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Distinguished Alumni Awards

2016 UOG Distinguished Alumni Awards

The University of Guam Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and UOG Alumni Association are excited to announce the names of the winners of the 2016 UOG Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards were given out on Dec. 3 at the UOG Alumni Reunion at the Lotte Hotel. A total of six awards were given.

The award is given to those who demonstrate a high level of distinction and achievement through scholarship, research, teaching, creative contributions to the arts or sciences, and/or service to society. They must also exhibit a high degree of character and integrity, civic and University involvement, and whose achievements have local, national or international significance.

The winners are:

University of Guam


Frank Ishizaki
Adjunct Faculty, School of Business and Public Administration, UOG
Chief Criminalist Guam DPS, Retired FBI Special Agent, Senator, Chief of Police, Director of Corrections, and Homeland Security Advisor
BA Chemistry, 1971
College of Natural & Applied Sciences




University of Guam


Maureen Maratita
Glimpses Publications
BA Communication, 2000
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciecnes




University of Guam


Sandra McKeever
President/Financial Advisor
Asia Pacific Financial Management Group
BA Marketing, 1999
School of Business & Public Administration




University of Guam


Paul Pun
Secretary General
Caritas Macau
BS Social Work, 1989
School of Nursing & Health Sciences




University of Guam


Salvador Avilla
Department Chairperson – Social Studies
George Washington High School/Tiyan High School
Former Principal, Agueda Middle School
BA Secondary Education & Sociology, 1973
MA Behavorial Sciences, 1975
School of Education


University of Guam


LTC(R) Renie “Rey” Llaneta, Army
RE/MAX Asyenda Realty Corporation
BA Psychology, 1984
Military Award



All nominees’ application packets were rated in the following areas: 1) Professional accomplishment in the field: has the nominee attained a high level of distinction and achievement through scholarship, research, teaching, creative contributions to the arts (comprising Humanities, Performing and Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Business) or sciences (comprising Science, Engineering and Health Sciences) and/or service to society? 2) Does the candidate exhibit a high degree of character and integrity? 3) Does the candidate show civic and University involvement, awareness and concern? 4)Does the nominee's achievements have local, national and/or international significance?

The awards are expected to be given out in 2017 again. A call for nominations will take place starting in July of next year.

For more information, please contact Norman Analista, Director, Development & Alumni Affairs, University of Guam at 797-3333 or email analistan@triton.uog.edu.