BSU marks its 5th year as a university

MALAYBALAY CITY – To mark its 5th year as a
university, the Bukidnon State University started its celebration
today with religious services and a singing competition among faculty,
personnel, and students.

Classes were suspended in the afternoon to start the two-day
celebration marking the 88-year old institution’s elevation into a
university in 2007 by virtue of Republic Act No. 9456.

The main events of the celebration will be held on Friday, June 22,
including a motorcade, cultural shows, and displays of sky lanterns
and fireworks. The cultural show will feature performances from the
university’s acclaimed chorale, dance troupe, brass band, and
rondalla.

The College of Community Education and Industrial Technology will also
launch its Alternative Learning System Radio-based Instruction with
the Department of Education.

Students from different colleges will also hold respective activities,
according to the celebration timetable released by the university.

One of the highlights of the celebration is the unveiling of a
portrait of founder William H. Pickell, who will be represented in the
ceremony by some of his descendants.

Pickell was an American school superintendent for Bukidnon who opened
in 1924 the Bukidnon Provincial High School, a two-year secondary
school during the American period. In 1929, BPH was transformed into
Bukidnon Normal School, which was set up to train elementary school
teachers for the provinces of Northern Mindanao and the neighboring
regions. It was then re-named Bukidnon State College in 1976.

BSU, which projects itself as a “special place for teaching and
learning,” is one of the two state universities in the province. The
other one, Central Mindanao University, which was formerly the
Bukidnon Agricultural School, became a university in 1965.

BSU now has seven colleges, namely the colleges of Law; Arts and
Sciences; Business Administration, Accountancy and Information
Technology; Teacher Education; Community Education and Industrial
Technology; Nursing; and Graduate school. It also houses laboratory
schools in kindergarten, elementary, and high school.

In its website, BSU with its population of more than 11, 000 students
describes itself as “one of the leading educational institutions
serving the people not only in Mindanao but also the country in
general.” (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News)