Whale journey advances UC relationship with US ambassador
An opportunity for the US Ambassador and his wife to join a recent research trip on humpback whale migration has helped advance UC’s relationship with the US Embassy in New Zealand.
Ambassador Mark Gilbert and his wife Nancy joined UC staff and students on the recent research trip on 29 August-4 September,
Dr Travis Horton (UC Geology) organised the trip for nine UC students participating in the Frontiers Abroad Program to conduct research on humpback whale migration as part of a long-standing collaboration with Nan Hauser of the Center for Cetacean Research and Conservation.
Through his service on the Fulbright Commission Board, Travis invited Ambassador Gilbert and Nancy to join the UC contingent and view the whales up close on the water.
Associate Professor Osteen, Director of the UC Community Engagement Hub, accompanied Dr Horton and the students to meet with Ambassador Gilbert as part of just receiving a $15,000 grant from the US Embassy to take a delegation of UC staff and students to Vanuatu in February 2016 for social enterprise development projects.
Student applications are now being sought for that trip.
Both the Rarotonga and Vanuatu trips are flagship, academically-based experiences that provide students and staff with opportunities to engage with all attributes of the new UC Graduate Profile.
The US Embassy’s support for these initiatives as well as the 2014 Community Engagement Summit and a community engagement technology grant is greatly appreciated.
James Addington, elected president of the University of Canterbury Students Association in September, has also been elected as student representative on the UC Council.
James, studying for a law and commerce degree, will take up the UCSA president role from 1 January 2016. His term on the UC Council is 1 November 2015 to 31 December 2016.
In the UCSA elections, Mikaela Ruegg was elected vice-president and Jacob Bignell elected finance officer. Tom Tappin, Michael Brophy, Emily Barker, Stephanie Yee, Cheyenne Conroy-Mosdell, Christopher Lamb, Chanuka De Silva, Espoire Ibouanga and John Duncan were elected to the UCSA Student Executive.
Returning officer Riley Divett said the UCSA election student voter turnout remained typically high, with 31.25% of voter turnout compared to other universities’ single digit turnout, even though the election had to be held again after some candidates were found to be ineligible.
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