Sillimanians are called to live by the motto Via, Veritas, Vita; to live a successful and fruitful future that will not only benefit oneself, but other people as well. This year, the Outstanding Sillimanian Award will be given to two alumni for their dedication to their individual fields and for embodying the Silliman Spirit.
One of this year’s Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee is Justice Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino, the current Deputy Court Administrator of the Office of the Court Administration of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. She is the daughter of the former president of Silliman University and retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice,Venancio Duran Aldecoa Jr. and the late Nelly Romano Aldecoa.
Justice Aldecoa–Delorino graduated magna cum laude with a degree of Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science in Silliman University and cum laude in Bachelor of Laws in 1985. She was then admitted to the Philippine Bar in April 1989.
She has been part of the Court of Appeals since 1986 as Private Secretary, Confidential Attorney II (1989) and Court Attorney V until 1997. She became the Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 37 in Dumaguete City for three years (2002-2005) and later on became the Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 137 in Makati City, and as Vice Executive Judge (2005-2010). She was promoted Assistant Court Administrator of the Office of the Court Administrator at the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 2010-2013.
Aside from her exceptional judicial service, Justice Aldecoa – Delorino holds many leadership positions, and professional and civic affiliations. Furthermore, she was also a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Member, Consultant and Active Participant to many committees and forums inside and out of the country, and has also made names all over Asia-Pacific and in the United States.
In addition, she is an active church member, a good wife to Chito Lojuangco Delorino, and mother to Jemima Carina. She is also a good singer who uses her talent to help and inspire people through her music. She has been involved in fund raising activities for the benefit of the less privileged.
Alicia Dumlao, president of Silliman University Alumni Association Sydney Australia Chapter, says that Justice Aldecoa–Delorino’s gift of music is a free and generous testament to a way of life, dedicated to giving of herself, her talents, and her material resources to bless others.
Another awardee is Pamela Yang Windle, who has a number of medical labels that come after her name: MS, RN, NE-BC, CPAN, CAPA, FAAN. She is very dedicated to her work as a nurse. For over 30 years, she has been with St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas managing several departments such as Medical-Surgical & Trauma ICU/ Telemetry/Step down departments.
She finished her college education in Silliman, her post graduate in Texas Woman’s University (TWU), and took her Master degree in Science in Nursing Administration at TWU.
“Ate Pam”, as what she is called by her colleagues, is passionate about evidenced based research and practice based research, and was able to publish many medical journals, books, and researches. Majority of her research works are published in peer-reviewed journals, where only advanced research works are accepted. She has contributed over 60 publications, articles, 10 book chapters, and commentaries. She has presented her scholarly works in over 100 local, national, and international conferences. Her clinical knowledge is recognized nationally and internationally, earning her multiple praises, including the much coveted Spirit of Nightingale award.
She has been receiving numerous prominent awards, a few of which are the ASPAN Outstanding Achievement Award, PNNA Outstanding Nurse Administrator, and Advance for Nurses Best Nurse Leader for Professional Development in Texas and Louisiana.
Her contribution to nursing research and practice is well acknowledged in multi-professional and multi-disciplinary settings. Aside from that, she also has reared her own children to be successful in their chosen fields. She taught her students to become professionals, guided patient care assistants to become registered nurses, and mentored staff nurses to become hospital educators, managers and even vice-presidents at the St. Luke’s Medical Center, in Houston, and throughout the world.
With her hectic schedule, she still finds time to volunteer at a local food bank, another hospital which is considered as the “cancer center of the world”, and she is also a very active member of her church. Her will to help during the recovery of displaced 1 million people during Hurricane Katrina really made a difference; she was brave to help-out the victims, along with Red Cross.
Indeed, these two outstanding Sillimanians have successfully done their part in their respective professions. And there is no question that they have integrated Via, Veritas, Vita in their professional and personal lives.
Source: Silliman University Alumni Association
By Rhobie A. Ruaya