A national conference on volunteerism looks at ways on how to sustain volunteerism in the academe...

Bayanihan, Damayan, Kawanggawa, Pahinungod.

These are the words that became the overwhelming din as the spirit of volunteerism filled the halls of Miriam College during the first National Conference on the Engagement of the Academe in Volunteering (NCEAV).

The event, held during the International Volunteering Month last December, was organized in collaboration with the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and VSO Bahaginan.

Almost 500 participants from campuses and organizations all over the country attended the two-day conference. Supported by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Department of Education (DepEd), the confab had a total of 50 speakers.

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Ancilla  Lucia  Mari  "Charlie"  B. Manzano, a kindergarten student at the Child Study Center, won several awards in the recently-concluded Club Gymnastica Friendship Meet 2012. It was held September last year at the Club Gymnastica Training Center in Brixton Street, Pasig City. Manzano received the following awards  in Women's Artistic Gymnastics for Level 1 Juniors, 6 years old & under”

  • All around Gold Medal (First Place)
  • Gold Medal - Floor Exercise Event
  • Gold Medal - Uneven Bars Event
  • Gold Medal - Vault Event
  • Silver Medal - Balance Beam Event

The Araw Values Awards, a biennial values oriented and advocacy advertising materials awards, was held last December 7, 2012 at the Dolphy Theater in ABS-CBN. The student competition entry “Self-Discipline” by Maria Carmela V. Diaz, a 4th year student from the Department of Communication, made it to the finals and emerged as first runner-up under the category Respect for Law and Authority and the Promotion of Self-Discipline.

The Miriam College Singing Gazelles performed at the Nativity Story event held at Enchanted Kingdom in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last December 22, 2012.They were also invited to sing Christmas carols by Robinson’s Metro East on the eve of December 21. The singing group is composed of scholars from the higher education unit who have responded to the challenge of coming up with an official singing group for the HEU whose membership can be sustained and developed.

In an effort to mainstream  local knowledge among higher education institutions, the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) has partnered with 12 schools namely Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Fr. Saturnino Urios University (Butuan City), Silliman University (Dumaguete City), University of St. La Salle (Bacolod City), University of San Carlos (Cebu City), Central Philippine University (Iloilo City), De La Salle University – Dasmariñas (Cavite), University of St. Louis- Tuguegarao, Angeles University Foundation (Pampanga), Notre Dame of Jolo College (Sulu), West Negros University (Bacolod) and Miriam College. This pioneering move was sealed with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last Dec. 12, 2012 at the Caritas Seminar Room with the respective presidents and representatives of the partner schools.  Dr. Rosario O. Lapus signed on behalf of Miriam College.

Now on its fourth year, the AUDRN aims to be an academic hub in the Philippines that will resonate across Asia. The newly-formed partnership is a move towards forming a community of institutional advocates.;

Upcoming activities of AUDRN are a module writeshop on Creating Models of Local Knowledge Class Integration; the third of the 3-series writeshop at the Ateneo de Davao University in February; a Youth Camp in April and a National Convention in May.

Three new schools have been added to the roster of partner institutions of Miriam College for the Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN). Southern Christian College, Midsayap, Cotabato; Visayas State University, Baybay, Leyte; and University of Batangas, Batangas City signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Miriam College.

The year-long celebration of the Maryknoll Sisters centennial year culminated in a Eucharistic Celebration and the blessing of the Sisters’ Centennial Garden, the Garden of Gratitude and Promise, last January 9.

Faculty, administrators, students and staff representing the Miriam College community, alumni, family and friends of the Maryknoll Sisters gathered at the College Chapel for the Holy Mass, which was presided by Fr. James Ferry, MM.  It was a solemn celebration with hymns led by the Miriam College High School Glee Club.  In appreciation of the Maryknoll Sisters’ deep love and dedication to the institution, a collage of photos showing the Sisters’ early days in the school and enduring ties with Miriam College as well as their varied missions everywhere, was shown in a slide presentation.  These images portrayed the Sisters’ constant commitment to making God’s love visible—the celebration’s centennial theme—in diverse realities throughout the years.

The Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN) held its second of three Module Writeshops on Creating Models of Local Knowledge (LK) Class Integration last November 28 and 29, 2012 at the Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga. The writeshop was facilitated by Sheila L. Dingcong and Joel C. Yuvienco, together with AUDRN Advocates-Dennis Coronel of Ateneo de Davao University, Samuel Fuego of Ateneo de Zamboanga University, and Almacita Paj-dio of University of St. Louis Tuguegarao.

Ma. Jamelia F. Villanueva, Growth, Upgrading and Resource Office (GURO) executive director, was the guest speaker at the Scientific Seminar, Year-End Reflection and Pre-Christmas Fellowship events of the Private School Health Officers’ Association (PSHOA), Inc. last December 1, 2012 held at the Center for Education and Arts of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Philippines.  PSHOA is the national organization of all private school physicians, dentists, nurses and allied professionals.

The Women and Gender Institute concluded a series of Gender Sensitivity Training (GST) for two government agencies. The first was held last November 14-15, 2012 for the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay. The training was attended by 30 staff from different sections of the FSI. The GST was conducted as follow-up from a previous training for the agency’s GAD Focal Point System which resulted in the creation of their Gender and Development (GAD) Plan.  Kadatuan P. Usop, FSI executive director, opened the activity.

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