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LNU celebrates 94th Anniversary

- An Lantawan

Leyte Normal University is celebrating its 94th founding anniversary this coming March 4-7, 2015 through various events and activities lined for each day.

Anchored on the theme: "Bahandi-anon nga Katitirok ngan Karisyo Para han LNU," the festivities will commence at three o' clock in the afternoon of March 4, beginning with a Eucharistic Celebration, followed by the LNU Band Cheers, the Reminiscences, Existence, Aspirations, and the MTV Final Round, a music video competition, all at the university quadrangle.

A Parade for Unity takes place at nine a.m. during the second day at the City Circle. This will be followed by the Opening Program showcasing the Dance-Wave at the Quad, and the ILS and College Booth Exhibit dubbed: An Mga Bahandi Han LNU.

At noon, Sa-saro will take place, followed by A Salute to Women at one-thirty, Martial Arts Exhibition at two o' clock, Potpourri at Sundown (Faculty-Students Twilight Delight) at three-thirty, and the Concert: "Jam with Morissette Amon" at six, still at the quadrangle.

"Matilda" the musical gets the third day started at 8:30 a.m. at the Gym. At nine, the ILS Going Global happens, followed by Acoustic Connection at one-thirty, by the Faculty-Personnel Show in two parts at three-thirty, by Sutukil Pangiklop at seven, and by Shindig at seven-thirty, all at the ORC Quadrangle.

On the last day, there will be a Research Pageant at eight-thirty in the Admin Conference Room. Graduate School Convocation follows at nine-thirty in the Gym. At one o' clock, Graduate Students Alumni Frolic follows. At four thirty p.m., the Dayao Awards takes place there at the Gym.

Guests, visitors, and observers are welcome to watch these big events marking this year's anniversary of the region's premier university in teacher education, the Leyte Normal University.

MOA Sponsorship with Smart for LNU 94th Anniversary
- An Lantawan Photo by: Cladgedon Argawanon

AGREEMENT. LNU president, Dr. Jude Duarte(center), VP for Administration and Finance Clemelle Montallana, and dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Cleoffe Lajara, with Smart telecom reps as they discuss the year-block sponsorship for LNU activities.

Behind the desk

"I did not expect winning, what I did during that time was just to deliver my research paper." Said the man in his middle age who sits at his desk on a side overlooking the semi rectangle faculty room he leads. His desk's position doesn't seem to mean anything as he roams around the room talking to his colleagues followed by shared laughter.

The man is Dr. Rommel Verecio, Leyte Normal University's Information Technology Unit head, hailed best presenter during the International Research Conference on Business, Economics and Social Sciences last January 25-26, 2015 at Bayview Hotel in Singapore with his paper titled "LEVELING UP THE WORK SKILLS OF LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY BS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES VIA CURRICULUM DESIGN, FACILITIES, FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS."

The said conference was organized in collaboration with the International Organization for Research and Development (IORD) with a primary goal of providing opportunities for academicians and scientists along with professionals, policy makers and practitioners from various fields in a global realm to present their research contribution and views.

The Gist

Dr. Verecio's study sought to examine the employability skills or work skills acquired by the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology graduates from the university. Work skills were identified based on Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order 53, series of 2006, which categorizes work skills as personal, interpersonal, and technical understanding skills. The data were obtained from the responses of one hundred twenty four (124) graduates of S.Y. 2009-2010 to 2012-2013 Focus Group Discussions (FGD) with the faculty, facilities survey, and recommendations of accreditors. The study showed that the graduates' performances are good and satisfying but not the best. The implication from the finding is that, the university still needs to work hard to improve the ability and employability of their graduates in the job market where quality is more needed than quantity.

On the weaving

Being accredited Level I by the AACUP last December 2012; the BS Information Technology has been encouraged by the accreditors to make more IT related researches. As the BS Information Technology Unit head, Dr. Verecio made this now acclaimed research in the previous year in line with the said recommendations. According to him, it is his way of helping the unit. However, like most of the leaders hurdled with many responsibilities, making the paper was not a smooth sailing. He struggled with time. But he made through this with the full support from the university.

His efforts were paid off. He said that his research is a big help in terms of leveraging what they are now in the unit in dealing their instructions to the students because his study is about evaluating the skills of the graduates. The result of his study implies that the faculty members should exert more effort for producing "quality" graduates.

Under the limelight

Previously, he gained a special citation for Exemplary Research Involvement held last March 7, 2014 during the DAYAO Awards Ceremony. "For me, success is something that everyone can achieve." he said. With all these achievements, focus is everything according to him. "If one loves research, one should research," he added. Despite all these achievements, he is still planning to write more researches. For him, research is a tool to achieve the goals for national development and global competitiveness. He wants to do what is expected from each faculty - to be research-oriented with research outputs that are relevant to the needs of the university, the community and the nation. "Conducting research will contribute to the stock of human knowledge and will gradually improve the intellectual climate in the university." he explained.

Research enthusiasts from different universities in Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Iran, Turkey, Japan, Austria, Australia, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Korea, India, Nigeria, United Kingdom and many more participated in the conference.

He is 90% successful according to him. He still has 10% to work on.

To aspiring researchers...

