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Quezon Provincial Planning & Development Office to partner with CAS

posted Sep 25, 2020, 8:14 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Sep 25, 2020, 8:26 AM ]

The Quezon Provincial Planning & Development Office will partner with the Department of Languages, Literature, and Humanities of the College of Arts and Sciences for a series of webinars that aims to train the said provincial government office's personnel on technical and creative writing,

A coordination meeting, attended by Dr. Shiela Manzanilla, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and key personnel of the Office of the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator (OPPDC), via Zoom, September 25, 2020.

The said series of webinars is 'in line with [the OPPDC's] main function of formulating deeper and more comprehensive and integrated economic, social, physical, and other development plans' for Quezon Province.

BA Communication faculty joins Podcast Channel Development Training

posted Sep 11, 2020, 2:10 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Sep 11, 2020, 3:06 AM ]

Faculty members of the Bachelor of Arts in Communication participated in the online training on podcast channel development from July 24 to September 11, 2020.

Dr. Shiela M. Manzanilla, Asst. Prof. Brian D. Villaverde and Ms. Khristalyn V. Fraginal attended the workshop every Friday. The training covered podcast pre-production and production and podcast channel development that aims to educate people of the wildlife and biodiversity situation in various parts of the Philippines.

In the first two weeks, participants wrote their scripts for stand-alone podcast episodes. The group worked on the topic of mangrove forests in Quezon Province. Resource speakers Peter De Witt and Shayne Banks of the US Bureau of Land Management, as well as facilitator/moderator Anne Claudine Dayo of Tanggol Kalikasan guided and commented on them in preparing the podcast episode scripts. Different themes were created across the podcast episodes such as habitat, and animal and marine species.

In the following weeks, after Bianca Joy Tallafer presented a lecture on how to record and edit the materials for a podcast and ethical considerations in producing a podcast, the groups were tasked to record, and edit their podcast episodes. The speakers and facilitators critiqued the works for revision and improvement. Final podcast episodes were presented on August 28. In this session, this year’s batch was joined by the participants from the April 2019 first batch. Ms. Mary Jane S. Camarador and Prof. Lourdes Quevada, SLSU IEG Coordinator, were also present in the next sessions.

After the production of podcast episodes, participants attended the session on branding, marketing, and getting listeners by Banks and De Witt and Setting up the podcast channel by Ronster Baetiong, the CEO and Founder of Podcast Network Asia.

The participants also took part in planning for the podcast channel development workshop in the last session on September 11 to be streamed at Wildlife Philippines Podcast. Southern Luzon State University’s podcast episodes are scheduled on October 16 and 23, 2020.

This podcast channel development training was organized by Tanggol Kalikasan, in partnership with United States Agency International Development (USAID) and the US Department of the Interior – International Technical Assistance Program. Twenty-four State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) from the Philippines attended the training.

AY 2020-2021 to begin on September 7, 2020

posted Sep 5, 2020, 4:15 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Sep 5, 2020, 4:16 AM ]

Please be guided by the following memorandum from the office of the University President and the approved Flexible Learning Academic Calendar.

Call for Fellowship Application: ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship

posted Aug 11, 2020, 8:53 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Aug 11, 2020, 9:09 PM ]

The ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) Scheme is a flagship funding program started by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India under the ASEAN India Science and Technology Development Fund (AISTDF), with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), as their implementation partner to support ASEAN young researchers to work at any of the Indian research/academic Institution. This prestigious fellowship aims at capacity building of young researchers of ASEAN Member Countries in science and technology and further strengthen the bond between India and ASEAN Member States. This fully-funded fellowship is for a period of six months each with financial support for international travel, subsistence allowance, research contingency and domestic travel etc.

Applications are invited from ASEAN researchers for award of this fellowship for conducting research in Indian institutions across all areas of science and technology.

Last year, one of our faculty members, Prof. Wilfredo Barrera, Jr. is one of those who were chosen to be a Fellow of this program. He worked 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. (see more HERE)

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 2018 attended by then Dean Dr. Mari Jane Lee and current Dean Dr. Shiela Manzanilla

Please see the brochure below for more details.

ASEAN-India Fellowship Brochure

#CASshares Webinar 1: Developing humanized modules in the new normal

posted Aug 9, 2020, 6:50 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Aug 9, 2020, 6:51 AM ]

We are launching our new webinar series called #CASshares. This time, we draw from our own pool of experts to share their expertise with the wider community.

