You can help in your own little way.

This is once again proven by our proud alumna, Ma. Jhoeleanne Adriano who started a donation drive for the victims of Typhoon Ulysses. A native of Rizal province, which was one of the severely hit areas of the typhoon, Jhoe heeded the call for help of her kababayans who were affected by the typhoon.

“As typhoon Ulysses hit Rodriguez, Rizal, many people were asking for help in social media. Seeing posts from people trapped in their homes broke my heart. I could not do anything to help these people because I do not have connections with any rescue team. Kaya naisip ko, while waiting for rescuers, why not prepare for the aftermath?”

Adriano contacted some of her friends from different NGOs to ask for their help. She coordinated the NGOs relief efforts through an LGU official in her town. Through this, she was able to help around 2,500 families in Rodriguez, Rizal.

Aside from that, she also worked on her own fund drive. “I and a local clothing brand here in Rodriguez also started our own donation drive. As per the founder of the clothing brand, it is their overall purpose and commitment to help those in need specially the ones from marginalized areas.”

In just 4 days, the Perhood donation drive that she helped organize raised a total of P40,500 which they used to aid around 400 families through food packs and hot meals.

But her work does not end with her humanitarian efforts. Adriano is currently working as a teacher and a cluster head in NU-Nazareth School and she is also busy taking up her master’s degree (MA in Philippine Studies with specialization in Socio-Cultural Studies).

With all the things she has been doing at present, the 22-year old alumna shares some advice to her fellow Nationalians.

“List down your priorities and maximize every opportunity that comes along your way. If you are given a chance to work on something, prove to yourself that you deserve such opportunity. Kahit estudyante ka palang, you can contribute a lot to society. Speak, contribute, and participate. Let your voice be heard.”

The 2019 CEAS Humanitarian Awardee believes that everything she did is a fruit of what she learned in National U.  “I learned compassion in NU. I have learned to look at other people’s suffering and use it as an avenue to spark action. Our country is facing a different crisis at present, and it needs us. Kapag tulong tulong tayo, marami tayong magagawa.”

Adriano, a sports writer from The National, graduated as Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in National University last 2019 and was also hailed as the Student-Teacher of the Year 2019.

CoE prof gets international faculty award

NU College of Engineering professor Engr. Joy Carpio was chosen as one of the recipients of the Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future grant for the year 2020-2021. Engr. Carpio who is finishing her PhD at the UC Berkeley shared that the foundation will be funding her dissertation and other research-related activities as  part of the Faculty for the Future grant. Prior to this, Engr. Carpio was also granted with a PCARI Scholarship Project.

National University named Microsoft Showcase School anew

National University was once again named as a Microsoft Showcase School for the Academic Year 2020-2021. The university is one of the 325 education institutions from across the world and one of only seven recognized in the Philippines to be part of the elite program.

According to Microsoft, members of the Showcase School program are distinguished by their commitment to school-wide digital transformation and their move to leverage the Microsoft’s Education Transformation Framework that paved way to a culture of learning, innovation and continuous improvement.

“The dedication of these member schools to education transformation has allowed the schools to effectively manage the transition to remote and hybrid learning scenarios during the current COVID-19 crisis.”

Showcase schools are being tapped to provide guidance to other schools as most educational institutions transition to remote learning and to help others navigate the challenges of the “new normal”.

NU has been a Microsoft School since 2016 and this is the fourth year of becoming a Showcase School after being chosen to be one in 2017.

National U ties up with Globe Business for students’ distance learning connectivity

National University has tapped the services of Globe Business to provide connectivity to NU students as the university shifts to digital learning in the upcoming first term of AY 2020-2021. The university aims to utilize the use of Microsoft Office 365 which is one of the stellar features of the school as a Microsoft Showcase School since 2017.

RASL or Remote Asynchronous/Synchronous Learning, the mode of education delivery which will be implemented in the first term, will feature a mix of scheduled classes and recorded lectures which will be accessed online. With this, National U partnered with Globe to ensure students connectivity and access the needed information and data for their courses. NU will provide students (1) Home Prepaid WiFi kits each and load allowance (SchoolSURF data plan) for the whole term.

The Globe Business’ SchoolSURF data plan is designed to reduce distractions that come with remote online learning. The plan restricts access to unauthorized websites so that parents and professors are assured that students can focus on their school activities. With SchoolSURF, users can access digital learning apps such as GSuite, Office 365, Coursehero, and Blackboard. They may also use virtual communication platforms such as Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Viber, and Whatsapp to assist in online classes and school administration tasks.

“For education to work in an online environment, teachers and students must be able to interact in a way that’s similar to the face-to-face experience. Our collaboration with Globe Business will bring learning innovations and other opportunities to ensure flexible engagements,” said NU President Dr. Renato Carlos H. Ermita, Jr.
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