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DC Harding back from LA

UCOL Contemporary Music Lecturer (and Graduate) Daniel ‘DC’ Harding is back from LA where he attended the LA Music Awards nomination event, after being nominated for two awards. Here’s his update on the trip…

Hey hey!! WOAH! What a crazy turn around! Three countries in five days!

Los Angeles was awesome! It’s great when your passion allows you to travel around the world.

In July I was nominated for TWO Los Angeles Music Awards appropriately known as “LAMAs” (the States use abbreviations for everything)! I was nominated for “Best Pop Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Male Artist” of the year for 2014.

Pop Single of the Year nomination certificate

Pop Single of the Year nomination certificate

Pop Artist of the Year nomination certificate

Pop Artist of the Year nomination certificate

I stayed at this Hotel Backpackers in West Hollywood called the “Banana Bungalow” which I highly recommend. Great place to stay, great people, great staff, great customer service.

The LAMAs Press event was held on September 25 at the world famous Whiskey A Go Go. It was here that I was presented with my certificate of nomination for both my categories. This event meant that I was able to promote myself as an artist and my music. I got to meet some really cool people whilst at the event, including a bunch of industry professionals who helped to launch the careers of some pretty big names! I’m happy to say that I have a bunch of meetings the next time I go over in November. 

Official nomination pic

Official nomination pic

In between all the official work that I had to do, I was able to look around Hollywood and Beverly Hills! The Hollywood walk of fame is fantastic! Really LOOOOOOONG but fantastic! It would take you half a day to do the whole thing! That is if you’re interested in looking at every single star. It’s amazing to think that at one point, majority of those people who received their star, actually stood right by it. Whilst I was on my missions in Hollywood I stopped by Wax Museum. Talk about freaky! Every corner you turn there’s someone that you know looking at you. Haha.

Beverly Hills Pic

One of the things that tickled my funny bone is when I went into the McDonalds to compare our product with theirs, was a sign on the pillar. But you’ll have to check out the photo, it’s hilarious!

30min only

All of this was made possible because of a bunch of businesses, my family and of course UCOL. UCOL provided me with $500 which went on to my airfare. It was great; I was able to publically thank all my sponsors on stage at the Whiskey A Go Go. I’m proud to have studied at the Universal College of Learning. I’m proud to have worked for UCOL for two years in a row in different departments. Last year as a Student Ambassador where I helped to raise student awareness of UCOL’s presence and what we offer as an efficient, up to date learning institution where people come from all over the world to partake in what UCOL has to offer and also what Whanganui has to offer as well. Now, I’m a part time Instrument Specialist Consultant for Vocals on UCOL’s Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance L4 of which I was a student last year. It’s here I take the pleasure in thanking UCOL for their contribution to my career.

I have to return in November to attend the ceremony and do a small tour. I’ll be holding different fundraising events throughout October and November. My first one will be “The Great Whanganui Quiz” – Anndion Lodge, Anzac Parade, 17 October 2014 from 7pm. Performances by myself and Shelley Walls.

Me And Barak

All set for Woodfest

For students on the Diploma in Furniture Design and Making programme, September means Kawerau Woodfest!

A group of second years are heading up next week to take part in the National Woodskills Competition, hoping to pick up some cash prizes, get some recognition and sell some works.

Brendan Knauf (23), Leilani Tunnage (28), Peter Crowder (21) and Adam Laker (30) have entered a total 13 works in the competition in a range of categories.

The Woodskills Comp crew

The Woodskills Comp crew

Coffee tables, longboards, a dart board surround, a parquetry breakfast tray and a lit up pocket knife collection display cabinet are just some of the timber furniture concepts turned into reality by the students for the event starting next Friday.

Their Lecturer Andy Halewood who took out a first prize award last year has entered again this year with two pieces in the Open Furniture category, but he says he doesn’t see competing against his students as a bad thing… the more participation the better, he reckons!

Thirty year old Adam Laker was awarded a merit in the Novice section last year, and this year has created a hall table and two coffee tables for the Open Furniture category, and a stool for the Anything Goes category.

All four students sound a bit nervous but equally excited to get the chance to compete against professionals.

The entries are below. Best of luck!

  • Peter Crowder – 2x entries in ‘Furniture – For first time entrants’, 1x entry in ‘Marquetry & Intarsia’
  • Brendan Knauf – 2x entries in ‘Special  Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)
  • Leilani Tunnage – 2x entries in ‘Furniture – Open’, 1x entry in ‘Pinus Radiatus’, 1x entry in ‘Special Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)
  • Adam Laker – 3x entries in ‘Furniture – Open’, 1x entry in ‘Special Category – Anything Goes’ (Public Vote)

Charity build progress

Each year, supervised by their Lecturers, UCOL Wairarapa Certificate in Carpentry students construct a three bedroom house under UCOL’s custom-designed covered facility at the Masterton campus. Run in conjunction with Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton and the Dugdale Charitable Trust, the UCOL building ventures are regarded as highly valuable community projects. As Semester One comes to a close, UCOL Carpentry Lecturer Pete Van der Veen gives a progress update on the house build:

“The build is progressing really well.

