Chairing today’s session is the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Idowu Olayinka, FAS. He highlighted the school grading system, emphasizing that 40% of total obtainable score is from continuous assessment while the remaining 60% is from the examinations. He thereby encouraged the new students to be committed to their academics.
The first paper for the day was presented by the third female Registrar, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi. Her presentation, titled Roles of Torch Bearers and University of Ibadan Legacy explained that a torch bearer is a problem solver, leader and person of positive influence. She further affirmed the distinction of the school in academic excellence, high moral values, sound judgement and solid reputation. She stated that the school has about 231,000 alumni and emphasized the privilege of being part of the the University of Ibadan.
The Director of Health Services, Dr Olufemi Akingbola gave his presentation on Healthy Lifestyle for Academic Excellence. He opened by mentioning that the clinic is named Jaja Clinic because it is situated in Jaja Avenue. He went further to admonish his listeners on how to live healthily. According to him, healthy living is determined by four wheels: healthy living, economic status, genetic makeup and most importantly, lifestyle. Emphasizing the importance of breakfast, Dr Akingbola said “If you want to do 0-0-1, start with 1-0-0”. He concluded by advising against doing drugs, smoking, alcohol, and by emphasizing the reality of HIV/AIDS.
The Deputy Registrar (Academics), Dr. Ikeoluwapo Moody equally presented the paper which was tagged Timeless Truth for Academic Excellence. She made the new students understand that the admission status has conferred freedom on them, but more importantly, the freedom has come with expectations. Towards attaining academic excellence, she encouraged the students to have hunger for excellence, set smart goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result-oriented and Time bound. Conclusively, she mentioned Determination, Dedication, Discipline and Diligence, as essential towards attaining academic excellence.
The last paper presentation was by Professor Stella Odebode, a focal person at the Gender Mainstreaming Office. With her paper presentation tagged: Knowing University of Ibadan Gender Policy she enlightened her listeners on the gender-friendly space policy of the varsity. The lady professor advised the newly admitted students against risky sexual behaviours. She encouraged students to guard themselves against sexual harassment, and to not shy away from reporting to relevant authorities if they fall victim to sexual harassment. Her over forty minutes long presentation was rounded off with life scenarios on the psychological effects of sexual harassment and practical approaches to curbing it.
After the paper presentations, an interactive session was constituted, with different reputable UI management personnel, including the Deputy Registrar (Academics) and the Dean of Students Affair, who answered questions posed by the students. Awards were given to some students, one of which was for their manner of dressing, after which the programme ended with the recitation of the school anthem.