Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) held their first-ever Joint University Virtual Graduation and Completion Ceremonies last October 24, 2020 at the Aerospacers Hall from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM which was streamed live at the IAU Facebook Page. The event was spearheaded by Dr. Jovenal B. Toring, IAU Founder and President, and Mdm. Celia Toring, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, together with Chief Executive Officer, Harold E. Toring; the Dean of all Colleges, Dr. Nonita P. Legaspi and Student Affairs Officer and Event Technical Director, Ms. Maria Luz G. Cahayagan. Also onboard were the basic education administration and faculty and the department chairs of the college who graced their presence physically at the venue.
Secretary Delfin Negrillo Lorenzana, the 36th Secretary of National Defense of the Republic of the Philippines, was the honorary commencement speaker of the Joint University Virtual Graduation and Completion Ceremonies. Secretary Lorenzana underscored in his commencement message that the country is in need of patriots now more than ever as we transition to the new normal. He urged IAU graduates to contribute to nation building and be imbued with the zeal of public service as they rise in rank from their chosen careers. He quipped that what matters is you (IAU Graduates) choose to do the greatest good for your country.
Event Technical Director and Students Affairs Officer Ms. Maria Luz G. Cahayagan was grateful for the success of the Virtual Graduation Ceremony stating it was the better alternative during these challenging times as the culmination of years of studies ended with a socially distant, online farewell. She remarked, “Although this is certainly not the graduation I anticipated, it does not make this journey less meaningful.”
Expressing how he felt about the virtual graduation, Chief Executive Officer Harold E. Toring said, “Prior to the graduation, I was excited [for] it was the first time in IAU history to hold a virtual graduation. For 27 years we’ve been doing the graduation and completion ceremonies traditionally.” Sir Harold was a bit regretful as he believed the Administration could have sent them off with the IAU-brand of graduation rites where graduates and their parents received the diploma on stage; however, it could not be done due to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, he felt relieved that the ceremony was one for the books.
The graduates also expressed how they felt with regard to the first-ever joint university virtual graduation and completion ceremonies. Jan Nicole Crencia, who majored Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) and who graduated with honors, said he felt happy because even if the world is still being ravaged by the pandemic, they were given the chance to graduate online and be recognized for their achievements. Another graduate in the person of May Hyacinth G. Gocotano, who finished Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering graduate with cum laude merit and being this year’s recipient of the leadership award, had this to say: “Honestly, it wasn’t the most ideal way of graduating especially for college students like us. You’ll get to experience graduation once in your life and having it virtually was a little bit sad. But considering the situation we are having right now, the virtual graduation was really the best option for us. And kudos to IAU for successfully organizing the first virtual graduation.”
It may not be the ideal or traditional way of conducting the graduation and completion ceremonies, the event was nevertheless a memorable one! Indeed, the adventure has just begun for the graduates and completers of the Class of 2020 of Indiana Aerospace University! May you heed what Henry David Thoreau said to “go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined!”
As the country and the rest
of the world are continually being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, let alone
the climate of fear and uncertainty it creates, various sectors are beset with
decisions to keep up with the impending demands under the state of the “new
normal”. The education sector is no exception.
For this reason, Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) takes on a proactive approach to address the challenges posed by the pandemic guided by the protocols from the National government, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the local government units by migrating to a flexible learning platform called the Alternative Instructional Method Electronic Resource or ALTIMETER. This is set to be launched for pilot use during the Summer Term in June and July.
The name ALTIMETER was inspired from the actual altimeter or altitude meter, a flight instrument which measures the height of an aircraft above a fixed level. Customized for the school’s unique academic culture, ALTIMETER is designed to gauge student learning in virtual wireless scenarios based from the D2L platform, a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) used popularly in top universities around the world offering online and remote education.
What makes this program advantageous is that it does not require students to be available every day for an online class. Unlike the traditional summer term set-up in which a 3-unit course runs a schedule of five days a week with two hours of contact time, this will entail only minimal online synchronous interaction. The rest of the class days will be intended for blended learning modes such as assigned readings, worksheets, modules, and the like. ALTIMETER can readily be downloaded in mobile phones and can also be accessed using laptops or desktop computers. It requires minimum data/internet usage to run, hence, making it convenient and user-friendly.
