Gates 2.5 and 3.5 Covered Walkway Project at Ateneo de Manila University

Date: 8 January 2016

Memo to: The University Community

From: Arch. Michael M. Canlas, Director

Subject: Gates 2.5 and 3.5 Covered Walkway Project

We are pleased to inform the community on the commencement of the above mentioned project this Saturday, 09 January 2016 . Project duration is 30 days.

Details of the Covered Walkway Project are as follows :

  1. Pedestrian Gate 2.5 connecting to JSEC
  2. Pedestrian Gate 3.5 connecting to Dr. Rosita and Ricardo Leong Hall

During the construction period , the Project Team will ensure consistent monitoring of site premises and work progress for its timely completion. All safety and security measures will be strictly observed in coordination with the Campus Safety and Mobility Office . The construction site will be cordoned off and boarded-up for dust and noise control and for the safety
of pedestrians and vehicles. A temporary walkway with security lights and corresponding safety and directional signs will be put in place for safe pedestrian mobility and efficient traffic management.

You may refer to attached site development plans for reference.

Thank you for your cooperation as we continually improve campus walkability.

For any concerns , please contact CFMO at local 4118 and Technical person in charge . ( Engr. Ronald Santos ) CP no. 0917-8530998.

Map of walkway from Gate 3.5 to Leong Hall of Ateneo de Manila University

Map of walkway from Gate 3.5 to Leong Hall of Ateneo de Manila University

Map of walkway from Gate 2.5 in Ateneo de Manila University

Map of walkway from Gate 2.5 in Ateneo de Manila University


New elective class by Dr. Reinabelle Reyes: Ps 195.2 Astrophysics


Ps 195.2 Introduction to Astrophysics by Reinabelle Reyes, Ph.D. Photo credit: “Milky Way Arch” by Bruno Gilli/ESO Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons –

The Physics Department will be offering an Astrophysics class this coming second semester and it’s open to students who have fulfilled the required science and math background below.
  • Course title: Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Course code: PS 195.2
  • Units: 3 units (This course can be credited as a Physics elective or free elective but not as an MSE elective)
  • Instructor: Reinabelle Reyes, Ph.D.
  • Course description: This is an introductory course in astronomy and astrophysics, with an emphasis on understanding the physical processes involved. Topics covered include stars, galaxies, and the birth and fate of the Universe. Students are expected to have a solid grounding in calculus-based physics and mathematics.
  • Prerequisites: PS 52 (or PS 32 or PS 42) and Ma 22.
  • Schedule: TBA as of now and during registration period to allow students of varied schedules to enroll but please note that the teacher prefers a TH 2-5 schedule, so it would help if you could keep that time slot open.


Clint Bennett
Undergraduate Coordinator
Department of Physics

Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 8 December 2015

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary (Photo from Loyola Schools Campus Ministry)

MEMO TO: The Loyola Schools Community

FROM : John Paul C. Vergara, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Loyola Schools

SUBJECT: Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the occasion of her feast on 8 December 2015

I invite all administrators, faculty, professionals, students, staff and maintenance personnel of the Loyola Schools to attend the Mass in honor of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the occasion of her
feast on

8 December 2015, Tuesday
9:45 to 11:00 a.m.
Church of the Gesu

Recitation of the Rosary
9:30 a.m.

Fr. Cesar R. Marin, S.J., Loyola Schools Chaplain for Professionals and Students, will be the main celebrant and homilist.  All priests are invited to concelebrate.

I encourage everyone to wear the Marian colors of white or blue.  I also invite the community to bring flowers as an offering to the Blessed Mother during the Eucharistic Celebration.

To enable everyone to participate in the Eucharistic celebration, final exams and work of all personnel are suspended from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The Rizal Library (New Building, Old Building, Matteo Ricci, and CTC 101) however, will remain open but services may be limited or available only in certain sections.

Novena masses in preparation for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will start on 24 November 2015, Tuesday, at 12:00 p.m., at the College Chapel.

Thank you very much.

