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Rola is Lifetime Achievement Awardee in UPV Homecoming 2017


Photo Credits: Mr. GC Castro, UPV OAR

Dr. Dionisia A. Rola leads this year’s awardees in the in the 2017 U.P. Alumni & Faculty Homecoming Dinner & Awards Night held on August 27, 2017 at Diversion 21 Hotel, Iloilo City. Dr. Rola was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the UP Alumni Association (Iloilo Chapter) as recognition of her lifelong achievements in and outside the university.

Dr. Rola was given the award for being the first UPV Chancellor and the first woman Chancellor in the entire UP system; for being the only living pioneer teacher of the UP Iloilo College (UPIC) who taught from 1947-1950 and from 1952-1953; for realizing her vision to make UPV a center of excellence and a national resource in fisheries and marine sciences education and research and, a University concerned with the propagation and enhancement of culture and the arts; and, for bringing honor to UPV in her various capacities as administrator supervision, consultant in government agencies. She actively served civic professional organizations while being involved in educational planning, development; evaluation and implementation of academic and curricular programs and projects; improvement of personnel and faculty services; and development of instructional materials.

Rola is an outstanding educator, administrator, and scholar. She gained her Associate in Arts (1941) and BS in Education (1947) from UP Diliman, finishing with high honors and as magna cum laude, respectively. She also holds a Master of Arts in English degree (with honors) from the University of Melbourne in 1952, a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago in 1960, and a Rockefeller post-doctoral research fellowship in 1965, among others.

Throughout her career in the academe, Rola has served in non-teaching capacity as student organization adviser, administrative committee chair, and academic administrator. Outside the university, she served as representative of the education sector in various committees, government agencies, and non-government institutions. She is also a strong force in the foundation and fostering of cultural heritage and art in the university and in the national scene.

The Outstanding Professional Award, on the other hand, was given to three other alumni. Dr. Joselito F. Villaruz, BS Biology (1987), UPV, for the field of education, Mr. Raul L. Cordenillo, High School (1992), UPHSI, for the field of social sciences; and Dr. Alex Escolastico L. Cerrillo, High School (1972), UPHSI, for the field of health and medical sciences.

Other celebrating jubilarians were also recognized, the most senior of which is Blue Sapphire Jubilarian Ms. Aida Yusay of UPIC Lower Division (high school) 1952, celebrating 65 years after graduation. Other classes in attendance include UPIC Associate in Arts 1957, Lower Division 1957, Lower Division 1962, and the Gold Jubilarians from UPI High School 1967.

The U.P. Alumni & Faculty Homecoming Dinner & Awards Night is the finale to the 3-day festivities which features other events such as homecoming mass, brunch, election, and the Run UP! 7 Fun Run and 42K UP to UP Night Run. The event is jointly organized by UPV Office of Alumni Relations and UP Alumni Association (Iloilo Chapter), in collaboration with other alumni associations, batches and organizations.

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