It is the 2nd UPLB REPS Conference at the Nicolas P. Lansigan Auditorium, College of Forestry and Natural Resources. A few minutes left before the program starts, and we receive word that the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension cannot make it for the opening remarks. He is confi ned in the University Health Service. Th e committee members talk about how they can adjust the program, when suddenly, there he is. Vice Rex B. Demafelis is walking towards them, dressed formally in neatly pressed polo and slacks, his trademark smile on his face. He looks like what he usually looks like on a normal weekday— except for the blue handkerchief wrapped around his right wrist, hiding the IV tube. Yes, he has made it in time to deliver the opening remarks because of a waiver. With the committee worried, and the participants anxious, Vice Rex only has one thing in mind: to make the most of the two hours.