Education champions ‘transformative learning’ on 97th founding anniversary

The College of Education celebrated its 97th Founding Anniversary Week from April 17 to 21 with activities that focused on ‘transformative learning.’

An opening mass at the Santísimo Rosario Parish Church, presided over by College of Education Regent Rev. Fr. Maximo P. Gatela, O.P., kicked off the week-long festivities, bearing the theme “EDUC@97: Empowering Future Professionals and Building Sustainable Communities through Transformative Education.”

The liturgy was followed by a parade and flash zumba session at the Albertus Magnus Building, and the onsite exhibit ‘Organization Day: LINANG: Pagpapatibay ng Ugnayan Sa Educ,’ which featured the vision, mission, programs, projects, advocacies, and other initiatives of various College-based organizations.

Lectures on Teaching and Library Education

Alternative learning activities were conducted during the second day.

The UST Medicine Auditorium was jam-packed with the entire College community who attended the 37th Fr. Antonio Gonzalez, O.P. Memorial Lecture.

The lecture is held every year in honor of Rev. Fr. Antonio Gonzalez, O.P., the first Regent of the College of Education. With the theme “Education as a Transformative Power: Building Communities for a Better Future,” this year’s lecture expounded on the role of education and the different societal institutions in transforming communities.

Rior Santos, Regional Project Manager of the United Nations Office for Project Services, shared his experience as an educator and professional. Rosanna A. Urdaneta, Deputy Director General for Policies and Planning of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), tackled the pivotal role of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in helping industries and workers stay.

On the other hand, Assoc. Prof. Ninia Inoncillo-Calaca, from the Department of Mathematics and Physics and the UST Research Center for Social Sciences and Education (UST RCSSED), discussed the need for and challenges of transformative education.

The Department of Library and Information Science led the 2nd Candida C. Agcaoili Memorial Lecture in the afternoon.         

The annual lecture is held in honor of Prof. Candida C. Agcaoili, Chief Librarian of the Miguel de Benavides Library from 1950 to 1966 and an outstanding alumna of the College.

Anchored on the theme “Library and Information Professionals in the New Normal: Challenges and Competencies,” this year’s online lecture featured Prof. Hao-Ren Ke, a Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of School of Learning Informatics, Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).

Dr. Hao-Ren Ke discussed how academic libraries will be utilized in a post-COVID-19 world, as well as their experience in NTNU.

During the same period, the Career Fair 2023: Edge-YOU-Action was being held at the Lourdes J. Custodio Multipurpose Room         .

College alumni were invited to talk on the opportunities that await after graduation.

On Health and Well-being, Translation Studies

Soundness of health and languages were the goals on April 19 to 20.

Edukalusugan, a campaign on promoting physical and mental health and well-being, was launched on April 19, at the Lourdes J. Custodio Multipurpose Room and 3rd Floor Lobby.

A nutrition caravan and a lecture-discussion about mental health first aid were held during the event.

Meanwhile, the two-day EDUC Sports: Athleticism Towards Camaraderie was conducted at the Quadricentennial Pavilion Practice Gym and Central Seminary Covered Court.

Spectators have turned out for the elimination and championship rounds of the basketball and volleyball events of the competing teams.

The Departamento ng Filipino and the UST Sentro sa Salin at Araling Salin (UST-SSAS) has set the table on translation studies with Saliksikan at Salintasan 2023: Mga Talakayan sa Pananaliksik sa Filipino at Pagsasalin.

Educators presented their research papers on and related to Filipino and translation studies in this whole day event on April 20 at the Lourdes J. Custodio Multipurpose Room.     

In his lecture “Pagbuo, Pagsusuri, at Pagsubok ng Bersyong Filipino ng Expanded Prostate Index Composite (EPIC – F),” Dr. Warren Bacorro, from the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and University of Santo Tomas Hospital – Benavides Cancer Institute, related the importance of involving the target readers in his translation. Meanwhile, Dr. Niña Christina Lazaro-Zamora, from PNU Kolehiyo ng Gradwadong Pag-aaral at Panggurong Pananaliksik, delved on “Si Ako at ang Filipino sa NORMAL na Pananaliksik.”

