Calling for Applications for EXMSS Scholarships

EXMSS_Comm_logosmallThe EXMSS Executive are pleased to announce 2015 EXMSS Scholarships.

We identified key areas that are in direct response to member’s needs for 2015, as well as promoting excellence and success within the Massey University Extramural Community.

The following key scholarship areas identified are:

Bi-Cultural Achievement (1) $750

Disabled (1) $750

Post Graduate/Honours/Masters (1) $750

Undergraduate (1) $750

Contact Course (9) Total $2700=$300 each

Second Chance (First year Student) (1) $750

Academic Excellence (Final Year Student) (1) $1200

With the support of the Extramural Student Support Trust, we are able to invite applications from EXMSS members to apply for the above scholarships and if you haven’t already done so, please ensure you are a member of EXMSS to apply. Click here for more information.

For application forms, click here to be directed to our Scholarship page.

EXMSS AGM

Hi Everyone

Just a  reminder we are having our AGM on the 11th January. It would be great to see anyone who can come in person and for everyone else we will be streaming live online,

See you at the AGM!

– Megan Green

EXMSS President

2014 EXMSS Scholarship Winners Announced

Nine worthy student have earned themselves scholarships from our enduring EXMSS Student Support Trust.

One Academic Excellence scholarship of $750 went to James Cargill, Bachelor in Business Studies student majoring in Accountancy, minor in Business Law. James is also studying in the beautiful surroundings of Rarotonga.

Two Representative Scholarships of $750 each went to Teresa Foster, recipient of the 2014 Bi Cultural Achievement Scholarship who is studying towards a Master of Philosophy (M?ori Studies). Karajane Chapman is the recipient of the 2014 Disability Achievement Scholarship, who is studying in Australia towards her Bachelors of Science (Psychology).

Three Post Graduate.Masters.Honours Scholarships of $750 each are:

• Jessie Eva Smith: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology.

• Laura Quin: Master of Science (Psychology)

• Christo Idowu Olatunji-Odeyemi: Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Politics)

Congratulations also to Helen Preston, recipient of 2014 EXMSS Undergraduate scholarship $750, completing her studies towards a Bachelor of Accountancy.

New scholarships on offer for 2014 included the Contact Course Scholarships, to encourage extramural students to participate on campus. Congratulations to Karee Boswell (Bachelor of Arts (Education)) and previous EXMSS Scholarship winner Carmel Hancock (Master of Arts (Psychology)), who made a commitment this year to travel to her block courses from the South Island to Palmerston North.

The EXMSS Scholarship Sub Committee congratulate all recipients and although the number of applications from members was small this year, the calibre of applicants was at a level that a decision was made to award all applicants based on the amount of funds available and to acknowledge and encourage extramural studies at Massey University.

EXMSS are also pleased to end the year on a good note in delivering scholarships to its members, who have stuck with EXMSS through thick and thin over the past year and a half. Thank you to the Trustees of the Extramural Student Support Trust (Steve Maharey, Anne Palmer and Tiri Porter), who approved the scholarship money to be released so that EXMSS members could still benefit from the funds held in the Trust for 2014.

EXMSS will endeavour to highlight the above recipients in further detail in the new year, as they are all worthy recipients who can offer encouragement and motivation for other students to continue to pursue their study goals into 2015 and beyond.

EXMSS Executive Committee 2014

Results of Nomination for EXMSS President 2015-2016

On behalf of the Executive, we were pleased to announce on the 2nd December 2014, we received one nomination for EXMSS President (2015-2016)

We invited current EXMSS members to read her personal statement, and permitted members to register their objections by 16th December 2014 (2 weeks) to the Returning Officer: exmssro@gmail.com

The Returning Officer advised the Executive Committee on the 17th December 2014, that no objections were received from the membership, therefore it is with pleasure that the Executive Committee announce the candidate, Megan Green is to be duly elected as EXMSS President (2015-2016).

The Committee will initiate discussions with Megan regarding terms, conditions and her official start start date in due course.

Thank you to Murray Kirk for overseeing the Returning Officer duties throughout this process.

Results of Nominations for EXMSS President (2015-2016) and EXMSS Maori Representative (2015)

On behalf of the Executive, we are please to announce we received one nomination for President (2015-2016).

We invite current EXMSS members to read her personal statement, and people can register their objections by 16th December 2014 (2 weeks) to the Returning Officer: exmssro@gmail.com

If no objections are received, the candidate would be duly elected on the 16th December 2014, if objections were received, we would have a round of postal/online voting between the announcement and the 30th (2 weeks) members could ask the candidate questions on Facebook or the blog and they would answer on the same forum.

We did not receive any expressions of interest to fulfil the Maori Representative position, and therefore remains vacant until the Executive decide to fulfil the postition in 2015, or if at a later date a member indicates their interest to fulfil the role.

 

Personal Statement: Megan Green

 

MGI believe I have the skills to make a good president of EXMSS and start to make the society’s presence more visible on campus, to begin to rebuild a profile for the society that shows it to be proactive in helping extramural students get the best from their relationship with Massey. I believe this visible and active presence is essential to help students regain trust in EXMSS after the 2013 problems, but also to fill the hole in services to extramurals which has existed since the university took over their provision. I have demonstrated my interest in and engagement with the society over the past few years. While a student I regularly attended AGMs and was active in the group who called for the no-confidence SGM, and have attended every meeting since, usually assisting with keeping the attendance register. I have also been active on the EXMSS Facebook group. I would like to strengthen the connection between EXMSS, the University and student associations, and I would do this by working in full cooperation with current and newly elected executive committee. I especially value the experience and advice of the current committee, who have worked so hard to re-establish the credibility of the Society since the SGM.

