From a Leader’s Heart

A leader who does not only sit on the presidential table, that is how he described himself.

Seeing him move around during programs, he is truly a field-type leader. In events, he is a facilitator as well as a constant motivator among the officers. He is a person who strongly believes in the bonds created through diversity of ideas and so treated times of heated argumentations as an inevitable part of a strong organization.

Although exposed in leadership environment, he believes that he is made to be a leader. He admits that his grandmother, being a principal and administrator for 30 years is one of his inspirations and his mentor in his leadership career.

A leader with a strong leadership background shared the history of his expertise in the field. He started as an active officer of the Supreme Student Government, an Eagle Scout Awardee, the highest attained award by Senior Scouts, and National Jamboree Senior Crew Leader, La Union Council during his high school days. It is not questionable that his leadership career continued throughout his college days. He became the BSE vice mayor on 2014-2015, CE Governor on 2015-2016, SLUC CSBO Interim Secretary on Summer 2016, and the Incumbent SLUC CSBO Chairperson and Executive Secretary of the University Student Council, the highest governing student body of DMMMSU.

Not only that, Mr. Macalalay admits that he is madly in-love with politics and public service. He is also an expert in the fields of budget bearing, parliamentary meeting and paperwork; he is an event organizer, and, of course, he reaches to his fellow students to know their needs.

He may be serious at business but our student leader opens up his life as an open book to the studentry. When asked about the people he wants to thank for his success, he answered without thinking and any hesitation, “Si MJNM po, kase mahal na mahal ko po siya,” he said before saying, “Siyempre si God, for all the blessings, pamilya ko po, co-officers namely Siegfred, Jules, Jhel, Abelardo, Irene, Lance, Rachel, Japith, Mark, Arthur, Clariza, co-writer from student publication, advisers especially po ang aming Inang Jo Ann Rulla. Proud to be a Rulla production po! Mga kaibigan at kaklase po.”

Mr Macalalay believes in this saying of N. Mandela, “A good head and a good heart is always a formidable combination”. And for his fellow leaders and for the studentry, here is what our beloved student leader says, “Thank you for trusting our administration. We assure you that the remaining four months of our term will be at its best to serve you. Thank you for working with us hand-in-hand to attain such development and I hope that the next administrations will continue the things we have started.

Retaining the Glory: CAS remains as University Best Academic Unit

“Having the honor to remain as the Best Academic Unit is not a matter to be taken lightly. Through the unity of the different departments and members, we will persist in sustaining glory for the University in the humblest way possible,” said Dr. Raquel Quiambao in an interview with The College FORUM after the College of Arts and Sciences was crowned as the Best Academic Unit of 2016, thus, maintaining the award for two consecutive years. Dr Quiambao expressed her happiness by saying that the said triumph became possible because of the cooperation and sincerity of the administration, faculty, staff, and students of the college who perform with passion and happiness.

The College Forum asked the secret of the college for its success. Quiambao explained that the college highly prioritizes instruction. She illuminated, “The teachers are competitive because they grow professionally. They are sent to different seminars and conferences in local, national, and international levels. Also, there are scholarship grants for the [faculty members pursuing] graduate studies which in the long run would definitely benefit the students since the teachers become updated in their field of specialization”.

She also added that the faculty members are encouraged to conduct researches in different fields and their efforts in research have paid off because they received acknowledgment through paper presentations and publications, locally and internationally.

Further, she commended the extension facilitators of the college who took charge in motivating and pushing the faculty members and student organizations to work on the different extension programs in the community. Recently, CAS conducted the first exchange student program with the Ministry of Education in Thailand particularly the Chiang Rai Rajabhat University.

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When Quiambao was asked about her future plans for the college she said, “Now that CAS already holds the title for two years, we will continue to keep on striving for more. Learning tools are continuously updated and provided (additional books, audio-visual materials like LED TV, projectors, and speakers, and laboratory equipment which are also accessible to students of other units). Fortunately, the construction of the new CAS building is near its completion. According to her, it is their way of coping with the growing population of learners. “The college continues to benchmark, open, and re-opens programs to widen the range of courses readily available in the future,” she added.

