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22nd Anniversary, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

The University of the Philippines Mindanao will celebrate its 22nd Foundation Anniversary in February 2017. The month-long celebration will kick off on February 1 with a ceremonial opening ceremony. This will be followed at 1:00 PM by a book-launch for the publication "Mapping Sago: Anthropological, Biophysical, and Economic Aspects" at Lorenzo Hall, UP Mindanao Administration Bldg., Mintal, Davao City.

Upcoming highlights of the month-long celebration will be the inauguration of several university facilities, a tribute to outgoing UP President Alfredo Pascual, as well as recognition of personnel and honor students.

The School of Management will lead the activities on 6-11 February (SOM Week), the activities on 13-18 February will be led by the College of Science and Mathematics (CSM Week), while the activities organized by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will be held on 21-25 February (CHSS Week).

The Elias B. Lopez Hall Dormitory has organized several activities for students, both dormitory residents and non-residents alike. The UP Alumni Association Davao Chapter (UPAA Davao) will organize a forum on socially relevant current issues. The month-long celebration will be capped by student activities spearheaded by the University Student Council.

UP Mindanao is the only Constituent University (CU) of the University of the Philippines System in the island of Mindanao.

UPDATE #1: The Opening Ceremony for the 22nd Anniversary Month-Long Celebration was held on 01 February at the UP Mindanao Oblation Plaza. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion narrated the beginnings of UP Mindanao for the benefit of students. The Dance Ensemble performed a patriotic-themed dance. The three deans--Dominica Dacera, Stella Salazar, and Larry Digal--and Student Council Chairperson Neil Pindoy planted flags at points around the Plaza.

Koro Kantahanay sang their performance piece from the UP Gawad Pangulo Choral Competition. The Chancellor shared her Koro experience at the Gawad Pangulo event. The Sounding of the Gong was done by VC Antonio Obsioma, with VC Nilo Oponda and Chancellor Concepcion. The Anniversary Committee were the first patrons to avail of the anniversary photo-wall. Snacks were served for everyone. See the photos here.


January Public Affairs, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

January in UP Mindanao serves as prelude to its 22nd Anniversary in February. The 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2016-2017 began on 16 January. The classes in the re-opened degree program in Urban and Regional Planning begins on 21 January. 

The publication "Banwa Monograph Series 1: Mapping Sago" was released by the Office of Research. The Monograph contains 11 articles with Associate Professor Myfel D. Paluga (Dept. of Social Sciences) as Editor. Read the details here.

The Land Reservation project titled "Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous People's Community through Agricultural Projects" was selected as one of the awardees of the UP System's "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service". Land Reservations Officer Joel N. Sagadal, the project proponent, will represent UP Mindanao in the awarding ceremony on 30 January in UP Diliman, Quezon City.

In extension and public service, the Communicators Guild will hold "Pamamahayag: A Seminar-Workshop on Campus Journalism" for public high school students of Marahan and Marilog High Schools (Davao City) on 23 January. Read the details here.   

In operations, an ISO 9001:2015 GQMSS Requirements and Documentation Seminar will be held on 25-27 January at the University Library. This is in compliance to Executive Order No. 605, the Government Quality Management Program (GQMP).

In research, 17 research papers will be presented in the "In-House Review 2017 of All UP Mindanao-Funded Research" on 30 January. An external panel of experts will hear and give feedback. 

Also on 30 January is the Inter-School Statistics Quiz organized by the Society of Math Majors in the University Atrium.

In faculty development, Instructor Mylene P. Arcena (Dept. of Food Sci. and Chem.) departed in January 2017 to avail of a scholarship to the University of Otago, New Zealand.            

In alumni affairs, the UP Mindanao BA Social Science Class of 2002--represented by Ms. Diocy Cloribel-Guilabtan, Mr. Jayneil Ancheta, and Dr. Ava Patricia Avila-Goldman--donated textbooks to the University Library on 6 January. See the photo here.

The UP Alumni Association Davao held elections for directors on 7 January. A total of 11 directors were elected, completing the board comprising of 18 seats. Read the details and see some photos here.

Urban and Regional Planning program open, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

The offering of Masters and Diploma courses on Urban and Regional Planning have been re-opened, now under the Department of Architecture. The entrance examinations were held on December 3 and interviews are scheduled on December 17.  Classes start in January 2017. The fields of specialization are: Environmental and Natural Resources Planning; Public Works Planning; Transportation Planning; and Estate Planning. Some 19 applicants applied, most of whom held positions in municipal planning offices in Mindanao. The program was offered previously under the School of Management until it was put on hold due to shortage of program faculty. With the strengthening of the Architecture faculty complement this department has acquired the necessary expertise to deliver this degree program that is very much in demand in the region. 

Communicating Research, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

"Communicating Research to a Wider Audience", a research communication workshop on 10-11 October 2016 at the University Library, aims to produce news articles about UP Mindanao research outputs in newspapers, magazines, and internet sites, in order to increase public engagement with the University. 

The resource speaker, Ms. Shaira Panela, is a freelance writer for publications such as Asian Scientist, Rappler, and GMA News Online. The modules are: Why Communicating Research Matters; How to Write a Kick-Ass Journal Article (Scholarly Writing for Professionals); Don't Dumb it Down: Translating Science for the Public; The Boundaries of Truth: Research and Media (and Social Media); Making Research Matter: Writing for Decision-Makers. The workshop is for faculty, staff, and project-based personnel.       

Symposium on Mindanao Issues and Federalism, 2016

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements

In the spirit of public service and to contribute to improving knowledge on relevant issues to Mindanaoans, the public is invited to the Symposium on Mindanao Issues and Federalism, on the theme "Panahon ng pagbabago, Pagtulungan natin ito!"

The Symposium on Mindanao Issues and Federalism will be held on 15 October 2016, Saturday, 1-5 PM, in the Administration Building, UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. The resource speakers are Ms. Amina Rasul-Bernardo, Mr. Lito Monico Lorenzana, and other experts.

The Symposium is open to everyone. Admission is free of charge. An Open Forum will be part of the program to allow members of the audience to ask questions or express their sentiments. Certificates of Participation will be issued upon request.

Call the Public Relations Officer at 293-0310 or 0939-843-6634 or email for seat reservations or further inquiries. This event is co-organized by the UP Alumni Associations in Davao and the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

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