December 4, 2009
Designer of the UOG Logo Recognized
A draftsman by profession, Mr. Jose Martinez Flores created the University of Guam seal about 50 years ago after the institution was renamed the University of Guam in 1968. UOG President Robert A. Underwood recently recognized Flores for his work in creating the seal as it is still used as the institution’s primary visual identity. Pictured seated from left: Maria Patricia Flores, Mr. Jose Martinez Flores, and Catherine McCollum; pictured standing from left: Jade San Nicolas, Monica Flores San Nicolas, Underwood, and Antoinette Flores.
December 3, 2009
UOG Student Government Association
Officers of the University of Guam’s Student Government Association recently received certification at the National Conference on Student Leadership in Washington D.C. on November 24, 2009. In the last three years the UOG SGA has sent 25 students for certification and all have returned home certified student leaders. Pictured at the back from L to R: SGA President Benjamin F.A. Leon Guerrero II and SGA Senator Christian Santiago. Middle Row from L to R: SGA Vice-President Lisa Maureen Meeks, SGA Senators Regina Bato, Frank Lee Borja, Bianca Nguyen, Leonora Balajadia and Senator Heather Leon Guerrero. Front Row kneeling L to R: SGA Secretary Leilani Sablan, SGA Senators Charles Santos and Paciano Gumataotao. Leon Guerrero received his certification in 07, while Meeks and Santos were certified in 08. All other individuals pictured were certified in 2009.
December 3, 2009
As previously announced, the Writing Winning Grants and Proposals Workshop will be held on January 14th and 15th, 2010 at UOG. Please spread the news to all potentially interested faculty in your division or research unit. Deans and directors, please give Greg Wiecko an idea how many faculty from your collage/unit will participate.
For more information and registration form go to:
Greg Wiecko, Ph.D.
College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Western Pacific Tropical Research Center
Mangilao, GU 96923, USA
November 25, 2009
“Fighting the Battle Against Poverty & Malnutrition: By Diversifying with Fruit and Vegetables” – Nov. 30
Dr. J.D.H. Keatinge, Director General of AVDRC-the World vegetable Center, will present a seminar entitled “Fighting the Battle Against Poverty & Malnutrition: By Diversifying with Fruit and Vegetables” on Monday, 30 November 2009 in ALS 127 at 4 PM. Please contact Ross Miller for more information, and if you wish, to schedule a meeting with Dr. Keatinge, who is an agronomist with a Doctorate in Agriculture from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland and is Visiting Professor of Tropical Agriculture at the University of Reading, UK. He has global expertise in crop agronomy having worked at ICARDA in Syria, Pakistan and Turkey, IITA in Nigeria and Cameroon and ICRISAT in India and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He was also Professor of Agricultural Systems and Management at Reading University for much of the 1990s and claims to have worked professionally in every continent on earth except Antartica! Presently, he is Director General of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Research and Development Center based in Taiwan.
November 23, 2009
The University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives (PCEI) today released the results from its September Consumer Confidence Survey. The September survey is the second to be completed in 2009. The results allow for the first comparison of Guam consumers’ confidence between two time periods, March and September 2009.
Similar to the first survey in March 2009, this second survey asked Guam consumers to assess their experience with the local business conditions, in particular, their income and employment experience, as well the regional and global economy. In addition, the survey asked Guam consumers to look 12 months forward to evaluate their prospects on the same five areas, as well as their plans to purchase big-ticket items and to vacation. The Septembersurvey garnered 315 respondents and results include:
· On balance, respondents assessed their current situation to have met or exceeded expectations they formed 12 months ago. Supportive of this finding have been the significant decreases in the percent of respondents who assessed their current situation to be “much worse than last year’s” in all five areas and those who replied “worse than last year’s” in all areas except “local income situation” and “global business conditions”.
· Guam consumers are more optimistic about the future prospects of the local economy than they were six months ago. This can be seen by comparing survey results between March and September 2009 which show proportionately more respondents with positive prospects, proportionately less with negative prospects, and, on balance, increases (although smaller) in those with neutral prospects.
· In terms of planned purchases of big-ticket items, both March and September surveys show Guam consumers to be as cautious in March 2009 as they were in September 2009. Both surveys show two categories of big-ticket items, TV and other audio-visual equipment and air conditioner, to be the most likely to make it to consumers’ purchase plans in the next 12 months.
· Guam consumers’ greater confidence in future economic conditions was better captured in their responses to the September 2009 survey with regard to their vacation plans in the next 12 months. Our September 2009 survey shows a noticeable increase in the percent of those who are likely to travel within Micronesia/Western Pacific, Asia or to the US mainland in the next 12 months compared to those who replied similarly in the March 2009 survey. Between the two surveys, the Philippines and Japan continue to be the top two Asian destinations. The September 2009 survey shows a significant interest to vacation in Australia, which topped the destinations among countries other than those in Micronesia/Western Pacific, Asia or the US mainland.
“These two surveys represent the beginning of a data series on one of the very important measures of the Guam economy,” said Maria Claret Ruane, Ph.D, UOG School of Business and Public Administration economics professor and in-house economist for the PCEI. “The next survey will be conducted in March 2009, at which point, we will have the first opportunity to check for possible seasonal effects on consumer confidence.”
November 13, 2009
IPM FIELD DAY. NOVEMBER 25. 10 AM. Yigo Experiment Station.
Curious about organic agriculture? Want to learn about controlling insects that attack cabbage without using toxic pesticides? Then visit the Yigo Experiment Station on November 25 (Wednesday) starting 10 AM for a Field Day by the University of Guam to learn about IPM biocontrol of cabbage insects.
Dr. G.V.P. Reddy of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center of the University of Guam was awarded a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Reddy used this NRCS grant and IPM methods to examine how well cabbage grown in Yigo was protected from insects using a short-list of old-school insecticides compared with modern, organic pesticides.
Come see for your self how well the old-school pesticides protected the cabbage from insects when compared with the organic crop protection products. You might be surprised.
What is IPM? It is "Integrated Pest Management" that combines Prevention, Avoidance, Monitoring and Suppression to grow crops using less poisonous methods. Dr. Craig Smith, USDA-NRCS Agronomist based in Guam, will explain to the Field Day participants how NRCS will use more IPM in its Pest Management Plans starting 2010.
For more information about IPM, NRCS programs, or its grants that supported this Field Day, contact Jocelyn Bamba, Guam Field Office, at 671.735.2111.
October 29, 2009
PRESENTATION AND WORKSHOP BY UNITED NATION'S EXPERT ON DECOLONIZATION- DR. CARLYLE CORBIN
The Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice- in partnership with the
Division of Social Work at the University of Guam- is pleased to
announce the following events facilitated by Dr. Carlyle Corbin, UN
advisor and expert on political
November 7th (Saturday- 9-5PM): CHamoru Summit Workshop on, "CHamoru
Strategically Planning for our Future" at the University of Guam, HSS
Building, room TBA. This workshop will present an overview of the UN
international process and where Guahan fits in it and implications of
the recently enacted Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
In addition, the session will allow participants to develop a
strategic plan for achieving CHamoru political self-determination.
Limited seating. Please reserve you seating by e-mailing Dr. Lisa
Natividad at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 735-2962 by November 6th at
November 9th (Monday- 6-8PM): Public Forum at the University of Guam
CLASS Lecture Hall titled, "Guam and International Law:
Self-Determination, Globalisation, and Militarism"
October 26, 2009
Fall 2009 Career/Job Fair
The Career Development Office of the University of Guam will hold its Career/Job Fair on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 9am to 5pm at the UOG Fieldhouse. Several companies will be participating in the activities including the Japanese Consulate, G4S Security Services, GTA Teleguam, DZSP 21, UOG Army ROTC, US Coast Guard, Bank of Guam, MCV Broadband, Aflac, Cyberwise, Guam Memorial Hospital, Sorensen Broadcasting Company, Individual Assurance Company (IAC), Payless Supermarkets, Kings Restaurant, Dimension Systems and Primerica.
The Career Development Office offers students and alumni assistance in job placement, job search skills, employment opportunities, internships and other career related services. The office is committed to helping students develop self-direction and personal responsibility in the career decision making and job search process. The CDO office is open to all UOG students and alumni.
This event is open to the public, for more information please contact Leah Beth Naholowaa, Career Development Office at 735-2228 or 734-0477and email us email@example.com
October 22, 2009
CLASS BOOK LAUNCH
On Thursday, November 5, 2009, the University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will be sponsoring a Book Launch for several recently published faculty. Local authors Peter Onedera and Ric R. Castro will present their recent publications. A new anthology edited by Michael Bevaqua, Victoria Leon Guerrero and Chris Perez will be also featured, as well as Doug Farrer’s book on martial arts. The launch will start at 6pm and include presentations from the published faculty, with a reception to follow.
Peter Onedera will present readings from his Gi I Tilu Grådu, or In the Third Grade. Ric Castro will be showcasing his recently published portfolio Ric Castro: Island Spirit and The Chase, a poem he has also illustrated. He will also be teasing us with with images from his upcoming book of landscapes. Other local authors Michael Bevaqua and Victoria Leon Guerrero, recently joining the UOG faculty after graduate studies, will be presenting pieces from their anthology Chamorro Childhood, edited with Craig Perez.
Finally, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Doug Farrer will also be presenting his book, Shadows of the Prophet, which explores Malaysian martial arts. Other recently publications by faculty not presenting, are Christopher Schreiner's book on educational assessment and James Giles's book on human sexuality. Their books will also be on display.
October 15, 2009
Green Student Internship (Teaching Assistant)
UOG Green is proud to offer seven student internships supporting sustainability initiatives. Work will support energy conservation and recycling. Positions are ten hours a week from November to May. Pay starts at $7.28 per hour. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume showing relevant experience (education, jobs, volunteer work) to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 30, 2009. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
University of Guam
October 15, 2009
The University of Guam Career Development Office is please to announced that the Career Guide 2009-2010 booklet is now available. The Career Guide is a valuable resource filled with many helpful tools, as well as hints and tips students and alumni can use to assist them in finding their desired job, internship, or career. As students read through this guide they will learn specific ways to connect with our office and how to become aware of the various opportunities present.
The Career Guide is created to help students prepare themselves in their quest not only in their future potential career, or sets of careers, but your quest to find their passion. In conjunction with the Career Guide booklet, we are announcing a new website to optimize their endeavors in seeking available opportunities from potential employers. Log on to http://uog-csm.symplicity.com and complete the student registration process.
In addition, students will find the theme of our office and sponsored events, such as professional workshops and the annual Career Fair, will focus on "Enrollment to Employment". The University of Guam Career Guide is also available online nationwide on http://www.career-guide.net/. If you have any questions please visit our office, we are located on the second floor UOG Fieldhouse or email us at email@example.com.
October 15, 2009
October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" and the University of Guam's Violence Against Women Prevention Program will be holding a Student Movie Night featuring the film, No One Would Tell, a film revolving around the issues of dating violence among intimate partners in a high school setting. The event will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Lecture Hall. A student panel discussion will follow after the film presentation consisting of representatives from various UOG student organizations. Light refreshments will be provided.
Junelyn L. Hautea
Education and Training Coordinator
Violence Against Women Prevention Program
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
University of Guam
October 13, 2009
UOG Guam Community and Economic Development Conference
Adds Featured Speaker: Certified Economic Developer Gayle M. Cooper
UOG’s Guam Community and Economic Development Forum confirmed another featured speaker for its November 12 & 13 event: Gayle M. Cooper, Certified Economic Developer, Executive Director of the Economic Development Group of Eloy, Arizona, and member of the International Economic Development Council.
Cooper will present on day two of the forum under the session, “Guam: the Making of the Pacific Tiger,” and her presentation will cover the essentials of strategic economic development. Her presentation will touch on a series of discussion points and segue to the “Buildup and Post-Buildup Economic Development Opportunities”
panel where four panelists will address economic development opportunities during and after the buildup.
Cooper joins other featured speakers Derek J. Mitchell, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, who will give a broad overview of Guam’s role in Asia and the current state of the Guam Buildup, and Republic of the Philippines Senator Richard Gordon, who will share his insight on the overall Asian economies and the redevelopment of economic zones.
The University of Guam and the UOG Endowment Foundation host the Guam Community and Economic Development Forum, with the theme “Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” on November 12 and 13, 2009 at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.
The forum will result in a series of white papers that will serve as the foundation for strategic economic development for Guam. The Forum is supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Office of the Governor of Guam, the Bank of Guam, the Stations of KUAM, and MCV. The Governor’s Office, Speaker Judith Won Pat’s Office, GEDA, and the Chamber of Commerce are represented on the organizing committee. The conference co-chairs are Former Governor Jospeh F. Ada, UOG Endowment Foundation Chairman Dr. Wilfred Leon Guerrero, and UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
For more information or to register for the forum, visit www.uog.edu/economicforum. Early bird registration is $125 until Oct. 30 and $145 thereafter. UOG faculty and alumni rates are $100, and a limited number of $25 seats are available for UOG students.
Contact Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez at firstname.lastname@example.org Cathleen Moore-Linn at email@example.com more information.
October 13, 2009
The UOG Guam Small Business Development Center to release the
Guam Business Resource Guide 2009 Edition on October 23
The UOG Guam Small Business Development Center will release copies of the 2009 Guam Business Resource Guide on Friday, Oct. 23 at 11:00 a.m. in the Jesus and Eugenia School of Business and Public Administration Building, room 129. The Guide contains useful, relevant information that entrepreneurs can use to start their own business.
“Our goal is to make the process of doing business in Guam easier,” said Casey Jeszenka, Network Director. “All the basic information that businesses operating in Guam need to know is contained in this Guide.”
“In 2007, the Guide was the only publication of its kind for Guam,” said Rodney Webb, Business Counselor, Training Coordinator, and lead editor for this publication. “Now, in the 2009 edition, the Guide has been comprehensively updated, with web links provided to source documents wherever possible.”
The Guam Business Resource Guide contains information on the following key areas:
· Business Planning
· Setting up a Business
· Business Taxation
· Sources of Business Finance
· Business Incentives
· Business Assistance
· Federal Contracting in Guam
· Operating in Guam
Copies of the Guide will be available free of charge on Friday, Oct. 23 at the release event. Thereafter, copies will be available from the UOG Guam Small Business Development Center. Copies will also be made available to the Guam Chamber of Commerce, GEDA, GVB, and others.
Refreshments will also be provided.
For more information about the Guide, contact Casey Jeszenka at 735-2593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9, 2009
The Seoul 2010 International Conference in Business and Information Technology
The University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA) Faculty are organizing the Seoul 2010 International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology, scheduled to be held at the Grand Hilton Hotel in Seoul, Korea on March 1 – 2, 2009. This year’s conference theme is “Doing Business in the Global Economy: Economic, Political, Social, Cultural and Technological Environments”. Conference co-chairs Dr. Maria Claret M. Ruane and Dr. James J. Taylor of the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration. They are joined by co-chairs Dr. Barbara Wiens-Tuers and Dr. Jungwoo Ryoo of the Division of Business and Engineering at Penn State Altoona, and Dr. Seong-Bong Lee of the Department of Business Administration at Seoul Women’s University.
Seoul 2010 is the latest in a series of annual international conferences aimed at providing a venue for scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, business people, government officials and students. It is the fourth conference that UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration has sponsored and organized, beginning with Guam (2007), Hanoi, Vietnam (2008), and Nagoya, Japan (2009). Information on Seoul 2010 can be found at http://www.altoona.psu.edu/icbeit.
By design, the conference series encourages collaborative efforts with multiple universities, including at least one university from the city where the conference is being held. In the past, these efforts and the relationships they help develop have extended beyond the conference, creating opportunities that benefit the institutions involved and the faculty, students and administrations affiliated with the institutions. Past conference partners have included Nagoya University’s Economic Research Center, Alfred University’s College of Business, the Vietnam National University’s Hanoi School of Business, and the University of the Philippines’ School of Economics.
Seoul 2010 will help highlight the importance of the global environment in doing business, emphasizing how faculty at UOG can design strategy to strengthen Guam’s regional and global position. Faculty participants from SBPA will be able to enhance their understanding of global factors in business, bringing back from the conference to their students and colleagues additional knowledge and experience. Increasing the understanding of Guam’s regional and global position helps UOG carry out its mission as a land-grant institution.
Seoul 2010 will also provide opportunities for scholarly, faculty-student collaboration, providing students with the experience of participating as paper writers, presenters and active participants. Following the conference will be a three-day study tour including a visit to a major Korean company and to places of educational and historical importance in the cities of Seoul, Kyungju and Busan.
Seoul 2010 will also provide UOG faculty with the opportunity for publication in the conference proceedings and in an academic journal. Both of these are subject to a double-blind, peer-review process. Papers accepted for journal publication will appear in the highly regarded Allied Academies’ Journal of International Business Research. This scholarship supports UOG’s efforts to maintain its WASC accreditation and the SBPA’s application for IACBE accreditation. Scholars from multiple academic institutions serve in the journal editorial review board under the editorial leadership of Dr. Ruane and Dr. Taylor of SBPA and Dr. Wiens-Tuers of Penn State Altoona. For more information contact: Maria Claret M. Ruane Ph.D. at email@example.com
James J. Taylor, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 8, 2009
CERAMIC CELEBRATION III PLUS
CONTACT: 735-2965/6 Velma Yamashita, Director Gi Young Hwang, Extension Associate
EVENT: Ceramic Celebration III plus is an Isla Center for the Arts fundraiser that will feature the works of Fine Arts Professor Lewis Rifkowitz. The event will run for one week and include two-dimensional as well as three dimensional works by other local artists and UOG fine arts students. All works will be available for sale.
LOCATION: Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam
House #15 Dean’s Circle
DATE AND TIME: Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: The public is invited. Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.
SPONSORS: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at UOG
Ceramic Celebration III plus is an Isla Center for the Arts fundraising event featuring the beautifully handcrafted ceramic pieces created by Lewis Rifkowitz, a University of Guam Fine Arts Professor of Sculpture/Ceramics. Included this year will be other local artists’ ceramic works and two dimensional pieces by UOG Fine Arts students. This special fundraising event will run for one week, October 15 – 23, 2009.
Start shopping for the holidays! Or purchase a one of a kind tea set for yourself! There will be over 200 ceramic pieces in a variety of shapes and colors available for purchase. Prices begin at $10.00.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used for programming at the Isla Center for the Arts.
October 7, 2009
University of Guam Cancer Research Center Receives $8M Grant
The University of Guam received an $8,000,000 five-year U-54 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support a strong national cancer program aimed at understanding the reasons behind significant cancer disparities and the impact on minority populations. The grant encompasses several objectives including:
· Increase the cancer research capabilities at the University of Guam
· Increase the number of minority scientists of Pacific Islander ancestry engaged in cancer research
· Provide pertinent undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate education and training opportunities for Pacific Islander students
· Further strengthen the research focus on cancer health disparities with particular emphasis on aspects of particular relevance for the people of the Pacific
“The overarching goal is to reduce the impact of cancer on the population in the Guam, and the region,” said Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG senior vice president and co-principal investigator of the grant. The projects funded by the grant include beetle nut and oral cancer research; breast cancer and obesity research; funding support for the cancer registry; an outreach program for youth tobacco cessation; and curriculum development in the Micronesian Studies masters program, cancer biology, and understanding the cultural context of cancer research.
The University of Guam opened the Cancer Research Center in 2004, supported by the University of Guam and Cancer Research Center of Hawaii research partnership and an initial $3.6M NIH planning grant which ended in 2009. The newly awarded grant continues support for the partnership.
“One of our goals is to continue to produce more cancer researchers of Pacific Islander heritage. I am pleased to announce that UOG alumna Yvette Paulino, who received funding from the cancer grant to pursue her doctorate, recently defended her dissertation for her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is now teaching at the University of Guam. With this new cycle of funding, we hope to produce more success stories like Professor Paulino,” said Whippy.
“This grant positions the University of Guam to engage in more research to determine the causes of cancer disparities among our unique population,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “Our scientists will work with their counterparts from the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii to pursue their research, raise awareness of cancer prevention, and other initiatives.”
Underwood, Whippy, and University of Guam scientists will be joined by CRCH’s Carl Vogel to celebrate the grant award and formally begin the grant at an initial meeting on October 8 at 11am in the President’s Conference Room in the School of Business and Public Administration, UOG campus. For more information contact Dr. Helen Whippy at 735-2994 or email@example.com
October 1, 2009
UOG Hosts Guam Community and Economic Development Forum Nov. 12 & 13
“Strategies for a Sustainable Future”
The University of Guam and the UOG Endowment Foundation will host the Guam Community and Economic Development Forum, with the theme “Strategies for a Sustainable Future,” on November 12 and 13, 2009 at the Sheraton Laguna.
The forum will result in a series of white papers that will serve as the foundation for strategic economic development for Guam. “Conference speakers will include experts on strategic economic development,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “Information shared at the conference will assist the Guam community in developing policies that will encourage Guam’s long-term economic growth, as well as policies that ensure we preserve our cultural and natural resources.”
Confirmed speakers include:
· Derek J. Mitchell, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, who will give a broad overview of Guam’s role in Asia and the current state of the Guam Buildup
· Republic of the Philippines Senator Richard Gordon, who will share his insight on the overall Asian economy and the redevelopment of economic zones.
Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Anthony Babauta signed off on a Technical Assistance grant award on September 24th that provided $25,000 of support for the forum.
“The second day of the two-day conference focuses on how we can leverage the anticipated double digit growth to address new industry opportunities and turn Guam into the first Pacific Economic Tiger,” said Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. Forum Topics include:
· Preparing for Economic Growth and Beyond, The Making of the Pacific Tiger
· Economic Development Opportunities
· Socio-Economic Impact
· The Environmental Impact Statement Process
· Implications on the Environment and Sustainability
Conference registration is open at www.uog.edu/economicforum. The full agenda is being finalized, but the current draft can be viewed at the above website. The conference early bird registration is $125 and $100 for UOG alumni.
