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CNU President Dr. Filomena Dayagbil, in her message during the unified Christmas celebration in the University dubbed as Pasko sa CNU 2019, reminded the University personnel to be grateful for what each has received throughout the whole 2019 and to look forward to the incoming year.

Accomplishments from the offices of the 3 Vice-Presidents, namely: Administration; Academic Affairs; and Research, Extension, and Publication were also presented to give more reason to be grateful.

The occasion took place last December 18 at the Samuel McClintock Hall with the theme, We Win as One, We Celebrate as One inspired by the recently concluded 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The event gathered together administrative council members, faculty, and non-teaching staff from all colleges and units to celebrate the holiday season.

“I think the very essence of Christmas is the fact that we are all happy and blessed,” Dayagbil said.

“Christmas is also the time that we look forward for the things that we have done in 2019 at the same time a reckoning period of moving forward,” she added.

Dayagbil then shared three G’s in line with the theme. These are Goal, Gratitude, and God. She said that it is important to be aware of the goals of the University and for them to be cascaded down to the Major Final Outputs (MFOs) for CNU to continually win, and have reason to celebrate again in 2020. She then stressed the importance of gratitude and to count one’s blessings after toiling the whole year.

“My dear colleagues, when gratitude becomes your default, everything will change. You will not murmur. You will not complain… you will just look on the positive side,” she said.

She then reminded everyone of the presence of God for one cannot rely on his own intelligence, wisdom, and expertise.

“We will celebrate this Christmas with a goal, with a deep sense of gratitude, and with our dear God so that in everything that we do, we win as one, we celebrate as one,” she said.

CNU in 2019 is reported to have published 112 research outputs, implemented 47 extension projects, registered 16 Utility Models, produced five topnotchers from all 3 colleges, and has conducted three research conferences. CNU has also been recognized as part of the top ranking State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in terms of percentage of accredited programs from 1992-2018 given by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP). CNU has also allocated a bulk of its budget in construction and repair of its facility from the library to the construction of ACAS building among others.

Looking forward to 2020, CNU braces itself for more quality assurance standardizations like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA), accreditation of different college programs, opening of CNU-Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) College of Medicine, and more. After Dayagbil’s message, the entire CNU Community marveled at the Dance, Drama, Daygon presentations led by different representatives from CNU Medellin, CNU Balamban, College of Teacher Education (CTE), College of Nursing (CN), College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Integrated Laboratory School (ILS), non-teaching staff, and the Administrative Council. The merienda cena and exchanging of gifts followed afterwards imbibing the Christmas spirit of giving. (JDF)

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