With the theme, “OAR towards 2020 and beyond”, the Office of Alumni Relations re-introduced its services through a launching event with the UST administrators, Thomasian alumni associations, chapters and groups, and partner merchants last September 29, 2015.
In her opening remarks, Asst. Prof. Fides Maria Lourdes F. Carlos, Director of OAR, mentioned that “the primary task of the OAR, as reiterated to her by Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., Rector Magnificus of UST, is to rekindle the ties and fortify the friendship between the university and her alumni. The basic expectation from the OAR is to make the alumni happy.”
Initially, OAR was fused with the Public Affairs Office known before as Public and Alumni Affairs Office (PAAO). Under the rectorship of Rev. Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, O.P, it was decided that these two offices, the Public Affairs and the Alumni Relations, be separated as they have their own distinct responsibilities and tasks. Thus, in 2007, the OAR stands apart from Public Affairs Office.
From the comeback of annual Job Fairs, increased number of partner industries, the creation and revival of alumni chapters and groups through the SIMBAHAYAN in 2011, and more, OAR has continuously developed its high quality standard of services to timely respond to the current needs of the alumni and to continuously enthused them to stay connected and engaged in various collaborations.
Labelled as OAR’s “labors of love”, Asst. Prof. Carlos presented the OAR’s primer; the Audio visual presentations, which included its past activities, brief presentation of its services, and a documentary named “Pillars”; the OAR’s website; and the project “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars 2”. The Primer contained a small introductory about OAR and the recent engagement and collaborative opportunities that the alumni can participate. Meanwhile, Pillars was a documentary about UST seen in the eyes of her alumni. The user-friendly and versatile website, designed by Mr. Juan Miguel Alvarez, an alumnus of the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, is the go-to location of the alumni to keep themselves informed and updated of various alumni-related news and events. Lastly, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars 2”, is a fund-raising project which was initiated last 2014, wherein alumni will have to buy stars in varying denominations (500php for a yellow star, 200php for a blue star, 100php for a green star, and 50php for a pink star). In 2014, the amount garnered was used to buy nebulizers for University of Santo Tomas Hospital-Clinical Division (USTH-CD) Pediatric Ward. This year, the proceeds of the project shall be given to two beneficiaries namely the Antonio Vivencio del Rosario UST Heritage Library and AKTIBOTO, voters education program headed by Mr. Raymond John Naguit of University of Santo Tomas Commission on Elections.
After the short program, the audience received their own copies of the primer. They were also asked to personally browse through the website with the laptops that were set.