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NORSU marks 6th charter anniversary as state university

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (25 June) -- The Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) is celebrating its 6th Charter Anniversary as a state university today (June 25) with the theme "Nurturing Desire for Harmony of Man and Nature."

The celebration kicked off with a Thanksgiving Mass at the University Cultural Complex, 7:30 a.m. with Fr. Clyde B. Flores, university chaplain, celebrant, followed by an All University Academic Convocation with NORSU President Dr. Henry A. Sojor as speaker.

Other activities slated today are the oath taking of federated NORSU student government officers for school year 2010-2011; repertoire of talents of students; and fellowship luncheon of faculty, staff, administrators and guests.

The House of Representatives and the Senate on June 10, 2004 passed Republic Act No. 9299 known as "An Act Converting Central Visayas Polytechnic College (CVPC) to Negros Oriental State University."

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo then signed this on June 25, 2004.

The draft of the conversion bill from CVPC to NORSU was made by Dr. Sojor, said NORSU Information Officer Joy Perez in a statement.

Perez said the bill was sponsored by then Congressman Herminio G. Teves et al in the House of Representatives and by then Senator Sergio Osmena lll in the Senate.

Said bill involved the integration of other institutions in the province: Genaro Goni Memorial College (GGMC) in the City of Bais, the Siaton Community College (SCC) in the Municipality of Siaton, and the Mabinay Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Municipality of Mabinay.

Dr. Sojor is the first president of NORSU, from August 19, 2004 to July 12, 2008. The NORSU Board of Regents (BOR) passed Resolution #5 series of 2008, "approving the reappointment of Dr. Sojor as NORSU president from July 13, 2008 to July 12, 2012" - signed by the members of BOR led by CHED Commissioner Nona S. Ricafort. Sojor served as the 2nd president of CVPC from Aug. 1,1991 to 2004, following lawyer Marcelo C. Jalandoon. (PIA/rmn) [top]

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