DSAS holds 1st Freshmen Parents’ Convocation


By: Mrs Queen Nessellyn D. Galicia

To forge a closer bond and partnership with the stakeholders in guiding and helping their children attain quality Catholic education, the Dean of Student Affairs and Services (DSAS) spearheaded the First Freshmen Parents’ Convocation on Sept. 13, 27 and Oct. 4, 2014 at the Sacred Heart Center of the University.

According to Dr. Marilyn P. Perolina, DSAS, in a meeting held last July 7, 2014, the administration decided that the 1, 764 parents of the freshmen will be divided into three groups to accommodate the needs of everybody. She also said that the convocation is a counterpart of the orientation for the freshmen students where they are acquainted with the rules and regulations of Saint Mary’s University (SMU).

During the said convocation , concerns of the parents were raised up such as the security of their children, clarifications on financial matters, academic matters and many more. One of the parents vocally appreciated the efforts of the SMU administration in coming up with the activity and remarked that it should have been done long ago. He said, “Thank you for conducting this convocation with us. We, the participants, benefited a lot (especially) for the concerns (on) the whereabouts of our child. And we didn’t waste our time. God bless ‘n mabuhay ang St. Mary’s University!” Dr. Perolina said that the activity also aims to inform the parents or stakeholders’ about the University’s developments and achievements, policies on academic and non-academic activities of students, financial matters, external linkages and the readiness of the University for the new development in the Philippine Education. It also serves as a venue for parents to know how to have a better parents-adolescents’ relationship. 

Some of the topics discussed during the convocation were parent-adolescent relationship by Dr. Ma. Teresa Tayaban, Dean of School of Arts and Sciences; academic concerns by Dr. Teresita Reyes, Dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture, and Mr. Adonis Garces, officer-in-charge of the School of Computing Sciences and Information Technology; non-academic concerns by Mr. Samuel B. Damayon, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Services (ADSAS) for Men, and Mrs. Pearl Via S. Coballes, ADSAS for Women; financial matters by Mrs. Venica S. Acosta, VP-Finance; external linkages by Dr. John Octavious S. Palina, VP-Administration and Officer-in-charge of the External Affairs Office, and new development in the Philippine  education by Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion, VP-Academic Affairs. #

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