Monday, September 29, 2014

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.