National Scientist Angel Alcala, a trustee of Silliman University in Dumaguete City, and holds the rank of professor emeritus, was among the 11 Filipino alumni inducted into the first-ever Fulbright Philippines Hall of Fame.
The award was given in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright program in the Philippines, hosted by the Philippine-American Educational Foundation in Manila recently, a press release from SU said.
Alcala, who had also served Silliman as president, was a recipient of a Fulbright-Smith Mundt Fellowship for a master’s degree program in biology at Stanford University in 1959. He has written over 200 books and publications, and often serves as reference for topics on community ecology, biogeography and systematics of Philippine amphibians and reptiles.
His extensive research work has received numerous awards and distinctions in the country and abroad, including the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1992 and the Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation.
PAEF is the longest continuously-running Fulbright Commission in the world and the oldest international educational exchange program in the Philippines. Since 1948, PAEF has awarded Fulbright grants to nearly 3,000 Filipinos and close to 1,000 Americans to study, teach, lecture, and conduct research in the United States and the Philippines, the press release also said.
Meanwhile, SU and General Milling Corp. recently entered into a memorandum of understanding to further bolster academic offering and services, particularly at the College of Agriculture.
The MoU, signed by Silliman president Ben Malayang III and Joselito Parco, GMC executive vice president, aims to facilitate academic and technical exchange and collaboration between Silliman and GMC.
GMC will provide technical assistance to the University in setting up animal science laboratories, and making available internship and career opportunities to Silliman students, the press release said.
Silliman vice president for Development Jane Annette Belarmino, VP for Finance and Administration Fe Marie Tagle, and College of Agriculture dean Chona Javier were also present at the signing ceremony, the press release added.*
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