Roger Austria Keynote Speaker at UPAA-Greater Chicago Area

As the founder and first president of the UP Club of America (1971) and the UP Alumni Association-Wisconsin (1974), Roger Austria was invited to induct the 2017 officers and board members of the UP Alumni Association-Greater Chicago Area and to deliver the keynote address at the organization’s December 3, 2016 membership meeting.

Please click link to read full text of Roger’s address to the UPAA-GA:  Keynote Address

Happy Holidays!

Many thanks for your support

With the holidays upon us and 2016 is drawing to a close, the UPAA-W Board of Directors and officers would like to take this moment to express our gratitude for your involvement and support.  Together,  we made 2016 another successful and fun year!

UPAA-W has continued to provide scholarships to well-deserving students at various UP campuses as well as here in Wisconsin.  We’ve also reached out to the community through our Feed the Hungry program as well as promoted cultural awareness through our annual Value Our Heritage symposium.

It was not all work but rather a load of true UP spiritism.  For all the hard work that we’ve done, we’ve always mixed them up with some fun. We look forward to the new year with great optimism and hope.  Once again, let’s all make 2017 another fun and great year!

VOH Symposium on Bullying

The Value Our Heritage Committee (VOH) of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Wisconsin (UPAA-W) held a successful symposium on Bullying: The Many Faces of Bullying Against Children and Adults at the Philippine Center on October 22, 2016.

Speakers at the symposium included David J. Cipriano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin; Munther Barakat, PsyD, Program Psychologist, Aurora Psychiatric Hospital, Child and Adolescent Treatment Program; Asuncion Miteria Austria, PhD, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Founder and Director of Clinical Training, Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology, Cardinal Stritch University.

The Symposium included presentations on the nature of bullying and its associated characteristics, misconceptions about bullying, cyber bullying or electronic aggression, contemporary researches on the psychological, social or educational harm on the victim, insights and  types of support for children who had been bullied, insights and strategies for involvement of families. Continue reading “VOH Symposium on Bullying”

Remembering Rudy

Memorial Service for Rodolfo S.A. Ramos

Philippine Center – Milwaukee, WI

9 October, 2016

Eulogy Delivered by Roger Austria



I am Roger Austria, good friend of Rudy.  My friendship with Rudy has been a long one.   It dates back to the late 1940’s when we attended the University of the Philippines H.S., graduating in 1950.  It gives substance to the cliche, “I love him to death.”  (Jingle, I don’t think you were even born yet, right?).

Rudy was one of the youngest in our class. I don’t know if he was actually the youngest member?  But I do know that he was the last classmate to still wear short pants in class.

Rudy learned to love working at an early age.  While we were occupied with basketball, he worked part-time at the library.  This early passion for working not only paid dividends in his later life, but also turned him into a voracious reader.  You never saw Rudy killing time – he always had a book in his hands.

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