Final year Bachelor of Communications Arts student Miss Pamela Barara presenting her research work at the Liklik Maror Research Symposium.
Last Friday (25 September, 2020), a faculty in Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang hosted its annual symposium with a difference.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) presented its research symposium called “Maror” to a national and global audience using the live streaming technology on Facebook. This was the first time a symposium in DWU was presented online via the streaming technology on Facebook.
The faculty hosted the “Liklik Maror Research Symposium” as an abbreviated version of its usual on-campus event that used to attracts participants, both internal and external from the university, congregating in a selected venue. (The use of the Tok Pisin word “liklik” for “small” denotes the abbreviated symposium).
The condensed symposium was hosted in the Sir Peter Barter Auditorium with a pre-selected small audience in attendance. Members of the audience included the Deputy of President of DWU Professor Fr Philip Gibbs SVD, Vice President Academic and Acting Vice President Research and Higher degrees Professor Pamela Norman, Dean of the FASS Associate Professor Dr Sister Miriam Dlugosz SSpS and University Chaplain Fr Elias Aiyako SVD.
The Faculty used the live stream technology in response to an earlier call by Professor Gibbs who urged faculties to find alternative means using available technology to deliver symposia and presentations of projects by students and faculty. Prof Gibbs offered the advise when faculties and their departments opted to cancel the symposiums and project presentations due to the threats posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. Prof Gibbs, who is also the incoming President of DWU (as of 1st January 2021) urged the faculties to “imagine” and come up with alternative ways to present their symposia as they “are an integral part of our learning at DWU”.
“In my view the situation with COVID-19 along with restrictions calls for us to imagine alternative ways of doing things,” Prof Gibbs said to the DWU the Community.
The condensed Maror symposium had nine top undergraduate student researchers from three of the four departments in the faculty presenting their research work and findings. Members of faculty and external presenters did not participate as they used to in the past. The FASS faculty staff were instead facilitators and chairpersons of each of the three segments of presentations.
The first session of the symposium was under the theme “Contemporary cultural influences” and it was chaired by Mrs Alison Sariman Kintau from the Communication Arts Department and three students presented under this theme.
Miss Pamela Barara was the first presenter who spoke on her research titled “The Impacts of Social Media on the Social Lifestyles of female students at Divine Word University”.
The second presenter was Mr Ezekiel Harold who shared his research titled “Impacts of urbanization on the understanding and usage of local vernacular by mixed parentage Divine Word University students residing in Port Moresby”.
The final presenter in this session was Miss Jessica Oata who spoke on her research topic “Factors affecting students’ academic performance post-conflict in Bougainville: A case study in Bishop Wade Secondary School and Hutjena Secondary School”.
The second session was on the theme “Conflict and disciplinary approaches” and was chaired by Mr Bernard Yegiora. The first presenter under this theme was Miss Shonnie Puteuha who presented her research titled “Traditional disciplinary approaches on parenting and behaviourial issues: A case study on employed and stay-home parents residing in Boroko, Port Moresby”.
The second presenter under this theme was Miss Micahleen McKenia who presented her research titled “Ethnic mobilization in conflics: A perspective of secondary schools in Madang Urban”.
The third presenter was Mr Jason Rarin who spoke on his research titled “People’s perception on weapons disposal and its impacts on the lives of Haku people in Bougainville”.
The final session was under the theme “Women, politics and pregnancy issues” and it was chaired by Ms Leonie Baptiste who is also the research coordinator for the Faculty.
The first presenter under this theme was Mr Bradley Asa who spoke on his research titled “Women’s attitude toward women candidates contesting the national elections: A perspective study of female registered voters of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea during the 2017 National Election”.
The second presenter was Mr Francis Peli who presented his research “The perceptions of the people of Vanimo West Coast regarding female candidates’ participation in elections in Vanimo-Green River district”.
The final presenter was Miss Triola Pula who spoke the research topic “The perceptions of students and lecturers on pregnancy and its impacts on the lives and studies of female students in Divine Word University, Madang Province”.
At the end of the symposium, three students were awarded as “best presenters” from the three departments that were represented. They are Miss Shonnie Puteuha (Department of PNG Studies and International Relations), Miss Triola Pula (Department of Social and Religious Studies) and Miss Pamela Barara (Department of Communication Arts).
Ms Baptiste in her feedback to the DWU community reported that the live streaming of the Maror symposium had audiences and feedback or comments from all over PNG and overseas including Poland and Japan. Meantime, other faculties and their departments are expected to follow suit in using technology to do their research and project presentations in the coming days.
The DWU’s annual Missioning Ceremony for final year undergraduate students is expected to be beamed to the nation and the world using the live streaming technology on Facebook on Friday 30 October 2020.
Article by Dr Kevin Pamba. Photos by Professor Fr Philip Gibbs SVD and CA students