US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie A. Kenney visited the American Studies Resource Center (ASRC) at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University last July 6, 2009. She was welcomed by Fr. Antonio F Moreno SJ, AdZU President, with AVP Dr. Rebecca Fernandez, Graduate School Dean Dr. Servando Halili, Jr., and Library Director Ms. Florinda Tabanao and the library staff.
The ASRC at Ateneo de Zamboanga University was formally opened on February 7, 1987 through the signing of a MOA between Frank L. Jenista, Director, Tomas Jefferson Information Center and Fr. Ernesto A Carretero, SJ, then President of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. The center was established to pursue intellectual, scholarly, and cultural activities through a broad spectrum of subjects such as history, culture and its artifacts, law, and literature. It offers a multi-media collection of the best representative of American culture, ranging from books, periodicals to film, videocassettes, CD’s and online journals and other electronic sources. The center is open to the public.
|Ambassador Kenney briefly toured the ASRC, and interacted with the students present during her visit. She is known to have established a very good contact with ordinary Filipinos and has been traveling a lot to Mindanao where she said, they have a lot of projects. She said she particularly finds Zamboanga City fascinating in terms of culture mix.
As a token of friendship, Ambassador Kenney presented Fr. Moreno with a book “America in Space, NASA’S First Fifty Years.” Fr. Moreno also gave her a copy of his book, “Church, State and Civil Society in Post-authoritarian Philippines – Narrative of Engaged Citizenship.”