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

A New Committee Announced for EXMSS

The Massey University Extramural Students’ Society Inc (EXMSS) announces a new Executive committee as the result of the recent Special General Meeting (SGM), which was held Saturday 19 October 2013.

Confirmed EXMSS executive members are Rowena Harvey, Angela Lalonde, Pamela Higgins, Dave Crampton, Mandy Ward and Lyn Harris-Hogan.

The executive committee was formed from successful candidates from the recent EXMSS elections, which were confirmed at the SGM, as well as former executives who have been reinstated, following their unconstitutional removal earlier this year. They will be working with interim EXMSS co-Presidents Tiri Porter and Mark Lester, who were elected during the SGM, for a three month term.

The Special General Meeting saw the motion of no confidence in the presidency of Jeannette Chapman passed unanimously. Subsequently, a motion calling for her removal from the position of president as of 4.00pm on the 19th October 2013 was also passed unanimously.

Ms Porter and Mr Lester are both delighted at the opportunity to work with the new committee through the coming months to plan and rebuild the credibility and integrity of the Students’ Society.

“Ma whero ma pango ka oti ai te mahi”

Media Release Date 29th October 2013

Calling for Nominations for EXMSS President

The Massey University Extramural Students Society Inc (EXMSS) is also proud to announce the call for nominations for President of EXMSS.

On Sunday 20 October EXMSS returning officer, Joy Green called for nominations for the position and began accepting nominations from Monday 21st October until Saturday 30th November.

Full and Associate Members are eligible to stand for office, providing they are not permanent staff at any tertiary education establishment, but they must be nominated and seconded in writing, by two FULL members of the society. Please email nominations to Joy at J.B.Green@massey.ac.nz, with the subject line ‘EXMSS president – nomination’ and in the body say:

‘I, [name],[student ID], as a full member of EXMSS, nominate [name],[student ID] for the office of 2014 President. This nomination is seconded by [name],[student ID], who is also a full member of the society.

“This wording provides clarity for all and simplicity for me,” says Joy “I will acknowledge nominations within 24 hours.”

In the event of there being only one nomination, all EXMSS members will be emailed with the result by 7 December. In the event of multiple nominations, members will be emailed with a list of nominees and instructions for registering their vote for their preferred candidate, by the same date.

If an election is held the result will be confirmed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which will take place on 15 January 2014, at 6 pm. The AGM will be streamed.

For any queries about EXMSS or representation of distance students at Massey University please contact

Tiri Porter or Mark Lester at exmss@gmail.com

To engage online with other students, join our facebook community page https://www.facebook.com/groups/326050124591/?fref=ts

Nominated Executives for 2014

These are the Nominated EXMSS Executives for 2014. There are Two Northern North Island, Southern North Island and South Island representatives and a Vice President position. Each Nominated Executive has been asked to provide an image of them self and a short biography. If there are any questions, please feel free to comment below in the comments box.

MANDY WARD

Northern North Island.

My name is Mandy Ward and I live in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. I completed a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Management (Distinction) as an extramural student. Studying via this mode has meant that I have developed flexibility in managing my personal and professional life whilst gaining a valued qualification. I have really appreciated the great support from my family and the Massey community throughout my study and feel that I can provide the same for other students.

I am the EXMSS Area Representative for the Tauranga area, a voluntary position that I have held since 2009. I greatly enjoy assisting students and am inspired by the way so many achieve their goals through hard work and persistence.

As well as my knowledge I would like offer EXMSS my governance experience. I have 15 years of experience as a School Trustee, fulfilling roles including treasurer, parent and teacher representative.

As your EXMSS Executive, I would work hard to find effective ways to represent extramural students in our area. I am interested in finding ways in which we as a student body can improve communication amongst ourselves and with the university. I am committed listening to your needs and to enhancing the value that EXMSS has had for students over the years.


PAMELA HIGGINS

Northern North Island.

The expertise and experience I bring to the EXMSS committee table is as follows:

I bring first-hand experience and the requisite skills having served on the EXMSS committee as Vice President from 2004 – 2009. I have high expectations of myself and others and have a reputation for fair and just process; I’m prepared to ask and address the hard questions.

I have been a strong advocate for the distance learning mode since my first connection with Massey, as a student in 1983. I demonstrate my support of EXMSS through continued membership and by volunteering as an Area Rep (EAR). Being of service is a strength I wear proudly and being a part of EXMSS is one of the many ways I give service to education.

I have been EXMSS Area Rep for the Greater Auckland area for over 10 years and now serve the Hamilton area as well. I have made contact with, and assisted, hundreds of students over the years. My focus is the provision of quality support to address students’ learning needs. While involved with EXMSS I have contributed to professional development of Area Reps and Exec in many areas including: providing service, the role of EARS in student support, ways to support students’ study, and service to Maori.

