Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The PNU-LISAA: How It Came Into Being

By Peachy Lim-Limpin

On September 2, 2000, Dr. Linda M. Tayona, head of the Library Science Department, invited library science alumni to a reunion sponsored by batch ’69. She intended to gather as many alumni as possible to help in the centennial project of the university.

A handful attended the reunion, namely: Nelia Artieda, Petite Geronimo, Erlinda Lagundi, Carol Magsino, Evelyn Nabus, Rosemarie Uchi, Tess Villanueva, and yours truly.

Prof. Remedios P.Joven asked those of us present to elect among ourselves the officers of the alumni association. But we refused the offer and arrived at a consensus that we form a steering committee instead to organize a reunion. Prof. Joven welcomed the suggestion. She, then, became the chairman of the steering committee.

The time and date was scheduled on the afternoon of 21 October 2000. Each member of the committee was tasked to extend invitations to alumni by all means possible. Letters were sent, phone calls were made, newspaper releases were published and during the bookfair, announcements were done after each forum.

The Steering Committee met again on September 30 2000 to finalize the program which would include the election of officers. New faces attended the second meeting. They came and shared some ideas for the reunion. They were: Imelda Calingasan, Edwin Constantino, Lorenz Dungca, Ofel Irabon, and Rosalina Soriano.

The committee members were then assigned their tasks for the program. Everyone prayed for a successful assembly.

Then came the most awaited day. The graduate students and specialization students helped out in the registration. The library science majors even prepared a dance number. The food was more than enough to quench the hunger and thirst of those present. I hosted the program together with Petite Geronimo. To cut the story short, it was a success! Seventy-eight alumni attended the reunion. Not bad for starters.

Nothing earth-shaking really. But the hard part is sustaining the Association and encouraging members to join. With several attempts in the past to organize an alumni association, the burden is on the officers to strengthen what was started.

Good luck to us all!

1 comment:

Veronica said...

I'm a graduate of PNU library science 1986 batch and presently residing in Sydney Australia. How can I be member of this group?? I'm currently working at Macquarie University Library in the Distance Services/Document Supply Unit and would very much interested in sharing library experiences.... My contact details as follows: