Dr. Glenda Fortez, vice president for Academic Affairs, and Ma. Luisa Villano, College Admission officer, were in Beijing, China last November 12-16 to visit Chinese universities and explore  possible partnerships with them.

Among these universities were:  China Women’s University (CWU), Communication University of China (CUC), Beijing Normal University (BNU), and Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). CWU expressed willingness to pursue student and faculty exchange programs, as well as joint research program, considering the commonalities between Miriam College and their school’s specialized disciplines such as women’s studies, CDE, social work, applied psychology, tourism management, accounting, finance, marketing, arts and design. CWU also agreed to explore the possibility of sending CWU students for practicum in the Philippines, specifically in teaching Chinese as a second language.

One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the social development arm of Meralco, has partnered with Miriam College for Project Light-A-Dream in support of underserved adults and out-of-school-youth students of the Miriam College Adult Education (MAE).

Under the project, One Meralco Foundation will help subsidize tuition and fees, and give the scholars of MAE the opportunity to participate in capacity-building programs that are focused on leadership, employment and livelihood. The goal is to prepare them for occupations in various industries such as hotel and restaurant, automotive servicing and contact center services.

As part of the second block for the International Federation of Catholic Universities’ (IFCU) Rector’s Program with the theme: “Leading Catholic Universities in the 21st Century: An Action Oriented Program for Institutional Heads,” Miriam College President Dr. Rosario O. Lapus joined 15 rectors/presidents of Catholic universities worldwide in Rome, Italy last October 28 – November 3. This is a continuation of Block 1 held at Assumption University in Bangkok last April 15-27, 2012.

The Miriam College International Studies (IS) department, with the support of the International Partnerships and Programs Office (IPPO), conducted a collaborative study tour with students of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia from November 23- December 8.

The study tour, entitled “International Perspectives on Community Development, Women and International Justice”, sought to develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills on issues, challenges and experiences concerning human rights violations, women’s issues, trafficking and migration in both the government and non-government sector in the Philippine context.

Dr. Grace Evangelista’s paper entitled, "An Evaluation of Visual Arts and Poetry as Therapeutic Interventions for Abused Adolescents” has been accepted for publication in the United Kingdom-based Psychotherapy Journal. The journal is ISI and Scopus (bibliographic database) cited, and has high impact factor. The accepted manuscript is now available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0197455612001554.

Dr. Grace Evangelista is an associate professor of the Psychology Department.

Students from the Department of Communication enrolled in the CA-122 (Audio Visual Communication) class of Grace Saguinsin and Dada Ulili were recognized in the film ISHMA: Documentary on the Life and Arts of Ishmael Bernal after completing their volunteer work in production and research.  The tribute to the National Artist for Film, Ishmael Bernal, was spearheaded by the Concerned Artists of the Philippines and premiered last November 20 at the Cine Adarna, UP Film Institute.  The film was directed by husband and wife team Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat.

The UP Playwrights' Theatre Production Umaaraw, Umuulan Kinakasal Ang Tikbalang, featured Opaline Santos, a Communication Arts alumna, as Galis, the pet dog of the main character Jepoy.  The story centers on the adventures of a child Jepoy and his pet Galis as they journey in the magical world of strange creatures.  The stage play, which ran from November 21 - December 9 at the Wilfredo Ma. Guerrero Theater is a reminder of the need to care for the environment and to value Philippine folk literature.  Opaline Santos was nominated as Best Actress in this year's Gawad Urian for her performance in the independent film, The Natural Phenomenon of Madness.

Photo shows Opaline after her performance.  With her is Dr. Marge Acosta, chair of the Department of Communication.

The College of Arts and Sciences administrators and fourth year students from the Department of Communication took part in a joint conference organized by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Philippines Communication Society (PCS) dubbed as "Making Sense of Journalism Today". It was held last December 7 at St. Mary's College, Quezon City.  The event is PPI’s final salvo for 2012 for a series of seminar-workshops on scholastic press and is part of the Institute’s outreach program. The previous workshops were held in Davao, Cebu, and Cagayan de Oro.

Miriam College’s HEU-Admissions Office held a seminar-workshop for Guidance Counselors of Cebu High Schools last November 23 at Marco Polo Plaza, Cebu. The activity entitled Caring for Carers: Professional and Personal Guide for Well-being was conducted by Dr. Ronaldo Motilla, vice president of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP), Chairperson of the Miriam College Psychology Department and head of the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness Center with the support of Ma. Luisa Villano, admissions officer and Trisha Iris Barcenas, admissions associate.  The objective is to generate awareness about Miriam College and its undergraduate and graduate program offerings and special centers, especially the Integrated Lifestyle and Wellness (ILAW) Center.

Faculty members Dr. Paz Manaligod and Dr. Jerry J. Jurisprudencia with  Dr. Ronaldo A. Motilla, chairperson of the Department of Psychology graced the book launching commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) held last December 1 at the Philippine Social Science Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. The event was attended by past PAP Presidents, and past and present board of directors.

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