Archive of 2008 Media Releases
December 9, 2008
GUAM ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CERTIFICATION PLUS PROJECT SEEKS APPLICANTS
The Guam English as a Second Language Certification Plus Project is a multi-year National Professional Development grant awarded to the University of Guam’s Micronesian Language Institute to provide pre and in-service professional development activities in education at UOG.
The five-year grant began in July 2007 and was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. This is the fourth call for participants since its inception.
The Guam English as a Second Language Certification Plus Project currently has openings for several individuals who wish to obtain dual certification in math, science, language arts/reading or CHamoru language and ESL. Successful applicants will receive payment of full tuition and registration fees equaling a minimum of 30 credit hours per school year for full-time students and up to 15 credit hours for part-time students, and advisement, among other benefits.
Slots are available in the following categories:
- Full-time UOG students pursuing a degree in education with specialization, and eventually certification, in math, science, CHamoru language, or language arts/reading and ESL.
- Part-time UOG students who are GPSS non-degreed teachers with emergency or provisional certificates, full-time school aides and other staff pursuing a degree in education with specialization, and eventually certification, in math, science, CHamoru language, or language arts/reading and ESL.
- Part-time UOG students who are GPSS non-education degreed teachers with emergency or provisional certificates or GPSS non-degreed full-time staff pursuing professional certification in math, science, CHamoru language, or language arts/reading and ESL.
Applications are available at the Micronesian Language Institute’s Guam ESL Certification Plus Project office at Deans Circle, House No.3 or 4 at the University of Guam campus. The application is posted on the UOG website at http://www.uog.edu/, under Bulletin, and can also be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to submit application is January 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. For more information contact 735-2193/7/8.
December 3, 2008
Filipino Community of Guam Scholarships
The Filipino Community of Guam awarded four $500 scholarships to University of the Guam Students Arlyn Bartolome, Julian Sakisat, Mark Lero, and Judith Arida on November 21, 2008. On hand for the presentation were, from left, Melba Cantoria, Dan Romulo, Fernabel Dela Pena, Ben Degayo, Lorena Argallon, Tess Quintans, Alex Gagaring, Nick Caasi, Julian Sakisat , Dr. Robert Underwood, Judith Arida, Arlyn Bartolome, Emelio Uy, Fred Cantoria, Rene Quintans, and Leah Beth Naholowaa.
December 3, 2008
Business Seniors Present Industry Analysis and ForecastFall 2008 graduating seniors in the School of Business and Public Administration Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program will present their analysis and forecast of various industries on Guam on December 11, 2008 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero SBPA Building. For more info contact: Dr. Annette T. Santos; Phone: 671-735-2514; Email: email@example.com
November 20, 2008
CASE, Carnegie Name Top U.S. Professors of the Year Dr. Inoue Named Guam Professor of Year
Washington, D.C.—Four college and university educators who actively involve their undergraduate students in hands-on research are the national winners of the 2008 U.S. Professors of the Year Awards. Administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and sponsored by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their commitment to undergraduate students. In addition to the four national winners, state-level Professors of the Year are being recognized in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.
Dr. Yukiko Inoue, a Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Guam, has been selected as the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Guam Professor of the Year. All of the 2008 U.S. Professors of the Year were honored today at a luncheon and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Professors of the Year program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
John Lippincott, president of CASE, said this year’s national and state winners are outstanding teachers whose passion for teaching and commitment to student learning represent the best in undergraduate education.
This year’s U.S. Professors of the Year award winners were selected from a pool of nearly 300 nominees. Judges select national and state winners based on four criteria: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.
Two other University of Guam Professors, Kyle Smith, a Psychology Professor, and Vivian Dames, a Social Work Professor, have received the Professor of the Year Award in recent years.
For more information visit: www.professorsoftheyear.org
November 21, 2008
MARC Launches Three Publications
The Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam will launch three recent publications on Nov. 21, 2008 at 2pm. The event will take place in the MARC Library. The publications include:
The Chamorro Legends on the Island of Guam
Chamorro Legends on the Island of Guam is one of the few records of Chamorro oral tradition, and is therefore an invaluable source for cultural memory as well as the study of how Chamorro identity changed throughout colonializing experiences. The tales recounted here emerged from centuries of cultural submergence, and clearly bear the marks of cultural domination. Marvis Van Peenen has done a great service for Chamorro culture and identity. She has preserved some remnants of the subaltern Chamorro oral tradition. This latest edition presents the full context of her dissertation in both Spanish (the original format) and English.
ISBN: 978-0-9800331-2-0 Price: $16.00
Available for sale at: Bestseller Books, Faith Bookstore and MARC UOG
Lepers in the Mariana Islands During the Spanish Administration 1668-1898
The presence of a “kind of leprosie” was recognized among the people of the Mariana Islands long before the Spanish completed their subjugation, toward the end of the 1600’s. Two hundred years of Spanish occupation followed, during which several knowledgeable and sensitive governors attempted to mitigate the devastating effects of this and other diseases – then believed to be leprosy – among the populace.
ISBN: 978-0-9800331-1-3 Price: $12.00
Available for sale at: Bestseller Books, Faith Bookstore and MARC UOG.
Baseball in Palau: A Passion for the Game
The structure of this book is chronological. It begins with Motoji Kono’s gathering together of young Palauan men who formed the All Palau team of all-stars. This was a momentous event and led to baseball becoming deeply in rooted in Palauan culture.
ISBN: 978-982-98020-1-9 Price: $28.00
Available for sale at: Bestseller Books, Faith Bookstore and MARC UOG.
For more information on these books contact LaVonne at (671) 735-2151; Fax: (671) 734-7403 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
November 19, 2008
UOG FINANCE AND ECONOMICS PROFESSOR DEVELOPS VIRTUAL U.S. BANK FOR BIZ/ED
Dr. James Taylor, an associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Guam, helped to create a Virtual U.S. Bank for Biz/ed a comprehensive website originally developed to support business education in the United Kingdom.
“The site’s central focus has been to provide educational material for the U.K., but the extent, quality, and free access to the material encouraged me, along with professors from other countries, to use the site to support our teaching efforts,” said Taylor.
Taylor originally researched the Biz/ed website seeking an alternative to expensive textbooks to support his University of Guam course on Money and Banking. He found that while there are many similarities between U.S. and U.K. banking, there are too many differences to expect U.S. students to immediately understand.
“Biz/ed had noticed that more and more people from outside the U.K. were using their site and recognized that by offering a separate Virtual U.S. Bank they could increase the site’s appeal to American students,” said Taylor. “So when I wrote to them about using their site to develop my own web pages, they asked if I would be willing to develop a Virtual U.S. Bank at Biz/ed.”
It took about a year to make all the modifications with regards to political structures, banking structures, terms, definitions, and spelling differences between the U.K. and the U.S and their banking systems. Professor Taylor and the University of Guam are given credit on the Biz/ed site, which brings international recognition to both Taylor and UOG.
“This underscores Dr. Taylor’s commitment to improving the quality of education for business students at the University of Guam,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “Furthermore, he is recognized internationally for providing information to business students across America, and anyone else around the globe who is studying U.S. banking.”
Biz’/ed, which was launched in the U.K. in 1996, has developed an extensive body of business education materials in economics, finance, accounting, and tourism. Visit the Virtual U.S. Bank at Biz/ed at www.bized.co.uk/virtual/home.htm.
November 13, 2008
Math Contest Winners for the month of October
The Mathematics Department at the UOG received many submissions and excellent solutions from both high school and college students for the October math problem solving contest. The problems were downloaded 719 times, but there can only be two winners: Anran Li, a St. John’s School student, and Shin Kim, a University of Guam student. Hangin'High, the indoor Climbing Gym in Tamuning, donated one day of free admission for each of the October winners. Visit www.uog.eduto see the solutions to the October problems.
The November math problems have been posted at www.uog.eduHigh school and college students may participate for a cumulative award in two categories: (a) contestants who already took calculus class, and (b) contestants who have not taken calculus class. Submissions from anyone who is interested in math challenges are also welcome. The contest will continue throughout February, and the overall winners will be announced in March 2009, during the UOG Math Day.
Submit your solutions to Math Contest c/o Division of Math Sciences, WB #4, University of Guam, UOG Station, Mangilao, GU 96923, or via email to email@example.com. Please include Math Contest in the subject line. Include your name, address, school, grade and whether or not you have taken calculus. For more information email the above address. Submission deadline: November 30, 2008.
November 6, 2008
UOG Island Theatre Presents:THE CURATE SHAKESPEARE AS YOU LIKE IT.
UOG's Island Theatre announces their upcoming production of THE CURATE SHAKESPEARE AS YOU LIKE IT. "Being the record of one company's attempt to perform the play by William Shakespeare," Don Nigro's quirky adaptation of Shakespeare's rustic comedy will delight audiences of all ages and provide a unique opportunity to become familiar with one of the greatest plays in the English language.
THE CURATE SHAKESPEARE will open Thursday night, November 13th and play through Saturday night November 15th. The following week's performances will run from Wednesday, November 19th through November 22nd at the UOG Fine Arts Theatre. All performances begin at 08:00pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door one half hour before curtain for $7.50 ($5.00 for students). UOG STUDENTS FREE!
Fore information contact Prof. Jim Seymour at 735-2718.
November 5, 2008
UOG RFK Library Exhibit: Roll Call of Honor
The University of Guam Library is currently featuring an exhibit for Veteran’s Day titled “Roll Call of Honor”. The twenty-nine prints displayed are official copies of banners provided by the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) as a tribute to the Micronesian soldiers and civilians who have given their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Enduring Freedom. The pictorial memorial is a testament to the bravery, courage and heroism of the sons of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam and the Republic of Palau. The display will be on exhibit from November 1- December 12th.
November 5, 2008
UOG Alumni, Eugene Diaz, Receives Excellence in Aquisition Award
Eugene Diaz, UOG alumni and Director of People and Process at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas, recently received the General Services Administration's (GSA) prestigious 2008 Ida Ustad Award for Excellence in Acquisition in a ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard Oct. 27. The award, which comes with a $5,000 check, recognizes an employee who has a major impact on improving the acquisition process and who performs as a business leader-advisor. Diaz graduated from the University of Guam with a degree in accounting in 2002. He joined NAVFAC as an intern in 2003 and was recently promoted from contract specialist to his current position. Eugene is one of about eighteen University of Guam graduates who are employed at NAVFAC Marianas.
October 30, 2008
UOG Faculty Leaders Contribute to the Palulap Award
University of Guam Faculty Leaders have contributed over $2,500 to the 2009 Palulap Award. Established by the UOG Faculty Senate in January 2008, the Palulap Award honors individuals or organizations in the community who have made extraordinary contributions to the protection and promotion of the fundamental principles of academic freedom and institutional integrity at UOG. The inaugural award in January 2008 went to Marie Nelson and Donna Muña Quinata, former members of the UOG Board of Regents. The 2009 Palulap Award will be bestowed in January 2009 to a recipient selected by the UOG Faculty Senate.
October 30, 2008
UOG Alumni Receives UH Manoa's Norman Meller Research Award
James Perez Viernes, a University of Guam alumnus, recently received the Norman Meller Research Award for best master’s research paper focused on the Pacific Islands at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His thesis, Fanhasso i Taotao Sumay: Displacement, Dispossession, and Survival in Guam, garnered him the prestigious award. Dr. Anne Hattori was Viernes’ mentor professor when he was a student at the University of Guam. Hattori, recognized internationally for her research, still provides professional mentorship as a member of Viernes’ thesis committee. After completing his undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in Literature at UOG in December 2003, James received a graduate fellowship form the East-West Center at UH Manoa to pursue a master’s degree in Pacific Islands Studies. He completed his MA in Pacific Islands Studies at UH Manoa in August 2008, and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in History with a major focus on Pacific Islands History at UH Manoa under a second graduate degree fellowship from the East-West Center.
Viernes grew up in the mainland, and decided to attend the University of Guam to explore his cultural roots. “The development of my scholarly activity began with the decision to attend UOG,” said Viernes. "A disconnect between what is written and understood of Guam's history and culture and what I actually experienced through living on the island led me to explore Pacific history, and I intend to bring what I have learned in graduate school back home to share with the community."