“This forum provides an opportunity for the community to get involved in shaping Guam’s future economic and social policies,” added Underwood. The conference committee includes representatives from Governor Camacho’s office, Speaker Won Pat’s office, GEDA, and the Chamber of Commerce, among others. The conference co-chairs are Former Governor Joe Ada and UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
October 1, 2009
Research Indicates Healthy Coral Reefs Need Diverse Fish Communities
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, one of the nation’s preeminent science publications, recently published, "Functionally-diverse fish communities ameliorate coral disease," a research paper written by University of Guam Marine Lab faculty Laurie Raymundo, Andrew Halford, and Alex Kerr along with the University of Hawaii Department of Zoology’s Aileen Maypa.
Coral reefs continue to decline in health and productivity on a global scale, and effective tools to stop this downward spiral are urgently needed. In an effort to gain a wider understanding of coral diseases, the scientists examined the role that diverse, intact reef fish communities play in maintaining healthy corals by looking at fish abundance and diversity, as well as coral health and disease, both inside and outside Marine Protected Areas in the central Philippines.
The scientists found that:
· All Marine Protected Areas had fewer diseased corals than did their paired fished sites.
· Reefs with more diverse fish communities had less coral disease.
“Establishing Marine Protected Areas to protect remaining fish stocks is a popular management strategy worldwide, but their role in promoting other aspects of coral reef health and productivity is largely untested. Our work demonstrates that they can also be an effective means of keeping coral—the creators of fish habitat—healthy and productive,” said Raymundo.
“This work suggests that Marine Protected Areas can serve as a novel management tool for managing coral disease and increasing reef health," said Kerr.
The scientists also found that only butterfly fishes that feed directly on coral were positively correlated with coral disease and that these fishes were more abundant on reefs with lower overall fish diversity.
September 30, 2009
UOG LIBRARY RECEIVES $401K FOR GRADUATE STUDENT SUPPORT
The University of Guam’s Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library received $401K in grant funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under a National Leadership Grant program. The project, “Information Literacy for Future Island Leaders" will create a comprehensive system of graduate student support through new bibliographic instruction classes, research services, and digital resources.
“The UOG Library team will design services and instruction to support graduate programs and research using both traditional and digital resources,” said UOG Professor Kevin Latham.
The project will address research needs at the region’s only four-year, master degree granting, U.S. accredited institution of higher education by creating:
· Advanced information literacy classes
· A research assistance center for graduate students
· A faculty and graduate student research blog
· Digitizing the UOG thesis and special Projects collection
UOG faculty-ranked librarians will teach the graduate bibliographic instruction classes and manage the project. The project will demonstrate and test methods of advanced academic research assistance and instructional tools that can serve as models for libraries seeking to respond to student research needs.
Out of 101 proposals, the University of Guam is one of thirty institutions selected to receive the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant. Grant proposal recipients were identified as having a national impact on library and information services and serve as models to libraries across the nation.
“Our graduate students will be the recipients of the grant’s many positive outcomes,” said Christine Scott-Smith, Director of the RFK Memorial Library. “I appreciate Professor Latham’s work on the grant proposal, which will greatly improve our services to UOG graduate students.”
The full list of grant awards can be viewed at www.imls.gov.
September 29, 2009
UOG’s Travis Certified Government Financial Manager
Gloria Travis, University of Guam Administrative Services Officer, recently passed the Association of Government Accountants certification as a Government Financial Manager. She was recognized on September 23, 2009 by the Guam Chapter. Travis underwent a lengthy six-day review course in December 2008 and is at this writing the only person out of 35 participants to pass the three-part examination. Pictured from left are Chief Judge of the District Court of Guam Frances Tydingco-Gatewood, Gloria Travis, University of Guam ASO and AGA-Guam Chapter Secretary, and Jojo Guevara, Port Authority Controller and AGA-Guam Chapter President. AGA serves government accountability professionals by providing quality education, fostering professional development and certification, and supporting standards and research to advance government accountability.
Spetember 25, 2009
Assistant Secretary Babauta Signs off on $25K Grant to UOG
to Support Guam Community and Economic Development Forum
During his visit to the University of Guam campus yesterday afternoon, US Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Anthony Babauta signed off on a Technical Assistance grant award providing $25,000 of support for the Guam Community and Economic Development Forum which is scheduled for November 12 and 13 and organized by UOG in conjunction with the UOG Endowment Foundation and government and community partners.
“We understand the forum will provide a comprehensive community-wide dialogue of the issues, challenges and resource opportunities related to the impending military buildup on Guam,” wrote Babauta in his notification letter.
“The forum will result in a series of white papers that will serve as the foundation for strategic economic and community policy development for Guam,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
The forum will be held at the Sheraton Laguna and on November 12 and 13, 2009. The full agenda is being finalized, but a draft can be viewed at www.uog.edu/economicforum.
September 23, 2009
TakeCare Contributes $150K to Nursing Program at UOG
$1.7M in Total Contributions to UOG Since 2001
TakeCare will donate $150,000 to the University of Guam's Nursing Program today at 5:00 p.m. in the UOG Lecture Hall at the Mangilao campus during Family Night where students and their families share their experiences and encourage the development of a family support network so that nursing students can concentrate on their studies.
This donation brings TakeCare's total contributions to the University of Guam's Nursing Program to $1.7 million over an eight year period. "Since 2001, TakeCare has contributed more than $1.7M to the Nursing Program in support of student scholarships, classroom equipment, clinical supplies for the nursing labs, NCLEX reviews and clinical instruction 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, offer additional scholarship opportunities to students, as well as support for faculty development," 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."
Twenty students completed their nursing degrees during the University's spring 2009 commencement ceremonies. To meet community demand, the
University needs to produce approximately 60 nurses per year. With the military buildup that number will increase to 80 nurses per year. This coming Spring, the program looks forward to increasing the number of students admitted to nursing fundamentals.
"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 of 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. Two adjunct faculty have completed their Masters degree in nursing with support from TakeCare contributions and more are pursuing their graduate studies.
The nursing program at the University of Guam is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
Caption: TakeCare donated $150K to the University of Guam’s Nursing Program on Sept. 22 during the nursing program’s family night. Pictured from left are: UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Gus Sablan, TakeCare Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Jean Blais, Student Nurses Association of Guam president, Maria Salomon, UOG Director of Nursing, and Elise Ralph, UOG Assistant Vice President of Graduate Studies, Sponsored Programs and Research.
September 22, 2009
UOG Fall 2009 Enrollment up 4.8%
Highest Enrollment in Ten Years
The University of Guam welcomes 3,550 students to campus for the Fall 2009 semester, a 4.8% increase over the prior year and the highest enrollment since 1999.
“The Fall 2009 enrollment numbers continue a trend of increasing enrollment over multiple years,” said UOG President Robert Underwood. “The quality of our programs and multiple outreach efforts at various levels continue to attract students to campus, including the 781 new undergraduate students who chose to come to the University of Guam this semester.”
Of the 3550 students enrolled for Fall 2009, 61% are female and 39% are male, while 92% describe themselves as Asians or Pacific Islanders. Additionally, 134 students transferred to UOG from other institutions, an increase of 34% over the Fall 2008 figure of 98.
September 22, 2009
The Guam National Guard 94th Civil Support Team Presents overview of disaster response
The 94th Civil Support Team-Weapons of Mass Destruction, Guam National Guard will present an overview of their capabilities for disaster response to students of UOG at the Field House on 01 Oct 2009. Briefings will be held at 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm; each session will be approximately 45-60min long. During the presentation the Team will display their Mobile Laboratory and several hazard assessment instruments used to detect and identify chemical, biological and radiological hazards. This briefing is intended to inform UOG students of technology and techniques used in emergency response as well as career opportunities available in the National Guard. If you like to watch "CSI", come see the real deal...CST!
September 16, 2009
PREL AND UOG CONNECT WITH STUDENTS VIA TECHNOLOGY
Starting this semester, in collaboration with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), the University of Guam (UOG) will start the pilot use of Elluminate Live as a distance learning tool for synchronous classes.
The Elluminate software offers the opportunity to reach students in different locations simultaneously over an Internet connection. Although the current test will only allow for ten students per class, the software can support hundreds of participants concurrently. The initial test will take place in the ED 643 and ED 645 classes taught by Dr. Matilda Rivera and Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, respectively.
The small bandwidth requirements of Elluminate, along with its ease of use and management, make it a very viable educational tool for the Pacific region. For the past couple of years, PREL has been using Elluminate as a standard communication and professional development tool for its offices throughout the Pacific with excellent results.
The University of Guam and PREL have a tradition of working together to facilitate the needs of the Pacific region and offer solutions; our aim is to bring learning opportunities, using the latest educational technologies that the current infrastructure can support. The importance of this latest joint effort resides in the possibility of extending our partnership, while reaching out to students who are otherwise unable to be physically present in the classroom.
For more information about this pilot test or educational technology and distance learning, please contact:
Arthur Garbiso, CIO PREL firstname.lastname@example.org or Javier Elizondo Communications Director, PREL email@example.com
Dr Helen Whippy, Senior VP Academic and Student Affairs, UOG firstname.lastname@example.org
September 16, 2009
UOG’s Borja-Enriquez and Ruane Receive Research Award – Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA), and Dr. Claret Ruane, a UOG SBPA economics professor, received the Allied Academies Distinguished Research Award for their research paper, “The Making of the Pacific Tiger: Lessons from the Celtic Tiger.” The paper will be published in the Journal of Economics and Economic Education Research. Pictured from left are Borja-Enriquez and Ruane. Not pictured is co-author Vanessa Lee Williams, currently a law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
September 15, 2009
CHUUK HOSTS UPGRADED COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
Focus on Emergency Communication and Distance Education
An upgraded communication system has been installed in Weno, Chuuk increasing the capability for distance learning instruction and improving emergency communication services for the island state. The combined expertise of PREL, the University of Guam, the Chuuk State School System, PEACESAT and their personnel contributed to the rehabilitation and relocation of the satellite earth station, which is now housed on the same grounds as the PREL service center in Weno.
A reliable and cost effective instrument for emergency management and health services, the earth station will also provide an extraordinary opportunity for education via distance learning, professional development and training. Video teleconference capabilities are also available.
PREL looks forward to the opportunity to strengthen its partnership with the University of Guam, PEACESAT, and the Chuuk State School System in order to reach as many members of the community as possible with educational offerings that address their particular needs.
Over the course of one week, T.R. Mori from Chuuk State, Bruce Best from the University of Guam, Jason Newcomb and Ryan Hiraefrom PEACESAT, and Arthur Garbiso from PREL worked diligently to disassemble, transport and refurbish the station. Thanks to their combined efforts the community of Chuuk can enjoy the satellite earth station services.
A special thanks to the Chuuk State School System and Director Sony for allowing this resource to be transferred to the PREL Chuuk Service Center and to Mr. Mark Mailo, land owner of the AMJ building for allowing the satellite earth station to reside on his property.
For Information regarding the use of the earth station’s VTC capabilities, please contact the PREL’s Chuuk Service Center at:
PREL’s Chuuk Service Center
Phone: (691) 330-5449/6466/5439
Fax: (691) 330-5450
September 14, 2009
7th MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF WOMEN AGAINST MILITARISM
CHinemma’, Nina’maolek, yan Inarespetu para Direchon Taotao
RESISTANCE, RESILIENCE, AND RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Location: Catholic Social Services Conference Room (Barrigada), University of Guam (Mangilao), and Carmel on the Hill Retreat Center (Malojloj), Guåhan. Dates: September 14-19, 2009. Click here for the agenda.
September 11, 2009
UOG UPWARD BOUND ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The University of Guam Upward Bound (UB) college prep program is currently accepting applications from eligible high school students. Interested students and their parents are encouraged to attend the UB Open House on Saturday, September 19th from 10 am - 11 am at the UOG Cafeteria. Sign-in begins at 9:30 am and light refreshments will be provided. The program provides free academic support services such as: college and career preparation, tutoring, financial aid information, summer program at UOG, academic classes, off-island educational trips, parent workshops, incentives, and more! Only students currently in 9th through 11th grade who attend GW, JFK, Simon Sanchez, or Southern high school may apply. Students must meet eligibility requirements in order to be selected for participation in upward bound. Applications will be available at the Open House and at each school counseling office. Deadline to submit preliminary applications is October 2, 2009. For more info, please call the UB Office at 735-1992/ 2245 or e-mail the UB Assistant Director, Rowena Andrade at email@example.com.
September 11, 2009
UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives Research Paper: Survey of Federal Contracting by Small Business on Guam
The University of Guam’s Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives released its most recent research paper today entitled, “Survey of Federal Contracting by Small Business on Guam.” The paper, written by Drs. Maria Claret Ruane, Annette Taijeron Santos, and Anita Borja Enriquez, of UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration, discusses outcomes from an August 2009 survey developed to ascertain why many Guam small businesses seem eager to participate in federal contracting opportunities, but few actually do so.
“There appears to be a disconnect between Guam small businesses’ interest in federal contracting opportunities and their ability and actual experience in pursuing those opportunities,” said Ruane. “We wanted to survey businesses to find explanations for this disconnect so that appropriate approaches and/or policies could be developed to increase the capacity and confidence of Guam small businesses to pursue federal contracting opportunities.” Federal contracting opportunities are important for Guam businesses because they make up between 6 to 9% of Guam’s economy.
The survey results offer some meaningful information for small business support agencies such as the Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center, GEDA, U.S. SBA, SBDC, Guam Chamber of Commerce, and the Guam Contractors’ Association, as well as federal government representatives who interact with small businesses, including:
· Federal contracting opportunities are not limited to construction and engineering projects as perceived with the planned military buildup.
· Federal contracting opportunities are not limited to Department of Defense needs.
· As provided by the Fleet Industrial Supply Center and the U.S. General Services
Agency, small businesses can provide an array of support services and goods to just
about all federal government agencies, similar to what any community would need.
· Small business support groups should identify more robust ways to reach small businesses to address their need for assistance in registering or applying for certification to do business with the federal government as well as training on how to access and use the federal government website.
· Need for easier access to a federal government representative and ease in registering or applying for certification to do business with the federal government (or assistance with such).
“The survey also provides a good indication that most small businesses have had a positive experience with the federal government and those who have not yet engaged should pursue the opportunities offered to them,” said Borja Enriquez.
The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center will use the results to prioritize federal contracts training and technical assistance, including a Government Contracting 101 workshop, and the Small Business Development Center will use the data to plan upcoming training activities.
This study was conducted by the University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives and was funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The PCEI publications are part of an effort to fill in the gaps in availability of periodic and updated business and economic data on Guam. These data will be useful for planning by policymakers, businesses and the local community in general, and in preparation for the military build-up on the island, in particular. Click here to read the report.
September 11, 2009
UOG ARMY ROTC Change of Command Ceremony
The Fall 2009 UOG Army ROTC Change of Command ceremony was held at 8:00 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2009. Professor of Military Science, LTC. John Howerton, recognized incoming Triton Warrior Battalion Commander Manuel Diaz, and outgoing Triton Warrior Battalion Commander 2nd Lt. Ann Marie Caasi.
September 10, 2009
Japanese Waste Management Technologies
Professor Takeshi Fujiwara from Okayama University in Japan gave a presentation entitled “Japanese waste management technologies” on Thursday, September 10 at 2:30 p.m. at the University of Guam’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences, room 127.
September 10, 2009
Enviromental Science Seminar at UOG
Professor Takeshi Fujiwara from Okayama University in Japan gave a presentation entitled “The role of solid waste management towards sustainable society” on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at the University of Guam, College of Natural and Applied Sciences, Room #104.
September 3, 2009
UOG TRIO STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES PROGRAM RECEIVES $302K
The University of Guam TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program received $302K for the 2009-2010 program year which began September 1, 2009.
The SSS program serves 160 students who are enrolled at the University of Guam. SSS is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their post secondary education. Services include tutoring, financial aid counseling and advocacy, career exploration activities, study skills and academic workshops, and many other activities. Participants must be low-income, first generation college students, or students with a physical or learning disability.
Additionally, TRIO Student Support Services will receive $27K in Supplemental Grant Aid which will be awarded to eligible and qualified participants of the SSS program. “Over the last four years, we have set aside approximately $25 to $30K annually for aid awarded to our SSS students,” said Yoichi Rengiil, Director of the TRIO Programs at the University of Guam. “This year, thanks to an additional $20K in grant funds, we are able to distribute $47K as supplemental grant aid to participants who demonstrate financial need or who are at-risk of dropping out of college due to financial difficulties.”
TRIO instructors will talk to students in the University’s English, math and introduction to college life classes to inform them of the opportunities offered through the TRIO Programs.
“The activities offered through the Student Support Services program are key to the successful completion of a college degree for many of our students,” said Rengiil. “Research shows that the most at-risk students are in their first and second year of their college education. The SSS Supplemental Grant Aid awards will be given to eligible first and second year students enrolled at UOG.”
For more information about the TRIO Programs at the University of Guam contact Yoichi Rengiil at 735-7514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2, 2009
University of Guam Army ROTC Change of Command Ceremony
The ceremony will be held Friday, September 11, 2009. behind the Administration Building (HRO/Business Office) beginning at 8:00 a.m.
A Major Affair
The CO335 Communication class is organizing A Major Affair in the Student Center Rotunda from 10 am to 3pm on September 16. The event allows undeclared students to find out more about UOG’s academic programs.
September 2, 2009
UOG Receives Sea Grant Extension Program Grant
Focus on Youth Outreach, Environmental Stewardship
The University of Guam received the first year of funding for a Sea Grant Extension Program grant amounting to $70K for 2009 and a total of $370K over the three-year grant period ending in 2011.
“One of the grant’s objectives is to work with the Guam Department of Education in enhancing its K-12 science curricula by focusing on environmental science activities relevant to our oceans and our ways of life,” said Jason Biggs, assistant professor at the University of Guam’s Marine Lab. “Our children will become more aware of the importance of our marine resources and coral reefs and gain a greater understanding of how these delicate ecosystems contribute to our overall quality of life. We also hope to instill the concept that each one of us can easily become part of the solution to environmental degradation.”
Environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources are at the heart of Sea Grant’s mission.
The overarching goal of the UOG Sea Grant Extension Program is to enhance understanding of coastal processes in ways that promote the use of sustainable practices in human activities and result in improved conservation, protection and maintenance of coastal resources and property.
Grant objectives include:
· Improve public and government agency awareness of coastal processes; promote stewardship of coastal resources and develop a marine education extension program in collaboration with public, private and government stakeholders
· Work closely with policy makers by advising and assisting in developing novel approaches that will achieve sustainable use of coastal resources
· Develop, produce, and distribute informational literature and media products that expand knowledge of the intricate links between land and sea and the benefits of using ecologically sound development practices
· Enhancement of information and data for decision-making and management of coastal resources, fisheries and ocean-based businesses
“Using previous Sea Grant funding, the UOG Sea Grant is conducting an island-wide needs assessment for coastal marine resources issues and priorities, and is assembling a Sea Grant Advisory Board to create a long-term strategic plan for UOG Sea Grant in Micronesia.” said Biggs.
“We look forward to this project, and to the future development of a full-scale Sea Grant program at the University of Guam,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
Sea Grant is a nationwide network (administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.
For more information contact Jason Biggs at 735-2696 or email@example.com or Elise Ralph at 735-2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 31, 2009
University of the Philippines Scholar
Presents Inaugural Lecture at UOG CLASS Philippine Studies Lecture Series
The University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences presents the first in the Philippine Studies Lecture Series featuring Dr. Clarita Carlos, a professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the CLASS Lecture Hall.
Dr. Carlos’s lecture is entitled, "US strategic policy in the Asia Pacific: A Philippine perspective." Dr. Carlos earned her doctorate in political science from the University of the Philippines and did post-doctoral work in Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis at the University of California Los Angeles as a Senior Fulbright Fellow; and post-doctoral work in Political Psychology at Cornell University in New York as a Fulbright Visiting Fellow. She has been a consultant on constitutional reforms, anti-corruption , security and defense issues to the Philippine Senate and Philippine House of Representatives for many years, and is a former president of the National Defense College.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., light refreshments will be served.
This event is made possible with a donation from the Nueva Ecija Family Association.
In addition to her faculty role at UP, Dr. Carlos is also president of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies, and director of the Philippine National Red Cross. She is the author of several books on Filipino political parties, electoral reform, and many other issues.
For more information contact Dr. Lilnabeth Somera at 735-2704 or email@example.com.
August 31, 2009
Dave J. Santos Scholarship Award - SBPA Student - Monica G. Cruz
Monica G. Cruz, a Business Administration Major (Double Concentration: Marketing, and Finance and Economics), was awarded the Guam Chamber of Commerce Dave J. Santos Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year. This generous scholarship covers full tuition, fees, and books for both academic semesters. Monica will also serve as a paid intern at the Guam Chamber of Commerce (8/21/09 – May 2010). The Guam Chamber of Commerce launched this upgraded scholarship program last year, with Nathan Taimanglo named as the 2008-2009 Dave J. Santos Scholar.
August 28, 2009
Moylan's Insurance Supports Training for Insurance Industry professionals
Kurt Moylan, CEO of Moylan's Insurance, Net Care and First Net, has donated classroom space and employee expertise to support insurance industry certification courses in partnership with the University of Guam's Professional and International Programs and Tokio Marine Pacific Ins Ltd. Pictured from left are Larry Gamboa, director of UOG's Professional and International Programs, UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Kurt Moylan, and Loling Cepeda, outreach coordinator for Professional and International Programs.