We are presently putting the purlins on the roof so that the roofers can come in and put on the iron. Some students are also fixing ceiling battens on the inside of the house for the gib so that when that stage arrives we are ready to go.

The weather has not been very helpful this last week, with constant rain and cold weather. We have edge protection up around the outside of the house as a safety requirement to stop anyone falling over the edge. We have to have a tarpaulin over the exposed part of the house because the exposure time on the floor has expired and therefore cannot be exposed to the weather.

Some of the students have been doing work experience with local builders. We have very good stakeholder engagement again this year with a lot of suppliers giving us our products at a heavily discounted price or for free. Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton has been amazing with keeping us up to speed on materials. Fisher Windows came on site last week to show the students how they work out window and door sizing and how to install them.

We have had some very positive comments from the general public about the house build again this year.

I would like the roof to go on over the Semester break and then we will start on the exterior of the house which is Bevel back weatherboard on a cavity system.”

Wairarapa UCOL house build

The weather isn’t looking good but the house is!

Check out more photos on the Hospice Wairarapa site at https://hospicewairarapa.shutterfly.com/housebuild

Back from South Africa

Welcome home to Exercise and Sport Science Lecturer Hayden Pritchard and Graduate Jono Parsons, who have been in South Africa competing in the Powerlifting World Champs.

Hayden reports that he had a good day on squat and bench but struggled on the deadlift. His final results were a 272.5kg Squat (2kg PB & Oceania Record), 160kg Bench Press (5kg PB) and a 280kg Deadlift for a 712.5kg total. In the end he finished 10th in his weight class (Open Men’s U93kg), 6th in the Squat, 10th in the Bench Press and 10th in the deadlift.

Watch his Oceania Squat Record here.

Hayden said that the competition had stepped up a lot over the past year in both of our weight classes, and all in all that’s a good thing but it means the pair will need to put some serious work in over the next year in order to perform to the levels they want to achieve.

Jono reportedly had a fairly tough day completing 8 of 9 lifts but due to technicalities only being successful in four of the nine lifts. His final results were a 280kg Squat, 182.5kg Bench Press (2.5kg PB) and a 305kg Deadlift for a 767.5kg total. In the end he finished 5th in the weight class (Junior Men’s U120kg), 5th in the Squat, 7th in the Bench Press and 4th in the deadlift. He had narrow no lifts given on a 302.5kg Squat (for the silver medal), 315kg Deadlift (for the bronze medal) which if successful would’ve given him 4th overall. Jono’s next big event is the Oceania Champs in Melbourne in December – his final competition as a Junior lifter.

The next major event after that will be the World Championships (in Finland) in 2015.

Good work Hayden and Jono, we are proud!

Congratulations scholars

Congratulations to the 16 Whanganui UCOL students representing nine different programmes who received scholarships today:

ARTHUR WHEELER LEEDSTOWN TRUST

Jeremiah Peipi - Certificate in Contemporary Music, Aimee-Lee Emery - Certificate in Business Level 4, Amber-Jane Sole - Bachelor of Fashion, Suzanna Tuuta - Certificate in Basic Cookery Level 3, James Graves - Bachelor of Fine Arts.

H & A DESIGN & PRINT SCHOLARSHIP

Bailey Manson - Bachelor of Fashion, Deborah Christophers - Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design.

PHILP-WRIGHT FABRICS

Georgina Steven - Bachelor of Fashion.

KATE GRAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Tanea Ngapeka - Bachelor of Fine Arts.

BRYAN SMYTH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Rebecca Farr - Bachelor of Fine Arts.

WANGANUI EDUCATION TRUST

Anna Harbers - Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design, Ruby Fleming - Certificate in Art & Design, Jasmine Nixon – Bachelor of Nursing.

KIWIBOK’S SCHOLARSHIP

Helena Pauro - Bachelor of Nursing, Dominique Cole - Bachelor of Nursing.

ANZ BANK SCHOLARSHIP

Stewart Richdale - Diploma in Business Studies.

Prepping for powerlifting world champs #2

It’s less than four weeks until UCOL Exercise and Sports Science Lecturer Hayden Pritchard, and Graduate Jono Parsons head to the International Powerlifting Federation Champs in South Africa. Here’s Hayden’s latest update…

Jono with the Legacy Belt

Jono with the Legacy Belt

We now have less than four weeks till we compete and only three weeks to the day that we fly out for South Africa. This means three full weeks of training before we hit our pre-event taper. It is going to be a full on three weeks as the final push for Worlds begins. Jono and I are chomping at the bit to attack this final phase of training!

