Fil-Am Is New US University President; Welcome Baby Disney

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    “A river must be happier than a swamp because it has banks and boundaries; a swamp is a valley of liberty that lost its shores and become liberated. Liberty has no heirloom, It requires the daily bread of self-denial, the salt of acknowledging responsibility for our deed.”—Arch. Fulton Sheen

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    Happiness is a warm, soft, sweet-smelling bundle of joy called Disney Connor Tipton Siytangco. Born Dec. 2, 11:45 p.m. He weighed 3.4 kgs and measured, 50 cm, all pinkish and lots of hair! He was an immediate shining star in our Tipton-Siytangco family’s galaxy! Love at first sight!

    All babies are God’s gifts and Disney is no exception! Allow this paternal grandmother to drool over this heavenly special delivery and if I am less active in our circles now, I am surely hovering over Disney. I get to cuddle him and let him sleep in my bed when mommy or daddy is busy.

    Disney was carefully nurtured through the months as it was a “high risk pregnancy.” Ayet had to patiently endure daily injections, and other medical interventions, as did AJ. He learned how to inject Ayet every single day! This was my youngest son lovingly nourishing and caring for his first born!

    But finally, the evening Disney was born in St. Luke’s Global, delivered by Dr. Valerie Guinto. It was magical. Everything stood still and all that mattered was the CS operation and Disney was out there!

    Welcome my grandson! Now I have three grandsons, Disney,Monchu, a strapping 17 and a champion swimmer in Vancouver, Canada and his brother seven-year-old Michael. The princess of the family is the only granddaughter Amanda Julia Masigan, 18. My cup overflows!

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    It was with great pride and joy our family shares this good news!

    The oldest son of my second sister Isabelita Munson Estebanand her late husband, Jose N. Esteban, M.D., was recently inaugurated as the president of the biggest catholic University in the US, The DePaul University in Chicago.

    Dr. Esteban is the eldest of an accomplished brood proudly raised on Filipino soil. His siblings are Drs. Antonio E. Habana, M. D, the assistant administrator of PGH and Jette Esteban, M. D. who practices cardiology in the US. The new president of De Paul finished secondary school in the Paco Catholic School in Manila and took up his graduate and Masterdegrees in UP and abroad. His father came from Tarlac City.

    The board of trustees entrusted A. Gabriel Esteban, Ph.D., with DePaul University’s mission statement and presidential Chain of Office during a formal ceremony last Nov. 19. Several hundred religious leaders, city officials, and civic and community leaders joined members of the university community in celebration at the official inauguration of DePaul’s 12th president in Chicago’s Navy Pier Grand Ballroom.

    Dr. Esteban, who has been at DePaul since July 1, is the first lay president at the nation’s largest Catholic university. DePaul was founded in Chicago in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission, also known as the Vincentians, a Roman Catholic religious community dedicated to following the ideals of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest for whom the university is named.

    Since his appointment, Dr. Esteban has affirmed his strong commitment to DePaul’s Catholic and Vincentian mission to provide a superior education to all, especially segments of society that previously have not had access to it, including the poor, first-generation college students, and immigrants.

    In his inaugural address, Dr. Esteban emphasized DePaul will continue to flourish as an institution of higher learning that prepares students of all ethnicities and backgrounds to serve a changing world.

    “We serve students who want and need access to nationally ranked academic programs taught by distinguished faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom,” he said. “While I am well aware of the challenges that lie ahead, I know DePaul will continue to thrive and prevail for the next 120 years and beyond.”

    Dr. Esteban cited strong partnerships with Chicago businesses and nonprofit organizations as one reason why he is confident in DePaul’s continued success for its students. He also credited DePaul’s faculty and staff for their dedication to the university.

    “DePaul’s faculty and staff are the bedrock of our institution,” he said. “Today’s ceremony may center on the president, but a university does not. I am but one of the many asked to serve; and I am honored and humbled by your faith in me.”

    The university’s board of trustees selected Dr. Esteban as DePaul’s president after conducting a nationwide search to find the ideal candidate who was not only experienced, but also understood DePaul’s fundamental Vincentian mission to make higher education accessible to all.

    “From among the many strong candidates, Dr. Esteban clearly rose to the top,” said James T. Ryan, chair of the university’s board of trustees. “A proven collaborative leader, his outstanding academic administrative and strategic planning experience gave the trustees confidence that DePaul’s future would be secure in his hands. Dr. Esteban clearly demonstrates a depth of understanding of, and sincere dedication to, DePaul’s mission.”

    Dr. Esteban was previously president of Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He also served as provost, dean, and held faculty positions at higher education institutions across the country. He holds a doctorate in business administration, a master’s in Japanese business studies and an MBA.

    The presidential Chain of Office symbolizes the authority conferred upon Dr. Esteban by the board of trustees as DePaul’s chief executive officer. A medallion features DePaul’s seal and motto, “Viam Sapientiae Monstrabo Tibi” or “I will show you the way of wisdom.” The links on the chain contain the symbols of each of DePaul’s 10 colleges and schools. Dr. Esteban received the Chain of Office from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M., DePaul’s chancellor and immediate past president; Bamshad Mobasher, professor and president of DePaul’s Faculty Council; and Nicole Guiffra-McQuaid, a member of the Alumni Board.

    The inauguration included performances by DePaul students, faculty and alumni, including a special musical medley arranged by Clifford Colnot, School of Music, and performed by the DePaul Symphony Orchestra. Cardinal Blase Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, delivered the invocation. The Very Rev. Raymond A. Van Dorpe, C.M., provided the benediction. (mb.com.ph)

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