Webster University Ghana Campus capped off a thrilling year with a couple of events amid finals preparations and the sturdy groundworks for spring 2020. Major highlights for the end of 2019 included a health talk, a football clash down between students and staff and the festive celebrations.
World Aids Day “know Your Status” Event
2019 year-end activities kicked off on November 30th in recognition of World AIDS DAY with the “KNOW YOUR STATUS” event by YFM, one of the largest youth radio stations in Ghana. This annual initiative, targeted at university students, was sponsored by the Ghana Campus and hosted on the university’s premises. The event brought resource persons from the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA), and a medical practitioner to campus for a half-day session on sexual health and reproductive wellness. In two phases, Webster students and other event attendees were taken through personal hygiene, safe sex practices, and youth-friendly services from health facilities as well as the role of young people in fighting stigmatization and bullying in cyberspaces.
Students Versus Staff Football Match
The much-anticipated students versus staff football match took place on December 13th. With the previous year’s game ending in a tie, the competitive spirit intensified as student and staff players were eager to give off their best and put the other team to shame. It was deemed by many as ‘youthful exuberance’ over strength. On the day of the sports event, students and staff made headways to the pitch, ready to cheer for the teams and after 90 minutes of a friendly clash, the student team emerged winners. The game was the perfect stress reliever to both students and staff and welcomed a well-deserved break on studying for finals week.
End-of-year Staff Meeting and Secret Santa Party
The semester concluded in holiday fashion with the end-of-year staff meeting and Secret Santa party joined by visiting faculty, Dr. Kathleen Walls and Dr. Yolanda Spies. After the usual monthly review, the festive season celebrations began with the Secret Santa lunch party, following holiday traditions. Members of staff got to exchange gifts while revealing the hidden identities of gift-givers over a hearty holiday buffet.
Amidst all the excitement, Dr. Walls and Dr. Spies were both honored for their astounding contributions to the year’s successes and received a befitting Ghanaian sendoff from the entire administration.
The year ended on a bright note with well wishes to and from students and staff, leaving all grateful for 2019 and ready for a more fruitful semester next year.