Welcome Night

Viscans waited for more than two and a half years for the return of face-to-face classes. And the university did not disappoint in providing them a very warm welcome that gathered more than 5,000 students inside the newly expanded VSU Gymnatorium.

VSU Welcome Night 2022 was held on the evening of September 16, 2022, which concluded the weeklong onboarding program aimed at orienting students about important policies and guidelines followed in the university, their college and in their respective academic departments.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Services (OVPSAS) spearheaded this activity in partnership with the University Supreme Student Council Federation (USSCF) and other student organizations within the VSU Main Campus in Baybay City, Leyte.

The event ran for more than two hours that mainly showcased the talents of VSU students.

Different band groups performed in the Welcome Night with dance presentations from selected course-related organizations.

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It also included fun-filled games that gave students an opportunity to showcase their coachella-inspired outfits—which in contemporary fashion is a bohemian style clothing using natural fabrics, retro patterns, neutrals and warm shades that are merged with 70s style accents and a flair for statement accessories.

USSCF also used the opportunity to introduce their new set of officers from the Student Regent down to the officers of USSC-Baybay and the different college student councils.

Princess Rey Ann Lene E. Romo, a junior student taking up Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology (BSMB) is the newly-elected Chairperson of the USSCF making her the 25th Student Regent of the five-campus VSU system.

In her message, Princess thanked the participation of all students in the successful staging of the VSU Welcome Night 2022 making it the biggest single gathering in the university during the pandemic.

The Student Regent also committed to spearhead more relevant student activities including the provision of better student services under her stewardship of the student council.

Free rides for students around the VSU campus

Dr. Aleli A. Villocino, the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services, delivered the welcome remarks on behalf of VSU President Dr. Edgardo E. Tulin.

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In her speech, Dr. Villocino announced the offering of free rides for all students during the second week of the opening of classes for this school year.

“I understand that you’re still currently adjusting as to how sprawling our campus is. That’s why I’m happy to announce that with the approval of VSU President Tulin, we will be deploying our Tuyoks [biodiesel-powered vehicles] and some of our buses to serve our students for free starting next week,” the Vice President declared.

This service will be made available for the whole day to facilitate better mobility of students around the VSU campus.

Dr. Villocino hopes that this service will provide a little convenience to the students as they start their full face-to-classes in the coming days. 

In a memorandum order circulated in the morning of September 19, the route of this free transport service was revealed along with the schedule and its designated stopovers.

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The university is opening this free transport service as part of its exploratory projects in improving student services within the VSU Main Campus.

“We are deploying the free transport to assess the feasibility of maintaining this service. With very unpredictable weather conditions that we have here in our campus, we know that this will surely help our students transfer from one classroom to the other without the consequence of getting late in their respective classes,” Dr. Villocino added.

Since the start of the pandemic, free transport services were also made available to faculty and staff who travel daily from Baybay City proper to the VSU campus and vice versa. 

On top of that, there were also free transport services offered for faculty and staff who transit the Albuera to VSU campus route.

The free ride for VSU students was implemented today, September 19, 2022.

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Student population in the VSU Main Campus alone is estimated to be at 8,000 students with the College of Agriculture and Food Science (CAFS) having the most number of enrollees for this school year.

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