Arrupe, ISFO, OSA and UCEAC Map Out Next Steps in the Work of Formation

Davao City (30 October 2012) — The mid-year evaluation and planning of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office, or SICO) last 11th-12th October at Eden Nature Park turned out to be a strategic attempt to synchronize initial plans regarding the overall work in bolstering the university formation agenda for the second semester of the current school year and beyond. Attended by no less than Mr. Elvi C. Tamayo, the director of the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation office (ISFO), Atty. Romeo Cabarde, Jr., the chair of the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), and Ms. Theresa Salaver-Eliab, in her capacity as the incoming director of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), the two-day evaluation and planning provided an opportunity for the Arrupe, headed by its director Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena, to articulate the many areas where the different offices in the formation cluster can collaborate together in pursuit of the overall goals and objectives of student and faculty formation, especially in the area of social engagement.

During the presentation of reports by the different programs under the Arrupe, such as the National Service Training Program / Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP/CWTS), the Student Servant Leadership Program, the Communications and Advocacy Program, the Service Learning Program, and also the First Year Development Program (FYDP) which has just been realigned under the Arrupe, many key areas in collaborative work were identified. The presentation of UCEAC’s framework and its way of proceeding, especially its I-RISE framework or paradigm (which primarily sets the tone and the direction for integrating research, instruction and social involvement) opened more challenges for collaboration with Arrupe since it then paves the way towards recognizing the levels of complementary by which both UCEAC and Arrupe will and can work together on important social engagements, more specially on areas relative to mining and other environmental issues. The delineation of the scope of work between the two has been reiterated: That while UCEAC focuses on the university’s external engagements, it now becomes Arrupe’s mandate to internally prepare the Ateneo community towards a meaningful and relevant engagement outside the university.

This ongoing conversation between Arrupe and its partners in the work of social formation is expected to be followed up with more fruitful meetings as the new semester unfold. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

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Arrupe Partners with Language Center on Language Research

The Arrupe Office of Social Formation (formerly the Social Involvement Coordinating Office) was tapped by the Department of Languages, through its Language Center, on a study which focuses on the use of language/s in the different communities in the National Service Training Program / Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP/CWTS).

The research intends to do a language mapping of the different areas in Davao City in order to determine the mother tongue being used as the language of instruction from Kindergarten to Grades 1 to 3 under the K-12 implementation. The result of this collaborative study between the Arrupe Office and the Language Center will hopefully assist in the implementation of the Department of Education’s K-12 program through the creation of teaching and learning materials using the different mother tongues. The use of the mother tongue is part of the reform package under the Basic Education Sector Reform Agenda of the administration of Pres. Benigno Aquino II.

Sophomore students enrolled in NSTP/CWTS, assisted by the corps of SICO Volunteers, did the language profiling of the different areas covered under the program on 25th August and 1st September 2012. The result of the language profiling is currently being collated and processed by the Language Center for data analysis. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

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Ma’am Bimbay is the New OSA Director Commencing Second Semester

Arrupe’s loss is OSA’s gain. Or, at least, it would seemingly appear that way. But fortunately for the formation cluster under the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), the appointment of Ms. Theresa Salaver-Eliab (or simply, Ma’am Bimbay, to her Arrupe Office of Social Formation family) as the new director of the Office of Students Affairs (OSA) could be rightly called a win-win situation since she will be working closely with the ISFO, the Arrupe Office and the Center for Leadership in the formation and promotion of ADDU leaders sui generis. The appointment was announced on Monday, 1st October 2012, through a memo issued by the University President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ, after the Search Committee for the new OSA director concluded its work.

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Lunhaw Awards: The Search for Good Practices that Contribute to a Green and Healthy Lifestyle

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Calling on all our Arrupe and NSTP Volunteers who have the “eros” for a green and healthy lifestyle! The memo from the IDS and DACS reads:

You may submit your nominations through DACS Office at Juna Subd., Matina, Davao City.

Or, contact the Arrupe (SICO) Office for more details.

Memo is signed by Mary Ann Fuertes of IDS and Mr. Jimmy Loe dela Vega of DACS.