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DWCL welcomes freshmen and transferees for School Year 2014-2015

The Office of Student Affairs, together with the Guidance and Testing Center, spearheaded the orientation of the freshmen and transferees last June 25, 2014, at the St. Freinademetz Theater. This annual activity was attended by the six hundred fifteen (615) freshmen and transferees together with their parents/guardians. The activity was divided into two sessions – the 8-12 morning session was attended by the students of the School of Business and Accountancy, while the so called BIG 5 (School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Information Technology, School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Architecture) joined in the 1:30-5:00 afternoon session.
The activity was designed to provide the new students with all the necessary information about the school, particularly on policies on admission, retention, student services, student discipline and financial/tuition policies. Rev. Fr. Reynaldo B. Jimenez, SVD, college president, headed the roll of speakers which included Rev. Fr. Jose L. Tagupa, SVD, VP for Finance; Bro. Alfredo B. Corton, SVD, VP for Administration; Rev. Fr. Denny D. Lucas, SVD, VP for External Affairs; Rev. Fr. Edwin D. Fernandez, SVD, the new Campus Minister, and Prof. Romana L. Bitancor, VP for Academic Affairs. They talked briefly about their respective offices and its functions and some other issues about the school in general. The Father President thanked the parents for entrusting their children to our institution in pursuing their college degrees. Other speakers discussed in detail their offices and what they can offer to our students. The Deans of the various schools, Dr. Frelyn B. Ranay, for the SBA, Dr. Libertine Gertrude R. Macaspac, for SAS, Dr. Glorietta B. Sabas, for the SE, Prof. Imelda Carlos for the SN, Prof. Merna Burgos for SIT and Arch. Aida Cabang for SEA, informed their students on the academic policies of their respective departments. Dr. Gladys Q. Basilio, school Accountant, discussed the policies on tuition fees, available scholarships and discounts and other financial related matters; Mrs. Joselyn G. Ballesteros, representing the registrar, Prof. Janette R. Lazaro presented the admission and retention policies as well as the grade computations; Prof. Shey Pia G. Abaya, one of the Officers In Charge of the Guidance Center, the other being Prof. Febe B. Belisario, reminded the students on the services and programs of the guidance office and the different tests to be taken at the testing center administered by Prof. Restita B. Pellogo; Prof. Nonita A. Billaco, Director of the Learning Resource Center, invited everyone to visit and make full use of the Library, as it is now very conducive to do research work, surf the internet for assignments, browse the hundreds of volumes of books and periodicals and journals, because the library is now fully air conditioned; Dr. Kendrick Cu Asanion, our school dentist and Dr. Ederlina G. Callangan, our school physician, who showcased the medical and dental services of the school through PowerPoint presentation of the services of the medical and dental clinics; Prof. Jannibal Lojero, Head of the Management Information System, briefed the students on the mechanics of the DWCL Integrated Information System, its benefits and advantages and what it can do for the students in terms of clearances and grade information. In relation, the Text Connect system was also introduced, for the students to receive news and information related to school activities. The president of the Central Student Council, Jan Carlo Caldito and the vice president, Mariel Batara, also attended the program, and informed everyone about the umbrella organization of all students of the school and its functions and activities. The last speaker was the Officer in Charge of the Student Affairs Office, Prof. Jose Vallente A. Ballesteros, who presented the policies on school uniform, student discipline, proper decorum when inside the campus and other student related services.
The program started in the morning with the singing of the National Anthem by the Talugading Choir, under the baton of Mr. Zacarias Damo, faculty member of the School of Education. In between the talks, intermission numbers were presented which included a beautiful acoustic rendition with Clifford Agpaoa on violin and Lesther Vidad on guitar together with a dance number by the Performing Arts Group. Preparations and documentations were facilitated by Mr. Arthur Duque from the Student Affairs Office with selected students serving as usherettes.
In closing, Prof. Abaya, who also acted as the emcee of the program, again thanked all students especially the parents for attending the orientation program, wishing for a fruitful school year ahead.