From March 6, the HeForShe Club under the theme “Consent awareness”, organized a Gender Equality Awareness Week to sensitize students on the importance of consent in sexual relationships, and inform them of the various support systems offered by the University and other organizations if and when sexual assault does take place.

The HeforShe Club which was formed to create awareness on gender equality, discrimination and bias in order to challenge stereotypes on gender roles and embrace a more gender-balanced world, also partnered with the Young Diplomats Club, who organized a debate on sexual harassment in the auditorium’s seminar room on Tuesday, March 6.

The International Women’s Day 2018 was marked on Thursday, March 8 with a discussion panel, convened to explore the issue of “Sexual Assault and Consent Awareness” at the auditorium, and which also included a skit by USIU-Africa’s drama club -  Michezo Afrika.

In his opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza stressed the importance of equal participation of women in education, policy and development. Thereafter, Ms. Minky Wanja (Co-founder, Amazing Women Dialogues) drew from her experiences as a former Gender Secretary at Kenyatta University, to affirm the prevalence of sexual assault on both sexes on campus, while Ms. Faith Wafula (Program Director, Brydges Skills Development Center) shared her experience with sexual assault and provided a legal perspective of how to react to sexual assault.

Principal Counselor Mrs. Lucy Kung’u, whose Department of Counseling Services provides support services to victims of sexual assault on campus, expounded on provisions of the Student Handbook, and the Sexual Harassment Policy launched in July last year.  Both documents, she explained, underlined the significance placed by the University in preventing all forms of sexual violence, as well as protections for victims.

Finally, Ms. Wangeci Kahuria (Program Analyst - Gender Based Violence, UN WOMEN) provided the students with a gender-based violence manual and shared various helplines (116 - the Child
KICKBOXING

 On Saturday, March 3 the USIU-Africa kickboxing team clinched 1st position with 5 Gold and 5 Silver after beating four teams (Kenya Police,  Takids, Best Kickers and Nakuru Club) in the Kenya Kick Boxing Federation Championship.

 Victor Njuma, Collins Muriuki, Gregory Mendel, George Maina, Annadif Alfattan, Kennedy Odhiambo, Uche Ongaro, Kintu Declan, Wilson Chege, Nicholas Odhiambo, Ian Mugo, Edward Owino Brian Nyore and Peter Njuguna are set to travel to Cameroon to represent the university in the Africa Kick Boxing Championship that will be held in Yaunde, Cameroon on Sunday, March 25.

HOCKEY
The men’s hockey team beat Daystar University 4-0 and Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology (JKUAT) 1-0, in the ongoing Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) League on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 respectively. Meanwhile, their female counterparts beat JKUAT 1-0 in the same league. 

The men’s team will travel to Kenyatta University to play against their host and JKUAT, while the ladies team travel to Maseno for the KUSA Women Championship League this coming weekend.

VOLLEYBALL

The ladies’ volleyball team beat Gretsa University 3-0 but lost to Kenyatta university by a similar margin (0-3) in the ongoing KUSA league. This qualifies them to compete in the KUSA Women Championship League that will take place in Maseno this weekend.

BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team recorded an unmatched victory by beating Daystar University 20-0 and JKUAT  39-21 in the KUSA League that took place in JKUAT on Saturday, March 3. The team is set to play against Daystar University on March 11 at Kenyatta University. Their colleagues thrashed Kenyatta University (Ruiru) 30- 19 but lost narrowly to Kenyatta University (Main Campus) 19-22. 

The men’s team will play Daystar University at Kenyatta University as the ladies’ team travel to Maseno for the KUSA Women Championship league this weekend.

HANDBALL AND SOCCER

 The men’s handball team beat Daystar University 32-23 on Saturday, March 3 at JKUAT in the KUSA League.  The ladies’ soccer team lost to JKUAT 3-0 in KUSA, however, they qualified to play in the KUSA Women Championship League scheduled for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 in Maseno. 
USIU-Africa’s cultural extravaganza finally kicks off from March 13-15, right here on campus.

For years USIU-Africa has celebrated Culture Week, as a way of bringing members of our diverse University community together. Currently, the 74 nationalities represented in our student and faculty communities, make USIU-Africa truly unique as authentic perspectives from all over the world are shared during the three-day fete.

This year’s showcase begins on Tuesday with a walking parade by the participating nationalities, followed by presentations of dance, music, food, attire, and a research paper.

In line with this year’s theme - A glimpse of the world in our own backyard - 25 nationalities will present their respective cultures during the two-day exhibition in the tents behind the cafeteria, followed by a grand concert on Thursday evening in a mega dome located next to the hockey pitch.

Advance tickets to the grand concert are available in front of the cafeteria and at entrance to the Freida Brown Students Center, for KES 2000 (VIP) and KES 300 (regular).

On Thursday, tickets will be available along the road leading to the dome KES 2500 (VIP) and KES 350 (regular).

Everyone is encouraged to attend the concert and appreciate not just the exceptional culture performances, but the hard work the communities and Committee have put in preparing for this Culture Week finale.

“It’s rare that you get such an opportunity to physically interact with people from all over the world. It’s a beautiful thing to see.” - MS. IVY WANDIA, Culture Week Committee Vice-Chairlady
The IT club organized the second edition of the USIU-Africa Spring Hackathon, on Saturday, March 3 at the Science Center.

The hackathon which was sponsored by Africa's Talking and the Moringa School, attracted student technologists, programmers and network analysts, from 10 universities.

Students from Dedan Kimathi University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Laikipia University,KCA University, Riara University, St. Paul's University, Strathmore University, Technical University of Kenya, University of Nairobi ,USIU-Africa and Zetech University ran for seven hours and required two kinds of participation: creative software application development and a Capture The Flag network penetration testing competition.

The latter competition sufficed as a test of the participants' ability to find and use computer network vulnerabilities to acquire an obscured message, the flag. The former demanded an application of a combination of creative, context-driven thinking and sharp programming skills.

The theme of this year's event, Research to Market Challenge: ICT Supported Science and Technology Innovations for Africa's Development, made the hackathon rubric more colorable in that participants were required to conceive promising solutions in fields ranging from e-business and e-health to data-mining and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“A hackathon (otherwise termed codebrawl or codefest) is a social event that gathers technologists to engage in collaborative programming or hacking, and is often characterized by rigorous ad-hoc concept planning and development.”

Upon completion of the event's hacking activity, a team of panelists (School of Science and Technology Representative, Lochemem Bruno Michael, Africa’s Talking developer leads Calvin Karundu, David Afam Osemene and Steve Okwi, as well as Dr. Patrick Wamuyu (Assistant Professor of Information Systems) and Moringa School’s Ms. Betty Asava) evaluated the projectcentric presentations, and declared the project team from Dedan Kimathi University winners of the grueling seven-hour programming contest.

Their Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) application, typically built to interact with telecommunications service providers - dubbed LEJA - was predicated on providing simple ledger interactions for Small and Medium Enterprises.

Other podium winners, the Auto-Chem team from Dedan Kimathi University, and the USIU-Africa Google Home project team developed a smart pharmaceuticals directory and a voice-powered message sending utility for Google's Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant respectively. Also awarded were the creators of the IoT-centric smart-farming project which monitors moisture levels in soil.

Standouts from the network hacking contest which included a Dedan-Kimathi University-USIU-Africa partnership and Riara University contingent.

The hackathon evoked a coalescence of ideas - it featured many ebullient individuals of debutant, intermediate, and modestly advanced disposition intent on showcasing their talents. Despite the rigors of the hackathon the most challenging of which are plan and personnel management under stringent time conditions, the participants were able to learn lessons and create blueprints for contextually-aware project enhancement.
The Department of Insurance is hosting this year’s first Health Talk on Wednesday, March 14 in the auditorium from 10am - 12pm.

The talk which has been organized by Jubilee Insurance Company, in collaboration with Mayfair Health Services, will specifically tackle lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes and hypertension, among others.

General education on the existing medical cover will also be undertaken, while related questions will be answered by Jubillee Insurance representatives.

Tests for Blood Pressure/BMI will freely, be offered thereafter at the Health Services Center, while all other tests will be charged and deducted from the medical check-up benefit in the Jubilee Insurance Cover

Students will only be eligible for the free services due to the limitations on their existing medical cover.
Students have been invited to participate in a global internship competition, where the grand prize will be a prestigious three to six-month paid internship at British American Tobacco (BAT), and a trip to the global firm’s London headquarters, where they will have the opportunity to network with senior BAT professionals and gives them the opportunity for a massive career kick-start!

The competiton dubbed “Battle of the Minds” involves formation of a team, which then research a market, develops a product idea, then prepares an original business plan.

BAT will be looking for participants who not only possess leadership qualities and have a strong desire to be top performers, but also can build strong teams that work well with people who have different abilities and perspectives.

Participants will be asked to accurately assess markets to discover what they are missing, and thus present a plan on how BAT can remain competitive in saturated markets and revolutionize customers’ experiences.

Interested undergraduate students are requested to register at www.batbattleofminds.com on or before Thursday, March 15.

Interested participants may also contact Career Services (0730116796) or the Internship Office (0730116780) between 8am and 5pm from Monday through to Friday, for any further clarification.
On Friday, March 9, the Department of Human Resources announced vacancies in specific roles in various departments.

The Department of Procurement is looking to hire a Chief Manager, who will be responsible for leading and managing procurement efforts throughout the university, and report to the Director of Finance.

Within the same Division, the Department of Finance is looking for a new Principal Accountant who will be responsible for management of the Accounts Receivables Section and the Credit Control Office, and report to the Chief Accountant.

The Department of Health Services has a Clinical Officer vacancy. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing medical health care, counseling and support services to members of the University, and will report to the Principal Medical Officer.

The ICT Division is looking to hire an ICT Officer in the Multimedia Unit of the Service Delivery department. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing direction for all hardware and software systems that deliver multimedia services to the university community.

The same department also has a vacancy for an ICT Assistant, who will be responsible for capturing incoming hardware and software calls from various user stations and resolving them.

The University is also looking a hire a Telephone Operator/Receptionist, who will be based at the reception area in the Administration Building, and report to the Chief Admissions Officer.

The new Bachelor of Arts in Animation and the Bachelor of Arts in Film Production and Directing programs are each in need of a Technician, who will be providing technical and academic support for students and faculty.

Both programs have significantly increased their lab space and equipment in preparation for their first intake this coming semester.

Finally, vacancies now exist for Teaching Lab Technologists, whose primary responsibilities will be maintaining the smooth running of teaching laboratories, as well as ensuring users receive maximum benefits from available resources.

Further details regarding key responsibilities, minimum educational and professional qualifications, as well as desirable personal attributes and competencies are to be found on our website at www.usiu.ac.ke/jobs.

Applications are to be delivered to the Director of Administration on or before Friday, March 23, 2018.

In an appended notice, the Human Resources Department sought to warn potential candidates against unscrupulous individuals purpoting to secure interviews and/or appointments in return for financial or other considerations. The Director of Administration affirmed that all communication regarding vacancies emanates from the Human Resources Department’s official address (hr@usiu. ac.ke).
Mr. Javier Serrano (Assistant Professor of Spanish & Literature) was invited by His Excellency Martin Gomez Bustillo - the Ambassador of Argentina in Kenya - to deliver a talk about the literary universe of the famous Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges on Wednesday, March 7.

The talk was to mark the official launch of the Jorge Luis Borges Cultural Centre, which was attended by  several LatinAmerican Ambassadors (Brazil,  Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico), the Kenyan Spanish Speaking  Association (SSA) and the Association of Teachers of SpanishKenya (ATS-K).

