BUGAAI reps meet with Pres. MascariƱas on 50th anniversary preparations

Thursday July 12,2018

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Preparing for the upcoming 50th founding anniversary of Bicol University, key officials of the BU’s General Alumni Association Incorporated (BUGAAI) held a meeting on June 30, 2018 at the University’s ‘Balai kan Alumni’ to discuss the drafts of their projects and activities.

On the said meeting, seventeen of the association’s officers, led by BU-GAAI President Mr. Edgar Barrameda, were joined by BU President Dr. Arnulfo Mascariñas, BU Alumni Relations Director Dr. Rosana Madrona, and BU Communications and Public Relations Director Dr. Renelyn Bautista to talk about matters such as the 50th anniversary preparation, benchmarking activities, and the Coffee Table Book and Alampay projects.

The initial agenda that was discussed in the meeting was the BU Coffee Table Book (CTB) –an informative reference material which would feature the Bicol University’s achievements and milestones throughout fifty years of existence. As approved during the meeting, the CTB would be a joint venture of BU and BU-GAAI which will be inked in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) as accorded. The Communication and Public Relations Office in coordination with the various academic deans and directors will put together said Coffee Table Book.

The CTB Project will be funded through the Souvenir Program for BU’s Golden Anniversary celebration, and will be reinforced by funds from various sponsors. The marketing and distribution aspect of the project shall be done by BUGAAI and various units, through the ‘Balik BU’ program, and the distribution would be done by the Alumni units with prospective sales incentives.

BU, on the other hand, will be responsible in designating the members of the CTB’s Editorial Board, with the assistance of BUGAAI. In addition, the editorial and layout guidelines for the CTB shall be issued in consultation with BUGAAI.

In addition to the preparation for the University’s Golden Anniversary celebration, a new webpage solely dedicated for the 50th anniversary is to be developed as a platform for BU’s units and colleges in posting news, updates and activities concerning the celebration.

As one of the units that will spear-head the said celebration, BUGAAI along with the BU administration is planning to conduct an awarding ceremony for the 50 Outstanding Alumni of BU in various fields during the night of the actual anniversary date. The proposed establishment of an alumni landmark, as well as initiating pledging sessions during the celebration were likewise discussed.

During the meeting, BUGAAI President Barrameda also discussed the Alampay project and introduced to the BUGAAI board the representatives of the Labo Cooperative - the producers of the Alampay used by BU officials. BU President Mascariñas also explained the rationale on the need for Alampay.

BU, BUGAAI and the supplier has also agreed on entering into a tripartite MOA, which will state the roles, responsibilities and obligations of the three parties regarding the Alampay project.

Last of the agenda discussed was the bench-marking activities, which were scheduled on July 17 to 22 as agreed upon during the meeting. To be participated in by BUGAAI officers and unit alumni coordinators, the activities aim to identify the best practices of other alumni organizations in order to strengthen and improve BU’s alumni community.

After the discussions the officials of the alumni body have agreed to meet again this July to ensure that the objectives agreed upon during the meeting are met or are in progress.