Faculty members from the Departamento ng Filipino, who are also members of SSAS Lupon ng mga Tagasalin, also shared their lectures. John Dale Trogo discussed the roles of the council in his lecture “Paggalugad sa Trabaho ng Tagapangasiwa ng Proyektong Salin (Translation Manager): Ang Pangangasiwa ng Proyektong Salin ng UST-SSAS.” He enumerated the roles of a translator.

Asst. Prof. Elenita Mendoza recounted her translation practice in “TQA sa Pagsasaling Pang-institusyon: Isang Panimulang Repleksiyon sa Karanasan ng UST-SSAS.” Meanwhile, Roland Bautista and Asst. Prof. Catherine Cocabo-Yao discussed “Ang Paglikha at Pagtampok sa Water lily bilang Sosyo-Kultural na materyal at Pambayang Sagisag ng Kulturang Las Piñero” and “Mga Naratibo ng Danas ng mga Go Negosyo Mentor sa Pagsisilbi sa Bayan,” respectively.

Prof. Roberto D. Ampil, Ph.D., shared his recent work “Aba! Eba, Nasaan Ka? Isang Pag-aaral sa Espasyo ng Kababaihan sa Traslasyon at Prusisyong Plubyal ng Nuestra Sra. de Peñafrancia.”

Academic staff from the Departmento ng Filipino and BSE Filipino majors attended the lecture. Fellows from the Kapisanang Diwa at Panitik (KADIPAN), led by their adviser former Filipino instructor Jasper Lomtong, also participated in the said event. KADIPAN is a campus organization of Filipino majors in Philippine Normal University.

The community enjoyed the rest of the day with ‘PASINAYA: Ang Himig ng Bagong Simula, the College of Education Concert,’ held at the P. Noval Court. This concert, which featured Autotelic, Sean the Archer, and our homegrown talents, was organized for the benefit of the College’s Isang Daan, Isang Daan Project.

Toward Sustainable Communities

The last leg of the anniversary celebration was marked by two alternative learning activities, both conducted online.

            The Department of Elementary Education organized the 2nd Nenita D. Caralipio Honorary Lecture, with the theme “Greening the Schools and Empowering the Future Teachers: A Path Towards Sustainable Communities.”

The lecture is held every year in honor of Prof. Nenita D. Caralipio, long-time principal of the UST Elementary School.

In her lecture, Autchariya Krautharot, Assistant to the President for Foreign Affairs of Lampang Rajabhat University, Thailand, talked about the moral and knowledge in creating innovations for internationalization in greening the schools. Meanwhile, Prof. Arlen A. Ancheta, Ph.D., President of Mother Earth Foundation, underscored that green schools influence the behavior of children in valuing the natural environment.

Finally, the Department of Food Technology and Department of Nutrition and Dietetics organized the 4th Helen D. Ocampo Memorial Lecture. The lecture is conducted every year in honor of Prof. Helen D. Ocampo, the longest serving Chair of the Department of Food and Nutrition Science.

Centering on the topic, “Coconut as a Functional Food,” lecturer Prof. Yanti, Ph.D., of the Biotechnology and Research Centre for Indonesian Spices at the Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia, discussed the “Nutraceutical and Cosmeceutical Potency of Coconut Haustorium” while Acad. Prof. Fabian M. Dayrit, Ph.D. of the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Chemistry, explored the “Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO).”

College of Education Dean Assoc. Prof. Pilar I. Romero, Ph.D., expressed her deep gratitude to the whole College community for the success of EDUC@97.

In one of her messages, she explained that “in the grip of the worsening climate change, we are reminded of sustainable economic growth, sustainable source of energy, and sustainable education.”

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