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Pseudo-techblog where the Corsarius gets serious. Visit blog.corsarius.net for his alter ego.

Silver Flame Sets UP Diliman Ablaze

Wednesday, March 01, 2006 at 12:20 AM
Opening Ceremonies

Great talks, great exhibits, great food, and Paco Sandejas to boot! Definitely, what a great way to start the week!

Students and faculty alike trooped to the Engineering Theater yesterday as UP Diliman bore witness to the inauguration of Silver Flame, the week-long celebration of the Department of Computer Science's 25th anniversary.

The day kicked off with the Opening Ceremonies, with DCS Chair Dr. Cedric Angelo Festin giving the welcome remarks. The CS Representatives gave a preview of the week's great line-up of events, while the candidates for the next batch of CS Representatives presented their platform.

The Student-Teacher Dialogue followed, where the DCS Faculty, led by Dr. Festin, addressed the issues and concerns of the Department and its student body. Several points raised were the imminent transfer of the DCS to the new COELACS Building, laboratory fees, the selection process for competition-bound students, curriculum changes, and the relevancy of non-high-level CS subjects.

Lunch was served in the Grand Pakain, held at the College of Engineering Fourth Floor Lobby. CS Week revelers were treated to lechon and other great servings.

Paco Sandejas giving a talk
The afternoon was graced by the presence of two dignitaries, namely Dr. Rowena Guevara, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Paco Sandejas, renowned venture capitalist, executive, and co-inventor of the world's first Grating Light Valves. GLV is a technology being used by Sony and Silicon Light Machines.

Dean Guevara gave an inspirational message to DCS students, after which she introduced Dr. Sandejas. The latter gave a talk on Career Paths, sharing his experiences and insights on careers for CS students, entrepreneurship, venture capital companies, and technologies which appeal most to investors.

Paco Sandejas (red shirt) and Emerson Tan (orange shirt) perusing Computer Graphics projects
Exhibits showcasing the Department and the various organizations comprising the UP CS Network were set-up in the 2nd Floor Lobby, along with posters of CS 192 User Interface Design projects and CS 176 (Computer Graphics) animations and stills.

Logistical problems were encountered due to the suspension of classes last February 27, which was supposed to be the opening day of the CS Week. However, the Department and the CS Week organizers decided to push through with the celebrations.

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Anonymous Anonymous @ 3/02/2006 1:12 AM

Waaaah! I got exhausted again... and there was this earthquake while we were inside the office building... scary!

I'll surely pass there tomorrow (although the only events are contests, pero ok lang), promise na talaga. Friday too... and the tentative date for your research symposium, I wanna see your masterpieces ;-)    

Blogger Corsarius @ 3/07/2006 10:23 PM

Hey, thanks for dropping by last Friday! I'm sorry I wasn't able to tour you around for much longer, but I hope you can drop by sometime in the future. Thanks again, and good luck in your work!    

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