KIU End of Year Staff Party, 2017
By Samuel Kamutungye
The end of year period is usually a very exciting time for many people across all walks of life. To some, it’s the time to add up age, to accomplish annual ambitions, to get over the ‘it didn’t-go-well year’ and to start anew with fresh resolutions. To others, it’s the time of joyfully completing tasks and milestones that were set at the beginning of the year. Jubilations in form of end-of-year parties usually characterize this period with get- together functions and annual general meetings to plan for the New Year ahead.
Kampala International University (KIU) is usually not left behind when it comes to bringing together her staff community to a joyful end of year party. This has now been adopted as part of the University culture that gathers staff from all the different sections to the same dining table; the administration, teaching, and non-teaching staff all congregate to celebrate the achievements of KIU in the ending year.
On December 20th, 2017 there was yet another end-of-year staff party at the graduation grounds fully attended by the KIU staff community. It was around 3:30 pm when the music started playing ‘catalyzing’ the ladies to refresh their make-up and the gents to re-polish their “Misonso” (Shoes).
Shortly after, the richly filled entertainment programme started with Dr. Tindi and Ms. Joan Owade, the MC’s of the day welcoming guests by dancing “Pakachini”(to the ground)!
The party was blessed to have the Guest of Honor as the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Mpezamihigo Mouhamad accompanied by his Deputies, the (DVCs): Academic Affairs, Finance and Administration and Research Innovation and Extension.
Music and entertainment from the most prominent talents from within the KIU community left the staff wanting more! Among others, was a great vocalist, Mr. Farouk Nganda whose performance prompted guests to get onto their feet.
It was then dinner time, a long awaited moment of the party. The ushers directed staff to various serving points that were flooded with not only tasty food but also plenty for everyone to have a double share.
The recognition of the best performing Directorates and individuals got everyone excited. The Directorates that were recognized and / or rewarded included Marketing, Estates, Admissions, Finance, Customer Relations, School of Law among others.
The cutting of the end of year cake was another highlight of the evening after which the social and dance hour was opened by the DVC-Finance and Administration, Dr. Busingye D. Janice. The Directors and College Principals showcased talent by challenging the younger staff members to prove that they still had stamina.
The function was officially closed by the Vice Chancellor at 10:00 pm. However, the partygoers danced and made merry until the wee hours of the morning.