October 28, 2008
College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences Dean Named President of Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges
The 17th Biennial Conference of Asian Association of Agricultural Colleges and Universities (AAACU) was held last week in Manila, Philippines where Dr. Lee S. Yudin, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Guam, was elected as its President, 2008-2010. This prestigious organization is composed of agricultural colleges and universities from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Guam. The University of Guam is the only US institution affiliated with this organization. Serving with Yudin on the organization’s Board of Directors include 1st Vice President, Dr. Eun Park, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea; 2nd Vice President, Dr. Samakkee Boonyanat, Vice President Research, Kasetsart University, Thailand; and two members at large, Dr. Shigeaki Hattori, Dean, Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Japan; and Dr. Israel Bau-Jen Jiang, Associate Dean of International Studies, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan. The University of Guam will host the 18th Biennial Conference in October 2010. “It is quite an honor to be elected the President of AAACU,” said Yudin. “This position helps to raise the international profile of the University of Guam throughout Asia and brings further recognition to the College of Natural and Applied Sciences research projects.” Above, officers are sworn in by Dr. Fernando Bernardo, Past Executive Director AAACU. Pictured from left to right:Lee Yudin, President (University of Guam) - Guam; Eun Park, 1st VP (Seoul National University) - Korea; Samakkee Boonyawat, 2nd VP (Kasetsart University) - Thailand; Israel Bau-Jen, Member (National Chung Hsing University) - Taiwan;
Shigeaki Hattori, Member (Nagoya University) - Japan; Domingo Angeles, Executive Director AAACU, - Philippines.
October 23, 2008
School of Business and Public Administration GRADUATE PROGRAMS INFORMATION SESSION
Friday, November 7th, 2008, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the University of Guam Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business & Public Administration Building,Camacho Graduate Classroom #262, second floor
Professional Master of Business Administration (PMBA) Program:
This program is designed as a one-year graduate degree program for managers who possess an accredited undergraduate degree and professional work experience. If you need additional information, you may call Dr. Richard Colfax, Program Coordinator, 735-2534 or Lillian Chargualaf, 735-2550.
Master of Public Administration (MPA): This program provides professional education in public administration and to prepare for public service careers at the territorial, regional, federal, and international levels. The programs also offers opportunities for government employees to enhance and improve skills, and to learn new concepts and theories of public administration and management. If you need additional information, you may call Dr. Ronald McNinch, Program Coordinator at 735-2573
October 16, 2008
Arbor Day Planting
UOG Introduction to Agriculture students engaged in Arbor Day planting in the village of Dededo on October 16,2008. In a Guam Power Authority headed community greening effort, students planted 49 Da'ok trees along Marine Drive along with partners from the Dededo Mayor's Office and Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and Soil Resources. From left, top row: Jewell Dagupan, Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares, GPA lineman Paul Flores, Kanye Waguk, Genalyn Gomba, Cathrine Bungabong, Alexandra Kerr, Stasia Borja, Roong Johnson, Erica Blas, Albert Pascua and Nestle Eay. Kneeling: Instructor Roland Quitugua and Isabel Orozco. Not Shown: Nikki Sharma, Jeremy Camacho, Francisco Palacios, Paciano Gumataotao and GPA Assistant Manager of Transmission and Distribution Simon Camacho.
October 15, 2008
USDA Awards $700K to UOG College of Natural and Applied Sciences and Seven Sub-Grantees throughout the Pacific and the Caribbean
Dr. Lee Yudin, Dean of the University of Guam’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences, recently received notification that the United States Department of Agriculture awarded $709,604.00 to fund the fourth year of a grant project that focuses on developing online courses in food science and agriculture.
“The project is unique in that land-grant institutions throughout the Pacific and the Caribbean are linked together to expand and enhance food science and agriculture courses,” said Yudin. “These online courses are shared among the institutions for the benefit of their students, and ultimately the benefit of island communities as more and better crops are raised and become available to the individual island marketplaces.”
The project, Phase IV Developing Resident Instruction in Food and Agriculture Related Sciences at Land Grant Institutions in the Pacific and Caribbean, links the University of Guam to seven sub-grantees: the University of Puerto Rico, University of Virgin Islands, American Samoa Community College, College of the Marshall Islands, College of Micronesia/FSM, Northern Marianas College, and Palau Community College.
The College of Natural and Applied Sciences manages the entire grant, and Guam’s portion of these funds totals $186,426. UOG funds will support one fulltime and one part-time faculty members to administer the program; develop and teach at least two on-line distant education classes; train five high school students during a five-week internship program; one graduate teaching assistantship; fund travel for one agriculture or food science major to participate in the University of Puerto Rico’s 2009 Summer internship program.
“Island communities face similar challenges with regard to weather, soil, typhoons, land availability, and resources,” added Yudin. “This funding allows each institution to build upon the successes of the others, and in this way we all benefit from the lessons learned and can pass information on to students in all of the institutions involved in the project.”
For more information contact Dr. Lee Yudin at (671) 735-2202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15, 2008
TakeCare Contributes $150K to Nursing Program at UOG
$1.5M in Total Contributions to UOG over Seven Year Period
TakeCare will donate $150,000 to the University of Guam’s Nursing Program on October 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building at the Mangilao campus.
This donation brings TakeCare’s total contributions to the University of Guam’s Nursing Program to $1.5 million over a seven year period. “Since 2001, TakeCare has contributed more than $1.5M to the Nursing Program in support of student scholarships, classroom equipment, clinical supplies for the nursing labs, NCLEX reviews for students and graduates, computer equipment, faculty development, and continuing education of nurses,” said Dr. Maria Salomon, Director of Nursing at UOG. “Without a doubt, their contributions served to strengthen our program and have assisted us tremendously in producing nurses for Guam and the region.”
“TakeCare’s support of the nursing program at UOG has enabled the program to obtain necessary equipment and supplies, scholarships, and faculty development that otherwise the University would be unable to fund,” said University President Robert A. Underwood. “The Nursing Program is recognized by all facets of the community as an outstanding program. TakeCare’s generous support over the years has significantly contributed to program’s success.”
Thirty-seven students completed their nursing degrees during the University’s spring 2008 commencement ceremonies. To meet community demand, the University needs to produce approximately 60 nurses per year. With the military build up that number will increase to 80 nurses per year.
“The School of Nursing and Health Sciences and its staff continue to do a great job in preparing their students for a career in healthcare. Because of this, TakeCare maintains its unwavering commitment to the university and its students and will continue to do so for generations to come,” said Gus Sablan, TakeCare Senior Vice President Business Development and Marketing.
TakeCare is also funding University faculty member Margaret Hattori-Uchima’s doctoral studies. “I could not accomplish this goal without financial assistance from TakeCare,” says Hattori-Uchima.
The nursing program at the University of Guam is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
October 15, 2008
The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network at UOG
Accredited by the Association for Small Business Development Centers
The Association for Small Business Development Centers voted in September 2008 to fully accredit the Pacific Islands Small Business Center Network (SBDC) without conditions and as such is nationally recognized as a high quality economic development organization. Accreditation qualifies the Pacific Islands SBDC Network to apply for Small Business Administration funds administered by the Office of Small Business Development
Centers. “I want to congratulate you and your staff for achieving this important milestone,” wrote Mike Young, Chair of the ASBDC Accreditation Committee to Network Director Casey Jeszenka. “I recognize that considerable effort over a long period of time has gone into attaining the goal of accreditation. You and your staff have achieved much during the process, and the Pacific Islands SBDC Network is commended for its success.”
“Accreditation without conditions comes as welcome news,” said Jeszenka. “Only a small percentage of centers throughout the nation receive accreditation without conditions during their reviews. This is the second four-year cycle in which the Pacific Islands SBDC Network achieved this goal.” The Pacific Islands SBDC Network has been continuously accredited since 2000.
The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network is an essential resource for individuals looking to launch small businesses,” said Dean of the School of Business and Pubic Administration Anita Borja-Enriquez. “The School of Business recently partnered with the center to offer a Certificate in Entrepreneurship taught by UOG faculty and SBDC counselors. The program begins October 18.”
“The partnership between the SBDC and the University prepares our people to participate fully in the coming military build up,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “In partnership with the SBDC, the University can prepare individuals to seek out small business opportunities.”
The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network (PISBDCN) is one of 63 networks across the United States and its Territories. The 63 networks have over a 1,000 SBDC Service Centers across the nation that offers small businesses free confidential counseling and low cost training. The center has been housed at the University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration since 1995. From 1999 through 2002 five additional centers were opened, creating the first international SBDC Network. Centers are located in Guam, Federated States of Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, & Kosrae), Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshalls.
In FY2007, the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network counseled 696 individuals who have an existing business or plan to start a business, offered 191 business training sessions around the region attended by 2,525 individuals, and coordinated 90 loans in the total dollar amount of $1,844,298.00, with the owners contributing an additional $1,679,602.00 in equity injection. Sixty of the loans went to start new businesses with the remaining supporting the expansion of existing businesses. The work of the Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network assisted in creating 216 new jobs around the region and helped retain 116 jobs.
Pacific Islands SBDC’s next scheduled review will be in the year 2012. For more information contact Georgette Reyes, Associate Network Director, SBDC, Tel. (671) 735-2591 Email: email@example.com
University Music Fall Concert - October 17 and 18
University Music presents concerts on October 17 and 18, Friday and Saturday, at 8:00pm. The Fall Concert will feature four different groups:
Sans Lederhosen Bavarian band
Table for Five
University Jazz Band
Place: UOG Fine Arts Theater
Time: October 17 and 18, Friday and Saturday, 8:00pm
Cost: $5.00 General Admission $3.00 Students and Seniors
Student Government Association
SGA inducted its officers for the 2008-2009 Academic Year in September.
Pictured from left to right, seated: Senators Lisa Meeks, Phoebe Tadeo, Angelica Mantanona, Faedene Aldan, Aubry Hocog and Darlene Mae Vigil. Standing from left to right: Senator Charles Santos, Treasurer Jason Aradanas, Vice-President Remylynn Burlaza, President Benjamin FA Leon Guerrero II, Secretary Leilani Sablan and Senators Paciano Gumataotao and Joaquin Diego.
(Not Pictured are Senators Kyle Mesa and Albert Perez Jr.)
Nagoya 2009 International Conference
The conference co-organized by the UOG School of Business and Public Administration in cooperation with Penn State Altoona's Division of Business and Engineering and Nagoya University's Economic Research Center.
Like past conferences on Guam (2007) and Hanoi (2008), the Nagoya 2009 conference is not limited to Business faculty. There can also be a pedagogy/educational leadership session where faculty from any discipline can share their teaching experience and method. Students are also welcome to attend.
Click here for the background information sheet. Click here for the Nagoya 2009 International Conference Call for Papers
October 7, 2008
UOG CEDDERS GRANT WILL HELP SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH DISABIILITIES IN GUAM’S MILITARY FAMILIES
The University of Guam Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (CEDDERS) received a five-year grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities under the Projects of National Significance grant program. The annual award amount is $200,000 per year for a total of $1,000,000 over the five-year grant project. The overall goals of the Navigator’s Compass: Guam’s Family Support 360 for Military Families project are:
· To enhance the capabilities of families to assist their children with developmental disabilities to achieve their maximum potential;
· To support the increasing ability of children with disabilities to exercise greater choice and self-determination and to engage in leadership activities in their communities
· To ensure the protection of children with disabilities’ legal and human rights.
A minimum of 20 families will be served in year one and a minimum of 40 families will be served from years two through five.
“The work CEDDERS does for the community and the region is well known and highly regarded,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “With this grant, the team of experts at CEDDERS expands its service area to include military families. Grant funded services will improve the quality of life for servicemen and women who have children with developmental disabilities.”
“The Governor’s Office, Rear Admiral William D. French, UOG Professor Mary Fegurgur, Evelyn Claros, member of the Guam Positive Parents Together, the Autism Community Together organization, and the Guam CEDDERS staff all contributed to the success of this grant application,” said CEDDERS Director Dr. Heidi San Nicolas. “We look forward to launching the program in the coming months.”
For more information about the Navigator’s Compass: Guam’s Family Support 360 for Military Families project, contact CEDDERS at (67) 735-2481.
Oct. 6, 2008
DR. MIYUME TANJI
Curtin University of Technology
Media, Society, and Culture Center for Advances Studies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific and author of Myths, Protest, and Struggle in Okinawa (2006) will present a colloquium discussing: People Struggles in Okinawa against Militarism and the Status of the Dugong Case
When: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Location: RFK Library, AV Room 1
For more information contact Lisa Natividad, PhD, University of Guam Division of Social Work at 735-2962.
October 1, 2008
UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration Launches Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program
The University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration, in collaboration with the Guam Small Business Development Center, launches a Certificate in Entrepreneurship program October 18.
This new program is ideal for people interested in starting a new business or expanding a current one. This 8-week certificate program is designed to introduce participants to doing business in the economy of the 21st Century; the most recent developments in entrepreneurial education; and an introduction to characteristics of a successful business.
“This course will prepare participants to become entrepreneurs,” said Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean of UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration. “Participants will learn about business planning, growth, cash flow management, and how to develop a comprehensive business plan. They will also learn about free small business resources available on Guam and on-line.
Sessions will be taught by Guam Small Business Development Center counselors and UOG business faculty. The program begins October 18, 2008 and runs on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm through December 13, 2008. To register contact UOG’s Professional and International Programs office at 735-2600/1, or email Charlene Tenorio at firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the registration form visit: http://www.uog.edu/../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../admin/assetmanager/images/pip/pdllc_reg.pdf
Oct. 2, 2008
Special Lecture Series focused on helping people with communication challenges
October 17-November 7, 2008 a Special Lecture Series focused on helping people with communication challenges will be conducted by visiting Professor, Diane Nelson Bryen, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Temple University, Philadelphia
October 17, 2008 – “The Right to Communicate” – Augmentative & Alternative Approach
Communication is the essence of life. However, for many individuals with disabilities spoken language is not an effective means of communication. As a consequence, many people believe that if you cannot communicate you have little to say. This presentation will introduce the communication bill of rights and the technologies that can provide an effective communication augment to spoken language.
October 24, 2008 – “Ending the Silence” – Abuse & Neglect (Protection & Advocacy)
People with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be victims of crime. This presentation will discuss the scope of the problem and what is needed to “end the silence” of victims
October 31, 2008 - Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities
People with disabilities have not been part of the planning process needed to prepare for and respond to man-made or natural disasters. This presentation will focus on what is needed to ensure the safety of ALL, including those with disabilities, in times of emergency.
November 7, 2008 – Assistive Technology & Transition From School to Adult Life
Transition from school to adult life is important to students with disabilities. It is even more critical for students with disabilities who rely on a variety of assistive technologies. This presentation will address what factors need to be built into an effective transition plan so that a smooth transition from school to adult life is more likely to occur.
Lectures will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero Building., Lecture Hall, Room 131. For more information, call 735-2490.
September 30, 2008
UOG Students Blas and Palomo Win Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies Student Competition
University of Guam students Valerie Carbullido Blas and Jessica Palomo both won all-expense paid trips to attend the 8th annual Pacific Region Investment Conference which will be held October 9 and 10 in Manila. As part of the student competition, Blas and Palomo each analyzed investing in a major company and included their findings in a five-page paper.
“I am honored my paper was considered,” said Blas. “I look forward to learning from the fiduciary and financial experts at the conference.” Blas is a UOG senior, a mother of four children who range in age from 12 years to 10 months, and part-owner and general manager of an 80-seat restaurant. She currently handles all these duties while her husband is deployed in the U.S. Armed Forces
Palomo is also a University of Guam senior studying finance and economics. After graduation she hopes to become a personal finance advisor. “I hope to learn more about finance at the conference,” she said.
“The Pacific Region Investment Conference gives our students an opportunity to learn about investing first-hand and at the highest level,” said Dr. Jim Taylor, Professor of Finance at the University of Guam, and the UOG coordinator for the student competition. “The conference expands our students’ world view and encourages them to think on a global scale.”
The Pacific Region Investment Conference is sponsored by the Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies.
September 25, 2008
DOD Establishes a Procurement Technical Assistance Center at UOG
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement to the University of Guam. The grant is valued at $289,476 and the funding will go to assist and guide local businesses in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts. The cooperative agreement provides funding for the University of Guam to develop a Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
“The announcement that a PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) is being established on Guam is good news for Guam’s small businesses,” Congresswoman Bordallo said today. “The PTAC will leverage the capabilities of the Small Business Development Center at UOG and will arm Guam’s businesses with the tools to be successful bidders on federal contracts. University of Guam President Dr. Robert Underwood has emphasized the need for greater professional development for the military build-up in areas such as contract specialists. The PTAC at the University of Guam is an opportunity to help achieve this goal and to develop Guam’s professional workforce and our business community.”
Congresswoman Bordallo sponsored language in H.R. 5658, the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009, which directed the Department of Defense to support the establishment of a PTAC on Guam to encourage the utilization of local small businesses during the buildup. The Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program was established by Congress in 1986. The program was developed to provide Department of Defense assistance to state and local governments and other nonprofit organizations by sharing the cost of establishing new PTAC programs.
September 24, 2008
The Association of Childhood Education International inducted its officers for the 2008-2009 academic year. On hand for the presentation were, seated from left: Dr. Matilda Rivera, advisor; Dr. Marilyn Jackson, advisor; Speaker Judi Won Pat; and Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean, School of Business and Public Administration; Standing from left: Alicia Quintanilla, president; Ewalani Escruplo, vice president; Beauty Letewasiyal, secretary; Kimberlie Castro, treasurer; Vaughn Bias, public relations officer; and Nakita Braganza, public relations officer.
September 24, 2008
University of Guam 4-H and Educational Talent Search Donation
The University of Guam 4-H Youth Development Program, in collaboration with students from the Educational Talent Search Program, held a carwash fundraiser in May 2008 to benefit families, parents & children in need of assistance. As part of the fundraising process, 4-H & ETS mentors conducted a youth finance workshop to teach local youth about earning money, the responsibility that comes with it, and the importance of giving back to the community. The students gained vital lessons about self-independence, decision making and community service. Participants raised over $2,700 in carwash funds, some of which went towards a youth retreat as a reward for their efforts. The remainder of the proceeds was contributed to the Victims Advocates Reaching Out (VARO) Organization and to the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority Department of Obstetrics. Each agency received a check in the amount of $768.37 for assisting local families in need. The donations were accepted by Ms. Vangie Cabacar, VARO President, and Ms. Maravic Guiao, GMH Maternity Ward Head Nurse. Pictured (back row, left to right): Ted Iyechad, F4-HFN Program Leader; Lisa Fisher, ETS Mentor, Kellie Meno, ETS Mentor, Roger Arnold, ETS Mentor, Vangie Cabacar, VARO, Daniel Puro, Maravic Guiao, GMHA, Faith Brown, 4-H Mentor, Louise Toves, Executive Asst., Lovey Mongami, TRIO/ETS Asst. Director, June Jordan, 4-H Mentor; Kneeling, left to right: Cedric Snaer, ETS Student, Daniel Salas, ETS Student, Jasmine Eustaquio, ETS Student, Jesse Blas, ETS student.
September 12, 2008
UOG’S TRIO Programs Receive Over $1M in Federal Grants for 2008-2009
The University of Guam’s TRIO Programs received notification from the US Department of Education in Washington, DC that its programs had been funded for the 2008-2009 program year. The total grant award for the three TRIO programs amounts to over a million dollars, broken down as follows:
Educational Talent Search (ETS), $338,330.00,
Student Support Service (SSS) to $282,055.00 to
Upward Bound (UB) programs. $382,812.00
“The federal government reviews the Annual Performance Reports that we submit every November, and determines whether or not our programs achieved their objectives. The fact that we have received full funding is a testament to our success in meeting our objectives,” said Yoichi K. Rengiil, Director of the TRIO programs. “I attribute the success of TRIO programs to the excellent and dedicated staff who devote an enormous amount of time writing these extremely competitive grant applications.”
TRIO Programs were established by Congress to help low-income Americans enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America's economic and social life. These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social and cultural barriers to higher education.
September 12, 2008
DELOITTE TOUCHE TOHMATSU JAPAN EMPLOYEES
PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESS ENGLISH TRAINING AT UOG
Today, fourteen employees from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Japan completed a three-week, intensive Business English Program offered through the University of Guam’s Professional and International Programs. “We have noted major improvements in pronunciation and articulation thanks to the intensive sessions,” said Teresita Cruz, an instructor with the program. Cruz, along with instructors Juanita Castaneda, Fred Rodriguez, and Baltazar Aguon, worked with the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Japan employees to develop English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu students also were assigned to learn about local culture over the weekends and report to the class about their observations. “This is the third group from DTT in Japan to come to UOG for Business English training. We look forward to continuing this positive partnership,” said Dr. Jeff Barcinas, Vice President of University and Community Engagement at the University of Guam
September 11, 2008
Universityof Guam Receives Suicide Prevention Grant
Pictured at left are Camarin Meno, I Pinangon Program Assistant, Eunice Joy Perez, I Pinangon Associate Director, Iain Twaddle, UOG faculty member and I Pinangon Director, and Mary Spencer, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
The University of Guam’s I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program received a grant for $100K per year for three years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services.
“Many congratulations are due to Iain Twaddle and his team,” said Dean Mary Spencer, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. “I Pinangon has changed the campus and community context for understanding practical approaches to preventing suicide, and it has forged strong alliances with the other mental health and community organizations that share that objective. This new grant will make the campus initiatives stronger and enable the program to extend into the community.”
“This grant is a testament to the strong grant writing skills of our faculty,” said UOG Senior Vice President Helen Whippy. “The University of Guam was one of 17 universities to receive the grant award, and one of only six universities to receive the maximum grant award.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services awarded 17 grants to prevent suicide on college campuses. The Campus Suicide Prevention Grants Program is designed to assist colleges and universities in their efforts to prevent suicide attempts and completions. The program also enhances services for students with mental and behavioral health problems, such as depression and substance abuse, which put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts. Grant recipients include, among others:
University of Guam Campus Suicide Prevention Program
University of California, Berkeley, Cal Asian-Pacific Islander Early
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Comprehensive Suicide Prevention and
Mental Health Program
Arizona State University, Tempe, Campus Care Suicide Prevention Program
I Pinangon will host several suicide prevention events this month, including:
Suicide Prevention Month Proclamation Ceremony & Suicide Prevention Forum
The forum will be held Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall. Keynote Speaker: Atty. Gen. Alicia Limtiaco Panel speakers include: Paul Suba, Chief of Police, GPD; Barbara Benavente, PEACE; Deacon Larry Claros, Family & Youth Ministry; Dr. Margaret Artero, UOG; and Prof. Troy McVey, UOG
Suicide Prevention Film Night - 2:37
The film night will be held Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall.
For more information about the grant or the events above, contact Dr. Iain Twaddle at 735-2882 or email@example.com.
September 9, 2008
FILIPINO-AMIERCAN PRESIDENTS CLUB OF GUAM
Louella Mae Navarrete, a University of Guam student majoring in Criminal Justice, received a $500 scholarship from the Filipino-American Presidents Club of Guam on September 9, 2008. On hand for the presentation were from left, seated, Lulu Castro, Rita Dominguez and Rose Hidalgo; from left standing: Chet Neri, immediate past chairwoman; Michael Reidy, UOG Financial Aid Office; Ed Galivo, Coring Eduma, Aida Custodio, FAPCG chairwoman; Robert A. Underwood, UOG president; Louella Navarette, recipient; Lynda Tolan, past chairwoman; Annie Lumba, Efren Lumba and Gloria Baguinon.
September 9, 2008
The Micronesia Challenge: Small Islands Confronting Big Issues
University of Guam graduate students Sheeka Afaisen, Ann Marie Gawel, and Isumechrard Ngirairikl present, "The Micronesia Challenge: Small Islands Confronting BIG Issues" Friday, September 12th at 4 pm in room 205, UOG Marine Lab. The presentation will cover the importance of conservation in Guam and the Marianas Islands and how to effectively conserve at least 30% of the near-shore marine resources and 20% of the terrestrial resources across Micronesia by 2020.