Change in Loyola Schools Monday to Friday Class Schedules for 2nd Semester SY 2015-2016

1 December 2015

Memo To: The Loyola Schools Community
From: John Paul C. Vergara, PhD.
Vice President for the Loyola Schools
Subject: Change in the Loyola Schools Monday to Friday Class Schedules Effective Second Semester of School Year 2015-2016

This is to inform the Loyola Schools Community that in consultation with the student body and with the community in the regular School Forum on 9 October 2015, the Loyola Schools Administrative Council in its meeting on 6 November 2015 approved for pilot implementation the change in the Monday to Friday class schedules in the second semester of SY 2015-2016 as detailed below.

With the start of regular classes at 8:00 a.m., Physical Education (PE) classes will start at 7:30 a.m. M-W-F classes will still be 1-hour per session and T-TH classes still at 1.5 hours per session. A new M-F early evening time slot for undergraduate classes is scheduled from 6:30-8:00 p.m. All evening classes will still end no later than 9:00 p.m.

I am requesting the undergraduate students to communicate this new schedule with their parents/guardians, especially the change in the students’ activity hour from 4:30-6:00 p.m. to 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays.

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Condolence to the family of Mr. Wilson Ong

The Department of Physics and the School of Science and Engineering wish to express our condolences to the family of Mr. Wilson Ong who passed away due to cardiac arrest last 23 November 2015 at the age of 57. He is the father of Matthew Ong, our student on his 5th year taking BS Applied Physics with Materials Science and Engineering (APS-MSE),

Though the wake has already ended last Friday, 27 November, we would be grateful to the Ateneo community for prayers for the repose of the soul of Mr. Wilson Ong, and for the comfort and support of Matthew and his family on their father’s untimely demise.

Maraming salamat po.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.”  (2 Corinthians 1: 3-4)

–Dr. James Bernard Simpas
Department of Physics
School of Science and Engineering
Ateneo de Manila University

Brochure for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Department of Physics last Oct 10, 2015

One Big Bang! The Physics Department celebrates 50 years of quality education, research and service. This first part of the brochure contains the cover page and the program of activities for Oct 10, 2015, while the second part contains the Physics Department’s History and Research Areas. The brochure was designed by Mr. Clint Bennett.


One Big Bang! The Physics Department celebrates 50 years of quality education, research and service. This part of the brochure contains the cover page and the program of activities for Oct 10, 2015.The brochure was designed by Mr. Clint Bennett.


This part of the brochure covers the Physics Department’s History and the Research Areas

Proposed Accompaniment Road Map for the Ateneo Physics Department

Roadmap Ateneo Physics - Set 12 - Roadmap Summary A3 printing(1)


  • November 2014 to June 2015: Individual Interviews, Focus Groups
  • January-June 2015: Executive Coaching of the Chair and the Dean


  • July 19-21, 2015: 3-day Synergy Development and Validation Dialogue
  • Started September 18, 2015, on going: Monitoring and Evaluation of Workshop Agreements

A. Task: Follow-through, Validate

  • Document committee meetings and faculty meetings
  • Continuously monitor action points agreed in Punta de Fabian
  • Evaluate the results of implementation of the agreed upon action points
  • Review the summary of organizational assessment results and select additional items that can be addressed

B. Relationship: Build-up, Create Circles, Affirm

  • Celebrate accomplished action points
  • Affirm individuals and groups
  • Set-up common area (lounge) where people can be together informally and chat
  • Create other forms of “coming together”


  • Strategic Planning
  • Development of Department’s Operational Plan (DOP)

A. Task: Document, Enhance, Assess

  • Arrive at consensus on the actions, processes and priorities that align individual and the entire group in the accomplishment of the Department’s overall direction
  • Set up systems, structures and mechanisms to implement the Strategy Direction
  • Develop and/or strengthen committees and its inter-function
  • Develop standards of efficient and effective processes
  • Document and assess impact of existing processes
  • Craft procedures/processes aligned with the standards

B. Relationship: Listen More, Reach Out More

  • Continuously affirm each other’s accomplishments
  • Continuously practice listening and effective feedback
  • Facilitate more discussion and exchanges between faculty, staff and students

Ensure that faculty are practicing “cura personalis” in taking care of the students


  • Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of the DOP

A. Task: Monitor, Sustain, Honor

  • Ensure that systems, structures, and mechanisms are functioning well through regular monitoring and evaluation
  • Provide immediate response to gaps and needs
  • Review and affirm accomplishments
  • Facilitate the Physics Department’s effective relations with each other and with other departments and schools

