I love text messages but I am afraid the cell phone revolution is killing the art of emails. Yes, I call it an art with good reason. Emailing should be done with care and lots of attention. That doesn’t hold only for official emails but even for personal emails. Here are the ten commandments of emailing that we should never forget to remember when writing emails.
1. Thou shall always have a subject
You are writing an email- not a text message on your phone. Most people glance at the subject lines of unread emails and only open the ones that look interesting. If you forget the subject line, your email might never be read. Worse still, emails that have no subject line might easily be misconstrued for spam.
Students often struggle with accommodation the first time they join campus, Elizabeth Muchiri, an SPU alumni and PR intern at the PR& M department gives you the advice you need to find that ideal apartment or bedsitter.
Settling in your first apartment in college probably felt like the biggest achievement of the century. What with the feeling of finally being your own ‘boss’. But while it is exciting to venture out on your own for the first time; the responsibility that comes along with the new found freedom is an unwelcome anxiety in a student’s mind.
Approximately 30 percent of students who start their student life at the university hostels are moving out to live on their own. This can be attributed to several things including accommodation fees, peer influence and a general need for students to be on their own. While there are institutions which require all students to reside within the campus, at St. Paul’s University, boarding is optional for all students. This provides the much sought after chance by students and guardians to make the choice of where the students reside while they study here. Continue Reading
St Paul’s University recently hosted Africa’s first and foremost woman theologian, Prof. Mercy Amba Oduyoye among other distinguished female theologians. Prof Oduyoye who is from Ghana led a panel discussion organized by the faculty of theology staff research seminars in collaboration with the office of the Dean of students to discuss the methodology and aims of African Women Theology.
The Faculty of Theology at SPU in collaboration with Danmission, a Denmark based Christian organization successfully organised a one week workshop on Teaching methods. The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate the learning among the faculty for effective teaching and learning.
The conference took place at St. Paul University Main campus at the Soteria Women’s Conference centre from 16th to 21st June 2014. The conference attracted more than 20 delegates from St. Paul’s University, Presbyterian University (Kenya), Carlile College (Kenya), Makumira University (Tanzania) and SALT( Madagascar).
The workshop was facilitated by Mr Egon Hedegaard from Danmission, Denmark and Dr. Richard Seed of the Organization of African Instituted Churches, who is also working with Faculty of Theology, SPU on curriculum review.
The world we live in today is the result of more than 500 years of Western colonial expansion and imperial design. Broadly speaking, this gave birth to a world system characterized by unequal power relations between the North and South witnessed today in various spheres. These inequalities are realized through racial, class, gender, religious, pedagogical, linguistic, textual, aesthetic, ecological and epistemological power hierarchies.
The Post colonial church conference hosted by SPU from 28th to 30th May 2014 aimed to explore how we can conceptualize and practice Church and Society in general in these contexts. How can we read the Bible in a post colonial context? What should be our practice of mission in present day contexts? How should we face issues of ethnicity and conflict in a post colonial context? These are some of the questions addressed in the hugely successful meeting of academics from across the world that took place at the Post Graduate Centre Hall. The conference was officially opened by Dr. Sammy Githuku, Dean Faculty of Theology. The meeting brought together participants and institutions from different parts of the globe such as Kenya, USA, Germany, Botswana and India.
What comes to your mind when you hear the name Christopher Columbus? The obvious answer would be that he was the first man to sail across the whole world! However, he also proved that earth is not flat but round. When people found the diary of this great explorer and adventurer, they were so excited. They knew that through reading the diary, they would learn a lot. Conversely, reaching the middle of the diary, the story became boring… for a good number of pages, Christopher Columbus just wrote, “And we sailed on”. Next page, “And we sailed on. “Flap five pages ahead, “And we sailed on” and on and on.
One of our favorite writers is at it again. Nelson Karanja has simply never disappointed and his writing is superbly articulate, punchy and most of all humorous.
Enjoy our guest blog piece for this week.
There is this little story I read on cleanjokeoftheday.com and it cracked me up. I will paraphrase it for my use though.
A man got a lovely looking parrot as a Christmas gift. Beneath its beautiful exterior, the parrot had one serious flaw. Bad language! The man reckoned that his lovely parrot would swear for five minutes straight without repeating itself. This bird’s foul mouth was driving the man crazy. One day, he just couldn’t take it anymore. He grabbed the bird by the neck, shook him really hard, and yelled, “STOP THIS SWEARING NOW!” This only made the parrot mad and he started swearing even more! The man finally got fed up and said, “Enough of this!” and shut the bird up in a kitchen cabinet. This only served to aggravate the parrot who then began to claw and scratch the cabinet while he cursed even louder than before with a stream of swearing that would make even a sailor blush!
I find that more and more students are asking that I be their referee. I am afraid that what I say may not mean much if I do not know the person well and yet to recommend the applicant with reservations defeats the purpose for their putting my name down as one who can tell about them.
Unless for exceptional cases I can say very little about:
-Academic and /or professional achievements – as demonstrated by grades received, rank in class, positions held, and exceptional achievements, awards and distinctions.
-Academic potential – quality of analytical skills; ability to think critically, ability to apply skills and knowledge, judgment, originality, initiative, determination and ability to complete projects within an appropriate period of time, research contributions.
-Communication skills – as demonstrated by an ability to read, write and speak clearly in English; community involvement and other relevant extra-curricular activities. Continue Reading
One of our long serving expatriate lecturers is leaving SPU after 5 years of service. His colleague, Dr. Joseph Wandera pays him a tribute befitting a world changer. Jansen worked extensively in Eastleigh to bridge the gap between Christians and Muslims.
With its sewage flooded roads and dangerous reputation, Eastleigh may not be on top of most tourist lists. But there are some around the world who cannot just keep away. Such include Willem Jansen, a lecturer in the Faculty of Theology, who departs from SPU after five years of illustrious service.
This is a simple yet great message from Isabell Kinya, a first year BBA student to her fellow students as they begin a new semester.
Making a change in our lives and other people’s is the main reason why we are here in the first place. Becoming better people who are best placed to change the society means that we work hard, and become focused in the goal to realize our dreams. One thing is for sure, success is something we experience when we work hard and smart.
While in campus let’s network and make friends. I believe we are interdependent and none of us can claim to move forward without a helping hand at all points in their lives.
One very important thing that I have learnt is that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom, knowledge and understanding (proverbs 9:10) and therefore believe in God and do not lean on your own understanding.
Thank you St. Paul’s for giving us a chance to study.