September 9, 2008
21 Enroll in Fall 2008 Special Education Cohort
School of Education held its first official Saturday class for the new fall 2008 Special Education Cohort. Twenty-one new Master of Education students enrolled in this accelerated Special Education certificate and Masters program. Participants are all Guam Public School System teachers, with the exception one participant who is a St. John's teacher.
This is the fourth Special Education Cohort in the last 18 months. There are 65 Special Education graduate students in the program, and 17 students are expected to graduate in December 2008; 12 are expected to graduate in May 2008.
September 7, 2008Praxis II Prep Day
Seven students participated in a Praxis II workshop organized by the School of Education and held September 7 at the Marriott. “We improved on the basic preparation workshop compared to the one we held in July,” said Dr. Richard Fee.
Critical Water Research Needs
The University of Guam’s Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific’s (WERI) hosts its annual research advisory council meeting on September 12 from 9 am to 1 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to identify and prioritize the critical water research needs for Guam. This in turn will help WERI researchers develop one-year projects funded through the United States Geological Survey’s Water Institute Program that specifically address these needs. The meeting will be held in the WERI Building Conference Room on the lower UOG Campus.
“The Annual Meeting has always been a forum for fruitful discussions and exchange of ideas and viewpoints concerning island water problems and priorities. The meeting is an integral part of our Federal Water Resources Research Institute Program process, and serves as a catalyst for promoting and prioritizing other water resource initiatives at our institute,” said Dr. Gary Denton, WERI Director. For more information contact Dr. Gary Denton at 735-2690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 2, 2008
Little Miss Liberation Raises Money for Scholarships
Kimie Okada, Little Miss Liberation, raised $6,850 dollars of which $3,425 will be awarded in scholarships to UOG students. She distributed her earnings to the University of Guam and the Guam Community College on September 2nd. Pictured from left are UOG President Robert A. Underwood, David Okada, UOG Director of Planning and Kimie's father, Flora Baza-Quan, UOG Endowment Foundation, Mary Okada, GCC President and Kimie's mother, Gerry Cruz, GCC Foundation, Mrs. Young, Kimie's grandmother, Lolita Reyes, GCC Foundation, and Mayor of Mangilao, Nito Blas.
August 29, 2008
UOG ROTC Scholarship Program Named in Honor of Major Henry San Nicolas Ofeciar
The University of Guam officially commemorated the naming of the Major Henry San Nicolas Ofeciar ROTC Scholarship program during a ceremony held August 29, 2008. Board of Regents Resolution no. 08-23, Relative to Naming the Major Henry San Nicolas Ofeciar Army ROTC Scholarship Program, was adopted on June 19, 2008 in recognition of Major Ofeciar’s dedication, loyalty, service, and ultimate sacrifice for our nation and our island. Members of Major Ofeciar’s family were present for the August 29th ceremony. Pictured: Board Chairman, Sonny Ada, presents a copy of the Board of Regents resolution to Agnes S.N. Rillera and family members.
August 28, 2008
Marmie Scholarship Awarded
Bob Yangelou is the first recipient of the Marmie Scholarship. He is working on his thesis in the M.A. in Micronesian Studies Program. He is an outstanding student, having achieved the highest scores in the comprehensive exams last spring. He is from Woleai, an outer island atoll of Yap State of the Federated States of Micronesia.
Bob is a faculty member at the College of Micronesia-Yap Campus. His research interests address important cultural and socio-economic issues of Yap. His thesis proposal focuses on contemporary land dynamics on Yap Proper, especially involving the negotiations that outer island peoples are having with Yap Proper peoples to use some of the traditional collectively owned land. Pictured from left are Dr. Mary Spencer, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Yangelou, and Monica Winterle of the UOG Endowment Foundation.
August 22, 2008
Marine Preserves are Working! Tagged Surgeonfish Caught by Fishermen
Two hangon (orangespine surgeonfish), tagged by Marine Lab researchers a month ago, were recently caught by fishermen in nets on the reef flat at Asan. The tagged fish swam outside the Marine Preserve in Piti Memorial Park traveling nearly a kilometer to their catch site.
A total of 400 hangon and tå'taga' (bluespine surgeonfish) have been tagged to date, along with another 30 that have had acoustic tags surgically implanted. Underwater visual surveys are currently underway to resight tagged fish in order to estimate population size and biomass of both species, and to investigate spillover from the marine preserve into adjacent fished areas. The fish captured so far indicate that the marine preserves are performing as intended, replenishing other reefs with fish, a boon for both fishermen and divers. This relates solid evidence that our Marine Protected Areas are working. For more info contact:
Dr. Jenny McIlwain @ email@example.com or 753-2188.
Dr. Alexander M. Kerr
August 22, 2008
Camacho Comes Back to Give Back
Fall semester 2008, Frank A. Camacho began teaching at his alma mater as the first Chamorro tenure-track faculty member in the Biology Department. Several of his former professors are now his colleagues and he remembers their impact on his career decisions. “While I benefited from the guidance of many outstanding faculty at the University of Guam, C. Lynn Raulerson, Ernie Matson, Gary Heathcote, Mr. Barry Smith, and my graduate advisor Stephen Nelson were among the strongest influences on my education and career choices. All of these former professors and mentors encouraged me to think critically and independently. They also sparked my interest in ecological field work,” said Camacho.
Camacho earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology from the University of Guam in 1994 and 1997, respectively. In 2005 he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
“It sounds cliché, but a personal goal of mine was to return to the island to contribute back to our community here. Hopefully, I will be able to inspire students to think critically about the many environmental challenges Guam is currently facing as well as the ones that are looming just over the horizon,” he said. “I study tropical freshwater ecosystems, so Guam is an obvious place to initiate a research program examining the structure of high island streams in Micronesia. The rivers and streams in this region are among the most poorly understood aquatic systems in the world and are also among the most fragile, given the importance of water resources in insular societies.”
This semester Camacho will teach environmental biology and environmental biology laboratory and use his expertise to mentor students. “Guam has had an unfortunate ecological history, including poor waste management, anthropogenically influenced erosion and sedimentation, and a constant influx of invasive species. Reversing this legacy requires educating the community and engaging them in the science behind policy changes,” said Camacho. “While I believe that my instructional activities contribute towards change, I also try to do a fair amount of engagement and outreach in the local community. At the end of the day, motivation for change should be predicated upon the best available scientific evidence.”
Frank is the son of Frank and Mary Camacho, and is married to Florence Burch Camacho.
August 22, 2008
Yamashita Educator Corps Fall 2008 Graduate recipients
The following individuals received Yamashita Educator Corps Scholarships to attend the University of Guam to pursue their graduate degrees. Pictured from left are John Sanchez, YEC Administrator, and recipients Analita Basto, Annette Payumo, Evangeline Perez, Gladys Uy, Melvin Finona, Felix Santos, Paula Ulloa, Jason Lee Cruz, Anna Wong, Lindsey Dwiggins, Robyn Aguon and David Gofigan.
Yamashita Educator Corps Fall 2008 undergraduate recipients
The following individuals received Yamashita Educator Corps Scholarships to attend the University of Guam to pursue their undergraduate degrees in education. Pictured from left: John Sanchez, YEC Administrator, Jarryd Figueroa, Billy Navarrete, Barbara Taijeron, Lisa Taitano, Robert Ady, Vincent Bukikosa Jr., Kate Quiambao, Jennifer James, Lorna Heramil, Naomi Uy, Joni Santos, Bianca Alvia, and Mary Leah Pervez.
August 20, 2008
The University of Guam’s 2007-2008 Fact Book has been posted online at http://www.uog.edu/dynamicdata/SeniorVicePresidentInstitutionalResearcher.aspx?siteid=1&p=62
The Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research recently completed the 2007-2008 University of Guam Fact Book, which contains multi-year data on enrollment trends, financial aid, tuition, credit hour production, retention rates, graduation numbers, and more.
August 20, 2008
The Economic Impact of a Proposed Mariana Trench Marine National Monument
Dr. Tom Iverson, Professor of Economics at the University of Guam, was contacted by the Pew Foundation’s Ocean Legacy Program to conduct an economic impact study of a proposed marine monument in the CNMI. The CNMI site consists of the waters around the three northernmost islands and would be about the size of the state of Arizona, and the 2nd largest marine preserve in the world. It is one of several sites being considered by the White House staff for inclusion into what is being called President Bush’s “Blue Legacy.” Dr. Iverson was assisted by Dr. John Salas, who helped with presentations in Saipan and Rota.
For more on this project, the final report is freely available at the Pew Charitable Trust website: http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_report_detail.aspx?id=40478&category=136
Dr. Iverson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (671) 735-2165.
August 15, 2008
Community First Federal Credit Union Scholarship Presentation
Community First awarded a $1,500 scholarship to University of Guam accounting major Jennifer Mendiola on August 15th. Pictured from left are Michael Reidy, UOG financial aid office, UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Mendiola, Gerard Cruz, President/Chief Executive Officer Communtiy First Federal Credit Union, and David P. Leddy, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Community First.
August 15, 2008
Project FO'NA Graduation
On August 16, 2008, the graduate students in Project FO’NA will convene their final graduate meeting, which will culminate in the graduation ceremony at the Nikko Hotel in Tumon, where 18 students from Guam, the CNMI, and the FSM will have their Masters degree conferred in Speech and Language Pathology from San Jose State University (SJSU). Project FO’NA is a 4-year U.S. DOE grant award under the Office of Special Education (OSEP), Minority Institutions Competition. The University of Guam partnered with San Jose State University, to bring the Masters degree program on-site using a combination of on-site and on-line courses with the unique feature of a practicum program requiring half of the hours to be completed in Guam and the other half in an external summer program in San Jose, giving the graduates a well-rounded clinical experience. The grant was written by Dr. Velma Sablan from UOG and Dr. Gloria Weddington, from SJSU, with technical support and administrative sponsorship from Dr. Heidi San Nicolas, Director of Guam CEDDERS. The program allowed the students to remain in their teaching positions in their home islands, while earning credit toward their degrees, which prevented any depletion of teaching staff from their respective departments of education.
Project FO’NA is an exemplary model of agency coordination and collaboration at the local, regional, and national levels, which resulted in the increase in the number of critically needed Speech and Language Pathologists for Guam and the Pacific. The project was 100% federally funded, but local funds supported some students through the Yamashita Educator Corp., and regional support was provided to students by the FSM National Government, Pohnpei State Department of Education, the CNMI Public School System and the Guam Public School System.
Students graduating are: Melanie T. Arciaga, Stephanie Bamba, Amalia Badua, Leann Z. Bull, Henoleen S. Camacho, Joysleen Daniel, Merleen Daniel, Daniel Domaoal, Rowena A. Dimla, Nicole L.P. Duenas, Rosario M. Hocog, Francis Glenn Lujan, Robin Malicsi, Janice F. S. Sablan, Erica A. D. Santos, Julianne P. Serrano, Richard M. Tumanda, and Paul Zerzan. The practicum in Project FO’NA was a unique aspect to the training. It included experiences both locally and in the mainland U.S. and in the case of one student in New Zealand.
The graduating students will serve in the Guam Public School System, the CNMI Public School System, and the Pohnpei State Department of Education. Family, friends, faculty, and University officials from both institutions will be on hand to honor the students at the graduate meeting and ceremony. The island communities are proud of their accomplishment and service to the islands they will serve.
August 13, 2008
UOG's Island Theatre is pleased to announce upcoming auditions for its 2008-2009 theatre season to be held Friday evening August 22nd at 7:00 pm at the UOG Fine Arts Theatre. Auditions will include roles in the first two productions: Larry Shue's THE NERD and Don Nigro's THE CURATE SHAKESPEARE AS YOU LIKE IT. Those wishing to audition may do so without preparing a monologue and can access scripts at the Fine Arts office at EC. We encourage everyone to come, experienced or not, to be a part of live theatre at UOG! For further info: contact Dr. Jim Seymour at 735-2718 or at email@example.com.
The Season includes:
September 25-27, October 1-4
What happens when an unexpected guest arrives and he’s a complete, well, shall we say, he’s THE NERD!
