For the fourth time in a row, Entrepreneurship students of Miriam College won the "Company of the Year" award at the recent Junior Achievement of the Philippines Inc. (JAPI) Mini-Company Competition held last April 9. This year's win is the first after being elevated to the Hall of Fame.
Miriam College is the only school that has been awarded the Hall of Fame status for its tri-peat wins, besting a good number of universities and colleges in Metro Manila.
The Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) recently held a youth camp at the University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus, Cebu City, last April 10-12. Entitled “Re-discover. Connect. Share. A Youth Camp on Local Knowledge”, it gathered a dynamic mix of 60 participants comprised of 46 students and 14 teachers.
The participants came from all over the country, representing 15 of AUDRN’s partner institutions, namely: Ateneo de Davao University; Ateneo de Manila University; Miriam College; De La Salle University Dasmariñas; University of St. Louis, Tuguegarao; Angeles University Foundation, Pampanga; Notre Dame of Jolo College; Ateneo de Zamboanga University; Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato; Father Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City; University of St. La Salle, Bacolod; Central Philippine University, Iloilo City; Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte; Silliman University, Dumaguete City; and University of San Carlos, Cebu City.
The first Asian Student Encounter Camp (ASEC) hosted by Soegijapranata Catholic University (SCU) in Semarang, Indonesia wrapped its five-day program last April 6. Participants were 10 student delegates from the host university who were joined by 10 other Filipino students from Miriam College and De La Salle University-Dasmariňas (DLSU-D). With the theme "Transforming Environmental Problems into Creative Tourism", the ASEC employed the service learning approach to deepen the participants’ understanding and concern about environmental issues and cultural richness.
Professors from the participating institutions delivered lectures on Coastal Environmental Challenges, Rapid Field Assessment, and E-tourism. Among them was Miriam College faculty Maria Teresita Rapadas who gave an overview of the present status, issues and problems of the Philippine coastal environment. The student participants were brought to a polluted coastal settlement in Tapak area, engaged with the community, particularly with the NGO Prenjak, and planted mangroves in Tirang Island. Group reflection, discussion, and sharing enabled the participants to come up with websites to invite the different sectors of the society to participate in the rehabilitation of the area and to promote Tirang Island as an eco-tourist destination.
The Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) capped its third and final Module Writeshop on Creating Models of Local Knowledge (LK) Class Integration last February 21-22, 2013 at the Ateneo de Davao University, Davao City.
Facilitators of the writeshop were Sheila L. Dingcong and Joel C. Yuvienco, together with AUDRN advocates Nur-Ainie Idjilani of Notre Dame of Jolo College, Dianne Rae Siriban of De La Salle Canlubang, and peace advocate Rey Danilo Lacson. The critique of the modules was carried out by Dr. Avron Boretz, Program Director of the United Board for Christian Higher Education and Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, AUDRN Director. Ateneo De Davao’s Academic Vice President, Fr. Gabriel Jose Gonzalez, SJ also joined the group.
Dr. Donna Reyes, Environmental Studies Institute executive director and Environment Planning and Management Department chair; Mira Reyes, Philosophy Department chair; and Dr. Francis Evangelista associate dean for Academic Support Services and Philosophy faculty read their respective papers at the recent International Conference of the Asian Association of Christian Philosophers held at the Ateneo de Manila University last April 10-11. The theme of the conference was “The Rise of the Asian Century: Trends in Asian and Christian Philosophy for Building a Just and Sustainable World.”
Prof. Aurora Javate-De Dios, executive director for the Women and Gender Institute, has been awarded the 2013 UPAA Distinguished Award in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA). A photo exhibit will be featuring the alumni awardees for this year at Bahay ng Alumni on June 21, 2013 . Article about this year’s awardees, including Prof. De Dios, will also appear in the 2013 Alumni Year Book.
Miriam College won multiple awards at the recently concluded 6th Annual Grand Summit organized by the National Federation of Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants -National Capital Region (JPIAN). These awards include Most Outstanding Local Chapter President and Most Outstanding Local Chapter Representative.
Around 50 Maryknoll/Miriam College alumnae came together last April 24 to witness and be part of the launch of the Maryknoll/Miriam College Family of Authors (MMCFA) project. Initiated by the energetic Marla Yotoko Chorengel of Maryknoll Class ’63, with the support of Miriam College led by Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, the project features a special section on the second floor of the HEU Library that will house books and other literature written and authored by Maryknoll/Miriam Alumni.
WAGI Executive Director, Prof. Aurora de Dios, represented the Philippines in the Women in Peacebuilding Conference last March 18 to 20 at Wilton Park in the United Kingdom. Together with policymakers and practitioners from around the world, the participants discussed the UN Secretary General’s action plan on women’s participation in peace-building and Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security. Among the key issues discussed include: a) increased UN accountability on the women, peace and security agenda, b) the need for a robust reporting and monitoring mechanisms of national action plans on women, peace and security, c) strengthening strategic partnerships among national parliamentarians, community and religious leaders, media and the academe, in advancing participation of women in peace processes, and d) interconnectedness of poverty and conflict, among others.
Students of the Introduction to Communication Research (CA 112) classes attended the National Communication Research Conference (NCRC) held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman (UPD) last February 15 and 16. Miriam College Communication alumnae, Usha von Arx and Frances Fetalvero (Batch 2012), presented their undergraduate thesis Mommy, Bili Mo Ko Nun: A Study on the Purchasing Influence of Children in the Family and impressed the audience with their presentation skills and with the way they handled questions from both the students and the professors. The third year Communication students in attendance were also encouraged to ask questions regarding the other presenters’ works and how they conducted their researches for them to get inspiration for their future research endeavors.