2017 Homecoming: President Dekle Hosts Alumni to Speed Networking Reception

On November 11, President Dekle hosted alums to a speed networking reception.  This event, which brought the alumni members together, was one of the activities planned for the 2017 Homecoming.

It was held at Jabbama Restaurant of AUN Hotel.

Holding her glass filled with a welcome drink, Dr. Dekle told the alums about networking.

“When you are invited to a networking event, it is an opportunity to professionally network with other people that you know and you don’t know.”

Whether it is reconnecting with old friends or connecting with new people, she told the alumni members that such interactions will help them professionally.

“Obviously you want to touch base with some people in mind and ask about the kids, those kinds of things…  But you want to meet three to five new people.  You want to get their contacts, business cards.”

At the event, she facilitated a speed networking session where each alumni member had two minutes to talk to another and make new friends.

Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students Affairs, Byron Bullock said the university appreciates alumni support to their Alma Mater.

“I’m glad that you all are starting to come back. And you are starting to remember we are still here continuing to do wonderful things as a university…  Your continuing support of us is important for us as a university.”

A highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates of appreciation from the alumni association to pioneer faculty, including some who had resigned but returned to the university.  They include Prof. Muhammadou Kah, Assoc Prof Ago Quaye, Prof. Gado Alzouma, Assoc Prof. Mathias Fonkam,  Asst Prof. Jean-Marcel Fokam, Asst Prof. Bill Hansen, Assoc Prof. Jainaba Kah, and Instr. Chioma Anadozie.

Interim President of the Alumni Association, Ifeatu Uzodinma, said the association deems it necessary to appreciate their effort because they believed in the vision of the Founder.

The networking met and surpassed the expectation of some of the alums who spoke to us.

Kingsley Jima said he was able to meet many previous graduates of AUN.

Siddiki Hamadou, a graduate of ICP said he finds the networking a unique opportunity to connect.

Dotun Ogundare said the speed networking session was mind-blowing.  “This is the most stimulating interaction I have ever had.”

Emeka Osigwe, who graduated in 2012 and works with the Yola Electric Distribution Company as the IT Systems analyst, said the four years at AUN prepared him for his journey to greatness.  He found the networking reception very exciting.

Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa

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