Brother Roly affirms role of faculty
De La Salle University System President Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC congratulated the faculty for its invaluable contribution to the university’s academic achievements as he welcomed the educators into the new school year during the annual Faculty General Assembly at the Chapel of the Most Blessed Sacrament on May 22.
He affirmed the faculty’s important role in achieving the highest accreditation to be given by the Philippine Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. Br. Roly noted that being a part of a premier Philippine university, the Lasallian faculty should continue to strive for excellence in teaching and make significant research that will help the country’s growth and development.
Dr. Danilo Dayag, chairperson and associate professor of the Department of English and Applied Linguistics (former English Language Education Department), won the Best Dissertation Award in a nationwide search sponsored by the Philippine Association for Language Teaching (PALT). Dayag’s Ph.D. dissertation, titled Pragmatics of Philippine Print Advertising Discourse, bested entries from UP, Ateneo, and Philippine Normal University.
The competition aimed at encouraging teachers of English and Filipino to produce quality research in language teaching and applied linguistics. Eligible for the contest were theses and dissertations in English and Filipino approved from 1998 to 2001. Dayag defended his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics in DLSU-Manila on November 15, 1999.
The selection was based on relevance to language education, soundness of research design, originality, grammar, mechanics, and format. The distinguished panel of judges was chaired by Dr. Rosario Maminta, graduate school dean of the University of the East and former commissioner of the Komisyon ng mga Wikang Filipino (KWF). The members were Dr. Nelia Casambre, graduate studies dean of the Roosevelt System, Dr. Milagros Ibe, graduate school dean of Miriam College, and Dr. Ma. Lourdes Tayao, professor of the UE Graduate School. All are retired professors of UP-Diliman.
Dayag received his award at simple rites during the closing ceremonies of PALT’s annual convention last May 3 at Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City.
Dayag’s dissertation previously received a departmental award for Outstanding Dissertation in January 2000. In March the same year, it was also given a citation by the University Research Coordination Office, DLSU-Manila.
Dr. Laurie Charles of the Department of Instructional Leadership and Counseling, University of Louisiana at Monroe will be at De La Salle University-Manila to teach two graduate courses during the first term of SY 2002-2003.
Charles, who earned her Ph.D. in Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University, is a licensed practitioner in marital and family therapy, as well as in mental health counseling. She is an active and published researcher in the fields of marital and family therapy, the cultural dimensions of counseling and psychotherapy, and qualitative research approaches in clinical/counseling research.
The Counselor Education Department will have two courses to be taught by Charles: Marital and Family Counseling at the Master’s level, and Family Therapy, Theory, and Techniques at the doctoral level.
As expected, Lasallians dominated the recent board examinations for Certified Public Accountants (CPA), civil engineers, and electronics and communications engineers.
Out of the 94 successful CPA board examinees, six garnered the following top places: Pravina Vaswani (1st), Gretchen Tan (3rd), Giselle Lynn Arellano (6th), Christine Jao (9th), Ailee Peñaflor (10th), and Aimee Garcia (20th). De La Salle University-Manila acquired a passing rate of 67 percent. The national passing rate was pegged at 19 percent.
On the other hand, the performance of La Salle’s civil engineering graduates was also exemplary. Of the 59 who took the exams, six landed on the Top 20: Cardelou Hernandez (3rd), Constancio Paranal III (4th), Joaquin Antonio Mangahas (9th), Jeremiah Chua (12th), and Patrick Correa (14th). Carlos Reynoso and Edouardo Rivo tied for 11th place.
Not to be outdone, the Electronics and Communications Engineering Department reported that the University had a passing rate of 91.36 percent in the board exams held last month. The national passing rate was 43.51 percent. Seven emerged at the Top 20 high scorers list. The top two places were secured by Lasallians Mosses Buensuceso, who placed first, followed by Bonifacio Cabatit III. The other top examinees were Mark Anthony Palacios (8th), Kendrick So (9th), Gilbert Bryant Ong (16th), Clint Marvin Arceño (18th), and Veronica Katrina Santos (19th).