The parents of the students admitted in the August 2015 intake were warmly welcomed to the University on 10th August, 2015, during tea reception held at the Amphitheater, Athi River Campus. Senior university officials including the University Vice- chancellor Dr. Timothy Wachira, Deputy Vice-chancellor Academic Affairs Rev. Prof. James Kombo, Deputy Vice-chancellor Finance & Administration Mr. Jomo Gatundu, Chairperson Daystar Parents Association (DUPA) Mrs. Dorothy Ng’ethe, Deans of Schools, Managers and Heads of departments were present to welcome the new parents.
The Vice Chancellor gave a brief history of the University saying that it began in 1974 as a center for communication and was later given a Charter in 1994. He also said the University is a Christ-centered institution hence there are things that cannot be compromised such as adhering to the university code of conduct and chapel attendance among others. He further told the parents that the University is keen on offering quality education, thus the Quality Assurance arm of the institution ensures that all the programs offered in Daystar University are within the required standard.
As she welcomed the new parents to DUPA, Mrs. Dorothy Ng’ethe highlighted the need for parent to follow up on their children, because many are times when young adults do things without their parents’ knowledge. She called on the parents to partner with the university in educating their children. “Visit the university to know how your children are performing, what they are doing and where they are living,” she said. The DVC Academic Affairs Rev. Prof. James Kombo said responsibility to our children does not come to an end. “Parenthood is a responsibility which cannot be delegate,” he said. He further said the need for character formation in children is important, and assured the parents that Daystar University is keen on molding the character of every student.
He however encouraged the parents to engage with the university for the purpose of knowing how their children’s are faring on. The University Chaplain Rev. Steven Nduto thanked the new parents for choosing Daystar University. Reading from Proverbs 22:6, Rev. Nduto emphasized that parents need to train their children in the way of the Lord. “Parenting is never easy,” he said. The event ended with a question and answer session, facilitated by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs Dr. Peterson Mwangi. The DUPA tea reception is an event held at the beginning of every semester, with the purpose of welcoming the new parents to the Daystar University Parents Association (DUPA), and introducing the senior university officials to the parents. It also provides a forum where the new parents can ask pertinent questions pertaining to their children’s stay at Daystar University.