SSU R&E workforce conducts team building, agreed to help transform Samar through innovation
Malajog, Calbayog City, Samar. The Office of Research and Extension, its Research Centers, attached Divisions, counterpart R&E units in the Colleges/Campuses as well as the facilitative staff for R&E operations attended a 2-day team building activity from November 10 to 11, 2018. The event is part of the Office annual activity aimed at synergizing the efforts in the attainment of SSU strategic plan goals which includes increasing SUC level and helping reduce poverty in Samar. Research and Extension (R&E) are two of the major final outputs of the university, the other being instruction and production. The R&E outcomes are critical in raising the reputation of the University; research is the playing field when it comes to university ranking internationally.
This year marks the more-than exponential growth of the university when it comes to R&E funding. From barely PhP 1.2 M GAA (excluding Use of Income funds) budget for R&E operations in previous years, the government has raised it to more than PhP 7M in 2018. In the next three (3) years Also, externally funded projects will total to about PhP 80M. The sudden surge of externally funded projects and the increased enthusiasm in R&E function of the university is more than enough reason to strengthen the team.
The event which was facilitated by Ms. Ruby Rebosura and Mr. Dindo Mengote started with getting to know you activity, doing away of the traditional methods of introducing oneself. This was followed by more than 15 games and lecture sessions. Towards the end of day 1, the group showcased their talents in various competitions. Day 1 was ended with flying of hot air balloons with prayers and wishes pasted into it. The ritual was full of fun as the team cheered while the balloons were carried away by the cold stormy winds.
On the second day, the participants were gathered to discuss their experiences. A newly hired Research Assistant from TLISO Mr. Dapapac expressed “I initially was very hesitant to join the activity because I don’t know what to expect. I am so glad I did come, the experience is amazing”. Others expressed gladness that they now know the rest of the R&E workforce.
“I wish all were able to come to the event, they are very important to the team,” says Ms. Tan, the College of Industrial Technology participant. “The activity must be conducted annually or more often to continuously improve the flow of communication between units of the university, one of the most common conflicts,” says the facilitator. The VP for R&E expressed that the event will be calendared early so that conflict of schedules could be avoided.
The two-day activity ended with participants being asked how SSU R&E will be known. After several discussions on the importance of the office and its activities, the team crafted five tag lines to describe the R&E team. The tagline for the R&E personnel was crafted with due consideration to SSU Vision which is to be a transformative university that is committed to technology, innovation, and service excellence as well as the SSU mantra we innovate we build we serve.
Transforming Samar through innovation – is the battle cry of R&E team who was present. “This is a huge challenge to SSU R&E. You have committed to deliver this, and this will be expected from you” says Mr. Mengote, one of the facilitators. The VP for R&E have shared that SSU R&E office will consider implementing programs that are more specific rather than broad to have a clearer impact on the community rather than many researches but broad in scope.
“The university research has grown exponentially, and we were given the opportunity to be known in mussel, oyster and now in crustacean,” says Mr. Dicoton of COFMAS. The new developments in the R&E area are proof that the university is growing in the right direction. “We need to make employees stay in the university worthwhile through this kind of activities. We must strive for the best of our talents to stay with the university” says Dr. Palencia, the Publication Director.
The positive feedback is overwhelming, some of the participants even recommended to conduct the same activity to be participated by the entire SSU.