Remember UP ACM, the Filipino student organization who made the news last year after winning two of the five ACM International Student Chapter Excellence Awards? Well, I’ve got some news for you.
UP ACM has done it again!
The organization has won the 2005-2006 Excellence Award for Outstanding Community Service, the same category it won last year. Aside from bagging $500, UP ACM has reinforced the pride and competitiveness of the Philippines in the international scene; after all, what arena could be better than ACM, the world’s foremost society in computing?
If you’re quite the skeptical person, then visit the ACM Student Chapter Excellence program homepage. Of the other winners, two came from the USA, one from Russia, and the last from Greece. The last time I checked, there were around 750 international student chapters of the ACM. UP ACM, a young org based in UP Diliman’s Department of Computer Science, now holds the distinction of being a three-time winner.
Actually, UP ACM was informed of its triumph less than a month ago through email (see the official message from ACM’s Local Activities in the UP ACM Blog), but I refrained from breaking the news to a greater part of the blogosphere until the list of winners appeared in the ACM Student Chapter site.
Readers of Crimson Crux from way back (its Blogspot days) probably know that I was an officer of UP ACM for more than a year. Reminiscing my role as ’successful’ Chapter Excellence essay-writer, I wrote the majority of the essays this year as some sort of farewell gift to the organization just before I graduated.
How did we win the award for Outstanding Community Service? Here’s a snippet of text from the winning essay:
Last year, our Chapter’s community service focused on feeding the minds of the youth with practical IT knowledge. This year, UP ACM has taken on a three-pronged approach that broadens the reach of our service. We put in a lot of effort in holding three activities that catered to three age brackets: (1) the Summer Computer Literacy Outreach Program, for the children; (2) the City College of Manila Seminar, for the adolescents; and (3) the TESDA Seminars, for the adults.
This year’s encore is great, but I’d be the first to admit that last year’s double triumph (the result of our first attempt to join the Awards, no less!) had greater magnitude. Here’s a blast from the past:
- Inq7.net news article, by Erwin Oliva
- The Filipino Can Do It (Slip of the Pen)
- Updates on UP ACM’s Triumph (Crimson Crux)
- News.up.edu.ph news article, also appeared in print in the UP Newsletter
Here’s one looking to more awards for UP ACM, an organization that espouses four missions — service to the Department, service to the University, service to the Community, and service to the Nation. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
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