Entries are now closed with a number of lifters who were initially entered pulling out from my class – 13 remain of an initial 24 – which shows that part of the battle to compete is even making it to the event! For that we must thank our sponsors (check them out at the bottom of this post!) for their support, as without them we too would not make it to such an event.

So where do we sit? Well in my class, the Under-93kg Open Men, there is a total of 13 lifters; I come in ranked at ninth with my best chance at a podium finish being my Squat. This lift has been going really well in training and based on my efforts at the Central Districts champs I would be ranked fifth from the nominated Squats. Jono comes in ranked fifth of nine entries in the Under-120kg Junior Men, although his nominated total is deceptive given his recent form – as seen in last week’s blog post – and he should be well in the battle for a podium finish. At the end of the day though those numbers are just nominations and what everyone brings on the day may be wildly different, both higher and lower. So as always with Powerlifting our focus remains on achieving our own goals and hitting new personal bests – the rest will follow!

So what will our training look like for the next three weeks? We will continue to Squat three times per week, Bench Press three times per week and Deadlifting will step up to a consistent two times per week. Our plan is to consistently hit a heavy single each Squat session before the day’s work – focussing on performing this lift as we would in competition – practice makes perfect. Following this on the Squats we will be in the 2-4 rep range. Our Bench Press work will have more variety (including various length pauses and overload work) but still be within the 2-4 rep range predominately. Deadlifts will generally be 1-3 rep range with a regular deadlift day and an accessory movement (paused or snatch grip) one a week. Plenty of upper back work, abdominal and other accessory work will also be included at higher rep ranges (8-12 reps per set).

Over the weekend we both hit PB’s for a double (two reps) on the Squat, below is the link to my video of 2x260kg:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mizr5qvxHs

Next week I will share a bit more about how we taper for a competition and what we do in order to prepare for long haul flights and jet lag! Thanks for following along.

Again a shout out to our Worlds 2014 sponsors – Industrial Athletic, UCOL, Central House Movers, Lions, Metalcraft Roofing and Ellea Sport.

If you want to follow along with our progress then follow us on this blog and check out our Facebook pages:

Hayden – www.facebook.com/hjp62

Jono – www.facebook.com/jonoparsonsathlete

 

 

Silver service

The results are in!

Culinary students with medals

Palmerston North UCOL team members celebrate with their medals (from left to right) Ally Behrens Burleigh, Zoe Paris, Amy Robinson, Amy Haarhoff, Amy Bilton and Anne Conlan.

There was a silver lining for UCOL Cookery and Hospitality students from the Palmerston North and Wairarapa campuses when they competed in the 2014 Wellington Culinary Fare competitions recently.

The eight strong team returned home with eight silver medals and a bronze.

Palmerston North Certificate in Baking and Pastry students Amy Bilton, Anne Conlan, Amy Haarhoff each won a silver medal in the static (or pre-prepared cold) in the Fresh Fruit Flan (Trainee) class. Amy Bilton was named top of the class.

Certificate in Hospitality students Matthew Kearins and Josiah Waldrom competed in the Classic Cocktail competition. They each claimed a silver medal for their Dry Martini, Golden Dream and Harvey Wallbanger entries.

Professional Cookery students Zoe Paris and Ally Behrens Burleigh, and Hospitality student Amy Robinson were awarded bronze in the Teams category.

Wairarapa UCOL Cookery students Nykyta Kuri and Jodi Haustein both claimed silver medals in the Soup (Trainee) class. Jamie Rafferty gained a silver medal in the Chicken Brunch Trainee class. Devon Wilmshurst and Glen Schofer finished just out of the medals.

The competition always comes very early in the year for the cookery and hospitality students. They have only been in the teaching kitchens and restaurant for three months.

Next on the culinary competition calendar is August’s National Culinary Fare in Auckland where UCOL will contest the prestigious Nestlé Toque d’Or competition.

Now the students have had a taste of what is involved in competing at this level, we are expecting great things in Auckland!

Congratulations to all involved.

Prepping for powerlifting world champs

UCOL Exercise and Sports Science Lecturer Hayden Pritchard, and Graduate Jono Parsons are preparing for the International Powerlifting Federation Champs in South Africa. Hayden has filled us in on how they are gearing up…

Seems crazy but there is now only four weeks today until we fly out to South Africa for the IPF Worlds in Potchefstroom! The time has flown by but the build-up is going well and excitement is building for what should be a great competition. For those of you who don’t know who we are, I’m a Lecturer on the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science programme at UCOL and Jono Parsons is a graduate from the programme. We train together in Palmerston North and this will be our second time at the IPF Powerlifting World Champs after attending last year in Suzdal, Russia.

