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DLSU and UniLaSalle students take part in Ecology field trip to the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station

As part of the requirements for the Ecology course, 11 out of 13 students from UniLaSalle, a La Sallian University in France, and all 13 students from the BS Human Biology, BS Biology and BSEd Major in Biology programs of DLSU spent their field trip at the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station in Lian, Batangas last November 10-11, 2018.

 

The students performed laboratory techniques learned in their lab classes in testing the water quality of one of the freshwater streams connected to Talim Bay. They were also able to appreciate the rich marine biodiversity of the area through a guided snorkeling activity of the nearby coral reef with the Lian Fisherfolk Association (LFA), a fisher community fostered by DLSU’s COSCA. Members of the class also went on an early morning hike up Mt. Tikbalang where they saw the interconnectivity of the upland and marine ecosystems of the area. Finally, the class together with COSCA facilitators, Leo Tadeña, Annadel Sapugay and Roel Quenamot, experienced a focused group discussion (FGD) with a new fisher community organization called SAMLOK (Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Sulok) to learn more about the socio-economic situation of our fishermen and help in the creation of sustainable development plans for the area.

The faculty organizers for the trip were Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan and Dr. Chona Camille Abeledo of the Biology Department. They were assisted by Ysa Mendoza and Princess Zyrlyn Mordeno of the SHORE Center.

Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC receives posthumous award from the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering

Manila, Philippines- De La Salle University (DLSU) Former President Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC was given the Distinguished Vanguard of Philippine Science Award by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) last October 24, at the National Institute of Physics, Diliman, Quezon City.

The posthumous award was given to Br. Andrew for his path-breaking and innovative contributions to the field of education. A staunch advocate of Science and Technology, he was highly instrumental in transforming DLSU from a teaching institution into a research-centered university.

Br. Andrew supported the deployment of DLSU engineering faculty in order to take PhDs in Australia, Japan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom under the Department of Science and Technology Engineering and Science Education Project (DOST ESEP). This subsequently established DLSU as the flagship private university geared towards building the country’s science and engineering capacity. In addition, he forged strong linkages with academic institutions in the Europe, Japan, and the United States, making DLSU a university of global repute.

The Professor of Language and Literature, University Fellow, and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician was lauded for his numerous academic achievements throughout his lifetime. He is also most well-known for serving as DLSU’s president from 1994 to 1998. He was also a former Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS).

DLSU offers new courses on Islamic Banking

Beginning this term, De La Salle University is offering course electives on Islamic Banking to all graduate students of business.

A pioneering initiative in the country’s academic sector, the programs are offered in pursuit of Senate Bill (SB) 668 or the Philippine Islamic Financing Act.

This move seeks to address the growing need for young professionals versed in Islamic finance both locally and within the region. It also aims to promote SB 668, which provides for the opening of the local Islamic finance sector to new players.

The courses  will be under the tutelage of the Amanah Islamic Bank CEO and Chairman of the Board, Alex Bangcola.  Amanah Islamic Bank is a subsidiary of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Bangcola has over 20 years of professional work in finance, marketing, and energy development. His experiences in these fields include, among others, working as advisor for the Bangsamoro Affairs for Amanah Islamic Bank from 2012 to 2015, vice-president for World Energy Corporation, and group finance manager for the Lootah Group of Companies (Dubai, UAE). He also taught in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology and Ateneo de Davao University.

DLSU College of Law wins top award in international mediation competition

Reanne Nichole Lelius Apostol (left) with YIMC officials

 

HONG KONG – The De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) bagged one of the top awards from the recently concluded 4th Youth International Mediation Competition (YIMC) organized by the prestigious Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd. held in Hong Kong.

Senior year law student Reanne Nichole Lelius Apostol received the Toscar Award, which recognizes the best mediation client during the competition.

The DLSU COL delegation was composed of sophomore student Vin Ching, who took part as mediator, and senior student Fidea Encarnacion, who worked alongside Apostol as counsel. Last year’s Colin J. Wall Award for Best Mediator Awardee, Romeo Lanzarrote, served as the team’s coach.

The YIMC is a competition organized by Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd. Delegates are made to take part in a 2-day training program before commencing with the competition proper. It is an international arbitration mooting competition, which is attended by more than 120 teams from all over the world.