As a result of all the efforts CAS exerted in instruction, research, extension, and production, the college also received different awards this year like Researcher of the year, Dr. Eduard M. Albay, IGP Manager of the year, Dr. Joanne Rivera, both in the campus and university levels, Extension Worker of the year, Dr. Janice Rhea P. Cabacungan, and Faculty of the year, Prof. Precelita l. Osillos in the campus level, respectively. Also, the college received a special citation this year for having a topnotcher in the Psychometrician board examination in the person of Ms. Kristelle Pearl Boac who placed 8th nationwide. Quiambao promised that the college will continue to strive for more awards that will bring honor to the University.

Article by Vanessa May Picatoste and Christine Marie de Guzman

Albay triumphs as University Researcher of the Year

Dr. Eduard Albay, a Mathematics instructor of the College of Arts and Sciences was named as the University’s Researcher of the Year during the 36th Foundation Celebration of the University.

“Just work and excel in everything you do. Do not work to be recognized,” said Dr. Albay in a cyber interview with the Forum.

According to Dr. Albay, the following are the considerations that an applicant for the award should have: (a) on – going research/es, (b)  a terminal report of a completed research study within the period of evaluation, (c) published research articles in refereed journals (local to international), (d) presentation of research output in various research conferences, (e) published scientific and research based articles and book as a product of research. Plus factors are as follows: (a) Research related awards received, (b) Services as lecturer, speaker, or evaluator in research, (c) number of ongoing researches, and (d) copyrighted research.

However, as an entry requirement, a contender must have submitted a terminal report of the completed research study within the period of evaluation and should have gained at least 70 points during the campus evaluation.

Dr. Albay shared that there were six of them who vied for the title. The other contenders were from MLUC, NLUC, OUS, NARTDI, and SRDI. The vice – president for research and extension and the director of research were among the panel of evaluators.

   “There [were] no special preparations made because the College [has been] doing what is in the criteria even before. I think that’s something that we can say as an edge for anyone from CAS who will be competing for the Researcher of the Year award,” Dr. Albay stated.

   “Get involved in the research. It is through research where you can solve and understand social issues and concerns. It’s research that will provide help to improve the quality of life of the community people. For teachers  it would help in enhancing our research involvement if we  recognize that research is one of our functions as part of the HEI especially DMMMSU,” Dr. Albay said when asked to give a message.

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Dr. Eduard Albay, a Mathematics instructor of the College of Arts and Sciences was named as the University’s Researcher of the Year during the 36th Foundation Celebration of the University.

“Just work and excel in everything you do. Do not work to be recognized,” said Dr. Albay in a cyber interview with the Forum.

According to Dr. Albay, the following are the considerations that an applicant for the award should have: (a) on – going research/es, (b)  a terminal report of a completed research study within the period of evaluation, (c) published research articles in refereed journals (local to international), (d) presentation of research output in various research conferences, (e) published scientific and research based articles and book as a product of research. Plus factors are as follows: (a) Research related awards received, (b) Services as lecturer, speaker, or evaluator in research, (c) number of ongoing researches, and (d) copyrighted research.

However, as an entry requirement, a contender must have submitted a terminal report of the completed research study within the period of evaluation and should have gained at least 70 points during the campus evaluation.

Dr. Albay shared that there were six of them who vied for the title. The other contenders were from MLUC, NLUC, OUS, NARTDI, and SRDI. The vice – president for research and extension and the director of research were among the panel of evaluators.

   “There [were] no special preparations made because the College [has been] doing what is in the criteria even before. I think that’s something that we can say as an edge for anyone from CAS who will be competing for the Researcher of the Year award,” Dr. Albay stated.

   “Get involved in the research. It is through research where you can solve and understand social issues and concerns. It’s research that will provide help to improve the quality of life of the community people. For teachers  it would help in enhancing our research involvement if we  recognize that research is one of our functions as part of the HEI especially DMMMSU,” Dr. Albay said when asked to give a message.

Article by Christine Marie de Guzman

Osillos wins Campus Faculty of the Year

Prof. Precelita L. Osillos, a biology professor of the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded Faculty of the Year for the academic year 2016-2017 during the 36th Foundation Celebration of the Campus.

Prof. Osillos has been teaching for 23 years now at DMMMSU. In her entire teaching career, she never expected any awards because, according to her, all she wanted was to teach students with all her might.  “This award was really unexpected, because I did not plan for it, it’s not my ambition to be an awardee actually. Our dean maybe saw my potential because she is good in scouting potential faculty members and so she recommended me to be a contender representing the College of Arts and Sciences”, Prof. Osillos said in an interview with The Communicator.