B. Relationship: Get Involved, own-Up, Celebrate

  • Claim the “wins” and correct the misaligned
  • Facilitate open discussion and exchanges between and among faculty, staff and students
  • Community celebrations of Department’s accomplishments
  • Pro-actively affirm work-life generating forces
  • Encourage people to do and behave in accordance with the department’s shared vision, mission, values
  • Ensure the presence of the members of the Physics Department in University occasions
  • Imagine more possibilities for the practice of core values (the “DNA” of the Physics Department)


  • Institutionalization of the Ateneo Physics Department’s Desired Culture (in consonance with the University’s Vision-Mission-Values)

Work Schedule for October and November 2015 in Ateneo de Manila University

Date : 20 October 2015
Memo to: The University Community From:

Fr. Nemesio S. Que, SJ Vice President

Subject:Work Schedule for October & November

I wish to inform the community that all university offices shall observe
the following work schedule for the months of October and November 2015:

A. Regular work schedule

  • 2 November, Monday
  • 17 November, Tuesday
  • 20-21 November, Friday and Saturday

B. Work is Suspended/ Declared Regular Holidays and Special Days

  • 31 October, Saturday before All Saints Day
  • 1 November, Sunday, All Saints Day
  • 18-19 November, Wednesday and Thursday, Special (Non-Working) Days in
    the NCR
  • 30 November, Monday, Bonifacio Day

Offices that are directly involved in basic services, such as campus maintenance, connectivity, safety, and emergency preparedness should ensure that a skeleton force will be in place for continuity of operations.

For your information and guidance.

Ateneo Campus Ministry: Suggested prayers before class


Some suggested prayers before class


O Spirit of God, we ask you to help orient
All our actions by your inspirations,
Carry them on by your gracious assistance,
That every prayer and work of ours
May always begin from you
And through you be happily ended.


Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labor and not to ask for reward,
Save that of knowing that I do your will.
will affect everything.


Nothing is more practical
than finding God,
that is, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you will do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, what you know that breaks your heart,
and what amazes you
with joy and gratitude.
Fall in love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

(Since these are not addressed to God, these words by Fr. Arrupe are less of a prayer and more of an exhortation to love.)


Gracious God,

Thank you for the gift of today.
Refresh me. Invite me to discover your presence
In each person that I meet
And every event that I encounter.
Teach me when to speak and when to listen,
When to ponder and when to share.
In moments of challenge and decision
Attune my heart to the whisperings of your Wisdom.
As I undertake ordinary and unnoticed tasks,
Gift me with simple joy.
When my day goes well, may I rejoice.
When it grows difficult, surprise me with new possibilities.
When life is overwhelming,
Call me to Sabbath moments
To restore your Peace and Harmony.
May my living today reveal your Goodness.



Let us begin with a moment of silence to welcome God’s

Good and Loving God,
we thank you for creating the world in all its beauty.
We thank you for memory, which enables us to build
on the experiences of the past;
For imagination, which admits us to a wider world
than we could otherwise know;
And for foresight, by which we plan for the future.
Bless this unseen work that we do
on behalf of our students who,
through their Jesuit education,
will strive to make a difference in the world.
We ask this in Your name.



Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator,
True source of light and fountain of wisdom!
Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect,
Dissipate the darkness which covers me,
that of sin and of ignorance.

Grant me a penetrating mind to understand,
a retentive memory,
Method and ease in learning,
the lucidity to comprehend,
And abundant grace in expressing myself.

Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress,
And bring it to successful completion.
This I ask through Christ, our Lord.






Dr. Raphael Guerrero as OIC of the Department of Physics for Oct 14-16, 2015

Dr. Raphael Guerrero, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Ateneo de Manila University

This is to inform the Loyola Schools community that Dr. James Bernard B.. Simpas, Chair of the Department of Physics, will be on leave from October 14-16, 2015 to give a talk om Extreme Weather Events and Disaster Preparedness in Visayas State University.

In his absence, Dr. Raphael A. Guerrero, Associate Professor, will be Officer-in-Charge of the Department.
For the guidance of all concerned.
Victoria M. Cabason

Assistant to the Dean
School of Science and Engineering
426-6001 local 5601