USIU-Africa hosted thirty five students of journalism and cross-cultural studies, from NLA University in Norway on Tuesday and Wednesday November 29- 30 for an exchange program visit. The group accompanied by two faculty members toured the campus meeting students, faculty and staff. They also sat in on three lectures by members of our faculty; Mr. Moses Onyango (Lecturer of International Relations, and Director of the Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs) spoke on "The complexity of multiculturalism and violent extremism in the global age", Dr. Josephine Arasa (Associate Professor of Psychology) spoke on "Sexual Liberation: Cross-cultural perspectives and lessons learned" while Ms. Robi Koki (Lecturer of Journalism) discoursed on "Reversed Cultural Imperialism".
USIU-Africa's long and fruitful relationship with NLA University in Norway was initiated by retired legendary Journalism lecturer Mr. Joe Kadhi, and has enabled students from NLA Burgen and Kristian campuses exchange annual visits with USIU-Africa counterparts.
Following the implementation of the USIU-Africa Job Evaluation, Organizational and Salary Review, the university has a new organizational structure. The former Institutional Planning and Advancement division will now be known as University Advancement, while the former Student Affairs division merges with Academic Affairs to be Academic & Student Affairs division.
Legal Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor and Administration are now divisions, joining ICT and Finance to complete the tally of seven divisions in the new organizational structure.
Departments of Security Services, Health Services, Human Resources and Operations have found a new home in the Administration division, while University Advancement has an additional department - Partnership and External Linkages.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program held a continuing education workshop on Friday, November 18, for sixteen of its alumni, to address business challenges in recruiting, hiring, training and motivating employees. Sessions were led by Dr. Teresia Linge, Associate Professor of Management and Director of Business Administration/International Business Administration Programs, Chandaria School of Business, and covered: Resourcing and retaining talent in business organizations, Talent Development, Performance Management Processes in Business Organizations, and Rewarding and Motivating Talent.
The workshop was very well received by the program alumni. One participant, Susan Mutuku, reported that she is determined to implement the new knowledge she has gained in the workshop, starting with a Christmas party for her employees.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative was launched in 2008 as an effort to foster economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business education and access to capital. To date, the initiative has reached over 10,000 women from across 56 countries through a network of 100 academic, nonprofit, and bank partners.
Kasarani Neighborhood Association raised total KES 412,050 during its fourth Annual Breakfast Fundraiser at Safari Park Hotel on Friday, November 18, to support and expand the SPANT (Securing Potential and Naturing Talent) Scholarship program. The scholarship program has received more than KES 2 million raised through the Association's annual charity breakfast and membership fees since the program began in 2013.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza and the Safari Park Hotel General Manager Mr. Japhleth Kimathi both made remarks commending the association on its scholarship program, and urging it to look beyond its membership in raising further SPANT program support.
Former District Education Officer Ms. Roselyne Litaba in her keynote address acknowledged the immense support provided by the Association, pointing at the improved but still dire situation of pupils in public primary schools within Kasarani sub-county.
Aside from USIU-Africa, the Kasarani Neighborhood Association currently has seven other members namely; Safari Park Hotel, Thika Road Baptist Church and School, Kenya Institute of Special Education, Mountain View School, Ruaraka Academy, St. Joseph of Arimathea and Pan African Christian University.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Nairobi Regional Delegation on Friday, November 25 donated more than 100 copies of Geneva Conventions and Additional Protocols to the University Library and Information Center. The book donation was organized through Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Simeon Sungi, and received by Chief Librarian Ms. Damiana Kiilu.
USIU-Africa's partnership with ICRC is almost a decade old with the university spanning various ICRC initiatives including the annual National ICRC International Humanitarian Law (IHL) competition. The donated IHL publications are expected to enable students of International Humanitarian Law and International Law gain a deeper understanding of international legal issues and statutes dealing with human rights.

Congratulations to USIU-Africa Journalism Alumni and current M.A.Communications Studies students Joel Chacha and Karungari Kahende, who were among the winners of the Saturday, November 26 annual Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) gala and award ceremony.Their agency (Tell Em PR) won in the "Overall PR Campaign" and "Best Media Relations Campaign" categories.
Congratulations are also in order for Class of 2015 journalism alumni Irene Wambui Odhiambo and Vanessa Wanyee
 both from one of Kenya's newest marketing firms -  Oxygène Marketing Communications - for bagging the Consumer Relations Company of the year award.

 

Two teams of Journalism students are participating in the annual 48Hrs film competition, this weekend November 25-27. They will have exactly 48 hours to script, shoot, edit and submit the completed work to the jury.  Last year, USIU-Africa was represented by three teams, where the overall winner was alumna Barbara Karuana (Journalism, ‘14).
The men’s hockey team won both their games played on Saturday, November 19. They defeated Kenyatta University, 3-2 in a Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) Hockey League game, then defeated Wazalendo 2-1 at City Park stadium in the Kenya Hockey Union’s Men’s Premier League. This Saturday, November 20 the team meet fifth—placed Daystar University, at 2pm at the USIU-Africa hockey pitch, in what is likely to bolster their top position in the KUSA league.

