Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Congratulations to OG Grantee Earl John Ryan M. Hernandez

Success comes to those who labor and wait. But in the case of EJ Hernandez it is more of labor and persistence...

Mr. Earl John Ryan M. Hernandez could not hide his elation and a sense of fulfillment when he knew about his Opportunity Grant application approval. He was so determined that he was willing to do everything to be able to study in the U.S. and fulfill the dream that he is longing for.

After having been admitted to BYU Hawaii, he never stopped looking for ways and means to be able to see himself through what he believed to be part of his destiny. After my first advising session with him where I informed him about the OG application process as well as the required supporting documents, EJ did not waste time to prepare everything and was even setting the pace as to when he can have another advising session with me. The next time we met, he had all the forms and documents laid down. I went over his application form and pointed out to him some portions that needed to be corrected and/or enhanced (i.e. lacking data/information, essay). After endorsing and sending his OG application to PAEF, EJ was not contented in just "waiting". He would often text and call me to follow up on his application. Visiting the advising center became part of his almost daily regimen. His determination is really remarkable. He was really so "into it" to the point of being overly aggressive. But it was this aggressiveness coupled with a very positive disposition that made EJ accomplished what he has accomplished now. And it will be this same attitude and outlook in life that will lead him to more success in his studies and in his personal life.

In behalf of the AdDU-EducationUSA Satellite Advising Center, I wish to congratulate EJ and may he continue to persevere in his studies and make his mother proud.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lecture-Forum on "Strategic Planning in the Age of Emerging Technologies"

Ms. Rebecca McDuff, Regional Information Officer of the US Embassy, was the guest speaker of the lecture-forum on how to maximize the use of information technology in effectively conducting strategic planning in an academic environment.

Accompanying Ms. McDuff was Ms. Florabel "Pong" Aureus (extreme left in picture below), Deputy Director of TJIC.

Representative-guests from the more than twenty (20) different Colleges and Universities within Davao City attended the occasion. Taking advantage of their presence, the EducationUSA Satellite Advising Center handed out to them freebies consisting of EducationUSA designed mini-bags containing other freebies like EducationUSA ballpens, pencils, key chains & luggage tags. Opportunity Grant brochures and application forms together with the EducationUSA Adviser's calling cards were also placed inside the bags.

Of course, International Studies students mostly those majoring in American Studies joined and actively participated in the lecture-forum. All the questions that were raised came from them. 


Forum on "International Education" with Ms. Hazel Acosta

Last November 16, 2009, Education Specialist, Ms. Hazel Acosta, gave a very lively and enriching presentation on the development, prospects and challenges of International Education. Her lecture formalized the official launching of the International Education Week 2009 Celebration at AdDU.

Global UGrad Skype Interview

Two students of the Ateneo de Davao University have been fortunate to be included in the short list of successful applicants for the 2010 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program.

Ms. Christine Jan T. Buranday, 1st year International Studies student majoring in American Studies and Mr. Aldwin Chester Y. Dumago, 3rd year Business Administration student had their interview via skype last November 12, 2009. Before the interview, both were required to make an essay based on the questions prepared by PAEF.

Dr. Esmeralda Cunanan, Executive Director of PAEF, conducted the interview.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Broadcast of Live Interview of Sec. Hilary Clinton

On November 13, 2009, International Studies students attended the viewing of the live broadcast of Sec. Clinton's visit and interview.

Education USA Featured University Presentation

Last November 11, 2009, as part of our International Education Week 2009 celebration we featured Minnesota State University, Mankato with Ms. Cita Maignes as our resource speaker.

For more information about the Minnesota State University, Mankato check their website at:

After the session, the student-participants, mostly International Studies students, along with some faculty posed with Ms. Maignes for the picture taking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

IEW 2009 Schedule of Activities

IEW 2009 at ADDU

The Ateneo de Davao Education USA Student Advising Satellite Center invites all interested to join us in celebrating International Education Week 2009.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

EducationUSA AdDU Official Blog site

This is the official blog site of the Education USA Satellite Advising Center of the Ateneo de Davao University.