Alumni Letter May 2012

Alumni Letter May 2012

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

As the freshmen are officially enrolled, we are hoping that this prayer written in 2007 by Dr. Proceso U. Udarbe, Pastor Emeritus of Silliman University Church, will also be the prayer of their hearts:

          “… We know that everything we are and have, and everything we can ever hope to  be, ultimately comes from you.  Keep alive in us that sense of dependence upon you, and give us the grace and the wisdom to cooperate with your principles of living that we may work together with you to do things which by ourselves we could never accomplish at all.   Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

ImageEnd of May was the busiest enrolment time as this was the week for college freshmen applicants.  A total of 1,899 first year college students was admitted with the following enrollment figures for their respective courses: Agronomy-7, Animal Science-10, Agribusiness-6, Anthropology-4, Creative Writing-3, English-13, History-14, Philosophy-1, Political Science 51, Sociology-28, Biology-45, Chemistry-23, Mathematics-3, Physics-4, Psychology-91, Social Work-13, Economics-8, Management-159, Accountancy-257, Entrepreneurship-30, Office Management-14, Business Computer Applications-9, Theology-6, Elementary Education-42, Secondary Education-50, Library Science-5, Nutrition and Dietetics-39, Architecture-104, Civil Engineering-100, Computer Engineering -40, Electrical Engineering-31, Mechanical Engineering-92, Information Systems-12, Information Technology-91, Computer Science-14, Law-54, Mass Communication-44, Nursing-70, Medical Technology-226, Physical Therapy-87, Speech and Theater-5, Music Technology-2, Fine Arts (Painting)-16, Music-30, Public Administration-3 and Medicine-59. The total count also includes the students under the English Orientation program and other special lessons.  

ImageMiss Silliman of 1985 CYNTHIA ELENA CIPRES KLEIN or CINDY achieves a new height in her career. This Dumagueteña was appointed to the California Board of Registered Nursing by Governor Jerry Brown on May 10. She is currently working with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in California. The Board regulates the practice of registered nursing and certifies advanced practice nurses to protect the public. Cipres-Klein has served in  multiple positions with Kaiser from 1998 to 2003. She has been an ambulatory care RN team leader in family medicine, pediatrics, allergy and obstetrics and gynecology from 1998 to 2003, and the RN charge nurse in urgent care from 2003 to 2005.   She has been working in Population Care Management since 2005.  Cipres-Klein moved to Canyon Lake after she married John Klein, a local resident, in 1995. Cindy expressed in media releases, she is “very excited about the opportunity,” and she looks forward to working with the other board members and the governor. “It is with great honor that I am able to represent the nursing profession in this capacity.”

The Silliman Alumni Association, Inc. Dumaguete Chapter successfully had a 1st of May fellowship called Lingaw sa Tagbalay at the historic Silliman Hall grounds. The Dumaguete alumni also presented the Kinaiyahan Award to the 2012 Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Awardee Rene “Tatay Ete” Vendiola, a self-made environmentalist who was invited to the meeting and who gave a testimony on his environmental efforts in biodiversity conservation and reforestation in Bacong, Negros Oriental.  Tatay Ete served as the guide of our tropical studies scientists in their forest researches. His interaction with them, from Dr. James Chapman to Dr. Angel Alcala, taught him how to memorize the names of the flora and fauna in the forest,  including the scientific names of endemic trees. Pastor Rudy Juan was elected president of SAAI Dumaguete Chapter with Mr. Roberto Montebon as Vice President. Out-going president Ruben Bokingo awarded boxes of pizzas to the biggest alumni batches in attendance. High School Class 1977 won 3 boxes and High School Class 1956 won two boxes.  

We congratulate Fritzie Daryl Lumjod-Zanoria, an alumna (BBA Management 2001), on her assumption as Board Member of the Province of Negros Oriental. She took her oath on May 8 as Board Member after she was appointed by President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on April 17, 2012.  

Silliman alumnus PCGA Commandant Admiral Edmund Castor Tan led in the welcoming of delegates to the  28th Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary National Convention held May 10 at Dumaguete City.  We congratulate him and his officers for the successful hosting.    

Former Dumaguete Press Club president Florence Baesa, 1987 Mass Communication alumna, was among the army’s citizen awardees during the 38th Anniversary of the Third Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, with the theme “Bayanihan para sa Kaunlaran at Lubusang Kapayapaan.” Baesa was honored for her being a partner in many of the army’s development programs.  The event was attended by Army Chief Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista in Iloilo City. 

President Benigno S. Aquino III has promoted two Sillimanians from Municipal Trial Court judges in Negros Oriental to Regional Trial court judges.  The appointment letters were signed on May 11, promoting Judge Joseph A. Elmaco as Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 36 in Dumaguete City and Judge Cenon Voltaire B. Repollo as Judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 38, also in Dumaguete City.  Judge Elmaco obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Silliman University in 1982, and was admitted to the Bar in 1984. He served as 2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court judge in Bindoy-Ayungon-Manjuyod,  Negros Oriental from 2006 until his appointment. Silliman High School alumnus Judge Repollo obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Xavier University in 1997 and was admitted to the Bar in 1998. He served as Presiding Judge of the Municipal Trial Court, Branch 2 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental from 2006 until his new appointment. 

Silliman University Department of Psychology welcomed guests and participants to the Summer Psychology Workshops held at the College of Computer Studies ATA room on May 8 to 19. Among the workshops conducted were: “Controlling Your Anger Before It Controls You” by Dr. Nelly Z. Limbadan, “Psychological Test Development: All You Need to Know” by Dr. Ericson D. Batican, “Stress Identification and Management Across the Lifespan” by Prof. Rogen Ferdinand E. Alcantara, and “Projection Techniques: For Yourself, For Your Practice” by Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe-Alvarez.  

ImageThe 51st National Writers Workshop closing ceremonies was held at Writers Village in Camp Look-Out on May 18.  The workshop this year was co-sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America in Manila. Aside from extending financial support, the officers of the Embassy also took part as lecturers. The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy had the Regional English Language Officer Maria Carina Dungao and Public Affairs Officer Robin Diallo as presentors on “Classroom Teaching” on May 3 and Cultural Affairs Officer Alan Holst lectured on “Literature and Film” on May 16.  National Writers Workshop Director-in-Residence Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas expressed her gratitude to the US Embassy and explained how the workshop had come in full circle from its roots in Iowa to this 51st year which enjoyed the valuable gift from the American Embassy. 

IN MEMORIAM: Abraham Mascardo (SUHS 1948) on May 1, Glenn Victor D. Nazareno (SUHS 1972, BS 1976), Teresita Pacatang Ragay (Home Economics 1973) on May 4,  Carlos B. Amasula Jr.(SUHS 1950) on May 4, former SU Library staff member Leonila Lagrito (ETC 1946, SCE 1948) on May 7, former CBA faculty member Concesa Bendijo-Roleda (BBA 1970) on May 12, Lily M. Alquiza (Pre-Med 1968) on May 17, Victor Emmanuel E. Gomez (SUHS 1973) on May 17, Dr. Reynaldo E. Espiritu (Pre-Med  1973) on May 19,  Rodulfo Z. Alegado (SUHS 1955) on May 23, Religion teacher Lemuel P. Montenegro (Divinity 1985) on May 26 and former Agusan Sillimanites president Proceso B. Pag-ong (Civil Engineering 1984) on May 30.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.              

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: [email protected]. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: [email protected].


The Officers and Staff of the Alumni and External Affairs

 cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III