DWU recognises alumni fashion designer

Divine Word University has recognised one of its graduates turned fashion designer for her creativity as well as service to society.

The University bestowed the Distinguished Alumnae of the Year Award for 2017 on Ms Annette Sete, the owner of Maku Gifts Shop and Lava Girl clothing pieces and jewelry.

The Award was presented on Monday 21st August, 2017 at the Madang Campus and coincided with the commemoration of the Alumni Day and DWU Foundation Day. Ms Sete who is a Bachelor of Communication Arts (Journalism) graduate in 200e is the first female and first graduate from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences to receive the award since it was launched in 2015. The previous awardees were both males and graduates from the Faculty of Business and Informatics.

Ms Sete was recognized for her outstanding achievements in her chosen career as an entrepreneur as well as her service to society.

Ms Sete was identified as creating employment for local people and engaging talented and potential people to share their skills and knowledge in craft market through her prominence and business.

She was also recognized for her service to society through her self-initiated “Katim na halivim pikinini” charity which raises funds to support specialist doctors from Australia and in PNG who operate on children born with birth defects.

Holy Spirit Sisters’ Provincial Superior and Chair of the Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee Sr Anna Damas in announcing the award said Ms Sete showcased what a graduate of Divine Word University should have.

She said whilst Ms Sete developed her business she had time to support minority groups such as children born with defects.

Sister Anna said she was a role model for graduates as well as current students of DWU as outstanding female alumnus.

Ms Sete’s role model mother Angela Bugatar accepted the Award on her behalf because she was attending a business forum meet in Australia the next day (Tuesday 22 August). She was on campus and attended the annual DWU Cultural Day on Saturday 19th August and the Mass the next day and pre-recorded her speech to accept the award on video before she departed for Australia on the Monday the award ceremony took place.

Ms Bugatar, a well-known woman leader in Madang and long-time community organizer and advocate for the rights of the underprivileged, especially women and children, was lost for words and could only say “thank you to Divine Word University for recognizing my daughter”.

Ms Sete in accepting her award said in a pre-recorded video shown during the award ceremony that she was “humbled and honored” by the University to recognize her work as a professional as well as a business person.

The fashion designer said that she did what she did not because she was forced to do it but because she was ‘in a position to help others.’

Divine Word University Council chair Archbishop Douglas Young SVD congratulated Ms Sete as well as other alumni who were living the university graduate attributes and contributing meaningfully to society and within their families.

He said Ms Sete was an example of what a Catholic University Graduate would demonstrate.

Archbishop Young said DWU was special because of its identity as a Catholic University as well as its autonomy.

He said that Ms Sete was creative with her PNG themed fashion clothing as well as jewelry.  

He said her creativity was an example of the DW University Charter which aims to produce ‘creative intellectual students.’

Ms Sete is the third recipient of the Award and the first female to have her name inscribed into the Immortal Wall of Alumni at the Madang Campus.

The DWU Distinguished Alumnae of the Year Award is given to former DWU students who have attained extraordinary feats in their chosen professional fields, in service to society, or by support to Divine Word University and serve as an example to all members of the DWU Community. The Award bestows recognition and appreciation on individuals, honors the legacy of the University, and instills pride in the DWU Community-at-large.

The DWU Alumni Day coincides with the DWU Foundation Day which embraces the founding of DWU on August 21st.