August 27, 2009
UOG MARC Publication
Father Felix K. Yaoch, S.J: Island Priest
Father Felix K. Yaoch, S.J.: Island Priest was recently published by the University of Guam’s Micronesian Area Research Center. Edited and written by Dr. Donald Shuster of MARC, the book celebrates the life and work of Father Felix K. Yaoch of Palau It is made up of 17 essays that begin with a short story written by the young Felix Yaoch, then a student at the Pacific Island Teacher Training School (PITTS) in 1950-51. The story explains the origins of good and bad by means of a Palauan legend.
After a school year at PITTS, Felix transferred to Father Duenas Memorial School on Guam where he graduated in 1954. He went to the Philippines for novitiate training and then to Berchmans College and finally to Woodstock College in the U.S. for his Jesuit preparation. He was ordained in Buffalo by Bishop James McNulty on June 8, 1967 and returned to Palau soon afterward.
Little is known outside Palau of the Modekngei, Palau’s indigenous religion. While completing his Jesuit training at Woodstock, Fr. Felix wrote an important paper describing and explaining Modekngei. Recognizing the commonalities with Catholicism, he observed that in Palau “ecumenism and charity are supplanting polemic apologetics… so that the Modekngei and the Christian can say. ‘We have finally come together as one people of God.’” Bringing people together was an important mission for Father Felix.
Father Felix’s essay about the Palauan family, “Knitted Togetherness” exhibits his deep understanding of the family and the complicated relationships within it. Speaking for the whole of Palau in 1977 before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Father Felix, criticized the grandiose Super Port idea as destructive of both the marine environment and Palau’s social structure.
The heart of the book is the five conversations where Fr. Felix speaks at length about a whole host of critical issues for Palau: the 1979 Constitutional Convention, family relationships, leaders and leadership, helping people gain full awareness, the festive 1992 elections, riding on Yaoch’s wings, Roman Tmetuchl’s style and passing (a cousin to Fr. Felix), the “us” versus “them” mentality regarding guest workers in Palau, the search for the Jesuit missionaries executed by the Japanese military police during the Pacific War, responsibilities of national congressmen, harmonizing individual strivings with concerns for the larger social group, the value of remembering, recalling the strengths of past achievements, recognizing deep cultural continuities, circumstances surrounding how Felix became a priest, building a harmony of relationships, reconciling and integrating Palauan values with foreign values, run-a-way foreign investment, relying on our own—Palauan—efforts, and the growing sophistication of Palauans.
The book concludes with two beautiful essays that are a tribute to the Island Priest. Mosang Miles describes Father Felix’s life as one of humility, love, and justice and Fr. Leger, a fellow Jesuit, describes Father Felix as the conch blower of Palau, a man who lived a live of humble courage. He passed away in December 2002.
Copies of the Father Felix book can be purchased at the Micronesian Area Research Center for $10. For more information contact Dr. Don Shuster, Professor, MARC at 735-2166.
HANKUK UNIVERSITY STUDENTS STUDY ENGLISH AT UOG
College students from Seoul's Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) arrived last week to begin a 10-day English program at the University of Guam. “This is the third consecutive year that Hankuk students have come to UOG to improve their English language skills,” said Rita Edwards, assistant director of UOG’s Professional and International Programs. “This year, 77 students from Hankuk have come to our island to learn English as well as to promote a cross-cultural exchange of good will between their university and the University of Guam.”
Hankuk students have been honing their English listening and speaking skills both in and out of the classroom, mingling with local college students and the island population in general, as part of a program designed to provide students with memorable and purposeful language learning experiences not available in their native land.
Hankuk students and their instructors have been conducting field surveys of Guam residents regarding a variety of cross-cultural topics at local malls and the Chamorro Village. They will present their survey results before their course wraps up on August 28.
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies students also participate in in-class debates, listening activities, and will each give a final presentation on an aspect of Chamorro culture. “They students are not only learning English, they are learning about the people and culture of Guam. This is an added benefit for UOG, Guam, and the Hankuk students,” said Edwards.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UOG & GDA Cultivate Banana Plants for Local Growers
Guam Department of Agriculture and the University of Guam are partnering to make clean planting stock available to farmers for local banana production.
Growers and farmers have been calling Dr. George C. Wall, UOG plant pathologist, to find out how to obtain disease-free banana for planting. To satisfy this need, GDA and UOG are collaborating on a three-year project to make disease-free planting material available to local growers.
Currently, the most prevalent bananas available in markets are imported, with a limited selection of local varieties for sale. Increasing local production will allow for more choices in types and tastes for Guam banana lovers.
Dr. Wall and his staff at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center Plant Pathology Laboratory will obtain disease-free banana stock, which will be made available to GDA. Dr. Wall will provide tissue culture training to GDA personnel to clone the disease-free material ensuring purity and plant health.
The advantages to planting in vitro propagated plants are many:
- Since they are disease and insect free they will grow faster and more vigorously than suckers taken from the field
- All tissue-cultured plants are guaranteed to be of the same variety
- They can be ordered in advance and available in large numbers at one time
Within the three-year time period of this contract with UOG, GDA plans to propagate via tissue culture thousands of banana plants per year to be distributed to growers. These tissue-cultured plants will benefit growers and retailers giving consumers more selection and a better opportunity to buy local bananas; consumers will be able to enjoy fresher and more nutritious produce.
The University of Guam and Guam Department of Agriculture continue the tradition of working together for the benefit of Guam’s farmers and consumers.
Please visit http://www.wptrc.org/for information on WPTRC research activities.
August 25, 2009
UOG TRIO PROGRAMS RECEIVES $338K GRANT
The University of Guam TRIO Programs Educational Talent Search (ETS) received $338K from the US Department of Education for the 2009-2010 Academic Year. “This funding is for the fifth and final year of the current grant funding cycle,” said Yoichi Rengiil, Director of UOG’s TRIO Programs. “This brings the total funding amount for the program to more than $1.3 million dollars over a five year period.”
The Educational Talent Search Program currently serves 600 middle and high school students in Guam and in Chuuk. The program recently completed its four-week summer enrichment activity for both middle and high school students where participants focused on improving science, math, and English skills, among other activities.
Renewal forms and recruitment activities will occur over the next few months at target schools including: Agueda Johnston, Astumbo, FB Leon Guerrero, Luis P Untalan, Oceanview, Jose Rios, and Vicente Benevente middle schools; and George Washington, John F. Kenney, Okkodo, and Simon Sanchez high schools.
Educational Talent Searchis a federally funded program that helps disadvantaged and minority middle and high school students prepare for postsecondary educational programs. Applicants must be middle and high school students who are potential first generation college students and have met the family income guidelines established by the US Department of Education.
“TRIO Programs Educational Talent Search has produced numerous success stories” said Rengiil. “Many students who participated in this program went on to earn their college degrees and used their knowledge to help strengthen our community.”
For more information on Education Talent Search, call 735-2246 2250/1 or email email@example.com.
August 25, 2009
University of Guam Designated as Program Office for Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center
Receives $867K in Federal Funding
The University of Guam has been designated as the program office for the Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in partnership with the University of Hawaii, the Guam Community College, the College of Micronesia, the College of the Marshall Islands, and the Pacific Islands Health Officers Association. The Department of Health and Human Services awarded $867K in funding to UOG for the first year of a three-year grant that supports the improvement of individual and community health throughout Micronesia by recruiting and training additional health care professionals.
“Area Health Education Centers will be established in Guam, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia,” said Maria Salomon Director of Nursing at the University of Guam and Guam/Micronesia AHEC program office director. “The first year of the grant will focus on establishing the centers and developing training program curriculum.”
The goal of the Guam/Micronesia AHEC is to improve the health of the underserved through collaborative regional training initiatives across the Micronesian region. This area has some of the highest health workforce shortage ratings, and greatest health and education disparities in the US. The Guam/Micronesian Area Health Education Center emphasizes community-based interisland training for healthcare providers and students while enhancing health career education and recruitment from elementary to community college levels. The grant objectives include:
- Improve the diversity of the health professions workforce by mentoring and providing health career activities for over 1,200 underrepresented minority students per year.
- Improve the distribution of the health care workforce in Micronesia by providing local/on-island interdisciplinary training for more than 150 students a year.
- Improve the quality and retention of the health workforce in Micronesia by providing culturally relevant continuing education to more than 780 medical providers.
“We will begin recruitment activities throughout the region at the elementary level in order to familiarize young students with health care professions,” said Salomon. “Additionally, we will create programs to train these students based on the health care needs of each particular area served by the centers.” Training and continuing education programs will include curricula for nurses, dental workers, technicians, public health professionals, and physicians, among others.
The expansion of the health workforce by approximately 30 individuals per year will be accomplished through collaborative partnerships with eight postgraduate educational institutions, 30 primary and secondary schools, six Community Health Centers, local departments of health and education, providers, hospitals, and organizations.
For more information on the Area Health Education Center grant, contact Dr. Maria Salomon at 735-2650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 12, 2009
Guam Navy and UOG Partner to Conserve Native Tree
The University of Guam has completed the establishment of a conservation planting of Guam’s endangered fadang tree on the island of Tinian. Guam Navy has funded the entire project and provided access to their lands in northern Tinian for implementing this important effort to help stave off the ongoing threats to survival of the species.
“The Navy has demonstrated exemplary commitment to the conservation of Guam’s resources by funding this project,” said UOG professor Thomas Marler. Dr. Marler has administered the project and is managing the conservation planting. “The novel idea was initiated several years ago, long before we knew for sure that the death rate among Guam’s fadang population would be so extreme,” said Marler.
The fadang tree is called ‘Cycas micronesica’ by scientists, and belongs to a unique group of plants called cycads. It has grown for thousands of years in the forests on Guam and Rota with no real threats. But two exotic insect species have recently invaded Guam and Rota, and their voracious appetite for fadang trees has pushed the tree into the endangered status.
“We felt that the remote locations on Tinian were ideal for establishing a safe haven for Guam’s fadang plants,” said Navy Natural Resources Program Manager Anne Brooke. Dr. Brooke was responsible for coming up with the initial idea and successfully establishing the project. The premise behind this sort of conservation effort is that the threats within the natural range of the endangered species are absent from the new location. This new safe zone then becomes a repository for the species even if the entire population is killed within its natural range.
“This project is a great example of a highly coordinated effort to conserve a valuable natural resource,” said Marler. “It combined the contributions of UOG, the U.S. Navy, the CNMI government, and a private landowner.” According to Marler, the CNMI Department of Lands and Natural Resources contributed extensively by fast-tracking the permitting process and providing materials and space for many of the activities, and the Fleming family in Tinian donated space for growing the fadang plants until they were ready for planting.
Fadang is the only plant of its kind in the Mariana Islands, and this extensive planting in Tinian has become a crucial component of the ongoing conservation efforts to save the species.
August 18, 2009
USDA Funds Weevil Control Experiments
You may have never encountered the New Guinea sugarcane weevil Rhabdoscelus obscures, but this naughty little weevil may be enjoying life in your coconut, betel nut or other palms. The larvae bore into living tissue of palm branches, producing tunnels that weaken affected parts of the host plant and permit the invasion of fungal and bacterial pathogens. In coconut palms they bore into the base of the trunk and can weaken the tree until it is blown down in high winds. In betel nut palms they frequently bore into areas near the growing tip of the tree and the end result may be death.
Dr. Gadi V. P. Reddy of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, UOG has been awarded a $75,000 USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service grant to address the weevil threat to palms in the region. This miniature menace is especially troubling for nursery owners.
In collaboration with the Northern Marianas College, Dr. Reddy and his research team will develop environmentally friendly control tactics designed to reduce the use of insecticides currently employed to control the New Guinea sugarcane weevil. This integrated pest management (IPM) approach will safeguard the environment and keep palm trees healthy.
USDA grant funding will support the design of an efficient pheromone trap for catching weevils in field conditions, and experiments with Petri dish traps containing fungal spores (Beauveria bassiana and Metarhizium anisopliae) for auto dissemination through trapped weevils.
Dr. Reddy will conduct sugarcane weevil control experiments at several major ornamental nurseries throughout Guam, which will allow growers and nursery owners to participate in all phases of the project and learn integrated control tactics and environmentally friendly best pest management practices. This project will provide basic, applied, and practical information on the control of R. obscurus in the Mariana Islands.
“Dr. Reddy is a star researcher at WPTRC with an excellent international reputation for research in his field,” says Greg Wiecko, associate director of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center. A chemical ecologist and entomologist with over 25 years of experience in entomological research and a strong background in IPM (Integrated Pest Management), Dr. Reddy serves as Subject Editor for the journals, Environmental Entomology and Annals of the Entomological Society of America and as Associate Editor for Florida Entomologist. He is also co-author of the book Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods, which was recently published by Cambridge University Press. For more information contact Dr. Reddy at 735-2142 or via email email@example.com.
August 12, 2009
UOG Scientists Successfully Compete for Research Grants
Within the last 12 months one million dollars in extramural grants have been awarded to University of Guam scientists working at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC). Research at WPTRC is as diverse as the agencies that fund the many projects geared toward protecting the environment, helping farmers and studying the ecosystems of the island and the region.
Greg Wiecko heads the WPTRC. "Dr. Wiecko has been urging his faculty to find new sources of external funds, and this year they have responded with this impressive list of funding agencies that are now supporting the WPTRC and its role in meeting UOG's mission," said Lee S. Yudin, Dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.
The US Environmental Protection Agency is a new source of funding for WPTRC scientist Gadi Reddy. A chemical ecologist and entomologist, Dr. Reddy will seek to eliminate the use of toxic insecticides by developing ecologically sound and cost effective integrated pest management practices (IPM) for Guam farmers with a $50,000 EPA grant.
Dr. Reddy is working toward increasing ecological insect pest management on Guam through the application of semiochemicals with $60,000 in funding from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the US Department of Agriculture.
WPTRC researchers have successfully tapped the support of several other USDA agencies to mitigate the threat of invasive species to endemic plants. The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has awarded $30,000 in funding to Thomas Marler to study biocontrol issues for cycad aulacaspis scale and cycad blue butterfly. Entomologist Aubrey Moore has also received $223,995 in funding from USDA APHIS to address the devastation of Guam’s coconut trees due to the voracious appetite of the rhinoceros beetle.
USDA Forest Service has also funded Dr. Moore with $254,000 for coconut rhinoceros eradication efforts and they are providing $18,000 in support of Dr. Marler’s continued monitoring of ongoing activities for Guam’s threatened cycads.
In addition, USDA T-STAR (Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture Research) has recently awarded $120,318 to Marler, in collaboration with pollination biologist Irene Terry, for studies of the little known pollination process of Cycas micronesica.
In the agricultural arena, T-STAR is funding the research of Dr. George Wall, plant pathologist, in collaboration with Dr. D. Nandwani from the Northern Marianas College with a $162,856 award toward improving papaya cultivars from the Mariana Islands in their tolerance to papaya ringspot virus (PRV) and other important diseases.
Hui Gong, an aquaculture researcher with WPTRC, was awarded a $186,960 T-STAR grant for genetic variability studies of specific pathogen free (SPF) Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei. She has also received $60,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for a pioneering study of shrimp nutrition and genetics as well as monies from the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture for establishing a comprehensive and strategic health management scheme to protect the entire region from the introduction of viral pathogens to shrimp operations.
WPTRC scientists honor the UOG mission, “To Enlighten, to Discover, to Serve.”
Thursday, August 27th (12:00pm-2:00pm)
"GROWTH VENTURE SERIES: How to Make Strategic Decisions"
Presented by the Bank of Guam Women in Business Program: One common denominator among successful entrepreneurs is their ability to think strategically and make critical decisions about the future direction of their business. This workshop will help you work on your business strategy, and provide you with a plan to accomplish your goals and achieve your vision. This workshop will be conducted at the Bank of Guam in Hagatna, 2nd Floor conference room. For more information contact Denise Mendiola Hertslet at 735-2594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited to 15 participants. Advance signup and a workshop fee of $20 (includes lunch) are required. If paying by check, please make payable to: UNIVERSITY OF GUAM. Individuals interested in attending the workshop should contact Lorie Sablan at 735-2590 or email email@example.com. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made 72 hours in advance. Services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. The Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network is a program supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under a cooperative agreement. SBA does not endorse any products, opinions, or services of any external parties or activities.
Friday, August 28th (9:00am-11:30am)
"How to Manage a Business"
Presented by Guam SBDC: Managing other people effectively depends on managing yourself. Better business performance will therefore flow from improving your self-management skills. We have identified 8 different aspects of managing as business – managing yourself, your time, your employees, your customers, sales and networks, solving problems, managing risk, and managing your finances. This workshop identifies the issues you may face in each area, and provides you with practical recommendations for dealing with them. Included in the workshop are several evaluation tools that can be used to better manage your business. This workshop will be conducted at the SBDC #148 Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business & Public Administration Building on the campus of the University of Guam. Seating is limited. Advance signup and a workshop fee of $20 are required. If paying by check, please make payable to: UNIVERSITY OF GUAM. Individuals interested in attending the workshop should contact Lorie Sablan at 735-2590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests for reasonable accommodations must be made 72 hours in advance. Services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.
August 7, 2009
Rotary Friendship RC of Tokyo Kunitachi 40th Anniversary Scholarship Award for AY2009-2010
University of Guam student Liesel Carlos received the Rotary Friendship RC of Tokyo Kunitachi 40th Anniversary Scholarship Award for AY2009-2010. On hand for the scholarship presentation were, from left, Rotary Club of Tumon Bay (RCTB) Vocational Service Director John Dierking, RCTB member Anita Borja-Enriquez, Liesel Carlos, and RCTB President Hank Rice.
Presidential Lecture Series featuring the Honorable Nick J. Rahall, II
Dr. Robert A. Underwood invites you to attend the fourth presentation of the
Presidential Lecture Series to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at the CLASS Lecture Hall. Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.), Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, is the featured speaker and will share his perspectives on federal-territorial policies.
August 5, 2009
Dr. Elizabeth M. Hawthorne New School of Education Dean – Begins Aug. 17
Dr. Hawthorne will arrive August 14 and will begin work on Monday, August 17.
Dr. Hawthorne holds a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, and M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia and a BS in Education from Tufts University. She has served as a dean or associate dean at Ellis University (Chicago), National-Louis University (Chicago), Penn State (PA), and Kaplan University (Chicago). She has been a team chair and evaluator for the North Central Association of College and Schools (WASC equivalent for the central US) and led National-Louis University through a successful application process resulting in NCATE accreditation. With her experience in hiring and evaluating faculty, strategic planning, curriculum development, distance education and technology use, we look forward to working with her as she and our School of Education lead the change that will take place over the next few years on our island.She will be located in the Dean's office in the School of Education building. Her email is email@example.com. Please welcome her to our campus.
August 5, 2009
UOG’s Island Theatre announces AUDITIONS for Scapin – Aug. 21
Scapin is the story of the classic trickster who always gets his own way, set on a beach in Tumon. Auditions will be held Friday, August 21 at UOG’s Fine Arts Theatre at 7pm. Scripts are available in the Fine Arts Office at EC. Be prepared to read from scenes in the script. For info call Prof. Seymour at 735-2718.
August 5, 2009
Funding Your Education – August 11 and 12
The University of Guam’s Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP) has been shortened to three months and the University administration highly encourages students to apply for: A federal loan under the U.S. Stafford loan program; a bank loan; or apply for the three-month University of Guam’s Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP).
The University’s Enrollment Management and Student Services will host “Funding Your Education” outreach activities from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the campus Student Center on August 11 and 12, 2009.
August 4, 2009
Become a Certified Teacher through UOG's 14-Month Teacher Certification Program
Informational meetings will be held on Aug. 7 at 3:00 p.m. and Aug. 22 at 11 a.m. in the School of Business and Public Administration Building, Room 131. The Teacher Certification Program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree and want to pursue a career as a middle or high school teacher. Courses begin October 3, 2009 and continue through July 2010. Courses are available weekdays and Saturdays. Scholarships are available for individuals who want to become GPSS teachers. For more information contact the Yamashita Educator Corps at 735-2470; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: www.uog.edu/yec
August 4, 2009
The University of Guam Endowment Foundation will hold "Stayin Alive" -- the Australian
Bee Gees Show -- on Aug. 21 and 22 at the Sheraton Guam Laguna Resort's ballroom in Tamuning. Tickets on sale now. . Call 735-2957 for more information.
August 4, 2009
NEW UOG COURSE Environmental Science 503 Scientific Competence & Integrity
2 credit-hours, Fall Semester, 2009
Tuesdays, 13:00-14:50, WERI 105
This course examines historical, philosophical, methodological, ethical, and moral aspects of scientific thought and practice in the context of both historical and contemporary issues in natural and environmental science. Readings and discussions are built around classical examples such as the scientific controversy over Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics, as well as contemporary environmental issues, ranging from global concerns such as climate and sea level change, to local public concerns such as solid waste management and the safety of tap water. The central objective of the course is to develop the skills and habits of sound critical thinking essential to the progress, ethical practice, and moral application of science. For more information contact Dr. John Jenson, WERI, at email@example.com or 735-2689.
August 4, 2009
Meet UOG’s Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Bui
The University of Guam’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Thi Lan Huong Bui, joins the faculty of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration for the 2009-10 academic year.
The public is invited to meet Dr. Bui on Friday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the School of Business and Public Administration’s conference room.
Dr. Buiis the Head of Academic Affairs of the Center for French-Vietnamese (CFVG) for Management Education at the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She is an international speaker and researcher in the areas of economic integration, consumer behavior and international business development. She has her Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille II.
