to relax and enjoy that end of lectures feeling.

Friday 20 October, 11am – 2pm
C Block Lawn (Undercroft if it is raining)

There will be free coffee/tea/hot chocolate, cakes, BBQ, giveaways and Husky cuddles.  As well as music, giant games and stalls such as Bounce NZ, Lifeline, UC Health Centre and UC Chaplaincy.

Come along. relax on the lawn listening to soothing music and just chill coz lectures are finally over!!

UC Blues Awards

Last week UC students were recognised for their extracurricular achievements in the fields of sport, the arts and community engagement while maintaining a good level of academia at UC.

The UC Blues Awards was held on Saturday 7 October and recognised 61 students and their achievements. Organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) this is the first time the Blues Awards have recognised achievements in the arts and community engagement as well as sport.

Liz Keneti, Director of Student Success was on the judging panel for the community engagement awards and is thrilled at the inclusion of the arts and community engagement at the awards.

‘The introduction of these awards is a wonderful way to recognise those students who through the investment of talent, time and service, have made a positive impact on helping UC to develop and inspire the kinds of attributes, values and opportunities we want our campus experience to reflect’, she says.

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Congratulations to the three supreme winners of the evening:

  • Tayla Bruce, Outstanding Achievement in Sport (Lawn Bowls). Tayla won silver with the Bowls New Zealand Women’s team at the 2017 Multi Nations Champs. She also won the women’s fours and women’s singles national titles this year and was named young player of the year and sportsperson of the year for Canterbury Bowls.
  • Vaea Peterson, Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Vaea competed with the National Band of New Zealand (Brass Band) at the invitational World Brass Band Championship in the Netherlands where the band placed second in the highest grade of competition.
  • Ashley Stuart, Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement. Ashley is Canterbury Regional President of United Nations Youth New Zealand and has represented New Zealand at the Harvard National Model United Nations. She is also heavily involved in Rotary Clubs and was the New Zealand representative at the International Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in Washington DC. In September Ashley won the Arts and Humanities section at the 2017 New Zealand Top Student Awards.

Grant Robertson, manager of UC Sport has overseen the Awards for many years and maintains they are an important part of the calendar year.

‘It is so important to recognise and celebrate the success of our students at UC. To be able to balance their extracurricular and academic endeavours is one thing, but to do that at such a high representative level is outstanding’, he says.

History of the UC Blues Awards

The UC Blues Awards was first held in 1914 and recognised achievement in ‘traditional sports’ such as football, tennis, athletics, boxing and shooting while maintaining ‘minimal academic success’. Named after sporting competitions held between the two original ‘Blues’ Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the awards required students to have competed at provincial or New Zealand University levels of competition while studying.

A number of outstanding and well known sports performers have been awarded over the years including Silver Ferns, All Blacks and Black Sticks players as well as talented individual sportspeople competing in boxing, chess, cycling, swimming and athletics to name a few.

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Use your loaf: free bread on offer

Twenty million loaves of bread are thrown away every year in New Zealand. That means that every hour, 2,283 loaves are being chucked away.

It’s hard to believe and even harder to visualise, so come along to the Undercroft on Wednesday 18 October to watch as ENSOC students attempt to build a pyramid out of 2,283 loaves of bread.

To add to the pressure, they will be building the pyramid LIVE on Breakfast TV (6am – 9am).

While you’re there, you can make yourself a meal in a mug and learn how reducing your food waste can save money. Celebrity chef Jax Hamilton will be on hand to share her tips for using bread.

Of course we don’t want the bread to go to waste, so you will be able to grab yourself a loaf to take home.

With the help of the Student Volunteer Army the bread will also be distributed to local schools as well as delivered to the Community Fridge in New Brighton for members of the public to take.

If you love food and hate waste then join us 7am – 10am Wednesday 18 October in the Undercroft.