UA and Siena Heights University Sign MoU for Academic Ties

To establish cooperation in the field of education, University of the Assumption and Siena Heights University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 3, 2016.

UA and Siena Heights University agree to collaborate in the areas of academic programs, administration, research and development, and cultural affiliation.

Siena Heights University, according to its website, “is a Catholic university founded in 1919 and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Enrolling a diverse community of traditional-age and working adult students, Siena Heights is a coeducational North Central accredited institution founded in the liberal arts tradition, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. The University is headquartered in Adrian, Michigan.”

The MoU was signed by Fr. Joselito Henson, UA President and Sister Peg Albert, Siena Heights University President.

In the MOU, both parties are to exercise efforts in attaining various goals such as the promotion of academic programs for different degree levels; development of learning resources; cultural exchange through special events like cultural tours and student camps; and other opportunities in research and extension services that are mutually beneficial to both universities.

Further undertakings and specific projects will be discussed and outlined in the forthcoming agreements that will be entered into between the UA and Siena Heights University.

ITRS Director Earned His Doctor of Sacred Liturgy

Father Oliver G. Yalung, Director of the University of the Assumption Institute of Theology and Religious Studies (ITRS) finished his doctorate degree in Sacred Liturgy from San Beda College Paul VI Graduate School of Sacred Liturgy in July 2016.

His dissertation was entitled “The Growth and Maturation of the Church by the Paschal Mystery of Christ in the Light of the Sunday Prefaces of Ordinary Time of the Roman Missal 2002”.

Fr. Yalung explained that attaining the degree was difficult for him because it required him to do a lot of research even while he was busy in his ministry as a priest in the Archdiocese of San Fernando and one of the formators in the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary.

It took Fr. Yalung almost four years to finish his doctoral degree. But it definitely inspired him to continue doing researches and discover new perspectives in Theology and Liturgy.

“I always tell myself and others that the degree is not the end of the line, it is just the beginning of a long life of research.” said Father Yalung.

Fr. Yalung dedicates his new achievement to his parents who never failed to motivate him to finish whatever he started.

He said, “I dedicate this (diploma) to both my parents because they are my inspiration in the process of equipping myself through Theological studies and, secondly, to liturgists and enthusiasts of the sacred liturgy for their selflessness and patience in laboring on researches that allows us to gain new knowledge.”

Father Yalung finished his degree in Theology and Philosophy at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary and his Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome.

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UA Welcomes Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage Cross

The Youth Pilgrimage Cross which is making the rounds of schools and parishes in Region 3 was warmly received by the UA community on September 5, 2016. It will stay in UA until September 7, 2016.

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University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson officiated in the Eucharistic celebration to welcome the holy cross.

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According to the Campus Ministry Office, formation programs are scheduled during the 3- day stay of the pilgrim cross. On September 5, a conference on “Mercy alive @ UA” was held at 5:00PM. On September 6, students are invited to a bible sharing event called B-FAST.

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UA Observes Founder’s Day

University of the Assumption celebrated the birthday of its founder Archbishop Emilio A. Cinense through a Holy Mass officiated by the University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson.

Founder's day 2016 photoArchbishop Cinense was born on September 2, 1911 in Guimba, Nueva Ecija. He was the 2nd bishop of the diocese of San Fernando and was appointed as its first archbishop when it was established into an archdiocese in 1975.

Archbishop Cinense founded the Assumption Junior College on January 12, 1963 in response to the prevailing social injustices at that time. In his homily during the Mass, Fr. Henson said that the good bishop must have “thought that a good education was the biggest long-term solution that could break the cycle of poverty, transform the social landscape of Pampanga and improve the quality of life of its people”.

(Read: Homily of University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson during the Holy Mass for the birth anniversary of Archbishop Emilio A. Cinense.)

Assumption Junior College was granted university status in 1981 and renamed as University of the Assumption, a testament to its continuing quest for excellence in the formation of young men and women through quality Catholic education as envisioned by its founder.

According to Fr. Henson, Archbishop Cinense must have envisioned UA as an institution that offers good education informed by Catholic values. “Excellence not only in learning, but excellence in virtue and communal responsibility as well,” he said.

