Professors Ferdinand Che and Ifeatu Uzodinma, both of SBE were the guest speakers at the Honor Society retreat held on Saturday, September 9.
Mr. Uzodinma, an instructor of Finance, who said he was impressed with the organization and conduct of members of the Society, encouraged members to work together with the new executive committee to advance the organization.
The theme for the retreat was "Balancing academic excellence with community impact."
The instructor, who is also an AUN alumnus and former President of AUN Honor Society, pointed out the significance of their participation in community service, describing it as the “legacy” they leave behind after they have received their degrees. Upon graduating, he went to the UK for his Master’s degree and returned to AUN to teach, adding another Master’s degree. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
He noted that while their involvement in community service and projects is a rewarding experience, they should ensure that it is done in moderation.
He maintained that to balance their academic excellence with community involvements, HS members need to be able to prioritize what to do, plan ahead, as well as manage their time well.
For every course, not all professors are the same. This is why Mr. Uzodinma advised the students to understand their instructors and the requirements for each of their courses
On his part, Dr. Che said in order for HS members to balance academic excellence with community work, they have to be effective and efficient. Time management stands out to be an important factor, while giving a technique that can help the students to manage their time.
This technique helps to ascertain what is important and urgent and address it right away while giving more time to plan for what is important but not urgent.
Both speakers received certificates of appreciation from the HS President, Reuben Ikape, and one of the Advisors, Professor Obioma Uche of the Petroleum Chemistry program.
The Society members are high-achieving students who task themselves by organizing extra tutorials for academically weaker peers. They also raise funds to provide scholarships to cater for needy students from the University’s host community.
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa