Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

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)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TEAM 2014 Conference - Oct. 24-26


The 2014 International Conference on TEAM is an interdisciplinary forum that invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, practitioners, administrators and students.  This conference that is organized by UOG Research, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Programs in collaboration with partner institutions in the Philippines is scheduled for October 24, 25 and 26. 
Deadline for submission of abstracts in the following sub-themes is on June 30, 2014.  The abstract of not more than 250 words will be peer reviewed and results will be emailed to senders after two weeks.  Email your abstracts to the contact persons below. 
Contact Person:
Main Theme: 

New Directions in Technology, Education, Assessment andManagement 

Innovative uses of technology
Outcomes-based assessment
Computer mediated instruction
Multiple assessment strategies
Distance and blended learning
Cognitive and Affective assessments
Assistive technology
Assessment of critical and creative thinking
Social media platforms
Project assessment and evaluation
Technological advancement and challenges
Program reviews and evaluation

Best practices in teaching and learning
Management in higher education
Values education in school
School management
At-risk learners
Shared governance
Competency-based programs
Accreditation and Accountability
Language and culture studies
Leadership and management strategies
Environmental education
Project management

Important Information:
For Foreign Partcipants:
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $200.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $250.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $300.00 (USD)
For Local Participants
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $100.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $150.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $200.00 (USD)
  • Registration fee includes:
    • Conference reception on the first day
    • 2 lunches at the Hyatt
    • Morning and afternoon teas 
    • Conference bag 
    • Program booklet
    • For Foreign Participants : An invitation letter for visa application will be provided after payment of registration fee

27th Language Arts Conference - Nov. 14 & 15

27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

Literacy, Assessment and Core Curriculum Standards 

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Guam


Sponsored by:
University of Guam
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council

Welcome to the 27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website!  The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.
This year's Keynote Speaker:
University of Guam
Dr. Margaruite Smith
Dr. Smith is Director of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Hawaii and Pacific Sales and Service for McGraw-Hill Education. In that capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of teacher training, textbook and online learning sales, as well as Professional Development services for McGraw-Hill School Education educational materials, including SRA, Macmillan, Glencoe and Wright Group products to the Department of Defense Schools and to Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Hawaii. 
She has degrees from Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Denver in education and in educational administration. She has taught in every grade level 1-12, and has been an elementary administrator. She has teacher certification in reading, English as a Second Language, as well as general studies K-12.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood
Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood is a former Superintent for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE).  She served as GDOE's research, planning, and evaluation administrator.  She holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in education, and a bachelor of arts degree in education.  She has also served as the chair of the committee to develop Guam Department of Education's master plan relative to the increase in military presence.  Dr. Underwood has been a leader in the local Filipino community organizations and an advocate of Guam's quest for self-determination and has served the community as a member of the Guam Memorial Hospital's board of trustees, the Guam Humanities Council, and St. Paul Christian School's board of directors.  She is also the vice chair of the Democratic Party of Guam.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year
Penaflorida is a Filipino teacher who won the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year award for his outreach teaching project known as, "Kariton Klasrum" (pushcart classroom).  He received his award from American actress Eva Mendes at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

According to Penaflorida, "Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  We are one great tapestry...Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need."

If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately.  We have a limit of 300 participants.  Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline.  Don't let this weekend go without signing up.  We look forward to seeing you there!
You can also earn two (2) PD894 graduate credits/CEUs.  You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217.  For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233.  You can also e-mail the Instructor, Lois Taitano Gumataotao, at
Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:
  • Dr. Clarisa Quan:
  • Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:
  • Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:
  • Dr. Christopher Garcia:
  • Dr. Michelle Santos:

Administrative Coordinators:
  • Kathleen Duenas (Email:, Tel: 735-2725)
  • E-mail:

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

University Music Presents: A Tribute to Pentatonix October 10 and 11

University Music presents: A Tribute to the Pentatonix featuring the “University Singers” and “Friends With Instruments." The performance will take place on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the UOG Fine Arts Theater. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

Event:             A Tribute to Pentatonix
Where:            UOG Fine Arts Theater
When:             Oct. 10 and 11 (Fri and Sat) 8:00pm
Admission:     Free
Venue:            Performances by the trio by “Friends With Instruments”
                        And the pop a cappella choir “University Singers”

For more information, contact Dr. Randall Johnson at

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

GNA Announces Kendama Winners

Congratulations to the following Kendama contest winners who competed on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at GPO:

8-12 yrs. Category:
Front row L to R: Julie Caguioa, GNA (Guam Nikkei Association) Director; Justice Albalde, 3rd Place Winner; Kali Albalde, 1st Place Winner; Laila Smartt, 2nd Place Winner.

