(President Penaso is flanked by his mom, his better half, and CHED Commissioner Ma. Cynthia Rose B. Bautista during his investiture)
2014 for Caraga State University ended with a bang. CSU as a university is now 5 years old, December 15-19 marked CSU’s celebration of its university days. Day one started with a “Fun Run” around CSU, followed by a “Zumba Dance” at the CSU gymnasium, Christmas Serenade, Parade, Tree Planting, Eco-Park Management Seminar, Praise Jam and the night ended with the Battle of the Bands.
The second day began with an ecumenical Thanksgiving Mass, Anniversary Convocation and giving of PRAISE awards, Amateur Singing Contest and Fashion Forward.
The third day of the celebration was the launching of the CSU Eco-Park and Eco-Tourism Center, it ended with the wacky Christmas celebration and Family Day where the CSU family had a blast. All came dressed like fairies and elves, x-men, justice league and avengers.
The fourth day was CASNR day, Ball games, Laro ng Lahi and Poster Making Contest as well as the awarding ceremony for the said events.
Finally, the fifth day December 19, 2014 marked another important milestone in the life of CSU as an institution and in the lives of its constituents—The Investiture Rites of CSU’s 2nd university President but a 1st in many splendor things.
Firstly, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso is the first CSU President who has five (5) doctorate degrees, namely: Doctor of Science in Mathematics Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Management, and Doctor in Public Administration.
Secondly, he is the youngest CSU President at the age of forty two (42).
Thirdly, he is the first CSU President with a Summa cum laude title and the first with countless of researches to boot.
Fourthly, his experience in the academe is varied; he was Director of Instruction, Vice President for Research and Extension, OIC-Vice President for Administration, Consortium Director, Director of Research and AACCUP Senior Accreditor.
Distinctly, Dr. Penaso envisions CSU as an icon of excellence in higher education actively leading the green development of Caraga region in the context of ASEAN integration.
His mission is for Caraga State University to develop highly empowered and ethically responsible human resources, produce research contributions with significant societal impact towards a sustainably inclusive growth and development.
Remarkably, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso is not just simply an academic executive, his professional and personal exposure is multi-dimensional. He has been a visiting professor, research presenter and lecturer in various universities all over the country and abroad. He has traveled in approximately thirty four (34) countries in the world and still counting.
Significantly, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso is well loved by the faculty, students and staff of CSU because of his endearing and humble ways. He is a picture of a contented man, in the service of the people, the country and for God. He is a man who walks his talk and talks his walk.
Notably a man of integrity and substance, Dr. Penaso stands by his words, as in “He quickly plumbs the most profound depths. He knows how to get the anatomy of character. From a few observations he deciphers what is most hidden. Keen observation, subtle insights, judicious inference- with these he discovers, notices, grasps and comprehends everything.”(Balthasar Gracian)
Extra-ordinarily, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso always strives for Excellence in his unique and simple ways worth emulating by the young and all. Yet no matter how high one may reached his goal, this dynamic leader remains good natured and down-to-earth, he treats everyone like an equal and he gives everyone an open mind and an open heart as well.
Cheers to you Sir, most especially, cheers to CSU for the gift of your being. “To be excellent at great things is a royal characteristic; it excites admiration and wins goodwill.”