The Curate Shakepeare As You Like It by Don Nigro
November 13-15 & 19-22
"Being the record of one company's attempt to perform the play by William Shakespeare"
Roosters by Milcha Sanchez-Scott
February 26-28 &March 4-7
A Balinese playwright's explosively theatrical look at one Hispanic family
Hotel Suite by Neil Simon
April 23-25, 29, 30 & May 1-2
From the master of the Broadway comedy, a new adaptation of his "Suite" plays.
Citi Foundation Helps Increase Guam's College Enrollment Through Scholarships
The Citi Foundation granted $15,000 to the University of Guam’s (UOG) TRIO Program to support its goal of improving educational opportunities for public high school seniors. Fifteen selected students will each receive a $1,000 college tuition scholarship to attend the University of Guam or the Guam Community College. A scholarship presentation for six of the recipients was held on August 12 at the University of Guam.
“I applaud the Citi Foundation for funding the aspirations and educational goals of our students. The partnership between the University of Guam TRIO Programs and Citi means that more students have access to an affordable college education. This investment by the Citi Foundation will continue to pay dividends far into the future as our community reaps the benefits of an educated workforce,” said UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood.
UOG TRIO Programs Director, Yoichi Rengiil added, “College graduation rates for our TRIO Program participants have traditionally been low. The Citi Foundation scholarship program will assist us in improving this rate. Citi is truly a member of our community and should be commended for its outstanding contribution.”
Madhu Seshadri, Corporate Country Officer/Country Business Manager, Citi Guam expressed his thoughts about providing financial assistance to Guam’s aspiring students. He said, “Citi is delighted to make this contribution to help reduce one of the barriers to higher education, the lack of financial resources. We extend our congratulations to the scholarship awardees. We hope that they will continue to keep the focus on attaining a college degree and be an integral part of Guam’s promising future.” Seshadri added, “We appreciate the UOG TRIO Program’s team for their vision and passion to prepare our youth for a successful transition into college.”
Through the Citi Foundation grant, fifteen public high school seniors are enrolling in college for Fall 2008. Two are enrolling at Guam Community College and thirteen at the University of Guam. The University of Guam is a United States land-grant institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior Commission. It is the only four-year, U.S. accredited postsecondary institution within the Western Pacific region. Since 1989, UOG has hosted two TRIO Programs: Upward Bound (UB) and Educational Talent Search (ETS). The mission of UOG’s TRIO Programs is to motivate and assist disadvantaged students achieve their educational goals. The UOG TRIO Program serves on average 380 students annually.
On hand for the presentation were from left
Madhu Seshadri, Citi Guam Corporate Country Officer/Country Business Manager, Liza Pama, scholarship recipient, Rowena Andrade, UOG TRIO Programs, Elizabeth Quenga, UOG President Robert Underwood, and Yoichi Rengiil, UOG TRIO Programs Director; second row from left: Rick Lizama, scholarship recipient, Natasha Serious, scholarship recipient, Lovey Mongami, UOG Trio Progams, Donovan Losongco, scholarship recipient, and Francis Olivares, scholarship recipient; third row from left David O’Brien, UOG, Vivian Duke Web, Citi Guam, Helen Whippy, UOG, and Jeff Barcinas, UOG.
WPTRC Receives $489K for Agricultural Research
The University of Guam’s Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC) was awarded a $489,000 T-STAR grant from USDA. T-STAR (Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Research) is a special grant program explicitly for research that enhances the development of sound tropical and subtropical agricultural practices including value-added product development and the control of insects, weeds and invasive species. This is a highly competitive grant and UOG researchers have a stellar track record with T-STAR administrators.
Past WPTRC projects funded by T-STAR include research on managing invasive species in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the U. S., biological control of plant pests such as mealybug in hibiscus and bud rot in betel nut palms, adding value to tropical botanicals such as noni juice, ecosystem approach to restoring and conserving soil quality in the Pacific Islands, and evaluating hot pepper genotypes. Dr. Greg Wiecko, associate director of WPTRC, is pleased about the award, as T-STAR funding has not been available in recent years. “T-STAR funding has just been reinstated and the future looks promising as an increase in financial support for the Pacific region is planned. Historically, every scientist at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center has benefited from this funding source,” states Dr. Wiecko.
For more information on research activities of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center contact Greg Wiecko at 735-2004.
4-H Volunteers Participate in Training in North Carolina
University of Guam Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program participants Raina Taitingfong and Donovan Borja traveled to North Carolina to participate in the 2008 Operation Purple/5 Stone Teen Leadership Camp July 31 through August 9, 2008. They were selected to attend because they are active participants in UOG’s 4-H Program. Operation Purple is designed to help the children of active duty military parents to cope with long term overseas deployments. Skills learned through the program will greatly improve participants’ leadership skills and self-esteem. 5 Stones Leadership Camp activities are specifically designed around the core leadership principles of teamwork, communication, self-awareness/reliance, decision-making, flexibility, and service and responsibility. Pictured from left to right are Victor Artero, CES Associate Director; Devi Barcinas, F4-HFN Extension Associate; Mrs. Margarita Borja/Parent, Donovan Borja, 4-H Volunteer; Raina Taitingfong, 4-H Volunteer; Mr. William Taitingfong; and Theodore Iyechad; F4-HFN Program Leader.
Governor Felix Camacho swore in three members to the University of Guam Board of Regents on Monday, August 4, 2008. Dr. W. Chris Perez, who is currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Board, initially filled the unexpired term of Mr. Ronald Leach, a term that was approximately 17 months long. He was reappointed by the Governor on May 13, 2008 to serve a full six-year term, and was confirmed by the Legislature on July 9, 2008. Eliza Anderson was elected as Student Regent and began her term on Monday, May 5, 2008. Andrew Laguana was appointed as Acting Regent on July 10, 2008 and is awaiting legislative confirmation. Pictured from left are Regent Cathy Sgro, Regent Sandy Yow, Regent Cynthia Henson, UOG Senior Vice President Helen Whippy, Regent Andrew Laguana, Regent Eliza Anderson, Regent W. Chris Perez, Governor Felix Camacho, and Chairman of the Board of Regents Sonny Ada.
August 5, 2008 UOG Finance and Economics Professor Receives Research Award
Maria Claret M. Ruane, associate professor of finance and economics at the University of Guam, received a research award for her paper "Attracting Foreign Direct Investments: Challenges and Opportunities for Smaller Host Economies" during the Allied Academies Summer 2008 conference. Allied Academies is an international, non-profit association of scholars whose purpose is to support and encourage the exchange of knowledge.
“I developed the paper from my review of the academic and practitioner literature in search for a theoretical background for a project commissioned by GEDCA to analyze the impact of its Qualifying Certificate program,” said Ruane.
GEDCA Administrator, Anthony Blaz says, “This is a critical time for Guam, which is the primary reason GEDCA sought out the expertise of the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives (PCEI) to assess our current incentive program. The collaboration between UOG and GEDCA will help to ensure that we steer the unprecedented expansion of our island towards sustainable growth.”
The paper is automatically accepted for publication in the highly regarded peer-reviewed Journal of International Business Research.
“Our faculty are engaged in research that expands their knowledge base and enables cutting edge information to be shared with our students,” said Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, Executive Director of the School of Business and Public Administration. “Dr. Ruane’s research has an impact on our community and the business sector, which helps us understand and prepare for changes in the marketplace.”
For more information, contact Dr. Maria Claret Ruane at 735-2575 or firstname.lastname@example.org
August 4, 2008
Indirect Effects of Brown Tree Snakes on Guam's Ecosystem
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $310,761 grant to ecologists at the University of Washington and University of Guam entomologists for a collaborative project examining the indirect effects of the brown tree snake (BTS) on Guam's ecosystems. The Principle Investigators for the grant are Drs. Joshua Tewksbury, Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, and Ross Miller.
Dr. Ross Miller, UOG entomologist with the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, will oversee UOG's project-related research activities. The research funded by this grant, which was written by Haldre Rogers, a former Guam DAWR employee currently pursuing a doctorate in ecology at UW, will examine the ecological effects of the loss of native birds on plant and insect communities on Guam.
Due to the unfortunate circumstance of losing much of its native bird population to the brown tree snake, Guam is an ideal laboratory to increase the scientific understanding of how birds contribute to the health of plant communities through seed dispersal and insect control. The brown tree snake has not invaded the neighboring islands of Rota, Tinian or Saipan and their bird populations are still relatively intact. This grant will allow field experiments to be conducted on all four islands and comparisons made between the forests on Guam and forests on the islands where birds continue to thrive. These studies will inform conservation and management efforts on Guam and permit generalization of the results to ecosystems experiencing bird loss.
The UOG role will include the growing and monitoring of local plants for field studies as well as the identification of insects. Researchers will utilize an optical sensor and digital signal analysis system invented by UOG entomologist Dr. Aubrey Moore for insect identification. The research activities for this three-year grant will begin in September 2008 and will culminate in the creation and delivery of a joint terrestrial ecology class in the third year. "This is a great opportunity for UOG students and researchers to study the impact of the brown tree snake on insular environments, and to collaborate with University of Washington scientists who are at the forefront of their fields," says Dr. Ross Miller.
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University of GuamCooperative Extension Service
Pesticide Safety Education Program
Private & Category #8A Workshop
What: Agricultural-Plant (Private) certification is required for those wanting to purchase, use, or supervise those using restricted use pesticides (RUPs) for agricultural crops on private property.
Category #8A, Agricultural-Plant (Commercial)certification is required for those purchasing, handling or supervising the use of RUPs for commercial application on agricultural properties, such as government property and other agricultural crop lands.
This workshop will prepare individuals for the certification exam.
Date: August 11- 14, 2008 / August 15, 2008: Exam at 1:00 pm
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Agriculture & Life Sciences Building at the University of Guam, Rooms 127.
Fee: $50 (includes book and review materials)
Notice: For registration or questions contact Deanna Garcia or Phoebe Wall at the Cooperative Extension Service Office at 735-2080/81 or 735-2090. Seating is limited.
CORE: This is the prerequisite course that needs to be taken in order to receive one’s certification card for a particular category. Without taking this course you cannot get a pesticide applicator license.
The CORE consists of information about:
Principles of pest control
Pesticides in the environment
Special environmental concerns (ground water & endangered species)
Harmful effects and emergency response
Personal protective equipment
Pesticide handling decisions
Mixing, loading, and application
Applying the correct amount of pesticides
Transportation, storage, disposal, and cleanup
Effects of pesticides on the human body
Private License: Persons using or supervising those using restricted-use-pesticides for the purpose of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned or rented by him or his employer.
Commercial License: Category 8a (Commercial Agricultural Plant Pest Control): Persons purchasing, using, or supervising the use of RUPs in the production of agricultural crops, as well as non-crop agricultural lands.
You can only apply restricted-use-pesticides (RUPs) to areas that your license specifies. For example, if you are certified in Category 4 (Turf & Ornamentals) you CANNOT apply RUPs on public easements or in homes.
July 30, 2008
UOG Marine Lab Fish Tagging Project Begins at Piti Preserve
Fishermen Urged to Turn in Tags
Dr. Jennifer McIlwain a Tropical Reef Fisheries biologist at the University of Guam’s Marine Lab recently launched a fish tagging project in the Piti Preserve, focusing on the Orangespine unicornfish (Chamorro name – Hangon) and the Bluespine unicornfish (Chamorro name – Tataga), both of which are commonly seen on Guam’s dinner tables. The two-year project is funded by a $100K grant from the SportFish Restoration Fund.
“Our objective is to understand their movement patterns and relate this to existing Marine Preserve boundaries. How far do they move in a day? Do fish living in Piti Marine Preserve travel into areas outside the preserve such as Asan?” said Dr McIIwain.” “We’ll also be tracking numerous individual fish around spawning time to see if and where they form large aggregations to reproduce. Protection of these spawning sites is a high priority.”
Two types of tags will be used in the project: (1) standard t-bar or Floy tags, each of which will have the following details imprinted on them; ID No., UOG Marine Lab, Phone No. 735 2188. These tags will be visible on the outside of the fish, (2) 18 mm acoustic tags, which will be inserted into the body cavity of 30 individual fish, enabling the scientists to track them in real-time with a hand-held hydrophone.
