RCI hosts Blood Drum Spirit for PHL International Jazz Fest

February is National Arts Month and on February 22, 2017, RCI Cainta students and teachers from all levels and both high schools were joined by their counterparts from RCI San Mateo for a special celebration with the Blood Drum Spirit at the RCI Cainta gymnasium. Students from RCI Cainta performed the front act. They were Kenobi Ricarte,  pianist; Kenth Francisco, drummer; Eunice Catabona and John Fabro, singers; Ryu Adrinao, guitarist (from Grade 11-STEM); Carlo Janer, bassist (Grade 11-HUMSS); and Tyra Caro, drummer (Grade 8).

The Blood Drum Spirit is an ensemble composed of drummer, pianist, and tap dancer Royal Hartigan, bassist Wes brown, saxophonist David Bindman, and pianist Art Hirahara. Percussionist Toni Bernardo was part of the group that performed at RCI Cainta in place of Bindman. The group performed pieces from different cultures including music from Ghana.

Pong Aureus, Cultural Specialist of the U.S. Embassy, described Blood Drum Spirit as a band that “brings a new global vision to music, exploring deep into the world’s great traditions through the prism of live jazz performance.” In her message to RCI, she said the audience would be treated to music by Blood Drum Spirit “that adapts elements of world cultures, including South Indian solkattu rhythms, tala (time cycles), and raga (modes); Javanese gamelan structures and rhythms, Philippine Kulintang ensemble instruments and timbres, African American clapping plays, and the like—all embedded within the fabric of a uniquely American Jazz compositional and improvisational sound and style.”

Visiting and performing at RCI Cainta was part of the band’s current Philippine tour. This was made possible through the collaboration among the FEU’s President’s Committee on Culture, the Philippine International Jazz Festival, and the US Embassy.

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RCI administrators and faculty undergo a workshop on UbD

Master teachers, campus heads, and principals of Roosevelt College, Inc. (RCI), attended a one-and-a-half day workshop on Bridging Understanding by Design into the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Implementing Understanding by Design (UbD), on February 17–18, 2017, at RCI Cainta SED Library. Nicole Concepcion-Inocencio, a consultant from the Far Eastern University (FEU), facilitated the session with her sister, Teacher Cathy Concepcion.

The workshop aimed to help RCI master teachers create a deeper understanding of their topics and units as well as to guide them in preparing for their blended- learning activities. In RCI, blended learning will require collaboration between the master teacher and a facilitator when students are asked to work independently or in groups on assigned tasks.

Topics covered by Inocencio included philosophy of teaching, chunking of learning topics and learning competencies, relationship of topics to big ideas, essential questions, assessment, and blended learning, among others. This coverage also served as an introduction to UbD with focus on the alignment of content standards, instruction, and student assessment.

In her message to the participants, RCI Vice President for Academic Affairs Gillian Virata announced that the workshop was the start of an educational development  program for RCI faculty that will intensify during the summer. “We must prepare to provide a school experience that nurtures a love for learning in all our students and teachers,” she said.

“Ito ay isang makasaysayang hapon [this is one historical afternoon],” said one Araling Panlipunan teacher Lilia Braga of RCI Marikina. “What I like best was the facilitators suggesting alternative ways of doing a task and their making us think deeply,” added Maria Victoria Lauraya, a Science teacher at RCI Marikina. For Imelda Mitra of RCI Rodriguez, UbD will be very useful to teachers but she thinks they have to be given enough time in preparing the learning plan.

Workshop activities were highly interactive with participants working in pairs and in groups. Plenary presentations revealed the participants’ creativity and understanding of the topics.

Below are some of the key takeaways from the workshop:

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This activity was another concrete step in reaffirming the school’s commitment to academic excellence by introducing innovative approaches to teaching and learning. It was done in close collaboration with FEU, of which RCI is a member school.

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RCI TED and GSE to implement a publishable format of students’ theses

To encourage a wider readership of students’ theses and intensify research utilization, RCI will implement a publishable format of students’ theses. This covers turning theses into journal articles, having a Working Paper series, or submitting to local journals for publication.

On February 1, 2016, theses writers from both the Tertiary Education Division (TED) and Graduate School of Education (GSE) underwent a seminar on the use of the American Psychological Association (APA) style at the Seminar Room of RCI Cainta.  APA style is a format for academic documents such as journal articles and books. The guidelines were developed to aid reading comprehension in the social and behavioral sciences, for clarity of communication, and for “word choice that at best reduces bias in language.” (Wikipedia)

TED and GSE Dean, Dr. Aldrin Darilag, talked about the importance of publications and how essential it is for a paper to have what he calls the journal impact factor. He discussed the components of the APA style, with examples and references to facilitate understanding. Moreover, he gave specific guidelines in writing publishable articles, including format and structure.

RCI TED and GSE graduation details announced

The Tertiary Education Division (TED) and the Graduate School of Education (GSE) of Roosevelt College, Inc. (RCI) will hold its 52nd commencement exercises on March 31, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at Teatro Marikina located at the corner of Shoe Avenue and V. Gomez Street, Barangay Sta. Elena, Marikina City. A baccalaureate mass will be held at Our Lady of the Abandoned Church in San Roque, Marikina City on March 29, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. The theme for this year’s graduation is Espousing Academic Excellence for Social Transformation.

Please take note of the following schedule of activities:

Date Time Activity Venue
March 22, 2017 College Convocation Program RCI Cainta Seminar Room
March 24, 2017 Pronouncement Day Pronouncement slips claimable at the Registrar’s Office
8:00 am–4:00 pm Graduation Rehearsals

*Wear school uniform with ID

RCI Cainta Gym or Quadrangle
March 29, 2017 10:30 am–12:00 nn Baccalaureate Mass Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, San Roque, Marikina City
2:00 pm onward Release of academic gown, program and invitation, access passes, and yearbook

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March 31, 2017 6:00 pm onward Commencement Exercises Teatro Marikina

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

RCI TED meets for stronger marketing plan

On February 1, the Tertiary Education Division (TED) teaching and non-teaching staff of Roosevelt College, Inc., (RCI) gathered to plan for ways to better market itself. TED and Graduate School Dean, Dr. Aldrin Darilag, led the marketing strategy planning of the TED capitalizing on three programs–Business, Education, and Information Technology.

“Language and the arts never go out of fashion,” asserted Ringwald Rommel P. Sarmiento II, Chair of the Institute of Liberal Arts. He recommended that short-term or associate courses be offered at RCI that could meet the demands of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, where many highly favored jobs are generated in the market today. The job skills in demand at BPOs are communication (business and conversational), training, foreign languages, creative writing and editing, and soft skills. Training for these competencies is to be delivered by experts in the field at RCI.

Meanwhile, Institute of Computer Studies Chair Angelito Lerit emphasized the need to come up with programs that address the digital-knowledge requirements of companies. He highlighted the good-quality education RCI delivers with the help of its experienced faculty and the continuous modernization of its IT facilities. Lerit is bent on exploring possible tie-ups with TESDA, implementing ladderized courses, and using open-source data application training programs to bring technology knowledge closer to RCI and its stakeholders.

Jenelyn L. Canapi, Institute of Business Administration and Center for Teacher Education Chair, suggested the formulation of short-term, technical-vocational programs such as classic bartending, travel and tours management, food and beverage management, baking, housekeeping, and front-desk operations. RCI can already offer these programs given that it has existing facilities and laboratories that are used by its Hotel and Restaurant Management students.

Elsa C. Tuazon, guidance counselor and part-time faculty of the Institute of Liberal Arts who is also an alumna of RCI, proposed a paradigm shift in marketing techniques and strategies by involving the RCI alumni association and the entire academic community, industry partners, parent-teacher associations, and agencies like the

Other suggestions from the TED staff to broaden marketing efforts included joining inter-school competitions in academics and sports; becoming involved in advocacies for better health, conserving the environment, protecting rights; and helping communities improve disaster-response systems, livelihood programs, early child development programs for at-risk children, and the like.

Members of the group added that TED could foster linkages with placement practitioners, industry, and other entities like JOBs180.com; partner with NGOs and government officials; and participate in sociocultural activities of the municipalities where RCI schools are situated. These activities would help make RCI’s target clientele realize that the school, as a member of the FEU group of schools, is evolving to ensure that it continues to improve its delivery of high-quality education relevant to its students and to the community.