The USIU-Africa ladies hockey team also thumped Mt. Kenya University 4-0 in a KUSA league game on Saturday, November 19, further boosting their chances of clinching the league title in 2017.
The USIU-Africa ladies basketball team qualified for the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Women’s Premier League semi-final play-offs, when they bundled out Eagles Wings 67-42 and 71-58 in Game One and Two respectively of their quarter-final playoffs, at the Nyayo Gymnasium on November 19 - 20. They expect to meet the winner of the quarter-final between perennial rivals Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Equity.
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) men’s team on the other hand, cut short USIU-Africa’ men basketball team’s match to the title, when they defeated them 60-65 in a hard-fought quarter-final Game Two in Mombasa on Sunday, November 20.
Counseling Services organized the bi-annual Voluntary Counseling and Testing Week from November 21-25 on campus, where members of the university community received opportunities to be screening and counseling on HIV/AIDS, contraceptives sexually transmitted diseases and cervical and breast cancers, at designated tents throughout campus.
The week-long event aims at increasing knowledge on HIV & AIDS, sexuality, reproductive health, HIV testing as well as management of stigma and discrimination against the infected.
The Human Resources Office announced vacancies on Wednesday, November 23 in an advert published on our website (www.usiu.ac.ke/jobs), and in the Daily Nation, is seeking to recruit a Principal Medical Officer and two University Nurses. The Clinic is seeking to hire additional staff as it prepares to transforms itself into a fully-fledged Medical Center, which will soon be based at its new facilities in the Freida Brown Student Center.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences has a vacancy for a lecturer or assistant professor who will teach Chinese language courses in the School’s General Education program. With over 40000 Chinese citizens living and working in Kenya, and following the major infrastructure investments made by China in several African countries, the teaching of and demand for Chinese language is on the rise all over Africa.
Counseling Services has organized a three-day Disability Awareness Week on campus themed “Full participation and Equality for All -The Future We Want”, to increase awareness on disability matters. A forum on Wednesday, November 30 at the Library Bookshop, which will create a discussion space for interaction and dialogue on diverse disability issues, as well as a platform for sharing of real-life experiences from persons with disabilities, and those with a broader experience in relating to people with disabilities.
Dr. David Ole Sankok (Chairman, National Council of People with Disabilities), Dr. Michael Ndurumo (Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Nairobi; Founder, Africa Institute for Deaf Studies Research), as well as representatives from the Action Network for Disabled Youth, Deaf Empowerment Kenya, Association for Safe International Road Travel, Ability Africa Magazine among others will make remarks.
Dr. Josepine Arasa (Associate Professor of Psychology) will also make a presentation on a current taskforce working under the auspices of the Kenyan universities’ accrediting body - Commission for University Education – to craft official guidelines on how universities should handle students living with disabilities.
The week coincides with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4.
Counseling Services hosted a Men in Totality talk in the auditorium on Thursday, November 24 moderated by prominent television personality and journalst Mr. Johnson Mwakazi. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza led a panel of men who shared their experiences around issues that touch on male socialization, roles and identities, image as well as sexual and reproductive health issues.
Dr. Oscar Githua (Associate Professor of Psychology), Mr. Daniel Weke (IBA, ‘15), Mr. Ernest Wamboye (Journalism, ’12) and Mr. Andrew Balongo shared from their collective experiences seeking to get male students, faculty and staff to engage on a range of issues that have a bearing on their professional and personal success not only on campus, but also in the wider society.
A book review article by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Assistant ProfessorofJournalismandMassCommunication has been published in the current issue of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly (JMCQ) -- the world’s oldest journal in the journalism field, since1924.
The reviewed book, Journalism and Political Exclusion is authored by Professor DebraM.Clarke,anAssociate Professor of Sociology at Trent University, Canada. Clarke uses comprehensive data from studies on reception research to strongly demonstrate that in spite of the hype and optimism associated with digital media, the new phenomenon is no departure from the traditional media, as it continues to perpetuate “information poverty,” resulting in political disengagement.
Basically, the point that Clarke is driving home is that journalism practice—whether traditional or digital—creates political alienation, mostly among those of low socio-economics tatus and women.These are the population segments that particularly experience     information     poverty,     despite     the proliferation of news sources in the “information age.”
She argues that these groups are reduced to “non-publics” and excluded from the “public sphere.” JMCQ, a highly respected publication is a flagship journal for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) -- the largest American organization for academics in the field. Dr. Ireri has reviewed books and research articles for JMCQ since 2014.
Dr. Simeon Sungi (Associate Professor of Criminal Justice)deliveredtheinauguralInstituteofPublicPolicy andInternationalAffairs(IPPIA)MonthlyPublicLecture on Friday, December 18, on “Teaching Ethics in InstitutionsofHigherLearninginAfrica.”Hespoketoa group of graduate and doctoral international relations students on the moral erosion of values in student attitudes toward education. He recommended the inclusion of a morality component in all courses delivered in a university, as the first step towards changingethicalbehavioroncampus.
The IPPIA monthly lecture series, is designed to contribute to a body of knowledge useful to the university community, and in particular graduate students of international relations. The Institute was formed to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to governments, in order to improve and transform governance through innovation, research, technical assistance, and training.
The next lecture will be on Friday, January 27 at the Library Conference Room, on the topic “Academic Freedom, Staff Welfare and Quality Education in Universities: An Anatomy of Corruption and Exploitation.”
Mr. Silvester Mutua (Lecturer of Journalism) has been selected to be a member of the Machafest Short Film Festival Competition Jury for the second year in a row. As part of the jury, Mr. Mutua will shortlist ten pieces for screening at the Machakos People’s Park amphitheater, after which the best four will be selected.

