To cap off the achievements and progress made by various DLSU student sectors this academic year, the last Convention of Leaders (COLE) was held last August 4 at the 4th floor Multipurpose Room of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall.
The COLE is a gathering conducted every term where DLSU student leaders from various student sectors are expected to provide a report on the progress and accomplishments they have achieved. Representatives from the University Student Government (USG), Student Managers (SM), Student Media Council (SMC), and Catholic Religious Organization of Students (CROSs) attended the said forum.
Representatives from various student organizations were first to take up the podium. In her speech, the Student Managers’ representative directed her thanks to the Executive Board for the opportunities they provided to the organization.
The CROSs President shared the various programs they initiated under their three goals: faith, service, and communion. She emphasized their attempts in unifying the eight organizations under CROSs by bringing them together during general assemblies and meetings.
The SMC Chairperson indicated the media services provided by the six student media organizations under the Student Media Office to the whole Lasallian community.
The respective college presidents were then given the chance to deliver their respective dialogues.
DLSU Science and Technology Complex (STC) Campus President Kristian Sisayan said that his stay in STC was all about transformation. “[This] year, it was our goal to set up a foundation wherein the STC would have a stronger student representation. [It also helped] STC [gain] different connections with organizations, offices, and La Salle schools. [With this], STC students will have different opportunities that they could find inside STC or, shall we call it, the DLSU-Laguna Campus,” Sisayan expressed.
Recently, the DLSU-STC was renamed as the DLSU Laguna Campus following an announcement by the University administration.
College of Computer Studies College President Jorge Francisco recalled his vision during the start of the year and mentioned the value of working together. “[Within] CCS, we worked constantly to ensure that we do work together and collaborate,” he illustrated.
Brother Andrew Gonzalez – College of Education (BAG-CED) College President Cel Cruz expressed that her term started out with a vision which then eventually became the heart of BAGCED. Cruz thanked the students of BAG-CED for not only letting her make an impact in their lives, but for the students making an impact in her life as well.
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) College President Gabriella Perez mentioned that her vision for the college is on “doing things together excellently.” She states, “Thank you, CLA, for allowing us to serve you. Thank you dahil tinanggap niyo po kami ng buong puso at binigyan niyo rin po kami ng criticisms para maayos namin ang aming governance para sainyo.” (Thank you, CLA, for allowing us to serve you. Thank you, because you wholeheartedly accepted us, and you gave criticisms for us to improve on our governance for you.)
Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business (RVR-COB) College President Rizza Tan shared that she considered what a RVR-COB student wanted before conceptualizing her vision. She envisioned COB students to identify themselves as globally competitive leaders that are value-driven.
Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE) College President Justine Basco mentioned that being an elected official is an opportunity to find solutions for problems that the student are experiencing. As engineering students, it is difficult to do things alone, which is why she is thankful to all those who applied for the Engineering College Government.
College of Science (COS) College President Kyle Junsay stated that the college maximized the skills and potentials of each Lasallian scientist through the varying advocacies and student services they offered the students. He saw the big change in COS students as they were more prepared for the COS Month, and were more satisfied with the services given.
School of Economics (SOE) College President Chloe Cheng shared that she did not lead SOE students, but represented what she believed in. Cheng assured her administration provided projects, built relationships, and collaborated with other sectors for the sake of building an inclusive SOE and dispensing better and more efficient service to solve the problems faced by economics students.
To end the program, USG President Zed Laqui took the time to articulate his gratitude to each student leader present in the convention. He commended how each sector made their students feel at home in their respective colleges and organizations, and how they fashioned programs that aimed to develop the students in their respective fields.
Laqui acknowledged all student leaders for saying ‘yes’ to the challenge brought upon the responsibilities they were given, and for placing at the top of their priorities their colleges, the students, and their visions.
He pointed out, “As student leaders, our roles in this University may be coming to an end but our roles outside the University and society are still very much active.”
Laqui challenged the graduating leaders to “tread the path less traveled by” in the assurance that they will not be alone the way. For the continuing student leaders, he advised them to remain in providing genuine service and leadership to the Lasallian community.
“Sama-sama, tulong-tulong patungo sa isang Unibersidad na tunay na atin. May we always put God at the center of our actions,” Laqui concluded. (Together, let us help one another towards one University that is truly ours. May we always put God at the center of our actions.)