THE University of St. La Salle (USLS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Wednesday with the United States Embassy Manila Public Affairs Section (PAS) to jointly establish the American Corner in the campus.

The MOU was signed by USLS president and chancellor Bro. Raymundo Suplido and Princess Grace Wooden, deputy officer of the Thomas Jefferson Information Corner (TJIC) of the US Embassy in Manila, at the Alfredo M. Montelibano Sr. AFSC Library of USLS.

USLS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Marie Therese Jochico and External Relations director Rhoderick Samonte witnessed the signing.

Under the agreement, which takes effect for three more years, the American Corner at the USLS will also be accessible to non-Lasallian researchers.

The PAS will also provide additional print, non-print and electronic resources for research about USA’s history, life and culture, and political and social processes, Wooden said.

“The USLS American Corner is doing a great job,” she added.

There are 12 other American Corner information centers in the Philippines.

For his part, Suplido said, “This is a great way to update and expand the services of the center to the Lasallians and non-Lasallians as well.”

PAS will also organize periodic US speaker programs, cultural events, educational programs, language teaching/learning, and alumni activities.

Suplido also stressed the importance of global education to the holistic academic life of students.

Also present at the signing were USLS American Studies Program chair Mary Grace Alvarez, program members Leizel Del Sol and Lyn Marie Mapa; Vice Chancellor for Mission and Development Geoffrey Bergante, CBA dean Marissa Quezon, CoE dean Cherry Anne Biaco, and CoN dean Jocelyn Cadena.

On the same day, Wooden conducted a demonstration on electronic library at the American Corner.

Located at the Montelibano Library, the American Corner initially opened as the Center for American Studies in August 1993.

A day before the MOU signing, JFIC-PAS and the USLS American Studies Program hosted English language lectures at the Cody Conference Room, attended by about 40 University language professors and invited faculty members from other schools.

The lectures featured US Department of State Regional English Language Officer Dawn Rogier and Senior English Language Fellow Kelly Wonder.

Rogier conducted the lecture on “Online Resources for English Language Teachers” while Wonder talked on “Engaging Learners through Small Group Teaching.”

The lecturers also introduced the American English website that offers resources for teaching and learning the American English language and culture, materials for teacher development, access to Trace Effects English learning game, and supplemental resources. (PR)