An Intro-to-student-life' was held for spring 2017 intakes on January 23. VP Residence Life and Dean of Students Byron Bullock introduced staff members of the Student Affairs department, including staff members who coordinate students’ activities, and work in the career development and residence life units, as well as coordinators of athletics and recreation.
Bullock also introduced workers in academic advising and counseling services, the community services offices, the clinic, housing assignment and ID card services, and immigration and Visa services, as well as handlers of orientation and registration.
Dean Bullock pointed out that students spend about 70 percent of their time outside the classroom. In AUN, he continued, the students’ out-of-class experience is just as important as class work. He said that AUN is unique because the Student Affairs department develops students to be able to adapt to the real world. “We have all these offices and people and places to help you so that you don’t have to go back to live with your parents.”
The Dean explained the roles of units like the Career Office. He said that prior to the yearly career fair in Abuja/Lagos, the office prepares students to be able to interact with potential employers. “When you graduate, you want to get a job. Some of you want to get internships. You will learn how to write a resume, CV, prepare for interview, and dress for success.”
Bullock described the residence halls as live-in learning environments. “We train and develop people in that space to create a live-in learning environment because we want you to continue your learning experience in those spaces. We have Residence Life staff members and Resident Assistants. They make sure you have a good living experience at your residence halls.”
By Omorogbe Omorogiuwa