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Issue 45/2011


Enhancing E-Learning through Faculty Training The Library and E-Learning departments jointly conducted training on eLearning and e-resources for 31 faculty members from the Schools of Communication Language & Performing Arts and Arts & Humanities. The Dean, Communication Language & Performing Arts, Prof. Faith Nguru, officially opened the training, which was held on 18th November 2011. In her opening remarks, Prof. Nguru stressed the importance of eLearning in the world of academia and called upon participants to embrace it. She stressed that eLearning and the ability to access e-resources was mandatory for faculty members because it gives them a competitive edge in

academic platforms including promotion to higher levels. The E-learning training was facilitated by the Coordinator of eLearning department Dr. Makingu Mondi and e-resources was facilitated by the Deputy University Librarian, Mrs. Elizabeth Yegon, Assistant Librarian, Ms. Esther Ing’aa & Library Assistant, Mr. Samuel Kungu from the Nairobi campus Library. The interactive training gave participants hands-on experience on eLearning using MOODLE, access to e- journals and e-books and the WEB OPAC. The e-learning platform for Daystar University eCampus is hosted at

Faculty members during their recent training on eLearning & e-resources.

Department of Language & Performing Arts Embarks on Campaign to Raise its Profile

The Department of Language and Performing Arts has embarked on a campaign to create its visibility through marketing the various elements it encompasses internally. The aggressive campaign has so far seen PR students taking COM 473Management in Public Relations, present class projects on how to raise the profile of the department. The projects, which were presented on 16 November as proposals, identified the weaknesses, strengths and opportunities for the department to increase student enrollment in its programs and courses. The students also presented creative and dynamic strategic plans on how to promote the department and its courses. The venture was initiated by the class lecturer and

Assistant Head, Department of Communication, Dr. Rahab Nyaga and the Corporate Affairs Manager, Mrs. Evelyne Muchigi. Lecturers from the Department of Performing Arts who attended the class were Ms. Brenda Wambua, Mr. Kithinji Kindiki and Dr. Wandia Njoya. All lecturers commended the students for their great ideas and for giving the department hope that student enrollment can improve. Based on the projects, a group will be selected to promote the department during the January 2012 semester and some of the students will work on the project implementation as part of their practicum. Inspired by the student’s projects, the department has launched a twitter account at:

Daystar University Book Club Takes Off The department of Language and Performing Arts recently started a Book Club that has attracted participation from both faculty members and students. The Book Club recently met at the Savannah Cafe on Ralphe Bunch Road to discuss Yusuf K. Dawood’s award-winning medical thriller “Eye of the Storm.” Dawood’s exciting novel is about an extremely talented Nairobi surgeon who botches some of his operations, which is later attributed to his being a subconscious sociopath. After a heated debate as to whether the surgeon should be held responsible for his actions or not. Dr. Mike Kuria, the driving force of the club, rightly called the meeting “fun but also mentally stimulating.” During the next book club meeting, members will discuss a novella by Ng’ang’a Mbugua entitled Terrorists of the Aberdare. Mbugua’s novella will be the third book for discussion after Dawood’s novel and Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villians of Molo. Those interested in signing up to join the club should send an email to:

Library Update IOP Science Journals The Institute of Physics is a leading communicator of physics-related science to all audiences, from specialists through to government and the general public. IOP produces publications targeted at key stakeholders and the general public and IOP Publishing produces 60 journals, some titles are listed below: Journals in IOP

IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science

IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering

Inverse Problems

Visit the site for much more… Journal of Geophysics and Engineering •

Journal of Instrumentation

Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering

Journal of Neural Engineering

Journal of Optics

Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical

Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Advances in Natural Sciences: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology


Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

Biomedical Materials

Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics

Communications in Theoretical Physics

Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics

Computational Science & Discovery

EPL (Europhysics Letters)

Journal of Physics G: Nuclear and Particle Physics

Environmental Research Letters

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

European Journal of Physics

Journal of Physics: Conference Series

Fluid Dynamics Research

Notice from Financial Aid Office Students interested in applying for financial aid through work-study and scholarships are notified that application is currently ongoing. Application forms are available on the Daystar University website under ‘downloads’ on the home page. Applicants should download the form, print, fill in, submit in hard copy and sign in at the financial aid office in Athi River campus or Lancaster 1, Nairobi campus. (This is the form to be used for award of work-study and any other

Daystar University scholarships or financial aid. Postgraduate students however do not qualify for the work-study program). Previous applicants whether awarded or not must re-apply to be considered for the new academic year i.e. August 2012. Deadline for submission of applications is 31 January 2012. Late applications will not be considered. Queries can be addressed to the financial aid officer on

Weekly Inspiration “Vision is the ability to see above and beyond the majority.” (Dr. Munroe)

Chapel Diary Athi River Campus Date: 29th November 2011 FOCUS Chapel Date: 1st December 2011 Speaker: Rev. Mutinda Musyimi Topic: Prayer & Thanksgiving Chapel Date: 4th December 2011 Speaker: Rev. Steve Munga Topic: Amidst the Storm Nairobi Campus Date: 29th November 2011 FOCUS Chapel Date: 1st December 2011 Speaker: Rev. Jerry Makori Topic: Prayer & Thanksgiving Chapel

Sports Watch Daystar University has officially registered to participate in the 2011 Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA) games that will be held in Ruaraka from 16-21 December 2011. The university teams are preparing well for the games, and have been on a winning steak lately with the Mens’ Soccer team registering a 3-2 win against Africa Nazarene University, a 1-1 draw against Catholic University of East Africa, and 1-1 draw against Multimedia University in the leagues held last weekend at Kenyatta University. Transport for sports training is offered from Nairobi campus to Athi River campus on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 3:30pm.


Evening Chapel Date: 2nd December 2011 Speaker: Rev. Jerry Makori Topic: Enoch’s Walk

Mr. Solomon Nzyuko, a lecturer in the School of Human and Social Sciences recently lost his stepmother. Mr. Nzyuko’s stepmother was buried on Thursday 24 November 2011 in Machakos.

Mombasa Campus Date: 1st December 2011 FOCUS Chapel

Kindly let us keep him and his family in prayer.

eLearning at Daystar University  


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