Taking Notice-A A +A
My Palm Notes
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
WHO would have noticed? As the past year came to a close, not so many took cognizance of some of the most interesting developments in the area.
For one, the leading local universities have poured in investments, beautifying their facades, frontage and entrances to their campuses.
Both the Angeles University Foundation and the Holy Angel University have been into major facelifts, with the latter having a better look, given its wide vacant space by the corner road that was really worked at, aesthetically.
AUF, on the one hand, has also given its main building a new finish that resembles those in modern US campuses with its new brick overlays.
It is also on a massive build-up at its Marisol campus (the former TB Pavillion) where a track and field oval, an olympic swimming pool, some tennis and volleyball courts, a soccer field – a whole sports complex – could easily fit in with its vast 4-hectare land.
Also in there is the AUF Museum which houses not only the school’s memorabilia from its humble beginnings but also some artifacts and souvenirs from our country’s past leaders like President Diosdado P. Macapagal.
It is also interesting to note how the Angeles family (from the late founder Barbara Y. Angeles and husband Apung Gustin, Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles and son Atty. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles) regard the role of media in community and nation building and how they have made it a part of their institution’s rich heritage.
In one of their glass-enclosed exhibits is a photo of Pampanga Press Club event from way back. The photo captured the recognition given by former PPC President Jose M. Roman to Barbara Y. Angeles in 1962. There’s also a separate display of that exact Award of Recognition that was co-signed on August 25 that year by Felipe R. Siron, PPC Secretary at that time.
The award was laminated in wood which we all know was the best plaque framing there is during those days.
More than the physical improvements and beautification, people need to know what these universities accomplish for the studentry, the community, the nation. And AUF is also glowing in that aspect and in many fields.
Here are some of what AUF achieved the past year.
For the whole university per se, it was recommended for ISO 9001-2008 recertification by TUV-SUD, a leading quality audit firm. We all know what ISO certifications mean and represent. It means having high standards in various processes and endeavors that are comparable if not better than leading entities.
On a per college basis, its School of Law which is known to have stellar faculty with retired justices, registered the highest passing rate in the country based on the October 2012 bar exams.
The School of Medicine posted a whopping 100% passing rate in August 2013 Physician licensure exams while Dr. Rodolfo Ng, 2013, faculty member, was conferred a Dr. Jose P. Rizal National Award
The College of Allied Medical Professions (CAMP) ranked number six nationwide with its 96.47% passing rate. The MedTech board also had 4th and 6th placers from AUF in August 2013 licensure exams. For Physical Therapy (PT), AUF also had the highest passing rate in Central Luzon, for schools with more than 10 examinees, in February 2013 PT board exams.
Now tell me if these are not glowing yet. And there’s even more.
College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) - highest passing rate in Central Luzon, in May 2013 Accountancy board exams and 1st place, business plan presentation, first leg of the JAPI national competitions (beating UP, Ateneo, and DLSU); to compete in the finals in April 2014.Kudos to Dean Chere Cato-Yturralde there.
College of Criminal Justice Education - was top 4 nationwide, 87.69% passing rate, in October 2013 Criminology board exams.
College of Engineering and Architecture - ranked number one among private universities in Central Luzon, in May and October 2013 Civil Engineering board exams and April 2013 Electronics Engineering board exams
College of Education - ranked number one among private universities in Central Luzon, in October 2013 BSEd board exams. It also has five students who are now scholars for Masters in Chinese language teaching at Fujian Normal University
The College of Nursing which has produced a lot of the most successful (if not highest paid) nurses in North America, the Middle East and other parts of the globe ranked number one in Central Luzon, 93.71% passing rate, 11 in top 20, in June 2013 Nursing board exams
There were also outstanding students, student groups, athletes, teachers and various organs of the AUF that excelled. They include the following:
From the College of Computer Studies are Joyce Macaspac, who is among the first to acquire NCIV in Game Development while Mr. Norrence Tan and Reijanniel Campos became finalists in SMART and IdeaSpace National Competition.
From CAMP, Diomari Tayag bagged 4 gold medals 2013 Australasian IPSC Handgun Championships.
From the College of Arts and Sciences, Cheska Kabiling became a 2013 GMA Network Excellence Awardee while Helaine Fabian and others run away with awards as National Collegiate Student Leadership Assembly.
Eleanora Ruzaeva of the CBA, Most Outstanding Foreign Student of the Philippines, 44th Philippine International Friendship Organization (PIFO) Search. CBA also bagged the Overall Championship – Big Bite – Northern Food Festival Culinary Cook Off
The Confucius Institute was awarded as most outstanding in the world for 2013 The AUF Integrated School has Rosita Ramos who was adjudged 2013 Most Outstanding Educator in Angeles City
The AUF Athletics and Pep Squad won the regional championship in the National Cheerleading and Dance tourney. They will compete in the national level in March this year. The AUF basketball team took 2nd runner-up in Milo Passarelle.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 22, 2014.