Dr. Cardoso delivers 2nd SUA, leads Grand Sulo Awards 2018
By Kristine Harion Lacanaria and John Neil Panican
Dr. Marilyn Cardoso, Samar State University (SSU) president, gave her 2nd State of the University Address (SUA) and spearheaded the very first Grand Sulo Awards at the SSU Gymnasium yesterday, August 8.
“We are sure we can do it!” Dr. Cardoso stressed as she conveyed her accomplishments in her second year as the University President.
The SUA focused on four main points of the President’s speech: on ‘The Firsts’, along instruction, along research and development/ extension services, and along administration. ‘The Firsts’ included the involvement of SSU in the international speech competition in Thailand, participation of the student-leaders in the global leadership program in Romania, the holding of the National Poverty Conference and National Development (POVCON), and the receiving of PRIME-HRM Bronze award.
Among the other highlights of the President’s speech were: re-opening of Marine Engineering course in Mercedes campus, the approaching of SSU to SUC Level 4, advancements of the University infrastructure, granting of Niche Center (NICER) program of Department of Science and Technology, and the Branding Initiative or “Tatak SSU.”
Furthermore, the first woman President of the University promised to commit on working for two more ISO certifications namely, the Environment Management System and Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems certifications.
“We know that our accomplishments are not enough, we know that much needs to be done yet,” Dr. Cardoso said. “Let us continue with our teamwork and be united in responding to the challenges that we are facing. Let us dream big for SSU.”
Grand Sulo Awards 2018
After the speech of Dr. Cardoso followed the Grand Sulo Awards 2018 to recognize and to “reward SSU officials and employees for their valuable contributions that made SSU a much better institution.”
Among the several awards given, the Sulo Outstanding Employee/Faculty 2017 highlighted the awarding ceremony which was received by Dr. Gina Españo, Dean of College of Education.
“I never dreamed to become a teacher,” the awardee said. “Four years ago, I thought of retiring. But because I was still inspired, I continued my service in the University.”
Aside from getting trophies, Dr. Españo and other awardees also received cash prizes as a reward.
Other awardees were:
Teresa Macha – Sulo han Presensya (Attendance Award)
Maxima Novilla – Sulo han Pagsuporta (Exemplary Support Provider Award)
Harold Kent Pedraza – Sulo han Maupay na Pamatasan (Exemplary Behavior Award)
Evelyn Abaigar – Sulo han mga Empleyado (Human Development Implementer Award)
Dr. Renato Diocton – Sulo han Produksiyon (Production Award)
Leonora Doncillo – Sulo han Komunidad (Extension Award)
April Cathy Manota – Sulo han Pagtutdo (Instruction Award)
Dr. Vivian Moya – Sulo han Pagdukwag (Research Award)
SSU President Emeritus – Dr. Simon Babalcon and Dr. Eusebio Pacolor
SSU Hymn and March Composition – Miriam Casurao, Norma Ricafort, and Dr. Jose Labro
The grand event started with a processional march headed by Dr. Cardoso with the faculty, staff, and several student leaders of SSU and concluded with a dinner followed by the Personnel’s Night headed by the SSU Personnel Association.