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HEU Pep Squad declared champion in WCSA Cheerdance competition

The Miriam College Pep Squad was named champion at the 15th WCSA Cheerdance Competition. The event coincided with the opening program of the new WCSA season held last January 29 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. 
Miriam College bested five other participating schools, namely Assumption College–San Lorenzo, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College–Alabang, St. Scholastica’s College–Manila, and University of Asia and the Pacific. All performances were spectacular as the girls showed class and poise in the execution of their gymnastic skills and dancing prowess. 
Presentations were judged by national and international coaches and experts in gymnastics and cheerdance, supervised by Cheerleading Philippines which is under the National Sports Association (NSA) of the Philippine Sports Commission. 
Assumption College–San Lorenzo and last year’s defending champion, the University of Asia and the Pacific, were named 1st Runner-up and 2nd Runner-up, respectively.
The MC HEU Pep Squad is currently preparing for the upcoming Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA) Cheerleading Competition which will be held on February 25, Saturday, 1pm at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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Dr. Francis Evangelista receives fellowship grant from the United Board

Dr. Francis Julius N. Evangelista, OIC dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was selected to participate in the 2017-2018 Fellows Program of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia. With the objective of building a strong higher education leadership in Asia, the Fellows Program prepares mid-career faculty and administrators for leadership positions in their home institutions through exposure to various leadership ideas and practices in diverse university settings around the world.

The program begins with the fellows attending a summer institute at Harvard University followed by their placement at an Asian higher education institution, and will conclude with a leadership seminar in Asia. Fellows will also receive online mentoring on university leadership and higher education management, through the development of a case study under the guidance of an experienced international higher education mentor.

The program will run from July 2017 to June 2018.

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Social Work chair inducted as PASWI board secretary

Department of Social Work chairperson Pacita Dechavez Fortin, RSW was inducted as Secretary of the National Board of the Philippine Association of Social Workers, Inc. (PASWI) last January 27, 2017 at the PSSC, Bldg., Commonwealth Avenue Diliman, Quezon City. 
Lorna Gabad, the chair of the Board of Social Workers under the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) served as the inducting officer. Her four-year term ends in 2020.
As member of the National Board, Fortin chairs the Research and Publication Committee and co-chairs the Standards and Continuing Education Committee. Fortin was elected during the PASWI Biennial Convention held on October 19-21, 2016 at the Royce Hotel, Angeles City, Pampanga. 
PASWI, founded in 1947, is the accredited professional organization of about 15,000 registered Filipino social workers. 
Photos shows, from left: Gabad; Eva Ponce-De Leon, president; Rosauro Luntaya, vice president; Fortin; Evangeline Guinto, treasurer; Silver Joy Tejano, auditor; Wilma Coquia, public relations officer; and Dr. Bagan Aleyssa Abdul Karim, Atty. Dolores Nalumen, and Anita Leyson, board members.

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Psych students win Best Thesis award in PAPJA convention

Psychology students (in top left photo) Daryl Mitzi Evangelista, Carla Marie Mico, Dr. Ma. Celia Aguila, Jolina Joanna Angeli Chan, and Ma. Alessandra Angeles placed 2nd in the Best Thesis for the Undergraduate award given by the Psychological Association of the Philippines – Junior Affiliates (PAPJA). The awarding was held last January 20 at the PAPJA Convention, SMX Convention Center (right photo).

Their winning thesis is titled, "Social Support and Problem-Focused Coping Moderated by Age as Predictors of Disaster Resilience Among Disaster Survivors".
Dr. Celia Aguila, Dr. Malou Baybay, and AJ Sagmit were the team’s adviser, research teacher, and critic reader, respectively.

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WAGI conducts training on Feminist Transformative Leadership for COLs

The Council of Leaders (COL) came together on November 21, 2016 to attend the Women and Gender Institute’s Young Women Leadership Training entitled “Tracing the Contour of Feminist Transformative Leadership: Perspectives of Youth Leaders”. This was done in collaboration with the Office for Student Affairs and Sangguniang Mag-aaral ng Miriam. According to the participants, they did not expect much from the training but after the workshop many participants’ expectations were fully met “because of how the speakers tackled and deconstructed leadership and women empowerment”.

They also shared that the speakers were “influential and great role models”. The training team was composed of Rina Fulo, WAGI training and research assistant, Brenda Pureza former Sanggunian President of Miriam College, and Rej Torrecampo former International Studies Society president.

The training on Gender and Leadership aimed to transform existing models of leadership to reflect the crucial role of gender equality.