“Because of Dr. Bui’s extensive research in these key areas, she will be teaching BA460 International Marketing, and CO327 Advertising in the Mass Media,” said Dr. Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. “She will be a valuable contributor to the University of Guam’s International Business program, as well as a source of valuable information for our Young Tourism Professionals student chapter, our marketing association student chapter and our human resources and finance student chapters. Her wide and expansive knowledge base in business will make her a lecture resource for a variety of UOG’s business courses.”
“This marks the first time the School of Business has been honored with a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence,” said Dr. Robert A. Underwood, President of the University of Guam. “Dr. Bui’s experience and expertise provide an exceptional opportunity for our students and the community.”
Dr. Bui has accepted an invitation to collaborate with professors from the University of Guam on research to compare the Guam and Vietnam tourism markets, and to present the findings and suggestions for Vietnam’s fledgling Japanese market at the Nagoya 2009 International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology. She has been a visiting scholar at various universities around the world and was a recipient of the Fulbright Visiting Scholarship as a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
August 4, 2009
22nd Annual Regional Language Arts Conference Call for Papers
MULTICULTURAL APPROACHES IN LANGUAGE ARTS EDUCATION
Friday-Saturday, November 6 - 7, 2009
August 4, 2009
PTAC Symposium – September 4 - SAVE the DATE
The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host its 1st Annual Procurement Symposium on September 4, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The symposium will feature presentations from federal and local procurement representatives on upcoming projects as well as how to do business with each of their respective agencies. The keynote speaker for the event will be the President of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Mr. Joe Flynn, as well as contractors and vendors who will share their successes as prime or sub-contractors. Details, including the agenda, are forthcoming. Details will be posted on the Guam PTAC website at http://www.guamptac.com/.
August 3, 2009
7th MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF WOMEN AGAINST MILITARISM
Resistance, Resilience, and Respect for Human Rights
CHinemma’, Nina’maolek, yan Inarespetu para Direchon Taotao
Location: University of Guam, Mangilao, Guåhan
Dates: September 14-19, 2009
Women across the globe have endured tremendous struggles to protect their families and survive during times of war and unrest. It is from these struggles that women have gained the strength to fight for peace. This September, they will gather on the island of Guam for the 7th Meeting of the International Network of Women Against Militarism themed, “Resistance, Resilience and Respect for Human Rights”.
The five-day conference will bring together women from Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Hawaii, Philippines, Australia, Republic of Belau, Marshall Islands, Guam, United States, Puerto Rico and Saipan – all of whom have felt the tremendous impacts of US military bases in their homelands.
The International Network of Women Against Militarism has been meeting since 1997 to share information and strategize about the negative effects of US military operations. These effects include military violence against women and girls, the plight of mixed-race Amerasian children abandoned by US military fathers, environmental contamination, cultural degradation and the distortion of local economies. They focus on how military institutions, values, policies and operations impact communities, especially women.
The United States has had a strong military presence on Guam for more than a century, and occupies nearly one-third of the island. Guam, which has been dubbed “the tip of the spear” by the US Department of Defense, is in the midst of an unprecedented military build-up as the US plans to move 17,000 Marines and their dependents from Okinawa to the island. The conference comes at a critical time in Guam’s history, and aims to bring international attention to the concerns being raised about the proposed build-up.
The conference will feature workshops and public forums on human trafficking and prostitution; political arrangements with the United States; rethinking peace and security; exploring alternatives for economic sustainability; environmental contamination and toxicity; and much more.
There will also be a historical tour of the island; a community vigil to honor the past and heal for the future; a public art event featuring local and international artists; and many opportunities to network and establish goals for the future.
For more information please contact: Dr. LisaLinda Natividad at firstname.lastname@example.org (671) 735-2962. Click here for the registration form.
Sponsoring Organizations: Conscious Living; Famoksaiyan; Fuetsan Famalao’an; Guåhan Coalition for Peace and Justice; Guåhan Indigenous Collective; GUAHAN Project; Global Fund for Women; Office of Minority Health Resource Center; Sage Project, Incorporated; Women and Gender Studies Program, University of Guam.
August 3, 2009
Effectively Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
About 95% of students at the University of Guam are considered minorities, according to federal reporting codes, and the average classroom at UOG contains students from at least half a dozen different cultural groups. Because of this, professors have great deal of experience in teaching to highly diverse classrooms. These facts led UOG professors Thomas Marler and Seyda Turk-Smith to coauthor a journal article covering some of the unique features of teaching to a group of learners comprised by a range of cultural value systems.
The article appears in the current issue of Acta Horticulturae, a respected international journal. Their focus was not to tout the way UOG approaches teaching, but to characterize several factors that are useful for understanding expectations within the context of each learner's value system. "We felt that was the best way to convey constructive guidance to educators in other universities as they learn to adjust to a greater range of cultures," said Turk-Smith.
Factors included in the journal article include:
-The level of desire each member of the class reveals in complying with group performance versus individual performance is highly contrasting among cultures.
-The degree of formality versus informality between students and the teacher is an issue that affects the learning outcomes for each student.
-Individual meetings between each student and the teacher early in the semester are crucial for breaking down any barriers that may inhibit the learning process.
Diversity is a major issue confronting colleges and universities across the nation and trends show that college classrooms will continue to become more diverse with each passing decade. University professors willing to understand what is different about multicultural groups will maximize the special advantages each culture represented in the classroom might bring to the learning process.
"It's always gratifying when synergy among our faculty leads to new accomplishments," said UOG President Robert Underwood. "This kind of collaboration, and resulting publication in a long-standing respected international journal, positions the University of Guam as a leader in teaching to diverse learners." The paper can be downloaded from http://www.wptrc.org/research_dtl.asp?rschrID=11
July 30, 2009
U.S. Forest Service Funds Fadang Research
The Western Pacific Tropical Research Center at the University of Guam has been awarded a continuation grant from the U.S. Forest Service to sustain their ongoing efforts to study the threats to Guam’s important cultural and biological resource, the fadang tree. This tree is of interest to a range of scientific disciplines, but more importantly it has been growing in the Mariana Islands for thousands of years and was one of the most common garden plants in Guam homes about 200 years ago.
“We believe this species has been a major historical driver of ecosystem services in Guam’s various habitats,” said Dr. Thomas Marler. Marler is the recipient of the $18,000 grant. “But the invasion of Guam by one alien insect in 2003 and a second one in 2005 has caused epidemic levels of fadang plant mortality,” said Marler.
When it became clear that Guam’s fadang population may not survive the threats caused by these alien invasions, the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center secured funds from various agencies for conservation efforts. Many government and private organizations were willing to help out during the first two years following the invasion. But according to Marler, the U.S. Forest Service has shown a sustained commitment to the ongoing needs as the plant population declines further each year. This is his third grant from the agency.
The funds are earmarked for continuing the surveys that Marler has been conducting since 2003. “These surveys are crucial for understanding the cascading responses of other plants and insects as the fadang plants continue to disappear from the forest,” said Marler. The information will aid in identifying how other threats to the fadang population begin to capitalize on the decline in plant health. It may also shed light on how other native plants and animals depend on fadang plants for their own survival.
“One of the chronic problems with current granting agencies is they are unwilling to fund long-term projects,” said Dr. Greg Wiecko, Associate Director of the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center. “The U.S. Forest Service has demonstrated an unusual level of commitment to Guam’s ecosystems by continuing to fund Marler’s long-term research efforts” said Wiecko.
Above photo: The southeast coast of Guam was framed by two healthy fadang plants for this 2001 photograph. These plants are dead today as a result of alien insect invasions in 2003 and 2005.
Photo Credit: Thomas Marler
July 28, 2009
UOG SUMMER ENROLLMENT NUMBERS UP 8%
The University of Guam posted an 8% increase for Summer enrollment compared to the prior year. Summer 2009 enrollment for Sessions A, B and C numbered 1,307 compared to 1,208 in Summer 2008.
A significant increase was seen in the number of graduate students enrolled over the summer sessions thanks primarily to intensive summer course offerings for the Master of Education in Special Education degree program.
“This increase underscores the confidence our community has in the University of Guam,” said Helen Whippy, Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. “Students are pursuing their degrees at the University of Guam because they know they will receive a quality education that will position them to succeed in their chosen career.”
“We also expect to see an increase in enrollment for Fall 2009,” said Cathleen Moore-Linn, UOG Director of Integrated Marketing Communication. “We have received 839 new student applications to date for the upcoming Fall semester, which is a positive indication that we will post another in a series of enrollment increases for the University come September.”
July 27, 2008
International Convention of Asia Scholars
Hannah Kook and Sandra Okada, both Senior Sociology Students at the University of Guam have been accepted to present their independent research at the 6th Annual International Convention of Asia Scholars to be held in Daejeon Korea, August 6-9, 2009. This Convention is one of the most prestigious annual gatherings of Asia Scholars.
Hannah Kook’s research is titled “The Korean Church on Guam: Challenges and Solutions.” After the conference, Hannah will move on to the University of Hawaii in Manoa to attend a very competitive two year Korean Language Program (one year in Hawaii and the second in Korea) in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service or in the field of Foreign Relations. Hannah is the receipt of the East/West Center’s Student Affiant Program – another great honor.
Sandra Okada’s research is titled “Symbols of Survival” and is a comparative analysis of the cultural symbol systems of two island communities – Bali and Guam. Her research, which included three site visits to Bali, Indonesia, is the culmination of two years of work in both Islands. Okada’s research and engagement with this initiative resulted in her selection as a crewmember on the Saina on its historic Maiden Voyage from Guam to Rota on May 20th – Okada being the only woman in the crew of eight.
Both these students will be accompanied to the Convention by. Kirk Johnson of the University of Guam, who will present his own research (co-authored by professor Emeritus Dr. Rebecca Stephenson of the University of Guam) titled: “Being Balinese in the Global Village: The Conundrums of Daily Life in Ubud.”
UOG and NAVFAC Sign MOU for Student Temporary Employment
The University of Guam (University) and the Naval Facilities Engineering
Command Marianas (NAVFAC Marianas) will sign a Memorandum of Agreement
(MOA) at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at the UOG President's
Conference Room on the second floor of the Jesus S. and Eugenia A. Leon
The MOA will establish a Student Temporary Employment Program. The objectives of the Program are to provide opportunities for students to gain experience in developmental assignments related to their chosen career field, provide opportunities for exploration as a basis for making realistic decisions regarding their future careers - especially career options available at NAVFAC Marianas, and to encourage students to
continue in their pursuit of their academic degrees; to provide exposure to
the work environment as a means of encouraging students to develop work
ethics and to acquaint them with NAVFAC Marianas and its mission; and to
bring about a stronger relationship between the efforts of educators and the
occupational needs of NAVFAC Marianas, and students, and to foster amicable
relationships between representatives of the NAVFAC Marianas and the
July 16, 2009
University of Guam Western Pacific Tropical Research Center scientist Dr. G. V. P. Reddy has received a $50,000 grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to assist farmers in their struggle against invasive spider and broad mites. Eggplant farmers in the region have been experiencing difficulties with spider and broad mites damaging their crops, with some farmers completely abandoning the cultivation of eggplant due to losses. Many farmers that continue to grow eggplant rely on toxic insecticides such as Dicofol and Carbaryl to control mite infestations.
Dr. Reddy, a chemical ecologist and entomologist, will seek to eliminate the use of toxic insecticides by developing ecologically sound and cost effective integrated pest management practices (IPM) for Guam farmers. His ecological approach will involve the introduction of a predatory mite that will feed on the eggplant-loving mites, as well as applying biopesticides that are environmentally friendly.
Studies to assess the threshold levels for optimum timing to implement IPM treatment and the comparative effect of IPM practices versus insecticidal treatments will be carried out at the UOG Agricultural Experiment Stations in Yigo and Inarajan. Local growers’ eggplant fields will be used as control plots in the experiments. The results of these studies will be shared with the farming community including a training program to be held at the College of Natural and Applied Sciences to inform growers of the risks associated with conventional insecticides and to illustrate the benefits of ecologically sound IPM practices. Growers will be educated in the use of IPM practices as a way to assure better eggplant produce resulting in higher income for farmers. Consumers, farmers, and the environment will benefit from Dr. Reddy’s work. Predatory mite (Neoseiulus californicus)
Dr. Reddy is co-author of the book Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods, which was recently published by Cambridge University Press. For more information, visit http://www.wptrc.org/ or contact Dr. Reddy at 735-2142.
July 8, 2009
Groundbreaking for UOG School of Nursing and Health Sciences Classrooms
The University of Guam School of Nursing and Health Sciences will break ground for new nursing classrooms on July 10th at 10am at the Health Science Building on the Mangilao campus.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has seen enrollment surge over the last several years with more than 400 students in the pre-nursing and nursing tracks. The new 2,850 square foot facility will include two classrooms, faculty offices, and storage.
“The new facility will help us provide a more comfortable learning environment for our larger classes,” said Dr. Maria Salomon, Director of Nursing at the University of Guam. “Each of the new classrooms will seat up to 50 students.”
Construction of the new single-story building is the first step in improving nursing program facilities. The University also plans to use stimulus funds to modernize and upgrade the Health Science Building’s infrastructure and nursing skills lab.
The project will start July 11, 2009 and the contractor will have 180 days to complete the project. Coeval Design Partners produced the building designand Modern Konstrak is the construction contractor.
For more information contact Dr. Maria Salomon at 735-2650.
July 6, 2009
UOG SUMMER THEATRE CAMP PRESENTS ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Come join the teaparty! The 4th annual Summer Theatre Camp, under the direction of Troy McVey, will be presenting an award-winning adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland on July 16th and 17th in the UOG Fine Arts Theatre at 7pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Call 735-2700 for more information.
Starring 3-year camp veteran Allyson Chiu as Alice, along with 4-year camp veterans Silas Yow, Laine Rios and Ladera Perez Linn, this year’s production is sure to be a treat, and will feature professional costumes from Kansas City Costumes. UOG students Raymond Gibson and Cabrini Rivera are not to be missed as Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum!
July 2, 2009
WASC Reaffirms the University of Guam’s Accreditation through 2017
Eight Year Reaffirmation Longest in UOG History
The University of Guam marked an historic milestone in June when the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges voted to reaffirm the institution’s accreditation for eight years, the longest period of reaccreditation in the institution’s history.
“Our next Educational Effectiveness Review site visit will occur in 2017,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “All of our work to enhance academic quality and student success, to increase our commitment to our land-grant mission, and to improve our effectiveness and efficiency has paid off. The entire University community, our accreditation liaison Dr. Helen Whippy, the faculty members who wrote the essays for the Educational Effectiveness Review, and the WASC EER team are to be congratulated for their efforts. This outcome is a reflection of our maturity as an institution. Along with several consecutive years of enrollment growth, favorable audits, and increases in federal grants, the reaffirmation of accreditation signals that the institution is poised to develop a sustainable, educated community that will thrive through the military buildup, and beyond.“
In a letter from WASC President and Executive Director Ralph A. Wolff, the University, “Fulfilled the outcomes it envisioned in its 2004 proposal for the comprehensive review. In striving to meet these self-set objectives in the face of fiscal obstacles and challenges that other institutions might have found insurmountable, the university has established strong and more effective administration structures, sounder fiscal practices and policies, and more vigorous academic programs, and a highly participatory culture of evidence and continuous improvement.”
A WASC team visited the University of Guam campus March 31 through April 2, 2009. The visiting team gave their report to the WASC Senior Commission, which then voted on the eight year reaffirmation of accreditation during its June meeting.
The Commission also noted that, “Continued progress is required, however, for the institution to maintain quality, further improve efficiency, and enhance its control over is academic and financial future.” Additionally, the Commission urged the University to develop strategies to improve its retention and graduation rates.
“The University must produce an Interim Report in 2011 which will include audited financial statements; revenue and expenditure reports; staffing patterns; a year-to-date budget-to-actual summary financial report; a summary of academic program changes; and an update on success in increasing retention and graduation rates,” said Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG Senior Vice President and accreditation liaison.
The maximum period of reaffirmation of accreditation an institution can earn is ten years. Prior to this announcement, UOG’s longest period of reaccreditation was five years, which the institution earned in 1968 and 1995.
June 30, 2009
UOG-UH Summer Archaeology Field School at Ritidian
Ten students representing seven universities located in Guam, the U.S. mainland, Canada, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas participated in the University of Guam - University of Hawaii Summer Archaeology Field School held June 1 – 26 at Ritidian.
“The field school provides training in archaeological field and laboratory research for graduate and undergraduate university students,” said James M. Bayman, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Research is conducted in a manner that honors and celebrates Chamorro history, culture, and traditions.”
The field school research also assists the US Fish and Wildlife Service with its mandate to responsibly manage, study, and preserve its rich natural and cultural resources. Through their field school research, the students established professional connections with local archaeologists, historic preservation professionals, and members of the Chamorro community.
“The Guam Preservation Trust and the State Historic Preservation Office provided support for the field school, along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service,” said Dr. Hiro Kurashina, retired professor and Director Emeritus of the University of Guam.
Collaboration between the University of Guam and the University of Hawaii has enabled students and faculty from both institutions to network with their counterparts across North America, and beyond, and engage in an intensive program of education, research, and community outreach.
“There are numerous outcomes from the field school experience including skill development in field archaeology that students will be able to use in their professional careers in Guam, the Marianas, and elsewhere,” said Dr. Kurashina. “The field school also enabled students to conduct scholarly research that promises to enhance our knowledge of the ancient Chamorro past.”
The Micronesian Area Research Center and other units on the UOG campus provided support for the field school which included housing, library and computer services.
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June 30, 2009
UOG 2009 Special Education Summer Institute
The University of Guam School of Education offered its third annual Special Education Summer Institute beginning in June 2009. The institute was developed in partnership with the Guam Public School System to train and certify teachers in special education. Pictured are from left, kneeling, are: Carlos Gumataotao, David Gofigan, and Gil Acosta; second row from left: Emiliana Limtiaco, Maia Limtiaco, Ereka Areco, Bertha Duenas, Terry Castro, Lynn Perez, Jonah Ayungac, Parvaneh Sabeti, Angela Gonzales, Liz Umagat, Ivy-Rose Baleto, Nikki Cruz, , Lolita Siguenza, Barbara Taijeron, Mae Mendiola, Justine Santos, Lalanea Taitano, and Dr. Richard W. Fee, Associate Professor of Special Education; third row from left: Tess Orbong, Joniree Calvo, Rowena Mendiola, Helene Cruz, Miriam West, Gloriana Guerrero, Erin Guzman, Mark Taisipic, Audie Umpingco, Lois Gumataotao, Mariana Santos, Maricel Barbasa, Gina Krauprasert.
June 29, 2009
Tiny Likiep Atoll Boasts Internet Cafe
The 600 residents of tiny Likiep Atoll in the Marshall Islands now have access to email, the internet, and long distance phone service thanks to Bruce Best of the University of Guam’s Telecommunications and Distance Education Operation and a host of Pacific partners.
Best and a technical team from the College of the Marshall Islands and the RMI Ministry of Transport and Communications first set up a communication system on Majuro before traveling to Likiep Atoll. The goal was to establish the first of many solar-powered, Internet via satellite systems on remote islands. After days of trouble shooting, equipment gathering, and making use of any materials they could find, Best and his team were able to set up the solar modules, which charged a couple of batteries, which in turn powered the satellite dish. A few cables and computers later, Likiep’s first Internet Café was born.
Best taught nightly classes in computer and internet use and, after a day or two, users began lining up at 8:00 a.m. to access their email accounts and surf the web for news and events. Community demand was so great that Best had to shut down the system at 11:00 p.m. just to give the inverters and batteries a rest.
“Thank you for your hard work & support to the people of Likiep & the whole Marshall Islands. And also a special thank you to the University of Guam & University of Hawaii for helping people of Likiep to be able to use the modern technology system and join the global network,” wrote Likiep Mayor James Cappelle in an email to Best.
The project brought the Likiep, which boasts the highest elevation in all the Marshall Islands at about three meters above sea level, its first tele-center and the first remote GE-23 satellite earth station in Micronesia, which means they now have long distance phone service along with their Internet connectivity; both invaluable tools in emergency situations. Partners included the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, the Republic of the Marshall Islands government, AusAid, and support from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Additionally, technicians located in Sydney, Australia and Noumea, New Caledonia assisted with the satellite links.
“The Likiep crew, under the direction of Mayor James Capelle, rose to the challenge of helping to position the satellite dish, and took care of us while we installed the equipment,” noted Best. “With a deep, calm lagoon and multiple uninhabited islands, the population of Likeup lives comfortably. Now, they’ll be able to connect with the Capitol of the Marshalls, or anywhere else they want to go,” added Best.
June 29, 2009
UOG Students and Faculty Collaborate with FSM Community
UOG faculty and students have a series of outreach activities planned to engage with the Pacific Islander communities of the Gill-Baza Subdivision in Yigo. Faculty members Margaret Hattori-Uchima, Dominica Tolentino, Rick Castro and Kirk Johnson of UOG as well as Community Advocate Patrick Camacho and a number of sociology and nursing students are engaged in a collaborative endeavor that highlights UOG’s service learning curriculum.
Initiated by the Gill-Baza residents and Dr. Lola Quan Bautista of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, this summer project centers on a recently formed subdivision on Guam, where many Federated States of Micronesia citizens have bought undeveloped land and constructed homes. In 2006, the residents of Gill-Baza formed the nonprofit United Pacific Islanders Corporation (UPIC) to address their community needs.
The first collaborative efforts between the University of Hawaii, the University of Guam and FSM communities will result in a Micronesian Food Festival on Guam July 11-12 at the Gill-Baza subdivision and is an opportunity for UOG students and faculty to engage and establish cooperative links with this enclave community. It is also an opportunity for the Gill-Baza residents to strengthen their ties with other residents and institutions on Guam, to engage in cross-cultural exchanges, and to educate local audiences about Micronesian communities and their positive contributions to this island. The fair also aims to spur discussion among participants about cultural barriers and the growing ethnic tensions between migrant communities and the broader population.