The University emphasizes that enrolment to the summer term is optional. Students who cannot enrol in the summer term
in June are allowed to take the summer courses in the regular semesters on top
of their regular subjects. Meanwhile those who are interested should have the
means and capacity to go online and are open to use technological platforms. Enrolment
and other school requests will be transacted online.
Guided by the emergency remote teaching paradigm which is a temporary
shift from traditional instructional modes to alternative means with full
consideration of the capacities and resources of its clientele, IAU supports
the education sector’s stance for continuity of instruction amid the
disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is hoped that with the full implementation of ALTIMETER, the Filipino brand of resiliency will prevail and empower the Aerospacers, future aviators of this country, for a renewed commitment to life-long learning, as did the founding fathers of the aviation industry who weathered the storms.
In the journey to sustain the path to excellence and global competitiveness, Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) reverberates the significance of holistic growth among all Aerospacers who are exemplars of Aristotle’s principle that education is not only of the mind, but far more of the heart.
Through the years, various changes were instituted in IAU in terms of curriculum, program offerings, infrastructure, amenities, faculty, student life, and research as it aspires to be the leader in aerospace education under the guidance of its patroness St. Therese of Lisieux and by the grace of the Almighty Father.
In celebration of its 26th year, we resonate once again the spirit of solidarity through sports and socio-cultural activities aimed at harnessing the multi-potentialities of the Aerospacers through the support of the faculty and the Administration. With a shot of grit and a passion for greatness, IAU envisions to be the cornerstone of academic, professional and moral excellence!
Program of Activities :
To celebrate Indiana Aerospace University’s Silver Jubilee Anniversary culmination, Aerospacers from Pre-school to College trooped to Robinson’s Galleria Cebu on March 18, 2018.
The highly-anticipated event showcased the students’ prowess in a variety of events such as the declamation, oration and literary cosplay contests, performances from different departments, and recognition ceremony with the industry partners. The year-ender commenced with a motorcade of the different school organizations from the school’s campus in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City to Robinson’s Galleria Cebu in Cebu City. Upon arriving at the venue, the participants were welcomed by festive musical performance. The program kicked off with a grand entrance of colours at 2PM. The School Director and Dean of Colleges Dr. Nonita P. Legaspi opened the event with her invigorating welcome remarks. Next was the opening salvo led by the Performing Arts Guild (PAG), together with the Literary Cosplay contestants, selected student leaders, and the top 5 Miss IAU contestants.Brimming with confidence and pride were a variety of full-blast performances by the different year/levels of the Basic Education and the College departments. Also, student organizations took the stage namely the IAU Chorale, AMT, AVIONICS and AE departments, HRM-TTM department, Hulag, AM and AVIATION departments and Kadugong Bol-anon.
The event was spearheaded by Professor Christian Ray C. Licen and emceed by Professor Mark C. Panugaling. After the declaration of winners, Mr. Harold Toring, IAU’s Chief Executive Officer, gave his closing remarks highlighting the many accomplishments of IAU over the last 25 years. Mr. Toring said that this occasion is a momentous one for both Basic Education and College departments were united to culminate the silver anniversary with a bang. The occasion was capped off by the ceremonial singing of the IAU hymn.
