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USPF establishes Colloquium On Research Excellence (CORE)

University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) established the 1st Colloquium On Research Excellence 2017 (CORE2017) on May 23 at the Moot Court and Main Function Room of USPF Lahug campus.

USPF intends CORE as a continuous promotion of the new discoveries in multidisciplinary areas of research presented by USPians internationally and locally. It pushes CORE as an international event which invites and welcomes experts in specific fields of specialization as plenary or concurrent session speakers. CORE2017 is the collaborative project of the University headed by the Center for Reseach, Planning and Development thru director Dr. Odilon A. Maglasang, Office for Quality Assurance thru director Dr. Lucio A. Pulmones, Graduate School thru dean Dr. Alicia P. Cabatingan, Information and Communications Technology thru vice president Mr. Lester B. Gastala, and Office of the Alumni and External Relations thru director Dr. Kathleen Solon-Villaneza. It is endorsed by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

Hosted by senior high school principal Dr. Alvin E. Zamora, the colloquium formally started with an opening and welcome from Dr. Pulmones, director for quality assurance and CORE2017 collaborator. Thereafter, alumni & external relations director and CORE2017 collaborator Dr. Solon-Villaneza gave the rationale and introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Rodney C. Jubilado.

Dr. Jubilado, associate professor of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, USA delivered the plenary lecture entitled On Disciplines and Area Studies: Rethinking of Pedagogy and Research. He holds a doctorate degree of Philosophy in Theoretical Linguistics. He is a Fulbright grantee through the University of California-Berkeley. He speaks Cebuano, Filipino, English, Bahasa Malaysia and Spanish and has published articles in internationally accredited, peer-reviewed research journals as well as with Routledge on the areas of theoretical linguistics, World Englishes, heritage education, migration, and Southeast Asian cultural studies. He has spoken in various international conferences in countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the United States of America.

A lively interaction at the plenary is observed with the participation of research activist University president and CORE2017 collaborator Dr. Alicia P. Cabatingan, college of accountancy dean Dr. Sophia Godin, student affairs services director Rev. Fr. Dr. Bernard Monteron, and vice president for ICT and CORE2017 collaborator Mr. Lester B. Gastala, graduate school students, faculty, local and international college students among others. Thereafter, the morning part of the colloquium concluded with the awarding of certificate and token to plenary speaker and the vote of thanks delivered by VP Gastala.

In the afternoon, the concurrent sessions on three strands were held: (1) education; (2) psychology; and, (3) language.

Strand 1: Education is chaired by Rev. Fr. Dr. Monteron. Paper presenters for this strand included USPian SEED ESL manager Dr. Helmer B. Montejo whose paper on Personality Traits and Leadership Qualities of Middle Level Managers was presented at the TESOL 15th Annual International Conference on April 2017 in Pampanga, Philippines; and, in behalf of USPian College of Education dean Dr. Janet Arcana who was in Denmark, USPian alumnus and junior researcher Mr. Jesuel M. Cono presented the paper Perception of Community Folks on the Mangrove Rehabilitation Program in Buagsong, Cordova, Cebu which is also scheduled for international presentation at the 18th Annual Conference of PECERA on July 2017 at the Mandarin Hotel, Cebu City.

Strand 2: Psychology is managed by acting session chairpersons and graduate school CORE2017 student-volunteers Ms. Analyn V. Giganto and Mr. Donald G. Ramos in behalf of HRMD director Miss Alma Alfafara. Paper presenters in this strand included USPian alumni Mr. Aron Harold G. Pamoso on Paglaum nga Tinago: The Effect of Art Therapy among the Children in Conflict with the Law and Mr. Jonash O. Durano on The Effects of Logotherapy on Student Motivation and Academic Performance. Both papers are scheduled for international presentation at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology on August 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Strand 3: Language chaired by elementary school principal Dr. Elaine May Sangre Patiño and assisted by faculty member Mx. Harvey Tanudtanud included Surigaonon paper presenters: regional guest speaker and author Prof. Francis Tom A. Paredes who lectured on Linguistic Unity in Diverse Orthographic Identity; and, USPian graduate school student Prof. Charis G. Ajoc whose paper Lived Experiences of Filipino Educators: Enduring Differences at Foreign Academic Institutions through Cultural Pliability and Technology-Integration is scheduled for international presentation at the 2nd GEN TEFL International Conference on July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.

A workshop at the plenary showcased iPAD Learning @USPF with lead presenter-facilitator VP for ICT Mr. Lester B. Gastala along with USPian senior high school faculty, ICT integrators and presenter-facilitators Ms. Sue Gayle Devaras-Morticio and Mr. Keven Chad Isiang. Apple Technologies and Google Education are strong partners of USPF.

The CORE2017 Colloquium Proceedings and Book of Abstracts will soon be accessed at the University website CORE2017 is also supported by school of business and management dean Dr. Venus Empuerto and the USPian graduate school student-volunteers Ms. Michelle T. Tarroja (Ilo-ilo), Donald G. Ramos (Cebu), Janissa L. Jabonete (Ilo-ilo), Merulina S. Nervida and Analyn V. Giganto (Bantayan Island).

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