The Office of Alumni Relations hosted over 400 alumni from various classes for a barbeque themed The Past, The Present and The Future held on February 24, on the lawn behind the library. Alumni from as far back as the Class of 1993, took time to reacquaint themselves with a campus that is rapidly changing both in physical and academic infrastructure.

While welcoming the alumni community back on campus, University Advancement Director Mr. James Ogolla emphasized the need for his audience to remain engaged with the University. This point was picked up by the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza, who detailed the university’s development plans, and urged the gathered alumni to participate in campus activities, and remain “torchbearers and ambassadors for their alma mater.”

Dr. Jacob Ogola (DBA ’16) and Ms. Damaris Ndegwa-Mwai (IBA ’13) both shared how USIU-Africa’s financial aid had made a difference in their lives .Ms. Ndegwa Mwai who is currently a Procurement and Logistics Specialist for USAID/DFID’s Agile and Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) Project narrated how USIU-Africa’s Vice Chancellor’s Grant saw her through a time of deep personal loss. Dr. Ogolla’s shared his experience as a transfer student from Moi University and a recipient of the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Scholarship. His call to fellow alumni to make financial aid sustainable was echoed by Alumni Association Chairperson Ms. Dorothy Sagwe, who urged alumni to come back to their alma mater and build their university.

The Office of Alumni Relations also announced the beginning of ticket sales for the Annual Alumni Fundraising Dinner scheduled for June 23, where a KES 500 million Alumni Endowment Fund will be launched. The Fund’s purpose will be to provide opportunities for promising but financial disadvantaged students to pursue a world-class education at USIUAfrica.