“What makes you phenomenal is that if others are still looking at the sky, IAU graduates are already looking at the moon,” quipped guest of honour and speaker Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentelbefore Batch Phenomenal during the commencement exercises on March 25, 2018. The graduates were also congratulated by the Senate President during his speech, promising work opportunities for airline graduates and mentioning how they chose the right course as Aviation Industry is really booming.Quoting lines from Robert Frost’s famous poem, Senator Pimentel III reminded graduates that life outside the academe presents a lot of challenges and opportunities. IAU graduates should then strive to make a difference even if he chooses the “road less travelled by”. Furthermore, he also encouraged the graduating class that what made them phenomenal is the very fact that they chose the path of excellence towards global competitiveness through their education at IAU. After his speech, Senator Pimentel III was awarded a Cessna 150 miniature plane by Chief Executive Officer Harold Toring together with Founders and President Dr.Jovenal and Madam Celia Toring. Senator Pimentel left shortly after the presentation of the token of appreciation. His father, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel and many of the country’s top statesmen such as the late Miriam Defensor Santiago, former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile and former President and now Speaker of the House Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also had the occasion to be commencement speakers in the previous years.The ceremony proceeded to the presentation of graduates, the conferment of titles and degrees, and the distribution of diplomas and certificates. Another major highlight was the presentation of academic and special awards with Hon. Harold E. Toring, Dr. Nonita D. Legaspi, and Dr.Carbonilla. The valedictory address of batch Cum Laude Dinah T. Rosal, BS Airline Management Major followed. Capping off the ceremony was the pledge of loyalty led by Mr. Nestor G. Paypa, President of IAU Alumni, and the singing of the IAU Hymn.The following are the Academic and Special Awards recipients:Pilot of the Year: Capt. Kaye D. BernalesLeadership Awardees:Babatuan, Ronnielyn M.Harada, Rhyzbel M.Martinez, EmmanRoi J.Service Awardees:Bayhon, Miamil Kristelle A.Madrona, Allan Philip II S.Miñosa, Nhecarl V.Taculad, Twenie Divine L.St. Therese Awardees:Cordoves, Alster S.Garcia, Quincy NiñaLabastilla, Krizza Mae P.Machacon, Hillary Marie C.Pedire, Vince Lusther Q.Velasco, MearlJhane M.Best Thesis of Academic Year 2017-2018The study “Aircraft Incidents and Accidents in Mactan Cebu International Airport”Bequilla, Virgil S.Bunado, Karlo S.Casocot, Angelmae Nino C.Ligtas, John Philip M.Montero, Karl Joseph C.Novados, Jon Marbe I.Ubalde, Troy Carloby Krystel Joy L. Lañojan BSEd-English
It has been 16 years since Ms. Vanessa Leyva was crowned Miss Indiana Aerospace University in 2002. Now that IAU has reached its monumental silver anniversary, the Aerospace community could not any more wait for the much-awaited long overdue comeback of the most prestigious pageant of the school.
Female Aerospacers from the different colleges underwent thorough preparation. First, aspiring beauty queens were screened by a committee spearheaded by the Students of Airline Management of IAU (SAMI), a departmental student-organization of the College of Airline Management. Of the many who applied, only 12 made it to the list.
Next, they were given workshops in etiquette and personality development conducted by Professor Edgar Taghoy. Immersion activities were also providedso as to boost their confidence and interpersonal skills. Foremost was their modern vintage photo shoot at Bon Ace Fashion Tools last January 28 and a sponsor visit in February 19. These ‘beauty-and-brains’ ladies also got to share their blessings through a feeding program with the youthof the House of Dreams last February 11.
On the 23rd of February 2018, the day that the candidates had all been waiting for, was the Coronation Night. Cheers and banners were all over the university’s gymnasium in support of the different candidates. Although it was a gloomy weather that day,the candidates shined more than ever in their sportswear competition, evening gown parade, and the invigorating Q & A. The lucky ace of the night who was crowned Miss IAU 2018 is no other than Ms. Chessa L. Cuyos, a third year student of Bachelor of Science in Airline Management. The 1st Runner Up is Ms. Michelene R. Diaz, from the College of Tourism and Travel Management; 2nd Runner Up, Ms. Mary Mae A. Pino from the College of Airline Management;3rd Runner Up, Ms. Mooza M. Saeed from the College of Aviation Technology and 4th Runner Up, Ms. Wahini Moana T. Begin from the College of Airline Management. These ladies proved that beauty is not everything. More importantly, it is the goodness of your heart that will radiate the greatest.
The pageant was hosted by television and social media personality, Mr. Benedict Salise. Among the judges of Miss IAU 2018 were: Dr. Michael John Busa, Mr. Albert Catamco, Mr. Rene Delrio, Ms. AriezPercuelles, Ms. Jasmine Apor and Ms. Bianca Willemsen.
In celebrating our school’s Silver Jubilee, we take time to break away from day-to-day schedules to give way to an equally necessary pursuit of skills and values.Through sports and other activities, we can foster an atmosphere of growth and learning by encouraging positive interaction among the members of this academic community which include the administration, faculty and staff, alumni and students.Having a harmonious relationship among the other sectors of the University is essential in moving toward institutional goals.Through all its resources, both physical and human, IAU hopes to provide its students with the kind of education they rightly deserve, one which nurtures and develops both professional skills and values such as industry, honesty and social awareness among its students.We regard our teachers not as intellectual reservoirs or as mere guardians but as companions in education. Teachers know that they still have much to learn despite being good at their fields. Every new encounter is a learning opportunity for them and their students.
