Approximately 52 officials and staff of Pangasinan State University arrived at the Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology on July 28 for a benchmarking activity and were welcomed by the President of MinsCAT himself, Dr. Jesse Zamora.
The said activity was spearheaded by the Office of the President and Office of the VP for Administration that aims to achieve quality management by foreseeing the performance of the benchmarked school so that ideals obtain could help one another in dealing with the advancement of knowledge that the society requires today.
PSU officials and staff led by Dr. Virgilio C. Barongan, VP for Administration graced the event. All concerned officials of PSU included the Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Administration, Chief Administrative Officer, Directors for Human Resource and Development Office, Public Relations, Publication and Information Office, Planning Office, Records Office, Procurement Office, Engineering Office, and Assessment Office.
The benchmarking activity also included a campus tour in the library, clinic, classrooms and offices that will further help in the advancement of plans and ideas of PSU.
However, games were conducted and utilized in the team building activity to improve team effectiveness beyond the traditional concept of team building. Some of the games and activities included longest line, hat relay, Pass around the bottle and videoke challenge.
“Kung gusto mong maging isang mahusay na manunulat, magbasa ka.” This is the pressing statement of Henry Nadong, a Carlos Palanca Awardee and a member of the Screenwriters Guild of the Philippines who served as the workshop master for the five-day playwriting and theater workshop held at the Audio Visual Room, Lingayen campus on July 25-29.
Nadong further stressed that a play will not soar in performance unless it’s great on the page. An overview of the basics of playwriting, Collaborative writing, monologues, among others were discussed to provide the students the necessary skills in playwriting and theater arts and to prepare one-act plays in the establishment of PSU Teatro that will serve as the official theater arts guild of the university.
Around 55 incoming 2nd year students from all PSU campuses participated in the said activity; all of them were in high spirit to write plays that draws the big applause.
“Talagang nahasa ang kakayahan ko sa pagsusulat dahil napaka- insightful at constructive ng workshop na ito,” said Christian Garcia, a 3rd year BSE Filipino from PSU Lingayen campus.
“I learned that writing a story can be both hard and exciting because it requires engagement and immersion of yourself to the story,” added Dennis Camba, a BS Agriculture from PSU Infanta campus.
Nadong has written about 75 screenplays and teleplays and has bagged numerous awards that included a short story in Filipino by the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 1992, best screenplay for “Zacarias” by the Manila Film Festival in the same year and Best Drama Episode for “Pulis, Pulis” (Balintataw) by the Catholic Media Awards for Television in 1988. Moreover, he has two years-experience in Film and TV Scriptwriting and is one of the first fellows of FPJ Fellowship in Scriptwriting.
The said activity is under the initiative of the university directors for Cultural, Performing Arts and Pangasinan Heritage, Center for English Language and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.
The project started last May 2015 and is expected to be functional on the incoming school year. The two-storey
building is located beside the Legacy building that will support the convenient learning necessity of the students
most especially those who takes up Bachelor of Secondary Education in Physical Science and Bachelor of Science in
Pangasinan State University hosted the 2nd International Academic Summit with the theme, “ASEAN U-LINK: Sustainable partnership for Cross Border Convergence” wherein representatives from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) of the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member countries converged on June 28-30 for a comprehensive academic discussion and sharing of best practices in education necessary in setting standards for educational institutions in the region.
The three-day summit kicked off with academic discussions and sharing of best practices in education as well as cultural exchange highlighting the diverse heritage and artistry of the participants at Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center, Alaminos City, Pangasinan wherein 150 University officials, directors and students gathered from HEIs in Thailand, Indonesia and from State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Philippines.