DLSU Full Professor is 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomat

DLSU Full Professor Dr. Michael Promentila

 

DLSU Chemical Engineering Full Professor and DLSU Laguna Campus Pioneer Research Faculty Dr. Michael Promentilla was recently named as one of the 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomats.

Organized by the Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute of De La Salle-Araneta University, the awarding ceremony was held during the 2nd ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly at Ritz Hotel, Davao City last April 23-27.

The summit gathered the scientists and engineers from the region. The participants were trained for scientific language communication in the context of climate change and energy for public and professional engagements.

 

DLSU’s first woman and lay president receives honorary doctorate from St. Mary’s College of California

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU’s first woman and lay President, now Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Carmelita Quebengco AFSC marked another milestone in her career and in the University’s history as she was conferred an honorary doctorate by St. Mary’s College of California during its Academic Convocation in the first quarter of 2018.

The first woman honoree of St. Mary’s College Academic Convocation, Quebengco was conferred the degree Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, honoris causa. It is her second honorary degree; she received her first honorary doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2010 from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.

She was recognized for her pioneering work and leadership in education, specifically at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) where she served as founding Dean; the various innovations she introduced at DLS-CSB and DLSU; and her establishment of a culturally appropriate school for Mangyan children in the uplands of Southern Mindoro.

Furthermore, she was cited for her work at the Pacific Asia Regional Conference of the Lasallian Institute as well as the Lasallian Education Mission Office of the Christian Brothers Institute in Rome, where she is one of only two first lay women Lasallian Partners appointed by the Superior General to a leadership post.

In her speech, Quebengco shared lessons from her experience as a Lasallian teacher, researcher, and administrator. A University Fellow who has risen from the ranks, she spoke of the various challenges that she faced, such as the time she was still a teacher at La Salle Green Hills until she found her vocation, helping the Hanunuo Mangyans, an indigenous tribe in Mindoro and one of the most neglected sectors in the country.

She became a DLSU faculty and later administrator assigned to various posts, eventually becoming the first woman Executive Vice President/Chancellor of the University. During her watch as the first lay and woman University President in 2003, DLSU received the highest accreditation level in the Philippines and ranked as the top private university in the country in the THES-QS World University Rankings that year. She currently serves as Senior Consultant to the DLSU President, and likewise holds the position of one of three At-large Trustees of the International Association of La Salle Universities (IALU).  There are only two women in the IALU Board. Quebengco is also a Trustee of some 20 schools and universities, national professional organizations, NGOs, and educational accrediting bodies.

DLSU international congress highlights innovation through action research

 

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Focusing on the theme “Action Research for Innovations in Education,” the Lasallian Institute for Development and Educational Research (LIDER), together with the DLSU Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education hosted the 3rd International Congress on Action Research, Action Learning (ARAL 2018) last May 24-26 at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

A pre-congress intensive lecture workshop was held on May 23 to orient researchers on the process of producing a clear Action Research Plan, from conceptualization of topics, brainstorming, and writing of the AR plan, to the presentation of output and critiquing of outputs by experts.

ARAL 2018 was formally opened on May 24, with DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC delivering the welcome remarks.

The keynote lecture entitled, “Conducting Research, Dissemination of Knowledge and Building a Career: A Discussion from Different Perspectives,” was delivered by Prof. LO Sing Kai of the Education University of Hong Kong.

For the plenary lectures, the featured speakers were: Dr. Bronwyn Williams, professor of English and Director of the University Writing Center of the University of Louisville, who talked on “Joining the Conversation: Strategies for Publishing Action Research”; DLSU Management and Organization Department Professor Dr. Benito Teehankee,  who delivered the lecture “Critical Realist Action Research”; and DLSU Science Education Full Professor Dr. Maricar Prudente, who shared her research on “Filipino Teachers’ Perceptions about the Principles, Attitudes, and Processes in Doing Action Research.”

The workshop series touched on action research in the fields of math, science, languages, educational technology, and educational leadership.

Speakers for the lecture seminars, aside from Williams, were: Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller, also from the University of Louisville ; Dr. Mimi Rojo-Laurilla, program coordinator of Speakers Bank and Innovative Business Programs of Annecto Inc. in Australia; Dr. Jerome Ouano, an Educational Psychology specialist; and  Dr. Sterling Plata, an advocate of assessment reform for a growth mindset.