July 17, 2017—The Indiana Disaster Risk Reduction Management Unit (IDRRMU) had its first emergency response exercise. The unit held a university-wide earthquake drill to showcase its ability to quickly respond to calamities and different types of emergency situations.
On site is a team of experts and professionals from various government agencies to observe and evaluate the activity. Rescuer Senior Fire Officer 2 Oiretuele C. Baguio of the Special Rescue Unit Firefighter of Lapu-Lapu City stated that “between a range from 1-10, in terms of readiness and capabilities, I give them (IDRRMU) a score of 6. For coordination and proper planning, they’re somewhere between 7 and 8”. Knowing that this is the very first university-wide drill, Mr. Adrian Adaptar, Chairman of the IDRRMU, states “as I am to rate the unit’s performance, I’d rate it as the best. Though we may have some lapses, I still consider it a success”.
This wasn’t only aimed to showcase their response capability but also served as a learning experience to its members. When asked about the key points that the unit has to work on, Fire Officer Baguio comments “Practice, practice and practice. Make sure that there is proper coordination between the unit and the Administration”. The IDRRMU is very young yet it is steadily making a firm foothold as one of the significant organizations in the University. Chief Executive Officer of IAU Mr. Harold E. Toring quipped that as far as disaster preparedness is concerned, the school awaits the recommendations from the authorities in terms of the key areas for improvement. He furthered that the Administration is willing to welcome whatever inputs the rescue unit wants to incorporate into the set of procedures. So far, Mr. Toring is optimistic to have started a disaster reduction program such as the IDRRMU as disasters are bound to happen anytime anywhere.
Hundreds of applicants trooped to the Aerospacer Hall of the Indiana Aerospace University last June 24 for the One-Day Recruitment of Philippine Air Lines Express (PALEx). Various positions such as cabin crew, pilot, and airline mechanic were sought out by applicants from all over the country.Both students and professionals gathered to undergo the experience of PAL’s stringent recruitment process. Mr. Leonides Pena, PAL Express AVP and Director of In-flight Services and Training, was happy to inform that this year’s turnout of applicants is better than in any other university they have been with. When asked about the possibility of another recruitment event in IAU, Mr. Peña is very positive considering that the school has earned a high reputation in producing quality graduates to join the airline workforce.The Administration on its part is grateful for the opportunity to host the event for PALEx. In the words of Mr. Harold E. Toring, IAU’s Chief Executive, events such as this help the school build stronger ties with the airline industry. “With PALEx holding its event in school just in time for our silver jubilee must come as an early present for all of us,” he quipped. Assisting PALEx were the school’s student organizations such as the Supreme Student Council (SSC), Airwatch (the media bureau) and Student Affairs Director Ms. Ma Luz Cahayagan. The recruitment lasted for nearly 10 hours from 9:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.By : Krystel Lanojan, BSEd III
Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) launched its Career Orientation on June 24, 2017 with the slogan “Hagit sa Aerospacer” to both the senior high school and college students. The event aims to cultivate career awareness among Aerospacers and to introduce them to the different school clubs or organizations to compliment their academic life.Notable industry professionals were invited to speak before the students. Dr. Froilan B. Balucio, Head of Training for Aviation Partnership Philippines, gave an encouraging address and an overview about the world of aviation. Ms. Ana Corina T. Padilla and Ms. Daisy B. Gallon, HR Officers of the Talent Acquisition and Placement of Philippine Airlines Lines Express (PAL Express) also promoted its recruitment activity which IAU is set to host on June 27.A forum was opened to entertain questions and concerns from students who are interested to know more about the career opportunities in the aviation industry. Also, students sought practical advice on how to build a strong career. Dr. Balucio reiterated that students should acquire both hard and soft skills. Hard skills refer to the technical competence that students acquire through the specialized courses, training, and education in IAU in general. Soft skills on the other hand refer to communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills which students need to hone in for they will deal with people across the different levels of the organization.The event was spearheaded by the school’s Student Affairs Director Ms. Ma. Luz G. Cahayagan, the College Supreme Student Council (SSC), and the ambassadors of the different school organizations. By: Mark Jethro Romero, EIC for Publication
Along with the cultural performances, exhibits, art fairs, food markets, and interactive demonstrations in 27 museums and heritage sites all over Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay and Lapu-Lapu,IAU Astronomical Society also took part in bringing out Cebu’s identity during the 11th year of Gabii sa Kabilin or GSK 2017 last May 26.
