A send-off ceremony was given to the 10th batch of the Miriam Volunteer Mission (MVM) volunteers last June 18 at the MMJ Foyer. The 7 volunteers namely, Micah Abando (BS EPM ‘13), Samantha Louise Asuncion (BA IS ‘13), Krystel Diane Robiso (BA IS ‘13), Gabrielli Romano (BS EPM ‘13), Ma. Krisha Christine Santos (BS EPM ‘13), Rachel Ann Santos (BA COMM ‘10), and Rani Shannon Ulbata (BA IS ‘13) will be sent to serve in resource poor areas in the provinces of Marinduque, Quezon, and Samar for a period of six months to one year.

Growth, Upgrading and Resource Office (G.U.R.O.) is highly committed in giving a teacher training program for educators around the country. Last May 28, G.U.R.O. conducted the training for Thematic Integrated Approach to day care teachers of Navotas. The local government there purchased 20 sets of G.U.R.O. source books entitled “Professionalizing Teaching and Management in Barangay daycare Center: Enhanced Curriculum and Instructional Materials Book 1 and 2.” The teacher training program was supported by the Local Government Unit of Mayor John Rey M. Tiangco, Department of Social Welfare and Development and City Social Welfare and Development Office in Navotas. The training was facilitated by Ma. Genevieve B. Atalig and supervised by Ma. Dreena Q. Del Mundo, G.U.R.O./Lingap Bulilit Project Coordinator and Ma. Jamelia F. Villanueva, G.U.R.O. Executive Director.

Dr. Grace Brillantes-Evangelista, together with renowned artists headed by Ferdinand Doctolero and Salvador Ching, facilitated a self transformation workshop through visual arts among male adolescent offenders last May 7-June 4 at the Molave House in Quezon City.  It was titled “Metrobank Arts and Design Network of Winners Art for Social Action: Self Transformation and Social Responsibility for Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)”. Shown in photo are Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Head of Social Services Division Mrs. Mariano (7th and 8th from right), Metrobank foundation staff, artists, and volunteer MA Psychology students.

A 21-member delegation from Miriam College attended the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference (SUPC) held last May 17-18 in Palo Alto, California.  This is the fifth time that Miriam College has participated in the conference since 2008.  Over 200 abstracts from students from various colleges and  universities were submitted to the SUPC organizing committee, and all 13 abstracts from Miriam College were accepted. Students presented their theses both through oral presentation or poster presentation. Their faculty chaperone was Dr. Victoria N. Apuan.

The Growth Upgrading and Resource Office conducted training for effective teaching in Early Childhood in The Learning Child School in Ayala, Alabang. The training was held from May 16-22 and was conducted and facilitated by Ma. Genevieve B. Atalig, Daphne Tricia B. Pedrealba, Genevieve Y. Goño, Marie Beth F. Flores, Ma. Claristel M. Cruz, Candice L. Capacia. Ma. Dreena Q. del Mundo, G.U.R.O./Lingap Bulilit Project coordinator and Ma. Jamelia F. Villanueva, G.U.R.O executive director were also there to lead the group.

Mirma Tica, Center for Peace Education (CPE) program coordinator, conducted a Peace Education training and seminar last May 18 with barangay officials from Barangay Laging Handa in Quezon City to share the concepts of Holistic Peace, Challenging Prejudice and Discrimination, and Conflict Management. The project was done in partnership with the Quezon City government. Professor Tito Balaysoche, a representative from the Barangay Operation Center and main organizer of the program, said that he would like to continue this engagement with the CPE and invite the center to more barangays in the coming months.

The 12th Annual Convention of UNESCO-Asia Pacific Network for International Education and Values Education (APNIEVE) Philippines was held last May 22-24 at Miriam College.  Educators nationwide attended the three-day conference, with the theme, “Learning to Live Together: The Heart of Education,” which focused on the values of peace, human rights, sustainable development, and school initiatives in peace education.

The Gerontology Program of the Social Sciences Department of the College of Arts and Sciences sponsored a retreat-seminar on the Spirituality of Aging last May 27-30.  Facilitated by Sr. Ana Malapitan of the Religious of the Cenacle, the retreat-workshop focused on the processes related to midlife and aging, as well as the opportunities for growth during these seasons in a person’s life.  Participants came from the ranks of Miriam employees, Ph.D. Family Studies students and practitioners, as well as the members of Ugnayan Bayanihan of Unilab Foundation, a partner of the Gerontology Program of Miriam College.

The Child Development and Education Circle (CDEC) Leadership Training and Planning Seminar was held last May 20-21, at the Viewing Room 4 of the Library Media Center to equip student officers and leaders with the necessary tools to meet the demands and challenges of leadership. The sessions included important topics such as emotional awareness and self-awareness facilitated by guest speaker, Bernadette Ramos and CDE Faculty Susan Morillo. The next day was spent reviewing, planning and brainstorming for new ideas and activities. At the end of the activity, the student teachers made a commitment to practice what they have learned and show what excellent student leadership is all about.

Communication Arts graduate Corin Arenas (left) and 2nd year Communications student Trish Shishikura participated in the prestigious 52nd Siliman University National Writers Workshop held at the Rose Lamb Subprepeña Writers Village in Camp Lookout, Valencia, Dumaguete. The three week workshop culminated last May 19.

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