“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”
The Academic Emphasis Day is an annual program conceptualized by the Academic Administration Council spearheaded by the Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The program serves as a welcome to new students as well as the old students and to introduce the academic programs that AUP has to offer. This year marks the first time that a virtual program was aired live via the live streaming platform of facebook due to the pandemic.
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With the theme “Follow”, Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) held their spiritual emphasis week, through morning and afternoon sessions from March 16 to 21, 2020 at Philippine International Church (PIC) with Pastor Don MacLafferty as the guest speaker.
The semestral week of prayer is held in support of our institution’s mission in helping the students have a closer relationship with Christ through the prayer sessions and the study of the bible. With the leadership of PIC Pastoral staff headed by Pastor Rex Mangiliman and Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM). The weeklong program started with student ushers welcoming worshipers. The guest speaker Pastor Don MacLafferty has worked with children and teens for over twenty years. Pastor MacLafferty lives in Ooltewah, TN with his wife April and their three children. Pastor Don is an Associate Pastor of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church and founder and director of Kids in Discipleship, a ministry equipping parents and caregivers to mentor kids as empowered disciples of Jesus. The weeklong program has become much notable as it strives amidst the pandemic COVID-19. It did not stop students, faculty and staff who stayed on campus to continue with the week of prayer, of which later on turned into a week of revival for all, with two precious souls baptized by the end of the program. Despite the challenges that came, AUP and PIC family hopes that through these revival programs, students, faculty and staff will find the passion to continue to stand firm on their faith as they continue to serve and prepare for eternity.
Dr. Doris A. Mendoza, founding and current dean of the Adventist University of the Philippines-College of Medicine (AUP-COM) was the recipient of the 2020 Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) Global Service Award, given at the vesper service held on March 6, 2020, at the LLUH University church during the LLU homecoming weekend.
The prestigious award is presented to individuals whose commitment to global service exemplifies Loma Linda University Health’s worldwide mission through healthcare, education, and/or research. Present to the awarding was Loma Linda University president Dr. Richard Hart, along with some AUP alumni, family and friends of Dr. Mendoza. Dr. Doris started her ministry with LLUH in January 2007 when she began her mentoring program in the areas of pediatric cardiology and heart transplantation as well as spirituality, wholeness and Christian bioethics. After this, Dr. Mendoza served formerly at West Visayan State University before serving at the AUP-COM as the founding and current dean of AUP-College of Medicine. With this milestone, AUP continues to inspire more aspiring medical doctors to pursue becoming five-star plus-physician missionaries who will bring wholeness to the world through Christ Jesus.
Ira Alexis Aclan, Jezrael Casel, and Robbie Castro were the three chosen students as the first clinical clerks of Adventist University of the Philippines—College of Medicine (AUP-COM) sent abroad for their two weeks clinical rotations in the different fields of medicine at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) from January 19 to February 7, 2020. The clinical clerks were accompanied by Dr. Elmer Valenzona, the clinical clerkship coordinator.
The AUP-LLUH international medical student elective is an international extension clinical rotation of senior medical students to Loma Linda University. The purpose of the program is to have senior medical students gain clinical exposure to elective subjects such as surgery, pediatrics, OB, internal medicine, E.R. department and the like. The visit is an initial invitation from the Global Health Institution (GHI)-Loma Linda Program.
The objective of the program is to strengthen the bond between AUP-COM and LLU School of Medicine and a sign of affirmation as a sister institution. It is also for the inclusion of the details of the clinical clerkship rotation in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which was for renewal and approval. The visit was also an opportunity to talk with the Dean of the School of Medicine of LLUH; Dr. Tamara Thomas and Dr. Kevin Codorniz; overall clinical clerkship coordinator of LLUH, where they had a discussion about the positive approval of the MOA which will be affirmed by Dr. Doris A. Mendoza; AUP-COM Dean on her visit on March 2020.
If approved, under the MOA between the sister-institutions, a maximum of six students from AUP-COM will be eligible for one-month clinical elective rotations at LLUH. Criteria for students to attend the clinical clerkship rotation are as follows: (1)spiritual aspect; students must have intact core values of a true Adventist/Christian believer, (2) academic aspect, students chosen must also excel on their classes, (3) good social and communication skills, and lastly (4) financial capability.
With this sisterhood between the two institutions, AUP looks forward to gaining many opportunities in developing and producing outstanding physician missionaries.
AUP-PUC Alumni of Western North America (AWESNA) extended help to working students of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) through an assistance program held at the commission point—Centennial park on February 15, 2020.
Headed by the AUP Working Student Association (WSA), its officers along with the Student Services Office and the University Advancement Office, working students gathered together for an assistance program rendered by AWESNA alumni. The program started with a devotional of which Gino Virtucio, an AB Theology student and the WSA president gave the devotional message. Several working students also rendered their ministry by sharing their talents in singing. Mrs. Ceres Arevalo Gurango, the representative of the Alumni from Great Los Angeles, along with other AUP alumni supporters were present and recognized for the assistance they have shared with AUP working students. A hearty dinner was served after the worship program, followed by the gift-giving, where working students received hygienic kits from the alumni.
These alumni continue to hope that through the help that they continue to extend, AUP working students would be encouraged to finish their education in the institution and be used in the future in the gospel work throughout the world.