The smell of stoat bedding may be an attractive lure for an amorous mustelid but less so for the career advisors from New Zealand and Australia on campus last week.
The Career Advisors Extravaganza is a two-day event held to highlight what Lincoln has to offer to the advisors who help school students make their future tertiary study decisions.
A visit to ZIP, or Zero Invasive Predators Ltd, a centre established to develop technologies to fight pests, was one of the activities on the itinerary.
Lincoln alumnus and ZIP Operations Coordinator, Tom Agnew, showed the advisors around various traps and fences, and passed around stoat bedding, used as a pheromone lure into traps when food isn’t working.
The extravaganza also featured an address from Lincoln University Acting-Vice Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, who told them of some of the exciting projects Lincoln University was part of, such as the Children’s University, a partnership with the University of Canterbury,
They also heard from a Lincoln graduate panel about how a their qualification had led to great careers, which included Blair Minton from New Zealand Football, Sarah How from Dairy NZ, Richard Catherwood from ANZ rural banking, and Lincoln liaison officer Dave Catherwood.
They also had faculty and scholarship presentations, as well as trying out a sensory food activity, using virtual reality goggles to gauge how food tastes change in different environments.