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Giving back to Alma Mater

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Moi University Alumni Association (MUAA) organized a mentorship programme for continuing students on Friday November 9, 2018 at Eldoret West Campus.
Students from the School of Business and Economics were the beneficiaries of the programme. The Alumni who turned out to inspire students included Ms. Juliana Wanjiru, Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) General Manager for Marketing and Communication, Ms. Grace Kaome, LVCT Health HR and Administration Manager, Capt. Lucas Njeru, Airline Training Captain and Mr. Joseph Githaiga, Cooperative Bank Manager, Nairobi Branch.
“Know that there is an opportunity when you work hard and give it your best. You can begin by, volunteering in your area of specialization and you don’t know where it will get you,” said Ms. Wanjiru. 
Ms. Wanjiru urged volunteers to be patient and use social media appropriately to help them connect with their mentors who will help in the advancement of their careers. 
Ms. Kaome assured students that Moi University has some of the best programmes that position it high in the market, urging them to work hard in order to get jobs. 
She said technology does not take away jobs but rather creates more, counseling students not to settle for less than their abilities.  
She encouraged students to cultivate their attitude, urging them to act strategically as they get into workplaces. She noted that employers look for employees who bring value to their organizations. 
Capt. Njeru encouraged the students to believe in themselves, noting that by being in the University is an opportunity to transform oneself.
He said learning in continuous in one’s lifetime, reiterating that it extends beyond the classroom.
Mr. Githaiga told the students to identify areas they are good at and work towards perfecting them. He noted that Moi University produces the best graduates and that most of them who are attached in Cooperative Bank for internship perform better compared to those from other universities. 
Also present during the event were Dr. Charles Lagat, Director, International Programmes, Linkages and Alumni, Dr. Joel Tenai, Dean School of Business and Economics, Dr. Joyce Komen, Associate Dean, School of Business and Economics, Mr. Musakali Juma, Alumni Representative, School of Information Sciences, Mr. Andrew Maoga, former MUAA chairman, Dr. Naomi Kosgey, Eldoret West Campus Coordinator for School of Business and Economics and Dr. Catherine Muganda, Lecturer, School of Business and Economics.

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Successful CUE Audit done at Moi University - Coast Campus

coast campus group photoMoi University staff members posing for a group photo at the University’s Coast Campus after a successful audit by the Commission for University Education (CUE) on November 11, 2018. The Moi University team comprised Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academics, Research and Extension, Prof. Isaac Kimengi and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Finance, Prof. Daniel Tarus, among other senior staff.
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VC attends 6th Technical & Advisory Meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE II) and 10th Regional Steering Committee 

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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey, is attending the 6th Technical and Advisory Meeting for Leaders of Africa Centers of Excellence (ACE II) and the 10th Regional Steering Committee in Kigali, Rwanda. The two events are running from November 12 to 16, 2018. The VC is accompanied by the Prof. Ambrose Kiprop, Dean, School of Biological and Physical Sciences, who is also Moi University’s ACEII Centre Leader for Phytochemicals, Textiles and Renewable Energy (PTRE). During the meeting, the Vice -Chancellor had the opportunity to meet and interact with Dr. Eugene Mutimura, the Honourable Minister for Education of the Republic of Rwanda.

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VC Calls for Partnership in hosting Sports Workshop

 

IMG 9302Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac S. Kosgey has called for more partners to join hands with Moi University in organizing a sports workshop and marathon aimed at sensitizing athletes on investment, scholarship and doping control.

Further, the workshop will focus on athletes’ social life and their retirement plan. The three-day event is slated to run from December 5 to 8, 2018. The marathon will be conducted separately next April.
The VC made the appeal in a meeting he held in his office at Main campus with a delegation from Sweden and the County Government of Uasin Gishu on Thursday November 8, 2018.
The delegation comprised Ms. Sara Meyer, CO International Relations in the Municipality of Norrkoping, Sweden, Ms. Fatima M. Higander, Ambassador for Trade and Investment in the Municipality of Norrkoping and Ms. Mary Njogu, CEC Environment, Water, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management, Uasin Gishu County. 
Dr. Peter Rutto, Registrar for Planning, was in attendance.
The discussion delved into the collaboration between Moi University, Uasin Gishu County and the Municipality of Norrkoping in promotion of sports in the country.
Prof. Kosgey urged all the eight North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) counties to be involved in organizing the upcoming marathon being sponsored by Uasin Gishu County and the Municipality of Norrkoping. The marathon will be held on April 28, 2019.
The discussion also focused on the rehabilitation of Kesses Dam to be a tourist attraction site. Uasin Gishu County Government has already built an ablution block at the Dam and is in the process of constructing a safety tank.
The VC hailed the current working relationship between Moi University and Uasin Gishu County, and called for more sponsors to come on board to fund the sporting activities.

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Cultural Week kicks-off in Style

This year’s long awaited Cultural Week kicked off on Tuesday November 13, 2018 with pomp and colour as students drawn from communities across Kenya thronged the Students’ Centre to showcase their cultural diversity. 
Before the start of the event, there was a procession by the various cultural troupes from the ICDC Building to the Student’s Centre. 
The ecstatic students were proud to be identified with their heritage as they sang and danced to their folk songs.

