“To promote the value of learning, self-worth, healthy student lifestyle and quality performance among scholars…” thus states the mission of the Western Mindanao State University-Student Scholar Association (SSA). Indeed, the association proved that scholars could be agents of healthy student lifestyles and quality performances when it celebrated its 10th Founding Anniversary last November 15-17, 2010 with its theme: “Beat the odds, Shine and Make a Difference.”
The three-day event kicked-off with a Thanksgiving mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Marce Villagracia and was officially opened by a short program at the WMSU Social Hall, which was attended by students, the scholars, SSA Officers, and the Scholarship Office Director, Dr. Edena C. Fernandez and staff.
On the said program, the newly elected SSA officers, headed by President Jay Calumpon, were inducted by Dr. Felicitas F. Falcatan, Vice President for Academic Affairs. The program was immediately followed by exciting games and contests like the essay writing, slogan and poster making, Amazing Race, Iskolar Henyo and other entertaining parlor games – all for the enjoyment of the scholars.
To realize its theme, the association conducted a Love Drive Program at the OCSWD-Social Development Center (SDC) on November 16. Food, clothing and other necessities were donated to the street children in the said center. The SSA officers were even more eager and excited when a whole-day teambuilding activity with Mr. Manuel Paster followed at the Woodland Resort, Zambowood, this city. The activity was held to develop leadership, teamwork, and camaraderie among the officers. Series of activities were carried out during the team-building like boating, horseback riding, swimming and sightseeing.
On November 17, the highlight of the celebration is the Foundation Day proper which was even more anticipated and well-prepared. In the morning, an orientation program for all scholars of different scholarship grants was conducted with their respective coordinators. After lunch, the officers immediately geared up for the next activities like the Bingo Bonggahan which was filled with scholars who are excited to win the game and then followed by the talk-of-the-town Rubik’s Cube Tourney participated in by the WMSU’s best Rubik’s cube enthusiasts.
The event was culminated with an awarding ceremony, giving distinction to the winners of the different contests and games. Cash prizes and certificates were given to the triumphant scholar participants. (Jay S. Calumpon and Agustin Basilio, Jr., SSA-WMSU)