Engr.Joanna Marie Solomon

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto:jmmsolomon@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 6:23 AM
To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon
Subject: USTEAA (USA) Scholarship

8 March 2008

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

Greetings of Peace!

I wish to inform that I am already graduating this 5th of April 2008. The USTEAA (USA)’s Scholarship Grant has been the most precious gift that I have received as a student. Thank you so much for the continuous financial support the association has given me.

Secondly, the following are the information that I have gathered for the preparation of the Memorandum of Agreement with the UST for the new scholarship grant:

1. Cost of current tuition per semester.

I have attached the file, that is, for the school year 2007-2008: Second Semester.

2. Name of current Vice Rector for Finance at UST and his/her e-mail address if available

Rev. Fr. Manuel F. Roux, OP

3. Name of current Office of Student Affairs (OSA) scholarship grants coordinator/director and his/her e-mail address if available

Dr. Cristina Castro-Cabral

4. Name of the Dean’s secretary, if there is one and his/her e-mail address if available

Engr. Evangeline E. Deleña

eedelena@mnl.ust.edu.ph

I also would like to take this opportunity to inform the association that I have been accepted to Laing O’rourke Company at Dubai. To just summarize the event: Two of their employees went to the university to give us, UST civil engineering students, a background of the company and that same day, they told us that whoever is interested can go to the next level of their admission. They grouped us and each group was given a topic and each student will voice out their ideas. Fortunately, I was one of the students that was chosen, and from our group, I was also picked for interview that very same day. Then, days after the interview, our Dean informed me that the company is interested of having me as one of their trainees. I also have attached the letter they sent me, and the others, whom they chose to train and eventually work at their company at Dubai.

Due to the sudden opportunity, I and the rest of my batch mates that were chosen, will be having our review/refresher this April and eventually take the May CE licensure board examination.

I would like to really thank the association for serving as an inspiration. And rest assured that I will always write and inform the USTEAA (USA). May you continue to help students in need of financial support who has the potential and that ambition to be Thomasian Engineers.

Thank you very much and God bless.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

5th yr CE, UST

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto:jmmsolomon@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:51 AM
To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon
Subject: USTEAA(USA) scholarship

04 November 2006

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

Greetings of Peace!

Another semester has passed and I am writing to the association not only to say my sincerest "thank you" .

I also wish to inform that I am already enrolled for the next semester. Our enrolment was held the 3rd day of November. I would like to thank the USTEAA(USA) for the continuance of my USTEAA(USA) scholarship. I am already in my 4th year of my B.S. in C.E program and one more year, I will be finishing my studies at UST. And even if my completion will be taking place next year, I am already sending the association my warmest and sincerest "thank you", for I will not have come this far if not for association's support to my education. Thank you for the trust that each and everyone in the association, have given me.

Thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

4th year CE, UST

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto: jmmsolomon@yahoo.com ]

Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 6:58 AM

To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon

Subject: USTEAA scholarship

11 April 2006

Dear USTEAA (USA),

Another semester have passed and I would like to say again, my undying and sincerest "thank you" to the association for the continuance of the USTEAA scholarship.

This semester was the toughest semester that I’ve been through. It is because of the subjects, Probability and Statistics and Elementary Electrical Engineering. Statistics is, as they say, a not-so-hard subject but still, I have to read books about the subject’s basic topics since I do not have any background of it during my high school years. Elementary Electrical Engineering is definitely my waterloo. Even during 2nd year, 2nd semester in Physics 2, our last topic was about electric circuits then, I already find it difficult. I understand circuits somehow, specially the basic and complex calculations, but then as we go along the waveforms and other AC characterizations, I just could not get all of it. I have tried hard and gave lots of extra effort but then… I guess it

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto: jmmsolomon@yahoo.com ]

Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 5:25 AM

To: Ciocon, Canuto

Subject: USTEAA (USA) scholarship

15 July 2005

Engr. Canuto S. Ciocon

Chairman

Scholarship Committee

UST Engineering Alumni Association (USA)

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

I wish to inform that through the USTEAA (USA) scholarship's continuous support to my education, I am presently enrolled in the UST Faculty of Engineering as third year student, major in B.S. Civil Engineering for the school year 2005-2006, first semester. I, also wish to inform that I have sent the association copies of my 2nd year (2nd semester) registration form and a certification of my grade for verifications. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to the USTEAA (USA) scholarship for the scholarship grant I am privileged to receive.

With this letter, I have attached my message on how am I coping with the association's requirements together with my photo.

Thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

3rd year CE, UST

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto:jmmsolomon@yahoo.com]

Sent: Monday, June 19, 2006 3:38 AM

To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon

Subject: USTEAA(USA) scholarship

19 June 2006

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

I wish to inform that I am already enrolled this semester, 1st semester, of my 4th year in B.S. Civil Engineering program in the UST Faculty of Engineering.

I would like to thank again, the USTEAA(USA), for the continuance of my scholarship. Thank you very much from the very bottom of my heart and from my family's as well, for helping us financially in finishing my studies.

I enrolled last June 6, 2006 as scheduled by the university and below, I provided the association a copy of my registration form.

Thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

4th year CE, UST

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto:jmmsolomon@yahoo.com]

Sent: Saturday, March 08, 2008 6:23 AM

To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon

Subject: USTEAA (USA) Scholarship

8 March 2008

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

Greetings of Peace!

I wish to inform that I am already graduating this 5th of April 2008. The USTEAA (USA)’s Scholarship Grant has been the most precious gift that I have received as a student. Thank you so much for the continuous financial support the association has given me.

Secondly, the following are the information that I have gathered for the preparation of the Memorandum of Agreement with the UST for the new scholarship grant:

1. Cost of current tuition per semester.

I have attached the file, that is, for the school year 2007-2008: Second Semester.

2. Name of current Vice Rector for Finance at UST and his/her e-mail address if available

Rev. Fr. Manuel F. Roux, OP

3. Name of current Office of Student Affairs (OSA) scholarship grants coordinator/director and his/her e-mail address if available

Dr. Cristina Castro-Cabral

4. Name of the Dean’s secretary, if there is one and his/her e-mail address if available

Engr. Evangeline E. Deleña

eedelena@mnl.ust.edu.ph

I also would like to take this opportunity to inform the association that I have been accepted to Laing O’rourke Company at Dubai. To just summarize the event: Two of their employees went to the university to give us, UST civil engineering students, a background of the company and that same day, they told us that whoever is interested can go to the next level of their admission. They grouped us and each group was given a topic and each student will voice out their ideas. Fortunately, I was one of the students that was chosen, and from our group, I was also picked for interview that very same day. Then, days after the interview, our Dean informed me that the company is interested of having me as one of their trainees. I also have attached the letter they sent me, and the others, whom they chose to train and eventually work at their company at Dubai.

Due to the sudden opportunity, I and the rest of my batch mates that were chosen, will be having our review/refresher this April and eventually take the May CE licensure board examination.

I would like to really thank the association for serving as an inspiration. And rest assured that I will always write and inform the USTEAA (USA). May you continue to help students in need of financial support who has the potential and that ambition to be Thomasian Engineers.

Thank you very much and God bless.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

5th yr CE, UST

From: joanna marie solomon [mailto:jmmsolomon@yahoo.com]

Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 6:51 AM

To: Canuto S. Ciocon; Canuto Ciocon

Subject: USTEAA(USA) scholarship

04 November 2006

Dear Engr. Ciocon,

I also wish to inform that I am already enrolled for the next semester. Our enrolment was held the 3rd day of November. I would like to thank the USTEAA(USA) for the continuance of my USTEAA(USA) scholarship. I am already in my 4th year of my B.S. in C.E program and one more year, I will be finishing my studies at UST. And even if my completion will be taking place next year, I am already sending the association my warmest and sincerest "thank you", for I will not have come this far if not for association's support to my education. Thank you for the trust that each and everyone in the association, have given me.

Thank you very much.

Respectfully yours,

Joanna Marie M. Solomon

Joanna Marie Solomon

September 2010

A Dream Fulfilled

It all started with that piece of paper posted on the bulletin board of the Engineering main corridor. A UST engineering alumni group based in the US was seeking candidates for scholarship. I knew the association will be picking only one from the numerous applicants, but I thought, ‘why not give it a shot?’. I decided to give it my best. In my application, I wrote about my life and dreams, my passion for learning and eagerness to succeed.

When I was chosen, I could barely speak out of shock. Thankfully, I managed to keep my cool in front of Dr. Mabini, the faculty dean at that time. Looking back… the moment the association willingly extended their help with my studies, I felt incredibly inspired. I knew my quest will now not only be for myself and my family. I will have to live up to the trust that the USTEAA(USA) had placed on me. Honestly, it did not feel like a responsibility. It felt more like a boost… a measure of confidence… an inspiration.

The scholarship made me better in all aspects. It gave me a sense of security during my college years in UST and, beyond that, it helped open opportunities essential to my career. If I hadn’t been chosen as the association’s scholar, with the cost of education continually increasing, could I have graduated from UST Engineering? Could I have received my biggest career break, that of being a part of Laing O’Rourke’s team of engineers who are being trained in the Middle East?

I have been here in Abu Dhabi for two years now. My first year was very much like CE hands on as I observed and worked in construction as a trainee. This, my second year, I must say, is the hardest year of learning yet. There are many lessons I am learning in my role as site engineer. And that is not my only challenge. It is not at all easy being a woman in a construction site. I give instructions to male laborers who come from a culture where women stay at home caring for the young, doing household chores and being deferential to their men. But I was given the task to directly report, site inspect and deal with multinational workers, managers and consultants. And I make it a point to live up to my tasks. So what keeps me going? I am a Thomasian Engineer, rooted in Thomasian vales of competence, commitment and compassion.

More than just dreaming, I try to plan for the future. Months ago, I made the decision to further my studies in the Philippines and take Masters Degree in Structural Engineering, which starts November this year. Also, I am planning to become a graduate member of IStructE, to work globally and, most of all, to help other Filipino engineering students. With God’s grace, one day I will make these dreams a reality too.

My sincerest thanks to USTEAA(USA) for the trust, constant love and support to students who need a hand in reaching their dreams. Mine is just one of the success stories so far. I am sure that there will be many more success stories to come.