Leading up to the Food Fair the Gill-Baza Youth Group and senior level sociology students of UOG are engaged in planning for two nights of entertainment and community engagement and sharing. The evening activities will include locally produced films showed on a large outdoor screen , performances, and music. These fun filled evenings are planned for Saturday, June 27th and Friday July 3rd. Both evenings will begin at 5:30 with UOG nursing students providing blood pressure screenings. All of Guam’s residents are encouraged to join this community and participate in an effort at community development that is both positive and unifying.
For more information or to get involved contact Joshua Peter at 898-6980 (Email: Joshua.email@example.com) or Kirk Johnson at 735-2870 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 26, 2009
T-STAR GRANT FUNDS GENETIC STUDIES ON SHRIMP, PAPAYA & ENDANGERED CYCAD RESCUE
The University of Guam’s Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC) was awarded $510,165 in T-STAR grant funds 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 diseases, insects, weeds, and invasive species.
The projects funded will serve aquaculture and papaya farmers as well as work toward the preservation of an endemic cycad species endangered due to attacks by several species of invasive insects.
Hui Gong, an aquaculture researcher with WPTRC, was awarded $186,960 for a genetic variability study of specific pathogen free (SPF) Pacific white shrimp, Penaeus vannamei, through developing a panel of species-specific microsatellite genetic markers. Says Dr. Gong, “The long term research objective is to establish a medium-scale, effective genetic selection program of P. vannamei on Guam to support the development and expansion of shrimp aquaculture in the Western Pacific region.”
George Wall, plant pathologist, received $162,856 in collaboration with Dr. D. Nandwani from the Northern Marianas College to improve papaya cultivars from the Mariana Islands in their tolerance to papaya ringspot virus (PRV) and other important diseases. Dr. Wall’s studies have found that a local variety is tolerant to PRV but needs genetic improvement to reduce the incidence of male character and deformed fruit. “We intend to take our selections to an F4 generation with this grant project and ultimately to an F7 or beyond,” says Wall.
WPTRC research scientist Thomas Marler is known internationally as an expert on cycad plants. Marler, in collaboration with pollination biologist Irene Terry, was awarded $120,318 to study the pollination process of Cycas micronesica, a plant endemic to the Mariana Islands. This cycad is currently listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of endangered species. “This project addresses a pressing horticultural problem, an acute invasive species crisis, fundamental questions concerning pollinator-plant interactions in an ancient lineage of plant, and critical gaps in knowledge needed to steer urgent conservation decisions,” says Marler.
“WPTRC scientists in partnership with USDA continue to keep the needs of farmers and the ecosystems of Guam and the region on their research agendas. UOG researchers have a stellar track record with T-STAR administrators,” says Greg Wiecko, associate director of WPTRC. For more information on WPTRC research activities visit: www.wptrc.org
June 18, 2009
UOG ANNOUNCES 2009 SUMMER RESEARCH APPRENTICES
The following high school students were selected to participate in the University of Guam’s 2009 Summer Research Apprenticeship Program. The objective of the program, which is funded under the Agricultural Development in the American Pacific and CariPac Resident Instruction projects, is to introduce the fields of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, and related sciences to high school students and encourage them to pursue these fields of study once they enter college. The recipients will be employed on a full-time basis working Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and earning $6.55 an hour. The program will run from June 22 – July 24, 2009. Each student will be assigned to work with a research or extension faculty member with the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Congratulations to:
Stephanie Balakrishnan - Harvest Christian Academy
Tito Frank Castro - George Washington High School
John Michael Guiao - Simon Sanchez High School
Gabriel Kho - Simon Sanchez High School
Anran Li - St. John’s School
Connie Lynn Maluwelmeng - George Washington High School
Daryl Mangosing - John F. Kennedy High School
Kathrina Orozco - Guam High School
Jacqueline Salas - Notre Dame High School
Vanessa Valencia - Notre Dame High School
An orientation session will be held on Monday, June 22, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the College of Natural and Applied Sciences, 2nd Floor conference room.
June 12, 2009
Call for Script Submissions & Proposals
The I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program is accepting proposals for a $3,000.00* commission to write a play about suicide in Guam.
The successful applicant will receive $1,000.00 upon submission of the first draft, and $2,000.00 upon review and approval of the final product by the I Pinangon Program Director. I Pinangon will provide relevant documents to aid in the development of the play. I Pinangon will reserve the right to the commissioned work, but is under no obligation to produce the work.
· The play should be an original script that has not been performed elsewhere.
· The play should be relevant to the cultures in Guam.
· The play should consider the features of suicides in Guam and the contexts in which suicides occur.
· The play should have a running time of at least 45 to 60 minutes, not including intermission.
· Applicants should have a degree in Theater or other related field, or have equivalent experience.
· Applicants should demonstrate knowledge and experience in writing scripts for plays.
· Applicants should have an interest, background, or experience in issues related to the prevention of suicide.
How to Apply
Prepare an application packet including:
· Application cover page
· Letter of intent (no more than 500 words)
· Resume demonstrating experience with writing and producing plays
· A description and a 2-3 page sample (double spaced) of the play you propose to write. This sample need not be from the beginning of the play or from only one scene.
· Any additional information or support materials
Application Deadline: June 29, 2009
Submit the completed packet to Doreen Fernandez, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences Office, 2nd floor, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, University of Guam Contact the I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Office for more information.
Telephone: (671) 735-2888/9 Fax: (671) 734-5255
* SUBJECT TO THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS
June 9, 2009
School of Business and Public Administration Green Business Plan Competition Winners Recognized
The University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration recognized winners of the Green Business Competition on June 9.
The competition was launched last March, during UOG’s Charter Day, to encourage young entrepreneurs to develop environmentally friendly business plans. “The competition was open to all UOG students,” said Dr. Annette Santos, an assistant professor in the School of Business and Public Administration. “Their business plans had to focus on eco-friendly alternatives and yet be financially viable.”
Mark Sablan, General Manager of South Pacific Petroleum, presented cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500 to the top three winners of the competition. Below are brief descriptions of the three winning business plans:
First Place - Chelsea Yao Robato, Angeli-Ann Benitez, and David Ciochetto.
Green Piece, LLC
Green Piece, LLC is a company that will wholesale products that are earth-friendly or biodegradable. It will import from companies that manufacture biodegradable products such as Cereplast, Biosmart and Natur-Tec. Green Piece’s vision is to make Guam into a greener community by providing alternatives to plastic for consumer use. Green Piece strives to generate environmental awareness on Guam and decrease the use of petroleum based products on the island.
Second Place - Vincente Salas
Magofli'e' Marianas: The Green Video Production Company
Magofli´e´ Marianas, LLC will be a web-based video production company physically operating out of Guam. Its home studio location will be in Dededo, Guam and its internet domain name will be www.magofliemarianas.com. The company features video production, post-editing, web maintenance and other related tasks. The website will commercially offer video production and post-editing, video downloads, subscription based web streaming and advertisements all related to environmental consciousness. In addition, the latter will serve as a 24 hour online location for public access to such features as information, FAQs, blogging and guides for how one can make a difference in protecting and conserving Guam’s environment and limited natural resources.
Third Place - Ryan Treltas and Nathan Taimanglo
Na' Uchan Tours
Na’ Uchan Tours, is an eco-tourism travel guide service which includes hiking trips, tours of the Hagatna walking museum, adventure sport activities, and wilderness adventure trips as part of their tour packages. Home cooked traditional meals will provide tourists with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, all the while promoting the Hafa Adai spirit and I Am Guam attitude.
UOG Offers Distance Education Workshop July 14
A Distance Education Training/Workshop will be held July 14, 2009 beginning at 9:45 a.m. at the University of Guam. The workshop features Kavita Rao, an assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and includes the following:
Overview of Pacific Island Distance Education options
° Technologies that work for Pacific island scenarios
° Best practices in Distance Education for rural settings
° Addressing cross-cultural and local contexts in Micronesia
Lessons Learned after 25 Years of Micronesian Experience
° Considerations for Bachelors and Masters programs online
° Instructional strategies for “virtual classes”
° Addressing students' needs and preferences Via DE
Workshop participants will get some hands on practice with DE technologies such as Moodle and Elluminate. To register contact: Verna B. Marquez at email@example.com, or 735-2620/1.The workshop is free of charge and will be held in the new distance education classroom next to the Science Building on the University of Guam Campus.
June 2, 2009
Yamashita Educator Corps Presents High School Scholarship Competition Awards
Ten newly minted 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 second consecutive year in which we have awarded 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.
“The YEC High School Scholarships help us recruit high achieving students into the education field, and encourages these students to make UOG their natural choice for higher education,” said President Robert A. Underwood.
The scholarships are worth $40,000 over a four year period. The YEC scholarship recipients are required pay back in service and teach in the Guam Public School System one year for every year in which they receive a scholarship.
The scholarship recipients have an average GPA of 3.55 and come from private and public high schools. Three of the recipients are male and seven are female. The recipients plan to pursue specializations in teaching math, science, and special education, among other areas. The recipients are:
Mark Villaverde, John F. Kennedy High School
Genevieve Arce, John F. Kennedy High School
Carolyn Haruo, John F. Kennedy High School
Maria Minas, Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Tricia Caraig, Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Chloe Dydasco, Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Eleanor Heacock, Academy of Our Lady of Guam
Raymond Talavera, Father Duenas Memorial School
Rachel Flores, George Washington High School
James Pascua, Simon Sanchez High School
Naomi Uy, Simon Sanchez High School
A reception and orientation session for the recipients will be held June 17, 2009 at 4:00pm in the School of Education Lounge, 2nd floor.
May 31, 2009
His Excellency Emanuel Mori, President of the FSM, gave the keynote address during the University of Guam Commencement on May 31, 2009.
May 29, 2009
UOG Juniors Can Apply for Congressional Internship with Congresswoman Bordallo
Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has created an opportunity for one University of Guam student to intern at both her District and Washington D.C. offices.
University of Guam juniors who have a 3.0 grade point average and are Guam residents are eligible to apply.
Additionally, applicants must submit:
- A description of a project he or she hopes to complete within the 30-day internship program. The project should be connected to an issue that draws attention to a problem or issue in Guam-Federal relations. The project description should be no longer than 1,000 words.
- Three letters of recommendation. Only three letters will be accepted for review.
- A resume that highlights public service and activities that provide evidence of leadership.
- Official transcripts from the University of Guam
The deadline for submission of all materials is June 9 at 5:00 p.m. The award will be announced shortly thereafter. For more information call Louise Toves at 735-2995 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 31, 198 graduates will participate in the University of Guam’s Spring 2009 commencement ceremonies scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Field House. Of the 198 individuals who completed their degree requirements, 147 will receive undergraduate degrees and 51 will receive master’s degrees.
Graduates include 9 biology majors, 6 social work majors, 8 accounting majors, 20 nursing majors, and 42 education majors. Eight graduate students will receive their Professional Master of Business Administration degrees, and 23 students will receive their Master of Education degrees, 11 of whom have specializations in special education.
The valedictorian is Kristine Figueroa Delos Reyes who will be receiving a degree in accounting. The Yigo resident completed her college experience with a 4.0 grade point average. Here parents are Celestial and the late Leonidas Delos Reyes.
The commencement keynote speaker is His Excellency Emanuel Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia and University of Guam alumnus.
Last December, 211 graduates completed their degree requirements bringing the total number of UOG graduates for the 2008-2009 academic year to 409.
May 20, 2009
High School Students Participate in NIDDK Pacific Island/Alaska Native Summer Internship Program at UOG
Five public high school students have the opportunity to work as paid interns with mentor professors this summer at the University of Guam thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
The ten-week NIDDK Pacific Island/Alaska Native Summer Internship Program funds the research these students will be doing under the guidance of University of Guam professors who are working on projects in health related areas. The students will earn three college credits for their participation in the program, and their tuition will be covered by NIDDK. The students will work from early June until August 7, 2009 and then travel to National Institutes of Health in Maryland to present posters of their work during a conference on August 1. Travel and accommodations will be covered by NIDDK.
The students who were selected to participate in the program are:
Mark Chargualaf - George Washington H.S.
Katrinalynne Nance - John F. Kennedy H.S.
Solomon Hwang - John F. Kennedy H.S.
Moriah-Dee Quintanilla - Simon Sanchez H.S.
Julius Jose Raposa - Simon Sanchez H.S.
UOG President Robert A. Underwood will meet the students, their parents, school principals, and mentors on May 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the President’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building.
The purpose of the NIDDK Summer Program is to familiarize high school students with health issues, and hopefully inspire them to pursue their degrees in areas that will help reduce the health disparities in their communities.
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The Institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields, as well as many basic science disciplines. For more information on NIDDK visit http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/
May 20, 2009
UOG’s SHRM Student Chapter Receives Superior Merit Award
The University of Guam’s Student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management earned the Superior Merit Award for 2008-2009.
To earn the award, the students provided evidence of activities that qualify in a number of categories including service, learning and membership. The national SHRM organization evaluates the application materials and then awards recognition. UOG's SHRM Student Chapter has earned 9 Superior Merit Award recognitions and 1 Merit Award in 12 years of existence. Student Chapter members and advisors are pictured from left, seated: Dr. Annette Santos, Advisor; Charlene Amado, President; Ryan Treltas, Vice President. Second row, from left: Rona Sunga, Member; Clayton Aguilar, Treasurer; James Pasion, Member; Eloisa Silverio, Member; Melanie Santos, Secretary; Nathan Taimanglo, Public Relations Officer; Jhoana Mercado, Member. Third row, from left: Dr. Richard Colfax, Advisor, and Ryan Rupley, Member.
May 18, 2009
Palulap Award Nomination Form
The Faculty Senate is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Palulap Medallion Award. The Palulap Medallion Award is a prestigious award presented by the Faculty Senate of the University of Guam to a member of the community of Guam who has made extraordinary contributions to the protection and promotion of the fundamental principles of the academy for the University of Guam, including academic freedom, institutional integrity, institutional and individual autonomy, and shared academic governance. Click here for the form. The deadline for the submission of nominations is Thursday, October 1, 2009. For information on submitting nominations, please contact Dr. Don Rubinstein at (671) 735-2155 or at email@example.com.
May 8, 2009
Adi Suarez's thesis for the Master of Art in Micronesian Studies was unanimously approved by her committee on May 8, 2009. The title of her thesis is, “Meeting Chamorro Women’s Primary Health Care Needs: Examining the Cultural Imapct of Mamahlao on Gynecological Screening.” The members of her committee are Dr. Donald Rubinstein (Chair), Dr. Ann Ames, and Dr. Todd Ames. Suarez is pictured seated; standing from left are Ann Ames, Rubinstein, and Todd Ames.
Pacific Educational Conference 2009 July 15 - 17
The Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) 2009 will be held at the University of Guam July 15–17. Co-hosted by the Guam Public School System, the University of Guam, Guam Community College, and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, PEC is one of the largest educational conferences in the western Pacific and a major source of professional development opportunities for educators. There are many workshop strands to choose from, and organizers expect upwards of 1,000 educators to attend the conference.
The theme for PEC 2009 is: Preparing the Pacific Child for Life. School systems throughout the Pacific islands are working to build state capacity to assist districts and schools in meeting the needs of all students by: (a) identifying and implementing proven practices and programs; (b) strengthening teacher quality; and (c) building and sustaining systemic support for school improvement, resulting in closing achievement gaps and improving achievement outcomes.
The PEC conference is designed for all educators – early childhood through higher education. Register at PREL’s PEC webpage, www.prel.org/pec/pec-2009-registration.aspx
To receive the early bird rates, teachers must register by May 31. Participants may earn 1 CEU.
Individuals interested in presenting at the conference are asked to submit their proposals online on the PREL website.
May 13, 2009
University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives Releases Three Technical Reports Friday
The University of Guam Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives has embarked on several projects intended to address the gap in the availability of reliable, current and relevant indicators of business and economic conditions on Guam. Three of these projects include the following Technical Reports, which will be released to the public on Friday, at 10:00a.m. in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration, Dean’s Conference Room:
Guam’s Income Distribution, 1981-2005
Consumer Confidence Survey on Guam
Business Confidence Survey on Guam
Anita Borja Enriquez, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, will present the three Technical Reports produced under the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives, which is funded by U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration and housed within the business school at UOG. “Maria Claret Ruane, an associate professor of economics at the University of Guam, wrote the consumer and business confidence reports, and, along with Dr. Ning Li, a public administration professor, co-authored Guam’s Income Distribution, 1981-2005. I congratulate both faculty members for their work in producing informative, data-based reports that will help policymakers, businesses, and communities proactively shape our future,” said Enriquez. “The impetus for these studies is to partner with and support initiatives of the Guam Economic Development Authority, Bureau of Statistics and Plans, Guam Small Business Development Center, and the Guam Chamber of Commerce, among others. The studies provide a more valid explanation of what is going on in Guam’s current economy,” added Enriquez. Ning Li and Claret Ruane will discuss the content of the reports on Friday.
“Together, these reports provide Guam with much needed data and, importantly, an analysis of this data so that it can be used to develop policies that will help guide and grow our economy in a way that is sustainable and beneficial for the island,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
“There is concern about who would gain and who would lose on the road to economic development,” write Ning Li and Maria Claret Ruane in Guam’s Income Distribution, 1981-2005. “In particular, how would the economic development that will result from the future military build-up affect the way in which incomes (or more broadly, resources) are distributed among the local population. The consensus in the literature that the economic development process could be designed so that it would have an equalizing effect on income distribution suggests a role for deliberate policymaking and economic planning.”
Hard copies of the reports will be available during the media conference on Friday, and will be posted on the University of Guam website; they will also be distributed to the business and local community on Guam, among other groups.
For more information contact Anita Borja Enriquez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 12, 2009
UOG College of Natural and Applied Sciences 2009 Summer Research Apprenticeship Program
The University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Sciences offers the Summer Research Apprenticeship Program to high school students. The objective of this program, which is funded under the ADAP and CariPac Resident Instruction projects, is to introduce the fields of Agriculture, Consumer and Family Sciences, and related sciences to high school students and encourage their interest to pursue these fields of study once they enter college. There are ten slots available in the five-week program, which runs from June 22 - July 24, 2009. High school students from public and private high schools who will be either juniors or seniors in the Fall of 2009 are eligible to apply. The ten students who are selected will be employed on a full-time basis working 40 hours a week, Monday - Friday, and earning $6.55 an hour. Applications may be picked up at the CNAS Dean's Office located in the Agriculture and Life Sciences Bldg., Room 206. The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2009. For more information, contact Annie Santos at 735-2001 or via email at email@example.com.
May 8, 2009
The University of Guam School of Business & Public Administration presents the Industry Analysis & Forecast Conference
DATE: May 15, 2009
TIME: 9:30 AM—3:30 PM
LOCATION: IT&E Lecture Hall, Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building
The Spring 2009 graduating seniors in the School of Business and Public Administration Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Program will place industries under the microscope during the Industry Analysis and Forecast Conference. Student presentations will help you question, reflect, illuminate, confirm, make adjustments, and transform the way you anticipate and conceptualize business on Guam in the near future.
Industry Analysis and Forecast Conference Presentation Schedule
- Child Care: 9:30 – 10:30 am
- Entertainment: 10:45 – 11:45 am
- Recycling: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
- Tourism: 1:15 – 2:15 pm
- Mixed Martial Arts: 2:30 – 3:30 pm
For more info contact:
Karri T. Perez, PhD, SPHR, GPHR
Phone: 735-2512 (office)
May 7, 2009
Thurber Successfully Defends Thesis
Diane Thurber successfully defended her thesis on May 7, 2009, at 11:00 a.m., DEAL Conference Room. Her thesis is entitled- “Noh Way – A Modern Interpretation of an Ancient Form.” Ms. Thurber will be the first graduate of the Master of Art in English program.
Pictured from left are members of Thurber's thesis committee: Dr. Christopher Schreiner, Professor of English, Dr. Helen Thompson, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies (Thesis Committee Chair), and Dr. Jason Vest, Assistant Professor of English. Thurber is pictured second from left.
May 6, 2009
UOG Pre-Engineering Student
Han Sol Seo is the first University of Guam pre-engineering student to take advantange of the UOG/Univeristy of Iowa College of Engineering Agreement which was signed in June of 2008.
The agreement between the two institutions allows for the articulation of up to 60 credits for students who transfer from UOG’s pre-engineering program to the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Seo will transfer 60 credits from the University of Guam to the University of Iowa this fall.
Seo was admitted to U of I's College of Engineering as an electrical engineering major. He was also accepted into the University of Iowa's Honors Program.
"Congratulations to Han Sol," said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. "I hope he is the first of many students who decide to pursue engineering degrees, and who start their journey here at the University of Guam."
“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 of Guam’s tuition rates for the first two years of college,” said UOG Senior Vice President Dr. Helen Whippy.
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.
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 more information on UOG's pre-engineering program contact Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah, Professor, UOG’s Water and Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific at 735-2694 or firstname.lastname@example.org
May 5, 2009
2009 American Marketing Association Conference
Austerity Marketing: Doing More with Less
The University of Guam’s Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association will host its annual marketing conference on May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
This year’s theme, “Austerity Marketing: Doing More with Less” features keynote speakers and student presenters from the School of Business and Public Administration. Presentations will highlight research and insight regarding product, pricing, placement, promotion, people, process and physical pvidence – and how to do it all with less.
The conference is free to School of Business and Public Administration students, all others pay $25.00. For more information contact the Office of the Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at 735-2520.
