Friday, May 28, 2010

Insights from the 1st Academic Council Meeting

Yesterday morning, Louie Jarales, Kevin Salazar and I attended the first Academic Council meeting for AY2010-2011. Eventhough it was a sudden event still that made us very excited to meet the council, represent the students and to know how to hold an academic council, the knowledge we will get from this meeting will be applied for the proposal of creating a Student’s Academic Council. While on our way to the board roam we are already thinking of questions, concerns, and issues that students are having and will be having for the incoming academic year, we want to assure that students will be well represented to this extent. The moment we entered the board room there’s this awkward feeling that I felt, you don’t really know how to act once you are there, at the back of my mind I should be fierce and be professional-looking like everyone else in the room but I’m worried for it might bring a wrong impression about me so I decided to display my meek-ish face. I am going to be with the notable and remarkable people in the university and not just with my fellow students, that made me quite uneasy. But I was then relaxed when the atmosphere seems to welcome our presence there, anyway I am with Louie and Kevin so I should make myself comfortable. ^_^

First of the agenda is the Presentation of Approved Resolutions for the previous academic year by Dr. Lina Kwong , the Academic Vice President. Going over with the past resolutions, we affirmed that the Council is continuously making laws to attend to the academic needs of the students, and there were about 25 resolutions made for that academic year alone. And as a second agenda of the meeting Dr. Kwong reported some unfinished business they have on the previous year, we can actually create some ideas for a project out of the resolutions being laid out. Third on the list is the Proposed Implementing Guidelines for Instructional Materials Development by Mr. Jony Berjes from the XU Press, the objective of the presentation is that to ensure that students will have a good quality of textbooks made or compiled by the faculty. Instructional Materials are important tools in learning and it is just right for the university to double check these materials to make sure that students will get the best lessons from it. While sitting on my chair I was thinking of suggesting of requiring proponents of such instructional materials to include IPP, but this is still a matter to discuss further by the council. The fourth agenda of the meeting is the OICN Proposal, the Integration of ECDI into XUCL by Ms. Elizabeth Enerio. The rationale of the proposal is this, the integration of ECDI (English Communication and Development Inst) into the XUCL (XU Center for Languages) is premised on the following justifications and reasons: (1) The courses offered by ECDI and the Center are meant to improve the communication skills, oral or written, intended for different needs; (2) The target clientele is mostly practicing professionals and those about to practice their professions with specific needs. The Center may accept XU students who want to enhance their communication skills provided they meet the requirements; and (3) A centralized office facilitates the supervision, management and administration of the Center and provides greater uniformity, efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and visibility. Xavier University is indeed training men and women to be globally competitive in their own respective profession, now with this kind of proposal, Foreign languages are now being offered to other courses aside from International Studies. Right now, the SBM is taking Chinese language lessons to give them an edge on their field. We can expect that nurses, engineers and other courses can enroll too if they want. The program has regular, tutorial and modular approaches, they can choose which way is convenient for them. Aside from that, Foreigners who wants to learn English in our country are also being accommodated with the integration of ECDI, they will be learning English and at the same time get to learn the Filipino culture. The next agenda is the Inclusion of New Provisions in the Student Handbook on Code of Conduct by Ms. Irene Guitarte. In bold letters the Code of Conduct aims to provide ample guarantee to the right of all XU Community (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) to due process, the following procedures shall be adopted in the investigation and adjudication of filed complaints and disciplinary cases. Every year the Office of Student Affairs received a number of complaints from students against a faculty, staff or administrators and yet there’s no formal action being taken and some cases were left unsolved, now to resolve this, the OSA together with CSG STRAW provided a complaint’s form where students, faculty or staff can write their concerns and then will undergo a certain process that will be provided in the Student’s handbook to be released this coming Academic Year. This is to fill in the informality of the system and also to further protect the rights of both parties. This is also to encourage students to voice out their complains, and be assured that there are bodies in the university that will help them in the process. The complain forms are also for records sake and could be used as evidence to prove that the allegations are true. This proves that the university will not deprive us of our right to social security. Lastly on the meeting on the “other matters” agenda, Louie Jarales air out the concerns of the students about teachers who haven’t submitted the grades of their students to the registrar. This problem will affect the enrollment system this June, and we asked the administration to take care of this problem as soon as possible. Another thing is that we introduced to them about the idea of creating a Student’s Academic Council, it seems that everyone is okay with it and Dr. Panopio suggested that we should include the professionals in the council, like Law, Medicine, and Graduate students, because they are the ones who are not well represented in this university. I think Dr. Panopio made a point on that, after all professional students participated also in the electoral system, I asked myself, why not give it a try? But this is still a matter to discuss with. After the long hours of sitting and talking we finally stand up from our seats to have lunch. The experience is very different, as what Louie said after the meeting “murag True”. I cannot imagine myself being there, but I was, and we are able to make sense there.

