GIS Training with Dr. Al Tongco, 2015

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DSC 0132Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training and Workshop is provided in July 2015 for UP Mindanao employees and staff. Dr. Alejandro "Al" Tongco of Oklahoma State University, a GIS expert, is the resource person. GIS is a computer-based tool that analyzes, stores, manipulates, and visualizes geographic information on a map ( The Basic GIS Training is on 9-10 July and 15-16, and 20 July, while Advanced GIS is on 22-24 July and 26-28 July. The Training is funded by the UP Mindanao LiDAR 1 and LiDAR 2 projects, while Dr. Tongco's service is supported by the DOST-Balik Scientist Program.   

Science Mentoring for Laak high school students, 2015

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2015-07-13-2156The Dept. of Biological Science and Environmental Studies hosted a Science Mentoring for 37 students of Laak National High School of Compostela Valley Province on 12-17 July 2015. They were composed of Grade 9-10 students and their adviser, Master Teacher Rogelio Dapar. The topics covered were: the scientific method, microscopy, microbiology, genetics, botany and plant ecology, zoology and animal ecology, cell and molecular biology. The resource persons were faculty members Cyrose Millado, Aleyla de Cadiz, Maria Catherine Otero, Aileen Delima, Junaldo Mantiquilla, Fritzie Camino, Marion John Achondo, and alumnus Dan Bonete (BSB 2015). The students were welcomed at flag ceremony by Vice-Chancellors Antonio Obsioma and Karen Cayamanda. The Mentoring supported by the DBSES academic program improvement funds with approval of Department chair Cleto Nanola and Dean Annabelle Novero. More photos here 


Dr. Al Tongco in UPMin, 2015

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2015-07-06-1882Towards strengthening UP Mindanao's international research collaboration, two foreign-based academic experts were deployed to UP Mindanao in July. Dr. Alejandro Tongco (fourth from left in photo), a Fil-American and a GIS expert from Univ. of Oklahoma, USA, is in UP Mindanao under the DOST-Balik Scientist program. He will give training workshops in Basic and Advanced GIS in July.

Mr. Sebastian Horstkotte, a German, has been deployed as a Senior Research Associate in Phil-LiDAR 2 research project.

UP Mindanao at SM University Fair, 2015

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UP Mindanao participated in the 3rd SM University Fair on 09-11 July 2015 under the lead of the Office of Extension and Community Service. At the end of the Fair, the UP Mindanao booth was awarded as winner of "Best Booth". The elements of the booth were: the letters "UP" done in the varsity-style; two mannequins dressed in graduation attire with sablay for male and female with medallions; the tapestry/drapes of the UP colors; the UP Mindanao seal; a video screen showing UP videos; an Oblation statuette; a sample of the UP Alumni Association-Davao Legacy Tile; four bulletin boards portraying write-ups on the University, and the three colleges. The design was drawn up by Ar. Songcayauon with contributions from various units. Brochures of degree program offerings were available for distribution. An Alumni Sheet for the Legacy Tiles orders, and a Guest Book/Attendance Sheet were in place. The talk on the University was delivered by Ms. Kriza Faye Calumba on July 11. A number of alumni visited the booth throughout the three days, among whom were Mr. Rovel Torres, Mr. Christian Ingles, Ar. Lara Bernadette Avila, Arthur and Charmaine Gonzales, and many more. See more photos here.        

Smart Comm. and UP MOU for ICT, 2015

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     A team from Smart Communications and the Phil. Long Distance Tel. Co. visited UP Mindanao on 18 June 2015 discuss the implementation of the memorandum of understanding between UP and Smart Comm. The MOU stipulates that the parties will collaborate in the design, implementation and deployment of various ICT projects, cooperate in formulating solutions in line with the eUP objectives of simplified operations, improved efficiency in transactions, reduced paperwork, optimal utilization of ICT resources, increased productivity, and extensive sharing of information, and to strengthen and enhance their technical cooperation and mentorship in the field of ICT.
     In the photo are Smart Comm. Site Fulfilment and Civil Works Head Roland Carandang,  UP Mindanao Campus Development Head Ms. Cherrylyn Cabrera, PLDT Corporate Business Group Relationship Manager Ms. Maria Celia "Bobs" Ordoña, Ms. Emmylou Talines, UPMin Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, PLDT SME Trade Marketing Officer Marc Frederick Roxas, Mr. Aristotle Diego, UPMin Vice-Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma, University Legal Officer Atty. Edwin Mendoza, and UPMin Computer Programmer Krishna Balaga.

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