 

 

In terms of the skills I bring to the role, I graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Communications degree, and have extensive experience in hospitality, which has given me practice at interacting positively with the public, including in difficult or confrontational situations. I have stage managed Summer Shakespeare, Festival of New Arts and productions for Creative Processes summer school contact courses – all of which are complex projects calling for skills in organisation – with many elements to be juggled as well as time management, and people skills. In these roles I was working mainly with students, often extramurals. I am keen to develop further skills and would be prepared to undertake any further training the Society/executive consider appropriate to the role. I am also planning to enrol for Honours papers if I can fund them.

 

If elected, I would like to demonstrate to students that the problems the Society have experienced are in the past and that it is now actively working again to address the issues and needs of extramural students. I will do this by keeping the students up to date on the progress of the society on the websites, forums, Facebook and making sure the society has a presence during the contact courses and clubs days.

 

I would like the chance to move the society forward and would be enthusiastic for the chance to work more closely with extramural students.

 

Finally, I need to address what might be perceived as a conflict of interest. My mother, Joy Green, is currently a co-opted member of the executive committee. However, I do not believe this to be an issue with my candidacy, as she has already specified that she will be stepping down on appointment of a President, whoever is appointed. Further, to avoid any conflict on her part she has not been involved with my nomination in any way.

 

AGM Postponed

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control the AGM has had to be postponed to January 2015.

The Current Acting President has been called away overseas and has access to the accounts that are required to be tabled and presented.

 New details will be available in due course.

Thank you

Notice of AGM

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The Massey University Extramural Students’ Society is warmly invites EXMSS members to the upcoming Annual General Meeting. The EXMSS AGM will be held Tuesday 9th December 2014, 6pm, the venue to be confirmed. The event will be streamed live from 6pm.

For any queries regarding the AGM including Agenda and Meeting reports, please contact EXMSS Acting President: Mark Lester: mlester@value.net.nz

Nomination Process Extended

EXMSS would also like to extend the timeframe to accept nominations for:

1. President (2015 and 2016)

2. Maori Representative (2015)

Nominations forms and information can be requested from EXMSS Returning Officer: Murray Kirk: exmssro@gmail.com
Extended nomination process closes: 4pm Tuesday 25th November 2014.
In the event of multiple nominations, an election will take place following Section 5 of the 2014 EXMSS Constitution.

EXMSS Executive

Notification of Annual General Meeting

The Massey University Extramural Students’ Society is warmly invites EXMSS members to the upcoming Annual General Meeting.The EXMSS AGM will be held Tuesday 28th October 2014 at 6pm on  in the Lecture Theatre Ag Hort 1 on Turitea Campus, Palmerston North .The event will be streamed live from 6pm.

You can access the stream by clicking here.

For any queries regarding the AGM including Agenda and Meeting reports, please contact EXMSS Acting President: Mark Lester: mlester@value.net.nz

EXMSS would also like to open nominations for:

1.President (2015 and 2016)
2.Maori Representative (2015)
Nominations forms and information can be requested from EXMSS Returning Officer: Murray Kirk: exmssro@gmail.com
Nominations close: 4pm Tuesday 28th October 2014
In the event of multiple nominations, an election will take place following Section 5 of the 2014 EXMSS Constitution.

Update from the Executive of EXMSS

Progress at last!

While this has taken longer than anyone would have liked, we are getting there.  Our next step is to recover outstanding debts so that we can pay our creditors.

Your Executive has been working hard and still has a lot of work in front of it in order to rebuild the Society following the fallout from 2013. As part of this rebuilding we will be calling for nominations for President soon.

To date this year in 2014 your Executive:

  • Mark Lester is the current Acting President and Vice President, who is supported by a team of 5 Executive Members.
  • Has reopened EXMSS office in Palmerston North (part time during contact courses)
  • Gained a legal view that the 2013 SGM was valid, and the current Executive have the mandate to lead and operate the Society
  • Held the 2013 AGM in January 2014
  • Held a SGM in March 2014 to file a new constitution with the Companies Office, of which has been accepted and uploaded by the Companies Office
  • Regular contact with creditors and students
  • Addressing student concerns regarding studying at the University such as printed resources and streaming lectures
  • Engaged and supported national student issues with NZUSA, Te Mana Akonga and Student Job Search
  • A commitment to demonstrate we are working within the rules of the current Constitution
  • Investigating options to revitalise Review it!
  • Updated contact course information on website including accommodation options
  • Engaging with the University to discuss issues of importance to students
  • Participated in meetings with Student Presidents and the Vice Chancellor
  • Participated in meetings with other Student Associations on campus (MUSAF)
  • Reviewing the EXMSS scholarships on offer for 2014, to better meet the needs of EXMSS members
  • Writing a blog in the student magazine-MASSIVE
  • Maintained EXMSS membership fees that are affordable to students
  • Providing opportunities for members to participate in Te Huinga Tauira: National Maori Students Hui, to be hosted by Manawatahi in Palmerston North, August 2014.

We obviously have plenty of areas to rebuild and revitalise for the benefit of you the students.  We welcome your feedback and support: exmss@mail.com