Not a dinner for just two, but for two from each of the four undergraduate schools. The Student Government Association (SGA) organized the dinner for eight students who were dubbed "most improved" in Spring 2017 semester, along with their schools' deans.
The students were struggling academically but have been encouraged and motivated to achieve higher grades. So, celebrating their achievement was a morale booster.
This gesture rewards efforts, not outcomes, said SGA President, Idris Mamman, who added that it is what matters. “They have put in their best, and we are encouraging others to put in their best as well.”
Advising the successful students, VP of Student & Academic Services, Byron Bullock, said they should know that success in life is determined by the road passed to achieve it. “I’m proud of you. I want you to know that there is no aspiration you cannot achieve.”
SGA Director Academics, Ms. Fatima Jauro, said the Academic Advising Office helped in determining these students for the award. The students are those with CGPA of between 2.0 and 2.69. “The dinner is an effort to celebrate students with fewer opportunities than their peers.”
It was indeed a sumptuous meal, held at the Jabbama Restaurant of AUN Hotel. In addition to the delicious meal, President Dekle provided a cake as a present to the achieving students. The evening had the deans encourage the students.
Dean of SAS, Dr. Patrick Fay, urged them to participate in extracurricular activities. “That’s what prepares you for life.”
Prof Samuel Akanno, who was representing the Dean of SBE, said participating in activities out of class will enhance their productivity. “It is not so much about how quickly but how well it is done. As you pass through the university, let the university pass through you.”
Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Hussaini, who represented the Dean of SITC, reminded the students of the flexibility in course offering provided by the American style of education at AUN. He said the students have the opportunity to change their major to what truly interests them at any point.
Dean Oladejo Olowu of the School of Law said it is a misconception that only the talented succeed. Recognizing that the students being honored were struggling before now, he said their achievement is a testimony to what determination can achieve. He reminded them that their current level of accomplishment is not the ultimate as there would be more challenges in the future.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa