15th SHS year wraps up 1st Grand Alumni Homecoming

By: Lanie Lei Madiam and Mae Ann Bulahao
The School of Health Sciences (SHS) on December 14-16, 2009 held its Grand Alumni Homecoming as a tribute to its contributions for the past 15 years of service. With the theme, “Caring beyond Boundaries”, the SHS enveloped its goals on portraying the global competitiveness of Marian nurses.

During 2009, SHS saw its fair share of trial and triumph. In this regard, the department honored its alumni and faculty with various outstanding awards. The Outstanding Marian Alumni Nurses were judged by Mr. Jhordin James Montegrico, SHS Dean together with the Committee on Awards led by Mrs. Clarissa Agulto, faculty member. Montegrico was the sole judge for the 15 Outstanding Faculty Members of the SHS-SMU and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The criteria was based on the four C’s of the Marian community: Competent, Creative, Community supportive and Christian Discipleship.

The following were awarded:

Outstanding Marian Alumni Nurses

  • Mylin Guinabay, Batch ’06 (SMU faculty member)
  • Larry Callueng (Author, Psychiatric Nursing published in SMU)
  • Jonas Remorosa (National Reviewer)
  • Mary Pauline Saquing (for her exceptional studies; Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila faculty member)
  • John Joseph Viloria (Philippine General Hospital , Operation Head Nurse)
  • Francisco Paredes ( Australia , Competent Nurse despite his physical disability)
  • Rommel Garcia ( Chicago , USA , Nurse)
15 Outstanding faculty members of the School of Health Sciences , SMU
  • Dan Edison Abalus
  • Clarissa Agulto
  • Camille Corazon Alejandro
  • Ruben Ramuel Ambatali II
  • Fernando Andrada
  • Mendelchon Rose Balisan
  • Elery Michelle Crisostomo
  • Rosalie Carreon
  • Ruby de Guzman
  • Thelma delos Reyes
  • Geraldine Ferreras
  • Rolita Garcia
  • Mildred Marilao
  • Gerald Roy Nipal
  • Hazel Valmores
Mrs. Gerodita Moscoso, RN, MSN was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The department had a jam-packed schedule of events to choose from with the thrill of participation in this historic occasion.

Homecoming is a fantastic time for alumni to return to their Alma Mater, renew friendships, look back and become inspirations for the younger generation,” Mr. Gerald Roy Nipal, RN, the over-all Chairman, shared.

The three-day affair commenced with a motorcade of the SHS alumni, faculty and SHS students with Related Learning Experience (RLE) in their course from Bayombong to Solano then back. A thanksgiving mass presided by Fr. Manuel Valencia, University President and Fr. Adorable Castillo, University Chaplain and an opening program were held at the Sacred Heart Chapel. A basketball game exhibition between the SHS faculty and alumni, and the SMU Faculty and Employees Association (FEA) team, which was won by the former, followed in the afternoon held at the Fr. Tonus Gymnasium. Two of the occasion’s highlights took place on the second day. The seminar, with the theme “Equipping Public Health Nurses toward the Development of Excellent Communities”, was conducted by Ms. Frances Precilla Cuevas, Editor-in-Chief, Public Health Nursing in the Philippines . The awarding ceremony for the Most Outstanding Nurses and the Alumni’s Night transpired at the Fr. Tonus Gymnasium in the evening. The third day was apportioned for the SHS’ CESP outreach program sponsoring 184 children of the Ocapon Elementary School . The cultural show, “Iwil An Yumina”, acclaimed for its magnificence and heart-warming performance was collaborated by the SMU Chorale and two MAPEH majors at the Sacred Heart Center and was presented during the entire three-day affair. At the same time, a bazaar was installed at the UB Park within that week.

Initially dated in May 2009 for a whole year festivity, the anniversary had its kick-off during the first semester of 2009 with the SHS sports fest and a faculty show; it was officially launched on August 22 during the Search for Mr. & Ms. SHS. The celebration was put on a break due to the preparations made for the PACU-COA accreditation. After loosening a bit from the department’s tight schedule for the past months, it was resumed in October 2009.

The 12 committees of the event had their own shares of tribulations even at the beginning. “We needed to raise funds. Since it is a big event, we were having problems on how to produce the souvenir programs and shirts, tarpaulins and other materials,” Mr. Nipal claimed.

All in all, organizing this event is quite difficult and challenging. Still, it’s fun. At first, I really thought it would be somehow easier since most of the alumni are faculty members of SMU. However, I had it in mind that this is the first celebration. Therefore, it also means it is a first for all of us – first time in handling and the like. So it would be expected that thee might not be many a good number to attend, but I kept my fingers crossed. It will eventually improve better the coming years,” the head chairman shrugged.

Okay naman kaso parang konting alumni ang pumunta. Masaya ‘yung motorcade, okay ‘yung programs especially ‘yung Pamaskong Pambata, the outreach,” a 4th year SHS student commented.

The catch? “Very enjoyable and inspiring kasi nakikita mo na nagiging successful ang mga products ng SMU-SHS,” Albert, a graduating SHS student smilingly said.

Everything was well done as planned. We’re hoping for the next homecoming to be more inspiring and fun with a bigger number of attendees,” a 3rd year BSN student briefed.
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