Above: Prof. A. Lando (2nd left) and guest speaker Ms. Mercy Agnes Mwamba (s2nd right) together with the three students who were awarded scholarships
The Masters Communicators’ Welfare Association (MCWA) held the 4th Scholarship Awarding ceremony on 14th March 2017 at the Nairobi Campus. The awarding ceremony which doubled up as a fundraiser raised over Ksh.100, 000, which was awarded to three MA Communication students; Magdalene Kiyeng, Miriam Ayieko and Naomi Senda.
The guest of honor, Ms. Mercy Agnes Mwamba from Kenya Airways, who is also an MA Communication student at Daystar University encouraged the attendees that, irrespective of the situation, God knows it and will turn it around. In her remarks, Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando, the Association’s Patron said it pains her to witness students missing out on the end of semester exams, or dropping out of their studies due to lack of fees. She was grateful to God for the students and well-wishers who have continually supported the initiative.
One of the founders of MCWA Ms. Faith Musau, in her speech said as a class they saw the need to start the initiative that could assist the students who were struggling with paying fees. She narrated how at the start of the semester a class would have about 40 students, but by the end of the semester only 20 students would sit for their final exams.
Other faculty members who attended the event were, Mr. Davis Mokaya and Mr. Grunduah Othello, from the Communication Department. MCWA is a welfare group which was founded in March 2013 by Master of Arts Communication Class under the leadership Sr. Prof. A.L. Lando, with the aim of raising funds to support financially challenged MA Communication students.
The slogan for the welfare is ‘Little is much when humanity cooperates with God.’
Students Participate in Ethical Business Leadership Forum
Above: Daystar University Co-Founder Dr. Donald Smith delivers his speech at the Ethical Business Leadership Forum
Student entrepreneurs gathered on Tuesday 14th March, 2017 at the ICT Theatre, Athi River for a leadership and business symposium dubbed the Ethical Business Leadership Forum. Daystar University Co-Founder Dr. Donald Smith and Daystar University Alumni (DUAA) Chairman, Mr. Malele Ngalu were the evening guest speakers.
The talk focused on encouraging ethical business practices among budding entrepreneurs as a blueprint for successful enterprises. A number of students with business ideas got the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the forum.
Dr. Smith in his talk stressed on the necessity to adopt Servant-leadership model as a way to run a business; differentiating it from a power centric model. He pointed out that, “Servant leadership means leading by love,” and that the opposite of leading by love is leading by power; a leadership strategy that pushes subjects away or makes them aloof. He told a story of an American airline that served their customers with love and grew to become the best American airline whilst remaining relevant for forty years, to date.
Mr. Malele Ngalu on the other hand told a story of his achievements, right from the time he graduated from Daystar in 2006. Mr. Ngalu, who runs three companies, also placed the students who had presented their business ideas, in the first cohort of business hub that he intends to begin in Daystar. The business hub will assist the student entrepreneurs in their various businesses, financially and otherwise. He also promised to train students on presentation when searching for jobs, and further encouraged them to attend business events for exposure to the corporate world. Students were also challenged to start their own businesses while still in campus to avoid over-dependence on parents. The talk was organized by DUAA, Corporate Affairs Department and Signature journal.