"Always remember that you still have many things to learn about in this world, get excited by your topics. Be modest and do not speak of a subject if you do not know it. Attend various research fora, pageant or conferences may it be interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary in order to get experiences and see what works and what doesn't for you to get some perspective of your work. Stay interested in other fields and do not isolate yourself in your own comfort zone."

...said the man in his middle age who sits at his desk on a side overlooking the semi rectangle faculty room he leads. His desk's position doesn't seem to mean anything as he roams around the room talking to his colleagues followed by shared laughter.

Dribbling victory

It was the first time they joined such game. But they did not make it their last.

"Actually, I was hesitant because they were beginners, no experience. A lot of them were having difficulty even just dribbling or ball handling, especially shooting the ball, but then when we started practicing and then I saw that they were very interested and determined, it was all easy for us", said Mr. Ben James Siguan, the team's coach and trainor, in an interview with An Lantawan.

And it wasn't just an ordinary game. It was a knockout game - a game that their team cannot lose. Their points were so close from start to finish. Mr. Siguan admitted that the other team was leading and that they got a little behind but they were able to pull up.

"It was defense. We've been practicing defense more than offense so most of the time, we can force turnover. At the same time, the kids were very, very determined to win. They were hustling. They forced to win the game", he added.

Humble beginnings

Because most of the players were sons of faculty and staff of LNU, they were called Baby Normalista.

The team was formed in October of last year. As soon as they got the invitation on the same month, they immediately held tryouts right after the 2014 SCUAA. Trainings were held very often in connection to the upcoming game.

"It's a good thing that the administration is very supportive. They helped us transfer the basketball rings from Youngfield up to here so accessible na. Kids were able to play almost every day on their own and then we have parents who are very, very supportive", Mr. Siguan remarked.

"The game schedule is every Saturday kaya lang because of the Christmas break and the typhoon and the Papal visit, na-delay hin how many weeks", he said.

Moment of truth

When asked how he felt during the championship game, Mr. Siguan said they were having some kind of 'drama'. This drama refers to the moment when one of the best players was absent because of the EVRAA meet held during the same time.

"The other guys stepped up as always. There was Patrick Manatad and Jethro Candiza, among others. The level of the game was very competitive compared to other leagues. The organizers were very good also because they make sure that the students will develop sportsmanship. It was very inspiring", he held.

Playing eight games with 7 wins and 1 loss, the Baby Normalista team won the championship title on the game sponsored by the Bethel International School.

"The kids were already having the initiative to behave especially before the games. They prayed before the start of the game and they cheered for each other. They were very disciplined. They were so bonded. I think that was the prize, not only the championship. They were very united especially during the championship game", Mr. Siguan added.

Next game plan

"After the championship, the students were very, very excited to go back to practice. They were saying they miss the days when we were having practice", he shared.

However, they are also conscious with regard to the academic standing of the players. "Were limiting the days of practice so it will not affect their academics especially if there are examinations", clarified Mr. Siguan.

"Parents love it. They were saying it will limit their kids from playing computer games. At least they will have physical activities", he ended.

As of now, they are waiting for invitations to play from other schools and organizations.

It was their first time to join such game yet they brought home not only the bacon but also medals and trophies. They proved that not because they're just beginners, that doesn't mean they can't win.

Indeed, all their efforts and the sacrifices they made have paid off.

To Welcome the Pope, LNU to Host Thousands of Pilgrims

Clemelle L. Montallana

Tacloban City - "Let us welcome the Pope by taking care of its people". Dr. Jude A. Duarte LNU President exhorts the LNU Community.

At Leyte Normal University preparations are underway to host thousands of pilgrims most particularly coming from the parish of St. Mathew in Jaro, Leyte , St. Rose de Lima of Barugo, Leyte and St. Anthony de Padua in Tunga, Leyte. Arriving on the 16th of January 2015, the pilgrims are slated to stay in the College Building, Obdulia Ronda Cinco Building and Humanities Building.

Mercy and Compassion, the buzzword and theme for the Papal Visit to the Philippines is best exemplified with the converging of help and efforts from different segments of society . In Tacloban and Palo these theme is lived-up by the collective help of everyone in preparing for the Popes visit . LNU President Jude A. Duarte , exhorted the LNU Community to assist and help in the efforts to make the pilgrims comfortable and ready to meet the pontiff.

Fr. Aaron Quilaneta , estimated the registered pilgrims numbering up to 1,250 up. The LNU Administration with the Office of the Vice President for Administration had meet with officials of the University to prepare for the coming of the highest vicar of the catholic church. Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio , in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before beginning seminary studies.[3] He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1969 and from 1973 to 1979 was Argentina's Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998 and was created a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Throughout his public life, both as an individual and as a religious leader, Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor and his commitment to dialogue.

Students of LNU had volunteered in their respective parishes and some in the National Service Training Program . Faculty and personnel had their own parish and community duties . Including LNU EAGLES the rescue and medical corps of the university participating as emergency response team members. All officials of the university are extending services in their official and their capacity as parishioner.The university will be extending medical and other assistance to the pope including ecclesiastical activities like live rosary and film showing of the mercy and compassion that the Pope is famous and known for.