Many staff and alumni of the University of Canterbury will be saddened to hear of the death of Emeritus Professor Kenneth Strongman on 29 December 2019. After completing his PhD at University College London in 1964, and taking up positions as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter, he was appointed as Professor of Psychology at the University of Canterbury in 1979, where he remained for 41 years. He was Head of the Department of Psychology from 1982 to 1997, and subsequently Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Arts and Assistant Vice Chancellor (Government & Community Relations). He became Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 2010 but continued to contribute actively to academic life, including seeing the humanities included within the Royal Society of New Zealand.
Ken achieved wide recognition for his extensive academic research, teaching and service. His research was principally in the field of emotions. His text “The Psychology of Emotion” ran through five editions and was widely cited. Ken also edited the first international collection of essays (1991) in a field that was only just emerging. His undergraduate students remember him for his clear and easy lecturing style. The many PhD students he successfully supervised remember him for his insight, his endless encouragement and patience, and the genuine pleasure he took in their achievements. As a psychologist he always insisted on the discipline’s historic dual place as both a science and an art, and its application to everyday life.
A lifelong believer in the role of academics in society more broadly, Ken took on numerous roles outside the university. He was active in the university teachers’ union. His activities in Christchurch included chairing the Arts Centre management board and extensive writing for The Press, especially as a television and book reviewer. He regularly gave public lectures to audiences on a wide variety of topics. An avid squash player for much of his academic life, he will be missed by colleagues and friends from across the University, New Zealand, and the world.
Emeritus Professor Brian Haig, Professor Simon Kemp, Nathan Consedine
Following the success of the 2019 pilot, Children’s University Canterbury Partnership (CUCP) has an exciting year ahead.
Expansion – CUCP will expand in 2020 to enrol over 600 children and young people from 12-17 schools and rūnanga across Christchurch, Hurunui, Selwyn and Waimakariri District. We are excited to bring on 5-8 new schools.
Campus Experiences – CUCP will run five on-campus experiences at Lincoln University and five at the University of Canterbury to give children an understanding of what University is like through fun and hands on activities and interactive lectures. If you are interested in knowing more about how you or your department can get involved please contact Amy Underdown.
Passport to Volunteering – This year we will roll out the Passport to Volunteering, which is for young people aged 14 – 18. This programme recognises the contributions young people make via volunteering, service and leadership to their school and community.
Student Volunteers – We have a number of avenues where students can volunteer to support CUCP:
Help during campus experiences
Run lunchtime club activities in CUCP schools and rūnanga
Act as a School Liaison Volunteer
Create online content
Support during the Graduations in November
If you know of any students that may be interested in volunteering, please encourage them to contact Amy Underdown.
Zumba is a party. It’s exercise in disguise. Take two ZESs (that’s Zumba speak for master trainers), put them on a stage with lights and let them go! The result is a dance party like no other!
Maria is now based in Christchurch, and Jarrod has flown over from Sydney. Together, they’ll be delivering 90mins of pure Zumba joy on Saturday 8th February at the UC RecCentre. Doors open at 6pm, and the class will run from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.
Tickets cost $25, and we’ve got a very special discounted rate for RecCentre Members, just $15. This event is being hosted by CC Productions, which means tickets aren’t purchased at the RecCentre. They are pretty easy to get though. To get yours, email Lis Cribb email@example.com and she’ll get you sorted. You can also check out the Facebook event page.