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FEBRUARY 2022 NEWSLETTER

Palm Institute’s 2025 GRADUATING CLASS HAS RETURNED

The continuing freshmen, who began in September 2021, are back on campus after the holiday break! Lectures and academic work resumed on Monday, January 31st, 2022.

 

CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Palm Institute held its first quarterly meeting with the Palm Corporate Advisory Council on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022. The meeting explored admissions, fundraising opportunities, career seminar facilitation, building collaborations with other institutions, seeking internship possibilities and discussing the Palm Corporate Mentoring Program. 

 

VIRTUAL SOFT SKILLS ZOOM TRAINING –

The Student Life and Career Services Department at Palm Institute organized a training for all faculty and staff on how to integrate soft skills into their courses. The training took place on February 4th, 2022 and focused on assisting students with effective communication,  conducting research to further their critical thinking skills and developing team building, teamwork skills and leadership skills to encourage academic success.

 

WEEKEND FRESHMEN ORIENTATION

On Friday, February 4th, 2022, Palm Institute welcomed it’s third cohort of students for freshman orientation.  The Founder and President began the program with a welcome address and a brief history about Palm Institute.  The Student Life and Career Services Department Officer shared about opportunities for peer mentoring, internships and community service projects, job shadowing and corporate mentorship services.  The Registrar, discussed with students about the Writing and Math Center and academic counseling.  She encouraged students to utilize these available resources.    

On Saturday, students were provided with an overview of the Palm Honor System and Examination Honour Code and Palm Institute’s Sexual Harassment Policy.  They were also introduced to the Center for Ethical Leadership at Palm (CEL) and the Palm Technology & Innovation Lab (The Green Lab). The Director of International Programs, shared information about the partnership with Oklahoma State University and potential exchange and internship opportunities.   Students were also briefed on the availability of confidential counselling services as well to assist in their educational journey.

Representatives from The David Okai Okantey (DOO) Foundation, the NAPE Foundation Board in the USA and Oklahoma State University addressed the freshmen students virtually.

ADMISSIONS MEETING

In February, the Admissions Committee met to discuss strategic planning towards improving the student recruitment and admission process. Strategies include offering further weekend options for full-time workers, organizing leadership training seminars for high school students and advertising on social media, radio, television and community centers along with regional outreach opportunities.  March 2022 was proposed for the launch of the 2022 Admissions.

THE PALM GREEN LAB

As part of preparations towards the Palm Technology & Innovation Lab (The Green Lab), a virtual meeting was held with a coach focuses on design thinking, entrepreneurship & startups. The meeting introduced The Green Lab concept and how it is a helpful tool to encourage, nurture and generate entrepreneurial ideas to help solve the “wicked problems” in Ghana and on the continent of Africa.

 

TIME WITH THE PRESIDENT

The students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to meet with the president on February 14th, 2022. This time is designed to encourage discussion around questions, concerns or suggestions to enhance student and academic success and staff efficiency at Palm Institute.

 

DRESS FOR SUCCESS AND “HOW TO BE CAREER READY” SEMINARS

During the month of February, the current freshmen participated in a “Dress for Success” seminar that was facilitated by the President and Registrar. The seminar shared the importance of appearance and choosing appropriate business attire for various professional settings.

Also, consultants from Happy Valley, Oregon, USA facilitated a virtual seminar on “How to be Career Ready.” They helped students examine and identify intrinsic and extrinsic motivators and what to consider in the career exploration process.  They also encouraged students to maintain a broad view when choosing a career.

DESIGN THIKING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP SEMINAR

On February 18th, 2022, thefaculty and staff engaged in a session on design thinking and entrepreneurship with a faculty member from Ashesi University. She shared her experiences with how design thinking and entrepreneurship has supported students from Ashesi University with their future career goals.

STAFF RESIDENCE BUILDING PROJECT

Thanks to multiples donors, Palm Institute was able to clear the area, lay the foundation and procure building materials for the staff residence building that is planned to house students in September 2022. 

 

 

 

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David Okai Okantey Foundation Scholar 1
David Okai Okantey Foundation Scholar 1

Palm Institute is a four year liberal arts University College that offers degree and certificate programs. The University College has over the years through the Naa Amerley Palm Education (NAPE) Foundation has supported over 200 Ghanaian students to acquire tertiary education.

In September, 2021, the Naa Amerley Palm Education (NAPE) Foundation with its sister Foundation, the David Okai Okantey (DOO) Foundations awarded between 80% to 100% tuition scholarships to twelve (12) students at Palm Institute for the 2021/2022 academic year to pursue a degree in BSc. Business Information Technology.

The scholarships spans September 2021 to September 2025. Out of the twelve (12) students who were awarded scholarships, nine (9) received their awards through existing scholarship funds under the NAPE Foundation umbrella. The following are the scholarship funds:

  • MATTHEW S. ESSIEH & FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP FUND
  • MATTHEW & SARAH STORER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
  • PHIL & VICKIE ROTHROCK SCHOLARSHIP FUND
  • FIIFI MICAH & KATE DAWSON SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Three (3) of the recipients received funding through the David Okai Okantey (DOO) Foundation. For more information, please visit:

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David Okai Okantey Foundation Scholar 2
David Okai Okantey Foundation Scholar - 3
David Okai Okantey Foundation Scholar - 3
NAPE Foundation Scholars - 1
NAPE Foundation Scholars - 1
NAPE Foundation Scholars - 2
NAPE Foundation Scholars - 2
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 3
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 3
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 4
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 4
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 5
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 5
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 6
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 6
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 7
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 7
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 8
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 8
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 9
NAPE Foundation Scholar - 9
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Freshman Orientation

On 1st February 2021, we welcomed our first batch of the BSc. Business Information Technology degree students on campus for a three-day orientation. The freshmen were welcomed to the University and were introduced to the various policies, departments and centers of the University. The students were introduced to the International Affairs Office and the potential for International student exchanges with Oklahoma State University (OSU) and international internships in the US and UK with various organizations. 

