COMMENCEMENT Exercises 2002 brought in another batch of alumni in addition to the long list of Augustinian "Pilgrims" who will join the celebration of the Centennial of our Alma Mater comes 2004.
CONGRATULATIONS BATCH 2002! With open arms, we invite you to join us and feel what we felt when we first started to have that sense of belonging which many of us now enjoy. Welcome to the USA Alumni Association.
Mr. Jose F.G. Ledesma
Last Commencement Day, March 23, the graduates, the academic community, the parents and guests were privileged to listen to the address of our fellow Augustinian alumnus. He is very successful and is now occupying a very prestigious position as the Chief Executive Officer of the internationally known, St. Luke's Medical Center in Metro Manila. He is Mr. Jose "Joe" F.G. Ledesma.
What Mr. Ledesma achieved so far showed a truly unique breed of Augustinian alumnus worthy of being made a model to the rest of us Augustinian "Pilgrims." He had helped so many fellow Augustinian young graduates get settled and find jobs as some of them prepare to go on with their "journey." The University Alumni Association welcomed Mr. Ledesma in the Alumni Office along with Fr. President, Rodolfo M. Arreza, O.S.A. and Atty. Jose Espinosa III, USAAA president.
Also in the Commencement Exercises, another distinguished alumnus was awarded recognition for his accomplishments. Although the award of recognition was given posthumously, his accomplishments can still serve as inspiration for this year's batch of Augustinians. We included an obituary of his demise in the last issue of the COMMUNITAS. He is Atty. Ramon Gonzales of Law Class 1955. The award of recognition was received by his wife, Mrs. Lilia Yusay Gonzales, during the commencement program.
Most of the colleges have their own alumni, whom they invited to address the graduates during their baccalaureate programs. Most colleges now observe the practice of inviting their distinguished alumni who can serve as inspiration to young idealistic graduates.
Atty. Julio Raymundo Olaguer
In the College of Arts & Sciences, we have one loyal Augustinian educated in the University's grade school, high school, AB in Political Science and his Bachelor of Laws programs. Prosecutor Atty. Julio Raymundo Olaguer, LlM, has distinguished himself in his field with the teachings of Saint Augustine as his guide and he said, "everything that you do, give it your best and the rest will fall in place and in your way."
As pilgrims, we have to go on, the roads are not always smooth, there are rough portions to overcome. Those of us who may have found a smoother path can move faster; however, along the way, if we encounter someone that needed our help, we cannot leave him on the wayside. Our adherence to our goal of being true Augustinians can sustain us on the way.
In this issue, I would like to recognize our alumni-sponsored scholars. If not for our generous Augustinians abroad, these scholars could not have gone to college.
There were also scholars sponsored by individual alumnus/alumna like the husband and wife past presidents Engr. and Mrs. Roger and Mila Peñasales of Midwest Chapter USAAA, based in Chicago, Ill., U.S.A., however the names of others are not also available. Here are the names of scholars sponsored by the following Alumni Associations abroad supervised by the office of the Director of Guidance Services, Dr. Margarita Villanueva. They are the following:
USAAA Midwest Scholars:
1. Flejoles, Rex B.S. Computer Engineering E-V
2. Faelmarin, Leanne B.S. Psychology II
USAAA Guam Chapter Scholars:
1. Subang, Daisy B.S. Management Accounting II
2. Castor, Romy B.S. Medical Technology I
Southern California USAAA Scholar
1. Ortiz, Jodelyn B.S. Computer Engineering E-III
These alumni-sponsored University scholars do really appreciate the generous alumni who give them a chance to be in college. We hope that they will not miss the meetings with their benefactors scheduled during the Alumni Homecoming in 2004 (our Alma Mater Centennial Year).
Throughout this summer of 2002, we will continue to track down our alumni in various municipalities so that they may organize themselves into municipal chapters; so with professional groups and even smaller groups among our government entities. We would like to remind all appointed coordinators to start now. Follow-up letters will be sent out this last week of April. The alumni office with Fr. President, Rodolfo M. Arreza, O.S.A. and the alumni president, Atty. Jose Espinosa III and I with the other alumni officers can witness your organization in your towns or here in the city if you can inform us.
We are requesting our alumni to get in touch with the Alumni Association or with any of the colleges and departments in the university. Please provide us with the current addresses of your friends, classmates and acquaintances, who are Augustinians. Please join us, as we anticipate the Golden Jubilee of our being a university by the first week of March next year and then our Centennial in 2004. Please drop by the alumni office, 2nd Floor, Alumni Bldg. for more details on the coming activities.