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With raging spirit  and soaring enthusiasm, students, and employees of Aldersgate College gathered at the AC quadrangle to memorialize  the opening of Intramurals 2012  with the theme” Defining who we were, Defining who we are and who we wish to be “, last September 24.

Despite the scorching heat of the sun,  ACians unified in a  parade around the town  at 8:00 a.m. led by the Solano PNP Force followed by all athletic contingents, Midget, Junior, and Senior Division and the Elementary as well as the High School band.

The opening ceremonies focused on the raising of contingent banners by the captain ball and muse of  each team, the  oath of amateurism by  all athletes, the ceremonial tossing of the ball,  the      relay and lighting of the torch of sportsmanship by the team managers, the Athletic Director, Mr. Emerson Castañeto and the AC president Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan.

The quadrangle soon resounded with the loud cheers of the throng when the cheer dance competition started with the  four teams of the college participating;  the SERPENTS of the of the School of Medical Sciences(SMS) and the College of Engineering and Technology (CET); the RAPTORS of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE) with the School of Criminology  (SC); the TYCOONS of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) and the PHOENIX of the School of Informatics and Hospitality Management (SIHM). The competition ended as the Raptors settled as champion gaining them a shrilling applause from the spectators.

The Arnis and Taekwondo Clubs of the elementary and high school astounded the crowd with their sizzling and awesome exhibition that showed their prowess in poomse and self defense. The participants in taekwondo who started their training last summer are currently enrolled in the school’s taekwondo program under the initiative of the elementary school principal Mr. Rommel Alejos. Though considered greenhorn in the field, most of them were medalist in the Luzon Taekwondo Championship held recently at Solano.

The unfailing weather favored the athletic competition that lasted for four days. It concluded with the Closing and Awarding Ceremony with the Raptors as the overall champion of the Senior Division, the Stallions of the Junior Division and the Tigers of the Midget Division. /Mjjt/

The Tycoons

The Serpents

The Raptors

The Raptors

The Taekwondo Club

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SC Students inspired by Guest Speaker

Senior Jail Warden Gilbert B. Accad inspired the School of Criminology students, faculty and visitors with the following message on their SC Acquiantance Program last August 13, 2010:

The theme of today’s affair says “COURAGE AND INTEGRITY TOWARD EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP”. Such a simple statement. On the contrary, I feel intimidated by the challenge it poses. In choosing your theme, I admire and congratulate you for your keen awareness of what is going on around you. The national and local elections have just been conducted and new leaders were installed to their respective positions. Today, we are gathered for the induction of a new set of student leaders of your department. Be it national, local or campus politics, there is only one thing that the electorate needs or expects from leaders: EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP. COURAGE AND INTEGRTY are personal attributes which leaders must truly possess should they envision excellent leadership as the ultimate goal of their term in office. When you, dear student leaders, decided to join in campus politics, you possessed courage. You dared to face the challenges posed by a world except your own. You overcome yourself. A person without courage is a person with a negative mind-set, mind-sets like “I can’t”, I don’t, I won’t”, and “I shouldn’t want to”. According to Norman Vincent Peale, “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble and reasonable confidence in your powers, you cannot be successful”. Try to go over great historical figures like Napoleon Bonaparte, and Abraham Lincoln and many more. Biographers are unanimous with one adjective in describing these great men: COURAGEOUS. These great men have overcome themselves which in turn propelled them to conquer the outside world.
The second attribute, INTEGRITY, as I’ve observed and hope you did too, is an issue that moves or raises eyebrows whenever mentioned in relation to political leadership. Much more when names of known politicians are included. In simple and plain language, integrity is doing what is right not just for one’s self but for the greater good. I admire Japanese leaders. Many a time that a minister resigned his post when his name is involved or associated to an issue, trivial or complex, which is contrary to what is expected of him. In practice, the Japanese leaders put a high regard for Integrity. As a result and we are not blind, Japan occupies a commanding status as a global leader in terms of economy.
Dear student leaders, leadership is not a delicacy or feast to enjoy. Leadership is a burden to bear for the benefit of the many. Do not be misled by the thought that winning an election and getting inducted into office is the essence of leadership. I am sorry to tell you that leadership is purely responsibility and accountability. Leaders have tasks to perform. How they perform these tasks is their accountability to the people who entrusted them their respective positions.
There is one thing for sure that awaits you. A pile of challenges lies ahead. How you surmount these challenges is the real test to gauge your leadership. But, do not be intimidated or daunted with what lies ahead. Rather focus on your vision of excellence in leadership. Brace yourself and get prepared. How? Your institution offers you more than enough information, resources, and experiences that prepare you for the task ahead.
As you go along, challenges of many sorts may be encountered. I’d like to share with you how efficient, if not excellent, leaders cope with the challenges of leadership. The magic lies in how they see and treat the challenges that come along. Most successful leaders view and treat challenges as opportunities instead of problems. Every challenge is a stepping stone, a motivation to take action. To cite an example, let us look at diversity. For a mediocre leader, diversity is a problem that is, dividing rather than unifying. Look around you and you’ll see how diverse the population is. The faculty, staff and studentry come from different environments. Yet your institution is sailing smoothly. It is because your institution and its leadership, recognize the strength of every member and drives it toward a common vision which is excellence.
Whenever I speak of leadership, I do not mention any tailor-cut procedure or process or a shortcut. It is because I personally believe that leadership grows out of the necessity of a situation. I mean, everyone can become a successful leader whenever there is an opportunity. It is a matter of accepting the challenges of the situation and mobilizing every resource towards the attainment of a goal, a goal beneficial to all concerned.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, leadership is not a delicacy to enjoy. There can be setbacks. At one time or another, failure might be inevitable. Don’t be bothered; instead, where you failed is an opportunity to try innovations. Don’t lose the enthusiasm that you had when you decided to become a student leader. Winston Churchill once said, “COURAGE is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm”. Furthermore, be mindful at all times to maintain the integrity of the office you hold. As a leader, you are accountable to your constituents and the office you represent. It is your responsibility as a leader to do what is right at all times. Should there be issues contrary to the greater good, take the courage to say no and introduce innovations, changes and the like. As Aristotle put it, “All persons ought to endeavor to follow what is right and not what is established”.

Indeed, your choice of the theme for today’s affair is befitting. Excellent leaders need to possess the courage to stand and say “I can” while maintaining an untarnished or unblemished integrity in performing their tasks to the best of what they can for the attainment of an unselfish goal.

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