In the first #CASshares Webinar Series, Professor Leonisa Bernardo, PhD will share how to develop humanized modules to the faculty and staff of the Dalubahasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena (City College of Lucena).

This webinar is exclusive only to the faculty and staff of the Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng Lucena.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 6: Teaching Science courses with Laboratory Classes for Remote Learning

posted Jul 18, 2020, 8:38 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 25, 2020, 11:32 PM ]

UPDATE 2: Due to the increasing number of interested participants (on the waiting list), upon coordination with our speaker, we have decided to make the webinar available via FB Live. The first 300 participants will receive the Zoom details via their registered email address. Those on the waiting list will receive a link to the FB page where we will broadcast the webinar . If you haven't registered yet, kindly do so on the link provided below.

UPDATE 1: As of 12 PM today, Tuesday, July 21, 2020 we have reached the 300-participant limit of our platform. We regret that we have to close the registration. However, should you wish to be considered on the waiting list, kindly sign up using the same link below. At the same time, we strongly appeal to those who registered but will not be able to make it this Friday to please write to us at by Thursday, July 23, 2020 so that we can accommodate those who are on the waiting list. Thank you!

NOTE: This webinar is FREE and OPEN TO ALL. However, slots are limited. As we expect a larger number of participants in this webinar, we highly encourage that only those who will SURELY be able to participate to register. Registration closes on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link, password, and a few reminders (please kindly read these!) will be sent to your registered email address on Thursday, July 23, 2020 by 7PM. Please DOUBLE CHECK that your email address is correct before hitting submit because we will not be able to reach you if this is incorrect. To register, please click HERE.

Teaching Science Courses With Laboratory Classes for Remote Learning

Elmer-Rico E. Mojica, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences
Pace University, New York, NY 100238

Abstract of the talk:

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life around the world. Colleges and universities around the world were forced to close, and some shifted to remote/distant/online learning. This means faculty members need to plan and prepare their classes to be delivered online or other alternative modes of teaching. Faculty members in the sciences face additional challenges as laboratory classes have to be also delivered online. The laboratory is an exciting place where students investigate, analyze, and reflect. The transition to online blended learning means preparing new laboratory experiments, and it is the goal of this webinar to cater to those needs by looking at the alternatives available to recreate laboratory activities virtually. Among these alternatives are home-based experiments, simulations, and other activities that can mimic the laboratory experience. This webinar also covers how to design home-based activities using everyday materials that can help students have a learning experience similar to the laboratory experience. Issues like feasibility, affordability and safetiness of these activities will also be taken into consideration during the webinar. In addition, free online resources and social media sites that can aid the learning process will also be discussed and how these materials can have a positive impact on improving students' interest in learning.

About the speaker:

The eldest son of the late Esmeraldo Mojica of Indang, Cavite, and Lydia C. Esteban of Zamboanga City, Elmer-Rico E. Mojica is a product of the public school system. He finished his primary and secondary education (as class valedictorian in both instances) at San Roque Elementary School and Western Mindanao State University High School in Zamboanga City. Dr. Mojica obtained both his BS and MS in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB). He taught for a year at Cavite State University and then continued teaching at his alma mater while pursuing his MS degree. During his stay at UPLB, his research group not only mentor students in college but is also open for any students (college and high school). Among these achievements are his students winning the DOST-TAPI National Invention Contest Sibol Award (Outstanding Student Creative Research) College Level for two consecutive years (2003-2004) and a group of students from Manila Science High School garnering 3rd place in the 2004 INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair held in Portland Oregon.

He left the Philippines in 2005 to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry at University at Buffalo (UB) and acquired it in 2010. He moved to New York City to work as a postdoc at CUNY York College. He also worked as an adjunct faculty at one time and another in different colleges (Mercy College, Saint Francis College, Bronx Community College, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and York College). In Fall 2011, he started working at Pace University as a Lecturer is presently an Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences.