The IAU Astronomical Society, in partnership with the USC Physics and Astronomy Society and Youth Livable Cebu (YLC), had a ballistic debut of #LOOKUP at the Cebu City Public Library. The “pop-up” telescope program, #LOOKUP, is envisioned to promote the appreciation of astronomical education and atmospheric health. The collaborative effort to discover what lies beyond Earth brought about a hundred of interested guests to look up the visible stars and the two gas giants in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn.
The program was aided with a Power Seeker 70EQtelescope, a Power Seeker 114EQtelescope, and a CelestronCometron 7×50 and 12×70 binoculars. It was headed byone of the convenors, Edjie Galeos, IAU-AS Adviser and Val Kirk Sam Lumpay, IAU-AS President together with the support of the Society of Young Aerospace Engineers (SYAE) of IAU.
The IAU young amateur astronomers also joined in facilitating the indoor fun arts & crafts activities as the public visitedthe annual cultural activity, also known as the Night of Heritage, which happens every last Friday of May in time for the Philippine National Heritage Month and International Museum Day.
As the campaign for disaster-preparedness is heightened, Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) launched its very own Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Unit (DRRMU) on the summer of 2017. The Administration acknowledged the need to have a unit dedicated towards disaster preparedness. With no time to waste, they immediately formed her own DRMMU, a first school based DRRMU in the City of Lapu-Lapu under the supervision of IAU’s Safety Manager, Engr. Edjie Galleos and upon the leadership of its student Adriane Adaptar, BS Avionics Technology. It is composed of thirty (30) Aerospacers who underwent the training series from April 22, May 6-7 and May 13-14 respectively.The DRRMU aims to promote disaster awareness and preparedness in the light of the country’s scuffle on both natural and man-made disasters. This organization also aims to complement the government’s efforts in beefing up the country’s disaster risk reduction and management program after having experienced the 2013 Visayas “killer” quake and Tyhpoon Haiyan “Yolanda” which greatly devastated the Visayan region.Starting off, the group underwent the Hazard Mapping, DRRMU Basics and Fire Safety Training conducted by the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office along with the Lapu-Lapu City Fire District held at the University’s Aviation Room 2. There, the members were oriented on the vulnerability of hazardous materials and situations that can put student’s life into danger. Then, the trainees identified those potential risks that are present in the campus. In the same day, they underwent the fire safety seminar with a fire suppression drill, giving the members a firsthand experience on how to put out a fire. In the afternoon, the DRRMU Basic Skill training was conducted, providing the participants sufficient knowledge on disaster preparedness.The training on Medical First Responder was given on May 6-7 which was conducted by the Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office held at theAerospacer’s Hall.The members were taught and trained to become first responders in times of emergencies. They were able to learn the basics on how to be a first responder such as patient assessment, first aid, CPR and FOD, type of carries and spine board operating procedure.Their third and final training for this summer was on Water Rescue, conducted by the 5th ARCEN of the Philippine Air Force held at Villas Magallanes on its first session and at the University pool on its second session.There, they were taught how to survive in the water and how to rescue a person from drowning. Worth noting is the newly procured first batch of equipment for the unit that will fully aid them in this endeavor. The Administration also revealed plans to establish a modern command center that will become a monitoring center mainly dedicated towards disaster prevention.The summer tra ining capped off productively with hands-on activities on risk reduction and disaster management. It is envisioned that IAU’s DRRMU should be ready in times of emergencies and assist Aerospacers in times of injury, disaster awareness and preparation, and foster volunteering endeavors. Hats off to the University’s “first responders”!
