Above: DVC Finance & Planning, Mr. Jomo Gatundu presents gifts to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maingi, the guest of honor couple
Daystar University marked yet another milestone in pursuit to raise funds for needy students during a Valentine’s Dinner held on Saturday 11th February at the Nairobi Club. The event whose theme was “Let the star shine” was spearheaded by the Corporate Affairs Department in partnership with DUSA executive and Daystar University Parents Association executive. From an intriguing performance from Mrs. Gladys Kurui (staff member), to memorable testimonies from students and alumni, the Valentine’s Dinner event emceed by Mr. Johnstone Mutua Junior was inspirational and memorable.
Welcoming the guests to the fundraiser, the Vice Chancellor Dr. Timothy Wachira acknowledged those who worked hard to make the dinner a success and recognized those who supported the fundraising, citing Chancery Wright, Nairobi West Hospital, Nairobi Club, Sunrise Tours, Teeny Fashions, DUPA, Mocharo Lodges, Lavinda Limited, Athi River and Nairobi DUSA, faculty and staff. He further acknowledged the transformative spirit that has been shown by members of faculty, staff and students as they gave towards transforming lives of the needy students.
Mrs. Dorothy Ng’ethe, Daystar University Parents Association Chairperson, noted that parents were happy to be associated with a university that cared for its own. She further stated the parents’ commitment in ensuring that they support the quest to assist needy students. Rev. Tom Otieno who shared the devotion echoed Mrs. Ng’ethe’s sentiments with a call to those gathered to practice generosity. He further urged those present to offer a helping hand and secure the future of those in need. He shared his testimony on how he got assistance from his Church to complete his studies at Daystar, and how this has transformed his life. Beverly Vugutsa, one of the students under financial aid shared her testimony on how she found hope at Daystar University through the financial aid office. Anthony Perez also shared the same sentiment acknowledging how he found hope at Daystar when he thought all was lost in life.
The highlight of the event were speeches by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Maingi, the Guests of honor. Mrs. Maingi recounted her life experience which was filled with hardship and how she worked hard to overcome that. She lauded Daystar for choosing to consider its own who were facing the same hardships. “Poverty does not glorify God,” Mr. Maingi stressed as he called on the University and well- wishers to join hands to ensure that they support all those who are needy. The Maingis gave a contribution of Kes.120,000. The event raised over Kes,600, 000.
The Valentine dinner culminated with a vote of thanks from Mr. Jomo Gatundu, DVC Finance and Administration who emphasized that the University was committed to ensuring that the financially challenged students find a home at Daystar.
Inter-Varsity Media Investigative Competition Awards
Above: L-R Prof. Levi Obonyo, Dr Clayton Peel, DVC Prof. James Kombo (third right) with the Daystar Students participating in the Inter-varsity Media Awards
Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Prof. James Kombo received students participating at the Inter- Varsity Media Awards in his office on Thursday, February 16, 2017. The DVC was thrilled that Daystar was taking part in the competition.He admitted that the competition was very important and was hopeful that the participants will emerge winners at the conclusion of the competition “Daystar University is a big name in the media industry, as such I expect you to bring back the trophy,” he said. He encouraged the three contestants, Mary Magdaline Chumbo, Joseph Nduti and Collins Orono, and assured them that the University will support them in every way in their quest for Inter-Varsity Media Awards.
Accompanying the three students was the Dean School of Communications, Language & Performing Arts, Prof Levi Obonyo who briefed the DVC Academic Affairs that the students’ participation was based on their knowledge in Investigative stories. Others who were part of the meeting included Dr. Clayton Peel, Lecturer school of communication, who is also their coach, Dr. Rosemary Kowuor, HOD School of Communication and Ms. Jean Murungi, Ag. Manager Corporate Affairs.
Dr. Peel advised the students to gain from the exercise and consider their intention to win the competition as part of the journey towards receiving the awards. Ms. Jean Murungi wished the contestants well and promised them support from the Corporate Affairs Department. The DVC Academics Prof. Kombo later presented the students with kits from the Corporate Affairs department, to use during the contest.
The first round of the competition begins on Sunday 19th February - 23rd February, 2017 and will be aired on KBC courtesy of African on Air which is the main sponsor of the competition. Mr. Collins Orono, a participant in the competition confessed that his motivation to be part of the competition is the fact that he has a passion in pursuing Investigative Journalism in the future. Mr. Joseph Nduti is eager to expand his knowledge in Investigative Journalism and practice what he has learnt in class with regard to investigative journalism while Mary Magdaline confessed that passion is what motivated her to take part in the Inter- varsity competition.