University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 02 February 2018 17:05

Alumni transform old CFNR office into an up-to-date classroom

What used to be the old administrative services room at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR) has been overhauled into a modern multifunctional room complete with new light fixtures and audio-visual equipment.

Now renamed in honor of its benefactor, the UP Varrons Group of Organizations, the “Varrons Room” is designed to hold small classes, lectures, social functions, and conferences for the students of CFNR.

The UP Varrons group includes the student organization UP Varrons Ltd. (UPVL), the UP Varrons Alumni Association (UPVAA), the UP Varrons International, and the UP Varrons Foundation.  UP Varrons is a socio-civic organization that focuses on creating a prosperous and humane society.

The newly renovated room was turned over by the UPVAA to UPLB-CFNR on Jan 29 during a short program at the CFNR Administration Building.

Leonardo Lapie, UPVAA president, said that their organization saw an opportunity to give back to the University by helping CFNR further improve its facilities in time for the Forestry Chapter’s 50th anniversary. Lapie said that UPVAA wanted to give something that the next generation of students can use.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his special remarks, lauded the UPVAA’s effort to help the University achieve an enabling environment for its students. “Generations of fellow Iskolar ng Bayan are bound to receive, benefit, and gain from their fellow scholars’ generosity,” he said.

The turn-over ceremony was attended by Dr. Willie P. Abasolo, dean of CFNR; Dr. Manuel Bonita, international forestry consultant and one of the first Forestry student members of UPVL; and members of the UPVAA. (Jessa Jael S. Arana)