It is now made a tradition for the Western Mindanao State University officials to pay a courtesy call to the head of the institution at the start of the year for the purpose of delivering their New Year’s greetings and convey some proposals for the forthcoming year.
This year, University officials—from Vice Presidents, Directors, Section Chiefs, down to Deans of the different Colleges—paid a visit to the WMSU President, Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho from January 7 to 10, 2014.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carla A. Ochotorena along with the Deans of all Colleges kicked off the first round of courtesy call to Dr. Ho on Tuesday-January 7 with a lavish banquet.
Section chiefs and heads of the administration’s visit to Dr. Ho followed the next day where the President turned emotional as she addressed her concern to each head, stressing how important it is to work as one and to forget all the grudges from the past year.
Subsequently, the Research, Development and Extension department—headed by Dr. Roberto B. Torres, Vice President—visited Dr. Ho on Thursday, January 9. The President even shared passages from the Bible to enlighten the officials to work hand in hand in achieving the goals for 2014.
On Friday, January 10, Directors and staff under the Office of the President sat down with the President for the last wave of the courtesy call, sharing updates regarding WMSU and laying out plans for the advancement of the University.
As American baseball player George Herman Ruth puts it, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” In the same way, for a University to prosper, its people need not be the finest—for as long as every member of the academe performs efficiently, the goals for 2014 are just over the horizon.