In the course of the semester the following programs were organized:

Academic Services Virtual Training

On 4th February, 2021, the Administrative Staff and Faculty of Palm Institute attended a training on Academic Services. The facilitator who was from one of the prominent universities in Ghana encouraged the staff and faculty to engage and build relationships with the Palm students to get to know them and their individual needs, strengths and goals, be accessible, provide support for their concerns and challenges. He shared various advisory approaches to help Palm faculty and staff deal with individual students on campus.  

Palm Mentoring Program

A virtual meeting was held on February 28th, 2021 to kick start the Palm Corporate Mentoring Program.  The virtual program began with the introduction of the designated mentors to their assigned mentees. Students were encouraged to seek advice and ask questions to learn more about their mentor’s relevance in their lives and also seek to learn from practical business experiences, practices and workplace culture.

Personal Branding and Social Technology Training

A virtual webinar was organized for faculty, staff and students on March 11th, 2021 on Personal Branding and Social Technology. A resource person from Yamaha Company, Japan led the webinar sharing branding tools and how to manage online platforms.  She shared ways to present a positive image of oneself and how to use social media to enhance yourself professionally. 

 

Matriculation Ceremony

On March 27th, 2021, Palm Institute formally introduced the new freshman class. The history of Palm Institute, the services offered to students and the expectations of students throughout their next four years at Palm were shared with students and parents.  The freshmen took the Matriculation Oath to be formally admitted into Palm Institute.  A representative of the students spoke on behalf of all matriculants and expressed their gratitude for being admitted into the University College. After the ceremony, everyone invited enjoyed refreshments and conversation.

End of First Semester Ceremony Get-together

On May 10, 2021, the freshmen of Palm Institute began their end of first semester examination. As the first group of the degree program, the University College hosted a closing ceremony to mark the end of a successful semester. Students had fun to celebrate the end of the semester.

Semester Two-2020/2021 Academic Year

The second semester for the academic year is scheduled to begin on the 5th June, 2021. Students are to go through their course registration process and begin lectures on the 7th June, 2021.

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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION 

After waiting for so long, we are ecstatic to have our freshmen on campus! The moment has finally come! On February 1st, we welcomed our first group of degree students on campus for a three-day orientation. The founder and the president of Palm Institute, commenced the program with a welcome address. He also shared with the students some of what they can expect at Palm Institute detailing Academic Services which includes the Palm Honor System and Examination Code, Career Services, and a community service component of the degree program. The Librarian, discussed the usefulness of the library and some of the policies students are expected to follow. The president shared further about the BSC. Business Information Technology program and its relevance, the Sexual Harassment Policy, and the process for online course registration. The last day of orientation included the president discussing International Affairs and the potential for international student exchanges with OSU as well as international internships in the US and UK with various organizations. Our Councelors shared about the importance and availability of counseling and support at Palm Institute.  

ACADEMIC SERVICES VIRTUAL TRAINING 

On February 4th, the staff, faculty, and leadership of Palm Institute attended a training presented by a colleague from Ashesi University on Academic Services. The training was designed to equip staff and faculty with providing students exceptional academic advising to guarantee their success throughout the four years at Palm Institute. He encouraged the staff and faculty to engage and build relationships with the students to get to know them and their individual needs, strengths, and goals; be accessible and support and empower them through any concerns or challenges. our colleague from Ashesi shared various advisory approaches as well depending on the individual student.  

 

8TH MATRICULATION CEREMOMY 

On February 27th Palm Institute formally introduced the Freshman Class; Class of 2024  The President of Palm Institute, together with faculty, staff, Board members and the University Council welcomed families, friends, relatives, invited guests and other dignitaries to the campus at Manya Jopanya.

The president shared the history of Palm Institute, the services offered to students and the expectations of students throughout their next four years at Palm.  The Acting Provost led the students through a Matriculation Oath to formally admit them into Palm Institute.  The Chair of Council gave the keynote speech.  One of the matriculants spoke on behalf of all matriculants.  After the ceremony, everyone invited enjoyed refreshments and conversation.

 

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Oklahoma State University (OSU) and Palm Institute signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

The MoU was signed on behalf of OSU by Dr. Stephan Wilson, Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences, Dr. Randolph Kluver, Associate Provost and Dean School of Global Studies and Partnerships. Dr. Peter Carlos Okantey, President, Palm Institute and Mrs. Beth Okantey, Provost, Palm Institute signed on behalf of Palm Institute.

There were two (2) virtual meetings (first on 14th July, 2020 then 21st July 2020) held between Staff and faculty of Palm Institute and Oklahoma State University with regards to a partnership between the two institutions.

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) of the Oklahoma State University and Palm Institute. Officials of the CEHS are taking steps to introduce Palm Institute to other Schools and Colleges of the Oklahoma State University to strengthen the partnership between the two institutions.

The MOU will cover areas such as faculty and student exchanges, research and outreach, instruction, pedagogical training for Palm faculty and staff, curriculum and program development, collaborative project implementation and other academic-related activities.

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