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FU 61st year theme to highlight change


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Fresh from its successful celebration of its 60th anniversary last year, Foundation University is celebrating its 61st anniversary with a call for everyone to be part of the wellness generation.

“FU@61. The wellness generation. Apil Tanan!” is this year’s slogan which goes beyond the realm of sports.

And you can count on FU’s wellness champion, Dr. Aparicio Mequi, to explain this theme. “The concept of wellness implies personal transformation, or behavioral change. It is both an inward and outward transformation that is manifested by behavioral change in the way a person adopts a wellness lifestyle.”

As the word wellness implies drastic behavioral change, the meaning projected by the theme is “change” or “transformation” and a challenge to everyone and for all to meet as a matter of choice, Mequi says.

The second dimension to the theme, he said, is that it jibes with the change advocated by the new administration of P.Noy Aquino, as our new President wants to be called.

“Hence, the call of the times is all about change, transformation, behavioral and systems change.”

And in keeping with this theme, the graduating class of 2014 is adopting the name “Transformers”.

Foundation University, founded on July 4, 1949, will start its 61st anniversary celebration with a Diana on Monday at 4 a.m. at the FU Green fronting the home of University President Dr. Mira D. Sinco, to be participated by administrators, the Abuhuni Choir and the University Band.

This will be followed by a dawn parade at 5 a.m. from the Rizal boulevard to the FU Green. This activity, initiated by the FU Student Government, will culminate in a community Thanksgiving Mass with Fr. Julius Heruela, the campus minister, at the FU Green.

Like previous Founders’ Day celebrations, everyone partakes of breakfast after the Holy Mass. The administrators, faculty, staff and students will also have parlor games at 8 a.m.

The Academic Opening Convocation has been scheduled at 3 p.m. on July 9 with Dumaguete Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova as speaker.

After the convocation, everyone will walk to the Rizal Boulevard for the Dal-uy ceremony, a Japanese-inspired tradition in honor of the University’s pioneers.

The 61st Founding Anniversary celebration will be capped by the holding of the first Leandro G. Sinco Duathlon, a run-bike-run event covering a distance of 38 kilometers starting and ending at the Robinson’s Mall Dumaguete . This event, to be held starting at 5 a.m. on Sunday, July 11, will take participants from Dumaguete to barangays Calabnugan in Sibulan, Balili, Cambucad and Palinpinon in Valencia and back. (PR)

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