Back row L to R: Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager; Ben Wada, GNA Member; Takeshi Nakanishi, Guest Referee & Japan Kendama Association Managing Director; and
Toshio Matsumura, Deputy Consul – Consulate General of Japan Office.

13-16 yrs. Category:
Front row L to R: Julie Caguioa, GNA Director; Elijah Reyes, 2nd Place Winner; Jino Chuweiluk, 1st Place Winner; and Adhara Balansay, 3rd Place Winner.

Back row L to R: David Okada, GNA Vice President; Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager; Takeshi Nakanishi, Guest Referee & Japan Kendama Association Managing Director;
Toshio Matsumura, Deputy Consul – Consulate General of Japan Office; and Ben Wada, GNA Member.

17-25 yrs. Category:
Front row L to R: Julie Caguioa, GNA Director; Tristen Hocog, 2nd Place Winner; Takeshi Nakanishi, Guest Referee & Japan Kendama Association Managing Director; Russell Cruz, 3rd Place Winner; Doreen Pereda, GNA Member; George Pereda.

Back row L to R: David Okada, GNA Vice President; Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager, Aaron Johnson, 1st Place Winner,  Toshio Matsumura, Deputy Consul – Consulate General of Japan Office and Ben Wada, GNA Member.

26+ yrs. Category:
Front row L to R: Julie Caguioa, GNA Director; Mark Contreras, 3rd Place Winner; Darren Smartt, 1st Place Winner; Justin Flores, 2nd Place Winner; Doreen Pereda, GNA Member; and George Pereda.

Back row L to R: David Okada, GNA Vice President; Monte Mesa, GPO General Manager; Takeshi Nakanishi, Guest Referee & Japan Kendama Association Managing Director; Toshio Matsumura, Deputy Consul – Consulate General of Japan Office; and Ben Wada, GNA Member.

Consulate General of Japan Office, Guam Nikkei Association, GPO, Pacific Islands Club, Twinkles, and United Airlines

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Search for the 2014 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients is on! 

Deadline Extended to Monday, Oct. 20th, 4p.m.

Attached is a listing of requirements and the official nomination form for this prestigious award. The deadline to submit a nomination form and supporting evidence is Monday, October 20th, 4p.m. The award recognition ceremony will take place at the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion (see details below).

Take a look at photo highlights from last year’s alumni reunion which featured the 2013 awards ceremony.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 

Annparo Rios
Annparo Rios
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, 
Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center
B.S, Nursing, 2003
School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS)

“My education from the University of Guam has helped to shape me into the person I am today by allowing me to reconnect with my island home after spending my childhood and early adult life away from Guam. I didn’t have a sense of where “home” was. My goal was to pursue a nursing degree and have a career as a nurse. It wasn’t an easy one and would not have been possible without the support of my loved ones and instructors who knew and understood my history and experiences and encouraged me every step of the way to achieve my goal.  My experience at UOG allowed me to accomplish my goals, forge friendships with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and be comfortable calling Guam “home” once again.”  

Darlene Moore
Darlene Moore
Founder & President, 
Micronesian Archaeological Research Services 
B.A. Anthropology, 1979, MA Behavioral Science, 1984
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

“The education I received at the University of Guam during the years from 1976 to 1983 in pursuit of BA and MA degrees in Anthropology and Behavioral Science with a focus on Archaeology provided the background, training, and experience that were required in order for me to meet the federal qualification standards for directing and participating in Historic Preservation projects.  After graduation, I worked on several UOG archaeological research projects which provided additional training opportunities. Then I formed a sole proprietorship and hired other qualified people as needed to complete Cultural Resource Management projects in the Mariana Islands.  As the number and size of our projects grew, we (two other women with BA degrees and one with a PhD degree in Anthropology) formed Micronesian Archaeological Research Services (MARS), Inc.  Incorporated in 1992, we are still operating, although two of our four original people have since retired. The past 25 years would not have been possible if UOG had not been there to offer the classes and guidance needed to qualify me for work in this fascinating field.”

George Chiu
George Chiu
Executive Vice President,
Tan Holdings Corporation
B.A. Accounting, 1987
School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

“I’d experienced stateside campus life, but it was at the University of Guam that my commitment to education was fortified. Professors and facilitators opened opportunities through learning not in just my primary fields of study – but other supportive and relevant areas that provided well-rounded and thoughtful opportunities that contributed to my success. Attending classes with students from the islands who also became leaders and professionals has developed a collegiate fraternity. I often meet individuals who also attended UOG; we share experiences, college courses, personalities and knowledge that contributes to a valuable basis of friendship and spirit of cooperation in mutually rewarding and beneficial collaborations and endeavors.” 

