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Excelsior: Dayagbil and Her ‘Ever Upward’ Direction
Under the leading lights of the outgoing university president, Cebu Normal University (CNU) had achieved a good number of recognitions and awards which catapulted the university’s name to top excellence. Crimson and gold glimmered during Dr. Filomena T. Dayagbil’s four-year term as a product of purposeful collaboration between the administration and stakeholders.
To formalize the conclusion of her term, an event held at the CNU grounds kicked off last April 29, 2021 and was physically attended by the CNU administrative council officials and members. Distant Normalites, on the other hand, had their eyes on screen as the event was broadcasted simultaneously on the university’s Facebook page.
Dr. Laurence Garcia, Chairman of the End-of-Report Portfolio, noted in his welcome remarks that this was “a day to be grateful to the administration that nurtured us even amid the trying times”.
While the event purposed to highlight Dayagbil’s report on her stay as the State University and College (SUC) President III of CNU, she desired to honor and recognize first those who have contributed to the achievement of the university’s strategic directions; thus, awarding plaques of appreciation to partner organizations, agencies, and individuals who helped in shaping the glory of CNU.
On her portfolio report and message, Dayagbil shared that she was reminded of the ending part of her investiture speech four years ago. “
As your president, it is my pleasure to partner with you and work with you on something that is bigger than any of us, an ongoing vision to chart the course for CNU to excel in innovative teaching and learning, cutting edge research, and relevant partnerships,” she repeated.
Dayagbil continued, “Fast forward today, as my presidency ends, I could proudly say that with your partnerships, we successfully accomplished what we have promised, achieving one milestone after another, in leaps and bounds.”
Representing her end-of-term report as “excelsior”, a Latin word and a catchphrase used by famous comic book writer Stan Lee, this described the entire CNU community’s collective efforts through the years, attaining noteworthy achievements to its five strategic directions: (1) sustaining quality and relevance; (2) enhancing research, development, and innovation; (3) expanding community engagement and linkages; (4) digitization and automation of operations; and (5) maximizing resource generation and utilization.
As she ended her speech, the outgoing president remarked, “Excelsior! Onward, Cebu Normal University!”
Words by Mark Aleson Sanico
Screenshots by Retlyn Ereca Ceballos
CNU flexible learning to get boost, thanks to CHED grants
Cebu Normal University is set to receive P7 million worth of grants from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that would enable the university to implement three projects.
Two of these projects focus on improving flexible learning — the Flexible Learning Modality Training for Teacher Educators (FLMTTEd) with an allocation of over P2.5 million and the Flexible Instructional Materials Development for Teacher Educators (FIMDTEd) which has been earmarked P1.8 million.
The third project, Developing Global Filipino Teachers (DGFT), has been allocated a budget of P2.6 million. It aims to equip teachers with the needed pedagogical and socio-cultural competencies as global educators.
Amid the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, CNU has been actively pursuing projects meant to help convert threats and challenges to opportunities.
In a survey conducted by the university, educators expressed the need to reshape their lessons to include provisions for flexible learning modalities to meet the changing educational landscape brought about by COVID-19.
Thus, FLMTTEd aims to train faculty members of teacher education institutions on effective implementation of flexible learning modalities in the teaching learning processes in the new normal.
To achieve this, CNU has forged partnerships with Cebu Technological University-Tuburan Campus and Leyte Normal University.
On the other hand, FIMDTEd aims to develop research-based flexible instructional materials such as modules for the professional education courses in teacher education.
These will be utilized by educators, specifically those who are teaching in local colleges within Central Visayas.
The flexible instructional package for a professional education course includes lectures, readings, worktext, problem-based activities, and other resources that can be used in both face-to-face and online classrooms.
Meanwhile, the DGFT program of the CNU College of Teacher Education seeks to help Filipino educators in Cambodia increase their cultural awareness to address global change. This, as schools have increasingly become more culturally diverse.
It also aims to help the educators develop their teaching skills to create a learning setting wherein students respect each other, value diversity, and collaborate effectively.
The program is set to conduct intensive review classes, hands-on trainings on varied learning modalities and practice exercises to be done in Cambodia and in the Philippines.
With this program, teachers are expected to acquire the needed competencies as global educators, and pass the licensure examination at the same time. –/Chiel Martina Y. Condor/JMD
CNU Medellin opens a foreign language classroom
Cebu Normal University (CNU) Medellin Campus opens a new Foreign Language Classroom for a conducive learning space for its students.
The Foreign Language Classroom is located in the 2nd floor of the CNU Medellin Campus main building. It used to be Room 7 which was renovated through the help of Dr. Kong Hwan Kim.
Kim is a Professor Emeritus at Ajou University, South Korea who stayed at the CNU Main and Medellin Campuses from January to February 2020 as a volunteer professor to teach Korean Language and to conduct a lecture on Emerging Trends in Food Processing.
