The Department of Forest Products and Paper Science (DFPPS) hosted the Balik-FPPS Alumni Lecture Series last April 4, 2023 at the Armando A. Villaflor Lecture Hall of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources complex.
This activity was initiated for the department and its alumni to share updates in the different fields of forest products and paper science, maintain good relations and camaraderie among the DFPPS constituents, and inspire students to take courses in areas related to forest products and paper science.
The program was opened by Dr. Analyn Codilan, associate dean of CFNR, who commended DFPPS and its alumni and expressed her hopes that they will be able to continue holding the activity for years.
Two alumni under the BS Forest Products Engineering (FPE) shared with the audience their knowledge and experience in paper technology and mindful leadership at the event.
One of them was Engr. Noel Matienzo, an FPE graduate in 1988, who now works for Heimbach GmBH (a paper and machine clothing company) as a Technical Service Support for Greater Asia.
For over 30 years, Matienzo has worked in various paper industries in the country and abroad. During his lecture, he shared information about the new developments in the machines used in the papermaking process.
The second speaker was Dr. Stephanie Dygico Gapud. She graduated BS FPE in 1991 and MSc in Forestry in 1997. She worked at UPLB for several years, teaching wood science and technology laboratory courses.
She obtained her MBA in 2015 from Spring Hill College and her doctorate in Business Administration at the University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business in 2019.
She is an assistant professor at the Division of Business, Spring Hill College, Alabama, in the United States.
Dr. Gapud discussed the topic ‘Fighting Fire with Mindful Leadership: Lesson from Alabama Wildland Firefighters,’ to tell about how organizations can efficiently work through mindful leadership.
Dr. Aileen A. Jara, DFPPS chair, closed the program, thanking everyone who was present. CFNR and CEAT students, retired FPPS professors and alumni, and other CFNR staff and officials attended the event. (CFNR CIMRC)