Marie Chona Rosali – Villanueva, an alumna of the UP Visayas School of Technology (BS Food Technology, 1997) was awarded District Specialist of the Year – in Central Canada by Steritech on March 14, 2017.
Steritech is a company that provides food safety and operational assessments in restaurants, groceries and supermarkets, convenience stores, hotel and lodgings, and retail stores. It conducts more than 200,000 assessments annually not just for customer satisfaction but to enhance customer experience. Considered as a market and industry leader for nearly 30 years, it pioneers and provides innovative solutions that mitigate risk and drive growth.
Villanueva was an instructor at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (now Iloilo Science and Technology University) for 11 years before migrating to Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2009.
Stress has been one of the factors affecting the behaviors of teenagers. In response to this, the UPV Office of Alumni Relations organized the Personality Enhancement Program dubbed PEP4: PEP TALK! which has become an ongoing summer activity. This year, the 4-day workshop was held last April 17-20, 2017 at the Alumni Terrace and Conference Room.
UP alumni experts, composed of professors who are also psychometricians, psychologists, artists, and urban planners, talked to teenage participants. They discussed physical and psychological changes that occur in the bodies of teenagers. They also facilitated fun activities that revolve around stressors, stress levels, and possible responses to help the kids cope with such stresses.
The participants had a great time understanding stress as it relates to their everyday life and their environment. They also enjoyed the sessions where they had a chance to compose poems and hugot lines (quotes on unrequited love or attention), paint their thoughts on canvass, and hand-paint their own t-shirts. The musical jam session held during their last day gave them a stress-free fun time singing and jamming with the UPV Rhapsody Band. During the culminating activity, the kids displayed their output at the UPV Cinematheque for their parents to see. In their graduation speeches, the participants extended their heartfelt thanks to their parents for letting them join the program, which they totally enjoyed and learned so much from. They expressed enthusiasm to be part of the next PEP workshop. GC Castro
The UPV Gender and Development Program Balay Balay Child Minding Centers (BBCMC) in Iloilo City and Miagao campuses conducted their culminating activities on March 21 and 22, 2017 respectively. BBCMC Iloilo City campus held their activity with the theme “One Step Along the World I Go” at the UPV Auditorium while its Miagao counterpart conducted their activity with the theme “Every Child is Special” at the CFOS AV Hall, UPV Miagao Campus.
Ms. Augil Marie Robles, Instructor of Psychology at the Division of Social Sciences, CAS, UPV Miagao served as guest speaker in the BBCMC Iloilo City campus culminating activity. Ms. Robles’s inspirational message focused on the importance of “play” in the child’s development. On the other hand, Ms. Teresa Hortillo, Guidance Specialist at the UPV Office of Student Affairs gave a lecture about multiple intelligences at the BBCMC Miagao’s culminating activity.
The Balay Balay Child Minding Center is an extension project of the UPV Gender and Development Program that supported the implementation of Executive Order No. 340, mandating government institutions to respond to the needs of working parents by providing a place for socialization for 3-5 years old children while they are at work. To date, BBCMC has provided early childhood care and early formative education in a secure environment to more than 500 children from the city campus and 50 children in Miagao already. BBCMC started in 1999 at the Iloilo City campus while BBCMC in Miagao started in the last quarter of 2014.
The Graduate Program Office (GPO) conducted a Seminar-Workshop on Research and Publication for the graduate students on April 8 and 22, 2017 at the UPV Iloilo City campus. The activity was aimed to develop student’s interest and hone their skills in identifying researchable problems and issues, and eventually acquire the capability and confidence to do research. The seminar workshop is a venue for amateur researchers to be more comfortable as they altogether build up and grow in their research capabilities. This will help fulfill UPV’s mandate of being a graduate research University.
A total of 43 graduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and College of Management (CM) attended the Seminar-Workshop I held on April 8 at the Tea Room of the UPV Cafeteria, majority of whom were second year Master of Management students who are currently enrolled in Mgt. 299 (Management Research). Others were students of the Master of Education and Master of Chemistry programs who are either enrolled in their Special Problem courses or first year students who opted to undertake Plan A with Special Problem instead of the Comprehensive Examination.
The Educational Research: A Training and Writeshop Program, a one-year public service program for public school teachers of the Department of Education organized by Prof. Jonny Pornel (Division of Prof. Ed.) and Prof. Moniq M. Muyargas (Division of Soc. Sci) took off with its first leg of training conducted on April 22, 2017 at the District of San Joaquin, Iloilo.
Forty teachers participated who initially expressed their mixed emotions about the conduct of research. However, after the first set of exercises and activities, their varied sentiments turned into excitement as they realize that these opportunities for educational research can improve their conduct of the teaching-learning process. The participants were expected to generate their own research problems, collect and analyze data, write their action research outputs, and apply their findings in the teaching-learning processes.