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The event started on a high note with a Tiriki folk song and dance, thrilling students from the Luhya community who were on their feet throughout the performance, itching to join in the throbbing Isukuti drum rhythm and the scintillating patterned song.
Then followed performance by students from the Pokot community, whose warrior-like dancing antics mesmerized the audience. 
Students from the Iteso community in Busia County showcased a folk dance usually performed during marriage ceremonies. The shrilling ululations accompanying the drum beats and song were a real spectacle. 
Then came in the Gabra cultural dance that comprised rare strokes and dancing formation patterns, leaving the audience in awe.
The rigorous dance performed by the Students from the Kamba community wowed the audience. Its climax came during the pairing of the dancers into a dancing couple, with the rare wriggling movements of the waits. This threw the audience into a thunderous frenzy of applause.
The Abagusi folk song and Meru cultural dance were items to marvel at too as they kept the audience lively. 
Then came in the mother of all performances to sum up the day. The sons and daughters from the Lakeside swamped the stage with the Luo traditional dance. The cleverly calculated swaying of the ladies’ waits as the soloist belted out the tantalizing songs kept everyone yearning for more. Their colleagues in the audience could not hold their horses as the dancing and singing turned so infectious that they jumped into fray, showering the stage with all tribes of Kenyan Shilling denominations. The stage was jammed to the brim and as if that was not good enough, the DJ threw the spanner into works with the Ohangla song by Onyi Papa Jay. It was a moment to marvel at the rare dance strokes from the Lakeside.
The one-week fete running from November 13 to 16, 2018 has been organized by the Office of the Dean of Students in conjunction with the Moi University Students’ Organisation (MUSO).
The theme for the event is, “Showcasing Cultural Diversity through Creativity.”  Taking into consideration that culture is one of the social dynamics that promotes national cohesion, the exchanges and traditional exhibitions during the event serve as a platform to achieve and promote national unity. 
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The Cultural Week’s official opening was graced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics, Research and Extension, Prof. Isaac Kimengi and Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs, Prof. Nathan Ogechi, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Kosgey.
Prof Ogechi said The Mackay Report that vouched for establishment of Moi University in 1984, not only did it recommend for the establishment of the Second University in Kenya, but also the creation of the School of Social and Cultural Studies. The report highlighted the need for establishing a University with a culture as lack of it would render the University useless, since everything in science and technology has social and cultural aspects. 
Prof. Ogechi further gave a detailed plan how the University envisions to incorporate cultural diversity including having a grand Cultural Week, establishing a Museum and setting up a Cultural Village. 
The DVC noted that the University has been honoured to host the Kenya National Music Festival in 2019. He also remarked that the University Management is committed to enhancing sports both locally and internationally and noted that there is work in progress to mount a degree programme in Sports Medicine at the School of Medicine. He said sports is part of culture especially in the Rift Valley region where the University is located, which is a stronghold of athletes. 
He asked the event organizers to prepare adequately for the Kenya National Music Festivals next year.  
Prof. Kimengi stated the importance of culture and learning, noting that behaviour is part of culture. He said for the University and society to develop, there is need to embrace the culture of forgiveness and tolerance. Prof. Kimengi reiterated the need to adopt positive elements of culture so that the University can evolve into a new culture that will make it great. He noted that our diversity is our strength.
The Cultural Week is an important event in the University’s Calendar since it preaches unity and appreciates that there exists diversity in culture among the students of Moi University. 
The University draws students from various cultural backgrounds – both locally and internationally – and this event aims at enhancing and appreciating the growth in diversity and versatility since the Institution’s genesis in 1984. 
The event entails performances from the different cultures and communities represented among the students. Through dance, songs, art, plays, just to mention but a few, students are given the chance to express themselves and help others understand their cultural diversities. 
This also includes the international culture, that is, Sudanese, Somali and Chinese. These performances will not be in vain as there will be competitions whereby the winning teams will be awarded. 
The event further creates a favourable platform for students to showcase their different cuisines. The indisputable truth is that every culture has their particular meal which in most cases holds deeper meaning to its people. Cultural Week therefore gives the students this chance to experience and understand the diverse cuisines from the various cultures. 
In the course of the fete, there will be also a talent show whereby different talents will be showcased. This runs from dance, skits, songs, comedy, craft and many more. This will enable students express their talents and gifts which make a great part of their being and personalities. 
The climax of the concert will be on Friday November 16 where there will be a gala night organized by MUSO. This will entail performances by the winners of the various competitions and entertainment from other students as well.  To top it all, there will be crowning of Mr. and Miss Cultural Week 2018/19, who will wholesomely represent Moi University’s cultural diversity. Special shout out goes to the MUSO student leaders for actively engaging students in activities within the Institution – Brigid, Ondari, Ronny, Karakacha, Glory –  just to mention a few.
In a nutshell, Cultural Week 2018 is meant to build a harmonious spirit among Moi university students as they get to deeply understand each other’s culture and background. Culture plays a big role in molding individuals and getting to understand this helps us appreciate one another even in our diversities.

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