 

 

 

 

Lasallians win 2018 Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship

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PIDC National Champions: DLSU students Kit Albert, Patrich Lozano, and Marina Lim

 

The La Salle Debate Society (LSDS) bagged the national championship for this year’s Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debate Championship (PIDC), which was held last June 8 to 13 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mandaluyong City.

All three members of LSDS also bagged other major honors. Kit Albert (IV-Japan Studies and Legal Management), Patrich Lozano (III- Marketing Management), and Marina Lim (III- Development Studies and Management of Financial Institutions), were named Overall Best Speaker, 3rd Best Speaker, and 7th Best Speaker respectively.

120 debaters from 24 schools from all over the Philippines vied for the coveted title. The competition had 7 preliminary rounds and 4 rounds for the final series. Each round had different themes such as education, economics, health, social movements, international relations, powers of the state, religion, national issues, and environment. For the grand finals, the motion debated was about housing and development.

The PIDC is the largest national debate tournament in the Asian Parliamentary format.

DLSU CE PhD student won best presentation at 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

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At the 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE 2018) held in Osaka, Japan last March 29 to 30, Engr. Erica Elice S. Uy was awarded “Best Presentation” for her paper entitled “Full-Field Estimation of Cyclic Threshold Shear Strain.” Engr. Uy is a PhD student of the Civil Engineering department and a scholar of the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT). She is currently at Nagoya University for her Sandwich Program which is also funded by the ERDT. The paper is co-authored by her adviser Dr. Jonathan R. Dungca, Civil Engineering Department and Sandwich Program supervisors Dr. Toshihiro Noda and Dr. Kentaro Nakai, Geotechnical Engineering Division Graduate School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Nagoya University Geotechnical Engineering.

The ICSMGE aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Original article can be found here.

 

World Water Day 2018 at DLSU

DLSU World Water Day 2018

 

Last March 22-23, 2018, the first World Water Day (WWD), with the theme “Answer is in Nature; Nature for Water”, was held in De La Salle University-Manila.  It was organized by the Civil Engineering Department – Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering Division and the Civil Engineering Society.  World Water Day is sponsored by Healthy Family Purified Water which is an advocacy by Manila Water Total Solutions.  By celebrating World Water Day, the organizers promoted sustainability and awareness regarding the emerging technologies in water resources engineering and how nature is the solution to water-related problems.

On the first day of the celebration of the World Water Day, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held in Velasco Bench 3 to officially open the booth.  The Gokongwei College of Engineering Dean, Dr. Jonathan Rivera Dungca, the Vice Chairperson of Civil Engineering Department, Dr. Mario De Leon, alongside Dr. Marla Maniquiz-Redillas, Engr. Richard De Jesus, Engr. Joenel Galupino, Engr. Maria Emilia Sevilla, Engr. Paolo Ian Lucero, and Engr. Miller Cutora were present during the opening ceremony of the booth.

 

The booth design itself revolved around the theme, where numerous civil engineering students, and professors were wearing blue and were seen participating in the booth activities. After the ribbon cutting, videos about water resources from UNICEF and civil engineering students who took CIVWARE in the previous term were shown to the audience. Free bottled water were also distributed to students who posted photos or selfies online using WWD’s official hashtags.

A seminar on the second day of the World Water Day celebration was held in the Don Enrique T. Yuchengco Hall of DLSU-Manila. Civil Engineering students especially students taking up water-related subjects and students specializing in Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering actively participated in the discussion during the seminar.  The invited speakers, Engr. Trevor Morrish-Hale from Royal HaskoningDHV, Engr. Anya Arguelles from CH2M, and Dr. Renan Tanhueco from the CE Department, each talked about their research and experiences in the water industry field.

Engr. Morrish-Hale, discussed the technologies behind land reclamation. He started the talk by asking the audience about what they know about the sea level rise, and expounded on the process behind reclamation and the challenges that can be encountered when conducting it. Dr. Tanhueco, on the other hand, shared his case study in partnership with other researchers who were also faculty members in DLSU, perceptions towards the use of eco-toilets in rural or low communities. The benefits of using eco-toilets, such as water conservation, nutrient supplementation for plants, and refined sanitation, were emphasized during his talk. The third and last speaker, Engr. Arguelles talked about the treatment of wastes, specifically industrial wastes.

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