Standing before them at Indiana Aerospace University’s (IAU) 24th Commencement Exercises on March 24, 2017, Guest of Honor and Speaker and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco told the 600 plus graduates to serve your country with all pride and honor. Sydiongco, an accomplished pilot and holder of an international degree, encouraged the graduates to excel in the fields of aviation and aerospace science and help the country become a premier center for aeronautical and aerospace science. With the surge of travel and tourism, there is an increasing demand of aviation personnel from mechanics to pilots and even airline operators. Hence, he also earmarked IAU’s significant contribution to produce aviation professionals whose caliber is par excellence.Over the years, IAU has lived up to its aspirations as the country’s only Aerospace institution with a student population close to 3,000. It has offered a number of programs such as Bachelor of Science in Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology (major in Flying), Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance Technology (BS AMT), Bachelor of Science in Aviation Electronics (BS AVT), Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (BS AE), Bachelor of Science in Travel and Tourism Management (BS TTM), Bachelor of Science in Airline Management (BS AMGT), Bachelor in Elementary and Secondary Education, Diploma in Professional Education and Master in Educational Management.Recently, the school has been accredited as the site for the CAAP Aviation Skill Licensing Examination to cater to aviation graduates who hail from the Visayas and Mindanao for their convenience and accessibility.By : Airwatch Board of Editors
This year, the College of Aerospace Engineering (AE) launched a week-long celebration under the leadership of its student organization, the Society of Young Aerospace Engineers (SYAE).The SYAE prepared a battery of activities and events for its college. The AEvents and AEdventures started with the AEnger games, a test for the teams’ physical fitness. What came next was the battle of the brains competition called The Quiz BAE. No fancy strategy, no physical fitness, only intellectual value was required. As if all these were not enough, the SYAE AEvents culminated with the popular AEmazing race. This was a battle ground to the things the AE Majors learned from all the past events.At daybreak, the engineers assembled at the school’s basketball court where the start of the race would take place. The first challenge was tofind your team’s banner. Next stop was Mactan Shrine. There, the AE Majors’ artistic talents were showcased through a mini movie challenge about the battle of Mactan. Then, they proceeded to Freedom Park at the foot of the second Mactan Bridge. At this point, endurance was the gauge as only two representatives from each group were allowed to perform the task. They were asked to measure portions of the bridge using only a six inch ruler. After, they headed for Plaza Independencia, a wonderful place to show teamwork. Clues led them to Magellan’s Cross where they encountered another set of problems. As the day was ending, the teams raced to our final destination, Ibabaw Mountain Resort located in Lilo-an Cebu. There all the awards were given and the party started. The winners for the events are as follows:AEngerGames : GreenwichBusiness Month: Yellow PineappleQuiz BAE : Red AlertAEmazingRace : BluetoothAfter all those mind bending and back-breaking challenges, the AE Majors took the best prize of all: friendship and camaraderie.By : Adrianne Douglas Co, BS AE-I
On March 6, 2017, throngs of Aerospacers trooped to the College Audio-Visual Room (AVR) for the 2017 Supreme Student Council (SSC) Elections. The campaign period fired up when a good number of independent candidates vying for different positions contended with the two giant parties- Student’s Massive Alliance for Reform and Transparency (SMART) and Youth Eager to Serve (YES). All in all, there were 3 Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates respectively and 24 aspiring Councilors. While the contending parties and independent candidates had their own platforms and back fires during the campaign period, the aspirants did their best at the Meeting de Avance on March 3. The newly elected officers for the school year 2017-2018:President: Hillary Machacon (YES Party)Vice- President: Emman Martinez (Independent Candidate)Councilors:
Phildon Lowel Torregosa (Independent Candidate) Rhyzbel Harada (SMART Party) Hanny Marie Cabahug (YES Party) Vince Luster Padire (SMART Party) Quincy Nina Garcia (SMART Party) Ezrah May Sucaldito (YES Party) Zyra Mae Ybanez (YES Party) Christian Mark Tagupa (Independent Candidate) Cleokelly Igloria (SMART Party) Harcel Bolotaulo (YES Party)
The new SSC is set to convene this summer for a series of leadership and management training. With this diverse crop of officers, the IAU Administration is positively hopeful to work with them hand-in-hand in delivering quality services to the students.By : Ezrah May Sucaldito, BS AM-II
During the 23rd Commencement Exercise last March 19, 2016 held in the gymnasium, the IAU Graduating Batch of 2016 or colloquially tagged as batch “Remarkable” (as every graduating batch in IAU gets to choose a name for their batch) marched with their iconic tassel—a symbol of their hard work and perseverance throughout the years as they officially capped off their college journey having obtained their respective degrees.