UCOL Lecturer Hayden Pritchard powerlifting

Hayden’s 270.5kg Squat – Full Depth

A little over four weeks ago we competed at UCOL at the Central Districts Powerlifting Championships where we won our respective categories and hit some good numbers which we plan to improve upon at the World’s. Hayden (U93kg Open Men) hit a 270.5kg Squat (Unofficial Oceania Record), a 152.5kg Bench Press and a 290kg Deadlift for a 713kg total. Jono (U120kg Junior Men) hit a 300kg Squat, a 180.5kg Bench Press and a 319.5kg Deadlift for a 800kg total. Based on these numbers we are ahead of our nominated totals and with the work being put in we are looking good to achieve our goals.

Lecturer Hayden and Graduate Jono with Oceania 2012 medals

Hayden and Jono with Oceania 2012 medals

Our previous four weeks has consisted of plenty of hard work training the Squat three times a week, Bench Press two to three times a week and Deadlift one to two times a week as well as plenty of accessory movements. The intensity has generally been around 80-90% of 1RM across multiple work sets. We have been gradually increasing the total volume each week leading to the first half of this week which is a mini-deload, before our intensive final few weeks begins. Time to get to the business end of the build-up now! Bring it on!

A big thank you to our Worlds 2014 sponsors – Industrial Athletic, UCOL, Central House Movers, Lions, Metalcraft Roofing and Ellea Sport.

If you want to follow Hayden and Jono’s progress then follow their posts on this blog and check out their Facebook pages:

Hayden – www.facebook.com/hjp62

Jono – www.facebook.com/jonoparsonsathlete

Charity house build chat

Each year, supervised by their Lecturers, UCOL Certificate in Carpentry students construct a three bedroom house under UCOL’s custom-designed covered facility at the Masterton campus. Run in conjunction with Mitre 10 MEGA Masterton and the Dugdale Charitable Trust, the UCOL building ventures are regarded as highly valuable community projects. UCOL’s Construction Programme Coordinator Brett Tickner and Carpentry lecturer Peter VanderVeen talk about this year’s house build progress:

Waiarapa UCOL house build

The sub floor framing easily passed its Council building inspection.

Who benefits from the house build projects? The house build project is a ‘win, win, win’ situation. Our trade students get to work on a full scale construction job, our sponsors and industry partners get a platform to showcase their products and services, and the Life Flight Trust and Wairarapa Hospice will receive the profits of the house sale.

When did this year’s Certificate in Carpentry programme start? How many students are involved? The programme started on the 24 February with nine students, a second intake of four students on 24 March has brought the class up to 13. The one-year programme runs until 27 November.

Who is supporting the venture? We have had great responses from companies ready to help out. Mitre 10 is still our main sponsor. They have been very good to us, in the fact that they will deliver any materials at short notice and supply the students with bucket hats and T shirts. To date we have had Energy Smart of Masterton offer a whole house lot of insulation and demonstration of install techniques. Corys Electrical has indicated that they will be supplying all electrical products for free as a donation to the charities, Marshal Industries are supplying building wrap and flashings for free, Pryda Fasteners are coming on board with free brackets and fixings, JNL have supplied a heavily discounted house lot of plywood as a donation.

How else has Mitre 10 been involved? Mitre 10 Mega offered to employ one of our students on a Friday and Saturday (out of course hours) as additional work experience. One of our youngest learners has filled this position and judging from the GMs report, is doing very well and both parties are very happy with the arrangement. Some of our students went along to the Mitre 10 Truss Factory in Masterton to help make the external wall frames for the house.

What are the graduates from last year’s course doing now? Two students gained apprenticeships last year; one with Tararua Builders and one with an independent builder in Greytown that subcontracts to Jennian Homes. We also had several other students secure employment in other areas like JNL plant at Waingawa, and we have been verbal referees for others seeking employment. One student has pursued further studies in Construction Management.

What else has happened on site? Energy Smart of Masterton hosted an insulation install competition between their four branches in April. They used our subfloor framing to install under-floor insulation with Terra Lana. Of course with this competition happening on campus, our students were able to watch closely for install techniques and good practises.

The Best Print

It’s so nice to see Graduate success stories in the news.

A big congratulations goes out to Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging Graduate Heather Ferry for taking home the Ronald D Woolf Youth Award for the Best Print by an under-25-year-old in the 2014 Photographic Society of New Zealand’s annual Canon National Exhibition competition.

Check out the print and read the Wanganui Chronicle story here.