At the opening of the Holy Mass, presidents of the student councils for Grade School, Junior High School, Senior High School and College; representatives of the alumni, parents and employees union; and Dean Joey Suba of the College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT) representing the university management committee and Vice President for Finance Ms. Belina Katigbak for the Executive Council led the community in the ceremonial wreath laying.

Earlier, several students, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mediatriz D. Martin and the Campus Ministry Director Sr. Marissa Figueroa, OP, offered flowers and prayers at the tomb of Apu Lakay at the Carmel Monastery in Angeles City.

Fiesta Spirit Lives on for Assumption Day

In the University of the Assumption, fiesta spirit dominates the annual celebration of the solemnity of our Lady of the Assumption (SOLA), patroness of UA.

Fiesta is one tradition that Filipinos cannot do without despite the rise of modern technology and the exposure of the present generation to new lifestyles and economic development.

The religious face of the fiesta is usually composed of the Holy Mass, novena and procession. But long after these activities are over celebrations continue with eating and merry-making, sometimes extending up to the wee hours of the following day.

Fiestas promote devotion to the faith, the family and friends, three values that are very close to the heart of every Filipino.

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This year, although the celebration of SOLA was delayed by one week because of the cancellation of classes from August 15 to 18 due to flooding in low lying areas in the province, it was celebrated on August 22, feast of the queenship of Mary, with the same ardor and excitement as the Filipino fiesta brings.

The festive ambiance was very evident at the St. Thomas Aquinas Courtyard which was decked with blue buntings, flaglets and tents for the AGAPE. Buffet tables were put up by the UA Central Student Council (UACSC) and the different college recognized student organizations (RSOs). During the AGAPE, bands composed of UA college students performed while food was served to students, teachers, administrators and non-teaching personnel.

Earlier, the Holy Mass was celebrated simultaneously at the Bishop Emilio Cinense gymnasium for the colleges and senior and junior high schools and at the University chapel for the pre- school and grade school. Archbishop-emeritus and former chairman of the UA Board of Trustees Most Reverend Paciano B. Aniceto, University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson and Vice President for Administration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao presided in the Holy Mass at the gym while Institute of Theology and Religious Studies Director Fr. Oliver S. Yalung and Fr. Israel Garcia officiated at the Mass in the chapel.

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After the Mass, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between UA and MOKSA was signed by Fr. Henson and the President of the Malayang Organisasyon ng mga Kawani Sa Assumption (MOKSA) Mr. Joel Gamboa.

(Read: UA and MOKSA sign Collective Bargaining Agreement)

The celebration continued with the Marian Choral Competition 2016 organized by the UA Chorale. Six (6) colleges and schools competed for the top prize which was won by the College of Education (COE).

(Read: College of Education bags the top prize in 2016 Marian Choral Competition)

During the AGAPE, winners in the different competitions were awarded. The College of
Hotel and Restaurant Management (CHRM) was the grand winner in the Bulletin Board Design Challenge. The team was composed of Shawn Juico, Joanne Dungca, Heizelle Angulo and Nikko Maniego.

The College of Accountancy (COA) represented by Jaymee Ramos, Jennalyn Medina, Bianca Keanna Chua and Kaycee Diaz bagged the first runner up and the College of Education (COE) composed of Mary Rose Leonido, Kelly De Ala, Deinielle Keith Pineda and Loren Kaye Panlaqui got the second runner up.

For the Charcoal Painting Contest, Teo Jon Mangune of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) won the top prize followed by Princess Jonina Soriana of CON as first runner up and Gian Carlo Magno of the College of Tourism Management (CTM) for the 2nd runner up.

Mary Grace A. Catacutan of CHRM was the top prize winner in the Poetry Writing Competition. Ma. Ana Christina Tantengco, a Nursing student and Rodrigo Valdez of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) tied for the first runner up.

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Meanwhile, the Senior High School teachers and students partake their lunch together in the covered court, with the Central Student Council as host. Prior to the fiesta, senior high school students collected goods which they donated to the Outreach Ministry.

In the Junior High School each section enjoyed their common lunch. In the UAGS, the pre-schoolers and grade school pupils shared their snacks with their classmates and teachers. It was an opportunity for them to strengthen the bond between the students and teachers in each section.

