THE MOTHER of an Accountancy freshman lost her necklace to snatchers last June 13 in what security authorities said was part of the spate of petty crimes usually attending the back-to-school rush in the University Belt.
The UST Security Safety and Services identified the victim as Lolita Yang. UST guards caught suspect Roberto Balaguer, 28, of 340 Sandiko St., Tondo.
The deputy secretary general of the Bhutan National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) visited the University last June 15.
Jamyang Choeden arrived at the Arch of the Centuries and was welcomed by Unesco Club-UST president Yjez Batulan together with the club’s officers. Choeden stayed in the country for a week and UST was part of her itinerary.
“We are in the process of starting Unesco clubs in Bhutan and the Ministry of Education sent me to see the activities carried out by the clubs here,”
THE GRADUATES have spoken: UST is getting better.
It may have landed on the 500th spot in the Times Higher Educational Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds survey of the world’s best universities, but UST is still No. 1 in the hearts of Thomasians graduates.
With 4 as the highest score, the University garnered an over-all rating of 3.15, better than last year’s 3.13, based from the results of the Academic Year 2006-2007 Graduating Students Exit Survey, conducted by the Office of Planning and Development.
THE UNIVERSITY posted a higher passing rate in the May board exams for certified public accountants, again exceeding the poor national passing rate with 70 per cent or 59 out of 84 UST examinees making the cut.
UST ranked first among schools with 51-99 examinees and improved on last year’s 48 per cent passing mark, in which 41 out of 86 examinees passed the board exam.
Nationwide, 1,406 out of 4,654 examinees or 30.21 per cent passed, better than last year’s passing rate of 23.56 per cent (1,253 out of 5,318).
A EUROPEAN agency is ready to finance the construction of the UST General Santos satellite campus once it receives a master plan from the University, UST Rector Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P. has bared.
Arceo did not disclose the name of the funding institution, but said an alumnus, Architect George Ramos, made the recommendation. Ramos found the plans for the General Santos campus “impressive,” the Rector said.
“Ramos was encouraged to recommend UST to the agency when he saw the construction of UST in Sta. Rosa, Laguna taking place,” Arceo told the Varsitarian.
Arceo said that the University must first submit a long-term master plan for the General Santos campus before the agency releases funds.
“As of now, UST Gen-San is at the planning stage. We have to inform the agency about our specific plans for the next 10 to 15 years before it can provide the necessary funding,” he said.
ON ITS 80th year, the Varsitarian’s pearl batch displays an array of the best student writers from eight colleges and faculties in the University.
Andrew Isiah Bonifacio of the College of Nursing and Anthony Andrew Divinagracia, a Political Science student from the Faculty of Arts and Letters make up this publication year’s editorial board with Artlets professor Joselito Zulueta, also an editor and editorialist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and chair of the National Committee on Literary Arts of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, as the publications adviser.
Bonifacio previously handled the Circle section as acting editor while Divinagracia was last year’s acting assistant sports editor.
On the other hand, Nursing seniors Raychel Ria Agramon, Myla Jasmine Bantog, and Celina Ann Tobias were appointed acting Features editor, Literary editor, and Science and Technology editor, respectively.
A THOMASIAN doctor based in the United States has bagged the Outstanding Community Faculty Award of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Andrew Prieto, 42, took up biology as his pre-medical course in UST before proceeding to the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, where he graduated in 1991. He completed his internship in UST and had undergone six months of internal medicine residency at the Makati Medical Center.
In 1994, he went to Michigan to broaden his internal medicine residency, undergoing sub-specialty fellowship trainings in cardiology and interventional cardiology in the state university.
After completing his residency and fellowship trainings in 2001, Prieto decided to stay in Michigan for good. He has been teaching medical students, internal medicine residents, and cardiology fellows as an assistant professor at the Michigan State University’s Cardiology Division for the past six years.
FR. TAMERLANE LANA, O.P., the new rector of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Intramuros, plans to expand the school’s graduate program, promote a research culture, and boost enrollment in the 387-year-old Dominican college, eventually elevating UST’s sister institution to university status.
But for now, the former UST rector said his priority is to improve Letran’s sagging enrol lment, particularly in elementary and high school, calling it a “fight for survival.”
With more students, Lana also intends to solve Letran’s financial woes brought about by the newly established Letran campus in Abucay, Bataan.
FROM heel to hero.
This describes the change in the public’s perception of UST which was cast as a spoilsport when it demanded a retake of the fraud-marred 2006 Nursing board exam whose first anniversary was marked this June.
Critics called UST arrogant, arguing UST wanted a retake since it registered a “mere” 83 per cent in the exam, compared with its previous averages of 90 per cent above.
But UST was vindicated when the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) said passers of the exams should retake it or else they could not get a permit from the California-based agency to work in the US.
After much hedging, the government ordered a retake of two tests where the leaks allegedly occurred.
College of Nursing associate professor Inocencia Tionko said that the issue was honesty and truth. She added there should be no condoning of cheating.
SIDE-TRACKING calls on Pope Benedict XVI to decline the invitation of President Macapagal-Arroyo for him to visit the country, UST Rector Ernesto Arceo, O.P., said the Pope should come to the Philippines.
In an interview with the Varsitarian last June 19, Arceo said that whatever the country’s political situation, the visit by the Pope would still be good for the Filipinos because it would “rekindle their faith” and might even inspire politicians to do their job morally.