As a researcher, Dr. Mojica specialized in Analytical Chemistry, having worked on various instrumental techniques (Chromatography, Spectroscopy, and Electrochemistry), analyzing samples of interest to biochemistry, nutrition, food science, and environmental science. He had written over 70 publications (articles and book chapters) in peer-reviewed journals and books and obtained grants from various organizations, including the National Scientific Foundation (NSF). He continues to mentor students doing undergraduate research. He was successful in incorporating a practice of using popular media dubbed as CHEMTERTAINMENT, adding excitement in his teaching. He is also helping in uplifting science in the Philippines through his Project CHEMUNITY (Chemistry in the Community) initiative giving free webinars and lectures/seminars/ workshops in different institutions while working as a Visiting Professor in UPLB in the summer of 2018, collaborating with researchers and giving technical advice to graduate students who asked for his expertise.

In total, Dr. Mojica has mentored 87 mostly undergraduate and some graduate students from various institutions. He had also been the recipient of several awards, such as the UPLB College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Junior Faculty in 2003 and Outstanding Teaching Assistant from the Department of Chemistry (2007) and Graduate School (2010) while at UB. In 2013, he was the first recipient of the Excellence in Research and Scholarship during Pace University Research Day. He was also a recipient of the Ulirang Guro award (College level) in 2019 sponsored by the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of American (AFTA) and the 2020 Charles and Homer Pace Teaching Award.

He is married to Maricel Palomares from Sta Cruz, Marinduque, and they are now based in New York City together with their 16-year-old son Geoffrey Matthew and 4-year old daughter Meghan Rose. He spend his free time with his family watching movies that he uses as instructional resources and listening to rock music and playing video games with his son.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 5: Teaching Models for the New Normal

posted Jul 12, 2020, 5:44 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 12, 2020, 6:02 AM ]

Note: This webinar is free and is open to all. However, slots are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register HERE. Registration closes on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link and Password will be sent to your registered email by 7 PM on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Teaching Models for the “New Normal”
Dr. Magreth Mushi
TERNET's Chief Executive Officer, Open University of Tanzania & University of Dar es Salaam
Friday, July 17, 2020
10:00-11:30 AM via Zoom


As the world continue to figure out how to proceed after the spread of COVID-19, traditional teaching and learning have stalled in many countries and educators are looking for practical models to continue teaching and learning remotely. Based on the challenges posed by COVID-19, it is well understood that our traditional ways must change, and we have to embrace the “new normal”. In this talk Dr. Mushi will highlight those challenges and discuss the importance of digital transformation for the “new normal” and teaching models that should be embraced moving forward. She will also touch on the roles of different players (e.g Government, NRENs, educators, etc) in this transformation process as well as share her experience as an educator and education service provider in Tanzania.

About the speaker:

Magreth Mushi is TERNET’s Chief Executive Officer since April 2017. She is also working part-time with Open University of Tanzania and University of Dar es Salaam as a researcher and lecturer. She graduated her PhD in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2016 under Fulbright, Schlumberger Foundation and Google Anita Borg Scholarships. She got her master’s and bachelor’s in Computer Science both from University of Dar es Salaam in 2005 and 2008 respectively. Her areas of research interest are network security as well as network administration and management in Software Defined Networks.

Outside her formal duties, Magreth couch other women and mentor girls. She is the founder of BigSiS in STEM group where she and other women conduct 1-1 mentoring for secondary school girls. She is also a board member and mentor at More Active Girls in Computing (MAGIC), an NGO based in California and dedicated to mentoring middle and high school girls.

#CASLearnsAsOne Webinar 4: What COVID did last summer: Student Mental Health and COVID-19

posted Jul 6, 2020, 7:16 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 7, 2020, 8:16 PM ]

Note: This webinar is free and is open to all. However, slots are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register HERE. Registration closes on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 6 PM. The Zoom Link and Password will be sent to your registered email by 7 PM on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. Ph.D.
University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

What COVID did last summer has brought out the best in us.

Thus, it should be the other way around.

What we did to COVID last summer.

Or, what we and COVID did to last the summer?

Dinah Palmera Pacquing-Nadera M.D.
Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health, Pasig, Metro Manila

Mental health is said to be the next pandemic after COVID19. Emerging research assessing the mental health implications of COVID-19 has identified a heightened prevalence of moderate-to-severe self-reported symptoms of depression and anxiety, reflecting the widespread effects of uncertainty and health-related fears. The disruption of services, including education, also has its associated psychological impacts.

