FACULTY MEMBERS from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) received recognition for their exemplary service and stay in the University during the 17th Dangal ng UST Awards.
The Hall of Fame award was bestowed upon Prof. Jove Jim Aguas, Ph.D. from the Department of Philosophy after receiving Gawad Santo Tomas in 2009 and 2013 and Gawad San Alberto Magno in 2014.
Gawad Santo Tomas was given to outstanding professors in the University, while Gawad San Alberto Magno was awarded to professors who excel in the field of research and innovation.
For her Best Published Research, Department of Literature chair Prof. Joyce Arriola, Ph.D. received the Gawad San Alberto Magno award.
Assoc. Prof. Maria Eloisa De Castro, Ph.D. from the Department of History and Assoc. Prof. Reynaldo Reyes from the Department of Philosophy were the Faculty’s recipients of the Gawad Benavides award for their 30 and 35 years of service, respectively.
AB also had four awardees for their 25 years of stay in the University, namely: Assoc. Prof. Maria Venice Picadizo from the Department of History, Assoc. Prof. Rene Luis Tadle and Prof. Marciana Agnes Ponsaran from the Department of Philosophy, and Assoc. Prof. Camilla Vizconde, Ph.D. from the Department of English. Asst. Prof.
Asst. Prof. Faye Martel-Abugan from the Department of Communication and Media Studies and Assoc. Prof. Arnold Aldaba from the Department of English were this year’s recipients of Gawad Benavides award for their 20 years of service.
In his opening remarks, the University’s Acting Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., encouraged the Thomasian educators to employ an environment of mutual respect in their own classrooms. “Paano ba tayo makitungo sa ating mga estudyante? Matututo ang mga estudyante kung nakasalalay ang ating relasyon batay sa paggalang at hindi sa respeto batay sa kapangyarihan o awtoridad,” he said.
He added that an environment of fear in the classroom hinders the students’ creativity in learning.
The 17th Dangal ng UST Awards was held at Medicine Auditorium last May 3. F CHRISTIAN DE LANO M. DEIPARINE