Thankfulness and joy were among the feelings of Prof. Osillos for being a recipient of the award. “Of course, in terms of feeling, who will not be joyful to be a recipient of such? The university considers it as the most prestigious award. And so, of course, i am joyful and thankful because they recognized my efforts. But other faculty members also deserve this award, not only me. Other faculty members could also be potential awardees in their own time”, said Mrs. Osillos when asked about her win.

But despite of her overflowing smiles are the tears she shed in facing life’s challenges. “Just to mention, there are times where I almost quit and cry because of challenges [and] hardship that I can’t bear. But with God’s grace, love, and support, I am able to surpass all those,” Prof. Osillos shared.

She also encourages the faculty members aspiring for the said award, “Don’t aspire too high, my advice is just work hard; don’t expect that when you do something good, you will get something in return although getting an award is a good motivation. Also, when you do something, do it with all your heart, mind, and soul because that is the only secret to excel. Be humble and keep yourself low but when given a task, do it very well because life is never easy, anything that life has to offer should be pursued through hard work.”

The said award was guided by the following criteria: Instruction, Research, Extension, and Production. “The evaluation was holistic, because we were interviewed accordingly to maybe assess our personality and we also conducted a demo teaching,” she elucidated.

“All of the good things in my life is a part of God’s bonus. Because I am also a DOST-ASTHRDP (Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program) and a DMMMSU-FSDP      (Faculty and Staff Development Program) scholar and I will be awarded this June a “Distinction cum laude, PhD Biology Major in Microbial Biology, SLU, Baguio City. So with God’s help, I was able to make it and I’m very grateful.”  

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In conclusion, she quoted: “Life’s challenges carry us to greater heights. As we try to overcome these challenges, we develop good virtues and professional qualifications that we have is not important but rather what kind of person are we. These challenges would develop a person to become a better one, not only in terms of education but as a whole person, you also develop a just discipline”.

An extension worker and a teacher in one

“My goal is not to win in any competition but to be of service to my college and to my university. Winning is just a bonus. Since [my] first day as an extension worker and facilitator, I never stop thinking of how to help my college in uplifting its extension culture and services.”

These are the heartfelt words uttered by Dr. Janice Rhea P. Cabacungan, an extensionist from the College of Arts and Sciences, an awardee of the Extension Worker of the Year (Campus Level). This award is given to someone who has significant contribution in the extension unit of the academe.

“I believe that if you will do your best, God will take care of the rest”, is her guiding principle in striving forth toward her goal. Spices of life like failures and challenges are always part of the game. Challenges maybe difficult and failures are always bitter but she believes that it makes her a better person and helps her to strive for more.

In spite of all setbacks and hindrances, she believed that there is an invisible hand that always guides her in all the decisions she was going to make and do. She said that trust is her powerful tool why she is in the summit of her triumph.

Being an extensionist, a teacher with more than 21 units teaching load almost every semester, and a mother of three kids, all at the same time, is not a very easy task. It really requires a lot of patience, hard work, and sleepless nights. There are times, according to her, when she even has to work during holidays and weekend. This is a proof how hard it is to be an extension worker and at the same time, an instructor.

Another factor that helps her to achieve her goals is her camaraderie. Fellowships with the dean, chairmen of the different departments, heads, co-faculty members, co-extensionist and their clients improve her perspective with her work and in the situation. She said that sometimes circumstances regarding her job are not very motivating but because of friendship and rapport with these people, she continuously cherishes it.

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Her continuous good performance in her work was built up by the people who inspired her.  Her father inspires and motivates her to be the best in everything she does. He never leaves her when she is down. He always cheers her up and assists her along the way. He always tells her that “we can always contribute good things in this world. Whether big or small, it does not matter, what matters most is your contribution and putting your heart there”. These words are carved in her heart. She learned that in everything she does, the heart should always be present. Dr. Raquel Quiambao, the dean of CAS, also encouraged her to join the search by persistently driving her to aspire more.

Lastly, Dr. Cabacungan offers her victory to God who serves as the source of her strength and knowledge. She also dedicates it to her parents, her husband, and her kids, her CAS family, her extension unit family, and her friends who support and encourage her to achieve success.

 

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