Matilda Rivera
Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Assistant Professor, University of Guam
B.A. Early Childhood Elementary, 1997, M.ED. Language and Literacy 2000
School of Education (SOE)

“I am proud to be an alumna of the University of Guam.  Without the guidance and inspiration of my brilliant professors at UOG’s School of Education, I would not have made it this far in my career.  Thank you UOG for helping me to grow and gain the wisdom to excel in all that I do.  Like my father always says, “Winning starts in the mind.  Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve.“  Let us all think like winners!  BIBA UOG!”

Shiela Concepcion
Shiela Concepcion
Quality Manager, DZSP 21 LLC
B.A. Computer Science, 2002. 
College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)

“My education at the University of Guam has been instrumental in shaping both my professional and personal life. It helped expand my creativity, enhance my project management skills, build my self-confidence and foster my passion for technology – all of which has transformed my life and propelled my career from being the lead Computer Programmer to the Manager of Quality on the largest Base Operations Support Services Contract in the Department of Defense. The experiences I gained from the University served as the ultimate foundation for my dreams coming true, but this is only the beginning….”

(Awards were not given in 2012)

2011 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 
distinguished alumni

Winners of the 2011 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award are pictured with University officials at a gala on Sept. 3, 2011 at the Outrigger Resort. (L to R) Dr. Chris Perez, former Chairman, UOG Board of Regents, Dr. Robert Underwood, President, UOG, Frank Cruz, Distinguished Alumnus – CNAS, Mike Nahalowaa, Distinguished Alumnus – SBPA, Atty. Bob Klitzkie, Distinguished Alumnus – SOE, Laurent Duenas, Distinguished Alumna -  SONHS, Joanne Brown, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Judith Selk, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Distinguished Alumna - SOE, Dr. Gregg San Nicolas, Distinguished Alumnus - SOE, Tanya Muna, Distinguished Alumna - SPBA, and Robert Paulino, former President, UOG Alumni Association.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 15 for the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion: “The Way We Were”

Remember the good old days at the University of Guam at our all-class annual alumni reunion at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Our theme this year is “The Way We Were,” and we will feature an evening of nostalgic performances. We will also feature the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards, and the chance to win great prizes at the event!

Tickets are $35 per person. In the meantime, browse through photo highlights from past reunions in the galleries below. Don’t miss out this year!

2012 UOG Alumni Reunion: Celebrate Good Times

2011 UOG Alumni Reunion: The First-Ever Island-Wide Reunion

Look for Video Highlights from Previous Reunions on Our Official youtube page:


Hafa Adai, to all our Alumni, University Citizens and Generous Sponsors! Thank you to everyone who helped make our 62nd Anniversary Founders Day Gala a success! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we raised close to $32,000! Funds raised will go toward realizing the university's 21st Century Campus Physical Master Plan.

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You can view more photo highlights from the event through the two links below:

COMING SOON! Video of performances from the event!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GHC Event: Freedom on the Menu

The GHC is sponsoring the gospel group The Birmingham Sunlights, as well as Chef Robert Stehling, to come to Guam to give workshops and performances. The Sunlights are NEA Fellows, and Chef Stehling is a James Beard Winner.

There are two opportunities to see The Sunlights, and one opportunity to taste Chef Stehling’s great southern food. You can do both at the Hyatt on October 4th, for the Eat Your Heritage fundraiser. If you just want to see the Sunlights, they are performing in concert with our very own University Singers at Southern High School at 7pm on October 1st.

You can see either Dr. Cabrera in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Troy McVey for tickets to either event. Tickets in advance for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guam Nikkei Appreciation Night II - Oct. 10

The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA), with the Guam Community College (GCC) Culinary Program, is hosting its second Appreciation Night event on October 10, 2014, from 4pm-8pm, at the GCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium to raise funds for erecting a monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Yigo.  This monument will honor those Issei, or first generation, Japanese who settled in Guam in the early 1900s, but perished during WWII without given proper burial or recognition. 

The GNA overall fundraising goal is $15,000.00 to construct the monument.  