Prior to COVID19, an increasing number of students with psychological distress resulting to negative academic consequences has been observed. The abrupt shift to online learning, loss of social and structural supports, and abandonment of daily routines worsened the already stressful academic environment.

The talk will present the mental health consequences of COVID19 on the academe - for students, teaching and non-teaching staff. It urges the audience to examine their local context and plan for promotion of mental health and provision of basic interventions as mandated by Republic Act 11036 or the Mental Health Act.

About the Speakers

Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera Jr. is a University of the Philippines professor who, after finishing his B.S. and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas, became an expressive arts therapist to cancer survivors, persons with AIDS, drug patients, “comfort women,” streetkids, victims of abuse, calamities, and grief. His dissertation has his poems about rice turned into songs by Joey Ayala and others who produced the CD called Palay, Bigas, Kanin. Vim is recognized internationally when he became a South East Asia Write Awardee (2006) and nationally when he was chosen as one of The Outstanding Young Men (2003).

Dinah Palmera Pacquing Nadera is the founding president of the Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, an organization that she and her husband established in 2009. She is the resident psychiatrist at the University of the Philippines Health Service and the Project Leader of Mental Health in the Philippines: Perception, Access and Delivery under the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health’s Center for Research and Innovation. A Philippine Psychiatric Association fellow, she is actively involved in different mental health initiatives for government and civil society organizations in various capacities in the areas of training, research, policy and legislation.

Dean Manzanilla talks on radio about CAS' efforts during this pandemic

posted Jul 6, 2020, 1:38 AM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 6, 2020, 7:52 PM ]

CAS Dean, Dr. Shiela Manzanilla, talks on Radyo Pilipinas about the activities done by and efforts of the College of Arts and Sciences during this pandemic.

SLSU and LGU Lucban partner for community psychological services

posted Jul 1, 2020, 8:17 PM by SLSU CAS   [ updated Jul 1, 2020, 9:05 PM ]

Lucban Mayor Celso Olivier Dator (left) and SLSU President Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes (right) signs the Memorandum of Agreement
Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) and the local government of the municipality of Lucban, Quezon have entered into an agreement that seeks to address the needs of the community for psychological services and interventions, held at the Lucban Municipal Building, July 1, 2020.

The signing of the new MOA was a renewal of the existing partnership between the two agencies. SLSU President Dr. Doracie B. Zoleta-Nantes and Lucban Mayor Olivier T. Dator signed the MOA in the presence of some members of the Sangguniang Bayan ng Lucban, some municipal employees, CAS Dean Dr. Shiela Manzanila, and the Faculty Member of SLSU Psychology Program.

Since the establishment of Lucban’s Shelter for Children and Women At-Risk (formerly known as Shelter for Youth Offenders and Crisis Center for Women) on October 28, 2013, SLSU through the Office of Extension Services and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Psychology program, has been actively providing technical assistance based on the needs of its clientele. The shelter was founded in dedication to the youth and as paramount testimony and legacy to the national hero’s ideal that the youth are the hope of the nation. 

Moreover, the said center is aimed to serve as a temporary place for women and children who need protection and safety from abuse and exploitation. They admit children of 17 years old and below, who are victims of abuse (sexual or physical), neglected or at-risk, in need of protection and safety from prostitution as well as children in conflict with the law (CICL). They also admit women from 18 years old to 59 years old who are victims of abuse (sexual or physical), exploitation, and trafficking. 

Other programs and services have also been established such as protection, psycho-social intervention, medical services, tutorial services, rehabilitation, and spiritual growth. In partnership with the SLSU's Psychology Program in charge of operations, the shelter is under the management of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) of Lucban, Quezon. This program of the LGU is said to be a huge factor in their winning the award of being a child-friendly municipality conferred by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

SLSU Psychology Program faculty members, administrators, and representatives from LGU Lucban pose for a souvenir photo

Based on the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the two agencies, the shelter will refer clients to SLSU for psychological services which include testing and assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, rehabilitation through life and technical skills training, and other extension services. These will be handled by faculty members of the Psychology Department who are registered guidance counselors, psychometricians, psychologists, and licensed professional teachers. As of March 2018, there are already 130 cases handled by the faculty members of the Psychology Department. // With a report from Psychology Professors, Asst. Prof. Gino Cabrera, and photos from Dr. Helene Daya and Dr. Elna Cosejo.

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