University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:00

Chancellor Sanchez to new teachers: ‘develop conscientious students’


“It is important that as educators, we develop students who are not only academically excellent, but are also conscientious individuals,” said Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. to 55 newly hired faculty members and teaching assistants during the 76th UPLB Seminar-Workshop on College Teaching.

Chancellor Sanchez said that UPLB students should be trained “to continue upholding what UP stands for — honor, excellence and public service — when they embark on a new phase of existence beyond the University.”

Likewise, Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, in her talk about the duties and responsibilities of the UPLB faculty, underscored the participants’ influence on the students, especially in making them responsible citizens of the country.

Relevant topics such as UPLB education and psycho-social needs of students were discussed to the new set of UPLB educators. Staple topics, including university policies and resources, learner-centered education, learning assessment, and presentation and management skills, were also imparted to them during the seminar-workshop.

The bi-annual event ran from Jan. 9 to 14. The first four days of lectures were held at the Animal Science Lecture Hall 2. The remaining two days were dedicated to teaching demonstration and critiquing held at Sorosoro Resort and Adventure Park in Batangas City.

Among the speakers during the week-long seminar were Alleli Esther Domingo, Dr. Rowena Baconguis, Dr. Erick Vernon Dy, Dr. Marison Dy, Prof. Liza Carascal, Rosemarie Eusebio, Dr. Edmund Centeno, and Ivan Marcelo Duka, all UPLB faculty members; Dr. Violeta Bautista, director of Office of counselling and guidance in UP Diliman; and Bernadette Biruar of the Human Resources Development Office of UPLB.

Prof. Rolando Panopio and Elizabeth Krueger, both faculty members at the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the team of Domingo, Eusebio and Duka in the critiquing of the teaching demo.

Also present during the opening program were Julieta A. Delos Reyes, assistant to the vice chancellor for academic affairs and Dr. Myrna G. Carandang, university registrar. The seminar-workshop was organized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. (KE Araguas)