Divine Word University recognizes that our students are our prime resource within the university and that the development and care of students require specialist care. DWU is dedicated to the total development of students and to the provision of quality services and care to the students. The Student Affairs Division serves all students at each campus of the university.
|Sir Michael T. Somare Student Services Building.||Student Affairs Division 2015|
STUDENT AFFAIRS DIVISION
The Student Affairs Division is made up of three main sections;
1. The Vice President, student Affairs office and supported by the Executive Officer
• Mr. Samoa Mariko, the Executive Officer
2. Student Administration section headed by the Registrar, Mrs Cecilia N’Drower and supported by the following staff
• Ms Elvina Joseph, Assistant Administration Officer
• Ms Pamela Dubaba, Graduate Assistant
• Ms Miriam Sange, Graduate Assistant
• Mr Philip Luke, Student Database Officer
3. Student Services headed by Mr. Steven Namosa, the Director of Student Services. He is responsible for the following functions and staff
Deans of Students and their accommodation needs
• Mrs. Nanau Selve, Dean of Women, Main Campus
• Mr. Peter Morlin, Dean of Men, Main Campus
• Mr. Vitus Marcus, Dean of Modilon campus
• Ms Hildegard Sapun, Dean of Women Modilon campus
Student Health Services
• Sr. Robina Sange, Nurse
• Sr. Lalai Marme, Nurse
• Mr. George Kuias, Nurse
Student Dining Service
• Dining Supervisor
• Mr. Caspar Nime, Assistant Dining Hall Supervisor
Student Pastoral Care and Counseling services
• Fr. John Ryan, Chaplain
• Sr. Mary Anthida Kueckmann
• Fr. Peter Hunter, Part-time Male Counselor
• Br. Stanley Bakare, Part-time Male Counselor
Student Sports and Recreation
• Vacant- Student Sports and Recreation officer/Assistant Dean of Men
• The Director, Student Services is responsible for coordinating the Student Discipline Board
Student Transport and Services
• Ms Juliette Aitsi
The role of student affairs and services in the DWU is very important to the successful achievement of academic activities. The student affairs are an important service division in the function and life of DWU. The student affairs division is committed to enhancing the personal, educational, occupational, and professional developments of students at DWU. The university is more than an academic institution. It is a community where both academic and support staff and students work together for the advancement of the University and the benefit of the students and the wider community. Thus, anyone one living on the DWU campus whether working or studying is a member of the DWU community. We work as a community and share our talents, believes and expertise to learn from each other and live in harmony.
Student affairs and services professionals expect students to engage their institution and the learning process. This is done consistent with principles of academic and personal integrity, responsible behavior in a community setting, and the exercise of appropriate freedoms developed in the institutional framework which is part of our Core Values.
Higher education and student affairs and services, as integral partners in providing services and programs, must be student centered and include students as partners and responsible stakeholders in their education. Students have the right and responsibility to organize themselves to participate in governance and to pursue their personal and social interests. The function of student affairs is to provide support services to enhance and support them in pursuing their interest. At least we feel that this is our job to ensure that this happens.
Students as members of the DWU community are expected to behave in a manner acceptable to the believes and values of the community. This means that students in order to be worthy members of the community will strive to up hold the rules and regulations of the University and to help contribute to the development of the university and the country.
The above intentions are essential ingredients for the achievement of the DWU graduate attributes. Therefore, the students affairs division would ensure that the key objectives listed below are achieved through collaborative implementation of the divisional plan with the academic faculties and appropriate line divisions of the university.
As a support division to the academic life of the university, the student affairs division intends to:
• Promote students learning that enhances holistic development and foster the recognition and appreciation of diversity that exists among students
• Provide student services and facilities that encourage interpersonal engagement and stimulation of mental and physical health and wellness.
• Foster a university community that promotes the opportunities for students’ involvement through enhanced interpersonal and social and community engagement.
• Develop and expand efforts for effective marketing and promotion of DWU programs and the recruitment of students, retention and graduation.
• Work towards a unified and centralized student administration (selection, admission, enrollment and registration) of students in the undergraduate, postgraduate and flexible learning programs.
The Vice President SA oversees the operation of the division and is responsible to ensure that all aspects of student administration and student services are functioning and run smoothly according to its Operational Plan 2014-2016. The SAD Operational Plan is guided by the DWU Vision and Mission Statement, the DWU Second Decade Strategic Plan 2006-2016 and the 2011 External Audit Committee recommendations specific to the division.
God bless all our efforts and guide us to do a service for Him.
STUDENT AFFAIRS EXECUTIVE TEAM
|Student Database Officer
The Registrar is an important person within the university, linking the students’ responsibility in the academic programs and the pastoral care of the students in the DWU community. The Registrar is responsible for student enrolments through marketing of university programs and student recruitment, student selection and enrolment, and recording of student academic progress through to graduation. The Registrar is also responsible for official records of the university relating to student academic results. Registrar although located on Madang Campus , has the oversight of students affairs across University Campuses, Port Moresby, Wewak and Rabaul (Kokopo).
The Student Administration Office administers the affairs of the Division through the recording and filing of student enrolments and records, processing and responding to enquiries about student recruitment and enrolment, organization relating to graduation and post-graduation enquiries, and coordinating student fees and financial responsibilities.
The Student Services Division offers a range of services to broaden the spiritual, social and cultural experience of students within the University. Services are also offered to assist students with personal or health problems.
The University also emphasises the formation of students as possible future leaders of the country. Each year the student body elects their own leaders which form the Students Representative Council (SRC). The SRC works in conjunction with the University Administration in the management of the affairs of the students, discipline, and takes charge of events like Cultural Day.
