The only state university in Negros Oriental will celebrate its 8th charter day anniversary on June 25 this year.

This will mark the conversion of what was then a state college, Central Visayas Polytechnic College, into its current state university status as Negros Oriental State University (NORSU), through Republic Act 9299, according to NORSU Information Officer Joy Perez.

Activities for this year’s anniversary celebration include a thanksgiving mass, all-university academic convocation, and lunch fellowship for faculty, staff, administration, and guests.

Dr. Peter Dayot, NORSU vice president for planning, research, and international linkages, said an entertainment program will follow the lunch fellowship at Bethel Guesthouse, dubbed the “NORSU 8th Charter Day Anniversary Celebration After Lunch Show.”

Dayot said the show will showcase the theme, “Great Women in History, What You Don’t Know About Them.”

During the show, there will be raffle draws and talent offerings from NORSU’s two main campuses in Dumaguete City and its satellite campuses in Guihulngan, Bayawan-Sta. Catalina, Mabinay, Bais City, and Pamplona.

Perez said a finale number will involve a spoof by the “Panakot Girls,” namely Craig Refugio as Imelda Marcos, Warren Gemino as Cory Aquino, Michael de la Peña as Regine Velasquez, Dindo de la Peña as Tina Turner, Jeremiah Perez as Queen Elizabeth, and Carlou Bernaldez as Pilita Corrales.

NORSU’s current president, Dr. Henry Sojor, is the first president of the state university, from August 19, 2004 to July 12, 2008, after the University’s Board of Regents passed a resolution approving Sojor’s reappointment.

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