The Campus Ministry Office was the over-all responsible in the celebration of SOLA.

– With reports from the UACSC and UASHS

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UA and MOKSA Sign Collective Bargaining Agreement

The administration and employees’ union of the University of the Assumption signed a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after the Mass held for the feast of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 22, 2016. The celebration and CBA signing was originally scheduled on August 15. It was postponed due to the suspension of classes on August 15 to 18 because of the heavy rainfall caused by southwest monsoon which flooded low lying areas in the province.

University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson signed on behalf of UA while Mr. Joel Gamboa, president of Malayang Organisasyon ng mga Kawani Sa Assumption (MOKSA) signed for the members of the union. The agreement was decided after three (3) meetings.

Fr. Henson, in his message during the Mass, thanked the union officers and members for the immediate approval of the agreement. He said, “this shows the existing mutual trust between management and the union”.

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The UA management panel was composed of Human Resource Director Mr. Rogelio Eco Jr. as Head, Quality Management Director Ms. Khriselle Anne Castillo, Student Affairs Director Ms. Precious Bernadette Estrada, High School Princiapl Ms. Edita Sagmit, Grade School Principal Ms. Ma. Jennifer Gonzales and Physical Plant Director Architect Bernard Valencia.

MOKSA panel was headed by Mr. Gamboa the union president, Mr. Antonino Diaz, Ms. Ruth Intal, Ms. Melanie Junio, Ms., Dolores Mallari and Mr. Arnold Yumul.

Solemnity of the Assumption 2016

The University of the Assumption (UA) community will focus on the care for creation as it commemorates the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary from August 3 to 15, 2016.

The solemnity, celebrated by the Catholic Church every August 15 is an ancient tradition, dating back to the time of the apostles who commemorated the “memory of Mary” in honor of her death. Later, it was named as the Assumption of Mary because the feast is a celebration not only of her death but of her being taken up into heaven, body and soul. In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church through the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus.

This year’s celebration in UA took its inspiration from Laudato Si. Pope Francis, in his encyclical, called Mary, who was “carried up into heaven . . . the Mother and Queen of all creation” (No. 241). The Holy Father wrote, “just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power” (ibid).

The theme of the celebration will be emphasized in various creative activities, namely. bulletin board design, charcoal painting and poetry writing competition on August 3, 4 and 5 respectively.

Triduum Masses will be celebrated on August 11 and 12 at 7:30AM and on August 13 at 9:30AM. On August 13, a symposium on Mary will be conducted for the maintenance personnel by the Campus Ministry Office and Outreach Ministry.

On the day of the solemnity, Holy Mass will be held at 7:30AM by Most Reverend Florentino G. Lavarias, Archbishop of San Fernando at the Bishop Emilio Cinense Gymnasium for high school and college students. He will be assisted by the University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson and the Vice President for Administration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao. Simultaneously, Fr. Oliver S. Yalung and Fr. Israel Garcia will be concelebrating the Holy Eucharist at the university chapel for the grade school pupils.

At 9:30AM, seven (7) choir groups from the colleges and schools will be competing in the traditional Marian Choral Competition in the gymnasium. This will be followed by the UA Central Student Council (UACSC) sponsored “salo-salo” (shared meal) at the St. Thomas Aquinas Courtyard (STACY). Winners in the different competition held earlier will be awarded during the “salo-salo”.

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UA is ISO 9001:2015 Certified

University of the Assumption (UA), the oldest Archdiocesan Catholic University in Asia, is the first recipient of ISO 9001:2015 Management System Certificate among educational institutions in Central Luzon. The certification was issued by QAS International on July 14, 2016 after UA’s international quality standards.

1233PH 16-17ISO 9001:2015 is the latest among the standards released by the International Organization for Standardization. It is based on eight (8) principles: client focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, systematic approach to management, continual improvement, factual approach to decision making and mutually beneficial supplier relations. UA for the last 50 years continues to be faithful to its mission of delivering quality Catholic education. Being ISO 9001:2015 certified is a proof that our students are assured of an outstanding education backed up with processes that comply with international standards.