Read related article: [Passion for teaching ignites volunteer Professor]
According to CNU Medellin Campus Director Dr. Grace Malaga, the Foreign Language Classroom used to be an ordinary classroom that underwent a total make-over. She said that the classroom used to have broken jalousie blades, no tiles, and got flooded when it rained hard due to a damaged ceiling.
Now, the floors are tiled and the classroom is installed with an air-conditioning unit, whiteboard, and projector screen. The windows and ceiling are also repaired and the whole room is repainted.
A sound-proof mini office was also constructed at the back of the room with office chairs, table, cabinet, air conditioning unit, and a lounging sofa.
Malaga said that Kim was the one who financed the total renovation of the Foreign Language Classroom including all the pieces of furniture and fixtures therein. She said that the renovation was Kim’s way of helping the students to have a better learning experience.
She said that the renovation was conceptualized after Kim’s one-week visit to the CNU Medellin Campus where he got the chance to teach Korean language to the graduating Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM) students.
CNU Medellin Campus Faculty and Extension Chair Maricel Rivera said that the Foreign Language Classroom was prepared to be used during the start of classes last August but the pandemic lasted way past it.
Rivera shared that it was also the goal of Kim to push through with the renovation project to provide the campus a model classroom.
She admitted that the classrooms in Medellin Campus have existing problems such as the ceiling. She shared that before the pandemic, she used to conduct her Korean classes in a makeshift classroom outside the campus without electricity just to accommodate the growing number of students.
There are six classrooms in the CNU Medellin Campus main building and six additional makeshift classrooms. The Foreign Language Classroom is one of the six classrooms in the main building.
Rivera said that Kim also helped in improving the service drop wire and internet cable wiring of the campus. Further, Kim has donated Korean language books in the library to aid with the teaching of Korean language which is part of the curriculum of BTM students.
She said that she considers Kim as an epitome of a passionate educator and said that CNU Medellin is grateful for the support he has given to the campus. She said that the enhancement of the facilities will provide better instruction for the students.
A solemn mass and blessing of the Foreign Language Classroom and the newly-constructed covered court bleachers were held during the CNU Medellin 9th Commencement Exercises on August 27, 2020, wherein Kim was invited as the Commencement Speaker.
Read related article: [CNU Medellin virtual commencement rites: A new beginning amid difficult times]
Malaga said that the construction of the new bleachers in the covered court is made through the efforts of Congresswoman Janice Salimbangon to complete the project which her husband former Congressman Benhur Salimbangon started.
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The Foreign Language Classroom shall be used in the conduct of Korean, Spanish, and English language classes. The classroom may also be used for faculty meetings and other purposes upon prior reservation. (JDF)
CNU rep tops regional CSC online photography contest
Cebu Normal University (CNU) representative wins 1st Place in Civil Service Commission (CSC’s) Regional Online Photography Contest with his photo depicting the realities of education in the ‘new normal’.
CNU Medellin Campus Registrar Elizar Alburo was chosen to join the Online Photography Contest of CSC as part of the month-long celebration of the 120th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA) in September.
His photo entry entitled, “Shine in the Darkness of the New Normal” bested 20 other entries in Central Visayas making him the regional 1st Prize winner.
Alburo’s masterpiece depicted the two different modalities of learning in the new normal – online and offline distance learning. By simultaneously depicting the two scenarios side by side, the photo effectively captures the stark realities of education in the new normal.
The left side of the photo depicts the online mode wherein the student uses a laptop and touchscreen phone as electronic gadgets to aid him with distance learning. Meanwhile, the right side represents the situation of those in offline mode with books as reading materials without an internet connection.
Alburo said he wants to encourage students to have the willingness to learn and to continue studying even with the challenges caused by the pandemic. He said that offline mode can be an option for students without a stable internet connection rather than to stop schooling. This is the core message of his photo – for students to shine in the darkness of the new normal.
“Against the light, but it’s worth the fight. Keep the light of your dreams come [sic] alive,” the caption of his photo entry indicates.
Alburo also acknowledged that the feat was a product of a collaborative effort. He said the entry was conceptualized with the help of his colleagues and the support of Medellin Campus Director Dr. Grace Malaga to adhere to the online photography contest theme, Journey to the New Normal.
The photoshoot was also conducted in the Library of CNU Medellin Campus. The models of his entry were children of his colleague. Personnel from the General Services Office (GSO) also helped with the set-up of the photoshoot.
Alburo said he was shocked when he knew he won regionally. He said that although he works as a freelance photographer as his sideline, it was his first time to join a photography contest.
It is also the first time that CSC has conducted the Online Photography Contest participated by government workers in the country.
Alburo shared that he was surprised when asked to be the representative of the University but took it as a challenge also and an opportunity to represent CNU. He said he is grateful for the opportunity and help given by the CNU Human Resource Management Officer, Mrs. Mary Margaret Cornejo.
Alburo will receive a cash prize of P5,000 and attendance to any Learning and Development Courses offered by CSC Regional Office VII of his choice for free as his rewards.
