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  • Dancing on a world stage
    22 September 2014
    A group led by a student from the Dance Studies Programme has won a silver medal at the prestigious World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. Second-year student Joshua Cesan’s group Identity Dance Crew (ID Co) were awarded the prize in the MegaCrew division from a field of 45 teams from all round the world.
  • Elam academic wins Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award
    19 September 2014
    Senior Lecturer Dr Ruth Watson from Elam School of Fine Arts is the winner of this year’s Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award with her work Telluric Insurgencies I. The prestigious award consists of a three-month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, valued at $26,000.
  • Youth ambassador chosen to travel
    10 September 2014
    Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Commerce conjoint student, Emily Muli, was chosen recently as one of five World Vision and Sanitarium Youth Ambassadors.
  • Finalists announced for Songwriter of the Year
    01 September 2014
    A night celebrating creativity and original music will feature some of New Zealand’s most talented songwriters and performers competing for the coveted Songwriter of the Year Award.
  • Elam students jointly awarded top watercolour prize
    28 August 2014
    Two fine arts students have been awarded joint first prize in this year’s Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Scholarship for watercolour painting, with works the judges described as “cleverly pushing the boundaries of the medium”.