Entering its second decade of program implementation, the National Service Training Program-Civic Welfare Training Service (NSTP-CWTS) of Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) held its Graduation/Commissioning Rites on Saturday, 9th March 2013 at the Philippine Women’s College Auditorium in Davao City. The ceremony was a fitting culmination of NSTP-CWTS’ academic year 2012-2013, graced by around 1,689 students, forty-six (46) faculty/formators, forty-eight (48) student volunteers and over 180 representatives of NSTP’s partner communities/institutions in Davao City.
Fr. Daniel J. McNamara, SJ, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) presided the Eucharistic Celebration which preceded the graduation ceremony. The mass also served as the commissioning rite, part of the thanksgiving celebration for the end of the academic year as well as a special ritual to bless and empower students to continue living out the core values of what they have learned in the course of the whole program.
A group of student volunteers are currently being mobilized to assist in the roll-out of classes that are scheduled to take the online electoral survey. This in-campus electoral poll is being inaugurated today, 20th February, courtesy of the University Research Council (URC), as part of the wider engagement of Blue Vote 2013.
The students are composed of the corps of student volunteers from the Arrupe Office of Social Formation. Mr. Noriel Rogon, the Student Servant Leadership Program (SSLP) coordinator of the Arrupe Office, coordinates with Mr. Dom Cimafranca of the URC, in facilitating the deployment of these volunteers in different classes, covering different time slots.
Clusters of classes in different year levels are scheduled to take this online poll starting 20th February until 8th March. The venues for the online poll are those classrooms that are fitted with computers. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)
An online electoral poll will be launched today, Wednesday, 20th February, by the University Research Council (URC). This was announced in the General Faculty Meeting held at the Finster Auditorium on Monday, 18th February. This online survey is part of the wider engagement of Blue Vote 2013, the university’s initiative to promote a thorough electoral and political education campaign within the university and beyond for this May’s midterm local and national elections. The Blue Vote 2013 was launched on 8th February, attended by administrators, faculty and students of the university.
This is the first time that the Ateneo has taken an active and integrated venture into electoral and political education using interactive online technology. As a matter of fact, a website for Blue Vote 2013 was created (bluevote.addu.edu.ph) for this purpose. Likewise, the URC capitalizes the use of this technology (using the moodle) through the conduct of the poll survey which aim is to gather election-related information for envisioned university database, as well as to elicit issues and concerns which the community would like to present to the candidates, both local and national, for consideration in their political platform and agenda of governance.
To prepare the different sectors of the Ateneo de Davao community for a more informed decision regarding the national and local elections in May of 2013, the Arrupe Office of Social Formation (Arrupe) in partnership with the Ignatian Spirituality and Formation Office (ISFO), and in collaboration with the Office of the Academic Vice President (AVP), conducted a community reflection session on 19th January at F-711 and F-712. The one-day session gathered together university stakeholders representing different sectors of the academic community, providing them a common venue for expressing their individual and collective understanding of the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and environmental realities of the day. In the overall scheme, the whole-day exercise was intended to provide a platform for articulating the participants’ reflections on engaged citizenship especially in the context of exercising their right of suffrage. The AVP Fr. Gabriel Jose (“Gaby”) Gonzalez, SJ, Ms. Lilibeth Leh-Arcena and Mr. Ian Clark Parcon of the Arrupe, and Mr. Elvi Tamayo of ISFO, took turns in facilitating the whole-day activity.