MSUN celebrated MSU @59th: Relentlessly Forging Ahead in the New Normal to Blaze New Paths for Quality Education

by JLAV | September 01, 2020

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September 1 is the founding anniversary of the Mindanao State University usually started with a grand parade and ground demonstrations participated by students in colorful costumes. But not this year. The world pandemic has reframed the course of events and caused a lot of changes, in fact, this year’s theme is anchored on the current crisis the world is facing, highlighting the resilience of MSU to forge ahead in the new normal, and to trail a new path for better education. It was a humble but very meaningful celebration -carried out in three parts.

A series of fun activities opened up the day which marks the first part of the celebration. The Chancellor, Dr. Elnor C. Roa, who is a health buff, encouraged a series of physical activities -fun run, fun biking, fun hiking, zumba and coastal clean-up- to break the morning.

The second part of the celebration was a short program held to formally address the theme of the celebration. In her opening remarks, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof. Grace I. Prado, briefly mentioned the humble beginning of MSU in 1961 until it has grown to a multi-campus university of eight autonomous campuses that includes MSU Naawan, and three (3) former CHED- Supervised Institutions (CSIS) of higher learning now considered integrated campuses into the MSU System. Prof. Prado exhorts that despite the changes in the learning method, every faculty member must adhere to the mission and vision of the institute, to remember the mantra “quality first” and face the challenge that this pandemic has brought with renewed strength and commitment. During the program, all the MSUN constituents had to renew their Oath of Commitment together with the newly-hired faculty members and staff led by Chancellor Roa.

Also part of the program was the ceremonial turn-over of facemasks in all the barangays of Naawan which is part of the committed effort of MSUN to fight the spread of COVID-19.

In her speech, Chancellor Elnor C. Roa jokingly mentioned, “there may be changes in the props we are having, like instead of ‘pompoms’ we have masks, face shield and sanitizer, but along with these changes should be a growth mindset.” Chancellor Roa emphasized that this pandemic should not bar MSUN from moving forward, towards growth and positive transformation. The Chancellor expressed her gratitude to the MSUN key officials who have been very dynamic, positive, and supportive in her call for positive transformation in the face of the pandemic.” The Chancellor was referring to the newly-constructed infrastructures on the campus which will be officially opened later in the day which marks the third part of the celebration.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony/thanksgiving of the newly-constructed Crab Hatchery, Boys’ Dormitory and the newly-renovated faculty office of the College of Education and Social Sciences culminated the celebration. (See related story.)  view gallery