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SPS dean attends Lasallian educators congress

Dean of Student Affairs Monina Banaynal recently participated in the Asia Pacific Lasallian Educators Congress (APLEC) held in Madurai, India from December 1 to 6.

With the theme “Promotion of Child Rights in Asia Pacific,” the annual event was attended by administrators of La Salle institutions from 13 countries, namely: Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea , Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.

APLEC aims to involve Lasallian educators in the promotion of justice for the youth. Participants evaluated the effectiveness of their own ministry as a response to the needs of young people. They also developed an action program.

Other participants from the Philippines were Brother Jun Estrellas, FSC; Nonoy Maralit of La Salle Green Hills; and Evangeline de Peralta of De La Salle Zobel.

Engineering faculty attend international conferences

Faculty members from the College of Engineering (COE) recently attended international conferences. Dr. Susan Gallardo of the Chemical Engineering attended a conference/workshop on Regional Research Collaboration held in Upsala University, Sweden from November 30 to December 1. Gallardo served as program director in one of the sessions of the conference.

Aside from this, she was also one of the presenters in a knowledge fair where she discussed the international partnership program of COE. Gallardo’s participation was made possible by the invitation and sponsorship of the Swedish International Development Agency.

Meanwhile, two faculty members of the Industrial Engineering Department (IE) presented their research papers in the 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Human Computer Interaction/Southeast Asian Ergonomics Society Conference held last November 27 to December 1 in Singapore. Rosemary Seva presented her paper titled “Fatigue Effects in Computer Tasks” while Dr. Aida Velasco discussed “Anthropometry of Filipino Female Workers.”

During the said conference, Velasco was also elected as the new president of the Southeast Asian Ergonomics Society.

Fellow IE faculty Dennis Beng Hui delivered a talk on the use of simulation and linear programming in a seminar sponsored by the Operations Research Society of the Philippines. The seminar, titled “Enhancing Productivity through Operations Research,” was held last December 6 at the Manila Peninsula Hotel.

New professorial chair in language education

Dr. Jack Richards, professor of Applied Linguistics at the Regional Language Centre (RELC) in Singapore and author of best-selling English-as-a-second-language textbooks and respected tradebooks in applied linguistics, recently endowed DLSU-Manila a professorial chair in language education.

The endowment of the Jack C. Richards Professorial Chair in Language Education was made at the invitation of Dr. Ma. Lourdes Bautista of the English Language Education Department when Bautista attended the RELC Governing Board meeting in Singapore in September. The Chair will be formally established early next year when Richards visits the Philippines.

CED faculty give seminar-workshop on conducting recollection

College of Education faculty Dr. Natividad Pagadut and Dr. Paz Canilao gave a seminar-workshop to teachers who will be conducting recollections to grade school and high school students at St. Paul Pasig from November 29 to 30.

Pagadut gave input on how to use Scriptures and what to give in a recollection for children and for teenagers, while Canilao taught teachers basic skills in interpreting stories, poems, and proverbs which they could use for their recollections.

ME chair lectures at UP Diliman

Dr. Manuel Belino, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department, lectured on the Codes of Ethics of Filipino Engineers on December 2 at the National Center of Transportation Studies, University of the Philippines-Diliman. His lectures were part of the Professor Jose Ma. De Castro Memorial Lectures 2000. The memorial lectures were organized by the UP Diliman Department of Civil Engineering, Vibrametrics, Inc., UP Association of Civil Engineering Students, and UP Aggregates.


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