NWU-CES hosts Regional Seminar-Workshop in English Language Education
Northwestern University has again proven that it is an institution of higher learning with a mission of promoting quality education. This was evident during the Regional Seminar-Workshop in English Language Education hosted by the Center for English Studies last November 21-22, 2009.

A total of 110 participants attended the two-day seminar at the New Media Hall. They came from different school districts namely: Division of Ilocos Norte, Division of Laoag City, Division of Ilocos Sur and Division of Vigan City. There were also participants from Region 2 and from Mariano Marcos State University.
Northwesternians Shine via the Sikat Songwriting Contest
We did it again. Northwesternians continues to shine in contests and events in both the local and national and international scenes. The latest, placing second in the nationwide songwriting contest organized by Sikat, an organization dedicated to combating the dangers of global warming through advancement of alternative power sources.

The song is entitled Sikat , and was composed by singer/songwriter and Marketing Officer of NWU, Spider Rodas. Mr. Rodas, together with, Acting DSA Karl Lenin Benigno, and NWU After 6, NWU's official employees band, arranged the song and recorded it as an entry to the contest.

"Parang hindi ko inexpect na mananalo kami," quips Rodas and Benigno. Rodas is currently the writer/composer of the Speechless speech choir pieces, as well as two graduation songs written for NWU while Benigno currently heads the NWU After 6 Band.
NWU Owls Pep Squad garners 3rd Place in the Regional Qualifiers
The NWU Owls more popularly known as the "Saguday Pep Squad" bagged 3rd place during the National Cheer leading Championship (Regional Qualifying Competition) held at the University of Cordillera (UC) in Baguio City last November 29, 2009.

The team consisting of 28 members, was accompanied by Mr. Karl Lenin Benigno, the Dean for Student Affairs, Ms. Elizabeth Palafox, Cultural Affairs Coordinator, Vermon Lamug, the musical director, Mr. Jed Morida, student assistant and Mr. Mark Anthony Agorilla, choreographer.
Lantern Festival
The Corporate Planning Office, spearheaded by the Marketing Division, hosted the yearly Lantern Parade last December 17, at the University Freedom Park. This was to commemorate the start of the holiday season with the spirit of oneness. With this year's theme, "Championing Adversity with Christmas Joy", the year-end event was actively participated by both the students and employees. 34 lanterns were submitted and showcased.

The activity began with the parade of lanterns at the freedom park with the NWU Marching Band playing Yuletide carols. Entertainment numbers were also rendered by The Saguday Chorale, High School Department’s re-enactment of the Nativity Presentation and the NWU After 5.
Northwestern University Passes ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification Audit

Northwestern University once again achieved another milestone in its history as it was recommended for ISO 9001:2008 certification after passing the stringent audit by the Anglo Japanese American Registrars (AJA) auditors on November 12-13, 2009.

"The quality management system of the University is now in adherence to ISO 9001:2008 standard. The audit team marked improvement of your system along the areas of faculty development, infrastructure, values formation and capability building," the team leader, Prof. Remedios C. Cagulada said during the exit conference with the members of the administration and the middle-level management of the University.

NWU Students and Employees Join Filming of "EMIR"

The Film Development Council of the Philippines, assisted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) visited Northwestern University to hold open auditions for the full-length movie musical, "Emir" directed by acclaimed director Chito Roño.

Old members of our very own Saguday Dance Troup, selected students from NWU and some employees were hired as talents for the film. 3rd and 4th year Mass Communication students were able to perform their on the job training and served as production assistants for the director and his crew. Herbert Delim a graduating Mass Communications student stated, "Our exposure to the mechanics of film making and direction was an unexpected treat. To witness these personalities at work was inspiring. Never did I think that I would be able to meet such celebrities in the industry."

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