Three USIU-Africa students of the Spanish Minor (Esther Mwanza, Moses Muchoki and Ryan Saffideen) accompanied Mr. Serrano on this  occasion and had the opportunity to put their Spanish into practice with the Spanish-speaking community in Nairobi.

Mr. Serrano is the current President of FIAPE - the largest association of teachers of Spanish worldwide - as well as Vice President of the Association of Teachers of Spanish in Kenya (ATS-K).
On Friday, March 2, the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences invited Dr. Carrie Waterman, an Assistant Researcher in the Department of Nutrition at University of California Davis to speak at the School’s second colloquium this semester.

Dr. Waterman spoke on the wide-ranging benefits of the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera) to over 30 members of staff, faculty and students from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at the Science Center’s Lecture Theater 5.

Her current collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya on the Moringa Tree (Moringa oleifera), is in line with her research interests in the expansion and improvement of the use, production, and processing of the Moringa tree worldwide, including community involvement and development.

Dr. Waterman enlightened participants on the tree’s therapeutic applications such as in malnutrition, diabetes, and HIV; as a nematocide and biofertilizer in agricultural uses; and in livestock feed for improved animal nutrition and milk production.

She specifically addressed students of Pharmacy, asking them to not limit their career options to pharmaceutical organizations, but to expand them to include community outreach, capacitybuilding, basic research, business development, and entrepreneurship.

She further invited interested students to join her in designing research projects on the Moringa tree, which included funding proposals.

The colloquium was organized by Dr. Caroline  Kahiri (Assistant Professor of Human Physiology), and follows the the first  Colloquium  on “Contemporary Advances and Precincts of Biopharming as Drugs’ Production Systems” by Dr. Apollo  Maima  (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy) in January 2018.

The School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has every intention of continuing to highlight and promote interes in the School’s research areas from within and outside the university, by host ing two colloquiums every semester.
Intense competition was witnessed last weekend when our various sports teams emerged the best in different tournaments and leagues they took part in.

The Cricket team emerged the first in the Universities Cricket Tournament organized by the Nairobi Provincial Cricket Association (NCPCA) at the Ruaraka Sports Club. Both the men’s and ladies’ hockey teams defeated Wananchi men and women from Uganda to win the Hope Sports Uganda Hockey Tournament in Lugogo, Uganda.

In addition, our men’s teakwood team scooped the 1st position while their female counterparts clinched the second position in the 2nd Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA) indoor championship at USIU-Africa.

The men’s rugby team thrashed Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) 19-10 in the ongoing Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Championship that took place at the rugby pitch. The team will host Egerton University this weekend.

The ladies basketball team crushed Daystar University 38-11 while the men’s team lost to Mt. Kenya University 34-42 in the second leg of KUSA League. The ladies will meet Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT), Kenyatta University and Mt. Kenya University as the men battle out with Daystar University and JKUAT at JKUAT this weekend.

The men’s soccer team secured a 1-0 win against Mt. Kenya University while their female counterparts lost by a similar margin (0-1) against Daystar University in the KUSA League. The men are set to meet.

Mt. Kenya University and Daystar University on Saturday, March 3 and 4 respectively at JKUAT, while the ladies play against JKUAT and Mt. Kenya University at the same venue.

Still, in the KUSA League, the ladies volleyball team beat Daystar University 3-2 on Saturday, February 24 at Kenyatta University. The ladies will travel to JKUAT this weekend to play against Getsa University and Kenyatta University on Saturday, March 3 and Mt. Kenya University and St. Paul’s University on Sunday, March 4.

The Karate men emerged third in Kata and Kumite while the ladies clinched the second position in Kumite and third position in Kata in the 2nd KUSA Karate Indoor Championship at USIU-Africa. Both teams will compete in the 3rd KUSA Karate Indoor Championship playoffs and finals on March 17 and 18 at Kenyatta University and USIU-Africa respectively