USM Honors top Students, Guarantees Incentives PDF Print E-mail

40th usm recognitionIn recognition of the scholars’ pursuit of excellence, University of Southern Mindanao proudly celebrated its 588 academic scholars during the 40th University Recognition Program on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the University Gymnasium.

Shirley Santiago-Villanueva, DVM, Ph.D. served as this year’s Guest of Honor and Speaker. Villanueva is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduate of USM in 1989 and currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of Southeastern Philippines.

Scholars per college receive recognition

The College of Education boasts the most number of academic achievers with a staggering number of 225 scholars. Leading the roster is Nashrin Mae D. Cudales, a 3rd year Bachelor of Secondary Education student, with 1.333 average on Second Semester 2016-2017 (University Scholar) and 1.518 average on First Semester 2017-2018 (College Scholar).

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With 80 scholars, the College of Arts and Sciences follows in the most number of achievers. Halima E. Aliudin, a 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Biology student, leads the long list with impressive GPAs of 1.375 and 1.333.

The College of Business, Development, Economics and Management registers third with sisters Shenamae M. Enclonar and Lilian M. Enclonar, both 4th year and 3rd year Accountancy students, respectively, leading the list. Both were University Scholars on 1st Semester 2017-2018 (with GPAs of 1.361 and 1.471, respectively) and College Scholars on 2nd Semester 2017-2018 (with GPAs of 1.527 and 1.611, respectively).

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Next in line with the most number of scholars is the College of Human Ecology and Food Sciences with a total of 69 honorees. Pamela Dianne Faye S. Layo places on top with GPAs of 1.336 and 1.416, becoming a University Scholar for two semesters.

The College of Agriculture lists 63 top scholars for the year. Among them, the 3rd year Bachelor of Science in Fisheries student Mark Henry F. De Leon came on top with remarkable GPAs of 1.430 and 1.120.

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Out of the 32 listed scholars of the College of Engineering and Computing, the 3rd year BSEcE student Jordan-James S. Olivo ranks no. 1 with his GPAs of 1.281 and 1.360. Meanwhile, Monibar M. Sudang leads the 11 scholars of the Institute of Middle East and Asian Studies with her 1.472 and 1.718 GPAs. The Institute of Sports, Physical Education, and Recreation has 11 scholars, and on top was Rux Denniel S. Dandan, 2nd year BPE-SWM, with his registered 1.423 and 1.521 averages.
The College of Veterinary Medicine has nine (9) achievers, and they were led by 3rd year Vrynjelle Gonzaga as she has a recorded 1.487 GPA on Second Semester 2016-2017. Finally, the College of Industry and Technology-Department of Industrial Technology lists seven (7) scholars with five (5) leading people namely: Ledyn B. Castro, Julie Yda T. Lucas, Lovely Jane V. Mabalo, Jenelyn N. Padillo, and Anizza R. Pulvera. All are 4th year BTTE students and are University Scholars during the First Semester of the school year for their 1.500 GPA performance.

Cyril John G. Jasareno, a 4th year Bachelor of Science in Chemistry was given the privilege to give the tributary speech. Jasareno ranks no. 2 in the CAS long list of scholars for his outstanding academic performance which earned him the GPAs 1.297 and 1.428. He is also a candidate for the Batch 2018 Class Valedictorian. The response to his speech was given by his father, Mr. Dionisio B. Jasareno, who was given a standing ovation after speaking for inspiring not only his son, but all the other audience in the gym.

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All the honorees were also given the chance to pay tribute to their parents, the primary people behind their success, as they gave them certificates and leis. The parents, in return, gave the students corsages as a symbol of gratefulness for making them proud.

The program was also graced by a performance from Aljun Alborme, the 4th year Bachelor of Science in Tourism student who was qualified for the Semi-Finals in Tawag ng Tanghalan. Alborme serenaded the people with the classic OPM hit “Kahit Isang Saglit”.

BOR approves budget allocation for active students

USM President Francisco Gil N. Garcia announced during the program the Resolution No. 153, Series of 2017 which states “Approving the Allocation of Budget for the Academic, Non-Academic, Athletes and Other USM Scholars sourced from Fund 164, subject to availability of existing funds and in strict compliance of the accounting and auditing rules and regulations and other pertinent laws”.

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It contains the incentives to be given to scholars under the Universal Access to Education Act of 2017. The following are the amounts to be given:


 A. Academic Scholars
 1. College Scholars 1,500
 2. University Scholars  3,000
B. Non-Academic
1. University Performing Arts Group 1,500
 Band Members
 Chorale Members
 Dance Troupe
2. Athletic/Sports 1,500
 USM Varsity
3. Others
 ASG President/USG Vice, Battalion Commander/NSTP, President 1,500
 Senators 1,000
 LSG Governors 1,000
 Mindanao Tech Editors
  Editor-in-Chief 1,500
  Associate Editor 1,000
  Editorial Staff 500


Text by Franz Sumangil, The Mindanao Tech

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 March 2018 22:33
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