Maths/Statistics Holds End of Year Party

By Sam Kpenu

It was celebration galore at the Department of Mathematics/Statistics as staff and students converged at the Faculty of Science Common Room to pay a glowing tribute to God and to end 2021 on a pleasant note.

The occasion was also used to fete a senior Academic in the Department, Dr Joy Olisa who has officially bowed out from the Services of the University.

Speaking at the occasion, the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Eka Essien commended the Maths/Stats Department for the unity of purpose which she said was like a conveyor belt that has transformed the Department into what it is today.

The Dean said: "I am very pleased with the level of unity and cooperation I am seeing amongst staff and students of the Department and I want you to sustain the tempo so you will continue to be the pride of the Faculty." She expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Department for the organisation of the end of year get-together and for honouring Dr Joy Olisa who was very committed in her services to the University. She urged younger colleagues to continue to work for the growth of the Department and University as joint stakeholders.

Speaking on the topic, "Price of Mentorship," Professor Mary Iwundu described mentorship as a relationship between two people where the individual with more experience, knowledge and connections is able to pass along what she or he has learned to a more junior individual within a certain field.

According to her, "mentoring relationship should be based on trust, confidentiality, mutual respect and sensitivity. The relationship should be based on agreed boundaries and  Guests after the event ground rules that address the power of differentials between the mentor and mentee." She concluded by urging mentees to always remember that mentors carry out the responsibilities from their own goodness, adding that being a good mentee was the panacea to ensure good and lasting relationships.

Also speaking, a former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Ethelbert Nduka who also harped on mentoring and mentee relationship, noted that for the relationship to flourish it must be seen as a joint venture that requires both parties to actively attend to its care and feeding.

Professor Nduka said "Three 'As' in mentor and mentee relationship are ability, aptitude and attitude which correspond to the three stages of life which are learning, working and exiting."

The occasion which had in attendance the Heads of the Department of Mathematic/Statistics and Computer Science, Drs Iberedem !wok and Friday Onuodu, was also used to shower encomiums and presentation of gifts to Dr Joy Olisa. 

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