GNA is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to instill the Japanese culture, art, traditions, history, lineage, and customs to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.  The Association is open to anyone who is interested in this primary goal. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Chorus Line - Guam 2014

Primary Election Results

1 BORDALLO, Madeleine * 5,882
2 ARTERO, Matthew 2,008
1 METCALFE, Margaret 6,720
1 GUTIERREZ, Carl / GUMATAOTAO, Gary 7,301
1 CALVO, Eddie / TENORIO, Ray * 10,983
1 AGUON, Frank Jr. * 6,532
2 RODRIGUEZ, Dennis Jr. * 6,397
3 CRUZ, Benjamin J. * 6,269
4 ADA, Tom * 5,975
5 SAN NICOLAS, Michael * 5,952
6 MUNA BARNES, Tina Rose * 5,896
7 RESPICIO, Rory * 5,769
8 WON PAT, Dr. Judi * 5,765
9 UNDERWOOD, Dr. Nerissa 5,634
10 GUTHERTZ, Dr. Judi 5,365
11 PALACIOS, Adolpho 5,060
12 CRISTOBAL, Hope 4,927
13 HILLS, Derek 4,624
14 CRUZ, Rodney 4,364
15 UNGACTA, Frank 3,717
1 ADA, Tony * 9,095
2 MORRISON, Tommy * 8,759
3 ESPALDON, Jim 8,298
4 DUENAS, Chris * 8,260
5 BLAS, Frank Jr. 8,157
6 CASTRO, Wil 7,439
7 YAMASHITA, Aline * 7,421
8 MCCREADIE, Brant * 7,276
9 MENDIOLA, Adonis 7,083
10 LEON GUERRERO, Glenn 6,877
11 TORRES, Mary 6,666
12 BLAS, Roland 6,224
13 TAITANO, Michelle 5,758
14 BENAVENTE, Felix 5,504
15 PEREZ, Valentino 5,428
16 CARLOS, Romeo 3,430
1 BARRETT-ANDERSON, Elizabeth 13,708
2 RAPADAS, Leonardo * 7,083

Source:  GEC, KUAM

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guam FestPac 2016 Literary Arts Workshop on September 6

The Guam Literary Arts Committee for the GUAM Festival of Pacific Arts 2016 is calling all interested artists to participate in our workshops on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the University of Guam CLASS Lecture Hall.

The schedule is as follows:

Opening Remarks - 10:00 to 10:15

Indigenous Language - 10:15 to 10:45

Oratory (Storytelling) - 10:45 to 11:15

*Fashion - 11:30 to 12:30
*History - 11:30 to 12:30
*Publications - 11:30 to 12:30
   *These are concurrent presentations, and participants may elect to participate in only one of the three workshops.

Break - 12:30 to 1:00

Theater - 1:00 to 1:50

Closing - 1:50 to 2:00

These workshops are FREE and open to the public. Due to the limited space, we kindly ask that you please register to participate at: Literary Arts Committee Workshop Registration. For more information, please contact Literary Arts Committee Chairwoman, Selina Onedera-Salas,

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy 70th Liberation Day, Guam!

Tomorrow marks Guam's 70th Liberation Day! The island's annual liberation parade on July 21 is traditionally packed with crowds to celebrate Guam's freedom from Japan's cruel occupation. As part of our patriotism, we continue to celebrate and thank our Dear Uncle Sam - the United States and to those who serve in the Armed Forces who continue to fight for our freedom!

Happy 70th Liberation Day, Guahan! Biba Guahan!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

University of Guam Alumni News - May 28

1) UOG 62nd Anniversary Founders Day Gala, Just a Month Away!

Our signature green-tie event of the year is just a month away! We only have six tables (which seats 10) available as of today. Please contact Norman Analista at 735-2991 or to reserve your tickets today.

Below, you’ll find information on our exquisite menu for the event. A vegan option is also available. You’ll also have the opportunity to win exciting prizes including two separate United Business roundtrip tickets to Micronesia, Asia or Cairns, Australia! Plus, enjoy amazing entertainment from UOG students, alumni and faculty!

In the meantime, we invite you to review pictures and video highlights from our previous celebrations:

Photo Highlights:


Video Highlights:


2)Important Alumni Survey

The University of Guam is collecting data and feedback from our alumni regarding the campus services that were available to them, as well as their success in finding employment in their field. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to respond to the following survey which will help us to better understand the needs of our growing alumni network.

The survey consists of 40 questions and it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to answer questions pertaining to: your gender, your educational status, and your occupational status. The information obtained will be kept in confidence. Names will only be able to be traced by the researcher. The information may be used for statistical or scientific purposes without identifying you as an individual.

Please click on the link below to access the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you in advance for your time and support!

3)Save the Date for More Exciting Events in 2014!
In an effort to lessen the impact of our carbon footprint, electronic communications will remain central to our alumni outreach. We will continue to email event invitations, announcements of new benefits and programs, as  well as other exciting news.

1)Professional Mixer
Thursday, 9/18, 6p-10p, Venue TBD

2)Alumni Reunion: Featuring the Distinguished Alumni Awards
Saturday, 11/15, 6p-10p, Venue TBD

Browse through photo galleries and video highlights of these events from previous years:

Online photo album:

Official youtube page: