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.