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In an effort to maintain international linkages with ASEAN countries, Baliuag University (BU) has renewed its partnership with Thailand’s Chumphon Sueksa School on April 6, 2015. Mr. Kitti Kittichontawat, director/owner of Chumphon visited the University, along with his faculty members, for the renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement.
Chumphon Sueksa School is a primary elementary school that has collaborated with BU’s College of Education for the practice teaching/on-the-job training of its teacher education students. Trainees receive free accommodation and honoraria for providing English tutorial classes for their on-the-job training.
A significant number of teacher education students have already completed their on-the-job training in the said school. After their OJT, the school management offers teaching jobs to practicumers, resulting in not a few number of BU education graduates working there. In fact, the current principal of the Thai school, Ma. Rhodelynne Gonzalez-Thepwarin, was a graduate of Baliuag University and had also completed her on-the-job training in Chumphon.
With their growing commitment to strengthen the partnership, Chumphon Sueksa School is preparing to send some of its students for an English Camp at the Basic Education Department of the University.
Baliuag University (BU) has launched a career training program for graduating students last March 21, 2015, in partnership with Berlitz and Avalerion Capital Pte. Ltd. Berlitz is the world’s premier language services firm that provides language instruction to students and professionals all over the world, while Avalerion Capital, Pte. Ltd. is a company incorporated in Singapore that seeks to build long-term value, growth and employment with their portfolio companies. This is the partnership’s first endeavor in the Philippines, with BU as the premiere university to partner with them.
The program, dubbed “Test Your Skills-A Kick-Start Career Development Event for Graduating Students” aims to prepare Information Technology (IT) and Business Administration (BA) graduating students for the real world of work through industry specific language training and soft skills development. The kick-start training offered business English and career development programs like networking, business relationships, markets, advertising, customer service skills, resume writing, meetings, priorities and strategies, human resources, financial documents, negotiations and interview skills.
The program resulted in immediate job offers from some of the participating companies like Concentrix, Teleperformance, Light and Hope, Computer Doctor, and SIA Engineering through Apertura Enterprise. Thus, many of Baliuag University’s IT and business graduates are assured of a job waiting at their doorsteps right after graduation.
By Maria Corazon M. Delos Reyes
Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences
The Communication Arts Juniors attended two mass media conferences in August. On August 3, the group joined hundreds of other Communication Arts students in the 9thAnnual Comm Guild Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication students of the Philippines held at the AFP Theater inCamp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. This year’s theme was “Social Awareness: A Shared Responsibility of Media and the Community”.
Several media personalities served as resource speakers in the conference. Among them were Claire Delfin, Senior News Reporter of GMA 7, Martin Andanar, Head of News5 Everywhere and Michael Angelo Lobrin, a best-selling author and motivational speaker.. The last speaker was Mae Panera.k.a Juana Change, a respected director, actress, and political activist.
Before the event ended, the annual COMM GUILD Awards for Radio and Television were presented to the various winners. Comm Arts Chair Theresa de Guzman presented the 2014 Best Female Field Reporter award to Kara David.
On August 17, the Comm Arts students attended the 11TH EDUKCIRCLE Convention on Media Communication at the UP Theater in UP Diliman. “Media and Politics: Reporting Philippines’ Recent Biggest Political Scandals” was the theme of this year’s event.
The line upof speakers was led by Dr. Clarita Carlos, a political analyst and UP professor who spoke on the role of media in politics. The second speaker was Mr. Michael Angelo Lobrin, President of LIFE Enrichment Consultancy and a popular motivational speaker.
Asenior reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, NancyCarvajaltalked about CoveringPolitical Scandals.Ma.Theresa De Guzman, chair of theBU Communication Arts Department University joined the panel of reactors to Carvajal’s lecture.
The conference ended with the presentation of the 4thEdukCircle Awards to well-known broadcast and film personalities. The best documentaries made by the participants were also recognized.
