Alumnae Park honours work of graduates

The Divine Word University “Alumnae Park” is dedicated to acknowledging the great contributions DWU graduates make to change Papua New Guinea for the better.

President of DWU Fr Jan Czuba said graduates are capable of doing great things for their country and the Park stands as a reminder of their achievements.

“Graduates of this University, it is our breathtaking opportunity to be able to change the paradigm and to advance.

“Thus, we have the park dedicated to you DWU Graduates and within it the Immortal Wall for future generations to see,” said Fr Czuba during the opening on Monday7th December.

The “Immortal Wall” is a place to inscribe the name of an alumnae member who does great things in the society and is awarded the “DWU Alumnae of the Year”.

Fr Czuba called on the graduates be creative and find solutions to the myriad of challenges PNG faces.

He challenged them not to be content with the status quo and dogma, but be different and original and come up with solutions that were tangible for the country.

“Do not make the future pay the debts of the past.”

“You may or may not to be blame for what happens to you or the country, but either way you are responsible for doing something about it,” Fr Czuba said.

“Your time is limited, so do not waste it living someone else’s life.

“Hence, do not be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Do not let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

“As they are within you and they know what you truly want to become. Listen to that little voice inside your head and heart, about what matters to you.”

He told the alumnae members, some of whom were present for the occasion, that the University is keen on continuing to engage with them and installed the Immortal Wall in the Park to record their exceptional contributions to society.

“I believe in you and I know that you can change PNG to be a better place to live. Hence, let your achievements be recorded and engraved for ever on the Alumnae Immortal Wall.”  

The President thus declared that each year the achievements of the alumnae will be celebrated on Alumnae Day on 21st August, which is also Foundation Day of the University.

“I would like to make formal declaration that each year during the DWU Foundation Day we will have DWU Alumnae Day and each year DWU’s Alumnae will receive the Alumnae Award of the Year and her or his name will be carved forever on the Immortal Wall of Alumnae, Fr Czuba declared.

The Park was blessed by the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Madang Most Reverend Stephen Reichert OFM Cap and jointly opened by Her Excellency Regina Jurkowska of the Republic of Poland Consul General in Sydney, Australia and Acting Australia High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Her Excellency Bronte Moules.

The Immortal Wall of Alumnae within the Park was unveiled by longest serving DWU Council Members and former governor of Madang Sir Peter Barter.

Sir Peter also declared Mr John Taka, a 2011 Bachelor of Business Accounting graduate as the 2015 Alumnae of the Year and also had his name unveil on the Immortal Wall of Alumnae.

Mr Taka was recognised for his self-less work in stating up a rural community self-help group called Seeds of Hope to help people become self-reliant in his rural Mul District of Western Highlands Province.

In receiving the recognition, Mr Taka acknowledged the profound influence the education in DWU had on his life and worldview, particularly the emphasis the University places on “ethics” and ethical conduct at all times.