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The Spirit of Scientia Lives On

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The Spirit of Scientia Lives On

It was during the middle part of the decade of the ‘80s when the idea of having a CAS faculty journal cropped up. Back then, writing at the CAS was not quite the literary-philosophical type nor the socio-political kind that it is today. Nevertheless, the desire to express creativity through writing was already imbedded among members of the Bedan Community, particularly the faculty members.

The annual publication, simply called then by its generic name – CAS Faculty Journal, was first released in 1989, through the guidance, inspiration and persistence of Dom Clement Ma. Roque, OSB, who incidentally, to date, is the longest – serving dean of the CAS (1989-2001), and considered today as the “father” of this faculty publication.

In 1991, due to the clamor for the journal publication to have a distinctly, Bedan identity, the CAS faculty journal was named SCIENTIA. This title was inspired by the emblem of San Beda College which inscribed the motto: Fides, Scientia et Virtus. Scientia, one of the key words in the SBC emblem and the Latin word for knowledge, became the new name of this publication. This academic year 2011-2012, Scientia celebrates its 22nd year of serving as an important avenue for the scholarly works of the CAS family.

Even on its initial year of publication, the Scientia was already conceived to be a vehicle for quality research outputs and thought-provoking articles. Prof. Lourdes S. Nunez (+), then chairperson of the CAS Languages and Literature Department, was its first editor-in-chief. Like any other new publication, the Scientia experienced many birthpains. The March 1992 maiden issue of Scientia was only released a year later, with interesting studies and articles – all products of the intellectual labors of administrators and faculty members whose drive to take SBC even to a higher plane in the field of research deserved a round of applause. Its first issue had for its publication theme – The Teacher: The Dynamic Power in the Classroom. Gracing the maiden issue was a well-crafted article written by now rector-president, Very Rev. Fr. Aloysius Ma. A. Maranan, OSB, then a young priest, who thought of sharing with the readers, the Benedictine perspective of caring.

In March 1994, Scientia presented a one special issue – a festschrift, to then Fr. Rector, Rev. Fr. Bernardo Perez, OSB as he celebrated his 60th birthday. The festschrift is a compilation of essays contributed by students, colleagues, friends and admirers of the honoree.

The early Scientia publications had studies and articles labeled as Special Features, Perspectives and Contemporaniety. The Special Features section would carry homilies, essays and speeches of then rector Rev. Fr. Bernardo Ma. Perez, OSB; Perspectives section focused on the collection of thoughts mostly from the Philosophy and letters faculty members; while, Contemporaneity featured various scholarly studies done by faculty members from other disciplines.

It was in 1995, when the faculty members started to provide the publication with multiple perspectives in the fields of Philosophy, Business, Economics, Mathematics and Language. And at the onset of the twenty first century, Scientia found its way in the World Wide Web. From a parochial publication, Scientia was transformed into a global journal.

Though the years, the Scientia has truly evolved to become a multi-disciplinary journal enabling our faculty members to produce better academically and intellectually engaging research labors. Amid the complications and challenges of producing and managing a publication, the Scientia is here to stay as long as there are members of the Bedan Community who have a genuine passion for scholarship and knowledge-sharing.

As we look back and celebrate today 22 years of Scientia, we remember the past editors, editorial staff, writers, research contributors and others who kept the publication’s flame burning. For without them, the Spirit of Scientia would not have lived on. And for as long as SBC shall endure, the spirit of Scientia shall also live on . . .

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