The Center for Peace Education (CPE) and the Department of Communication joined for a workshop-seminar entitled “Introduction to Peace Journalism Seminar” with guest speaker Jean Lee Patindol of the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City last June 4 at Miriam College.

The workshop was participated by CPE staff and professors of the Department of Communication teaching various subjects in the field of media. Topics covered included Peace, Violence and Conflict; Introduction to Peace Journalism; the Media Environment and Peace Journalism; the Use of Conflict Analysis Tools in Peace Journalism; and the challenges to peace in the field of media. The workshop’s aim was to enhance the Communication program of Miriam College by infusing existing major subjects with various peace methods.

The College of Education, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, spearheaded the seminar-workshop on “Outcomes-Based Learning Syllabus Preparation” which was held last May 28 and 29 at the Caritas Seminar Room. This was facilitated by Dr. Teresita Paed-Pedrajas, a Metrobank Outstanding Teacher for the Tertiary Level Awardee (1999), and also a CHED Expert Teacher for the Tertiary Level Awardee (1999). Among the attendees was Dean Caridad Sri Tharan of the College of International, Humanitarian & Development Studies. Also present were the department chairpersons from the different colleges, and some faculty members.

Miriam College has partnered with ACER Philippines, Inc. and Creative Technologies, Inc. for the E-Learning Tool project that is currently being implemented in the High School. The partnership was sealed through a contract signing ceremony held last June 1 with (in center photo, from left) Creative Technologies Vice-President Jacob Dy, Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus, and ACER Philippines General Manager Manuel Wong as signatories. Miriam College administrators and representatives from both ACER and Creative were present to witness the signing (left photo). Before the signing, Dr. Edizon Fermin, High School Principal, presented an overview of the E-Learning Tool project (right photo) of Miriam College.

The Indonesian Embassy held a workshop entitled “Sister School Program” last May 30 which aims to advance knowledge and intellectual development through partnerships with other institutions. Invited were principals and representatives from select high schools in the Philippines and Indonesia.

There were a total of six Philippine high schools invited namely, Philippine Women’s University, St. Scholastica’s College, Makati Science High School, Fort Bonifacio High School and Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino High School and Miriam College High School (MCHS) which was  represented by  Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin. Fourteen high schools were represented by Indonesia.

Miriam College renewed its partnership with American Hospitality Academy (AHA) through a Memorandum of Agreement signing held last June 8. AHA, a highly-recognized institution which caters to academic and professional development, shares the same commitment with Miriam College in developing women leaders in service, particularly in the field of Culinary Entrepreneurship and Leisure and Tourism.

As part of the 5-year BS Entrepreneurship major in Culinary Arts program and 4-year BS Entrepreneurship minor in Culinary Arts program, AHA-USA will be offering its internship program to provide cultural exchange, education and practical training in areas including, but not limited to food and beverage, culinary, and cruise line service.

For the fourth time since 2008, the Department of Psychology of Miriam College sent a delegation to the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference (SUPC) in Stanford University, Palo  Alto, California.  Although four researches were accepted for presentation, two groups were able to give oral presentations of their theses on “Math Anxiety and Active Procrastination.”  Shown in the photo are the members of the delegation with Dr. Philip Zimbardo, known for his famous “Stanford Prison Experiment”. Zimbardo was a keynote speaker and discussed his current endeavors in promoting his research on Everyday Heroes.  From left are (front row) Marian Jessieca de Leon, Dianne Paula Tiosan, Dennise Adrianne Libongco, Jennie Mae Andres,  (back row) Hannah Joy Sodusta, Rachelle Anne Santos and Dr. Victoria Apuan.

The College of Arts and Science department’s very own Dr. Victoria N. Apuan (2nd from right) was awarded a research grant by the Asian University Digital Resource Network AUDRN.  Entitled “Passing On the Gift: Healing Modalities among the Aytas in Pampanga”, the research seeks to discover the current healing modalities operating in the Ayta village of Camachiles in Flordiablanca, Pampanga.  It also seeks to uncover reasons why the former shamans (“mag-aanitos”) who served as the community healers were not replaced when they died.  To date there are only two “mag-aanitos” left.  Dr. Apuan started doing fieldwork in this community  since 1992, right after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo.   Following AUDRN’s advocacy that local knowledge be maximized in the teaching situation, the findings of the current research is expected to contribute to the Sociology, Theology, Religious Education and Women’s Studies subjects.

The Higher Education Unit has announced that the Board of Trustees of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) has approved a United Board Fellows Program grant to Miriam College for school year 2012-2013. This year’s grantee is Noel Buensuceso, faculty member of the Business Administration department of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA).

The United Board Fellows Program is a leadership development program designed to benefit the Fellow and the Fellow’s home institution.

Malou Chavez, associate dean of Student Affairs, and Techie Mendoza, College Guidance Center supervisor, were elected as Board of Directors for the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA). Chavez is the new Vice President of the Board while Mendoza is the new Public Relations Officer. National elections were held last May 16 during the 48th Annual Convention held at St. Scholastica’s College-Manila.

The Miriam College Grade School sponsored a Summer Sports and Dance Clinic for the scholars of Vineyard of His Grace Ministries Inc. last May 12 at the MCGS grounds. The 180 scholars learned how to play basketball, volleyball, frisbee, Arnis, modern and social dances. The activity was headed by Ma. Daryl Cabatuando, Ritche Aldwin Tomelden and Vanessa Lynne Yance. The event was a success because of the support of 23 teacher volunteers and 15 student volunteers.

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