Grad studs and faculty join BUGS orientation and fellowship

Tuesday August 7,2018

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To orient the students and faculty on the new directions and policies of the Graduate School, Bicol University’s Graduate School (BUGS) conducted their Student Orientation/Learning Session and Faculty Fellowship last August 04 at BU’s East Campus in Legazpi City.

The goal of the said gathering is to introduce the faculty and non-teaching personnel to the BUGS students, in order to provide a venue for conducive teaching-learning atmosphere. The event likewise intends to create productive interpersonal working relationships among faculty and students.

The activity is also a platform to present the accomplishments of the Graduate School Students Council (GSSC) for the previous school year and re-organize the GSSC for school year 2018-2019.

Dr. Antonio Payonga, the Dean of BUGS, delivered his opening remarks and welcomed those in attendance of the event.The Graduate Student Orientation took place after the thanks-giving mass and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem.

BU President Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas also gave an inspirational talk in the orientation, right after the introduction faculty and staff. BUGS Dean Dr. Antonio Payonga discussed BUGS’ new directions and policies. Prof. Maria Elena Ahorro, the BUGS Guidance Coordinator oriented students on Matters regarding the guidance services and teaching effectiveness.

Prof. Daves Tonga, on behalf of BU Office of Student Affairs and Services (OSAS) Dean Dr. Benjamin Nebres discussed BU’s student services and personnel, which was done by. An orientation on the university’s library services and personnel was also given by OIC University Librarian Ms. Ma. Victoria Olaguer.

Prof. Laarni Pancho, the Director of BU’s Information and Communication Technology Office (BU-ICTO), also imparted her knowledge about the school’s Online Registration System (ORS). This was followed by an explanation of the university’s medical and dental services by University Physician Dr. Julio Abainza.

The second part of the assembly was the BUGS Learning Session and Student Leaders’ Congress, which were done simultaneously. During these events, Dr. Marcia Corazon Rico, the Associate Dean of BU College of Education (BUCE), lectured on the topic of “Self-Development Issues in the Post-Graduate Studies: Gateway to a Meaningful Career.”

The orientation ended with the election of the new GSSC officers, who then took their oath of office later that afternoon. The gathering concluded with Dr. Ramon de Leon, the BUGS Associate Dean, delivering the closing remarks.

According to BUGS, the Graduate School has re-organized and reviewed its rules, policies and guidelines for the benefit of its students as part of their mandated mission of quality education.

For the first semester of school year 2018-2019, BUGS has recorded the highest number of enrolment for their doctorate, master’s and diploma programs. Currently, there are 2,623 students who are officially admitted to pursue their post-graduate education.

BUGS intends to ensure these students proper guidance towards the completion of their chosen degrees, to which the roles of the faculty (regular and part-timers) are vital. Everyone in BUGS were encouraged to take active involvement in the attainment of the said goal, hence the conduct of the said learning session and faculty fellowship.