Dr McIIwain is working in collaboration with another scientist, Dr Kevin Rhodes, from the prestigious World Fish Center, who is on island for an initial three week period to do the acoustic tagging. This project also forms the basis of a thesis project for Alyssa Marshell, a UOG Marine Lab graduate student.
Guam’s fishermen can play an important part in the project by turning in tags they find in their catch to the UOG Marine Lab. “We need the co-operation of the fishermen to tell us exactly where and when they caught the tagged fish. We note the release point of all tagged fish, so this information is important as it can give us some insight into how far the fish travel in a given time period,” said Dr McIIwain. “We want the public to be aware of the tagged fish, as we need the tags returned in the event any of our fish are caught by fishermen.” Dr McIIwain adds, “There is no penalty for catching the fish and we encourage everyone to come forward.” Once our results have been collated we will be able to provide worthwhile information back to the community about the behaviour of two important food fish on Guam.
For more information contact Dr. Jennifer McIIwain at (671) 735-2199 or visit www.guammarinelab.com.
July 25, 2008
UOG School of Education Special Education Summer Institute 2008
The following individuals participated in an intensive eight-week special education summer institute at the University of Guam. Participants earned credits toward their certificate and/or graduate degree in special education. The institute was expanded to seniors in the School of Education pursuing Elementary/Secondary degrees who wanted to obtain Special Education certification as undergraduate students. Pictured from left, front row, are: Cathy Cardenas, Julie Fee, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Sumch Kintaro, Bobby Quinata, Laura Taisipic, Gerianne Eclavea, Norine Guzman, Janice Almoguera, Maui Poe, Phililp Almonte, Dr. Patrick Leddy, Executive Director, School of Education: back row, from left: Dr. John Sanchez, Associate Professor of Education, Sam Bejerana, Carolyn Figg, Allsyon Iseke, Christine Hernandez, Rita Reyes, Jennifer Blas, Sangi Susuico, Rick Quinata, Dr. Richard W. Fee, Associate Professor of Special Education. Not pictured: Sherri Perez, Cendy Nozawa, Renee-Lynn Sanchez, Gina Kruaprasert, Cecilia San Nicolas, Paula Ulloa, Matsue Evans, Eric Bamba, and Leilanii Aflague.
Special Education Students Study for Praxis II
University of Guam Special Education students spent a day preparing for the national Praxis II: Special Education examination as part of Guam Public School System’s new certification requirements. Students participating in the preparation day include from left, front row: Carolyn Figg, Phyllis Leon Guerrero, Christine Hernandez; from left second row: Paula Ulloa, Norma Santos, Bobby Quinata Gerianne Eclavea, Lenith Atenith, Rita-Rose Hualde, Sumch Kintaro, Norine Guzman, Janice Almoguera; from left back row: Dr. Richard W. Fee, Associate Professor of Special Education, William Sullivan, Vicky Perez, Rita Reyes, Allyson Iseke, Christine Rosario, Cathy Cardenas, Laura Taisipic, Maui Poe, Sam Bejerana
July 25, 2008
GUAM INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING FORUM (GIAF 2008) September 2-3, 2008
Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building
CALL FOR PAPERS – PROFESSIONAL TRACK and/or ACADEMIC TRACK - Click here for more information.
The University of Guam invites scholars and practitioners from the business, government, and academic communities to present articles on domestic or international business and accounting topics at its upcoming 2008 Guam International Accounting Forum, scheduled on September 2-3, 2008.
Related focus may be on business and professional disciplines, such as Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Government, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Marketing, and Tourism. For more information contact Dr. Doreen Crisostomo at email@example.com.
July 25, 2008
FSM President and UOG Alumni Receives Alumni T-Shirt from UOG President
University of Guam President Robert A. Underwood presented a UOG Alumni t-shirt to Federated States of Micronesia President and UOG Alumni Emanuel Mori on July 9, 2008. Mori is the seventh President of the Federated States of Micronesia. President Mori was born December 25 1948, on Fefan island, in Chuuk State. He graduated from the Xavier High School in Chuuk and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of Guam.
July 25, 2008
UOG Junior Awarded Prestigious Business Scholarship
The Guam Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Nathan T. Taimanglo as the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship Recipient for the 2008-2009 academic year at the University of Guam (UOG). The scholarship is available to undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled in the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration.
Nathan is a junior majoring in Marketing and Human Resource Management. He expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Guam in the fall of 2009. Nathan’s cost of tuition, fees and books for the fall and spring semesters will be covered under the scholarship. He will also serve an internship at the Chamber from August through May.
“We are excited to have Nathan working with us and fully engaged in the Chamber operation,” said Reina A. Leddy, President, Guam Chamber of Commerce. “We hope that his internship will not only give him practical experience in applying the knowledge he has gained in the classroom, but to help him create a network of key business executives who may become future employers or business associates.” Leddy added.
This scholarship is sponsored and funded by the members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the achievements of the late Dave J. Santos, an entrepreneur, past Chairman of the Guam Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the 1993 Small Business Person of the Year.
“This is a generous amount of money we are investing in Nathan’s education because we know that education is an important asset for success,” stated David John, Board Director and Scholarship Committee Chairman, Guam Chamber of Commerce. “The University of Guam has turned out a number of excellent community leaders, and we anticipate Nathan to be one of them.”
Information regarding the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be obtained by contacting the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 472-6311/8001 or by visiting www.guamchamber.com.gu.
Direct contributions to the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship may be made payable to: Guam Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 283
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July 24, 2008
Salas Palomo Co-Edits Book on Hispanisation of Languages
Rosa Salas Palomo presented a copy of “Hispanisation - The Impact of Spanish on the Lexicon and Grammar of the Indigenous Languages of Austronesia and the Americas" to University of Guam President Robert A. Underwood and UOG Library director Christine Scott-Smith. The book, which Salas Palomo co-edited along with Thomas Stolz from the Universityof Bremen in Germany and Dik Bakker fromthe Netherlands, focuses on the Hispanisation of languages.
Hundreds of languages world-wide have experienced direct or indirect Hispanisation during the heyday of the Spanish colonial empire. The number of languages which continue to borrow from Spanish on a daily basis is considerable especially in Latin America. This book gives the reader a better idea of the range of contact constellations in which Spanish functions as the donor language. Moreover, the contributions to this collection of articles demonstrate that it is possible to compare the contact-induced processes in the Hispanised languages of Austronesia and the Americas.
The book also contains an article by Salas Palomo and Thomas Stolzentitled "Pro or Contra Hispanisms: Attitudes of Native Language Speakers of Modern CHamoru”.
The book is published by Mouton de Gruyter and is available through http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?isbn=978-3-11-019793-8
July 21, 2008
Residence Hall Student Participate in Liberation Day Parade
UOG students residing in the residence halls came out to participate in the Liberation Day Parade along with TRIO students and the Student Government Association.
July 18, 2008
University of Guam Archeological Field School
A four-week field school ends today with student presentations on their archeological field school experiences scheduled for 3:00 p.m. in the Micronesian Area Research Center’s conference room at the UOG campus.
A total of six students were involved in the field school including three students from the University of Hawaii. Students and professors worked at the Ritidian Wildlife Refuge, conducted oral history interviews to gather information on Chamorro culture history in the area, and inventoried items previously uncovered, among other activities. “The focus was on preserving and returning,” said Dr. John Peterson, Director of MARC and field school organizer.
This marked the second year of field school experiences organized by the University of Guam. For more information contact Dr. John Peterson at 735-2153.
Korea’s Hankuk University Students Study English at UOG
Eighty-two students from Korea’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies are on the University of Guam’s campus this week enhancing their English listening and speaking skills. This is the second group to study at the UOG campus this summer; the first group of 75 students completed their training on July 3rd. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, ranked among the top five universities in Korea, offers majors in 43 languages and many of their top studentsare recruitedintoKorea's Foreign Service division.
The University of Guam’s Professional and International Programs office organizes the program for Hankuk students . “The main goal of this two-week program is to enhance the quality of a student's oral communication proficiency,” said Rita Edwards, assistant director of UOG’s Professional and International Programs.“This program focuses on giving ample opportunity for the second language learner to apply her or his current English language ability to a variety of level-appropriate speaking and listening exercises.The students participate in group discussions,
role plays, speeches, field surveys and interviews, process demonstrations, and other aurally - and orally-based activities and projects in order to improve both grammatical accuracy and oral fluency.” Program instructors are Fred Rodriquez, Therese Mantanane, Teresita Cruz, Juanita Castaneda, and Father Tony Perez.
On Wednesday, the group will participate in cultural activities at the Garden Villa from 1 to 5pm. “The students enjoy learning about Guam’s culture as they improve their English speaking and listening skills,” said instructor Therese Mantanane. “It is a multi-cultural experience for the Hankuk students and showcases Guam’s culture.” The group completes the course on July 18th with a closing ceremony. They will attend the UOG’s Summer Theatre Camp’s performance of Charlotte’s Web at 2:00 p.m. on Friday in the UOG Fine Arts Theatre as a fun closing activity to assess their English listening skills.
“Hankuk University officials expressed positive comments about the University of Guam’s program,” said Edwards. “They compared UOG's instruction to two otheruniversities as being superior in quality and confirmed an increase in student enrollment of up to 125 students per cohort for the next program to be offered in December/January.”
For more information contact Rita Edwards or at 735-2604 or Lisa Pocaigue at 735-2600.
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July 11, 2008
Baseball in Palau: A Passion for the Game
“Baseball in Palau: Passion for the Game,” was recently published by the Micronesian Area Research Center at the University of Guam. Edited by Dr. Don Shuster, Professor of Micronesian Studies at UOG, the book tells the story of the history of baseball in Palau since 1925 when Motoji Kono gathered together a group of young Palauans and said, “Let’s play ball!” That was the birth of baseball in Palau and the “All Palau A” and “All Palau B” teams with recently deceased, Idip, as their player/manager.
The book is organized chronologically, beginning with Japanese times and an essay about Motoji Kono, an interview with Idip Esebei, and a July 1940 photograph of the Beriryo (Peleliu) and Nantaku baseball teams that played a good will series at the Peleliu Kogakko field. In the photo, we can identify Eusevio Termeteet, Fumio Rengiil, Mabel, Inglong, Tkel, and Ito, all superb players in their time. A listing of all the PML champions from 1947 to 2007 is included in the book.
The main portion of the book consists of season summaries that begin with an interview with Mathias Akitaya about the Angaur Comets. The great 1955 game between Peleliu and Koror Intermediate School is told. This is when the school boys beat the veterans 1-0 in the ninth inning on an inside the park homer by Kengichi Madris. Similarly, Palau’s first overseas trip to Guam in 1962 yielded up two victories 9-7 and 9-2. Included is a photo of that team with Sadang, Wilhelm, and Dr. Ueki as team leaders. The 1963 three-game series in Ponape is described in writing for the first time in history. That series ended with a Palau victory sparked by Dr. Ueki’s inside the park homer when both teams were into magic. The 1968 and 1969 seasons are nicely documented by Nik Outchcunis, former PCV. The 1980’s, 1990’s and into 2000 are documented from stories that appeared in Moses Uludong’s Rengel Belau and Tia Belau news-papers and occasional stories in the PDN and Palau Horizon.
The book has a separate section on the Micronesian Games, starting off with “9 vs 9 in 9”—the wonderful piece by Bob Coldeen that documents the first meeting of Palau and Truk for the baseball gold medal in 1969. In that game, Martin Ngchar faced Susumu Aizawa, the fire-baller against the junk-baller. Martin Sokau, Palau’s catcher, picked off a Truk player, Fetek, who got to third base in the fifth inning. Martin, on third base after a single, stolen base, and infield out, later scored the game’s only run on a deep fly ball hit by Masami Temengil in the seventh inning. “In this game there were no substitutions, no designated hitters, no pinch runners, and no pinch hitters. Nine played nine in nine innings.” The complete box score is found on page 136. Both pitchers were on their games, Aizawa with 3 strikeouts and Ngchar with 10 strikeouts. In 1990, Johnson Toribiong managed the second Micronesian Games baseball team and defeated Guam 8-0 with the $1,000 magic. That team flew to Guam to take the Mobil Games title as well. The book contains a photo on page 139 of that great team.
