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Reported by Kong Xing Jun / Photographs by Eunice Ling Wen Shi and Sharaniah Balakrishnan

16th of May is hailed as the national celebration for Teacher’s Day. Like any other Teacher’s Day celebration, it is to honour and appreciate the duties and efforts of all teachers, or lecturers, during IMU’s annual Faculty Appreciation Week. The week is held from 16th May to 20th May. Events throughout the week involved pre-ordering gifts to be given to lecturers, as well as an envelope display with the lecturers’ names on them in the atrium, so that students can send in their wishes and gratitude towards their lecturers. Ongoing since April was the online voting polls for the Best Academy Award for lecturers in each faculty, voted by the students in each course.

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On the 20th of May, the Closing ceremony for the Faculty Appreciation Week kicked off with a speech from the emcees, followed by the SRC president Felicity, who gave her appreciation and opinion about Teacher’s Day. She made a point that resonated with all lecturers as “Teachers are underappreciated, underpaid, overworked, and under a lot of undeserved stress. Is that right?”

Next was a speech by the VIP of the event, Assoc. Professor Kang Yew Beng. He highlighted that he is currently at where he is, because of many great teachers. Also, he emphasized that learning goes both directions, as not only the students learn from the teachers, but the teachers also learn from the students. “And don’t forget, my students. You are my teachers too.”

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After the heartfelt speeches came the prize giving ceremony for the best lecturer award from each course. The winners are:
– Dr. Vijaya Paul Samuel from Medicine
– Professor Christopher Vincent a/l Sebastian from Dentistry
– Mr. Sajesh Kalkandi from Pharmacy
– Dr. Cheong Kok Whye from Pharmaceutical Chemistry
– Miss Chang Woan Ching from Nursing
– Dr. Chye Soi Moi from Biomedical Sciences
– Dr. Anna Ling Pick Kiong from Medical Biotechnology
– Miss Lee Ching Li from Dietetics with Nutrition as well as Nutrition
– Dr. Tamara Gien Pooke from Chiropractic
– Professor Lin Xun from Chinese Medicine
– Mr. Alexius Cheang from Psychology
– Miss Chow Kit May from Foundation in Sciences.

Upon conversing with Mr Sajesh, from the Pharmacy Practice Department, he replied “Fourth time.” He looked at his award with glee. “Thanks.” His words were little, but his contributions to the students were boundless, as any good teacher would offer.

Yen, a committee member organizing the event, gave a few words on the objectives of the event. “We would like to have a platform for the students to appreciate their lecturers.” She was satisfied with the turnout of this event as it was within the IMU Scholars’ expectations.

Assoc. Professor Kang shared a few words about his thoughts on Teacher’s day, which was “Anytime you celebrate teacher’s day, it’s like having a birthday. It reminds them the significance of a certain group, the teachers.”

As a close, teaching and learning is a two way process, whereby both teachers and students gain knowledge from each other and teach each other. Nevertheless, a teacher’s duty is ever great to promise successful people in life.

More pictures from the event down below!

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Reported by Toh Boon Kheng / Photographs by Yaohan Wong and Sharaniah Balakrisnan

It’s Friday! TGIF! After this, we can all take a break over the weekend, right? But cancer doesn’t have Fridays nor weekends. Don’t worry though, on the 29th of April 2016, AMSA IMU made sure that we can be educated about cancer while still enjoying our Friday.

There were colourful decorations everywhere, surrounding informational slides on boards strategically placed to gather crowds. There was even a polaroid photo booth, with props in theme with cancer. Located in the atrium, the probation AMSA ambassadors from ME116 set up a carnival-styled exhibition in conjunction with AMSA Health Day 2016. Given that the theme this year is about cancer, three key variations of cancer were placed under the spotlight; cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, and lung cancer.

“This is the 1st event by this batch of ambassadors, so we weren’t sure about how it would go. But I guess you can say it went quite well, much better than expected,” explained Michael, one of the organising members of the exhibition. Another organising member, Harriwin followed up, “Our fruit stall was even selling non-stop earlier. We and the seniors were not sure if it would sell well, but we went with it anyway, and it paid off. The sales were great, even with the SRC elections outside.” The fruit stall provided some decent comparisons from eating healthy to unhealthy eating and doughnuts. Don’t underestimate the evil of doughnuts when it comes to cancer.

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But why cancer, and why cervical, colorectal, and lung? “We just want to raise the awareness for cancer. We know a lot about breast cancer, but what about the others? In Malaysia, colorectal cancer is rising as one of the most prevalent cancers.” Harriwin added from Michael, “Did you know that cervical cancer is the most prevalent cancer among Malaysian women, and that lung cancer is the most prevalent one among Malaysian men? Colorectal is very prevalent, and rising.” “We all can learn something new from this. Even as medical students, some of these are semester 2 and 3 materials, so as semester 1 students, we learned quite a lot ourselves,” said Harriwin as Michael continued, “Some of the lecturers came by to have a look, and they even gave us some ideas that we can use in future events.”

Yes, that is correct, there are future events. If all goes well, there will be a sexual health awareness event coming soon, tentatively end of May. Seeing the quality of this exhibition, we can expect plenty of activities lined up by the ambassadors. One does not need to be a medical student to learn more about health conditions and what can we do about it. So, what can we do? According to our two enthusiastic event organisers, “Join AMSA events!”

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Reported by Koe Jia-ju / Photographs by Azfar Afham and Sharaniah Balakrishnan

The 25th to the 29th of April was an eventful week filled with mind-boggling and intriguing activities at the atrium of IMU. It was Psychology Week! In conjunction with the event, booths were set up at the atrium of IMU by psychology students of different cohorts, with display boards introducing quirkily named activities where students were able to entertain themselves with games and experiments based on psychology.   With an eye-catching poster that says “It’s All in the Mind” overlooking the atrium throughout the week, the event saw many students jumping from booth to booth, trying out various activities that was based a lot on motivation and emotions.

Their activities included word search in a certain time limit, knowing your personality based on your ability to search for faces in a picture, watching motivational videos, knowing your blind spot, a slightly intimidating game of touching covered items and guessing them and many such others that were equally exciting. Some included answering questionnaires and finding out more about your personality through the activity.  There was even a game of Hanoi Tower where anyone who succeeded would earn themselves a Mad Alchemy voucher.  Psychology students in every booth patiently explained the outcome of the experiments and activities to the participants and were impressively equipped with their knowledge on the subject itself.  As a small souvenir for taking part in the activities, colourful bookmarks with motivational quotes were given out.

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On the last day of Psychology Week which was the 29th of April, an Ethics Forum took place in the Senate Room where professional and ethical issues in psychology was discussed.  The forum saw three speakers with their respective subtopics.  Different points of views were shared on each subtopic during the forum.  The first speaker was Dr. Alvin Ng Lai Onn, a clinical psychologist, whose topic was about integrative approach versus individualized treatment approach in both private and public healthcare settings.

Former president of All Women’s Action Malaysia (AWAM), Ms. Haslinah Yacob talked about the gap in serving the poor and wealthy whereas DSP Foo Chek Seng who is a police officer from JPKK Bukit Aman shared about the current frauds occurring in the respective professionals and efforts that can be done to overcome them.  Besides that, speeches were also given during the forum by IMU’s very own lecturer, Dr. Nicole Chen and also Melvyn Lai, the Vice President for the 3rd Professional and Ethical Issues Forum 2016.  A brief Q&A session was carried out based on the topics presented and discussed throughout the forum.  On the whole, this event was certainly one where everyone was able to delve deeper into the world of psychology and gain a wider knowledge on it in a thought-provoking yet an undoubtedly fun way!

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