The Guest of Honor for this year’s graduation was no other than the woman of the hour; 2016 Presidential Candidate Senator Grace Sonora Poe. Senator Poe was kind enough to grace the event amid preparations for the heavily anticipated 2nd Presidential Debate that was scheduled just only a day after IAU’s 23rd Commencement Exercise.
“Gusto ko po sana ako ang magbigay ng inyong diploma. ‘Yun po talaga sana ang plano. But students, I’m sure you will appreciate this, if you are reviewing overnight or for many nights to be able to pass the exams, I still have to review for our debate tomorrow. Yan ang problema ‘pagnagka-cram,”quips Poe in her conversationally-laced rhetoric that must have connected her to the audience.
Shifting her tone a little bit further on the political landscape she said, “Actually umiikot naman kami sabuong bansa and we ask the LGUs, ‘What can we do for your province?’ But the problem is, of course, the country is a huge archipelago, maraming kailangan pag-aralan kaya mamaya mag pupuyat nanaman kami,”
Short-lived her commencement speech may have been but the celebrated Senator didn’t fret when invited by Airwatch (IAU’s Official University Bureau) for an impromptu interview. When asked about her plans for the aviation industry should she become president, she had this to say:
“Well first of all, I would like the students to know that part of our platform is really to add as many airports in the country, to be able to make inter connectivity easy, to add more runways not just waiting terminals so that means if we have more airports, more capabilities there will be more jobs for you because more planes will come in and besides, with the ASEAN Economic Integration there’d be open skies meaning other airlines from other ASEAN countries can actually fly in here with less restriction so you can actually also work for those other companies”.
After her well-applauded speech, Chief Executive Officer Mr. Harold E. Toring presented to the lady of the hour, together with President and Founder Dr. JovenalB. Toring and Chairman of the Board Mrs. Cecilia E. Toring, a CESSNA replica as token of appreciation.
Indeed, Senator Poe was quick to tell the graduating batch to celebrate their victory and never to forget to choose the Philippine flag carrier before anyone or anything else.By: Ezrah May Sucaldito and Emmanuel Maurice Ray A. Yusay
On October 12, 2016 IAU Astronomical Society marked its inauguration as an official student-organization. The club also inducted their first-ever set of officers working together under the leadership of their President, Karl Joseph Zialcita (BSAE IV). The list of officers includes Mike Dowell P. Macapondag (BSAE-IV) as Secretary, Nigel S. Ramos (BSAE IV) as Treasurer, Amir Waedueramae (BSAE IV) as Equipment Officer, Julie Jane T. (Pamunag BSAE-V) as Communications Officer and Michelle Rae J. Mendoza (BSAE-V) as Coordination Officer.
Engineer Johnny Destacamento, Department Head of the College of Aerospace Engineering, expressed in his welcome remarks that they are privileged to have founded an astronomy club. Indiana Aerospace University is the second of the only two universities in Cebu to have an astronomy club. The introduction of the club was delivered by Lance Cruz, a graduating AE major.He pointed out that the principal purpose of the club is to be at the forefront in the study and development of the country’s space science. He further presented their vision and mission.
Highlighting the event was the turnover ceremony of the astronomical instruments acquired by the Administration. Present at the ceremony were Chief Executive Officer of IAU Mr. Harold Toring, Dr. Nonita P. Legaspi, Dean of Colleges, and Ms. Maria Luz G. Cahayagan, Student Affairs Officer. They turned over a Power Seeker 70EQ telescope and a Celestron Cometron 7×50 binocular to the club’s Equipment Officer, Amir Waedueramae.
Dr. Legaspi emboldened the members of the organization to soar for greater heights and flourish along with the already established astronomical clubs in well-known universities. As regards the new instruments,she quipped that they are priceless and expressed her gratitude to Mr. Harold E. Toring for the unwavering support. Mr. Toring also received a token of appreciation from the club.
The event clinched with the closing remarks of the club adviser, Engr. Edjie A. Galeos. He assured that they will do their best to bring honor and pride to the school as they endeavor to be recognized locally, nationally and internationally. He furthered that the club will also do its part in maximizing the use of the equipment to achieve its goals.
The IAU Astronomical Society will soon open its doors to aspiring members outside the Aerospace Engineering department. Engr. Galeos has already advised those aspirants to keep in touch with them for further announcements regarding the application.