Booklatan sa Bayan at WVSU
The West Visayas State University (WVSU) hosts today and tomorrow (Sept. 24 to 25, 2014), the ‘Booklatan sa Bayan’, a regional writing and publishing conference that “seeks to reach out to communities to promote book readership and book development.”
‘Booklatan’, that also has a Book Fair at the WVSU Administration Building, is under the auspices of the National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that has invited a limited and pre-registered number of participants –mostly WVSU students and faculty; professor-writers and librarians from selected schools; bookstores; and publishing houses.
The event opens at 8 a.m. at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) beside the College of Education (COE) with speakers such as Graciela Cayton, NBDB executive director, who will talk on the book publishing supply chain and the academic perspective and Ruperto Sangalang, CHED commissioner and NBDB governing board member, who will give the keynote address on “The role of higher education and academic publishing in uplifting the community.”
The plenary session of the first day at 11 a.m. will have Dr. Isagani Cruz, former president of the Philippine Association of Scholarly and Academic Publishers, Inc. (PASAP) and NBDB governing board member, speaking on “A survey of how academic publishing encourages, publishes, disseminates scholarly, creative and scientific work.”
UDEP Innovates - Tutors observe STs in Thailand
In a breakthrough educational and cultural undertaking, tutors of the University Distance Education Program (UDEP) visited Diploma in Teaching (DIT) online students teaching in Thailand on August 31 to September 3, 2014.
Prof. Fina Felisa L. Alcudia, Director of the UDEP and Dr. Ma. Asuncion Christine V. Dequilla, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) observed the classes of students enrolled in Student Teaching and nearing the completion of the diploma course. They were April Joy Rafols (Phlew School, Chanthaburi); Emilio Tabanda III (St. John’s Vocational College, Jatujak); and Annabelle Alconcel (Naluang School, Thungkru District). The tutors were welcomed in Thai hospitality by the school administrators: Directress Patareeya Hongsiri, Deputy Director Rattigon Cheapaibul, and Dr. Wichan Lianwilairat, respectively. Dr. Lianwilairat finished his doctoral studies at the Technological University of the Philippines and was eager to welcome the guests and share his “Philippine connection”.
Teaching English to Thai leaners, the student teachers exhibited effective and creative delivery of subject matter and an enthusiasm for teaching which are laudable for teachers coming from other professions. DIT students are non-education graduates who study for certification to supplement their teaching qualification or qualify for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET).
The visit was also an occasion to meet other online students based in Thailand. They shared personal and professional experiences and gave valuable feedback about distance learning in WVSU. On hindsight, the DIT program is more than just having a market as it is to help the clients/students find stable teaching careers here and abroad. Together with the Masters in School Management (MSM) Program, the DIT presently caters to online students from Thailand, China, Cambodia, Kuwait, and the UAE.
9th MICROBIA Biochallenge on upcoming Science Week
The Biological Sciences Students' Society, MICROBIA, will be having its annual regional "MICROBIA Biochallenge" on August 30, 2014, Saturday morning at The Shops, Amigo Activity Center, Iloilo City. The said event is in connection with WVSU Science Week.
The event will be participated by High School Students from all over the region. It aims to promote knowledge and information about bilogical sciences through a 3-part competition. There will be quiz bee, a buzzer round and a practical round. At the same time it also ushers in promoting the level 4 BS Biological Sciences program of the univeristy.
Downloadable letters of invitation are now available. For more information about the eligibility and mechanics of the contest, please download it by clicking this link.
Thai Exchange Students start Student Life at WVSU
The West Visayas State University College of Education (WVSU-COE) warmly received the Thai awardees of the 2014 Thai-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Student Exchange Program Scholarship last July 2, 2014.
Along with their school’s Vice-Dean for Academic and Research Affairs, Assistant Professor Yupadee Panarach, Ph.D., the three students had a school tour with Hilda Montaño, Ed. D., dean of the COE.
The three Thai students are Kanyanat Kittiphiwat, Saowaluk Kabkaew and Jutathip Techanun, fourth year students taking up Bachelor of Education Program in Mathematics at Kamphaeng Phet Rajabhat University in Thailand.
“Everyone made us feel warm – the president and especially the Dean of the College of Education. She prepared the subjects that would improve my students in Mathematics, English, Teaching-related subjects and she also included the History of the Philippines,” Panarach said.
The Thai-ASEAN Student Exchange Program Scholarship grants undergraduate students to study in higher education institutions in ASEAN member countries for one semester but not over four months whereby at least six credits earned are required to be transferred to the home universities.
“I like the Filipino food, most especially the Adobo. It is very tasty,” Kabkaew shared, “but what I like most is the people here, they are very accommodating,” she emphasized.
Meanwhile, Kittiphiwat and Techanun expressed their enthusiasm about learning and mastering the English language before they return to Thailand.
Under specified subjects, together with sophomore and senior education students majoring in Mathematics, the Thai students will be staying at the University until the end of October 2014.Thai exchange students start student life at WVSU