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CDC concludes 20th Anniversary celebration with Turnover Ceremony

19 December 2018 by CBucu

The College of Development Communication concluded the school year and its 20th anniversary celebration with a turnover ceremony of the College's leadership. The program was held last December 17 at the CDC Lecture Hall. 

UPLB Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, delivered the opening remarks in behalf of the UPLB Chancellor, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez Jr. Dr. Lapitan commended the CDC's achievements throughout the years and recognized the need to look into the institution's past to help achieve its future aspirations. She also emphasized the importance of the University's service to the nation. 

For the turnover ceremonies, Dr. Ma. Theresa H. Velasco, CDC's outgoing dean, looked back on her years of service in CDC. She shared her challenges and how she overcame them, and expressed gratitude to all those who made her leadership possible. 

The incoming CDC dean, Dr. Ma. Stella C. Tirol, was introduced by former dean Dr. Cleofe S. Torres. The symbolic key and the CDC flag were turned over in the presence of Dr. Lapitan, members of CDC offices, and other guests. 

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Tirol included highlights of Dr. Velasco's leadership that paved the way for her upcoming administration. "The leadership of the college was something I have never dreamed of when I started as a research assistant in 1981," she recalled. Among her goals as the new dean are helping the University in extending its technologies and research and extension activities; and fostering an enabling environment for creativity in the practice of development communication.

In light of these goals, among others she has noted, Dr. Tirol expressed her high hopes for all members of the CDC-- its faculty, REPS, and administrative staff. With the symbolic key on hand, she looked forward to unlocking the opportunities for devcom as a practice and for its community.

Also included in the program were upcoming initiatives of the Department of Science Communication, presented by aProf. Garry Jay S. Montemayor, as well as the progress and upcoming launch of the CDC Online Theses presented by Rikki Lee B. Mendiola.