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Ndejje University Staff open Alumni Chapter

The Ndejje University Staff Alumni has ushered in an interim executive to run the affairs of the newly inaugurated Ndejje Chapter Alumni Association.

Ndejje University Staff open Alumni ChapterThe interim executive committee comprising 12 members was elected yesterday during the first meeting convened in Namirembe, Kampala.

Dr. Milly Kwagala was elected Chairperson after garnering 30 votes against contenders Mathias Mugarura 10 and Okello Okuna 8 votes respectively as Tadeo Winyi went through unopposed for the vice presidency as well as Michael Mubiru for the publicity office.

The office of the General Secretary was hotly contested with Annabella Oroma taking the seat with 24 votes while Andrew Orach collected 20 votes. Rose Matovu took charge of the treasury with 26 votes as opposed to Nicholas Byuma’s 16 votes.

Eight staff alumni from each faculty were nominated to be representative on the executive committee. These included Mathias Mugarura (Social Science), Isma Bagaga (Business and Management), Paul Tiboti (Engineering), Henry Baguma (Arts), Lilian Namuyana (Environment), Claire Tinkamanyire (Education), Fred Barungi (IT) and Sharon Komuhangi (Graduate School).

The Ndejje University Alumni Desk Officer, Michael Mubiru disclosed plans to form several other chapters, in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and in all regions of Uganda.

Other programmes in the offing include organising a beach carnival in a bid to organise alumni to attend the alumni day at the university which will feature sports activities and other events. He also proposed an alumni entrepreneurship exhibition among others activities.

The meeting also discussed the challenges faced by the association and made several recommendations for the way forward.

The members called for creation of income generating activities that will sustain the operations and development of the association.

They emphasised the engagement of the association in corporate social responsibility through outreach programmes to support the communities, Ndejje University and other charitable causes.

Some expressed concern that the alumni office is not visible and located far from the campus. It should be close to academic registrar’s office in a bid to harmonise registration and update of alumni database.

The members urged the executive to vigorously embark on the campaign to extensively market the association through various platforms like social media, local and international conferences, community outreach and networking events to mobilise support towards the development of the association.

The meeting also offered a platform to Ndejje University pioneer staff, Florence Ntemedde, Annabella Oroma and Lawrence Erengu who saw it all as workers and later students.

The historicals made a presentation recounting the growth of the university from a humble beginning on November 5, 1992 to the present glory – dubbed ‘Down the memory Lane.’