May 6, 2009
The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick
Jason Vest’s book, The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick, was published by Scarecrow Pr Inc, earlier this year. Vest is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Guam. From the short story "Roog" to the novels VALIS and The Divine Invasion, few twentieth-century novelists have had a greater impact than Philip K. Dick. Dick might be most famous as a prolific, subversive, and mordantly funny science-fiction writer, but he has also produced visionary fiction in the tradition of Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges, and Italo Calvino. The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick explores the fiction of this American novelist and examines his work in relation to these other literary fantasists. This book argues that Dick adapts the conventions of science fiction and postmodernsim to reflect humanist concerns about the difficulties of maintaining identity, agency, and autonomy in the latter half of the twentieth century. By comparing his writing to that of Kafka, Borges, and Calvino, The Postmodern Humanism of Philip K. Dick demonstrates that Dick's fiction, even while participating in an international tradition of visionary literature, becomes a fascinating barometer of postmodern American life. The book is available at Amazon.com, and bn.com. Pictured from left are UOG President Robert A. Underwood, Vest, and Mary Spencer, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
May 1, 2009
UOG Physical Education Students Teach Start New at Golf to Sixth Graders at Benavente Middle School
Students from Kelle Murphy’s PE 353- Secondary Methods class are visiting Benavente Middle School to teach sixth graders Start New at Golf (SNAG), which is a modified form of golf that falls somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf. “SNAG has its own modified equipment, is played with simplified rules, has its own terminology, and is very fun and entertaining,” said Kelle Murphy, assistant professor of secondary/physical education, health and sports studies at the University of Guam.
Murphy received a grant to purchase the SNAG golf equipment and her students are out promoting the game and physical activity at Benavente Middle School. The UOG students were teaching the game to students at the middle school earlier this week, and their last day of instruction at BMS will be on May 4, from 2:45-3:30.
“This PE course offered us a fun way to interact with students and help them understand the benefits of physical education and health. As physical education majors, we get to go out to different schools and promote a healthier lifestyle by teaching various activities related to PE and Health,” said UOG student and PE major Charrisse Bolabola.
For more information contact Kelle Murphy at 735-2447 or email@example.com.
April 30, 2009
Marcos W. Fong Sworn in as member of the University of Guam Board of Regents
Marcos W. Fong was sworn in today as the newest member of the University of Guam Board of Regents. The ceremony took place at the Governor’s Office Complex this morning. Fong is the managing director of Glimpses Advertising and Publications and the managing director of NAKICOS Corporation, a Subway development agent and franchisee. Fong is an alumnus of the University of Guam, graduating in 2001 with a degree in finance and economics. He graduated Magna Cum Laude. Pictured from left are: Dr. W. Chris Perez, vice chairman of the Board of Regents; Governor Felix P. Camacho, Fong, Andrew T. Laguana, member of the Board of Regents; Sonny Ada, Chairman of the Board of Regents; and UOG President Robert A. Underwood.
April 30, 2009
2009 Employee of the Year Awards
Employee of the Year
Norma C. Blas
Word Processing Secretary I, Water and Environmental Research Institute (WERI)
Category I: Clerical and Secretarial Personnel
Jordan F. Megofna
Personnel Specialist II, Human Resources Office
Category II: Technical and Professional (non-faculty) and Paraprofessional Personnel
Laboratory Technician Supervisor, College of Natural and Applied Sciences
Administrator of the Year
Director, Integrated Marketing Communication
Faculty Excellence in Service Award
Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
April 28, 2009
Dr. McNinch Receives Legislative Resolution
Dr. Ronald L. McNinch, Jr., was recognized on August 28 by the Guam legislature, with a resolution, acknowledging him as a “Distinguished Professor in Guam,” highlighting among others his dedication and services towards supporting the Doc Sanchez Scholarship Program, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program, preparing students for placement in key federal and local government positions, etc., and community service initiatives. There were many students and alumni present, including members from the Attorney General, GPD, and Homeland Security Offices. Also present were some of our Truman Scholars, and faculty colleagues of the PALS Division. The resolution was signed by Acting Speaker Benjamin J.F. Cruz and Actg. Legislative Secretary Rory J. Respicio, and was presented by Senators Judi Guthertz and Rory Respecio.
April 27, 2009
UOG Offers Insurance Courses
In conjunction with Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance, the University of Guam’s Professional and International Programs Office is able to offer a series of four insurance courses designed for professionals in the insurance industry. Brion Kanda, Chief Underwriting Officer, Property and Casualty, Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited, agreed to teach the courses and is donating his time to ensure that individuals in the insurance industry have the opportunity to upgrade their skills. Pictured from left are: Kenichi Watanabe, Group Leader - China and East Asia Group International Business Development Dept. Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (parent of Tokio Marine Pacific); Etsuo Moriya, President, Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited; Ichiro Tozawa, Treasurer and Chief Operations Manager, Tokio Marine Pacific Insurance Limited; Peter “Sonny” Ada, Chairman of the University of Guam Board of Regents; Kanda; Robert A. Underwood, UOG President; David O’Brien, UOG vice president of administration and finance; Larry Gamboa, director of UOG Professional and International Programs; and Loling Cepeda, UOG PIP Outreach Coordinator.
April 27, 2009
University of Guam Signs Teaming Agreement with Battelle for environmental sustainability and renewable energy projects
On April 27, the University of Guam signed a teaming agreement with Battelle for environmental sustainability and renewable energy projects. The signing took place at 11:00 a.m. at the University of Guam, President’s Office Conference Room.
Battelle is an international science and technology enterprise that explores emerging areas of science, and develops and commercializes technology.Energy is one of Battelle’s five key focus areas, and the company co-manages national laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“This teaming agreement adds critical mass to the University of Guam’s UOG Green initiative,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “Battelle brings a tremendous amount of expertise in energy technology to the University of Guam’s research agenda and positions us to successfully obtain federal grants and contracts. In partnership with Battelle, the University of Guam will develop proposals for projects that can potentially change our energy use patterns on Guam, and possibly the region.”
The University of Guam will seek federal funding for energy assessments and modeling for Guam and Micronesia; renewable energy assessments and implementation; environmental sustainability and alternative energy education and outreach; and public/private financing options and services for environmental sustainability and renewable energy programs and projects.
“Battelle is delighted to team with the University of Guam to search for solutions on these critically important energy and environmental issues” said Steve Kelly, President of Battelle’s National Security Global Business. “We also look forward to supporting UOG in developing the educational programs and outreach that will ensure the sustainability of the solutions we find together.”
The University of Guam selected Battelle as a teaming partner after a rigorous request for proposal process to ensure compliance with Government of Guam procurement regulations.
“The JGPO business conferences have initiated a great deal of thought and discussion as to how we as a community can improve our quality of life through various teaming agreements and partnerships,” added Underwood. “We at the University of Guam look forward to doing the research that will enable our community to make the best possible decisions for our future.”
Student Employee of the Year
The University of Guam Student Employee of the Year was selected today from a pool of seven nominees. Shellvie Emiliano, a University of Guam student who works at the RFT Micronesian Area Research Center, won the award and will travel to a national conference in Florida later this year. She was selected based on several criteria including reliability, initiative, and quality of work, among others.
In conjunction with the National Student Employment Week, April 12-18, UOG recognizes the efforts of students employed through the student work study programs. UOG employs over 100 students who make significant contributions to supporting the University’s mission. The award is an annual event organized by the Career Development Office.
Miyuki Reklai, UOG Admissions and Records Office, won the Supervisor of the Year category.
SBPA Selected as one of 1,000 Best Business Schools by EDUNIVERSAL
The University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration was recently recognized by the members of the EDUNIVERSAL International Scientific Committee as one of 1,000 Best Business Schools across over 153 countries, through a 2008 Certificate of Palmes Award. This award signifies SBPA’s distinction of international influence along two palm categories: “Good Business School,” and “Regionally Strong.”
In order to make the election, EDUNIVERAL and the International Scientific Committee researched 4,000 websites and studied a large number of publications. The selection is based on international influence and through gathering of numerous information related to international accreditation, which includes membership into international associations, international academia associations, advantages from the established cooperation network with other faculties or the results of current studies and websites. The election was made by 10 experts, which originated from nine geographic areas (Africa, North America, South America, Central Asia, Euro-Asia and Middle East and Oceana) and representative of the United Nations System Academic Council.
SBPA is currently accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Business Education. Its International Tourism & Hospitality Management program links students with internship opportunities and professional engagements throughout Guam, and various parts of Micronesia and Asia. Its Economics Associate Professor Claret Ruane was instrumental in launching international business conferences on Guam, Vietnam, and Japan, and will host one in South Korea next year. Accounting Professor Filomena Cantoria pioneered the Guam International Accounting Forum in 2004, which was hosted in Nagoya, Japan earlier this year. SBPA, through Finance Associate Professor James Taylor, developed the U.S. Virtual Bank for Biz/Ed, a comprehensive website originally developed to support business education in the United Kingdom. Faculty have been instrumental in publishing refereed journals, case study journal, professional books, and chapter contributions to journals and textbooks. SBPA is proud to also feature its federally-funded initiatives for the local and regional communities via its Pacific Islands Small Business Development Center Network/Guam SBDC (U.S. SBA), Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Defense Logistics Agency), and the UOG Pacific Center for Economic Initiatives (U.S. Department of Administration, EDA).
UOG Green Earth Day Activities in the UOG Student Center- April 22
From 9am to 3pm. UOG celebrated Earth Day with the following events.
Go Greener Contest: from now until April 22, 2009, send your suggestions regarding how UOG can go greener to firstname.lastname@example.org– be sure to indicate “go greener contest” in the subject line. A panel of judges will select the top three suggestions in three categories: Recycling; Sustainability Practices; and Local/Regional/Global Outreach. The suggestions will be evaluated on originality, feasibility and potential impact. The winners will receive a potted fruit tree as a prize.
- Triton’s Quest: Complete a quest for knowledge and awareness. Find the facts ‘hidden’ in the displays at the rotunda to win a prize on site. Sponsored by the UOG Green Army.
- The Butt Hunt: Help clean up the residue left by smokers and keep UOG Tobacco free by hunting and collecting cigarette butts that are trashing our campus. The person who collects the most butts will win a gift card to the movies. Collection bags and gloves will be provided at the rotunda. Sponsored by the Student Life Office.
- Make an Earth Day Pledge, and then blog about how you live your pledge on the Apathy is Easy website.
Complete a short survey about your awareness and behavior when it comes to going green.
April 21, 2009
Math Competition Winners
Renwu Zheng, John F. Kennedy High School, and Anran Li, St. John's School, tied for first place in the University of Guam's Mathematics Problem Solving Competition. The competition was held monthly from October 2008 to March 2009. Winners were recognized during Mathematics Day, which was held April 18 at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences lecture hall.
Other winners include:
Second place - Christopher Cho, Harvest Christian Academy.
Third place - Phoebe Zhang, St. John's School; Thomas Aguilo, UOG; and John Kim, Harvest Christian Academy.
Mathematics Day also featured guest speakers Taling Taitano, Chief Financial Office at Staywell; Joshua Cheatham, Civil Engineer, Parsons Transportation Group; and Dr. Jason Biggs, Marine Scientist, University of Guam Marine Lab.
Special recognition to the Math Activities committee for organzing a successful event.
University Music Presents
Fall 2009 Joint Music Recital
Featuring all of the Fine Arts/Music Majors
May 6, Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Fine Arts Theater
Admission is free A reception will follow in room FA127
University Music Presents
Shizuoka Farewell Concerts
Two "Farewell Concerts" to send the University Jazz Band on their way to attend the Shizuoka Youth Musicale in Shizuoka, Japan.The band will be performing all of their repertoirefor the festival which includes classic Big Band music from Glenn Miller up through funk and Brecker Brothers. The University Singers will also be performing selections of modern a cappella.
When: May 8 and 9, 2009, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm
Where: UOG Fine Arts Theater
Admission: $5.00 General - $3.00 Student and senior
April 20, 2009
UOG Biology Majors to Study in Costa Rica this Summer
Three University of Guam biology majors have been accepted into the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) NAPIRE 2009 summer program. This marks the second consecutive summer that University of Guam students have been selected to participate in the program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Maia Raymundo, Kaylyn Knaeble and Laura Barnhart are interested in field ecology and will they will have the opportunity to conduct research and experience the incredible biodiversity of Central America. “These students are all excellent in my opinion. I think their selection reflects well on them individually, as well as on the undergraduate Biology program in general and on Chris Lobban, Lynn Raulerson, and Kathy Lofdahl among the faculty in that program in particular,” says UOG entomologist Ross Miller. Dr. Miller will also be going to Costa Rica as a faculty mentor to work on ant biodiversity and invasiveness with two to three students from elsewhere in the Pacific islands or from the Native American groups on the mainland.
Julie Duay, the UOG student who was awarded this same internship last year, is going to Costa Rica again this summer, this time as a teaching assistant in the NAPIRE program.
“This is a great opportunity,” says Maia Raymundo, “There are only 15 students in the program and it is exciting to think that three are from Guam.” These up-and-coming scientists will spend part of their time atLas Cruces Biological Station, a biodiversity hotspot and home of the Wilson Botanical Garden where the number of different plant and animal species is truly remarkable. “Around 400 bird species have been recorded on or near the Wilson Botanical Garden property itself,” says Miller. “The animal fauna includes vipers, coral snakes, vampire bats, and the occasional jaguar.”
The OTS NAPIRE program is funded by the National Science Foundation and designed to provide the opportunity for tropical field research to undergraduate biology students from Native American populations in the United States and the Pacific Islands. 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. 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.
April 16, 2009
UOG’s Professional and International Programs to Offer Continuing Education Courses for the Insurance Industry
Beginning this month, the University of Guam’s Professional and International Programs Office offers Guam’s insurance companies the opportunity to have their employees enroll in a series of professional development courses for the insurance industry. Brion Kanda, Chief Underwriting Officer, Property and Casualty, Tokio Marine Insurance, will teach the courses. He is an experienced insurance underwriter in Guam and has also worked with the Dept of Revenue and Taxation on the Captive Insurance Forum. The courses will be held in the evening and are designed to fit the schedules of working professionals. The courses are:
- Introduction to Property and Casualty Insurance, April 27 to July 6, Mondays only from 6:00-7:30pm
- Introduction to Claims, April 28 to July 7, Tuesdays only from 6:00-7:30pm
- Introduction to Underwriting, Summer workshops, July 13 to Sept 21, Mondays only, 6:00-7:30pm
- Introduction to Risk Management, Summer workshops, July 14 to Sept 22, Tuesdays only, 6:00-7:30pm
The Department of Revenue and Taxation’s Regulatory Administrator, John Carlos, and Insurance Commissioner, John Camacho, reviewed the courses to ensure they meet Public Law and professional development criteria for the industry. Partnerships between local insurers Tokio Marine, Moylan’s and others helped create a strong foundation for the Certificate in Insurance Program.
“People in government, education, and the private sector worked to put these courses together, and we at the University of Guam are pleased to be able to offer them to the insurance industry. UOG Chairman of the Board of Regents, Sonny Ada, initiated the discussions last year, and we thank him for sparking interest in course development,” said Larry Gamboa, Director of UOG’s Professional and International Programs.
For more information contact Loling Cepeda, Outreach Coordinator, contact number 671-735-2602, email email@example.com .
April 15, 2009
Guam Rhino Beetles Got Rhythm
In May 2008 the island of Guam became a living laboratory for scientists as they attached acoustic equipment to coconut trees in order to listen for rhinoceros beetles. A grant from USDA Western Integrated Pest Management Center allowed Richard Mankin, a recognized world-class expert on acoustic detection of insects, to travel to Guam to collaborate with island scientists on the Guam Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Eradication Project. The results of this research were recently published in the journal Florida Entomologist.
The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a serious pest of coconut palms and was discovered on Guam September 11, 2007. University of Guam entomologist, Aubrey Moore worked with Mankin to analyze the spectral and temporal patterns of stridulations produced by the rhino beetles. Recordings were made of beetles and larvae that were reared at the university. Field recordings were also made of beetles and larvae in coconut trees and logs.
Digitized signals were analyzed with several types of software, which distinguished intervals and amplitudes of chirps. The stridulations have distinct, easily recognizable temporal patterns. Results of these studies favor the hypotheses that beetles use stridulations to communicate with other beetles in hidden environments and that acoustic monitoring devices can be useful in mitigating the damage to coconut trees through monitoring and early detection.
“This method of acoustic detection allowed Guam ‘rhino hunters’ to quickly and efficiently locate feeding grubs in an area thought to be rhino-beetle free,” says Aubrey Moore, “and as the beetle broadens its range the acoustic approach to detection may save money and the lives of many coconut trees.”
Mankin, R.W., A. Moore, P. R. Samson & K. J. Chandler 2009. Acoustic characteristics of dynastid beetle stridulations. Florida Entomologist 92(1): 123-133.
April 7, 2009
UOG to Conduct College Night and Financial Aid Fair in Saipan on April 13
In an outreach effort to communicate directly with high school and transfer students in the CNMI, the University of Guam will conduct a College Night and Financial Aid Fair in Saipan on April 13, at the Multipurpose Center on Beach Road. Presentations about the University of Guam’s academic programs, and the admissions and registration process will be held at 11am, 12 noon, and 6pm. Students are encouraged to fill out and submit their application forms that day to ensure they are ready to register for classes in summer or fall 2009.
Need Money for College?
The recruitment team from UOG will help individuals fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online and on the spot from 10am to 7pm in the Multipurpose Center on Beach Road. Interested students and parents seeking financial aid for UOG’s 2009 summer session can bring their completed 2007 1040 and W2 forms for efficient processing. Students and parents interested in applying for Fall 2009 must bring their completed 2008 1040 and W2 forms. Completion of the FAFSA form is required and the first step for individuals seeking federal loans or grants. For more information contact Dr. Julie Ulloa-Heath, Dean of UOG’s Enrollment Management and Student Services, at 735-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7, 2009
UOG MATHEMATICS DAY APRIL 18
The University of Guam Mathematics Department hosts Mathematics Day on April 18 in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall.
“Mathematics Day is a great way to share the joy of mathematics with middle and high school students, and to show them that math can be a lot of fun,” said program organizer and UOG mathematics faculty member Grazyna Badowski. “This is the second consecutive year that we have hosted Math Day, and we expect a large turn out.”
The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with presentations about careers in mathematics, followed by an awards ceremony for the winners of the university’s first Math Problem Solving Competition, which began last November. Awards will be presented to individuals in several categories who successfully solved the math problems posted monthly on the UOG website.
Several workshops will be available beginning at 10:30 a.m. For additional information about how you can participate in UOG’s Math Day, email: email@example.com
April 7, 2009
UOG Presidential Lecture Series: “U.S. Military Basing and its Impacts on Local Communities and Global U.S. Strategy”
University of Guam President Dr. Robert A. Underwood presents the second presentation in his Presidential Lecture Series: “U.S. Military Basing and its Impacts on Local Communities and Global U.S. Strategy,” by Dr. Catherine Lutz, Professor, Watson Institute of International Studies and Department of Anthropology, Brown University. The presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 14 in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall, on the campus of the University of Guam. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Catherine Lutz received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College and her PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her most recent books include The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle against US Military Posts (New York University Press, 2009),Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (New York University Press, 2007, winner of a Society for the Anthropology of North America book award),and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (Beacon Press, 2001, winner of the Leeds Prize and the Victor Turner Prize). Others include Reading National Geographic (Chicago, 1993) with Jane Collins, and Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory (Chicago, 1988). She is the immediate past president of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the United States.
The first speaker in the Presidential Lecture Series was Congressman Ike Skelton, Chair of the House Armed Services Committee, who gave a presentation on February 16, 2009.
April 7, 2009
UOG Alumna Invited to Visit United Arab Emirates in April
Sahara Defensor, University of Guam alumna, a current candidate in the Master of Public Administration Program, and 2006 Truman Scholar, is one of 18 students across the nation invited by the Emirates Foundation for a 10-day cultural exchange tour of the United Arab Emirates. Defensor will travel to seven countries, visit schools and landmarks, and meet with top leaders in business and government. The program is open only to Truman Scholars and is in its third cycle since its inception in 2005.
“I was excited when I received my invitation to participate in the program,” said Defensor. “When I submitted my application, I knew I was competing against other Truman Scholars who have an exceptionally high caliber of professional and academic experiences. I am honored to be able to accept the invitation and look forward to visiting a part of the world I never thought I would see.” Defensor received her invitation via email earlier this month while traveling in Japan for a leadership training sponsored by Rotary International. Defensor is a Legislative Policy Analyst for Speaker Judith Won Pat.
The objectives of the Exchange are to (1) Build a platform for future friendly relations and cooperation, (2) Develop mutual understanding and respect, and (3) Explore different cultures and shared values.
This program is a continuation of the initiative and support from UAE including the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Crown Prince's Office, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Office, the UAE Embassy in the US, and Abu Dhabi University.
“I plan to keep a journal of my experiences that I can share with other students at the University of Guam,” added Defensor.
Career/Job Fair May 1, 2009
The Career Development Office of the University of Guam will hold its Career/Job Fair on Friday, May 01, 2009 from 9am to 6pm at the UOG Field House. More than twenty companies have signed up to participate in the fair including: The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Executive Typing and Employment Services, Bank of Guam, Payless Supermarket, Guam Memorial Hospital, U.S. Coast Guard, Sorensen Broadcasting, Wells, Fargo, U.S. Navy Honolulu, GTA TeleGuam, Guam Army National Guard, The Shaw Group, UOG ROTC, Group 4 Securicor, Louis Vuitton and many others.
The Career Development Office invites additional military contractors to join the event this year to look for prospective candidates in preparation for the military build up on Guam.
The Career Development Office offers students and alumni assistance in job placement, job search skills, employment opportunities, internships and other career related services. The office is committed to help develop self-direction and personal responsibility in the career decision making and job search process. The CDO office is open to all UOG students and alumni. This event is open to the public, for more information contact the UOG Career Development Office at 735-2228 or 734-0477.
