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USHS, OVPRE Stage the 1st HYPE Congress to Showcase Senior HS Research Outputs

May. 15, 2024

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The University Science High School (USHS) and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Extension (OVPRE) mounted the first High School Youth for Purposeful Engagement in STEAM R&D (HYPE) Congress 2024 participated by USHS Senior High School students who presented their research outputs through paper and poster presentations last May 14, 2024 at the R&E Amphitheater. With the theme “STEAM Research, Innovation and Development for All Genders: Breaking Barriers and Exploring Opportunities Through Purposeful R&D Engagements,” the congress funded by the University Gender and Development Office (UGADO) provided the students a platform to present their gender-responsive research outputs to a panel of evaluators with their junior counterpart as audience, and their families and friends who watched via Facebook livestreaming. Dr. Edgar A. Orden, Vice President for Research and Extension, initiated the event and warmly welcomed the participants. In his opening remarks, he emphasized the purpose of the congress, highlighting that CLSU, recognized as one of the leading higher education institutions in research and development in the country, is committed to providing an enabling environment for its students. This commitment aims to ensure that students are well-prepared and globally competent. Meanwhile, Dr. Ravelina R. Velasco, Vice President for Academic Affairs, delivered an inspirational message on behalf of Dr. Evaristo A. Abella, University President. As an alumna of the school, VP Velasco shared her personal reflections and encouraged the participants to always strive for excellence. “You are not just presenting the data; you are presenting a piece of yourself. It is not the size of the thing that you have done but the magnitude of your passion and the depth of your inquiry. Ultimately, it is about making a meaningful contribution to the collective wisdom of humankind,” said VP Velasco. Gracing the event as the keynote speaker, Dr. Danilo S. Vargas, former CLSU Vice President for Administration and current President of CORE Gateway College Inc., addressed the students and expounded on the value of interdisciplinary learning and collaboration in advancing research and innovation. “The more we understand and appreciate different fields, the more we can contribute to the growth and development. This is where interdisciplinary learning and collaboration come. Serving as light blood of advancing research and innovation in STEAM research and other fields, it is through collective efforts that we can truly make a difference,” Dr. Vargas explained. Also in attendance were Dr. Verjun J. Dilla, Head of CLSU Laboratory for Teaching and Learning (CLTL), Dr. Aileen G. de Guzman, Sub-unit in-charge of CLTL-USHS along with the faculty and staff. The Grade 12 students presented their capstone research papers: 7 in the Basic Science; 8 in Applied Science; and 5 in Social Science Category, while the Grade 11 students presented their research through a poster presentation. CLSU faculty and researchers served as panel evaluators who determined the winners from each category. The following are the winners who received certificates of recognition and a 2,000 cash prize: BASIC SCIENCE CATEGORY Paper Title: Presence of Phytochemical in Petroleum Nut (Pittosporum resiniferum) Authors: Verline Gaudeene Dilla, Leia Jeinne Manig, Avril Christi Soriano and Maren Tomas APPLIED SCIENCE CATEGORY Paper Title: The Development of a KAMALIG Interactive Map Software as Proof of Concept for Tourist Navigation Authors: Chelsie Nicole Bartolome, Rion Fauszt Bustos, Joemarc Jr. Castillo, Kyx Hubilia, Mark Yohance Rafael, Ralph Andrei Del Rosario and Zamil Adriel Ortega SOCIAL SCIENCE CATEGORY Paper Title: Reveal or Conceal?: The influence of Social Media to LGBTQIA+ Filipino Youth’s Expression of Sexual and Gender Identities Authors: Allysa Joyce Zulueta, Ida Yeska Garcia, Leahkim Asseren Mabalay, and Lucky Elijah Mae Mabalay POSTER COMPETITION Paper Title: Investigating Barriers on Modern Romance Within Same Sex Couples and the Effects on Mental Health, Relationship Stability, and Social Skills: Basis for Advocating Gender Equality Authors: Alissa Anne Lourdes A. Tuates, Mikee G. Tolentino, Mark Christopher A. Caunte, and Zoe Jenae DC. Garcia

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Dr. Abella Embraces Leadership as the 11th CLSU President; Delivers First State of University Address

The Central Luzon State University (CLSU) community celebrated the leadership of Dr. Evaristo A. Abella, during his investiture rites as the 11th University President held at the University Auditorium on June 18, 2024. Dr. Ronald L. Adamat, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner and Chair, CLSU Board of Regents, graced this momentous occasion and led the robing ceremony, presentation of presidential symbols and the oath taking ceremony in front of hundreds of guests, faculty, staff, students, friends and family members of Dr. Abella, as well as the live viewers of the event. “With CLSU being one of the best Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the country, I urge all the CLSU stakeholders to give your 200% support to the leadership of Dr. Abella as he continues to take CLSU to the next level,” Dr. Adamat exclaimed. In his inaugural address, President Abella expressed his gratitude to all those who supported his journey to the presidency and recognized the dedication of the faculty and staff from the different programs. “Nakikita at pinapahalagahan namin kayong lahat. We see all of you. We value your contribution. We value your dedication.” President Abella stressed as he voice out his gratitude to the employees of the University including other stakeholders like the vendors, utility workers, security guards and transport service operators who play an indispensable role in achieving the goals of CLSU and making it a second home to the students. Dr. Abella then likened CLSU to a diamond which endures an immense challenge and pressure before becoming a jewel with great value and elegance. “The strength of a diamond is unbreakable just like our commitment to provide excellent service. We, as your leaders, will make sure to handle with great care our reputation, and to carve more path for others to follow,” said Dr. Abella. Furthermore, on his first State of the University Address (SUA), Dr. Abella highlighted CLSU's accomplishments during the first six months of his leadership including the strong foundation laid by the past administration, the fruits of all the initiatives and hard work of the people, and the promising future of CLSU. The SUA showcased CLSU’s initiative for curriculum advancement, pursuit for internationalization, facility improvement, and the production and utilization of technologies for different commodities which have contributed to the six-decade legacy of CLSU. Featuring the achievements of the university, he recognized various faculty who are recipients of distinguished awards and commended the outstanding students for their exemplary performances in poster presentations, journalism, photography, and quiz bee competitions. Meanwhile, in enhancing global visibility, Dr. Abella mentioned the rankings attained by the university in various local and international rankings, specifically in World University with Real Impact, Times Higher Education, Webometrics, and the EduRank. “Our consistent strong performance in various rankings showcases CLSU’s growing international reputation, reflecting our dedication in maintaining high standards and our ability to compete with leading institutions worldwide,“ Dr. Abella added. Highlighting the sustainable practices of CLSU, he enumerated the initiatives on a regular clean-up drive, wellness programs and innovation on food production through the Futures Thinking Program, using of carabao hide in making high-quality leather bags, shoes and other products. Also, he emphasized the newest collaboration with the Department of Energy in the project on decarbonizing the commercial aviation industry using Sustainable Aviation Fuel. For future endeavors, President Abella outlined the plans on infrastructure development and the priority establishments during his term. He also highlighted the university's commitment to upholding quality education through various assessments such as ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA), Institutional Accreditation, and the Philippine Quality Awards. Concluding his SUA, Dr. Abella emotionally declared his passion, commitment and love for the whole CLSU Community as he accepted the great responsibility of leading the institution and upholding its legacy. “As we look to the future, we do so with confidence, knowing that together, we will continue to make a profound impact on our students, our community, and the world. Tulad ng sinabi ko noong public forum, mahal ko kayo at hanggang sa huling araw ng aking termino, mahal na mahal ko pa rin kayo, maraming salamat po!” - Dr. Evaristo A. Abella The investiture rites were attended by the Members of the Board of Regents, SUC Presidents from various regions, heads of government agencies, industry partners, local government officials, former CLSU Presidents and employees, alumni, students, and other guests and visitors. The event was also witnessed by almost 500 online viewers from different regions and countries and generated 13,000 online engagements as of writing.

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60th Universityhood

As we look to the future, we do so with confidence, knowing that together, we will continue to make a profound impact on our students, our community, and the world. Tulad ng sinabi ko noong public forum, mahal ko kayo at hanggang sa huling araw ng aking termino, mahal na mahal ko pa rin kayo. – Dr. Evaristo A. Abella, CLSU President These words echoed in the University Auditorium as the CLSU President, Dr. Evaristo A. Abella concluded his first State of the University Address with a hopeful remark for the university's future and its positive impact on the community during the 60th Universityhood with the theme “The Birth of a University, The Birth of a Leader” on June 18, 2024.

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CLSU Delegates Participate in GSD Congress

To enhance the University’s commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CLSU representatives took part in the Global Sustainable Development (GSD) Congress held in Bangkok, Thailand last June 10-13, 2024. With the theme ‘Uniting Higher Education, Governments, Industry, and Society for a Sustainable Future,” the event aims to redefine the roles of higher education, governments, businesses, and society in achieving the SDGs. Dr. Parsons Hail, Dr. Florante Ibarra, Dr. Gella Patria Abella, Dr. Shirley Serrano, and Assoc. Prof. Maria Adrielle Estigoy comprised the CLSU delegation as part of the university THE core team. They participated in various sessions covering topics on SDG initiatives across different sectors, addressing global challenges, communicating SDGs, and understanding THE Impact Rankings, among others. Approximately 3000 thought leaders and innovators from around the world gathered at this event to explore new strategies for advancing sustainability in their universities. Additionally, the event encouraged collaboration and inspired positive change in the field of education and beyond.

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