By Engr. Leonardo V. Surio
Dean, College of Environmental Design & Engineering
IE Chairman P.M. Galvez with ProPlanner Asia Pacific Managing Director, Mr. Robin Owens and guests professors from De LaSalle University.
Senior IE’s (17 students) attended the three-day training session on BU’s newly-acquired IE software program, the ProPlanner. The training was conducted by Mr. Robin D. Owens (BSIE, MMM, MBA), Asia Pacific Managing Director, last June 16-18, 2014 at the IT Bldg. Room 201.
ProPlanner is composed of three very useful tools for IE students, which is a big help in their classroom training and in their on-the-job assignment. These three modules are:
• ProTime Estimation – which organizes time and motion study elemental data in an easy-to-use spreadsheet format. Benefits of using the ProTime are:
• It greatly reduces estimation time;
• It improves accuracy and consistency of activity times;
• It identifies lean improvement opportunities;
• It generates time study reports automatically, that aids in the analysis and methods improvement;
• FlowPlanner – automatically generates flow diagrams and calculates statistics such as travel distance, time, and costs. Application of FlowPlanner enables IE’s to see how layouts should be arranged and where excessive people and material handling can be eliminated from the process. The ultimate result is a smooth flow with less waste.
• ProBalance – was designed by Industrial Engineers to create the most efficient single- and mixed-model assembly lines quickly and easily, while minimizing errors often found during deployment. Whether assigning new assembly lines, adding new products and/or product enhancements to existing lines, or changing product mix and production rate, ProBalance will ensure the most efficient design possible.
Senior IE students who participated in the ProPlanner Training Session with Dean Surio and P.M. Galvez and Sherry Anne Tadeo.
During the 3-day training session, the IE students were given the opportunity to actually apply the 3 modules on sample problems. Mr. Owens ably conducted the lecture portion, after which, he guided the students on the hands-on application. Certificates of Participation were given the IE students by Mr. Robin Owens and Dean Leonardo Surio.
Indeed, the first batch of the IE students who have undergone the ProPlanner training are very fortunate; getting the learnings from the IE guru himself, Mr. Robin Owens, who had extensive industry experience as an IE and as manufacturing manager of leading companies in the US, like Boeing.
With the acquisition of this valuable IE software, BU’s IE should become more competitive when it comes to industry- and corporate-sourcing for IE applicants.
Reminder from the Office of Student Affairs:
Look your BEST in BUniform!
Each school has its own policy about what to wear. Thus, students enrolled in any school, college or university should abide by the rules and regulations on wearing the appropriate uniform inside the school premise to promote student discipline. This will encourage the students to act responsibly at all times and protect the integrity of the school. This will also remind them that the school is a place for learning and personal development. The school uniform serves as the identity of the students enrolled in schools, colleges or universities. By wearing uniform, outsiders can be easily identified and controlled from wandering inside the campus. Thus, safety of the students and other school personnel is ensured. Aside from discipline, the implementation of rule on school uniform also teaches conformity. These two qualities should be imbibed by the students because these are vital in later life as they deal with government laws and social norms. Lastly, school uniforms make everyone feel equal. It symbolizes unity and promotes a sense of community and belonging which is significant in boosting someone’s self-esteem.
|Ginaline L. Rodriguez
Institutional Coordinator, OSA
Be with the BEST, be with BALIUAG UNIVERSITY
What do you consider as the best contribution of BU to you?
– Being a student/scholar of BU for [the] 9 long years, “Sa BU pa lang, sanay na kami sa sistema. Sa review center nga, kilala na ‘yung BU, isa na sa mga inaabanagan every year.”
– “Kapag maganda ang foundation… ‘yung review, nagiging review talaga. Hindi ‘yung parang noon ka pa lang mag-aaral.”
Do you have any pre-board exam ritual?
