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Bio students win 3rd best student paper in international conference

posted Feb 27, 2020, 5:56 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 8:01 PM ]

BS Biology students Krizz Audrie Trinidad and Jeric Presas brought home the 3rd Best Student Paper Award at the International Meliponine Conference and Asian Apiculture Association-Philippines Symposium held at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) at Los Baños, Laguna, February 25-28, 2020.


Biology student Krizz Audrie Trinidad presents their paper (on the left panel) and received their award (on the right panel).

Trinidad and Presas won the award for the paper they presented in the conference entitled “Pollination of the Passion Fruit Passiflora edulis Sims.f. flavicarpa Degener in Lucban, Quezon Philippines.” In this study, they investigated the foraging behavior of carpenter bees and their impact on fruit set and quality of yellow passion fruit. They were able to show that the low percentage of fruit set in open pollinated flowers might be an indication of low pollinator-plant ratio in the farm. They were supervised by their research adviser, Prof. Wilfredo Barrera, Jr.

Psych gets 81.61% overall passing rate in 2019 Psychometrician's Board Exam

posted Nov 4, 2019, 7:22 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Nov 5, 2019, 8:00 PM ]

Our warmest congratulations to our 71 BA Psychology graduates who passed this year's Psychometrician Board Examinations! We are happy for and proud of you!

List of Passers

Bio Prof, Essex Samaniego, bags STAARRDEC Best Poster award

posted Oct 12, 2019, 1:01 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Oct 14, 2019, 1:07 AM ]

BS Biology Professor, Mr. Essex Vladimer Samaniego, bagged this year's Best Poster award for the study on the "Distribution, Density, and Diet of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) of Frogs in Mount Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL)" (conducted in collaboration with fellow BS Biology Professor, Mr. Wilfredo Barrera, Jr.), during the 32nd Regional Symposium on Research, Development and Extension held at Balar Events Place, Balaring, Boac, Marinduque, October 10-11, 2019.

Mr. Essex Vladimier Samaniego (first-right) receives the award.

The poster presentation of the study, which was funded by the SLSU-Office of Research Services and which was also hailed as Best for the Natural Sciences Category for SLSU's 2019 In-House Review, bested all other entries from the State Universities in the CALABARZON region including Marinduque State College and West Philippines University, as well as various other participating Agricultural, Fisheries, Environmental, and Scientific government agencies in Region IV.

Organized by the Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research, Development and Extension Consortium (STAARRDEC), this year's competition had the theme "Science, Technology and Innovation: Enabling Commercialization and Global Competitiveness", and is "aim[ed]... [at making] researchers from various member institutions to strive hard in achieving quality R&D activities, and therefore, package better technologies for countryside sustainable development".

The annual activity is likewise "aim[ed] not only to recognize the most significant RDE results in the Southern Tagalog but also to promote increased interaction among researchers, extension workers, local government units (LGUs), and technology stakeholders", the organization's program says. / CAS Web Development Team

The winning poster. (Courtesy of Mr. Essex Vladimer Samaniego)

New SLSU President Zoleta-Nantes visits CAS, challenges faculty

posted Oct 2, 2019, 7:06 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Oct 4, 2019, 2:42 AM ]

Newly-installed SLSU President, Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes, visited the College of Arts and Sciences for a first meeting with the College's faculty and staff as part of her day-long meeting with the different Colleges and personnel of SLSU as a way to be acquainted with the academic landscape of the University, CAS Faculty Lounge, October 2, 2019.

CAS Faculty and Staff with the new SLSU President, Dr. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes

Dean Mari Jane A. Lee first presented the profile of the College focusing on its curricular offerings and accreditation level, performance in licensure examinations, faculty profile, engagements in research and extension, linkages, facilities, and perceived strengths, weaknesses, areas needing improvement and other concerns.

Dean Mari Jane Lee talks about the profile of CAS

Among other things, Dr. Lee emphasized the College's strengths particularly in relation to research and extension services that include annual Inter-disciplinary Research Competitions, faculty and students presenting and publishing studies, and winning in research competitions, here and abroad - the evidence of which is the fact that 70% of studies from SLSU that are indexed in Scopus are from CAS. She also noted the collaborative practices of faculty and students in research and extension services that led to the continued publication and widest dissemination of TILAMSIK: The Southern Luzon Journal of Arts and Sciences, as well as the implementation of various community development programs.

President Doracie Zoleta-Nantes responds to CAS Faculty's concerns

Responding to the concerns raised in the report, the President emphasized that her administration will do its very best to address the concerns as long as budget warrants, it is equitable, and it is in line with pertinent rules and laws. 

To address the concern on faculty and staff promotions, Dr. Zoleta-Nantes stated that she has instructed the Human Resource Office to expedite the release of the notice of vacant positions for the 70 unfilled plantilla positions, noting further that funds will also be sourced and allocated for the promotion of the administrative staff. 

Recognizing the importance of research productivity, the President stressed that priority will be given to those who have a proven track record of doing research. She mentioned that her administration will be strongly supportive of those who wish to pursue their graduate studies so as to upgrade the University's research capability.

To make the promotion system fair, she instructed the Dean and chairpersons to convene to develop a tool that could be used to assess who among the College's personnel deserves to be recommended for promotion. She noted that this will have to be different across all other Colleges because there are activities and qualifications from other Colleges or disciplines that may not necessarily be applicable to another College or discipline.  

Having experienced partnering with various institutions and organizations throughout her career and during her time as President of the Aurora State College of Technology, Dr. Zoleta-Nantes challenged the faculty to be ready for more linkages that could upgrade the University's teaching and research capacity, especially when tapping potential international partners. 

In relation to the service vehicles of the University, the President mentioned that there are processes that may need to be relaxed for the greater benefit of the faculty, staff, and the administration. Lightheartedly, she expressed dismay about the tight procedure in securing a service vehicle for University-based activities that she herself experienced causing delays in her trip to the College of Agriculture for the first faculty meeting.

As to the upgrading of laboratories, the President said that the proposed Science and Technology Laboratory upgrade may have to wait for another two years due to procedures related to securing the budget for the said upgrade. In addition, she suggested that instead of requesting a Speech Laboratory, a Language Laboratory may have more functionality especially since the University will also aim at attracting foreign students to study in SLSU.

The President admitted that she is a workaholic and that she hopes for the best effort from the faculty in support of her administration's goal for the University to be an international academic hub. And this, according to her, can only be achieved with the collective, cordial, and collaborative effort of the administration, faculty, and administrative staff.  // CAS Web Development Team

Psych Prof, Gino Cabrera, is semifinalist in 2019 CSR Youth Awards

posted Sep 30, 2019, 7:49 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Sep 30, 2019, 9:09 AM ]

Psychology Professor, Gino Cabrera, has been recognized as semifinalist for the Young Professionals category in the 5th Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards for the SMILE for HIs (Skills Mentoring and Innovative Livelihood Education for Hearing Impaired Adolescents and Young Adults) Extension Services Project, an institutionally-funded Extension program he spearheaded since 2015.

Prof. Gino Cabrera receives his trophy during the 2019 CSR Awards

Prof. Cabrera has been shortlisted from among 170 nominees from across the country who were chosen on the basis of projects that, according to the organization's program, "provid[e] society with models and inspirational examples... and exemplars of values..." during the awarding ceremony held at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, September 30, 2019.

SMILE for HIs is an extension program funded by Southern Luzon State University that aims to: (1) impart psycho-socio-educational intervention and its integration among hearing-impaired adolescents (HIs) and their parents for them to manage themselves properly, develop a healthy sense of well-being and establish good family support; (2) teach and develop technical and vocational skills among HIs in specific areas like computer technology, baking or culinary arts and electronics; and (3) enhance the participants’ self-esteem and interpersonal skills and personality in general by providing them a means of living or an avenue for open employment. 

The CSR Youth Award is a project of the Benita and Catalino Yap Foundation together with Deloitte Philippines, Group Developers Inc., and Management Association of the Philippines that was established to "recognize outstanding young people who practice or who have initiated projects anchored on CSR 3.0." // CAS Web Development Team

CAS faculty researchers & extension facilitators hailed best in 2019 University in-house review

posted Sep 27, 2019, 2:19 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Sep 27, 2019, 3:03 AM ]

Faculty researchers and extension facilitators from the College have been hailed the best in three out of four categories competed for during the 2019 In-House review of Southern Luzon State University, SLSU-Lucena Campus, September 26.

(from left to right: Dr. Editha De Hesus, Dr. Helene Daya, Prof. Julie Avila, Mr. Essex Vladimier Samaniego, Dr. Aileen Elarco (from CTE), Ms. Kathlene Ordoñez, Prof. Rene P. Zubieto, Dr. Mari Jane A. Lee, Dr. Marissa C. Esperal, Dr. Elna Cosejo, Mr. Gino Cabrera, Ms. Noreen Echague, Prof. Maria Luisa Enal

Dr. Helene Daya, Prof. Gino Cabrera, and Prof. Noreen Echague bagged the best paper award for the Social Sciences category for their paper entitled "Psychological Well-Being of College Students of SLSU: Validation of the Personal-Social Responsibility and Wellness Module."

Mr. Essex Vladimier Samaniego and Mr. Wilfredo Barrera, Jr. received the best paper award for the Natural Sciences category for their paper entitled "Density, Distribution, and Diet of Invasive Alien Species of Frogs of Mt. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape."

Prof. Julie Avila, Ms. Vanessa Cadeliña, and Ms. Anna Sulapas were awarded the best extension program award for the program they spearheaded entitled "Be engaged and decorate through sharing on mobile (Beads on Mobile)".

Aside from the winners, five (5) other faculty research and extension programs from the College have been presented and evaluated in the said event. These include:

Social Sciences Category:

"Bridging the Gap between Academe and Industry in Psychological Practice within CALABARZON"
by Dr. Marissa L. Cadao-Esperal, Dr. Mari Jane Lee, & Dr. Ma. Elna Cosejo

"Preliminary Study on the Information Technology - Business Processing Management (IT-BPM) Industry in CALABARZON: Opportunities, Challenges and Problems"
by Dr. Joanna Ellaga (CABHA), Dr. Mari Jane Lee, et al.

"Eating Habits and Food Preferences of Selected Urban and Rural Residents in Quezon Province"
by Prof. Rene P. Zubieto & Prof. Aurelio Maguyon

Natural Sciences Category:

"Derby Spiders of Quezon Province, Philippines"
by Mr. Essex Vladimier Samaniego and Mr. Wilfredo Barrera, Jr.

Extension Category:

"Bulati ay iwasan, Kalusugan ay ingatan" (ongoing project)
by Dr. Leonisa O. Bernardo, Ms. Kathlene O. Pornobi, and Ms. Shiela Abion

Twenty-one (21) completed and ongoing faculty research and extension programs of the University have been subjected to the annual review organized by the Office of Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning, and Development headed by Dr. Gondelina Radovan, Office of the Director for Research headed by Dr. Editha De Jesus, and Office of the Extension Services headed by its Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Araceli Obmerga.

The annual review was assisted by the Southern Tagalog Agriculture, Aquatic and Resources Research, Development and Extension Consortium (STAARRDEC). The panel of evaluators came from the University of Rizal System (URS), Batangas State University (BatSU), and Cavite State University (CvSU). /CAS Web Development Team

Bio Prof, Wilfredo Barrera Jr., receives ASEAN-India research fellowship

posted Jul 18, 2019, 7:23 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 18, 2019, 9:21 AM ]

Mr. Wilfredo Barrera Jr., faculty-researcher under the BS Biology program, is one of only 50 researchers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to receive the prestigious and competitive ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship this year to do research for six months in India.

Mr. Barrera will be working on expression analyses of zinc metabolism genes of biofortified rice lines at the ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, under the supervision of Dr. C.N. Neeraja, Principal Scientist (Biotechnology) of the Crop Improvement Division. Just last year in November, Mr. Barrera has also received a scholarship grant to attend a summer school on Food Nutrition and Security at the University of Costa Rica.

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Rice Research, Mr. Barrera's host institution

The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship is a flagship funding program started by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under the ASEAN India Science and Development Fund, with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as the implementation partner. 

The fellowship aims to support ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/academic institutions. The opportunity was first made available to Southern Luzon State University-College of Arts and Sciences after having been invited to be part of the ASEAN University Network-India Innovation and Technology Summit in December, attended by Dean Mari Jane Lee and Dr. Shiela Manzanilla // CAS Web Development Team

2019 entrance exam results now out

posted Apr 24, 2019, 4:35 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 4:46 PM ]

Our warmest congratulations to the passers in our undergraduate programs for the academic year 2019-2020! We look forward to seeing you this coming academic year! 

Images courtesy of SLSU Admissions. For more updated information, please visit the SLSU Official Page linked above.

2019 CAS Research Conference

posted Mar 20, 2019, 12:33 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Mar 20, 2019, 12:35 AM ]

You are cordially invited to this year's CAS Student Research Conference!

CAS Alumna, MA student bag UST writing fellowship

posted Jan 12, 2019, 6:28 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jan 12, 2019, 6:50 PM ]

Photo courtesy of the University of Santo Tomas Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Accessible here.

CAS alumni Vanessa Anne Joice Haro (BA Psychology, 2016) and Amiel Jansen Demetrial (BA Communication, 2016; MA in Applied Linguistics, ongoing) have been selected as two of this year's writing fellows of the prestigious University of Santo Tomas National Writers' Workshop, which will be held in Baguio City on April 7-14, 2019. Haro is fellow in Tula, while Demetrial is Poetry fellow in the said workshop. 

Directed by Prof. Joselito Zulueta and coordinated by Prof. Chuckberry Pascual, the workshop will be led by Senior guest panelists Gémino Abad, Jerry Gracio, and Vim Nadera, according to the USTCCWLS Facebook post.

The Center also posted that the UST CCWLS in-house literary fellows such as Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, Dr. Ralph Semino Galán, Augusto Antonio Aguila, Dr. Joyce Arriola, Ma. Ailil Alvarez, Paul Castillo, Dr. Joselito de los Reyes, Dawn Laurente Marfil, Jose Mojica, Lulu Torres Reyes, Dr. John Jack Wigley, and UST CCWLS associates Michael Coroza and Nestor Cuartero, will serve as teaching panel in the workshop.
/ CAS Web Development Team

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