This past August students and staff joined hands and planted rice on about 30 rai of our university land.  This year we planted fragrant Jasmine 105 rice from seed that came from last year’s rice that we harvested.  It took a little more than 3 months for the rice to ripen ready for harvest.  This year we were unable to conduct a harvest activity as we have in the past because of uncertainty about lining up a harvester.  So only the administrators and a few staff were there to watch the harvesting on Saturday, November 26, 2016.  This year we harvested 8,560 kilograms to be “half-milled” (leaving some of the nutritious husk). The first amount of the “brown rice” is ready for sale beginning this week.  Those of you who have reserved...
The Payap University athletic field has aged over the years.  The university has embarked on a project to bring the field up to standard to be used by students and personnel for sports and related activities.  A survey indicated the costs will be more than we can afford all at once.  So the university has divided the improvements into phases.  The first phase involved lighting so the field can be used at night.  This was completed and in use last academic year. During this current year the second phase is being undertaken.  It includes putting in a football field and running track, a sprinkling system, and stands.  The budget for this is about 5 million baht.  The university presented this proposal to the University Support Committee and they generously...
November 12, 2016, for the Commencement service the president wore a pretty new robe.  Some personnel and outsiders asked how the idea developed.  So I would like to tell you that the idea came from the monthly meeting of the deans and executives.  The deans said that the president represents the university in the presentation of diplomas to graduates.  So it would be appropriate for the president to wear a robe specific to the President of Payap University.  This would instill pride in the graduates.  In addition the robe could be worn for other university occasions as well. The meeting appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration (Aj Komkrit Wongnang) to design a president’s robe and then the committee offered suggestions for making it...
I want to thank everyone who cooperated to help make the Commencement service on November 12 a big success.  The event passed in a way that was both orderly and easy despite trouble in the days before, due to rain.  Thanks to God there were clear skies that allowed us to have the procession to the building as planned, in a way that was impressive to the graduates and the spectators. In the meeting of the Board of Trustees there was action taken to approve many proposals the university made.  Especially, the board approved changes in 3 curricula, including the English Communication Bachelor of Arts program, the Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology, and the Bachelor of Arts in English.  Now the university will inform the Commission of Higher Education and begin using...
November 12, 2016 has been designated as the date for the 39th Commencement exercises of Payap University.  I would like to extend a cordial welcome to all graduates who are back on campus for rehearsals beginning on November 9.  This year is unusual in that we will be congratulating our graduates while in a time of mourning for the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Therefore, we are dedicating this year’s Commencement to His Majesty because, throughout his reign he supported having people acquire a high quality of education to gain knowledge in order to develop the country’s prosperity to the utmost.  I am confident His Majesty would congratulate you graduates on your success. The Commencement Service is the largest annual event in the university. ...
Thai people have been immersed in grief recently as a result of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  We have seen various expressions of grief by individuals as well as groups.  The university has participated as far as we were able in activities conducted by the province and units.  The latest event organized by the Chiang Mai Provincial Government will be a memorial candle lighting service on November 2 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Royal Floral Park (near the Night Safari).  Payap has been invited to be the central organizer for the orchestra and choirs.  The Office of Public Relations with Organizations requested participation from various institutions.  Almost 200 singers and musicians were recruited.  They have rehearsed in the Sri Sangwan...
On October 13, 2016 I went to Bali, together with the Assistant for Internationalization and the Chaplain of the university, to participate in the annual conference and General Assembly of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA).  When we arrived and were able to access news we learned of the death of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.  This saddened us greatly.  The next morning, as part of the opening ceremony, the participants expressed their condolences and sympathy for those of us from Thailand, by standing in silence to commemorate His Majesty.  Our six delegates from Thailand greatly appreciated our colleagues sharing our grief.  During the ACUCA biennial General Assembly there was a transfer of leadership from Indonesia to...
Payap University’s “Internal Audit” of the institution for the past academic year 2559 (2015-6) conducted by an outside committee of examiners has been completed commendably.  Our leadership team has made continuing progress on many fronts.  Our overall internal audit score last year was 2.97.  However, for the year just concluded our score was 3.53.  This improvement is a source of great pride.  I want to thank our staff and faculty members for their concerted efforts resulting in our educational quality having earned a rating of “GOOD”.  But we will not rest at this level.  We will strive to acquire a rating of “Outstanding” in the future. This past Saturday the Payap University Support Committee [Trans. Note:...
On September 30, 2016 a group from N.C.C. Management and Development Co., The Queen Sirikit National Convention Center [Bangkok], led by the Vice Chair for Management, Activities Division, met with university administrators to explore possibilities for mutual academic collaboration, to support expert presenters to disseminate knowledge to students and personnel as requested by universities, to receive students to do field education in all departments, and to hire students part-time when there are events in Chiang Mai.  In this regard, in the past when the company has accepted students to help with international conferences the experiences of our students have been impressive in gathering insight and job abilities, English ability, good character building, discipline and good will. ...
On September 17 Payap University invited 6 alumni who have been successful in business to meet with the university executive committee so we could hear their ideas and suggestions about how the university should operate.  We especially wanted to hear about ways of producing graduates to meet the needs of society and developing the university’s resources to the best advantage.  The university thanks these 6 alums for generously giving up their valuable time to make suggestions of many kinds that will be of benefit. The alumni felt that it was important for the university to emphasize producing graduates who are “sharp” rather than “clever”.  This means cultivating students to be ready to create jobs in every vocational area.  When they graduate,...