Student leaders ready for school opening
A leadership training was conducted for the college student leaders on May 6-7, 2016 at the Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City. It was attended by the newly elected officers in the executive and legislative levels as well as the departmental executive officers that comprise the Supreme Student Government (SSG). The focus was on decision making, servant-leadership and organizational development. The Office of the Director for Student Affairs organized the training event.
Director Nenette Padilla said that most of the newly elected officers are new to the SSG. “The training was very essential to prepare them to the tasks ahead. They are young and very dynamic. Their enthusiasm brings a breath of fresh air. I am excited of what they can bring on the table.” she said.
The participants were able to clarify their roles and responsibilities. Committees were created with each of the members of the legislative body appointed as focal persons for the events and activities they have identified for the first semester. Ginalyne Vizon, SSG President and just on her second year in the SSG, said that there will be volunteers from various programs to help the officers. She added that they would like to introduce new events in the program both in the departmental level and college-wide. Initially, the officers agreed to help in the facilitation of admissions. She added that this will make SSG officers more visible to the student body.
An Information Desk will be put up by the SSG at the entrance of the college building to assist students especially those who are entering college and the transfer students to make them feel welcomed. SSG Officers and volunteer students will man the desk throughout the admission period.
Vizon also announced her plan to propose an SSG Information Bulletin at the college entrance which will contain all the activities for the whole semester. She said that one of the priorities of the SSG is to get the maximum participation of students into the student activities and co-curricular programs of the college.
One of the major outputs of the training was the plan of activities for the whole first semester which will be presented to the academic council for approval. Vizon said that having planned the student activities and events in the departmental level and college-wide ahead of the opening of classes in June is a big step of improvement. She recalled that last academic year, there were many good activities and programs but the schedules were often conflicting so the audience and participants were divided. The SSG officers are determined to improve on that area so their aim is to plot the schedules on the institutional calendar so that it’s easy to spot conflicting schedules.
At the end of the training, the students were more confident and excited of the coming academic year. The overnight program also gave the student leaders the opportunity to bond and establish camaraderie. Many of them have only been newly introduced to each other.
Sr. Maria Garcia, OSA, the Academic Administrative Officer stayed throughout the course of the training. At the end of the program, she congratulated the students and assured them of the administration’s support for the students.