Three best entries were selected from each of the 16 regions in the country and out of the 48 entries, three were then picked again as winners for the National competition.
The participants were judged according to content and adherence to the theme, visual impact (including color and lighting), creativity and originality, and photography quality.
“The activity was visualized to provide a venue for public servants to create, appreciate, and spread positive images that would convey the beauty and importance of living despite the challenges and uncertainties brought by the COVID-19 situation,” CSC Human Resource Relations Office (HRRO) OIC Director III, Atty. Krunimar Antonio Escudero III said.
Escudero said that the photos sent as entries to the contest are a testament to the artistry and creativity of Filipino government workers.
The contest was organized by the CSC HRRO and PCSA Steering Committee.
The 1st CSC National Online Photography Contest Awarding Ceremony was held on September 15, 2020, and can be viewed in the Philippine Civil Service Commission Facebook page. (JDF)
A Welcome Message from the University President
CNU Medellin virtual commencement rites: A new beginning amid difficult times
“Graduation is more than walking across the stage to collect a diploma. It marks the beginning of the next phase of your life which is something worth celebrating even in this difficult time.”
This is what Dr. Kong Hwan Kim, Professor Emeritus of Ajou University, South Korea said as the Commencement Speaker of the 9th Commencement Rites of Cebu Normal University (CNU) Medellin Campus.
He visited CNU Main and CNU Medellin campuses last January to February this year as a volunteer professor teaching Korean language. He has also conducted a Lecture on Emerging Trends in Food Processing before the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak started in the Philippines.
Read related article: [Passion for teaching ignites volunteer Professor]
The 9th Commencement Rites of CNU Medellin Campus was live-streamed last Thursday, August 27 at the CNU Facebook page with the theme, Thriving, Leading, and Serving in the New Normal.
147 graduates comprised Batch 2020 of CNU Medellin Campus wherein two finished Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSEd) Major in English, 58 finished Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) with an area of concentration in General Education, and 87 finished Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM).
Six of the graduates earned Latin honors. Three BEEd graduates and another three from BTM were awarded as Cum Laude.
Kim said that the graduation of Batch 2020 is unique as it comes as the world faces suffering and economic devastation resulting from the pandemic. He said that graduation is a big achievement in any circumstance and all graduates should be proud of themselves.
He imparted that the graduation ceremony does not just celebrate a moment in time, but a culmination of years of learning about oneself and many other things.
“The friends and family who supported you every step of the way aren’t celebrating the piece of paper. They are celebrating you – how you’ve grown; the challenges you have overcome,” he said.
“Graduation marks your final passage into adulthood, the time when you are expected to fully take charge of your life’s direction. It is when you get to decide what’s important to you – the career you want to pursue; the values you want to live by that can be intimidating even under normal circumstances – and given the current situation, it can be downright scary,” Kim said.
He said that the graduates should start deciding for themselves.
“Your life has been station to station. There’s always some next test to take, or paper to write, or homework to submit. After today, there are no more stations. Nobody is assigning anything to you. You have to start assigning yourself,” he said.
“It is true that you are entering this new phase of your life at a daunting time. No matter how much you have done or how successful you have been, there is always more to do, always more to learn, and always more to achieve,” he added.
“I trust you can develop and grow as long as you are motivated to learn. The important thing to remember about career paths is that they don’t have to last forever,” Kim said.
He said that interests and skills evolve as people get older. He then advised the graduates to be open to change and not be afraid of trying something new.
He said that one can engage in daily lifelong learning either through socialization, trial and error, or self-initiating study.
He also reminded the graduates to practice the attitude of gratitude since it is probably the most important trait one can have as a source of both happiness and goodness.
“I know starting your careers in troubled time is a challenge, but it is also a privilege because moments like this force us to try harder and to dig deeper and discover gifts we never knew we had and find the greatness that lies within each of us,” Kim added.
“Finally, I like to remind you there is no doubt that you have a role to play in these difficult times whether that’s now or in the future for the nation that you all love,” he said before ending his message to the graduates.
The pronouncement of graduation was made by the University and Board Secretary Dr. Michelle Mae Olvido. CNU Medellin Campus Director Dr. Grace Malaga presented the candidates for graduation and their degrees were conferred by CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil.
Congratulatory messages then followed from Dr. Dayagbil, CNU Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Daisy Palompon, CNU Vice President for Research, Extension, and Publication Dr. Angeline Pogoy, and Medellin Mayor Joven Mondigo Jr.
The Alumni oath was led by the Federation of Cebu Normal University Alumni Association, Inc. (FCNUAAI) President Dr. Ramir Uytico after the University pledge.
A photo compilation of the graduates was then shown and the first virtual graduation ceremony of CNU Medellin Campus ended with the singing of the CNU hymn and the recessional.
A full copy of the 9th Commencement Rites of CNU Medellin Campus can also be viewed at the official YouTube channel of the University. (JDF)