by Ely Jose Valencia
Posted on 2017-11-14 11:25:11
A capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students, typically during their final year of high school or middle school, or at the end of an academic program or learning-pathway experience. While similar in some ways to a college thesis, capstone projects may take a wide variety of forms, but most are long-term investigative projects that culminate in a final product, presentation or performance. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic in which they have some competence based on their academic work, professional experience, or exploration of future career options. The Capstone Project is both a valuable intellectual experience and also a vehicle through which students can demonstrate their research, analytical and writing skills to either prospective employers or graduate and professional schools.
Currently, students from St. Paul University Dumaguete who are taking up Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and are now at their end of the academic program are starting to work on their capstone project for the academic year 2017-2018. The entire IT students are working on one topic which is “Aquaponics-focused Decision Support System for the Calo Farm” and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology. Considering that the students are working only on one topic, they are divided into two groups which is the web-based and the mobile group.
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish. Mr. Alexander Baena, a biologist and one of the advisers of the project met the whole group and discussed on what should be done. He stated that we will focus on one area at a time in response to the concern of a student regarding topics being too broad. Mrs. Grace Alejado, MIT, the capstone project mentor, also agreed with Mr. Baena’s idea since we still lack the sufficient knowledge and experience in working on sensors. She also mentioned that workshops are already prepared and scheduled to address this need.
The IT students are now on the move with their project and started to work on some parts such as searching for sensors needed, the scope of their project, user interface and more. Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency and goal setting. However, even if the students are now on the move, anxiety, apprehensions and low self-esteem are written all over their faces which made our mentor wonder if they would be able to finish the project before graduation.
The mentor, however, have faith and confidence on the students and assured them that she will do her best to help out for the project to be realized.
by Celdrich Lance G. Curaza
Posted on 2017-10-07 12:02:32
The YMCA of Negros Oriental. Inc. in coordination with DepEd Division of DumagueteCity sponsored the 13th Provincial Children’s Art Contest held at the YMCA Grounds, Talay, Dumaguete City last September 02, 2017. Participants were 7 to 12 years old students from public and private schools. The objectives of the contest were to create awareness among the children on the value of environment; tourism and historical sites; to underscore the importance of culture and arts in development works; and to show artwork as an advocacy for peace.
Judging of the contest was conducted last September 07, 2017. Participants from St. Paul University Dumaguete garnered three consolation prizes among 48 participants from different schools namely Celdrich Lance G. Curaza, Evanna Duran and Viola Equipilag. The awarding ceremony took place last October 1, 2017 at the YMCA Grounds, Talay,Dumaguete City.
by Niña Marie Requilino
Posted on 2017-10-07 12:00:34
The Diwa Pasiklaban sa Paaralan sponsored by Diwa Learning Systems was held at Holy Cross High School Dumaguete last September 11, 2017. It was an event attended by different private catholic schools in Negros Oriental. Upon arriving, we could feel the intensity and excitement of the contest. Contestants were asked to sit on their chairs with all the things they needed. Three rounds were given: Easy, Average and Difficult. Many different questions were asked, and as the rounds went on, the contestants did all they could to answer each question.
But it wasn’t just about answering the questions, but also having fun and being able to learn new things as well. The winners forthe Grade School category are the following:
First Place: Don Bosco
Second Place: St. Paul University Dumaguete
Third Place: Colegio de Sta. Catalina de Alejandria
It was indeed a fun and a great experience!
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted on 2017-10-07 11:47:05
St. Paul University Dumaguete- College of nursing has been very active in academic activities as well as community extension services. The department has been indulging in different activities for the development of the students. On September 19, 2017 the third year nursing students with the batch name of “The Benevolent stewards of God’s salutatory, solicitous love and sympathy” had their retreat, which is a group withdrawal for prayer and spiritual enrichment prior to their Capping and Candle Lighting Ceremony on September 23, 2017 held at St. Paul University Chapel at 2 in the afternoon. All third year nursing students wore their white uniform with pride as they marched at the aisle and received their lamps and nurses cap as they sang their batch song “At The Beginning.”
On September 24, 2017, the freshmen and senior students showed their passion for their brothers and sisters through engaging in prison ministry. They educated the inmates about the awareness of hypertension and diabetes mellitus and how it could affect the health of an individual.
On September 28, 2017, the Paulinian Student Nurses Association took the initiative to have the general assembly and departmental listing conducted in the AVR at 4 pm in preparation for the Paulimpiad 2017 activities. On the same day, the nursing students also attended the general rehearsal for the upcoming Recognition Day, a day in which all achievements of the students will be recognized by many. On September 29, 2017, all students who are opted to receive their individual awards for the academic and non-academic achievements attended the Recognition Day held at the Open Hall at 3 in the afternoon. Mr. James Anthony D. Ortega, fourth year nursing student was given a total of eleven (11) awards.
There were four students from the fourth year nursing students that was given the privilege and honor to receive the academic award-Clinical Efficiency namely Sydelle Thelma P. Gravador, Quennie Dawn Reso, Hissovi Gwyn C. Baroro&Jhelena T. Bandico.
On October 3, 2017, theMr&Ms Ambassador candidates from the College of Nursing implemented their activities such as Segregate My Own Trash at the MRF & Cleanest Classroom.
The College of Nursing are showing enthusiasm in every activity whether inside the institution or in the community and future activities will arise within the department to uphold and uplift the essence of service and voluntarism.