COE Math prof is new Univ Alumni Affairs Director

From being a Mathematics instructor to becoming the adviser of the University Student Council (USC), another challenge had been accepted by a West Visayas State University-College of Education (WVSU-COE) professor upon his designation as the new Director of the WVSU Alumni Affairs.

After passing the screening process and evaluation of the University President and Vice Presidents, Dr. Jonathan Glorial succeeded Dr. Leila De La Llana, who retired last June 22, 2017, as the director of the said office.

“I feel grateful to the WVSU administration for entrusting and believing in my capabilities to oversee the alumni affairs of our university. I am deeply honored and privileged to be the new director of the alumni affairs but of course this position entails great challenges and responsibilities on my part,” said Glorial in a written interview with SILAK.

A Mathematics instructor of COE, Glorial is also the Adviser of USC since 2010, the Chairman of the COE Mathematics Division since 2015, and the Center Coordinator of the Mathematics Trainers’ Guild (MTG) Philippines-Iloilo since 1997.

Aside from the aforementioned positions, he is also the President of the Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines- Iloilo Chapter (MTAP-IC), a position he assumed since last year after being its Vice President in 2014 until 2016.

“This position means WORK– for the betterment of the alumni affairs. Under my administration, I will see to it that WVSU alumni will be more engaged to join and support the endeavors of our university, especially in its pursuit for service, harmony, and excellence,” shared Glorial, who obtained his degree on Bachelor in Elementary Education with specialization in Math, Master of Arts in Education major in Math, and PhD in Science Education major in Math from WVSU.

Outgoing WVSU Alumni Affairs Director Dr. Leila De La Llana poses for a picture with the newly-designated Director, Dr. Jonathan Glorial, during the turnover ceremony last Sept. 23, 2017 at the WVSU Alumni Office. Photo by Michael Angelo Dejando

Engaging alumni

During the turnover ceremony and quarterly alumni board meeting last September 23 at the Alumni Office, Glorial bared his proposed projects, both the short term and long term.

One of his planned projects is to include a Personal Data Sheet (PDS) as one of the prerequisite forms to be completed by graduating WVSU students in applying for graduation.

“With the PDS, the alumni office will have a record of the personal information of WVSU graduates. This would be helpful for us in making their alumni identification (I.D.) cards, and in keeping in touch with them once they will be in their respective field of interest,” emphasized Glorial.

Additionally, to increase the engagement of the WVSU alumni community in extension activities, Glorial recommended the conduct of an outreach program every December, which will include feeding and gift giving activities for less-privileged children in selected areas in Iloilo City and Province.

“Our December Outreach Programs will serve as an avenue for our WVSU alumni to reconnect and give back to the community. Different batches will be assigned every year to facilitate the program; and for this year, COE Batch 1992 will spearhead the activity. As much as possible, we want our activities to jive with the extension practices of our University”, he stressed.

For his Office’s long term projects, Glorial suggested that the third floor of the Alumni Office be opened for WVSU students as a study center and a possible venue for events and other activities.

“Many students have asked the Office in the past if they can use the 3rd floor as an event area, but since we haven’t thought of the idea in the past, we turned down students’ requests. This time, I presented it to the board, and we have yet to lay down the area plan, rules, and regulations that will govern the proposed study center and event area,” he added.

Furthermore, other plans which the newly-designated Director proposed were the following: repair, refurnishing, and landscaping of the Alumni Office; formulating income-generating projects such as establishing a comprehensive I.D. system with I.D. lamination, and designing a souvenir cart to display alumni memorabilia; launching of the Search for WVSU Outstanding Alumni; and, establishing an alumni publication and webpage with links in selected countries.

Dr. Jonathan Glorial presents his project proposals to the officers of the University Federated Alumni Association during their quarterly board meeting held last Sept. 23, 2017 at the WVSU Alumni Office Conference Room. Photo by Michael Angelo Dejando

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