Now on its fourth year, the Gerontology Program of Miriam College’s Social Sciences Department, in cooperation with the Psychology Department successfully capped the Conference on the Elderly last April 24-25 held at the Paz Adriano Little Theater.
Entitled “Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life,” the conference tackled a diverse range of topics such as the psychological processes of aging, Neurobics, Art Therapy for the Elderly, Elderly and Disasters, geriatric syndromes of aging, dementia, Philhealth and SSS orientation, and Laughter Yoga.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Honey Carandang, renowned clinical psychologist, shared her own experiences and how to attain happiness throughout one’s senior years. Other speakers include gerontology experts from Miriam College including Dr. Vicky Apuan and Dr. Ronnie Motilla; medical doctors, and leaders of senior citizen groups.
“This is the fourth conference on the Elderly since we started it in 2007. We found out that there is a need to raise awareness about the aging process so that people are more ready to face the limitations as well as the possibilities upon reaching old age,” said Dr. Apuan, chairperson of the Social Sciences Dept. and head of the Gerontology Program of Miriam College.
“What made this year’s conference different is that we tackled Disasters and the Elderly for the first time, a very timely topic after our experience with Yolanda. On the lighter side, we focused on the elderly as an artist and engaging them in Laughter Yoga as well.
The conference was attended by 124 participants from different parts of the country.
The MC-Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) chapter was awarded as the “Most Improved Local Chapter in the National Capital Region” during the National Federation Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants’ (NFJPIA) 7th Annual Grand Summit at Villa Caceres, Naga City last April 21-24.
Miriam College-JPIA President Gaileen M. Mansos presented the organization’s activities all throughout the federation year 2013-2014 before a panel of Human Resource Personnel composed of SGV & Co., Punongbayan & Araullo, Deloitte, KPMG, and Isla Lipana. After a series of technical and personal interviews from these panelists, Miriam College emerged as the most improved local chapter in NCR.
Attending the convention with Mansos were MC-JPIA’s adviser-moderator Ferdinand Timbang and alumna and BS Accounting Technology graduate Kimberly Fenis who also served as chief adjudicator of NCR’s final round of open debate.
The school’s very own women (and man) of letters came together last May 8 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Maryknoll/Miriam College Family of Authors (MMCFA). Behind this reunion and celebration is Marla Yotoko Chorengel, also the brains behind this first-of-its-kind project. Working in close coordination with Chorengel was Rose Linda Bautista, Vice President for Development and Resource Management, and the EAO, to make the event possible.
Thirty enthusiastic Miriam/Maryknoll alumni came and gathered at the MMCFA corner on the second floor of the College library. Many brought along new books to add to the collection. The occasion was spiced up by the presence of the only male in the group, Miriam alumnus and children’s book writer Robert Magnuson (College ’93).
Familiar faces who witnessed the birth of the corner were present once more such as Lolita Fansler who worked closely with Chorengel to make the project possible and who also co-hosted the event that day. In full force were Asuncion Maramba (HS ’51) and Lorna Kalaw Tirol (GS ’59), Jasmin Acuña (GS ’56, HS ’59, COL ’64), Severina Santos (GS ’55, HS ’59, COL ’63), Adelaida Lim (HS ’64, COL ’68), Ma. Dolores Cuesta-Buenaflor (HS ’59), Prof. Gigi Francisco (COL ’76), Mariel Francisco (COL ’65) and Pat Nepomuceno-Sutter (COL ’69), among others.
Miriam College, through the Women and Gender Institute headed by Prof. Aurora De Dios, is one of the many organizations and institutions around the world that has joined the call for the Nigerian government to “take decisive steps” to rescue more than 200 Nigerian girls kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram last April 15.
On May 12, 2014, the MC community came together for an out-of the-ordinary photo op—to join the global #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for the Nigerian girls’ release. “As a girls school that supports the empowerment of women, we are outraged by this attack to all humanity and to women in particular. We would like to show our protest against this violent act,” says De Dios.
The photo has been posted on Miriam College’s FB and has drawn more than 25,000 viewers to date with the number is increasing by the day.
Miriam College through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) conducted a Seminar-Workshop on the New General Education (GE) Curriculum held last April 8, 10-12. This is in light of the ongoing educational reforms that have resulted in the revision of the current GE curriculum. The Administrators, Chairpersons and selected faculty of the four colleges and High School participated in the event held at the Sister Miriam Thomas Hall.
The featured resource speakers are among the best known and highly regarded in their fields: Dr. Isagani Cruz, member of the CHED Technical Panel for the Revised GE Curriculum (for Rizal); Dr. Vim Nadera (for Purposive Communication and Art Appreciation); Dr. Dinah Nadera (for Understanding the Self); Dr. Jeanette Naval (for Ethics); Dr. Ambeth Ocampo (for History/Social Sciences), and; Dr. Queena Lee-Chua (for Math and Science).
The workshop culminated in a drafting, presenting, and critiquing of syllabi that satisfy the GE criteria. It forms part of the school’s ongoing retooling initiatives to orient and prepare faculty toward newly adopted goals, objectives, content, important dimensions and competence-based outcomes of the revised GE core courses and electives. Top photo shows the workshop participants with Dr. Glenda Fortez and Dr. Isagani Cruz (center) and speakers (from left) Dr. Ocampo, Dr. Dinah Nadera with Dr. Fortez, Dr. Naval, Dr. Lee-Chua and Dr. Vim Nadera.
LORD, we pray for the safety of those who are trapped in the bonds of slavery. Be near them, God, in their suffering; bring them comfort and provision; hear their cries and liberate them from the hands of their oppressors. Let them find the ways to freedom; show them the path toward restoration and healing, give them back their rights and dignity. AMEN.