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AUP Academy Announces First Virtual Alumni Homecoming

AUP Academy Announces First Virtual Alumni Homecoming

Not even the pandemic can stop AUP Academy from calling on all batches (PUCA/AUPA) and its living alumni, faculty, and principals (1930s-2021) to a grand homecoming. This event will be the first in virtual mode to celebrate its 104th founding anniversary on June 25-27, 2021 via the “Zoom” platform.

To introduce the significant event online, last May 1, young alumni batches led the Sabbath worship services streamed live via Zoom, Facebook live, and Youtube. Batch presidents from 2010-2021 led the Divine Hour of Worship, with Pastor Carmelito “Ging” Galang Jr.  (President, AUPA 1974), delivering God’s message to the alumni.

Older alumni will recall that the first four grand homecomings happened face to face in 1994 and 1995 under the AUPA Alumni Association (AUPAAA) President Dr. Ephraim Dela Cruz (AUPA 1968) and Academy Principal Ceasar F. Idaosos with the faculty. The 3rd and 4th grand alumni homecomings happened in 2008 and 2011, both headed by AUPAAA President Leo Arit (AUPA 1977) and Academy Principal Elmie Lynn V. Lagajino (AUPA 1978) with the faculty.

Themes of all the homecoming celebrations were titles of songs, namely “Bring Back the Feeling,” “Those Were the Days,” “Through the Years,” and “Yesterday once More. “This year’s theme, “Malayo Man, Malapit Din,” is also a song title but for the first time in Filipino, translated in English as “Far apart, yet close at heart.”

Current AUPAAA President Emmanuel “Manny” Dizon (AUPA 1978), along with AUPA Principal Ardel V. Sarmiento, express their warm welcome to all batch presidents and their respective batch members to fill out the alumni tracking form posted online.

Although officially scheduled on June 25-27, different batches from the 1950s to the 2000s prepared a 45-50 minute potpourri of talents and activities spread out daily, online starting May 27, according to program coordinators, Maam Olive Tolentino and Sir Cyril Punay (AUPA 2010).  President Manny further disclosed, “Since it’s going to be virtual and online, perhaps there will be no more excuses not to attend any of the programs?”

Click here to fill-up the AUP ACADEMY ALUMNI TRACKING-PROFILE form.

AUP Faculty Participated in the Geoscience Research Institute Book Project

AUP Faculty Participated in the Geoscience Research Institute Book Project

The Geoscience Research Institute (GRI) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church spearheaded the book project that affirms the biblical accounts and relates them to origins, design, and catastrophe.

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Dr. Orlex B. Yllano of the Department of Biology, College of Science and Technology contributed a chapter in the book “Design and Catastrophe:  51 Scientists Explore Evidence in Nature. This book is a collection of essays on the extensive evidence of design and catastrophe in our world and affirms the biblical teaching of origin. It has 51 chapters grouped into nine interesting parts: In the Beginning, Of Life and Molecules,  A Green World, Filling the Waters and the Air, Let the Earth Bring Forth, In God’s Image, Interdependence and Cooperation, Out of Eden, and Vestiges of Catastrophe. Dr. John T. Baldwin from Andrews University mentioned in his review,  “These essays on earth and life sciences, physics, mathematics and astronomy ably illustrate that Scripture provides a solid platform from which to explore the natural world through scientific research.” This 240-page book was edited by Dr. James L.  Gibson, Dr. Ronny Nalin, and Dr. Humberto M. Rasi.  This book may be utilized as a complementary resource material for life science faculty and students and also intended for general readership. The book is now available for purchase from Andrews University Online Bookstore and Amazon.

Bubble Group Observes Strict Health Protocols

Bubble Group Observes Strict Health Protocols

Fourth-year medicine, nursing, and medical technology students who arrived for the permitted limited face-to-face classes are managed as a “bubble” group.  Since the in-person courses have not started hence, they shifted to online innovative skills laboratory classes. Strict health protocols for bubble areas requires constancy for health and safety.  Non-residents are prohibited from going in and out of the following areas:

  1. Apartment F-3rd and 4th floors,
  2. Molave Hall-1st and 2nd floors,
  3. Dama de Noche
  4. Cattleya-1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
AUP College of Education (COE) Conducts 2nd CPD Webinar

AUP College of Education (COE) Conducts 2nd CPD Webinar

“Facilitating Learning in Online Modes: Pedagogy and Methods in the New Normal Context” was the theme of COE’s 2nd CPD webinar for the second semester, on April 23, 2021. The Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC) assigned another eight Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for this.  In this webinar AUP College of Education (COE) professors served more than 180 participants from Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU). Netizens may recall that on February 7, COE conducted its first webinar for the semester as a Community Extension Service during AUP’s 104th foundation celebration. According to Dr. Leonardo Dorado, Dean of COE, “As Center of Excellence in teacher education, COE is committed to providing CPD training to teachers not only as a requirement for the renewal of teaching licenses but also to help them cope with the demands of the 21st Century classrooms, especially in the new normal setting. He further disclosed, “The next webinar on May 4 and 5 will serve the Central Philippine Union Conference (CPUC) teachers.”

SKSU Webinar Program (PDF)

Research Office Hosts 3rd International Research Forum (3IRF) Virtually

Research Office Hosts 3rd International Research Forum (3IRF) Virtually

Not even the pandemic could stop the Research Office of AUP from hosting its 3rd International Research Forum (3IRF) on April 22. The forum, conducted virtually for the first time through the Zoom platform, featured 54 individual or group research presentations that focused on the theme, “Building the Research Chasm: Transforming Development in the New Normal.” A total of 176 research enthusiasts attended the 3IRF convened in 2 plenary sessions and five breakout rooms each in the morning and afternoon presentations for Business and Governance, Arts and Humanities, Allied Health, Theology, and Education.

Guest speakers included Dr. Ruel Almocera, Director of DMin. Program, Adventist International Institute for Advanced Studies (AAIAS), Dr. Samuel Gaikwad, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, AIIAS, and Dr. Rowena R. Antemano, Adjunct Professor from Mountain View College. Dr. Jolly S. Balila, AUP’s Research Office Director, who collaborates with Dr. Vicky Mergal, Asst. VP for Graduate Studies and their respective teams expressed appreciation for all guest resource speakers, presenters, participants, and the administration, for the support. Dr. Juvy Lou T. Bathrai, faculty of the College of Arts and Humanities, served as Master of Ceremony.

 

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Click here to view the 3rd IRF Book of Abstracts & Proceedings in PDF format