It was all excitement at the Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences, University of Calabar (UNICAL), last week as the faculty welcomed freshers.
There are four departments – Medical Laboratory Science, Public Health, Radiography and Nursing Science – that make up the faculty.
The orientation, which was held in the Medical Laboratory Science Room II, was attended by members of staff of the faculty, who were led by the sub-Dean, Dr Olaide Edet, who represented the Dean, Prof Anne Asuquo. Others were Faculty Officer, head of department of Nursing Science, Dr Essien Umoh, and his Public Health counterpart, who was represented by Dr Bendin Ekpeyong.
In her address, Prof Asuquo congratulated the new students for scaling through admission hurdles, which she described as strict. She urged the freshers to be studious, saying their stories of success depended on their seriousness. She told them to desist from acts that were capable of jeopardising their academic pursuits.
Asuquo harped on excellence in learning and in character, stressing that the institution only awarded certificates in the two virtues, saying anyone found wanting in character would not be issued the university’s certificate.
Telling the freshmen about the activities of the Nursing department, Dr Umoh advised them to participate in all academic exercises of the department, adding that punctuality to lecturers and practical classes were part of requirements that qualified students to write examination. She emphasised 75 per cent attendance of lectures.
Dr Ekpenyong of the department of Public Health advised the freshers to work closely with lecturers, saying anyone who failed to do so had started planning to fail. She advised them to read other relevant literature on their courses, stating that no single textbook could claim knowledge in all fields.
The president of the faculty association, Umoh Usenobong, stressed the need for the improvement of relationship between lecturers and students. In his speech, he urged the freshers to always show respect towards lecturers and advised them never to allow extracurricular activities derail their purpose of being in the university.
Bassey Effiong, one of the freshers, said the orientation was an eye opener to the realities of campus life. He added that his knowledge about the university and its activities had been increased.
Another student in Nursing department, Esther Umoh, said she would put everything she learned in the orientation to practice to graduate on top of her class.
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