I model lifelong learning having tertiary learning experience spanning three decades and having graduated with major degrees from three different universities. Currently I am a PhD candidate at Massey University and a Registered Psychologist. I am standing for the committee again because of the experience I can bring to EXMSS in the current climate of challenge and change. My knowledge of educational systems and distance learning at Massey ensures a sound foundation for the representation I will provide.


ANGELA LALONDE

Southern North Island.

Hello,
My name is Angela Lalonde and I am in my first year of the Masters of Applied Social Work program. I study extramurally as I live in Napier with my husband and three year old daughter. I am originally from Canada however, my husband and I decided to move to New Zealand and make it our home in 2010 shortly after our daughter was born. In Canada, while attending a four year Bachelor of Arts program I was elected to the Graduation Chair Person position of the Student’s Association Committee in my final year. My role was mainly representing and advocating for the graduating classes.

After graduating I moved overseas to South Korea to teach English in the public school system and I was offered the position of District head teacher of the Native Speaking English Teachers where I worked endlessly advocating for their rights. I was the liaison between the teachers, their schools, principals and the district supervisor. I am passionate about fairness, justice and equality and I work hard to ensure those ideals are upheld.

Moving into the Social Work industry has further confirmed my dedication to advocacy. I have a strong interest in New Zealand politics and policy, especially around education and I would be excited to have an opportunity to enter into a position that has the ability to affect change within the Massey environment. I have first hand knowledge of negotiation and representation of several view points and I would be a tireless advocate for the extramural students of Massey.
Thank you.


ROWENA HAWEA HARVEY

Southern North Island.

Kia ora,

My name is Rowena Hawea Harvey. I am a Massey Postgraduate business student. Some years ago, I first enrolled as an internal student at Massey Palmerston North. At that time, I had come from a background working in the performing arts in Wellington. I wanted to diversify my options and expand my skills into film production (script writing, directing and producing). After receiving encouragement from my Massey drama lecturer and tutor, I applied to the University of Technology in Sydney. I was surprised to find out I was accepted, as it was and still is a fiercely competitive degree.

UTS gave us a great introduction to the art and craft of making short films and documentaries. That combined with film analysis provided us with a deeper understanding of film. After returning to New Zealand I founded an international short film festival, Drifting Clouds (DC). DC acted as a platform for up and coming film directors. Apart from showing their films to a wide audience, the festival provided networking opportunities between the filmmakers and creative industries, which in turn led to job opportunities. Many of the former winners from the DC film competition (held annually by the film festival) are now successful young directors and producers working in television, advertising, and the film industry.

After project managing DC, I returned as an internal student at Massey University. In 2012, I completed a completed a Bachelor of Communication degree, with a major in Journalism & Communication Management. My last few papers were completed by distant study.

I support the EXMSS and the services it offers to students. As an extramural student I understand the barriers, the challenges, the difficulties and the rewards of distant study. It is no easy feat at times. Having the area representatives, the support staff, internet website, and free calling number are essential. I also enjoyed reading the print version of the OFF Campus Magazine. It was informative and engaging. I believe without EXMSS and its representatives the University and government would be less informed about how to improve the educational experiences of extramural students.

I have vivid memories of past lecturers, mentors, and students who made a difference in my life. I am grateful to them. I would enjoy being a representative on the EXMSS executive committee, as it would enable me to support other students, their needs, and their journey in higher education.

Kia kaha, Rowena

Background. I am originally from Bulls, Manawatu. My tribes and affiliations include Ngati Raukawa: Marae and hapu; Parewahawaha in Bulls. Ngati Kahungunu: Marae: Rongomaraeroa Porangahau. Other affiliations include Nga Puhi and Ngati-Toa. Ancestry: Italian, Irish, Scottish and Maori.


MARK LESTER

Vice President & South Island Rep

EXMSS belongs to you as members. It is my belief that the society can be looked on as an insurance policy sitting in the background protecting your rights as Massey students. Insurance policies have a habit of not being important until you need them. However, when you do need them you want peace of mind that the policy will serve the purpose you thought it would. It is my belief that best way of you as members and “owners” of EXMSS having peace of mind is transparency of the society operations. A number of students have expressed concerns over the “lack of transparency and accountability” concerning EXMSS operations during 2013.

If elected I undertake to restore the level of transparency and accountability which has traditionally been enjoyed by members of the society.
While most standing would claim to understand the needs of external students, my time as an external student has shown me one thing clearly, we are all different. As a result I see the role of a committee member is to make contact with other members are reflect their thoughts in decision making process.

A bit about myself. I have completed a BSS and Master degree during which I was a full and part time external student with a family. I have been on the executive in the past, as the treasure, and have a firm belief in the value of EXMSS to its members. Currently I am working on a 2nd masters (I need a life) while working as a Finance Manager and being a husband and father to my family. It is my belief that my professional background and experience will be a real asset to EXMSS in terms of ensuring that your interests in the society are well protected.

NZUSA ‘Top of Mind’ Newsletter

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‘Top of Mind’ is a national news bulletin being put out by the New Zealand Union of Students’ Association (NZUSA) for all people with an interest in the issues that impact on tertiary students, student support, the student voice and the student experience. It can also be viewed/ shared at http://eepurl.com/ASWCH

The latest issue covers the following topics:

  • Research: Students living on the breadline.
  • Submissions: Putting forward a student voice.
  • Commentary: We doth protest too little?
  • Media Monitoring: In the public eye.

If you need a break from your student but want to keep in the mindset, check it out @ http://eepurl.com/ASWCH

NZUSA & Ako Aotearoa – Timely research

Advance copy of joint Media release > NZUSA & Ako Aotearoa > Wednesday 1 May 2013

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Timely research on Tertiary Student Voice

Through new research released today tertiary education providers around New Zealand will be receiving some firm guidance on ways to improve the ways they draw on and engage with the student voice to enhance quality.

The research – conducted with assistance from a variety of providers – has found that existing pockets of good practice need to be systemised across the entire sector and presents a simple tool for establishing and scaling up engagement with students.

Jointly commissioned by Ako Aotearoa, the National Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence, and the NZ Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), the research is being launched at the Support for Quality conference being held in Auckland this week by the Academic Quality Agency for NZ Universities.

Ako Aotearoa’s Director, Dr Peter Coolbear, says the research is a timely reminder for tertiary education organisations that the quality of the education they provide is fundamentally intertwined with the direct and representative input of students in a continuous and visible feedback loop.

“A much broader understanding of student voice is needed that includes every step from the everyday educational level to the direction-giving governance level of an organisation,” says Dr Coolbear.

“Up until now the role and resourcing of student representation from the class level up has been a poorly understood aspect of quality systems that should be easier to address thanks to this research.

“A key finding of this research is that the effectiveness of the student voice can’t and shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of isolated students – it has to be seen as a partnership. Above all institutions have to create an on-campus culture that actively shows that the student voice is valued, that students are being heard at all levels, and that actions that respond to the student voice can be seen to be happening”.

NZUSA President Pete Hodkinson says the practice examples highlighted by the research from two private training establishments, four polytechnics, one wānanga and two universities all point to the variety of ways that management, teaching staff and students have been grappling with often complex and not always cohesive aspects of student representation.

“From the student point of view we are heartened by examples which demonstrate that staff and students are working together to achieve changes that enhance the quality of the education and experience delivered to fee-paying students.

“What is also encouraging about this research is that it reinforces the concept that representing the diversity of student voice is about students as a collective whole, rather than as disassociated individuals,” says Hodkinson.

“As a national student body the over-riding attitude we bring to this is best expressed in the phrase ‘nothing about students, without students’. Achieving a balance that sees all students as members of an educational community as well as consumers of education is incredibly important”.

Hodkinson says NZUSA will be working with its members throughout 2013 to apply the reflective questions tool contained in the research so that the performance of their operations and the

student-facing operations of tertiary education organisations can be modified and improved.

“I believe this is the beginning of a much larger process of finding new and better ways to embed the student voice in tertiary education. I have a huge amount of good faith in the ability of our members to play their role in putting the research into practice. They have all been adapting to changing circumstances and are already focused on tackling the challenges that lie ahead, such as mobilising even more constructive student engagement of, for and by students”.

ENDS (See also At-A-Glance summary; the full report is available at akoaotearoa.ac.nz)

For more information contact:

Pete Hodkinson, NZUSA President, 0274 868 677 president@students.org.nz

Dr Alistair Shaw, NZUSA Executive Director, 021 0229 7421 alistair.shaw@students.org.nz

 

Academic Integrity (Plagiarism)

Massey has recently published the student guide to academic integrity. Every paper’s outline and study guide has comments about plagiarism. It is the student’s job to be aware of what it is, how it is judged, how it can be avoided and what the consequences are if you are either accused or actually found to be plagiarising.

What are your rights as a student? who will know if you are accused? What is the process if resolving plagiarism issues? The answers can be found in Massey’s rather dry and overly wordy Academic Integrity Student Guide. The short version is that the process operates under principles of natural justice, students do have rights in the system, and repeat offences do contribute to an escalation of the consequences.

Massey maintains an educative approach to plagiarism. That is, they provide information about what it is and how to avoid it. The first instances for any student are treated as an opportunity to educate the student, rather than a disciplinary action. If the offending is deemed serious and intentional then it is recorded on a register and if consequences are imposed may find its way to the notes on your academic record.

Student representatives,  EXMSS (your voice on campus), has been involved in the development of these new academic integrity regulations. EXMSS sees them as fair and reasonable.

Noho Marae Professional Development 2012

26 and 27 October 2012

Thanks to the team at Resilient www.resilient.net.nz, students have the opportunity to take part in the above professional development with a chance to stay on marae, learn the local history and come away with certification of attendance.

Te Rama, Meihana, Kapene and Aperahama are all notable names of this Marae. Check out the following link for more information: http://www.resilient.net.nz/services/training-workshops/noho/