Three Loyola Schools faculty members will be conferred the rank of Professor Emeritus for their exceptional service and “distinguished academic record.” The announcement was made by Ateneo President Bienvenido F. Nebres, SJ on November 9, 2009, after the recommendation of the Committee on Faculty Rank and Permanent Appointment and the approval of the Board of Trustees.
The new emeritus professors are Dr. Jose A. Marasigan and Dr. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz both from the Department of Mathematics, and Dr. Soledad S. Reyes of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dr. Jose A. Marasigan
Dr. Marasigan finished BS Mathematics (Honors Course) at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1962. He pursued further studies at the Technische Hochschule Darmstadt in the former West Germany as a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) until he earned his Doctorate in Natural Sciences (Mathematics) in 1971. He completed his DAAD Postdoctoral Fellowship from March -June 1979.
As exchange scientist for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Dr. Marasigan worked with fellow scientists at the following academic institutions: SophiaUniversity (1982), Tokyo Institute of Technology (1982), OsakaUniversity (1990), OsakaKyoikuUniversity (1991), HirosakiUniversity (1993), and OsakaUniversity (1995).
In 1984, he was the Australian Universities' International Development Program Fellow at the AustralianNationalUniversity and, in 2007, an IMAMIS Visiting Fellow at the University of Nice, France.
He is a multi-awarded professor both here and abroad. His awards include the Young Mathematician Grant of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to the International Congress of Mathematicians (Helsinki, Finland) in 1978 and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Mathematics) from the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 1982.
Throughout his teaching career, he has taught Math at all levels at the Ateneo de Manila, initiated the Program of Excellence in Mathematics (PEM) for mathematically gifted high school students, and acted as coach and leader of Philippine team to the International Mathematical Olympiad. He also spearheaded the establishment of the five-year BS-MS in Applied Mathematics Major in Mathematical Finance at the Ateneo de Manila University, and served as president of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines for two terms (1983-1989).
Dr. Soledad S. Reyes Dr. Reyes graduated with an AB English Literature degree from Maryknoll College in 1966 and received her MA in Literature from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1971. She obtained her PhD in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines in 1979, and her MA in Sociology of Literature from Essex University, England in 1981. Reyes joined the Interdisciplinary Studies faculty of Ateneo as instructor in 1971 and never left since. In 1986, she earned full professor status at the university.
Students in the Philippines and abroad who are interested in learning more about Philippine culture and literature have benefited from Dr. Reyes’ expertise. In 1997, she was an exchange professor handling modules on Philippine literature and popular culture at Peking University. In 1992, she was among the delegates of the Ateneo to the Peking University-Ateneo de Manila University Exchange Program. In 1987, she engaged students of Xiamen University in China on a two-month series of lectures on Philippine literature, culture and history as part of the exchange program between the two universities.
Dr. Reyes has served the Ateneo in various capacities including editor of the "Loyola Schools Review" (Humanities) from 2001 up to the present. She is currently an active member of PEN International as well as the Writers’ Union of the Philippines (Unyon ng mga Manunulat ng Pilipinas – UMPIL). From 1987-1995, she served as board member of UMPIL.
Dr. Reyes is also a multi-awarded writer and author of books, the most recent of which are “From Darna to Zsazsa Zaturnnah: Desire and Fantasy and Other Way” (2009) “A Dark Tinge to the World: Selected Essays 1987-2005.”
Dr. Mari-Jo P. Ruiz Dr. Ruiz received her doctorate in Mathematics in 1981 at the Ateneo de Manila. At the Courant Institute of the Mathematical Sciences of New York University, she earned a degree in MS Mathematics in 1965. Two years before, in 1963, she received her BA in Mathematics from Marymount Manhattan College. Graph Theory and Operations Research is her field of specialization.
She has served the Ateneo in various capacities. From 1965 up to the present, shehas been a Math professor at the School of Science and Engineering. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2005. Other positions she has held were: School of Arts and Sciences dean from 1994-2000, Math Department chair from 1992-1994, Management Engineering Department chair (1981 to 1983, 1984 to 1987, 1989 to 1990) and Management Engineering Department acting chair from 1975 to 1976.
Throughout her career, she has served on the editorial board of various local and international journals, has published papers, textbooks and books, and has participated in national and international conferences and workshops. A number of prestigious companies and government offices have sought her research expertise, including the Department of Health, Software Ventures International Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines, Computer Information Systems, Inc., and Philippine Airlines.
Emeritus professors are selected on the basis of their distinguished academic record and university service. This title may be conferred upon professors who have reached the formal retirement age. But because of their distinction, they are encouraged to continue to render active service in the university in different capacities. They are likewise entrusted to help pass on the school's culture to the next generations of faculty and students.
On November 20, 2009, Friday, 4:00 p.m., the Ateneo community will come together to show their gratitude and appreciation for the three LS professors' contributions to the university. The ceremony will be held at the Escaler Hall, Science Education Complex (SEC), Ateneo Loyola Heights campus.