ADDU Initiates Wider Climate Change Awareness in the Aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda

In the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda which rendered massive and horrific devastation in the Visayas on 8th November 2013, the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) galvanizes its resources to address challenges posed by the catastrophic effects of climate change. With the utilization of researches and appropriate use of technology in addressing these challenges, ADDU is in a privileged position to educate and form the community–both internal and external–on climate change awareness, mobilization of resources, quick and sustained responses to natural calamities, and disaster preparedness.

University-Wide Initiative

Locating the use of appropriate academic researches and technology in the face of natural calamities that can wreak havoc on people, infrastructure, and the environment, the University Research Council (URC)  reflected on the important role of ADDU’s existing centers/institutes especially in providing relevant mechanisms for engagement.  There is, therefore, a need to tighten the integration of existing initiatives done by these centers/institutes, such as the Tropical Institute for Climate Studies (TropICS), the Center for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology (CREATE), and the Ateneo Migration Center (AMC), inorder to better address challenges rendered by the impact of natural calamities and other physical disturbances.  The Arrupe Office of Social Formation, with its mandate in promoting awareness of these social realities, can then assist in fostering social formation among ADDU’s internal stakeholders.  In this way, the university community, through the University Community Engagement and Advocacy Council (UCEAC), will also be in a better position to mount strategic engagements in response to calamities in the wider community. Continue reading

New Arrupe Vols Formally Welcomed in BOS

Thirty-six (36) new recruits are now formally welcomed into the fold of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation’s corps of student volunteers. These greenhorn Arrupe Vols, as people in the university are wont to call them, distinguished as Batch 43, underwent a whole-day Basic Orientation Seminar (BOS) consisting of pivotal talks and team-building activities.

This welcome ceremony, which took place on Sunday, 17th November 2013 at D-103 & D-105, formalized their integration and acceptance as new members of Arrupe’s young and vibrant student volunteers, ready to take on the role as co-formators by offering assistance to the office in its social formation work all year long.  Volunteering work takes three (3) to four (4) years of active engagement with the Arrupe Office, depending on what school year the students applied in.  For this school year, and with the inclusion of Batch 43, the total number of Arrupe Vols now reaches ninety-six (96), representing students in different year levels and in various courses. Continue reading