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UC takes third place in Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The UC team received third place in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge for the 500-1999 staff category in Christchurch.

Two of the staff who participated shared their experience:

Why I joined – Diana Hinterleitner

I signed up with Love to Ride Christchurch for the 2017 Aotearoa bike challenge and noted that UC did not have a registered team.  As I was wanting to make sure that my logged rides would count for something I set up UC and became the “Challenge Champion”, it was then up to me to encourage members of the UC staff to join up as well. 

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge ran from 1 – 28 February 2018, we currently have 115 out of 1764 staff registered within 35 different departments, we were still able to reach 3rd place for Christchurch.

It’s great to 

see progress when logging rides, for the challenge and also on an every day basis using automatic uploads via the Ride Report app.  Having recently purchased an E-bike (and not paying for car parking) I am now committed to commuting to work (20km round trip) by bike as much as possible. 

Grab life with both hands – Meg Twist

I am new to Christchurch, new to UC and new to cycling to work.  I made the decision to capture the freedom of my youth and attempt to cycle the 10km journey to and from work.

Encouraged by the wonderful Connie of Go Cycle Christchurch, and  a very bike-friendly work colleague, Dawn, the next logical step was to take part in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. In such a large organisation like UC, it has given me contacts with other cyclists across campus.

Achieving small  goals like exceeding my previous weeks kilometres became ridiculously fun and addictive! I have saved money on petrol and increased my overall fitness. The website was user friendly and a great way  to check in to see how UC was faring against our competitors across the city. 

I am proud that UC came third in the competition, and encourage other UC staff to join next year.  It’s free and there are seriously good prizes on offer!

Angela Curl, Leigh Davidson,Johann Kissick, Sam Garmonsway,Lisa Beardsley,Diana Hinterleitner,Megan Twist,Margaret Ingram,Romy Forrer,Elizabeth Zou,Leonie Partridge, Felicity Watson, Alan Palmer

 

Art award – congratulations Emma Fitts

Congratulations to SoFA lecturer in Sculpture Emma Fitts whose work, Unknown Cloak, has won the premier award at the recent Zonta Ashburton Female Art Awards, presented by the Ashburton Art Gallery and Zonta Club of Ashburton.

This award highlights the work of female visual artists in Canterbury, and acknowledges excellence in emerging and mid-career female artists.

Johanna Zellmer, who presented the premier award on behalf of the judges, said “We all had felt its ability to push and pull the viewer into different directions, sitting in a space between the intimate, domestic and the wider colonial experience located within the Pacific. It is also performing different aspects when being seen from a distance versus being up close with it; it holds its space in both encounters. As a panel we agreed that the chosen artist’s engagement with architecture, biographies and alternative histories in a broader social context contributed to our desire to see a larger group of works driven by these ideas as a solo show.”    

Winners with the panel of judges for Zonta Ashburton Female Art Award 2018. From left to right Johanna Zellmer, Emma Mealings, Emma Fitts, Felicity Milburn and Cara Fitzgerald.

Congratulations Rachel Collins

We congratulate another staff member on their graduation – Team Leader UC Logistics Rachel Collins, who is graduating with a Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership.

We ask Rachel why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this? 
A: Initially I was encouraged to take a couple of papers for professional development but I quickly decided that the completing the whole certificate would be much more fun. 

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: These courses were so relevant to my professional life and the knowledge I have gained is proving invaluable on a daily basis.

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study?A: You need to be organised. Don’t leave assignments until the last minute and read a little every day. Never be afraid to ask for help or talk through any issues with your tutors – they are all willing to help and want  you to succeed.

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
A: I feel proud of my achievement and have chosen to attend graduation in person to celebrate finishing and passing. I’m looking forward to seeing others from my classes again.

I have realised it’s never too late to further one’s education. I’m grateful to the University for offering this opportunity and supporting me through my study.  As general staff it was interesting to see the University from a student perspective too and I learnt much that I brought back to the team.

Congratulations Shanee Barraclough

Graduation is a time of celebration around campus for UC’s students – some of whom are also members of staff.

We congratulate Lecturer / Coordinator of Counsellor Education Shanee Barraclough, who is graduating with her PhD (Education), why she chose to embark on study at UC.

Q: What motivated you to embark on this course of study?
I had previously worked as a Psychologist for fifteen years before becoming interested in Counsellor Education at UC.

I initially worked as a Clinical Educator in both the Master of Counselling programme and the Child and Family Psychology programme, before gaining a permanent position as a Lecturer in Counselling.  At the same time I embarked on my PhD, in order to both further contribute to knowledge in the field of counsellor education as well as to obtain the requisite qualification for my position.

Q: Why are you interested in this area of study?
A: Coming into the role of Counsellor Educator I recognised that, while in my professional work as a Psychologist and Counsellor I had developed expertise in therapeutic models of change with clients, a different kind of knowledge base was required for educating counsellors.

In addition, because the taught model of therapeutic change in the Counselling Programme was underpinned by social constructionist principles, I recognised the need for the philosophy of counsellor education to align with this. Thus, I embarked on a PhD to further develop knowledge around identity and education for counsellors-in-training.    

Q: What is your advice for anyone else juggling work and study? 
A: Juggling work, study and family over the previous five years has been a challenge! Having support from both colleagues and family members to enable me to prioritise time to focus on my PhD has been essential.  Deadlines and excellent PhD supervisors have been helpful as has a lot of yoga!

Q: What does it mean to you to graduate?
A:
Graduation is an opportunity to mark and celebrate an important achievement, for myself and with those who have supported me in making this achievement possible. I am especially pleased to be able to have my parents in the audience who worked hard to enable both myself and my brother to be the first to achieve University degrees in our family, as well as to have my daughter there so she too can begin to imagine what might be possible for her.

Are you interested in volunteering?

UC is once again partnering with Volunteering New Zealand and Volunteering Canterbury for our annual Volunteering Expo.

If you’re interested in volunteering, then this event is a great place to learn more about how you can help some very worthy organisations.

We have 31 not for profit and charitable organisations registered to attend and yes we will be having some furry, four legged friends coming along as well thanks to the SPCA and UC Careers.

Staff and students are very welcome to attend and all exhibitors are keen to engage new volunteers. 

Expo attendees include AIESEC, CCC – Graffiti Off the Wall programme, CCR – UC Co-curricular Record, Christchurch City Mission, Christchurch Riding for Disabled, CoCA – The Centre of Contemporary Art, Delta Community Support Trust, Dementia Canterbury, Dress for Success Christchurch, English Language Partners Christchurch, Garden to Table Trust, Girl Guiding New Zealand, Hagley Adult Literacy Centre, Hearing Support Christchurch, Heart Kids Canterbury, Imagination Station Christchurch, NZ Defence Reserves, Petersgate Counselling Centre, Pillars, Plunket New Zealand, Presbyterian Support, Road Traffic Accident Trauma Charitable Trust, SASSC – Sexual Assault Support Service Canterbury Aviva, SkillWise, SPCA Canterbury, St Albans Community Centre, St Vincent de Paul Christchurch, Student Volunteer Army, Train the Brain, Volunteering Canterbury, and Youthline.