Arrupe Facilitates SLP Prep for Eng’g & Arch

After the implementation of a collaborative immersion program (“Pagtataya”) with ten (10) Theo 141 classes of the Theology Department for the whole month of August 2014, the Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Arrupe Office of Social Formation currently facilitates the preparation of service-learning initiatives of other departments, namely Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering and Architecture, of the School of Engineering and Architecture (SEA).

The Arrupe Office, through its SLP coordinator Ms. Eufemia A. Faller and program officer Mr. Marcelino Severino III, now prepares different concept papers that will tailor fit the serving-learning designs of each of these participating departments. Arrupe’s modified SLP integrates the framework of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) inorder to retain and promote its Jesuit flavor of service-learning.

Concurrently, the Arrupe Office has been conducting community visits to prepare identified communities for possible partnership in these service-learning projects. One of the things that the program also plans to implement is to invite possible faculty volunteers who will be able to assist the program in the supervision of these SLP projects in different areas. In the recently concluded Theo 141 immersion, some faculty volunteers were tapped inorder to accompany student immerses in their respective area assignments.  It is hoped that this practice will continue to be employed in the conduct of SLPs among participating departments.

Orientation sessions for student participants are being implemented at present.  Meanwhile, preparations are ongoing to craft social analysis and reflection modules which the Arrupe Office will use in processing the students’ experience after SLP.  (By Eufemia A. Faller, Service Learning Program, Arrupe Office of Social Formation)

Writing Workshop for Arrupe Vols

10635856_863033483714318_6931618113439988423_nTo respond to the need of capacitating its student volunteers to develop and use their writing skills necessary for the Arrupe Office of Social Formation in its work of social formation, a select group of Arrupe Vols participated in a writing workshop initiated by its Communications & Advocacy Program (CAP) on 13th September 2014 at F-700.

Mr. Nestor “Nico” Alconaba, Jr. of the Philippine Daily Inquirer-Mindanao gave a session on feature writing to ten Arrupe Vols who showed inclination in assisting the program develop and maintain its communications program.  The following participants were: Jessa Mae Suico, Shaira Morales, Rexor Amancio, Mary Joy Castro, Rina Maria Ampoloquio, Kristoffe Milano Abellera, Evan Cullen Alcantara, Zyra Kee, Vincent Carlo Cuzon, and Faye Ashley Castillo.

An increasing demand for volunteering work also entails an increasing demand for multiple skills from among the corps of Arrupe Vols, to include, among others, skills related to writing and documentation, and publicity on advocacy.  A separate session on graphics design and layouting for online advocacy materials is also being planned for the participants later in the month to supplement the said writing workshop. (By M. Isabel S. Actub, Arrupe Communications & Advocacy)

ADDU Participates in AJCU-AP’s Service Learning 2014

IMG_20140825_183243 IMG_20140827_124153 IMG_20140824_133607As in previous years, the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) has been sending student and faculty participants to the Service Learning Program (SLP) of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the Asia Pacific region (AJCU-AP).  On its 7th year of implementation, this year’s SLP was hosted by Xavier University (XU) in Cagayan de Oro City (CDOC) participated in by a total of 23 students and 7 faculty coming from Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The participating schools were Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan (with a total of 9 delegates), Sogang University in Seoul, Korea (5), Universitas Sanata Dharma in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (6), as well as Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) in Naga City (2), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) in Zamboanga City (1), ADDU in Davao City (6), and host school XU in CDOC (1). This year’s SLP theme was “Jesuit Education in the Frontiers of Greater Societal Engagement,” broken down into five (5) impact areas where the participants will be engaged in namely, environment, health, peace, governance, and food security. This is the second time that XU played host to AJCU-AP’s SLP.

This program has been implemented inorder to promote a “Jesuit” brand of participative and collaborative learning paradigm, propagating the service of the faith and the promotion of justice, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and appreciation of culture, since its member schools are coming from the different Jesuit higher educational institutions in Asia and the Pacific region.  It specifically designs its method of SLP using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP). Currently, AJCU-AP is chaired by ADDU President, Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ. Continue reading

Well-Attended ASEACCU Confab a Success

ASEACCU-04575401579955708 ASEACCU-96565401578a9feb8-1024x680ASEACCU-3937540157862ad08-1024x680The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) played host to the 22nd Association of Southeast & East Asian Catholic Colleges & Universities (ASEACCU) Conference on 27th-30th August 2014.  Bearing the theme “Catholic Higher Education for Social Justice,” the ASEACCU Conference was divided into two separate programs, one for faculty and one for students, each happening simultaneously in two separate venues: Finster Auditorium of ADDU for the faculty, as well as Eden Nature Park, the Waterfront Hotel, the Pamulaan Center in Mintal, and the Kalagan Community in Mandug, for the students. Both conferences converged at Finster Auditorium on the last day for the farewell dinner.

 The ASEACCU, as quoted from its constitution and by-laws, is a regional association of Catholic universities in countries within the geographical location of Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania, which purpose is to “promote Catholic higher education” as well as to provide “support for the local churches.” Overall, it intends to “contribute to educational dialogue on an international level and beyond” its geographical boundaries. Currently, it has thirty-seven (37) member schools/institutions spread in seven (7) countries. ADDU counts itself as a member of ASEACCU. Continue reading