The College of Communications and Humanities and the College of Social Sciences, formerly College of Liberal Arts are back as a unified college with this year’s CLA Research Forum—a presentation of undergraduate and graduate studies contributing to the foundation of a strong research culture within the university.
As Vice President of the former Research Development and Extension, now Research Extension Services and External Linkages, Dr. Roberto B. Torres stressed how the unit has succeeded in many of its plans citing the recent MOA signing with the C & E Publishing, Inc. as a major leap as it shall open the doors to the publication of WMSU researches online.
Dr. Chona Q. Sarmiento, Director of the Research, Development and Evaluation Center, provided the updates on WMSU’s research landscape. The director further highlighted the priority areas that are accepted by most publications and journals. She has also presented the indicative research agenda as stated in the 2014 Research and Policy Agenda of the university.
A total of nine (9) papers were presented in the joint research forum where Dr. Ma. Socorro Yvonne H. Ramos, Dean of CCH was the first presenter as she shared her paper entitled “Product and Process Approach in Teaching Composition Writing among College Students in Zamboanga City.” Other research papers by faculty members presented during the forum are as follows: “Periphery of a Miracle: Moros in the People Power” by Ayshia F. Kunting; “College Entrance Test Results and Emotional Quotient Vis-à-vis School Ability of Freshmen Students of Western Mindanao State University” by Jennifer T. Composa; “Parents’ Experiences on the Discovery of their Sexual Orientation: An Exploratory Study” by Ralf Marcus A. Villano and; “World War II Veterans: Socio-Economic Condition in the Past Fifty Years” by Zandro P. Antiola.
For the student category, these were the following papers that were presented: “Living Conditions of the Internally Displaced People, Space and Sanitation” by Wilson L. Lambiquit and Kristine Anjanette E. Teano; “Sona Badjao: Folk Medicine Practice and Rituals” by Khenn B. Arquiza and Aeesa Marwa A. Alihuddin; “Levels of Anxiety among Internally Displaced Mothers at Don Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Complex, Zamboanga City” by John Michael R. Cruz, Jean Therese R. Cruz and Joypee P. Cainglet; and “Kahusayan sa Paggamit ng Ponemang Suprasegmental ng mga Mag-aaral na Nagmemedyor ng Filipino sa ZSCMST” by Aubrey Jane Bulado.
Prior to the presentation of all the researches, CSS Dean, Prof. Esnaen M. Catong mentioned in his speech that research is one of the significant areas that the university is undertaking and that the research advocacy is indispensible in a university such as WMSU because transforming a university to be at par with international institutions, it should not only be outcomes-based, but research-based as well. (Mandy Dalugdug – Public Affairs Office, WMSU)