Still high from the twin achievements of the Autonomous status and the IQuAME certification, Adamson University’s administrators and personnel from the academic and co-academic units came together on June 14 to inaugurate a new school year.
The traditional Annual General Assembly took place at the University Theater and began with a Mass presided by Fr. Rolando C. Santos, C.M., newly elected Provincial Visitor of the Congregation of the Mission. The processional of the academic and co-academic administrators and invocation by Fr. Bernie Diaz, C.M., Campus Ministry director, opened up proceedings for the main program.
The main tradition of the General Assembly is the report given by the University President on the achievements and areas of improvement for the previous school year. In his speech Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga Jr., C.M. emphasized the privileges and implications that the autonomous status brings to Adamson—just as prestigious and noteworthy the achievement is, the road to maintaining the high quality of education and service has only begun. The President also laid out several plans he wished to see fulfilled in time for the University’s 80th anniversary, which includes a dormitory for students and staff and a global reunion of Adamson alumni scattered around the world.
New academic and co-academic administrators were introduced to the community and sworn in also during the ceremony. Among the new academic administrators were Dr. Myrna L. Añes, who was promoted to the position of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs after her tireless efforts in securing the IQuAME certification and autonomous status. The co-academic administrators are Mrs. Delia Calimag, director of Library Services; Prof. Alejandria Chua, University Registrar; Bro. Henry Escurel, C.M., officer in charge for the new International Relations and Foreign Students office; Mrs. Ana Bellusa Pellejo, director of the Office for Guidance, Counseling, Placement, and Testing Service, and Engr. Orlando Lopez, former chair of the Civil Engineering Department and now director of the Physical Facilities Office.
The Human Resources Management and Development Office also launched the search for the Adamson University Most Outstanding Teacher. Mrs. Grace Rapsing, director of the HRMDO, explained the mechanics of the search. The program will start formally start sometime in August.
The theme for this year’s assembly was “Beyond Compliance: Building a Culture of Excellence.” The College of Business Administration served as host, with Dean Carl Mark Miniano heading the Organizing Committee. Yael Esperat