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Pinoy Student Org Beats the World…Again » Crimson Crux



Pinoy Student Org Beats the World…Again

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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:

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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12 Responses to “Pinoy Student Org Beats the World…Again”

  1. ia Says:

    Finally some post in here! Maybe Slippy’s next?

    Dang that website award again. Maybe we/they should make a Friendster clone or sumfin. =\

  2. Mia Says:

    Whoa, congrats! :D

  3. Corsarius Says:

    Ia, yep, a post over at the lit blog’s certainly next. Long overdue! The website award seems elusive, but we’ll get to that in due time…we just need a council that espouses its use by the whole org all year ’round.

    Mia, thank you so much! :D

  4. Local ACM Student Chapter Wins Award for Community Service -- Pinoy Tech Blog - The Philippines’ Premier Technology Blog Says:

    [...] Via Crimson Crux: UP ACM … 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? [...]

  5. rom Says:

    Yeah, frankly, i am disappointed with the org’s website. I am hoping to get more people to volunteer and re-design it to make it more useful. Blog on one site, forum on another, photo gallery on yet another site, shesh!

  6. dous Says:

    I’m not really good in English but I just think that should have been “UP ACM has done it again”, not “UP ACM has did it again”…

  7. Corsarius Says:

    Sir Rom, hopefully next year UP ACM can finally nail the best website award, hehe.

    Aldous, thanks man. Sheesh, what a childish grammatical error. Corrected. Thanks again.

  8. ACM * stellify.net Says:

    [...] Anyway, UP ACM has gone through a lot in the short time it’s been revitalized and opened to the undergrads. The biggest issue was getting members, convincing them to join us. Often in comparison to Cursor (or CompSoc, or even UnPLUG). I think we did our very best to make the most out of our longer-than-one-year term. The org has made a name for itself inside the Department, the College, the University, and the rest of the world. If you’re geeky like us, and believe that technology can make a difference, then you should be part of it. You don’t need to be an expert. Just advocate. [...]

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    [...] *UP ACM’s triumph was first announced in Crimson Crux, by former UP ACM officer and UP DCS graduate, Phillip Kimpo Jr. (No Ratings Yet)  Loading …     [...]

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    [...] Congratulations to UnPLUG and the University! Modesty aside, I’m honored to have been an officer of the organization, even for just a few months. Other members of Team SFD Philippines ‘06 include the Philippine Linux Users’ Group, UP ACM, the UPD Department of Computer Science, Bluepoint, and Alpha Phi Omega. [...]

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    [...] UP ACM has done it again. Yes, yes, the Filipino has won again, bigtime! Read my announcement on Crimson Crux for complete details. Ang galing ng Pinoy! [If you’ve been wondering where the hell this corsair has been, this’ll sum it up for you: In the last three months, I’ve went to two major family reunions slash vacations in Kalibo and Boracay, which ultimately resulted in a lot of work piling up. I’ll give a little story on Boracay this weekend.] [...]

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