HEU learn to #GREENovate

The Higher Education Unit (HEU), in partnership with the Environmental Studies Institute, celebrated the Environment Week from November 14 to 18, 2016 with the theme #GREENnovate.
The week-long celebration saw the involvement of all three colleges in exciting and fun activities. The College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy (CBEA) put up an exhibit titled “GREENnovate, the CBEA Way!” at the College Chapel Foyer. It featured upcycled products from five upcycling companies incubated by Entrepreneurship students. Service-learning projects, which include a business plan for Barangay Greater Lagro, CBEA’s adopted urban poor community, were also put on display. The objective of the exhibit was to promote social and green entrepreneurship.
The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) featured the projects of students from the Departments of Science, Environmental Planning and Management, International Studies, Communication, and Languages also through an exhibit. 
Highlighting the activity was the visual arts project of Applied Arts students. Before mounting the exhibit, they attended a seminar on Climate Change facilitated by Dr. Angelina Galang. 
Complementing the CAS project was the showing of a documentary film titled, “Nature is Speaking” by the Language Learning Center.
Third year students of the College of Education (CEd) held a service-learning activity at the Day Care Center of Barangay Loyola Heights on November 14, 2016. The activity gave CEd students the opportunity to experience hands-on teaching to young children. They administered art, music and movement activities, focusing on the Seven Environmental Principles. 
On the same day, the fourth year CEd students conducted a puppet show at the Child Study Center to encourage the First Step, Nursery, and Kinder pupils to do their share in protecting and taking care of the earth.  A workshop on recycled instructional materials was also conducted by Genevieve Goño for second year CEd students to develop their creativity and resourcefulness as future educators.
The celebration of the Environment Week at the HEU was led by Elvira Santos of CBEA, Rechilda Ulili of CAS, and Clarissa Ligon of CEd.

STIKS Tarakanita School of Indonesia visits Miriam College

School officials from Tarakanita School of Communication and Secretarial Studies visited Miriam College to discuss possible ESL programs that can be taken by their faculty and students to enhance their English proficiency skills. Dr. Ratna Sinaga, STIKS Tarakanita Chief International Officer met with Dr. Gail Galang and Mirma Tica, head and program coordinator of the Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO), respectively, last November 24.
STIKS Tarakanita is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. Like Miriam College, it is a Catholic school for women. Now on its 48th year, it hopes to collaborate closely with the Department of Communication and Department of Business Administration, especially since it has received a distinction from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Development and a Center of Excellence respectively.

For more information about the IPPO, please check the MC IPPO Facebook page or get in touch with Dr. Gail R. Galang through numbers (632) 580-5400 local 2144.

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Former CBEA faculty, MC alumnus receives 2016 Agora Awards

Joseph “Chay” Cruel, former faculty of the College of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Accountancy and Miriam College alumnus received the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Management award from Agora.  The award was given on October 26, 2016 at the PICC in Pasay City.
Cruel graduated in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration. He is currently the vice president of international and business development for the non-alcoholic division of Asia Brewery. To date he is the youngest recipient in this Agora Awards category.

Established in 1979, the Agora Awards recognizes outstanding efforts in Marketing by individuals and companies in the industry.   Past awardees in the same category include businessman and former senator Manuel Villar and former McCann Erickson CEO and Maryknoll alumna Emily Abrera.

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BA Communication students participate in Project 9.0

As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, an ‘underground’ activity known as “Project 9.0” was organized by the Office of the President involving two teams from the High School and from the College. The latter was represented by BA Communication students Paola Neyra, Claire Uy, Elaine Nasi, and Patricia Ortile. 

The project proposals were presented to and judged by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, Director for Innovation Development and High School Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Marketing and Communications Head Romualdo A. Romualdo, Communications and Media Coordinator Dahl Bennett, and Special Project Coordinator Mian Arcega last August 12, 2016 at the Board Room.

Both teams were tasked to come up with a high-impact, low-cost, and feasible project. After careful deliberation, two ideas were picked from the HEU that included a Post-It installation wherein students wrote short messages to the future MC community. These messages were posted on tarpaulins located in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, College, Miriam Adult Education, and Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. The Post-Its were later gathered in a jar to be opened after a couple of years for reflection. 

The other idea highlights the four core values of Miriam College – truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation —and will be reflected in feel-good statements incorporated in tricycle stickers which will be distributed at the end of this year.

Project 9.0 was an unforgettable experience for the Communication students who met the challenge with flying colors. By Denise Villalobos, BA Comm

Marikina local gov’t recognizes MC HEU Badminton Champions

The City Council of Marikina commended and recognized four athletes form the Higher Education unit for bringing honor and pride not only to Miriam College but to Marikina City as well. The four were named champions in Badminton at the 46th Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (WNCAA). They are Ira Francesca Villanueva, Third Year BS Psychology; Tierrah Opinion, Fourth Year BA; Priscilla Elena Caluag, Third Year BA Communication; and Karen Inocencio, Fourth Year BA Applied Arts. They attended the Recognition Ceremony held last August during the city’s 8th Regular Meeting in Marikina.  Present were Vice-Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz and the City Councilors.
Villanueva and Caluag finished High School at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Marikina while Opinion and Inocencio graduated from the Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College  (OLOPSC) also in Marikina.

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