The festival features short films based on any key idea or phrase, and is organized by the Machakos Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and the Arts (Machawood). Teams of USIU-Africa Journalism majors are also participating in the Festival’s student category.
USIU-Africa held the 3rd East African Multidisciplinary Research Conference (EAMARC) from the November 15-17 at the auditorium. This year’s theme -Sustainable development goals; The role of research, innovation and capacity building - dwelt on the  17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by members of the United Nations on September 25, 2015, to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity” as part of a global development agenda to be realized over the next fifteen years. The conference received a record number of presentations by researchers from Africa, Asia and North America, focusing on how applied research would assist in meeting the 169 targets of the aspects of the global sustainable development agenda.

Senior USIU-Africa leaders convened for an annual retreat from 10-13 November at Sopa Lodge, Naivasha to reflect on the strategic direction and development of the University.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza has joined the Administrative Board of the International Association of Universities (IAU), following his election at the IAU 15th General Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 13-16 November 2016.

Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Zeleza spoke at the 11th Annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Africa Conference which took place between 8-10 November, 2016 at Fairview Hotel,Nairobi.

M.A. Communication Studies graduate student (and IBA '2010 alumna) Kangai Mwiti is the winner of the Makeup and Fashion category of the Sub-Saharan African YouTube Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa on Friday, 11 November 2016. Ms. Mwiti's makeup channel's close to 100,000 subscribers and over 6.5 million views have propelled her into a household name all over the world.

The Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs (IPPIA) will hold the first of a monthly dialogue series this Friday, November 18 at the Library Conference Room beginning at 12pm. The presenter will be Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Simeon Sungi, who will speak on “Teaching ethics in institutions of higher learning in Africa". He will then field questions from his audience at the end of the session, expected to end at 3pm.

The Safaricom MPESA API (Application Programming Interface) Workshop was held on Friday, November 11 at the Science Center’s Lecture Theater 3.  The workshop was conducted by IT Club in conjunction with the Safaricom MPESA API division, to enable developers and interested students get acquainted MPESA API architecture, as well as a demonstrable SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) application implementation of the API.

USIU-Africa Alumni Association will host the second edition of the Entrepreneurship Academy aimed at training 14-18 year olds on how to develop their passions in viable business models.

The USIU-Africa ladies basketball team began their campaign to qualify for the Kenya Basketball Federation (KBF) Premier League semi-final playoffs with a 69-42 win against perennial rivals Eagle Wings. Game one of the best-of-three match Series was held at the basketball court this last Sunday, November 13, and will be the last Premier League match the team will play this year.

The USIU-Africa Red Cross club collected a record 141 pints of blood during a blood donation drive on the lawn behind the cafeteria from 8-9 November. The two day drive - which mobilized 143 donors – was organized in collaboration with the Blood Link Foundation and the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service.

On Tuesday October 18, the USIU-Africa Alumni Association hosted fifty Global Executive Master of Business Administration (GEMBA) alumni to a cocktail event at the Sankara Hotel in Nairobi.

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Former Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown (center) and Chairman of the Board, Youth Development Fund Mr. Ronald Osumba (center-right) cut the ribbon officially opening the Freida Brown Student Center on Thursday, November 10.
They were flanked by Chancellor Dr. Manu Chandaria (right) and Chair of the Board of Trustees Mr. Linus Gitahi (right).

The brand-new Freida Brown Student Center was officially launched on Thursday, November 10 at a ceremony presided over by former Vice Chancellor Prof. Freida Brown and the Guest of Honor Mr. Ronald Osumba (Chairman of the Board, Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

A research paper by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, has been published in the current issue of Journal of Media Ethics – the world’s number one journal in the field of journalistic ethics. The paper – “Do They Preach Water but Drink Wine? Examining ‘The Corruption Dragon’ in Kenyan Journalism” - investigates the prevalence of corruption in Kenya’s journalism practice.

USIU-Africa sent a delegation of seven students from Kenya, Rwanda, Somali, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and the United Kingdom as well as two faculty members, to make presentations and benchmark the conference organization of the Fall 2016 edition of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights Workshop Series held at the United Nations, Quinnipiac University and Yale University, and themed "Human Rights and Development:  Institutional Responsibility and Community Action", from 22-31 October 2016.