THE UNIVERSITY was named “School of the Year” for the fourth straight year in the prestigious Philippine Student Quill Awards, which recognizes outstanding communication-related works by students nationwide.
UST took home a total of 41 wins, beating other nominees for the top school category: UST-Angelicum College in Quezon City, Bataan Peninsula State University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Manila and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.
Winning entries were produced by the Flame of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Tomasian Cable Television, journalism and communication arts students, and students from the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD).
The Varsitarian bagged three awards of merit and nine awards of excellence this year. Some of the publication’s winning entries were Botomasino, a special coverage of the UST student elections; varsitarian.net, the publication’s website; Inkblots, the national campus journalism fellowship; and Jubilee 800, a supplement for the 800th founding anniversary of the Order of Preachers.
Jose Arsenio Salandanan, chairman of the UST Department of Communication and Media Studies, said Thomasians should not be complacent despite their success in the Student Quill Awards.
“[W]e can never be complacent because the competition gets tougher every year,” Salandanan told the Varsitarian.
“This is an equivocal affirmation of the quality of our students. Magaling talaga ang mga Tomasino,” he added.
This year’s Student Quill gave out 99 awards out of 239 entries.
The Philippine Student Quill is the junior division of the prestigious Philippine Quill Awards, which recognizes private corporations and government organizations that excel in business communication.
The Student Quill follows a rigid seven-point scoring system set by the International Gold Quill Awards given to top corporations across the globe.
The awarding ceremonies took place at the Mariott Grand Ballroom in Pasay on July 5. The event was organized by the Philippine chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, a global network of about 15,500 business communicators in 80 countries.