April 3, 2009
Certification Plus Project
The Guam English as a Second Language Certification Plus Project is a multi-year Title III National Professional Development grant awarded to the University of Guam’s Micronesian Language Institute. The Certification Plus Project covers tuition and fees for successful applicants who are pursing dual certification in Math or Science and English as a Second Language, or Language Arts/Reading/CHamoru and English as a Second Language.To be eligible students must meet the following criteria:
Current full-time undergraduate students at the University of Guam
Declared Elementary or Secondary Education Major
Priority content areas: Math or Science and ESL
Second Priority content areas: Language Arts/Reading or Language/CHamoru and ESL
The application deadline is May 1, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.at the Micronesian Language Institute Office, located on Dean’s Circle, Houses 3 and 4.
For inquiries, please call Micronesian Language Institute Office at 735-2193/1/7/8, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
For more information, please contact Rosa Salas Palomo, Guam ESL Cert+ Project Director/Coordinator, at 735-2193/1/7/8.
April 3, 2009
Visiting Scholars Develop Super Shrimp
Fascinated by the shrimp she studies, Dr. Hui Gong works at finding sound methods for improving their health and welfare. She is the first aquaculture researcher to be hired by the University of Guam and her connections with her native China have resulted in an official collaboration between the Guang Xi Institute of Fisheries and UOG. This partnership benefits UOG research activities by allowing two post-doctorial researchers from the institute to come to Guam and work with Dr. Gong at the Guam Aquaculture Development and Training Center (GADTC), also known as the Fadian Hatchery of UOG, the largest and oldest aquaculture center in the Western Pacific.
Drs. Jian-Hua Xiong and Yong-Zhen Zhao arrived on Guam in January and in their short time here they have been overwhelmed by the kindness of their colleagues and the friendliness of the island. Dr. Jian-Hua Xiong is a molecular biologist working on identifying shrimp genotypes from different families and looking at their genetic relationships. His experiments involve extracting DNA from shrimp then using electrophoresis systems to find their genotype. Dr. Yong-Zhen Zhao specializes in shrimp breeding and genetics. He is working on a mating model for shrimp, selecting males and females from different families in order to produce a line of super shrimp. “These super shrimp would be highly disease resistant, fast growers and taste delicious,” says Zhao.
Their expertise compliments the work Dr. Gong has been doing at the hatchery. The main draw for these two scientists to come to Guam is Gong’s work. “Her reputation for professionalism and the research she is conducting made us really want to come. We know we will learn so much and we are grateful for the opportunity to work with her,” says Xiong.
Aquaculture farmers in the region will benefit from their research in the long run. Last year, Dr. Gong produced 20 families at the hatchery and now this team will select 10 families based on their performance under various conditions. Using statistical analysis they will select the families with the most desirable characteristics and begin breeding the next generation. Once the best combination of families has been found, requiring several years of work in genetic selection, the seedstock can be made available to regional farmers, and possibly for export.
The team is devoted to research aimed at producing healthier shrimp for sustainable aquaculture by maintaining stock at the highest health standard of specific pathogen free (SPF). Guam has ideal conditions for the development of SPF broodstock: clean ocean water, warm temperatures year round and geographical proximity to large broodstock markets in Asia . These attributes, as well as this talented and committed research team, will allow the University of Guam to play a major role in shaping the aquaculture industry in the region.
April 2, 2009
UOG 2008 Audit Shows First Deficit in Six Years, High Student Enrollment and Solid Progress
Examination of the FY2008 audit discloses several of these trends:
- The University has been granted low-risk auditee status for Federal grants and contracts for the fourth consecutive fiscal year. UOG Comptroller Zeny Nace states, “The University manages a complex array of over 109 federal grants, up from 82 just two years ago, and our low-risk designation validates our Federal program accountability.”
- The University brought in $41.9 million from operations, excluding government appropriations and investments. For every $1 appropriated, the University generates an additional $1.54.
- 27 new or continuing grants and contracts at $2.5 million were received. Total grants and contracts are $27.5 million, leveraging the government of Guam appropriation with outside monies and propelling the island’s economic, environmental and social development. The U.S. Departments of Education, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services were the largest grantors.
- Enrollment has increased significantly. The University was the Natural Choice for 3,387 students in Fall Semester ‘08 (3% growth over the prior year). Since 2004, student enrollment has grown by 15.9%; enrollment for new undergraduate and graduate students by 16.6%. Whippy says, “This success puts more pressure on a shrinking base budget to handle the increased enrollment. As a result, nursing enrollment has been capped. Other high-demand programs may follow without additional faculty, particularly in hard-to-hire disciplines such as nursing, business, math and sciences.”
- There were no reportable findings of internal control or compliance, or questioned costs. The auditor's Management Letter recommends improvements in how the University handles its advances to vendors and for travel. The University has taken corrective actions.
“The University of Guam is accountable. We deliver results,” says President Underwood. “Our graduates, research and outreach services produce measurable advantages for our community, and will play a crucial role in the coming military expansion. We will continue our positive dialog with the Governor’s Office, BBMR, DOA and legislature. We will make the necessary changes within our own control to ensure the University’s resources are stable and sufficient for educational effectiveness. Financial stability will enable the University to make critical investments in needed faculty, infrastructure and information technology, and move forward in strategic areas to provide opportunities for students and services to the community.”
Employees of the Year Ceremony
As the final event in the month long Charter Day celebration, the University of Guam recognized employees of the year in several categories. Click here to view the list.
March 31, 2009
Jose Salas Cruz 2009 Truman Scholar
Jose Salas Cruz, a Criminal Justice and Public Administration major, was named a 2009 Truman Scholar on March 24. He was one of 60 students from 55 US colleges and universities to be selected for the prestigious award. The 60 Scholars were selected from among 601 candidates nominated by 289 colleges and universities. Jose will attend the weeklong Truman Scholar Leadership Week in Missouri from May 24 to the 31st. Scholars receive $30,000 for graduate studies. Scholars were selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference. Jose is the 8th Truman Scholar for the University of Guam in the last 10 years. In 2004, the University of Guam was named a Truman Foundation Honor Institution.
March 31, 2009
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Team Visits UOG’s School of Education
The University of Guam School of Education was reviewed by a visiting team of examiners from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on March 23-24, 2009. The School of Education received provisional accreditation from NCATE in 2007, and a special visit was planned for March of this year to further review the school’s assessment system.
NCATE is a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. NCATE determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom
The team, comprised of educators Dr. Bonnie Konopak, Dean of the College of Education at Cal Poly State University, Lana Hess, Special Education Administrator for the Hawaii Department of Education, and Carol Seisltad, a teacher at Bowler Elementary School in Nevada, interviewed administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and numerous members of the community regarding how the School of Education gathers and uses assessment data for continuous program improvement and to measure student learning outcomes.
In their exit report, the NCATE examiners recommended full accreditation for the School of education. The official notification is expected in October 2009.
“NCATE accreditation showcases the quality of our teacher preparation program, and underscores the commitment of School of Education faculty to the development of future educators. The School of Education has developed a highly competitive program that meets national standards. I commend the School of Education faculty, students, and staff, and all the individuals throughout our community who were involved in this process,” said University of Guam President Dr. Robert A. Underwood.
“The achievement of full NCATE accreditation is the culmination of years of hard work,” said Dr. Patrick Leddy, Acting Dean of the School of Education. “School of Education students, faculty and staff focused on the goal of NCATE accreditation for the last several years and all of our hard work resulted in this very positive outcome.”
NCATE accreditation is the process by which a professional education unit is recognized by the profession as meeting national standards for the content and operation of the unit. Accreditation informs the public that the accredited college or university operates at a high level of educational quality and integrity and indicates that the school underwent rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of a teacher candidate in the program has been thoroughly assessed before he or she is recommended for licensure, and that programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.
March 30, 2009
Master of Science in Clinical Psychology Prerequisite Track
The University of Guam's Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP) Program has developed a one-year prerequisite track for prospective students who wish to apply to the Program, but do not have the required prerequisite courses. Students with a bachelor's degree in any field may become eligible to apply to the MSCP Program by taking the following courses. Fall 2009: PY370 Introduction to Clinical Psychology, PY413 Research Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences, PY492a Psychology Practicum. Spring 2010: MA385 Applied Statistics, PY420 Abnormal Psychology, PY492b Psychology Practicum. For further information, please contact the MSCP Program Co-Chairs Dr. Iain Twaddle (735-2882, firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Mary Fegurgur (735-2876, email@example.com).
March 25, 2009
Career Development Office
UOG students can apply for the Andersen Airforce Base 2009 Summer Employment Program. The Career Development Office will accept applications from March 9 through April 3, 2009. Applicant must show proof of school enrollment or acceptance. Application forms are available at the Career Development Office, 2nd floor, UOG Fieldhouse. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-0477.
Ecological Insect Pest Management Grant Received
University of Guam scientist Dr. G. V. P. Reddy has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the US Department of Agriculture. Dr. Reddy, a chemical ecologist and entomologist, has over 25 years of experience in entomological research and a strong background in IPM (Integrated Pest Management), biocontrol, and behavioral and chemical ecology. His proposal titled, “Increasing Ecological Insect Pest Management on Guam through Building Ag Professionals’ Understanding of Semiochemicals,” was the highest rated proposal received by the SARE administrative council for the year and funded at the full amount requested under the Professional Development Program (PDP).
A semiochemical is a chemical substance that carries a message, such as pheromones emitted by insects to attract mates. Semiochemicals are used in agriculture to control insects that are considered pests. They are being used for monitoring, mass trapping and mating disruption, and are often more effective than using insecticides, which can have unintended environmental repercussions. “There is a lack of local knowledge about the role of semiochemicals in pest management,” says Dr. Reddy, “and these grant funds will be used to educate agricultural professionals and stakeholders in the region.” The training will cover the relationship between semiochemical-based trapping methods and overall crop production on Guam for four important weevil pests: banana root borer, New Guinea sugarcane weevil, and two sweet potato weevils.
Agriculture professionals will be instructed in trapping methods including the importance of lures and trap characteristics and diagnosis of pest problems. At the end of the training, trainees will host a field day initiating the process of educating the farming community and the general public. Funds will be dedicated to hire a Research Assistant and bring one agriculture professional from Saipan and Rota to attend the field day activities. Dr. Robert K. Vander Meer, research leader at USDA-ARS, Gainesville, Florida will also be invited to give a special lecture on the use of semiochemicals in the effective control of invasive species that threaten agriculture and the ecology of Guam.
Dr. Reddy is co-author of the book Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods, which wasrecently published by Cambridge University Press. For more information on Dr. Reddy’s research logon to www.wptrc.orgor contact Dr. Reddy at 735-2142.
Dr. Helen Whippy, Senior Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and our Accrediation Liasion Officer, prepared a WASC briefing PowerPoint slideshow that provides a succinct and informative overview of the upcoming viisit. Click here to view the slideshow. Click here to link to the UOG WASC Educational Effectiveness web page.
Counselors to Learn about UOG TRIO Programs Friday
The University of Guam’s TRIO Programs, including Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search, hosts informational sessions for public middle and high school counselors on Friday, March 20 at the Westin Hotel. The middle school counselor session begins at 9am and the high school counselor session begins at 12 noon.
“This is the sixth consecutive year that we have met with middle and high school counselors in the public school system,” said Yoichi Rengiil, Director of UOG’s TRIO Programs. “Counselors help us identify potential project-eligible students for our two programs. We also assess our programs and activities at our partner schools and discuss obstacles and issues so that we can collectively find solutions to the challenges we face, and better prepare students for college.”
TRIO Programs works throughout the academic year with public middle and high school counselors who are linked with the program. This year, TRIO has asked these primary counselors to invite additional counselors from their schools to the information sessions so that they can become familiar with what UOG’s TRIO programs have to offer. “TRIO programs help to make UOG the Natural Choice for graduating seniors,” said Rengiil.
TRIO is a 100% federally funded, nation-wide, non-profit program designed to assist first generation college students from disadvantage backgrounds complete high school and pursue a college education.
March 17, 2009
University of Guam and University of Hawaii at Hilo Sign Pre-Pharmacy MOU
University of Guam students interested in pursuing a degree in pharmacy can transfer up to 70 credits from the University of Guam to the University of Hawaii at Hilo for entrance into their pre-pharmacy program. The completion of the pre-pharmacy course curriculum is required for admission into UH Hilo’s professional program that leads to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
“UOG doesn’t offer a pharmacy degree program, but this agreement between our two universities provides students who want to become pharmacists the opportunity to complete the pre-pharmacy curriculum at the University of Guam,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood. “Along with UH Hilo, we are pleased to offer this opportunity to students.”
“Susan Jarvi, associate professor of biology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, visited the University of Guam campus in October,” said Helen Whippy, UOG’s senior vice president. “She provided a list of UOG courses that articulate to Hilo’s pre-pharmacy program. UOG has very rigorous courses in microbiology, chemistry, biology, and human anatomy and physiology, and all these courses fulfill UH Hilo pre-pharmacy program requirements.”
For a list of pre-pharmacy requirements and course equivalents in the natural sciences, click here. To read the Memorandum of Understanding, click here.
For a complete course articulation list visit:
The UOG/UH Hilo agreement is similar to agreement the University of Guam has with the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Both agreements provide students with structured pathways to pursue professional degrees in these respective areas.
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March 12, 2009
UOG Senior Nursing Students Volunteer to Help the Homeless
University of Guam Assistant Professor of Nursing Margaret Hattori-Uchima and her nursing students first became interested in the issue of homelessness while conducting community assessments in Dededo and Hagatna as part of their coursework during fall semester 2008. They interviewed homeless individuals in the community and wanted to become involved in this year’s homeless count and other activities to help the homeless population on Guam. “My students now have a greater understanding of the homeless situation on island, and they want to continue their community service by volunteering for other homeless outreach activities,” said Hattori-Uchima.
Hattori-Uchima and 13 senior nursing students participated in the island-wide homeless count activity organized by GHURA and the Salvation Army in January 2009. Students volunteered to assist in performing the count, and several students were trained as Team Leaders. “The students interviewed homeless adults and children living in various locations on the island such as in caves, beaches, and parks,” said Hattori-Uchima.
The nursing students are now participating in the planning of an upcoming outreach activity for the homeless which is being organized by the Guam Homeless Coalition. Additionally, Hattori-Uchima and one of her nursing students will be presenting at the Guam Nurses Association conference in May regarding their experiences during the count, the outreach, and the previous semester's assessment. “I am proud of the professionalism, leadership, and communication skills demonstrated by students. This is a key example of applying theoretical knowledge in the community and developing an ethic of service within our students,” said Hattori-Uchima.
March 12, 2009
YEC High School Scholarship Competition
Deadline to apply: 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2009
The Yamashita Educator Corps High School Scholarship Competition is available to high school seniors who are interested in pursuing their education degrees at the University of Guam and teaching in the Guam Public School System. High school seniors interested in becoming teachers need to see their school counselors for the YEC application packet. Seniors must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and plan to enroll at the University of Guam as a full-time student. The four-year scholarship covers all tuition and fees at UOG and provides a stipend for recipients. An informational meeting will be held on March 19th at 6pm in room 117 of the School of Education. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. March 31, 2009 at the Yamashita Educator Corps office located at the UOG/School of Education building room 119. Contact the Yamashita Educator Corps office at 735-2470, email email@example.com.
March 5, 2009
Case Studies of Businesses from Western Pacific
Edited by Maria Claret M. Ruane, Ph.D. and sponsored by University of Guam, School of Business and Public Administration
Forthcoming in the Allied Academies’ Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies
A launch for the Journal will be held at 10am on March 6 in the Jesus and Eugenia School of Business and Public Administration Building, Anthony A. Leon Guerrero Multipurpose Room.
This issue of the Allied Academies’ Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies features the teaching cases about businesses on the island of Guam in the Western Pacific region. It is hoped that this issue will be the first of several issues that will bring to educators and their students around the world the stories of entrepreneurs from the Asia-Pacific region and highlight the universality of the entrepreneur’s persistent and untiring spirit and the rewards for his/her hard work. May these stories serve as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs, wherever they may be.
The teaching cases featured in this issue show how businesses are affected and respond to many challenges, including compliance with government regulations such as those in the Mini Camachile Tree Store (Dr. Ning Li & Mr. KenJoe Ada) and the Marianas Environmental, LLC (Dr. Ning Li & Mr. Charles Esteves); competitive pressures from the market in the Isla Training Center (Dr. Maria Claret M. Ruane & Ms. Sandra Paulino) and LorWill’s BBQ Stand (Dr. Annette T. Santos & Ms. Jennifer Dacanay); a growing need for professional financial service as highlighted in the case of Advisors Unlimited (Mr. Francisco T. Salas, Jr. & Dr. Karri T. Perez); and a changing customer base in the case of Community First Guam Federal Credit Union (Dr. James J. Taylor & Ms. Kimberly J. M. Perez).
This journal is dedicated in memory of Mr. Francisco T. Salas, Jr., who co-authored one of the papers in this issue.
March 2, 2009
UOG Social Work Program Accreditation Reaffirmed by the National Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation
At its February meeting, the Commission on Accreditation of the National Council on Social Work Education voted to accept the progress report of the University of Guam and to reaffirm the accreditation for the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Guam through 2015.
This decision completes a 15 months long review process by the Council on Social Work Education. The review started with the submission of a thorough self-study of the Bachelor of Social Work Program. In December 2007, two nationally and internationally recognized social work educators, Dr. Barbara Shank, Dean of the School of Social Work at the College of St. Catherine and the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and Dr. Denise Montcalm, Director of the School of Social Work at the University of Nevada in Reno, conducted a site visit on the UOG campus. During 2008, the University of Guam completed further developments regarding the Division of Social Work’s administrative location within the University of Guam. In their decision documents the Council mentions faculty and students as particular strengths of the program. It states that social work faculty “bring a range of strengths, talents, capacities and interests unusual for a BSW program this size” and that UOG students “articulated a remarkable understanding of the unique ethical challenges posed by professional practice”.
The Council on Social Work Education is (CSWE) is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members as well as 216 graduate and 482 undergraduate programs of professional social work education in more than 500 universities and colleges. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting body for social work education in the United States.
Reaffirmation of national professional accreditation ensures that the quality of the Bachelor of Social Work Program at the University of Guam merits public confidence and support. Students graduating with a BSW degree from the University of Guam are eligible to apply for employment in state agencies and for advanced standing in graduate social work degree programs throughout the United States.
Joseph Lujan, former president of the Social Work Student Alliance says, “I am proud that my degree from the University of Guam meets national quality standards.”
“Professional accreditation is critical,” said Mary Meadowcroft, a University of Guam Bachelor of Social Work alumna. “An accredited degree program ensures that students are well prepared for employment. BSW graduates have the opportunity to stay on island and work here; go to the mainland US, or anywhere in the world. I know how important accreditation is, and I am thrilled, happy and proud about this achievement.”
UOG President Dr. Robert Underwood and UOG senior administrators congratulated social work faculty, field instructors, students and alumni of the BSW program for the achievement of reaccreditation. Underwood said, “Your successful review contributes to the overall academic quality of our institution.”
“National professional accreditation is a collective achievement of which all residents of Guam can be proud,” said Dr. Gerhard Schwab, Chair of the Division of Social Work.
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Feb. 19, 2009
UOG President Hosts Regional Education Officials
On February 19, University of Guam President Robert A. Underwoodhosted regional education directors, education officials, and dignitaries to a luncheon at the UOG campus. Pictured seated from left are: Dr. Nerissa Bretania-Shafer, Guam Superintendent of Education; Margaret Margou, Yap State (FSM) Director of Education; Biram Stege, Marshall Islands Secretary of Education; Dr. Rita Sablan, CNMI Commissioner of Education. Standing from left are: Joseph Villazon, Pohnpei State (FSM) Director of Education; Sofa Seumalo, American Samoa Special Assistant to the Director of Education; Dr. Robert A. Underwood, President of the University of Guam; Casiano Shoniber,FSM Secretary of Education; the Honorable Churchill Edward, Pohnpei State Lt. Governor; Sanfio Sony, Chuuk State (FMS) Director of Education; Emery Wenty, Palau Director of Education; Paul Hadik, Kosrae State (FSM) Director of Education; and Dr. Patrick Leddy, Acting Dean of the UOG School of Education. Regional education officials were on island participating in the Pacific Consortium for Instructional Materials Accessibility Program grant program run by UOG’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (CEDDERS).
Feb. 26, 2009
The Nagoya 2009 International Conference in Business and Information Technology
The University of Guam School of Business and Public Administration faculty are taking a lead role in organizing the Nagoya 2009 International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology, which will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Nagoya, Japan on March 9th and 10th 2009. This year’s conference theme is “Doing Business in the Global Economy: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Environments”. Taking the lead in organizing and chairing this conference are co-chairs Dr. Maria Claret M. Ruane and Dr. James J. Taylor of the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration, together with co-chairs Dr. Barbara Wiens-Tuers of Penn State Altoona’s Division of Business and Public Administration, and Dr. Akihiro Noguchi of Nagoya University’s Economic Research Center. The UOG SBPA, Penn State Altoona-Division of Business and Engineering, the Alumni Association of the Nagoya University’s School of Economics (KITANKAI) and DAIKO Foundation are sponsoring the conference.
Nagoya 2009 is the latest in a series of annual international conferences aimed at providing a venue for scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, business people, government officials and students. It is the third conference that UOG SBPA has sponsored and organized, beginning with Guam (2007) and Hanoi, Vietnam (2008). Information on Nagoya 2009 can be found on http://www.altoona.psu.edu/icbeit.
