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Caption: A USIU-Africa student assists the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza rearrange a classroom during cleanup activities at Kiwanja Secondary School on Friday, September 22 to mark Freida Brown Day 2017.

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Pupils at Kiwanja Secondary School carry tree seedlings donated by USIU-Africa for planting along the School’s boundary, during this year’s Freida Brown Day on Friday, September 22. Photo: Antonio Longangi

Over 400 students, faculty and staff showed up at Kiwanja Secondary School on Friday, September 22 to mark USIU-Africa annual community service day – Freida Brown Day. The focus of the day’s events was Kiwanja Secondary School – a relatively new school of 320 pupils located on the outskirt of Kasarani sub-county.

JEMBASSY
Caption: Lecturer of Japanese Mr. Katsuji Nakamura offers a vote of thanks at the conclusion of a class visit by officials of the Embassy of Japan in Kenya on Wednesday, September 20. Director and First Secretary of the Japan Information & Culture Center, Mr. Seiji Tashiro (center) and Japan Information & Culture Center Assistant Ms. Vera Bwire (left) made presentations to students of Japanese and members of the Japanese Club.

Students undertaking Japanese as a minor together with members of the Japanese Club hosted officials from the Embassy of Japan in Kenya for a class visit on Wednesday, September 20. The visit was facilitated by Lecturer of Japanese Mr. Katsuji Nakamura, who welcomed the delegation led by the Embassy’s First Secretary and Director of the Japanese Information & Culture Center Mr. Seiji Tashiro.

On Friday, September 29, the Vice Chancellor will host university employees for the first ever Vice Chancellor’s Convocation in a tented area next to the library. Themed “Reflecting on our journey to Academic Excellence”, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza’s address at the convocation will provide an opportunity for the Vice Chancellor to officially open the academic year, highlight achievements of faculty in the past year and expound on academic plans to be implemented in this academic year

SREFAIR
Mr. Max Musau addresses a workshop on grant writing and presentations, to students intending to exhibit during the 2017 Student Research Fair Exhibition, on Friday, September 15.

USIU-Africa’s Innovation and Incubation Center will host this year’s Entrepreneurship Week from September 22-29. This week consists of a series of events, student research exhibitions and panel discussions, that are expected to provide student entrepreneurs with learning opportunities.

A research paper by Dr. Kioko Ireri, an Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication in the School of Communication, Creative and Cinematic Arts, has been published in the current issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator – the world’s number one journal in journalism education. The paper – “Exploring Journalism and Mass Communication Training in Kenya: A National Survey” examines major characteristics of journalism and mass communication training in Kenya.

USIU-Africa will host the inaugural PyConKe conference on Thursday and Friday September 28-29. PyConKe (a portmanteau of Python Conference Kenya) will bring together software developers, techies, business people, startups, learning institutions and other institutions that have either an interest or a stake in the open source python programming language & related technologies in its ecosystem.

The Counseling Center, Peer Educators and Counseling Club and their partners are planning to train student leaders, peer counselors and educators and other interested students from September 29-30 and October 6-7 for a 2-part series on handling student grievances.

EYO
Ms. Lubna Elmahdy (International Relations Junior) and Ms. Lucy Mokua (Applied Computer Technology Sophomore) wash cars to raise funds for students to enable them complete their education at USIU-Africa

The student fundraising initiative Educate Your Own (EYO) held a car wash funds drive on Monday September 18 and Thursday September 21 from 9 am to 5 pm to raise KSH 50,000 as part of the Dine to Educate Campaign launched this year.

From Monday, September 25 to Thursday, September 28, Educate Your Own – the student fundraising initiative - will present Thrift to Educate - a novel social event to be held behind the Cafeteria. Thrift to Educate is conceived as a platform for fellow student entrepreneurs, Kenyan fashion start-ups, and established companies to showcase and sell their products, as part of the ongoing campaign to raise KES 2 million towards the EYO Scholarship Fund.