Yes, I can say that the meeting was very fruitful, we get to learn a lot of things and there’s this one realization that I think all of us three have discovered, is that we really need the help of these people. It doesn’t mean that CSG is autonomous and can do whatever it wants but for it to function well, it still needs the guidance of these people, who have more knowledge about the university and how to make everything better. Few hours after the meeting we (Jennese, Kevin and I) consulted Ma’am Irene about what she has discussed in the meeting and also clarify some things about the STRAW. The conversation also lead to review some of our programs and projects, and we didn’t actually expect that we are going to abolish one and replaced it with a better one. It made our day, at some point we are also worried about it and now we finally have reasons to let go of it. It’s very amazing to seek the help of the wise, you get to understand a lot of things and come up with brighter ideas. This enables us to be fully equipped for the upcoming Academic Year.

by Regine May L. Abarquez
Chair, Department of Academic Affairs
CSG

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Agenda

Academic Development – The CSG protects and advances the student’s right to quality Ignatian education through an active participation in curriculum and methodology development, academic policy making and enhancement of support initiatives.

a. To promote service learning in the Academic Council and the different departments

b. To explore venues to expand scholarship opportunities

c. To aid students in their academic requirements and develop co-curricular academic programs

d. To help improve teaching methods in the context of the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm and ethics in teaching

Student Services and Facilities Development – the CSG provides basic student services that address the students’ needs through direct assistance and welfare programs and feedback the quality of school services and facilities to the administration.

a. To start educating the students of the cost of wasting resources

b. To create a welfare program for the students in the context of health and others

c. To create a daily student assistance service that helps them in their academic needs

Engaged Citizenship – the CSG strengthens and opens opportunities for student socio-political engagement that contributes to the transformation of Mindanao and the rest of the country through political education, environment stewardship and community development.

a. To start educating the student body of the solid waste program of the university

b. To increase the level of political awareness and interest, and citizenship among the student body.

c. To develop a program where students from different year levels can engage community development (healthcare, education, and livelihood) based in their core competencies.

Campus and Community Leadership Engagement – the CSG nurtures and supports student organizational development and enhance student leadership opportunities through strategic linkages, organizational support, and skill and knowledge enhancement initiatives.

a. To be able to support relevant projects and help in the development of the different organizations

b. To be able to establish strategic linkages with partners and associations

c. To deepen the broader extra-curricular interests of the students.

Mission - Vision


Preamble

We, the bona fide College Students of Xavier University, with the guidance of the Almighty God, upholding our inherent right to establish a government that shall embody and preserve our dignity, common interests and aspirations, following the vision of the University of forming men and women for others, do hereby ordain and promulgate this constitution.

Vision

Your Central Student Government envisions a dynamic and pro-active Xavier University community of academically excellent, socially committed, and spiritually mature Ateneans actively contributing to the transformation of Mindanao and the Country.

Mission

Your central student government commits itself to the holistic formation of the students of Xavier University and the continued improvement of its education system through student mobilization and student organization integration, genuine representation grounded in student life, provide services that address the needs of the students and open opportunities for growth and development.


YOUR VOICE. YOUR GOVERNMENT.

Central Student Government

2010-2011

CSG through the years…



CSG through the years…

The XU-Central Student Government is the arena for great leaders. With its rich history, it has come a long way in molding the forerunners of society. It all started in the 60’s where the CSG played an active role not just in the campus but in the community as well. The XU student government was the single, most visible student political body in the city. Its activities definitely had influence in the city’s affairs.

However, when Martial Law was declared in September 21, 1972 student governments and organizations all over the country was abolished. To compensate for the loss, the student Affairs council (SAC), which existed only to coordinate students’ activities, took the place of the CSG for quite some time. With the lifting of Martial Law in 1981, a core group was formed and charged with the restoration of the XU-CSG. This led to the creation of the XU Association of College Councils and Campus Organizations (XU-ACCCO) which was composed of the presidents of the college councils of student clubs. Unfortunately, such combined student organizations did not last long for it failed to achieve its purpose. It, however, succeeded in establishing the Buklod Atenista, an umbrella organization of student bodies from Ateneo Schools in the country.

The restoration of the CSG paved the way for the first elections of the CSG sine Martial Law. Since then, the CSG arena had a concurrence of different political parties and political views. It became a dynamic sector of the Xavier community that serves as the direct links of the students to the administration and beyond.


LIST OF CSG PRESIDENTS

1984 to Present

Academic Year Name of President

1983-1984 College Councils Only

1984-1985 Jose Hildy Banaynal

1985-1986 Elmer de la Rosa

1986-1987 Reynaldo Gomez

1987-1988 Jupiter B. Guibone

1988-1989 Reynaldo Magto

1989-1990 Jerome Soldevilla

1990-1991 Dixon Yasay

1991-1992 Mylanie M. Endraca

1992-1993 James K. Judith

1993-1994 Neil Christian Villagonzalo

1994-1995 Gerardo R. Ucat

1995-1996 Dylan Yap Gozum

1996-1997 Milben M. Asombrado

1997-1998 Vincent S. Yap

1998-1999 Neil M. Asombrado

1999-2000 Ryan C. Guerrero

2000-2001 Melanie M. Asombrado

2001-2002 Juriz Galleto

2003-2004 Marlee S. Melancolico

2004-2005 Earl Chardin F. Rabe

2005-2006 John Ryan Mendoza

2006-2007 Hapsah Baunto

2007-2008 Jestoni Babia

2008-2009 Arbie S. Llesis

2009-2010 Neil Vincent Bacal

2010-2011 Ernesto B. Neri

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Volunteer!




You are the difference! Serve in the enrolment process Join the Student Enrolment Assistance CommitteeThis committee is tasked to assist the students during their school enrolment on June 7 to June 12 (last day of enrolment). We need accommodating yet decisive, strong willed yet sincere volunteers ready to serve from e...arly morning to late in the evening. Volunteer Now! Deadline of application forms : May 19, 2010 Application forms in the CSG office Contact Maan @ 09162292642For more information visit www.xucsg.blogspot.com

Enrollemnt Vol Form

Friday, May 7, 2010

XU Mock Poll Results