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

Appointment of Dr. James Simpas as Physics Department Chair from 2013-2016

Man beside an instrument

Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas, Chair of the Department of Physics (1 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2016)

 30 September 2015

MEMO TO :   The Loyola Schools and Central Administration Offices
FROM : John Paul C. Vergara, Ph.D., Vice President for the Loyola Schools
SUBJECT :  Updated List of Loyola Schools Administrators, First Semester SY 2015-2016 (supersedes community
announcement dated 13 August 2015)

School of Science and Engineering (SOSE)

Office of the Dean

Dr. Evangeline P. Bautista
1 April 2014 to 31 March 2017

Ms. Victoria M. Cabason
Assistant to the Dean
1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016
Engr. Ma. Leonora C. Guico
Coordinator for Research
1 April 2015 to 31 May 2016

Mr. Guillermo Paolo M. Agloro, Jr.
Coordinator for Student Exchange
1 April 2015 to 31 May 2016
SOSE Departments, Programs, and Centers

Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas
Chair, Department of Physics
1 April 2013 to 31 March 2016

Physics Freshman SOSE Camp on Aug 3, 2015


Departmental Talk

  • 09:55 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. – Dr. James Bernard B. Simpas, Chairperson Department of Physics
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. – Physics Laboratory Tour


  • 10:55 – 11:00 – Trivia Game (with prizes)
  • 11:00 – 11:05 – Ms. Ali Miranda (BS APS-MSE)
  • 11:05 – 11:10 – AVP LeaPs
  • 11:10 – 11:15 -Mr. Lean Palma (BS PS)
  • 11:15 – 11:40 – Group Task (with group prize)
  • 11:40 – 11:55 – “Why Physics?” and Group Photo Ops

Job Opening: Laboratory Technician II for the Physics Department

Laboratory Technicians

Laboratory Technicians of the Department of Physics of Ateneo de Manila University

This Job Vacancy is under the Category A of the Employee Referral Program


Department of Physics, Loyola Schools


Under the supervision of the Chairperson/Technical Director, the Laboratory Technician II carries out work assignments required for the efficient operation of the Physics workshop and laboratories.

Job Description:

  1. Constructs /fabricates physics laboratory/ demonstration apparatus based on working drawing and technical description provided by faculty member/technical director with the use of a variety of hand tools, woodworking machines, general machine shop equipments, measuring instruments.
  2. Constructs/ fabricates electronic equipment prototypes for
    faculty/students research projects based on working drawing approved by the
    technical director.
  3. Maintains and repairs Physics laboratory equipment and computers in
    the Department.
  4. Provide Technical Support (electro-mechanics): (a) Interprets working drawings and technical description of construction/fabrication projects. (b) Prepares detailed shop plan, bill of materials, and cost estimates. (c) Contributes in the design and fabrication of jigs/fixtures/tools. (c) Contributes in the planning, design, and implementation of workshop facilities improvement. (d) Performs the complex shop procedures and difficult trouble-shoots of faculty equipment. (e) Performs calibration procedures of instruments.
  5. Manages Laboratory Facilities and Supplies: (a) Schedules laboratory experiments in consultation with the faculty members concerned. (b) Acts as custodian of SEC Workshop equipment and tools. (c) Prepares and maintains control issuance for departmental and inter-departmental loans. (d) Prepares apparatus for laboratory or lecture session. (e) Tracks stock levels of consumables, laboratory supplies and hardware items, and submits the list for replenishment to the laboratory
    coordinator. (f) Purchases consumable and non-consumable supplies for (SEC) shop and
    laboratories as directed by the Facilities and Workshop Supervisor/
    Technical Director. (g) Recommends improvement and purchase of the laboratory materials/equipment and the Physics facilities. (h) Proper arrangement of machines, tools, equipments in the workshop.
  6. Performs other duties consistent with the above-stated functions of
    this position.


  • College Graduate
  • With 3-5 years of experience in Electronics, and machining, a must
  • Knowledge in the use of variety of hand tools, wood working
    machines, general machines, shop equipment and measuring instrument
  • Familiarity with various electronics / electrical components
  • Proficiency in the use of electronic test instrument
  • Knowledge in MS Office application and computer repairs
  • With people and communication skills

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. Letter of intent addressed to HR Director duly endorsed by
    your supervisor, indicating (a) why you want to apply for the position, (b) why you think you are qualified for the position, and (c) what you can contribute to the office if you were hired in this
  2. Letter of Recommendation from your immediate supervisor (see
    attached template).

The above stated documents, along with your updated resume must be submitted on or before 04 August 2015 to:

Christine L. Velasco
HR Officer I
Workforce Planning and Capability Development
Office of Human Resource Management and Organization

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Workforce Planning & Capability Development
Office of Human Resource Management & Organization Development
4266001 loc. 4158