|Leonardo Eduave, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies|
|By Margie Lou Llusala, Campus Correspondents|
|Monday, 11 July 2011|
Amid the usual haste and hustle around the campus is a man of composure who is approachable and a source of inspiration. Meet Mr. Leonardo Eduave, the newly appointed Assistant Dean of the Graduate Studies.
Formerly the Director of the Institute of Short Studies, Mr. Eduave is responsible for helping manage the office of the Dean of the Graduate Studies, with Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon, concurrently the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The School of Graduate Studies is the only graduate studies program in Northern Mindanao which operates on a trimestral calendar, thus drawing to its fold many professionals who wish to undertake further studies.
“Learning is a life-long process,” says Mr. Eduave, a septuagenarian whose lifelong dream was to become a teacher. He calls the teaching profession as “his calling.” He graduated from college at the Bukidnon Normal School (now Bukidnon State University), magna cum laude at a young age of 20. He snapped up his Masters of Arts in Education at the University of the Philippines, and his Masters of Arts and is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Management at Xavier University.
While I was sitting with him in his office for an interview, he struck me as very patient and pleasant, allowing me to roll out my questions for him. I also noticed how composed he was, and how humble. He just refers to himself as an ordinary teacher who likes to teach. I was amazed at how he loves his craft. Even his wife, Mrs. Ruth Eduave, is also a retired teacher. He is a proud father of three---two have finished studying and are now working abroad, while the youngest son is still in college.
Mr. Eduave says he enjoys sketching and calligraphy. He listens to music, particularly classical music. Mozart and Beethoven are his favorites. There was a time when he played classical music in the classroom as some kind of background music to his lecture because he believed it helps engage the mind and improves concentration. He is quick to admit, however, that he also enjoys popular music.
What advice can he give to students? “To realize ones dreams and to pursue them with great enthusiasm. In addition to that, take your time and enjoy life while you’re still young. Enjoy your college life. Have as much friends as you can have. Good friends---because you cannot achieve success all by yourself.”
He says that college is a great time to initiate a network of friends.
In wrapping up the interview, he quips: “Spend more time in the library.” In his opinion, the Liceo de Cagayan University Library and the Graduate Studies Library have a fabulous collection of books. “And books,” he adds, “are keys that unlock the wisdom of humankind.”