The African Methodist Episcopal Zion University Alumni Association (AMEZUAA) has announced a Homecoming Day celebration, which will coincide with the holding of elections of new officers of the association.
At a press conference in Monrovia, Abednego C. Kofie, president of the association, said the event is intended to create awareness among members who will be interested in participating in the electoral process and giving back to their alma mater.
The Homecoming Day celebration is set for March 5, when members of the association will recognize prominent alumni who have distinguished themselves since they graduated and are making substantial financial contributions to the development, social and cultural functions of the university.
The day will also provide a forum for the alumni to exchange ideas and views on the challenges in the education system and other related matters.
During the celebration, the alumni will launch a clean-up campaign at the institution’s two campuses, including the one at Po River, to ensure that students enjoy a good learning environment.
“After announcing the winners of the pending elections we are going to have an inaugural program for the newly elected officers. Therefore, we encourage every alumnus to buy the printed T-shirts and caps for the occasion to showcase that they are graduates of the university,” he said.
Mr. Koffie believes that education is the most important investment a country can make in its young people, adding, “We need to give back to our alma mater. This school made us who we are today in society.”
He said the AMEZU can and will maintain its standard of academic excellence and affordability through the private support of numerous donors.
Regarding the electoral guidelines, Sampson Dolo, Chairman of AMEZUAA’s elections commission, said February 8 to 19, were set as registration dates for candidates wishing to contest for the presidency, vice presidency, general secretary, financial secretary and chaplain.
Mr. Dolo said the fees for those positions are US$200, US$150, US$140, US$100 and US$50, respectively.
Before applying for the positions one must be a member of the association for at least two years, with good moral character, clear of all financial obligations including dues, financial commitments or pledges due the alumni association, according to the guidelines.
He called on alumni, faculty, staff, well-wishers, as well as students, to grace the occasion in support of the institution which is helping to shape the lives of Liberians who desire higher education.