Strathmore University celebrated its Founder through a week-long series of events that ran from 2nd to 6th October, 2017, commemorating the life of Saint Josemaría Escriva. Several activities were lined up for the week that engaged both staff members and students.
St. Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer y Albás (9 January 1902 – 26 June 1975) was a Roman Catholic priest from Spain who initiated Opus Dei, an organization of laypeople and priests dedicated to the teaching that everyone is called to holiness by God and that ordinary life can result in sanctity. St. Josemaría’s initiatives promoted by Opus Dei, such as Strathmore University, are characterized by the presence of faithful Opus Dei, who together with ordinary citizens, undertake secular, lay activities, in accordance with the law of the land, based on professional work, and always imbued with a Christian spirit.
To kick start the founders celebrations, support staff that include housekeeping, catering and security departments, were treated to high tea events which ran for two days. The staff members were taken through the teachings of St. Josemaría as they shared a meal together.
Student activities, which ran for 3 days, involved Karaoke events that took place in the evenings of both Wednesday and Thursday and a football tournament that took place on Friday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, students gathered at the auditorium to listen to Professor David Sperling, who recounted the memories he shared with St. Josemaría as he was tasked with the role of starting a college in Kenya. In his speech, Prof. Sperling emphasised on the importance of living a virtuous and dedicated life to the service of God, stating the joys and perks that came with beginning the first multinational college in 1961. Students were then engaged in an evening of mingling and networking through cocktails.
The Thursday afternoon session was set aside for the awarding of prizes to students who participated in the Founders Day Photography Competition. The Chief Guest at the event was renowned photographer Victor Peace, who is an alumnus of Strathmore University Bachelor of Business Information Technology class. Victor, narrated stories of his first episodes as a photographer, while still a student, encouraging students to explore avenues that nurture personal growth, whether within their line of study or outside of it. Several students were awarded for depicting great shots using this year’s Founders Day theme; The Greatness of Ordinary life. The first and second winners were prized with a set of Tecno Spark phones courtesy of the award ceremony sponsors Tecno Mobile. Other participants received gifts that included headphones, selfie sticks, thermal bottles and much more. The students’ event culminated with a movie night that was held at the university graduation square.
To conclude the Founder’s Day celebration, administrative staff and faculty members interacted with Mr. Silvano Borruso, whom together with Prof. Sperling began the Strathmore College in Kenya on Friday afternoon. In his usual eloquence, Mr. Borusso re-visited the events before the establishment of the university and the role St. Josemaría played towards its establishment. Staff members were then treated to an evening session of dining and wining.
Founder’s Day week is set aside for the purpose of creating awareness of how Strathmore University began. It is an annual event that began in 2016.