The Mobil Games, strictly baseball, were held from 1988 to 2001. Each of Palau’s four titles is documented. Coldeen and Palacios provided statistics on team titles, batting, pitching, MVP winners, career batting and career pitching. Did you know that Tony Adelbai won the Mobil Games MVP in 1990, Larry Tochi in 1992 and Junior Rikrik in 1993?
The book contains conversations with many of Palau’s expert baseball managers and players: Eusebio Termeteet, Dr. Ueki, Wilhelm Rengiil, Kazuo Asanuma, Hideo Termeteet, Joe Yamaguchi, Joshua Koshiba, Martin Sokau, Takewo Towai, Johnson Toribiong, Eugene Uehara, and Mlib Tmetuchl. Also there are tributes to three great players who died before their time: Tony Towai, Felix Kyota, and Paulus Kumangai.
The book ends with a fascinating essay entitled, “Baseball and Magic.” What many people deny, exists. Pages 218-224 contain photos of the 1969 Palau District Olympic Committee, the 1986 Ngerbeches PML champions, the 1972 Palau High School PML winners with Joshua Koshiba managing, and more. The book was conceptualized, compiled, written, and edited by Don Shuster of UOG.
For a copy of “Baseball in Palau” send a note requesting a copy of the book and a $40 check or money order to: Director, Micronesian Area Research Center, UOG Station, University of Guam, 96923.
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Summer Theatre Camp Presents Charlotte's Web
Participants in the the University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Summer Theatre Camp present an excellent stage adaptation of E.B. White’s beloved Charlotte’s Web.
Performances will be held July 17 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call 735-2700 for more information.
Pacific Daily News and UOG Sign Agreement
University of Guam President Robert Underwood and PDN Publisher Rindraty Celes Limtiaco signed a memorandum of agreement regarding the PDN’s support of Triton’s Call, UOG’s newspaper on July 3, 2008, at the UOG President’s Conference Room. On hand for the presentation were from left Underwood and Celes-Limtiaco; standing from left: Dr. Beth Somera, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences; Jae Medina, PDN Advertising Director; Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President; Erin Pueblo, Communication major and Triton’s Call Staffer; and Dr. Mary Spencer, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
UOG TO LAUNCH ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE THIS SUMMER
The University of Guam will offer a course in entrepreneurship taught by School of Business and Public Administration faculty member Dr. Karri Perez during summer session C, which begins July 7.
The Introduction to Entrepreneurship course is the first step in a process toward developing an Entrepreneurship Concentration within the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program, as well as a Certificate in Entrepreneurship program designed for small business owners, or individuals interested in starting their own business.
"We start with business basics," says Perez. "Students will learn about taking a business idea, building a business plan and turning it into a business reality. We will touch on everything they need to know to start up a new business."
Introduction to Entrepreneurship is the perfect course for someone with a great business idea and a lot of energy, but little business experience," said Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, Executive Director of the School of Business and Public Administration. "The School of Business and Public Administration houses the Guam Small Business Development Center, and so students will become familiar with what the SBDC offers, and how to access their services."
The deadline to register for summer session C is July 7. For more information contact Dr. Karri Perez at 488-2526 or 735-2512.
The Bank of Guam sponsors Women in Business program at Guam SBDC
The Bank of Guam announces its second year of sponsorshipof the Bank of Guam Women in Business program at the Guam Small Business Development Center housed at the University of Guam.The Women in Business Program helps women business owners and women who want to start a business with their business planning needs. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, executive director of UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration; Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG senior vice president; Lou Leon Guerrero, Bank of Guam President and Board Chair; Denise Mendiola Hertslet, Business Counselor and Program Coordinator, Bank of Guam Women in Business program, Guam SBDC; Jackie A. Marati, Bank of Guam Senior Vice President/Marketing Administrator;and Betsy Iriarte,acting director, Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center.
June 24, 2008
University of Guam Signs Agreement with University of Iowa's College of Engineering
University officials have signed off on a General Cooperation Agreement between the University of Guam and the University of Iowa, Iowa City to provide articulation for up to 60 credits for students who transfer from UOG’s pre-engineering program to the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering.
“This milestone agreement represents the University's commitment to preparing students for critically needed professions in our community,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “There is a great demand for engineers on island, especially given the impending military build up. This inter-institutional agreement will appeal to many parents of high school students who excel in math and science.”
“This agreement provides an affordable pathway for Guam’s students who wish to pursue engineering degrees by allowing them to live at home and pay the University’s of Guam’s tuition rates for the first two years of college,” said UOG Senior Vice President Dr. Helen Whippy. “This translates into tuition and fees savings of approximately $30,000.”
The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering charges approximately $20,000 per year for out of state tuition compared to the University of Guam’s annual tuition of about $5,000 per year.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to establish a partnership with the University of Guam,” said Patrick Barry Butler, Professor and Dean, U of Iowa’s College of Engineering. “There is no limit on the number of transfer students from the University of Guam we will accept, as long as they meet the criteria set forth in the agreement. I hope to travel to Guam in the coming year to meet with prospective students.”
Beginning fall semester 2008, students may enter the University of Guam’s pre-engineering program, and then transfer to the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering after successfully completing required coursework with grades of As and Bs. The University of Iowa’s College of Engineering is looking for an overall GPA that indicates likely success in engineering. To transfer into the College of Engineering, students must have demonstrated success in math, science, and engineering courses. At a minimum, transfer students must complete Calculus I as well as introductory courses in Physics and Chemistry. U of Iowa’s Engineering Academic Disciplines include:
· Chemical and Biochemical
· Civil and Environmental
· Electrical and Computer
The agreement also promotes cooperation in such areas as faculty and student exchanges, training and study programs, collaborative teaching projects, and collaborative scholarship.
For information about UOG’s pre-engineering program contact Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah, professor at UOG’s Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific at 735-2694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering visit:
June 5, 2008
UOG CEDDERS RECEIVES $2.6 MILLION FIVE-YEAR CORE GRANT
The University of Guam's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (CEDDERS) received a Core Grant award that provides for at least $520,000 in funding each year for the next five years for a total of $2.6M beginning July 2008.
Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, the grant will support CEDDERS' continuing status as a federally designated Center for Excellence. CEDDERS offers training programs to professionals from a broad range of disciplines who will work with individuals of all ages who have disabilities. CEDDERS addresses core function areas of health, transportation, quality assurance, early childhood and child care, community supports, education, assistive technology and many other areas; and partners with other higher education institutions to enable UOG to expand offerings on Guam. In addition to training support, CEDDERS provides technical assistance to programs, agencies, non-profits and family/consumer organizations, and conducts research and evaluation studies, and develops and disseminates high quality information in a variety of formats.
"CEDDERS was established in 1993 as a training, technical assistance, and research center with initial funding of less than $10,000," said CEDDERS Director Dr. Heidi San Nicolas. "Fifteen years later, we have grown to a staff of over 50 individuals funded through federal grants and local and regional contracts, who work in partnership with community organizations, government agencies, individuals and families to improve services for individuals with disabilities and their families."
"The grants that CEDDERS has obtained over the years have brought about positive systemic change in services for individuals with disabilities and their families," said UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood. "I commend them for securing another $2.6 million dollars over the next five years."
Currently, CEDDERS manages approximately $10M worth of grants which focus on improving the lives of individuals on Guam and in the region. CEDDERS is part of a national network of 67 university-based centers located in every state and territory.
In partnership with individuals with disabilities and their families, agencies, organizations, and service providers, CEDDERS' mission is "to create pathways that enhance, improve, and support the quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families."
For more information about UOG CEDDERS contact Dr. Heidi San Nicolas at 735-2481.
June 3, 2008
Dr. Katherine Aguon Donates Copies of Textbook, Chamorro: A Complete Course of Study, to UOG
Dr. Katherine Aguon presented several copies of her new text book, Chamorro: A Complete Course of Study, to the University of Guam library and the Micronesian Area Research Center on June 3, 2008. The text is a one-year complete course of study in Chamorro. The lessons follow a logical pattern customarily associated with a language curriculum; they are presented in a series of simple and graded steps designed to give students an understanding of the fundamentals of Chamorro in a comprehensive structure. If taught properly, students will reach a comfortable level of literacy, fluency and writing ability. The Chamorro Grammar Notes, found throughout the lessons, will enable the students to understand the mechanics of Chamorro grammar, which is fundamental to writing. The hardbound book is 225 pages. On hand for the presentation were Jeno Aguon, Linda Aguon, UOG MARC Director John Peterson, UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Baltazar Aguon, Dr. Katherine Aguon, Gena Rojas, UOG Library Director Christine Scott-Smith, and Elaine Aguon.
June 2, 2008
UOG President Underwood to participate in release of National Report on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education
UOG President Robert A. Underwood co-chaired the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education, and the group will issue its report entitled, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Facts, Not Fiction: Setting the Record Straight, on June 9 in Washington D.C.
“This report outlines the actual statistics of Asian-American and Pacific islander success in higher education,” said President Underwood, “and sets the record straight as far as debunking myths regarding Asian and Pacific Islanders in higher education, which are currently accepted as facts by the media and the public.”
The report will be released on June 9 at a press event in Washington DC. It is coordinated with a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Summit to be held on the same day in Congress. President Underwood attends as co-chair of the commission that oversaw the report and will also represent the University of Guam. As of fall 2007, and according to federal reporting codes, 91% of the University of Guam’s student population is designated as Asian or Pacific Islander.
The release of the report begins a series of events held in locations across the nation that will:
1) put into practice the recommendations of the report in local settings;
2) bring together constituents in a defined region, including local representatives from the K-12 and higher education sector, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community-based organizations, and AAPI advocacy groups, to help connect resources and opportunities to AAPI communities, and
3) hold press events to release the report to local media sources to highlight issues, challenges, and opportunities specific to AAPI sub-populations in defined locales.
“The commission hopes to build sustainable relationships among local and regional AAPI advocacy groups, institutions, and organizations to address the needs and issues faced by specific AAPI sub-populations in a given region,” added Underwood.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Twenty-two students from the University of Guam were selected as outstanding campus leaders and are included in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 2008 edition. A ceremony to recognize the recipients was held in May 2008. Pictured from left front row are Dr. Richard Colfax, Senior Vice President Dr. Helen Whippy, Wai Yi Ma, Suzanne Sison, Benjamin Leon Guerrero II, SGA President, and Dr. Michael Griffin; second row from left, Marie Fernsler; Jason Joson, and Joan Swaddell, Student Life Officer; third row from left, Charleen Amado, Jennifer Mendiola, Madeline Horinouchi; fourth row from left: Joshua Perez, Julia Santos, Diego Mendiola, and Ester Marquez-Tester; fifth row from left: James Pasion, Hawley Iseke, and Crandall Rengiil. Not pictured: Stasia Borja, Judilyn B. Dane, Barbara Hess, Sheena Hess, Janice Padilla, Rizalto Paglingayen, and Xiomara Rodriguez.
May 28, 2008
UNIVERSITYOF GUAM SPRING 2008 COMMENCEMENT JUNE 1st
University of Guam spring 2008 valedictorian, Sheena F. Hess, is one of 226 graduates who will participate in the commencement ceremonies scheduled for June 1 at 2:00 p.m. at the UOG Field House. Of the 226 individuals who completed their degree requirements during spring semester, 185 will receive undergraduate degrees and 41 will receive master’s degrees.
Hess, a Business AdministrationMajor with a concentration in International Tourism/Hospitality Management, and a Minor in English,graduates with a 3.977 GPA. She is a 2002 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.
Graduates include 37 nursing majors, 12 social work majors, 8 finance and economics majors, and 26 education majors. For the first time in five years, seven graduate students will receive their Master of Education in Special Education.
The commencement keynote speaker is the Honorable Felix P. Camacho, Governor of Guam.
The University of Guam honors Oliva Untalan Arroyo with an Honorary Degree of Bachelor of Distinguished Community Service in recognition of her professional achievements and community service. Arroyo began her teaching career in 1927 and continued teaching in Guam’s public schools until her retirement in 1972.
