byronThe new executives of the American University of Nigeria, AUN’s Student Government Association, SGA, were on Monday, April 25 sworn in to their respective offices at the Commencement Hall.

The new executives are Abdulrahman Bappullo, President, Yusuf Yusuf, Vice President, Akim John, Public Relations Officer, and Abacha Tahir, Treasurer.

Speaking at the event, the AUN Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Byron Bullock, who formally inaugurated the new administration, congratulated the new executives on their electoral victory and thanked the outgoing administration for the efforts it put in advancing the interests of the students.

“I’m so proud of my son, yes I have a son. I’m so proud of my son Basil [the immediate past SGA president] and his whole team for doing a wonderful job,” he said.

Margee EnsignThe American University of Nigeria, AUN, with support from the American Embassy in Abuja, on Thursday held a peace journalism workshop for students from select tertiary institutions in Adamawa State.

The AUN Grants Administrator, Audu Liman, kicked off the workshop; which was held in the university’s 24-Hour Room.

Speaking, Mr. Liman recounted the roles journalists have played in reporting wars in the past, saying the workshop was an avenue for the students to learn about peace journalism and ask pertinent questions.

“The idea here is to train students to promote peace through their writings,” he said.

Danielle

A faculty member at the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Ms Danielle Villasana, on Wednesday, April 20, presented a lecture to the students taking the course, Writing for the Mass Media, on how they can effectively pitch their stories to editors and make money.

Ms Villasana, an award-winning photojournalist, explained the concept of pitching and offered useful tips on effective pitching

“Pitching is your ability to sell a story.

“Editors are usually very busy, so to successfully pitch a story, your pitch must be as brief and attractive as possible,” she said.

She advised the students to spend quality time when writing their pitches and to always pitch their stories around 10:00 am on Tuesday mornings as that is the least busy time for editors.

chibok marchThe American University of Nigeria, AUN, on Thursday, April 14, observed a symbolic walk around the campus to commemorate the second anniversary of the abduction of over 200 girls by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group in Chibok, near Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria,

The AUN community walked with the 27 Chibok girls who escaped from the terrorists and were granted scholarships by the University.

The walk was aimed at showing the abducted girls, who are still missing, that they are not forgotten, and that their thoughts still remain fresh in the hearts of members of the AUN community.

AUN President, Dr. Margee Ensign, in her speech at the event, recalled the circumstances that led the University to take in the escaped Chibok girls two years ago.

“What happened is that one of our employee’s sisters escaped that night and she came to me and said we are a development university, asking what we were going to do about that.

japhetRenowned international public speaker, Mr. Japheth Joshua Omojuwa, on Wednesday, April 13, spoke at the third session of the Emerging Leaders Academy, ELA, of the American University of Nigeria, AUN.

The session, which held in the lobby of the AUN Hotel and Conference Center, kicked off with opening remarks from the AUN Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Mr. Byron Bullock, who also introduced the guest speaker.

Mr. Japheth Omojuwa, who is also a blogger, social media expert, socio-economic and political commentator, and CEO of Alpha Reach, spoke on the need to strive for new success each time an achievement is made. 

honorsocThe Honor Society, HS, of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola, on Friday, April 15, held an induction ceremony for its 23 new members at the auditorium of the Robert Pastor Library.

The inductees were admitted into the HS after attaining a Cumulative Grade Point Average, CGPA, of 3.5 out of 4, as well as passing a rigorous screening process.

The students, who went through the ritual of reciting the HS pledge, were presented with sashes and certificates.

At the event was AUN President, Dr. Margee Ensign, who congratulated the inductees on their achievement and encouraged them to use their intellects to impact society. 

hannaFaculty member in the Department of English Language and Literature, American University of Nigeria, AUN, Dr. Hannah Mugambi, on Wednesday, April 13, presented her first novel, “Wangari the Leopard Girl: A Fight for Freedom” to the AUN community.

The event took place at the Prof. Idorenyin Akpan Media Lab of the University as part of the School of Arts and Science, SAS, Seminar Series.

The novel is based on the writer’s personal experiences as a woman in Kenya, and it takes the reader through the life of Wangari, the central character of the novel.

Wangari grows up in a small town, which she leaves in pursuit of education never to return; armed with education, she travels the world, trying to build a career for herself.

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