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Samoa Campus Orientation: Semester 1 2020

New and returning students of the USP Alafua Campus were warmly welcomed with a traditional Samoan Ava Ceremony at the 2020 Semester 1 Orientation on Thursday, 6 February. In their welcoming remarks, the Acting Campus Director, Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki and the Acting Head of School for the School of Agriculture and Food Technology, Associate Professor Siaka Diarra, welcomed the new students to the Alafua family and emphasized the importance of the orientation programme. 

The Chief Guest, CEO and President of SSAB Group, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai addressed local and regional students with a very motivational speech, themed, ‘Be like David’. She recalled the story of David. “David the shepherd who would later become King of Israel. David who wasn’t the best looking boy and was tasked to look after his family’s sheep rather than serve in King Saul’s army. David the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons. David who slayed Goliath. David who was after God’s own heart. Yes! This David.” Tofilau Fiti highlighted the four characteristics of David that are very relevant to all university students. She advised the students to make use of opportunities, work hard, be close to God and have a good heart.

She shared her experiences of perseverance when she was a student pursuing Bachelor of Laws degree and later Master of Laws degree. “Remember God. Remember your parents and families, those who made sacrifices so you can be here. That should give you inspiration to work hard! Work hard like David, there’s no magic formula. Hard work pays off and you will succeed!” 

After the morning tea, a two hour information session was held to provide the students with all the necessary information to assist them transition to the university life. Topics covered included law and law enforcement in Samoa by officers of the Samoa Police; student health and wellness by Dr. Malofou Nuualofa Potoi who is one of the doctors at the Alafua Campus Medical Services; overview of student behavior and campus discipline by Dr. Sonny Lameta, the Chair of the Student Discipline Committee; overview of USP Student Association objectives and activities by Ms. Salvadios Toleafoa, the Secretary of the Alafua USPSA; and overviews of and the various campus academic and support services by the Heads of Sections, namely, Ms. Eirenei Mafi-Afoa, Accountant; Ms. Roberta Pesamino, Student Academic Services Administration Officer; Ms. Niseta Buatava, Student Learning Specialist; Ms. Shirley Devi, Librarian; and Mr. Lemamea Sia Matalavea, IT Manager. 

Further to the official welcoming programme, the new students also participated in workshops to familiarise themselves with the various learning tools and skills such Moodle, library resources, research skills, and time management.

A late orientation programme was also organized in Week 5 for the new late arrivals on the campus.           

"Make use of opportunities, work hard, be close to God and have a good heart." - SSAB CEO

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