The Student Services Building on the Madang Campus is named after the Rt. Hon Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare GCL, GCMG, CH, CF, K St J, the founding Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. It holds the offices of the SRC Executives, Director for Student Services, the Deans of Men and Women, and Counselling staff. These staff are involved in planning and coordinating the different services as well as working closely with the Student Representative Council (SRC).
The Student Service is a department of the Student Affairs Division and consists of a director, office manager/transport coordinator, residential deans, counselors, the clinic staff and drivers. Its core function is to provide the necessary support for student’s welfare at the university. Thus it is responsible for student’s accommodation, dining, sports, social and recreational activities, counseling and discipline. The department also works closely with the Student Representative Council (SRC), the academic faculties and the university administration in the delivery of student services and planned DWU calendar activities.
The SS department is the custodian of the DWU Student Discipline Policy and ensures that it is implemented fairly and appropriately. Furthermore, it also strives to uphold and promote the DWU Core Values of Integrity, Academic excellence, Community engagement/service, Respect, Diversity, Hospitality, Learning for life and Social responsibility amongst the students.
Most importantly at DWU students are regarded as members of the Divine Word Community rather than clients. Therefore, the role of the SS department is critical in developing a holistic person with sound moral and ethical values by ensuring that students’ physical, social and spiritual lives and experiences are enhanced.
Director For Student Services
The Director for Student Services coordinates the student services primarily on the Madang campus and ensures quality service and care for the students. The Director ensures a positive and safe environment for students and staff. The Director is also responsible ensuring the right conduct of student behavior and processes university discipline procedures. The university is very conscious of its duty-of-care responsibility to students and parents. The university also promotes a zero-tolerance of alcohol on campus in discipline matters.
The Student Services staff are ably assisted by a receptionist who serves as a point-of-contact for students and families.
Residential Deans and Assistant Dean for both female and male students serve the students in their activities and accommodation on campus. Their role is to be a mentor to the students, to take an interest in the progress of each student and being available to discuss any problems which arise. The Deans also supervise the operations of the residential accommodation and the maintenance of good order on campus in accordance with the university's disciplinary roles.
The DWU Health Clinic is a first point of call for students who are sick or injured. Located near the printery is housed in the new state of the art building. The clinic is open Monday to Friday. The Clinic is staffed by qualified nurses and health extension officers, and have resident doctors on call. If a student needs to go to be referred to the hospital, the nurse can follow up with the hospital on the student's behalf. Health related literature is available at the clinic. The health clinic services are free to students.
A Physiotherapy Clinic is also available to students and staff for those experiences aches and strains as a result of vigorous physical exercise.
The Sports and Recreation Officer is responsible for developing sporting and social programs for students as well as the facilities needed for them. The Sports Coordinator works closely with the Students Representative Council.
DWU is in the process of upgrading the sporting facilities available for students. Facilities include access on campus to all major sporting codes. Students also participate in town sporting competitions and are encouraged to display a disciplined approach to their sporting code.
Pastoral Care and Counselling
Divine Word University, Madang has the University Chaplain, Fr. John Ryan, SVD (Mobile: 71086464) Sister Mary Anthida Kueckmann, SSPS Holy Spirit (Mobile: 711336116) Br. Stan Bakere Marist, (Mobile: 71756654) and Fr. Peter Hunter, Anglican, (Mobile: 73943948) offering pastoral and counselling services, to students and staff.
Counselling services cover a wide range of situations, from drug and alcohol dependency or abuse, family problems, relationships, study, financial, personal, anger management, and just being there to listen.
Normal hours are from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. (Br. Stan works from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and Fr. Peter 1:30 pm to 5:00pm), Monday to Friday. However any of the above can be contacted on their mobiles at anytime. Fr. John office is next to the chapel, Sister Mary’s at the rear of the Students Service, Br. Stan has an office in the Marist House as well as sharing the Counsellor’s Office in the Students Service Center with Fr. Peter
Saturday Mornings Andrew Siapeka, (Mobile: 70366339), runs Addictions Anonymous from 8:30 am to 9:30am at the Student Service Conference Centre. Some of the above Counsellors are in attendance.
Remember God loves us all irrespective of who we are, what we are or where we come from.
Divine Word University here in Madang has always had a full time chaplain and a team to help take care of the spiritual Life of the students. DWU respects all the students and staff and hope that they will all attend their own churches around Madang. There is a Catholic chapel on Campus which has mass every day and during the week there are many fellowship meetings on campus. The chaplain is there to make everyone feel at home and be truly blessed during their years here. Every effort is made to encourage churches to work together. We hope that there will never be any student or staffs here who fail to take part in some Christian activities. We hope that if you come to DWU, you will be blessed because you came.
Throughout the year, social, sporting and cultural events are organised in collaboration with the Students' Representative Council. An annual highlight is the celebration of Foundation Day (21 August) and Cultural Day, in August, in which students celebrate their own culture and share aspects of their regional cultures with the other students and the community. There is a wide range of provincial and sports clubs and committees on campus in which students can pursue their intellectual, cultural and social interests.
In accordance with the residential accommodation offered to student is the provision of catering services through the Student Dining Hall. Meals are catered by a kitchen staff and provided on a regular basis to students. Students are encouraged to eat within the dining hall facilities as it promotes social awareness within the residential community.
STUDENT SERVICES TEAM
|Name||Position||Email Address||Telephone Number|
|Sr Mary Anthida Kueckmann||Student Counsellor (Female)
|Fr Peter Hunter||Student Counsellor (Male)
|Br Stanley Bakare||Student Counsellor (Male)
|Ms Belinda Montana||Supervisor Student Dining|
|Mr Ronald Oussken||Driver||(+675) 424 1825|
|Mr Joe Baug||Driver||(+675) 424 1825|
|Mr Joel Egari||Driver||(+675) 424 1825|
|Mr Hanson Bauti||Driver||(+675) 424 1825|