May 19, 2008
Rear Admiral of the Navy Nurse Corps Visits UOG
Navy Nurse Corps Rear Admiral Bruzek-Kohler and Captain John A. Rothacker visited the University of Guam’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences on May 19th. Nursing Director Dr. Maria Salomon gave a brief overview of the nursing program at UOG, and Rear Admiral Bruzek-Kohler commented positively on the high number of male nursing graduates from UOG’s program compared to U.S. national statistics. Approximately 25% of UOG’s graduates are male, compared to 5% across the U.S. Pictured are UOG Assessment Officer Deborah Leon Guerrero, UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Rear Admiral Bruzek-Kohler, UOG Senior Vice President Helen Whippy, UOG Nursing Director Maria Salomon, Captain Rothacker, and UOG nursing faculty member, Teofila Cruz.
May 15, 2008
University of Guam Biology Student to Spend Summer in Costa Rica
Julie Anne Duay, a University of Guam biology student working in Dr. Ross Miller’s entomology lab at the UOG campus, has been awarded a Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience summer internship by the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Duay will spend the months of June and July working at various Costa Rica biological stations, including La Selva, Las Cruces, and Palo Verde, with a scientist from the US. The award covers the cost of room, board and travel to and from Costa Rica. Students also receive funds to help cover costs of field equipment and a $3000 stipend.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for me,” says Duay. “It will broaden my academic experience and help hone my skills as a scientist.” As part of the program, students will complete a field project, including experimental design, data gathering, and analysis and presentation of results, in collaboration with fellow students and a research mentor. Duay is a 2004 graduate of John F. Kennedy high school and participated in UOG’s Upward Bound program.
“Julie will be doing most of her work at Las Cruces, near the Panamanian border,” said Ross Miller, Duay’s faculty mentor. “Las Cruces is a great place for a biologist.” The Las Cruces Station is home to the Wilson Botanical Garden featuring beautifully diverse plantings of tropical and subtropical ornamentals, representatives of unusual plant families and rare and endangered plants from Costa Rica and elsewhere. Miller just returned from a week in Costa Rica where a group of faculty mentors from Palau, some of the US tribal colleges, the University of Hawaii, and other US native American-serving colleges got acquainted with the staff, got a feel for the country and biota, and gave recommendations on how to shape the program to better serve Pacific Islanders and Native Americans.
For more information on the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience summer internship visit:
May 15, 2008
UOG’s Anne Perez Hattori Receives Two Fellowships
Anne Perez Hattori, a history professor at the University of Guam, was selected as an American Fellow by the American Association of University Women for 2008-2009. Hattori is one of 97 Fellows, selected from a nationwide pool of 1,116 applicants.
The selected American Fellows are a group of exceptional women whose work promises to enhance such diverse disciplines as biology, philosophy, anthropology, and history. “As an AAUW American Fellow, Dr. Hattori joins the ranks of women who are leaders and role models worldwide,” said Barbara L. O’Connor, President, AAUW Educational Foundation.
Hattori was also selected as a Franklin Research Fellow by the American Philosophical Society. Since 1933 the American Philosophical Society has awarded small grants to scholars in order to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin Research Grants program expects to award more than $300K to 75 scholars this program year. The Franklin program is designed to help meet the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies, or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses.
“I will use the funding provided through both fellowships to further my research on the little known history of leprosy on Guam,” said Hattori. The fellowship funds will enable her to conduct research at the US National Archives in Washington, DC, where she will search specifically for information on the fate of Guam’s leprosy patients after they were exiled in 1912 to the Culion Leper Colony in the Philippines. Hattori is the author of , “Colonial Dis-Ease: US Navy Health Policies and the Chamorros of Guam, 1898–1941,” which examines some of the intersections of race, class, and gender in American colonial policies regarding leprosy, midwifery, hospitals, hookworm, and public health in pre-war Guam.
Anne Perez Hattori earned a Ph.D. in Pacific history in 1999 and an M.A. in Pacific Islands studies in 1995 from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
May 14, 2008
UOG Business Students Tie for First Place in Global Business Strategy Game
A team of UOG business students ranked at the top of the list in a four-way tie to win the 2008 Global Business Strategy Game against 1,157 teams from 83 colleges and universities worldwide.
“Jarela Ngiraked, Catherine Torres, Lanie Valencia, and Kenye Waguk are enrolled in our business management capstone course and participated in the Business Strategy Game,” said Dr. Annette Santos, assistant professor of management at in the School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Guam. “The results show UOG business students have the ability and knowledge to thrive in the global marketplace.”
“This reflects our strategic commitment towards developing business administration students’ global knowledge and practical application towards strategy development, decision-making, and other key management capabilities,” as part of our degree programs’ learning goals,” said Anita Borja Enriquez, executive director of UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration.
The Business Strategy Game is an online global simulation where teams of students are assigned the task of running an athletic footwear company in head-to-head competition against other student-run companies. Just as in the real-world, companies compete in a global market arena, selling branded and private-label athletic footwear in four geographic regions — Europe-Africa, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Company co-managers must make decisions relating to plant operations, distribution and warehouse operations, work force compensation, online sales at the company’s web site, sales and marketing, and finance. The challenge is to craft and execute a competitive strategy that results in a respected brand image, keeps your company in contention for global market leadership, and produces good financial performance as measured by earnings per share, return on investment, stock price appreciation, and credit rating. For more information on the Global Business Game visit: http://www.bsg-online.com/stats/top20.html?id=459
May 13, 2008
2007-2008 High School Seniors Competition
24 High School Graduates Receive Yamashita Educator Corps Scholarships
YEC High School Senior Fall 2008 Recipients from left to right (top to bottom): David Mercado, UOG Professor John Sanchez, Brytney Miller, Amber Leon Guerrero, Francis McJohn, Carla Cherry, Maynard Monahan, Ysa Pablo, Joel Salas, Hanna Galura, Matthew Quitugua, Sheila Dela Cruz, DeMarie Concepcion, Stephanie Singenes, Patrick Borja, Dr. Helen Whippy, Donnaliza Sigrah, Ha'ani Cruz, Georginia Cruz, Mara Wusstig, former senator Larry Kasperbauer, Christine Gomez, UOG President Robert Underwood, and Executive Director of the School of Education Patrick Leddy. Not Pictured: Perry Guerrero II, Alyssa Posadas and Jayleen Yurko.
Twenty-four high school graduates will enter the University of Guam this fall to pursue degrees in education, thanks to full scholarships from the Yamashita Educator Corps. “This is the first time we have offered scholarships specifically designed for incoming freshmen,” said John Sanchez, School of Education professor and administrator of the YEC program housed at the University of Guam.
Fifty high school seniors applied for the scholarship, and 24 recipients were selected out of the applicant pool. Recipients have an average GPA of 3.18 and come from private and public high schools. Eight of the recipients are male and 16 are female. Six of the recipients plan to pursue elementary teaching degrees, while 15 want to become secondary teachers, and three want to pursue degrees in special education. “These scholarships are worth $40,000 over a four year period,” said Sanchez. “The YEC scholarship recipients will pay back in service and teach in the Guam Public School System one year for every year in which they receive a scholarship.”
The Yamashita Educator Corps High School Seniors Competition winners are:
Borja, Patrick – George Washington High School
Cherry, Carla – George Washington High School
Cruz, Ha'ani Rae – George Washington High School
Cruz, Georginia – George Washington High School
Posadas, Alyssa – George Washington High School
Singenes, Stephanie – George Washington High School
Wusstig, Mara – George Washington High School
Dela Cruz, Sheila – John F. Kennedy High School
Gomez, Christine – John F. Kennedy High School
Leon Guerrero, Amber – Southern High School
Galura, Hanna – Simon Sanchez High School
Monaghan, Maynard – Simon Sanchez High School
Quitugua, Matthew – Simon Sanchez High School
Sigrah, Donnaliza – Simon Sanchez High School
Stewart, Robert – Simon Sanchez High School
McJohn, Francis – Notre Dame High School
Pablo, Ysa – Notre Dame High School
Mercado, David – Father Duenas Memorial School
Salas, Joel – Father Duenas Memorial School
Miller, Brytney – Academy of Our Lady Guam
Sheaks, Christina – Guam High School
Concepcion, DeMarie – Guam High School
Guerrero II, Perry – Guam High School
Yurko, Jayleen – Guam High School
Certificates for recipients have been sent to their respective schools for distribution at graduation ceremonies. Winners will attend an information and congratulatory session on May 21 at 5pm in the multipurpose room of the Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building.
May 6, 2008
Listening to the Rhino Beetle
Dr. Richard Mankin, an entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Gainesville, Florida, is on Guam for two weeks to help with the coconut rhinoceros beetle eradication project, a cooperative project being run by the Guam Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the University of Guam. Mankin is recognized as a world class expert on acoustic detection of insect pests. He has developed hi-tech electronic equipment which can detect insects by the sounds they make. Mankin is working with UOG entomologist Dr. Aubrey Moore, under a grant funded by the USDA Western Integrated Pest management Center. They are evaluating acoustic detection technology to see if they can locate the hard to find rhino beetles so that they can be killed.
The objective of the eradication program is to kill all rhino beetles on island. The first rhino beetle was found on Guam in September 2007. These large scarab beetles kill palms when they bore onto the growing tip. Immature beetles, called grubs, feed in decaying coconut logs and stumps. The Guam coconut rhinoceros beetle project is trying to kill all rhino beetles on Guam before they can spread. Rhino beetles are currently found only along the west coast, from Agana in the south to Tanguisson in the north. “If we cannot eradicate this pest of palm trees, it is probable that half the coconut palms on Guam will be killed,” said Moore.
Mankin and Moore have spent a week in the field recording the sounds of grubs and adult beetles. They will be presenting a report on their research in a seminar on Friday, May 9, at 2:00 p.m. in room 104 in the Agriculture and Sciences Building at the University of Guam. This seminar is open to the public.
For further information please contact Dr. Aubrey Moore at 735-2086.
New Equipment at UOG Measures Toxic Substances
Dr. Reddy in his lab with the very specialized Gas Chromatography machine.
An $85,000 grant from USDA to the University of Guam has allowed Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC) scientist Dr. G.V.P. Reddy to purchase highly specialized equipment for his laboratory. The new Gas Chromatography (GC) and GC-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) machines are capable of Electron Impact Ionization and Chemical Ionization.
These specialized pieces of equipment provide the means to identify and measure the content of a chemical product, including measuring toxic substances in plants, soil, air or water. Chemists and engineers using these machines can perform high quality trace sample analysis for the energy and environmental industries.
The main area of use for GC is in the separation and analysis of multi-component mixtures, which can be used in many fields of application. One such area is testing soil for potentially deadly bacteria such as Clostridium bacteria, which causes tetanus, a potentially fatal disease for humans. Another important application for GC-MS is in environmental studies where pollution from hydrocarbons and solvents may be suspected. Since aromatic hydrocarbons are considered highly toxic and carcinogenic, it is important to monitor water and soil for contamination to keep these substances out of the human food chain. Both pieces of equipment are very accurate and can measure picomoles of a substance in a 1 ml liquid sample or parts-per-billion concentrations in gaseous samples.
As a chemical ecologist and entomologist, Dr. Reddy has plans to use this equipment in his work on invasive species and pest control. His expertise is in analysis, isolation and identification of natural products from insects and plants and his research focuses on the identification of insect pheromones, understanding the behavior of invasive insect species and developing more environmentally friendly methods of insect pest control. “These machines can be used to identify semiochemicals such as pheromones, kairomones etc. in insects and plants and then these chemicals can be used in pest control programs,” states Dr. Reddy. He hopes that scientists and governmental agencies in the region will be interested in utilizing this newly acquired equipment, which is now available to researchers.
For more information regarding the new Gas Chromatography and GC-Mass Spectrometry machines contact Dr. G.V.P. Reddy at 735-2142 or via email at email@example.com. For information on the work of Western Pacific Tropical Research Center scientists log on tohttp://www.wptrc.org/. University of Guam researchers continue to make a difference for the island and the region through their work.