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.
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.
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.
Southern North Island.
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.
ROWENA HAWEA HARVEY
Southern North Island.
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.
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.