Above: An elated Ladies Basketball team celebrate by showcase their being awarded as the Team of the Year
The Daystar men’s and women’s sports teams were honoured during the Falcons of Character Award (FOCA) 2017 dinner held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tin Tin Restaurant on 7th April 2017. The aim of the dinner was to celebrate the best sports men and women of the Daystar Falcon teams.
Gor Mahia Football Club Chief Executive Mr. Lordvick Aduda graced was the chief guest. Mr. Aduda urged the sports people to be disciplined in order to succeed in their talents and in life. He also promised to organize for the best men’s soccer player to play for Gor Mahia FC at the top of the Kenya Premiere League table.
Speaking to Infospot, Head of Sports and Recreation Office Mr. Maurice Masiga said the purpose of the awards was to recognize sportsmen and women that have excelled in various sports disciplines.
The big winners of the night were:
Two new categories were introduced this year: Sports Academic of the Year and the FOCA Founder’s Award), which went to June Ochieng (Ladies Basketball) and Davidson Oluoch (Men’s Basketball Alumni), respectively. The annual award was on its 4th run and continues to celebrate and encourage sportsmanship and character among members of the Daystar Falcon.
Best Performing Student Honoured
Above: The Vice Chancellor, Prof Timothy Wachira congratulates one of the awardees, assisted by the Dean School of Business & Economics, Mr. Evans Amata, and the University Registrar, Dr. Paul Mbutu.
The University has recognized students who appeared on the Dean’s List in August 2016. Ninety eight of them - 26 from the School of Communication, Language and Performing Arts, 31 from the School of Business and Economics, 21 from the School of Arts and Humanities, 13 from the School of Human and Social Sciences, and five from the School of Science Engineering and Health were treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch at the Boma Hotel Nairobi on Saturday 8th April, 2017. Further, those who have appeared in the Dean’s List five times were given a Bible by the DVC Academic Affairs, Rev. Prof James Kombo.
The Vice-chancellor Prof. Timothy Wachira congratulated the students for their excellent performance. Quoting Apostle Paul in the book of 1 Corinthians 9:24 “Running the race with endurance...,” he said it takes a lot of focus and self-denial for one to win the race. “As great as this recognition may be, it is more important to commit oneself to a greater recognition; that which is eternal,” he said.
The DVC Academic Affairs Rev. Prof. James Kombo called on the students to walk with their fellow students who are struggling in their studies. He further acknowledged the Deans, Heads of Department and faculty present for presenting students with remarkable grades.
Other speakers at the luncheon were the University Registrar Dr. Paul Mbutu and University Chaplain Rev. Steven Nduto. Grace Gladys Kariiru, Lorraine Mutanu Kalusi and Dennis Kiema also spoke on behalf of Athi River campus, Nairobi campus and Postgraduate Studies respectively. Grace Kariiru attributed her success to group work and walking and working with focused individuals. Lauren Kalusi, on the other hand said achieving success requires self-discipline.
Every semester the University honors the best performing students, who appear in the Dean’s List. The awardees are students who perform exceptionally well during the main January and August semesters. Undergraduate Students need to have attained a GPA of 3.6 and 3.7 for Postgraduate students.