University President Fr. Joselito Henson says, “the certification speaks well of the quality standards that we implement in the University”. He explained further, “because our processes and systems follow internationally accepted standards, we are extremely confident that UA can deliver quality education”.

The lead auditor, Mr. Albert Montano, reported that UA “has established and maintained its management system in line with the requirements of the standard and demonstrated the ability of the system to systematically achieve agreed requirements within the scope of the organisations’ policy and objectives”.

WHAT IS ISO?

International Organization for Standardization or ISO is an international agency composed of national standard bodies from more than 160 countries. It brings together experts who, together, develop consensus-based and market relevant international standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.

ISO has over 21,000 standards. In the ISO 9000 series, ISO 9001 which sets the international standard for quality management system (QMS) is the most popular. It is being used by various organizations to demonstrate the ability of organizations to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

The current version of ISO 9001:2015 was released in September 2015. It is based on a number of quality management principles including a strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

ABOUT QAS INTERNATIONAL

QAS International Ltd. is based in the United Kingdom. It provides certifications to a range of quality standards, including ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 to businesses which have demonstrated through documented procedures and manuals that they have achieved the international standards set by ISO.

An established certification company, QAS International has been operating within the UK and selected international markets for some nine years.

According to their brochure, QAS International has granted ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification to more than 8,000 companies in over 20 countries.

UA CERTIFICATION

The ISO 9001:2015 certification is a recognition of the collective efforts of the UA community to make its processes more efficient and effective in providing quality education.

“We are very proud of our UA community who has been very cooperative and supportive in attaining our ISO 9001:2015 certification,” says Ms. Khriselle Castillo, Director for Quality Management and Head of the ISO Committee. “This shows our commitment to providing quality service to our students,” she said.

Meanwhile, the entire UA community celebrated this new feat. In a post on its facebook page, the UA Central Student Council (UACSC) called the ISO 9001:2015 certification a “giant leap” for the university. Within 24 hours, the post was shared by 260 persons – students, alumni, parents and employees – and liked on their respective walls.

Indeed, this new achievement, which came only a few weeks after three (3) of the graduates of the UA College of Nursing made it to the top 3, 11 and 14 in the licensure examination, proves that for the University of the Assumption quality is not only a concept, but a reality. ISO 9001:2015 certification reflects the commitment of the UA community to quality and to our students.

Fr. Henson summarized it well when he said that in UA, “quality is and should be a way of life”.

Archbishop Celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit with UA Community

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Most Reverend Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D. , Archbishop of San Fernando , Pampanga and Chairman of the UA Board of Trustees led the Assumption community in the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Jun 24, 2016. Joining him were the University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson, VP for Adminstration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao, Director for the Institute of Religious Studies (ITRS) Fr. Oliver Yalung and Fr. Israel Garcia.

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The Mass of the Holy Spirit is traditionally held every start of the academic year. As a catholic school, the community gathers in prayer to invoke the Holy Spirit to guidance and inspire the administrators, teachers, students and the non-teaching staff.

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After the Mass, the Assumption community pledged its commitment to the Quality Policy. This was followed by the presentation of the graduates of the College of Nursing who passed the June 2016 board examination including the three (3) who made it to top 3, 11 and 14.

UACSC Welcomes Assumptionists

College students were treated to a grand welcome on June 6, 2016.

“Kick Start Celebration” was organized by the University of the Assumption Central Student Council (UACSC) in lieu of the annual welcome rite for college freshmen. There are no first year college students this year because of the implementation of the senior high school program.

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Kick-start is defined by Macmillan Dictionary as “to make something improve or become more active after it has stopped or slowed down”.

With the theme, “Rise Up, Start Fresh”, UACSC hopes that by starting the academic year with a fun-filled gathering, students will be inspired to be more active in all aspects of their campus life in the new academic year.

In his welcome remarks, University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson encouraged the students to study well, pray and reach out and wished them a “challenging new academic year”.

In response to the invitation of the University President, officers of the recognized student organizations led the studentry in renewing their commitment to become Assumptionists who are globally competent, morally upright and socially responsible.

The UA Performing Arts and the UA Junior High School Pep-Squad provided the entertainment while the college-based organizations gave away food and various treats in their respective booths.