– Hmm. Actually, you don’t really need any kind of regimen. Study hard and let Him take care of the rest. The whole time of review… which we have stayed in Manila, I attended masses regularly, every Thursday in St. Jude Parish and every Sunday in Quiapo church. Then, on the day before the exams, I attended [mass] in Quiapo church and thrived my way to the parish priest to have all my stuffs for the exams to be blessed (including the envelope, pen/pencil, rosary and scapular).
– I diligently studied hard in my 5 years at BU and in the review. So, the rest goes to Him. On the day before the exams, my friends and I decided to take a breather from the reviews [already] and instead, go church hopping. We visited 7 churches. Then, that night as well, we prayed all together.
When did you realize that you were actually CPAs already?
– It took a while. *chuckles* On the day of the exam result release, I was actually scheduled for a job briefing. I was in a pool of job applicants. The other applicants were in suit and tie, while I was just in polo shirt, denim jeans and rubber shoes. Imagine?! I was in the firm when my cell was literally flooded with messages, but, by that time, I still don’t want to believe the news of me being 6th placer. Then, suddenly, personnel from the firm’s HRD asked me so casually, “James, alam mo na ba ‘yung balita?” There, told myself, “That should confirm it.” So, the rest is history.
– I was literally on eye-freeze on the net that day of the exam result release. We have this friend at an auditing firm (the auditing firms get to have the results hours earlier than public release), she texted me about the results. Thing is, I don’t have any cell load that day!! Seriously. *laughs* I was not able to text her back, instead, get ahead with SNS. Then, in just a matter of minutes after the results were officially released by PRC, flood of warm congratulations and all jerk in my FB account and cell.
Any advice for the future BU CPAs?
– Improve every day. Give yourself a reason to study hard more. And, most importantly, owe everything to Him.
– “Personally, I believe na ‘yung mga susunod na batch sa’min, mas magagaling talaga.” Also, being included in the roster of topnotchers is beyond your control, it is given to you. Don’t pressure yourself too much, live a life.
Get to know Baliuag University’s Mr. P as he opens up a whole new different side of him.
BU Advocates in 2009. It was totally accidental! They were, at that time, recruiting newbies. One moment, my group was just passing by the org’s office when my crazy friends push me off inside by the door, then, Voila! I am already being screened! Then, I was chosen, became a member of the org… Guess, that’s where it all started. Exposure!
I could vividly tell you all my fond childhood memories, but, one stood out best. It was the 1st time I experienced people joined hands for me. 6th Grade when I join a contest and won 1st, my school treated me at Jollibee. I got chicken and spaghetti then, on the glass panel beside us, there was this group of street children… I don’t know, I just got out and shared my food. When I looked back inside, they were like “Ang galing naman nung bata…”
My dad is a Muslim and my mom is a Christian – growing up, dealing with that fact is a challenge. My classmates used to tease me about that, a lot.
I used to draw. : ) In my early years in college, I joined two or so poster making contests. It was sort of my artistic outlet that time; I don’t know what happened through the years? Haha!
Seeing the reality of life, I used to think of joining all sorts of talent searches out there. My goal is just to win a house and lot for my family to have a decent home to stay at.
Before, I had high hopes in Metro colleges/universities because I thought of the network. But, later on, it came to me that it’s not about the school. After all, it would be about what a person you have become.
Marketing is something I want to do in the long run. I think of marketing professionals as “jacks of all trades”. But, later on, I want to serve the public, like in the government, specifically in the Department of Tourism.
Ever since I was exposed to school activities thru the BU Advocates, opportunities in joining several regional or national model student searches came one after the other. At first, I would just like to have a banner of myself to be posted along the campus, but, later on, it has been a calling – like, what I am really suppose to do apart from my professional career, Volunteerism and Leadership.
If you aren’t a marketing graduate now, what do you think would you be?
I think, I’ll be a PBB alumnus. Haha! Seriously, before the start of School Year 2009, I auditioned in PBB Teen Edition, underwent the screening process, experienced sleeping in the streets of ABS-CBN Compound and I was like just a step closer to being officially a housemate when my grand mom stopped me and advised me to finish schooling first.