Friday, December 27, 2013


Felis Anu Nuebu (Chamorro)

Feliz Ano Nuevo (Spanish)

Parakapw Mwahu (Pohnpei)

Ungil Becheserrak (Palau)

Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu (Japanese)

Hau'oli Makahiki Hou (Hawaiian)

Sut dal kum mum (Korean)

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Chinese)

ChĂșc Mung Nam Moi (Vietnamese)

May the year 2014 bring you abundant blessings filled with much love, joy, peace, and happiness!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Felis Pasgua!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Congratulations Fall 2013 Graduates!

The University of Guam celebrated the graduation of its 236 students on December 22, 2013 at the UOG Field House. It also marked a milestone by graduating its first fully-online Reading Program candidates.  Of the graduates, 67 received graduate degrees and 169 received undergraduate degrees. The Commencement Ceremonies featured keynote speaker Esther Puakela Kia’aina, First Deputy Director, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Reources.  Kia’aina served for nearly two decades on Capitol Hill as Chief of Staff to former U.S. Representative and UOG President Dr. Robert A. Underwood and to U.S. Representative Ed Case (D-Hawai’i), and as Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawai’i).  Kia’aina was recently nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Congratulations Reading Cohort and Fall 2013 candidates! Enjoy the following UOG Commencement snapshots!

Keynote speaker Esther Puakela Kia’aina
Rachel Duenas, Elementary Education major from the School of Education, is this semester's Valedictorian.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, DEAL/SOE; Duenas; and Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, SOE's Reading Program Chair.
Reading Cohort graduates pose for the camera!
Reading Cohort member from Pohnpei poses for the camera.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Reading Program adjunct/DEAL Asst. Professor; Mr. Biza; Leilani Welley-Biza, Reading Cohort Pohnpei graduate; and Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Reading Program Chair.
Reading Cohort with their signature "Thumb's Up!"
FIRST ONLINE COHORT:  The Reading Cohort gives a BIG smile, as they are the first to graduate from UOG's first fully-online program!
UOG's Dr. Rivera's!  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Dr. John Rivera.
Pictured L-R:  Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Reading Program Chair; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, DEAL Asst. Professor & Reading Program Adjunct; and Troy McVey, Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
UOG Commencement Ceremonies held December 22, 2013 at the UOG Field House.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

UOG-SOE Alumni Association Holds its Annual Election

The University of Guam's SOE Alumni Association held a meaningful election and general membership drive December 14, 2013 at IRA's Community Book Fair held at the Agana Shopping Center.  Congratulations to the following officers who were re-elected:

President:  Graziella "Grace" Griffin
Vice-President:  Margaret Beem
Secretary:  Martha Sudo
Treasurer:  Rose Marie Cruz Castro
Publicity:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao
Webmaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

They are also pleased to announce the following new members and those who have renewed their membership:  Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Annie Perez, Theodore Joseph Tenorio Nededog, Nilfa M. Milan, and Sandy Liberty.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

PIBBA Guam Chapter Holds Election

The Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA), Guam Chapter held its election on December 14, 2013 during its general membership meeting at Lemai Cafe.  Congratulations to the following officers who were elected:

President-Elect:  Antonia "Toni" Salas
Secretary:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao
Treasurer:  Barbara Benavente
Historian:  Dr. Jose Q. Cruz
PIO:   Elizabeth "Liz" Reyes
Webmaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

Dr. Arlene Salas Camacho Diaz is the incoming President, as she has most recently completed her President-Elect term.

Past President Rosa Salas Palomo was thanked for her service to the PIBBA Guam Chapter.  The organization is excited about the new year and cultural events that are forthcoming.  For more information, visit

Enjoy the following snapshots taking during this special election meeting!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Guam Council IRA December 2013 Newsletter

Click on the newsletter above to view this month's issue.

Guam Festival of the Pacific Arts Programming Committee Hard at Work!

Members of the Guam Festival of the Pacific Arts 2016 Programming Committee met December 7, 2013 at the Guam Community College multi-purpose room to further plan and discuss logistics of visual arts, literary arts, performing arts, forums, and seminars. The FestPac theme is Hafa Iyo-ta, Hafa Guinahata, Hafa ta Patte, Dinanna' Sunidu Siha Giya Pasifiku ~ What We Own, What We Have, What We Share, United Voices of the Pacific.

The festival dates are Sunday, May 22, 2016 through Saturday, June 4, 2016.  We are counting down now!  We have 897 days or 127 weeks to go!

2014 CAHA workshops are being planned with the theme Connect Me, Create Me, Promote Me.  This will include a FestPac overview, visual arts, traditional arts, literary arts, and performing arts.  The workshops will be conducted in partnership with Guampedia and Guam Preservation Trust.  It is also sponsored in part by the Guam Visitors Bureau.  In addition, a special fundraising event will take place March 14-15, 2014 at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.  We hope to see you there!

Si Yu'os Ma'ase', Team, for all your hard work! Enjoy the following snapshots!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! Enjoy this special holiday with your loved ones, and be sure to thank those who have touched your life and made a difference. Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

26th Language Arts Conference Engaging!

The 26th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference held November 15 and 16, 2013 at the University of Guam's Tan Lam Pek Kim English and Communication Building was engaging! The conference theme was Interweaving Tradition, Innovation, and Core Curriculum Standards in Literacy. The literacy-filled presentations and keynote speech by former Guam Department of Education Superintendent, Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, was insightful. Drs. George Kallingal and Margaruite Smith also served as plenary speakers with inspirational messages.  Enjoy the following snapshots!

IRA & SOE Alumni Association Officers present their workshop titled Using Journals to Connect Reading and Writing. Pictured L-R:  Grace Griffin, SOE Alumni President & IRA Webmaster; Margaret Beem, SOE Alumni Vice President & IRA Member; Martha Sudo, SOE Alumni & IRA Secretary; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, SOE Alumni & IRA Webmaster/LAC Chair; and Lois Gumataotao, SOE Alumni PIO & IRA Member.
IRA members enjoying the 26th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference.
Pictured L-R:  Charleena Yanger, IRA Historian; Lois T. Gumataotao, IRA member; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, IRA/SOE Alumni/LAC Webmaster; and Amanda Quan. 

LAC Presentation:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois T. Gumataotao get ready for their presentation Differentiated Instruction for English Language Arts.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Rivera; Gumataotao; and Martha Sudo, IRA/SOE Alumni Secretary. 

The presentation, Differentiated Instruction for English Language Arts, was well attended. 

More participants from the Differentiated Instruction for English Language Arts presentation.