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Voice Monthly, October 2013 Keeping you updated!

Editor’s Note When our graduation was interrupted by the security scare and the media was awash with the news of cancellation a friend encouraged me that there is nothing like bad publicity. True to this I got tens of calls from media houses and stakeholders who wanted to find out what was happening. Eventually the graduation ceremony was covered by almost all media houses I know. The good part is that we were able to correct the narrative when we resumed transmission. All in all the department appreciates the support of all who retweeted and shared our statement and helped in one way or another in publicizing the graduation ceremony. We present to you this month’s newsletter as we showcase different activities happening within the University. Remember you can share what you and your department is doing by sending it to pro@spu.ac.ke Enjoy the read. Antony Kagiri PR & Marketing Officer

Prof. Kaimenyi plants a tree before presiding over the graduation

In this Issue: 22nd Graduation Ceremony.....................#3 PR & Marketing Thanksgiving service.......#2 Rev. Dr. Mutei gradautes with PHD..........#3 Geoffrey Barasa refs at rollball World cup #3 Kennedy weds Hellen..............................#4 SPU GYM Open........................................#4 Open Lecture with Chris chivers...............#5 Take 9: Michael Mungai...........................#6


22nd Graduation ceremony The 22nd graduation ceremony that was held on 4th October 2013 was a great success. To the University sta who worked tirelessly to make it a success, we say kudos to you. We agree that the security oďŹƒce together with the police did a commendable job on the day to contain the crowd and bring back normalcy after the security scare. To the 2013 graduates we wish them all the very best in life!

The Chief Guest, Prof. Kaimenyi gives his speech during the graduation

The Chancellor, Dr. Kobia addresses the graduands

The joy of graduating


The PR & Marketing dpt. thanksgiving services The PR & Marketing team took time to appreciate the university community for the support that has been given to them in their marketing expeditions. They have celebrated across all campuses to pass a message that the support given is never taken for granted.

The DVC AA Prof. Mombo cuts the cake during the ceremony at Limuru campus

Everybody got a cupcake

The campus coordinator, Petronilla Otuya cuts the cake during the thanksgiving service at machakos campus.

The VC cuts the cake at the thanksgiving service at the Nairobi campus


Rev.Dr. Mutei Graduates with a PhD in Religious Studies

Rev. Dr. Mutei (lecturer in the Faculty of Theology) graduated from Catholic University of Eastern Africa with a PhD in religious studies. We congratulate Dr. Mutei and wish him the best in his future academic journey

Georey Barasa referees at the Rollball World Cup Many of us may not understand what roll ball is all about, even us we had to consult Wikipedia and it is described as a game played by 12 players on skates and a player must dribble the ball while carrying it. This game can be played on Ice Skating rink as well. The roll ball world cup came to Kenya for the first time and one of our very own; the games tutor Mr. Geoffrey Barasa was one of the referees. He plans to introduce the game at SPU real soon!

Barasa with his fellow referees

Photo Moment


What has marketing been up to?

The SPU Stand at the Nairobi ASK trade fair

The Nakuru campus up and about marketing in nakuru town

Wedding Bells

We celebrated the wedding of Kennedy Waweru and Hellen Njoki and we wish them all of God’s blessings in their union.


Slimpossible! SPU Gym now open

You have always dreamt of getting yourself that gym membership, but haven’t really gotten around to it now is the time. The gym at the student center will be open for both staff and student. More information on logistics will be availed through the sports department.

Open Lecture with Chris Chivers Beyond samosas and cucumber sandwiches: Inter religious living in a Northern English town Open lecture with chris chivers Date: Tuesday, 15th October 2013 Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 Time: 9-10 am, 11- 12.00 Class: Missiology (Contemporary issues in mission studies) Abstract When an Anglican priest was asked to go and model inter religious living in Blackburn in Lancashire, he didn't know that just days later the London bombings (7/7) would change the landscape of his community and country. Employing a Muslim on the staff of the cathedral - a world first - he founded a grassroots agency called exChange which aimed to penetrate the depth of issues that came to the surface in a community which had become forty percent Muslim since workers migrated from the Indian subcontinent early in the twentieth century as textile workers for Lancashire's mills. At one point it saw a Muslim woman heading an educational project about a Jewish girl in an Anglican Cathedral. Life was never quite the same thereafter. About the presenter: CHRIS CHIVERS is an Anglican priest who has worked in Cape Town and Blackburn Cathedrals, Westminster Abbey and several North London parishes. A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge universities, he is a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radio, and a writer for British and South African newspapers. He trained as a musician, is a published composer, poet and author, and the Chair of US (the mission agency USPG which is the sister agency to CMS, which is better known in Kenya and connected to St. Paul's University). He is married with three sons and supports Blackburn Rovers. The lecture is organized courtesy of the Centre for Christian Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE), a project of SPU


Take 9: Michael Mungai In this issue, we talk to Michael Mungai, a long serving member of the PR & marketing department. Enjoy his light side. Q: Tell us about your background and family Michael the explorer I am a third born in a family of four. Born and brought up in Uplands Town in Lari Division which happens to be one of the coldest known places in Kenya. . Q: What do you do for leisure? I like listening to Music and watching football. I am a ‘Gunner’ for those who know the language of football. I consider myself an adventurous person and so love to travel a lot. Q: How is it working at the PR and Marketing office? PR and marketing has an aspect that helps me to enhance my social life. I interact with people a lot and in the process I end up making friends. I don’t imagine how I would work in a back office so to say (an enclosed one). We can only say, watu Q: What is the one thing we do not know hutoka mbali! about Michael? I like watching international football so much but not local ones. Q: What or who inspires you? For those who did “A Man of the people by Chinua Achebe, Remember Character Chief Nanga and Odili! Am inspired by the way they handled politics. Politics is part of our day to day life and sometimes wish that all politicians are like Odili. Q: What is your guiding pillar in life? Act in good Faith, Integrity and Honesty. Q: What was the craziest thing you did while in Primary school? Ooh my…..beating my desk mate just because she was a lady and I could not tolerate sitting next to a lady. I was beaten thoroughly in a parade and suspended for a week. What? You beat up someone? No words. Q: Fashion statement? I like attire that will give the image of who I am; official most of the times but I feel at ease while dressed casually. Q: Do you have a favorite food? My favorite food is Chapati and pancakes, can eat them any day Get set... any time.

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