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After 43 years of serving the Holy Name University, Dr. Guadalupe G. Saturinas graciously retired from service as Dean of the College effective May 31, 2009. Dr. Saturinas' unflinching commitment and skillful leadership has put the College on the list of well-performing teacher education institutions in the country.

Her competence as dean has earned for HNU four national topnotchers in the National Licensure Examination (LET). The remarkable showing of the College in the said examination and the quality control of its instruction program did not slip notice of the Commission on Higher Education. Consequently, the College was named Center of Training for Teachers (COT), a recognition given only to 82 out of the more than 1,600 teacher education institutions in the country.

A highly respected figure in field of education, Dr. Saturinas was also appointed as the head of the Regional Team of Experts (RETEs) who evaluated the colleges and universities in Region VII that were granted autonomous status by the CHED. She also served as the secretary of the Philippine Association for Teacher Education Region VII. She was also elected as Vice President for Bohol of the Regional Council of Administrators of Teacher Education Colleges (CADTEC).

On top of all these and much more, Dr. Saturinas was responsible for the formation of hundreds of teachers who now serve not only the Province of Bohol but also the different parts of the country and overseas. Despite her achievements, she has maintained a self-effacing stance, never claiming a single success to her credit.

Dr. Saturinas' humility, generativity and motherly concern have earned for her the respect and admiration of both colleagues and students. She has been so generous with her time, resources and effort, unmindful of recognition or social approval. She readily understands and responds to her teachers' and office staff's needs.

Dr. Saturinas' ascent to the deanship was not through the elevator but through the ladder. She started as a grade school teacher in 1966. Eight years later, she got the appointment as dean of the then Teacher's College, a responsibility she has dutifully, religiously and wholeheartedly lived.

Her retirement left a vacuum in the College. But, there is no reason to miss her because she still continues to serve the institution as part-time professor handling courses such as Student Teaching, and Child and Adolescent Development. Her generosity with her working time has never diminished. She is still very visible in the College, reporting to work in long hours of the day despite her being a part-timer.

The COED Family will forever value her lasting influence and follow her footprints that will surely lead to the way of success

She will always be the icon of unwavering commitment and dedicated service.

More power to you, Maam Dean!

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