Nagoya 2009 is truly an International Conference, with almost 80 participants from the U.S., Japan, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Vietnam, and Guam.
“The Nagoya 2009 Conference will highlight the importance of the global environment in doing businesses, and how we at UOG can design strategy to strengthen Guam’s regional and global position,” said Dr. Claret Ruane, Associate Professor of Economics at UOG. “ Faculty participants from SBPA will be able to enhance their understanding of these global factors at the conference and bring this information back to their students and colleagues. Only by increasing our understanding of Guam’s regional and global position can we fully carry out our mission at UOG as a land-grant institution.”
Nagoya 2009 also offers the opportunity for UOG through SBPA, to become more visible internationally and to display the University’s success as an academic institution. Following the two-day conference in Nagoya will be a three-day study tour of the Toyota Motors plant near Nagoya, as well as places of educational importance in Nagoya, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and Hakone. Joining this study tour is SBPA student, Mr. Joseph Conolly, who is pursuing a Business Administration major, Finance-Economics concentration.
Feb. 26, 2009
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to Teach, Conduct Research at UOG in Fall 2009
The University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration received official approval from the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence for the 2009-10 academic year. Dr. Thi Lan Huong Bui will join the faculty of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration this fall.
Dr. Bui is currently the Head of Academic Affairs of the Center for French-Vietnamese (CFVG) for Management Educationat the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. She is an international speaker and researcher in the areas of economic integration, consumer behavior and international business development. She has her Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille II. She has been a visiting scholar at various universities around the world and was a recipient of the Fulbright Visiting Scholarship as a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.
“This marks the first time the School of Business has been honored with a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence,” said Dr. Robert A. Underwood, President of the University of Guam. “Dr. Bui’s experience and expertise provide an exceptional opportunity for our students and the community.”
“She will be a valuable contributor to the University of Guam’s International Business program, as well as a source of valuable information for our Young Tourism Professionals student chapter, our marketing association student chapter and our human resources and finance student chapters,” said Dr. Anita Enriquez, Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. “Her wide and expansive knowledge base in business will make her a lecture resource for a variety of UOG’s business courses.”
Dr. Bui has accepted an invitation to collaborate with professors from the University of Guam on research to compare the Guam and Vietnam tourism markets, and to present the findings and suggestions for Vietnam’s fledgling Japanese market at the Nagoya 2009 International Conference on Business, Economics and Information Technology.
Dr. Bui is no stranger to the island having presented a paper, “The New Shopper in Asian Transitional Markets”, at the University of Guam’s International Accounting Forum in September 2008.
“The University staff and professors have known Dr. Bui for the past year and have tremendous respect for her skills, knowledge and abilities in her areas of expertise,” added Enriquez. “I’d also like to acknowledge the effort made by Drs. Claret Ruane and Karri Perez who completed the Fulbright proposal thereby making the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at UOG possible.
Feb. 25, 2009
UOG Entomologist Helps Palau with their Cycad Scale Infestation
A serious pest of cycads, the cycad Aulacaspis scale, or CAS for short, was first detected in the Republic of Palau only a few months ago. CAS has been spreading throughout the Pacific Islands. It was found in Hawaiiin 1998, Guam in 2003, Rota in 2007, and in Palau in 2008. The tiny scale insects attack cycads in massive numbers and feed by sucking sap out their leaves. Untreated plants die within a year. It is estimated that about 60% of Guam's native cycads, called fadang in the Chamorro language, have been killed by CAS and other recently arrived insects pests.
In 2004 UOG entomologist, Dr. Aubrey Moore, imported a lady beetle called Rhizobius lophanthae from Maui. These beetles, which feed only on scale insects, were released on wild fadang plants throughout the island and quickly started to control the scale population. The scale insects are still on Guam, but the beetle eats enough of them so that they seldom build up to numbers that can kill plants. The beneficial beetles were sent up to Rota in 2007. It successfully established and is helping to control the infestation on that island.
The Palau Bureau of Agriculture has requested Dr. Moore to establish a similar biological control program to deal with the cycad scale infestation on their islands. With funding from the USDA Forest Service, Moore and his technician, Bob Bourgeois, will collect Rhizobius lophanthae beetles on Guam for the project. They will hand carry the beetles to Palau on March 1. Half of the beetles will be released directly onto infested plants in the field and the other half will be used to start a lab colony for rearing additional beetles for release.
For further information, contact Dr. Aubrey Moore at (671) 735-2086 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Pacific Tropical Research Center, AES
University of Guam
Feb. 24, 2009
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 2750 FRIENDSHIP SCHOLARSHIP: Rotary Club of Tokyo Kunitachi 40th Anniversary Scholar (2009-2010)
Application deadline: April 17, 2009
The Rotary International District 2750 service organization is sponsoring a scholarship program for citizens of the Micronesian Region who are officially qualified to attend the University of Guam. The scholarship is awarded primarily to encourage students from this region to pursue a higher education and give them an opportunity to become a leader in their community.
This RI District 2750 Friendship Scholarship, for the amount of $10,000, is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tokyo Kunitachi, who will be coinciding their 40th Anniversary celebration with this contribution. It will fund a UOG student for the 2009-2010 academic year, beginning Fall 2009. The application deadline is set at April 17, 2009.
Feb 20, 2009
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to conduct on-campus recruitment at UOG
The University of Guam Career Development Office announces the on-campus recruitment, information session, and employer presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The Central Intelligence Agency is searching for intelligent and dedicated men and women from a variety of diverse backgrounds to contribute to the national security mission of the United States. A senior executive and a diversity and recruitment manager representing the intelligence service will conduct information sessions to discuss the CIA mission, career, and internship opportunities as well as the employment/security clearance process.
The session will be held on the following dates in the School of Business and Public Administration Building, Room #129:
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 – 3:00-4:30 pm – For UOG Students and Alumni
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 10am-11:30 noon – UOG Students, Alumni and the Public
3:00pm-4:30 pm - Open to the Public
Applicants interested in foreign affairs, who enjoy foreign travel, and have an aptitude to learn foreign languages are encouraged to attend this session. All sessions will be held at the SBPA multi purpose room # 129. Attendees MUST reserve their seats in advance by contacting the Career Development office at 734-0739 or via email at email@example.com. This event is open to the first 100 participants per session
For more information visit the Career Development Office located on the 2nd Floor UOG Fieldhouse, or contact Leah Beth Naholowaa, UOG Career Placement Officer, at 735-2228.
February 11, 2009
University of Guam SHRM Student Chapter to Hold President’s Day 5k
The University of Guam’s Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Student Chapter, in collaboration with the SHRM-Guam Professional Chapter, will be holding their second annual President’s Day Wellness 5k Run/Walk and Health Fair on Sunday, February 15, 2009 at Skinner Plaza in Hagatna. Show time is 5:15am, and go time is at 6:00am.
Registration is being conducted at Hornet Sporting Goods in Tamuning, at the University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration’s Main Office, and at all Paradise Fitness Center locations. Registration for the event is $7.00 per runner, and $20.00 for a group of four prior to the day of the event. On race-day, registration will be $10.00 per runner. T-shirts will be given to the first 400 finishers, with raffle drawings following immediately after the race. The organization/group with the most number of runners will also be awarded.
Proceeds from the Run/Walk will support the UOG-SHRM’s many community-based activities for Academic Year 2009.
The University of Guam SHRM Student Chapter aims to provide students studying Business with the necessary networking opportunities in the community that will help them in their future endeavors in the field of Human Resources Management.
Sponsors include Coca-Cola/Foremost, Docomo Pacific, Paradise Fitness Center, AK Toyota, Takagi & Associates, J&G Corporation, and MTO (Maids to Order).
February 9, 2009
UOG Island Theatre Presents: Roosters
UOG’s Island Theatre announces the third production of its current season, Milcha Sanchez-Scott’s ROOSTERS. Set in the American southwest, this explosively theatrical play chronicles the battle for supremacy between father and son. The New York Times noted the Bali-born playwright’s ability to “ensnare an audience in a tale – both comic and poignant – of domestic emotional violence.”
The Island Theatre production features several well-known local actors, including Cliff Guzman as Gallo, the tyrannical father, Dorothy Chavez as his patient wife, Michelle Blas as Gallo’s colorful sister, and William Sullivan as the son’s comical sidekick. UOG acting students Casey Cadag, Dara Diras, and Charles Santos fill out the cast.
ROOSTERS opens Thursday evening, February 26th, running through Saturday, February 28. The play finishes its run the following week, Wednesday March 4 thru Saturday March 7th. All performances begin at 8:00 pm and tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to curtain. Tickets: $7.50, $5.00 (students). UOG STUDENTS FREE!
For more information call 735-2718 or by email to Prof. Jim Seymour at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us at the Island Theatre by celebrating LIVE THEATRE ON GUAM!
February 6, 2009
Guam Chemistry Titration Competition 2009
The Chemistry Program at the Division of Natural Sciences in the University of Guam's College of Natural and Applied Sciences is organizing its first Titration Competition for Guam high schools on March, 10, 2009. The competition will be held in the chemistry laboratory located on the second floor (SC 230) of the Science Building at UOG campus. All the high schools in Guam are invited to participate in this event. This competition aims to test the chemical knowledge and the analytical skills of students based on a quantitative laboratory experiment. Each school is allowed to send two teams and each team should consist of two students. The best team will be judged on the precision and accuracy of their experimental values. The chemistry faculty and staff will be facilitating this event. For more details on this competition, contact Dr. Maika Vuki, 735 2784, email@example.com
February 5, 2009
Critiquing of the Military Build Up II
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will host the second "Critiquing the Military Buildup on Guahan II" on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall. The presenters will be: Senator Judi Guthertz, Rory Respicio, Debbie Quinata, Nicole Santos, and Lisa Baza.
January 28, 2009
University of Guam Maritime Archaeology Field School
From January 5 to 16, 2009, the Anthropology Program of the University of Guam conducted the first maritime archaeology field school in the blue, warm waters off Agat, Guam (Amtrac pictured at left). Nine students who came from the US mainland, Guam, Chuuk and Yap were introduced to the principles and practices of maritime archaeology through three days of theory/computer plotting/test, and seven days of practical work. The United Kingdom’s Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) training program was also offered as part of the field school, providing participants with a specific international certification in the field of maritime archaeology.
The Agat dive site has a World War II ‘Amtrac’ (an Amphibious Tractor) that was used to bring personnel and equipment ashore during the American invasion in July / August 1944. The importance of the Amtrac in the Battle of Guam is illustrated in: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Guam_(1944)which shows in part an Amtrac with US Marines planting the first US flag on a Guam beach.
Students were first introduced to the three dimensional mapping process to be used underwater (Site Recorder 4) through the recording of the recently constructed canoe (Saina) located at the Traditions about Seafaring Islands (TASI) canoe house at Paseo in Guam (Canoe pictured at left). Following five days of recording the Amtrac and the surrounding environment, a second underwater World War II site (a landing craft) was inspected and recorded using additional survey methods, including the development of a photo-mosiac (Landing Craft pictured below). Diving safety was under the supervision of Diving Instructors, Tammy Chan (NAS member from Hong Kong) and James Mann, employee with the charter vessel, Discovery.
“The compilation of a non-disturbance survey report on the Amtrac which will include documentary (and possibly oral) historical research, together with an evaluation of the significance of the Amtrac will be a major outcome for the students. This will form part of their academic assessment and fulfil NAS Part 2 requirements,” said Dr. Bill Jeffery, course instructor from Australia’s James Cook University. Students will also compile a nomination of the Amtrac for the USA Department of Interior, National Register of Historic Places as an outcome.
“I think everyone who participated found the field school to be informative and enjoyable,” said Sandy Yee, course instructor and Supervisory Archaeologist with the Guam Office of the International Archaeological Research Institute, Inc. “With the recent ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage 2001, it was also an important event as many countries will be looking for archaeologists who can develop programs in underwater archaeology and Guam is strategically placed to help in the training of professionals in the Asia/Pacific region.”
“It is exciting that Guam’s young people have access to this type of academic coursework,” said Patrick Lujan, Deputy Historic Preservation Officer. “This project has sparked an interest in preserving our underwater historical treasures and will result in many positive outcomes for Guam.” The Historic Preservation Office and The Guam Preservation Trust supported the project through federal and local grant monies.
The field school was sponsored by the University of Guam’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC); the Guam Historic Preservation Office; the Guam Preservation Trust; and with the help of Jackie and Judy Wang of the charter boat Discovery. Dr. Bill Jeffery, who holds unique academic preparation and professional experience in the Micronesian region and in this specialized field, structured and supplied the technical content and process. UOG Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Katherine Szabo and Sandra Yee arranged and instructed the course.
January 20, 2009
Biodiversity Assessment of Tropical Island Ecosystems: PABITRA Manual for Interactive Ecology and Management
Bishop Museum Press: Honolulu 2008
The book, Biodiversity Assessment of Tropical Island Ecosystems: PABITRA Manual for Interactive Ecology and Management, resulted from the 2006-07 Asia Pacific Network (APN) grant directed by Dr. Harley I. Manner, Professor of Geography, University of Guam. The purpose of the grant was to provide training and technical assistance in Palau on biodiversity assessment and ecological changes associated with global warming and other perturbations. The book represents a longer term cooperative venture of APN, the Pacific Asia Biodiversity Transect Network (PABITRA), the University of the South Pacific, the Pacific Science Association, the University of Guam, and the University of Hawaii. The logos of these organizations are found on the cover. The book was published by the Bishop Museum in a cost-sharing arrangement with the APN grant and the University of Guam.
The book was written by PABITRA scientists to “fill a gap of explaining ecological methodology for biodiversity assessment in island ecosystems” as called for by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity. The convention recommended “the development of methods for systematic sampling and monitoring of the biological diversity in terrestrial, aquatic, coastal, and marine ecosystems” and the “participation of local and indigenous peoples in this endeavor.” PABITRA is an international organization of ecological scientists linked electronically via the website of the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa: http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/pabitra/
The book contains 13 chapters written by 21 authors. Two chapters were written by scientists with University of Guam affiliations: Dr. Charles Birkeland, formerly with the Marine Laboratory, who wrote the chapter describing research methods for coastal saltwater ecosystems; and Dr. Harley I. Manner, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, who wrote the chapter on analyzing traditional agro-ecosystems. A photograph of Dr. Manner setting a quadrat in a Samoan taro garden can be seen on the back cover.
Dr. Manner is distributing copies of the book, as follows:
UOG RFK Library
UOG MARC Collection
UOG College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Guam Community College
College of Micronesia (5 libraries)
Palau Community College
Palau Conservation Society
Conservation Society of Pohnpei
Nature Conservancy (Pohnpei)
Northern Marianas College
College of the Marshall Islands
The Environment Inc (Palau)
January 14, 2009
Ancient Wisdom Applied in Today’s World
Brahmachari Shantamrita Chaitanya will address the topic “Ancient Wisdom Applied in Today’s World” at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences colloquium on Thursday Jan. 29, 2009 in the Professional Development Room in the Humanities and Social Science (HSS) building 3rd floor, in the Dean's office suite, from 2 to 4 pm.
Shantamrita graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College in 1990 majoring in Asian Languages and Civilizations. In November 1993 he entered Mata Amritanandamayi Math in Kerala, India, as an apprentice monk. From 1993 to 1997, he trained as a Hindu priest at the monastery headquarters and studied a broad range of scriptures, such as Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads; and trained in meditation, Vedic ceremonies, astrology, and service activities. He formally became a Hindu monk and priest in 1997.
January 13, 2009
Dr. Hui Gong, the university's first aquaculture research faculty member, is featured in the University of Hawaii magazine, Ka Pili Kai for her innovative research and work in developing specific pathogen free (SPF) shrimp in the region. Click for pdf of article.
January 12, 2009
Finding the King of the Corporate Jungle
Drs. Karri T. Perez and Richard S. Colfax, both professors in the School of Business and Public Administration have published a new book: A Leadership Fable Finding the King of the Corporate Jungle.
A book signing will be held February 7, 2009 from 1pm to 3pm at Bestseller in the Guam Premiere Outlets. The book sells for $16.99 at Bestseller.
"Adam, the lion in charge of the region of Rainbow, needs to find a leader for the country of Red, one of his regional operations. Following traditional models, he brings in various leaders from outside the community. After they each fail, he looks inside the Red community for local talent. There he learns that the usual models may not work and other options can be successful."
Karri T. Perez is a seasoned international executive with experience in Japan and Micronesia. She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).
Richard S. Colfax is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Guam, and a business consultant in the Guam-Micronesian Region. He has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and is a certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).
January 12, 2009
Government of Guam Student Financial Assistance Program
Application Deadline: April 30, 2009
Individuals interested in applying for any of the scholarships under the Government of Guam Student Financial Assistance Program (SFAP) for Academic Year 2009-2010 must apply by April 30, 2009. SFAP scholarships include:
- Professional and Technical Awards (ProTech)
- Nursing Training Program
- John F. Quan Memorial Scholarship for Ocean Resource Science and Research
- Guam Community College Undergraduate Student Loan
- Pedro “Doc” Sanchez Professional Scholarships
- Undergraduate or Graduate Student Loan
Applications are posted on the University of Guam’s website and can be downloaded at: http://www.uogonline.com/gateway/finaid/Types.asp
The Student Financial Assistance Program is funded by the Guam Legislature and administered by the University of Guam. For more information contact Dr. Julie Ulloa-Heath, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services at the University of Guam, at 735-2290.
January 12, 2009
Participating Schools Highest Ever for CHamoru Language Competition
A record thirty-one schools from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas will be participating in the upcoming 6th Annual CHamoru Language Competition to be held during the University of Guam’s Charter Day festivities on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 according to event organizer, Peter R. Onedera, assistant professor in the Division of Humanities, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Competing in the elementary category from the Guam Public School System are Agana Heights Elementary, B. P. Carbullido Elementary, Chief Brodie Elementary, C.L. Taitano Elementary, D.L. Perez Elementary, Liguan Elementary, Lyndon B. Johnson Elementary, Merizo Martyrs Memorial School, Talofofo Elementary, Tamuning Elementary and Wettengel Elementary. From the Archdiocesan Schools of Catholic Education are Mt. Carmel and St. Anthony. Representing the CNMI Public School System are Sinapalo Elementary from Rota, and Tinian Elementary. The elementary category will be competing in the genres of spelling, drawing, storytelling and children’s choir.
Competing in the middle school category from the Guam Public School System are Inarajan Middle, Jose Rios Middle, L. P. Untalan Middle, and Oceanview Middle. From the Archdiocesan Schools of Catholic Education is Mt. Carmel. From the CNMI Public School System are Rota Junior High, Tinian Elementary and Tinian Junior High. For the first time in the history of the competition, a private non-denominational school, Grace Christian Academy in Tinian will be participating says Onedera. The middle schools will compete in oratorical, poetry recitation, essay, choral reading and chant.
For the high school category, George Washington, John F. Kennedy High, Okkodu High, and Southern High will comprise Guam Public School System’s participation while Marianas High, Saipan Southern High and Tinian High comprise the CNMI’s Public School System. The high schools will compete in oratorical, proficiency, poetry recitation, male singing, female singing, song with dance and dramatic cultural interpretation.
Based on the theme, I FINO’ CHAMORU: Na’magof Numa’fåmta’ I Fino’-ta Kada Ha’åni, (THE CHAMORU LANGUAGE: Happily Spread Our Language Every Day), the day’s competition will be held in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building, the RFK Library Lobby and AV Rooms, the English and Communications Building, the CLASS Lecture Hall and the Fine Arts Theater. Judges representing the CHamoru speaking community from both Guam and the three islands of the CNMI will determine the winners where gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded.
The competition is free and open to the general public and will begin promptly at 8am and end at 5pm.
January 7, 2009
Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods
One man’s weed is another man’s wonder and University of Guam research scientist Dr. Gadi V. P. Reddy has spent much of his career finding environmentally safe methods to control invasive plants. A chemical ecologist and entomologist, Dr. Reddy is the coeditor and coauthor of the book Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods, whichis to be published by the Cambridge University Press and available to the public in March 2009.
Dr. Reddy coauthored four chapters of the book two of which discuss his work at the Western Pacific Tropical Research Center (WPTRC) with the invasive weeds Chromolaena odorata (Siam weed) and Coccinia grandis (ivy gourd vine). His research has been an immense help to farmers on the island of Guam and the Micronesian region. Dr. Reddy says, “This is the first book on the topic particularly dealing with biological control and sustainability of tropical weeds. It is a privilege to have a book published by CUP as they continue garner top honors in the publishing of scientific research.”
The book discusses the use of insects for the control of twenty invasive weeds, which is often more cost-effective than using chemical means and safer for the environment. Providing ecologically sound management practices for controlling invasive plants in the tropics is one of the main purposes of this book, as well as serving as a tool in the assessment of dangers for native plants. Policy makers and scientists working with the environmental impacts of invasive plant species will find Biological Control of Tropical Weeds using Arthropods a very useful resource. “That this book is to be published by one of the most prestigious publishers worldwide speaks to the quality of the research of the contributing scientists,” says WPTRC Associate Director Greg Wiecko.
To order the book online log on to: http://www.cup.es/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521877916or http://www.amazon.com/Biological-Control-Tropical-Weeds-Arthropods/dp/0521877911/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230507363&sr=8-1. For information on Dr. Reddy’s research contact him at 735-2142 or log on to http://www.wptrc.org/.
January 9, 2009
IRONWOOD TREE DECLINE CONFERENCE
Scientists from the University of Guam, the University of Florida, USDA Forestry Georgia, the University of Hawaii, the CNMI and Australia have been discussing the decline of Guam’s ironwood trees during a conference held this week. The scientists began collecting samples and discussing possible causes of the trees’ decline on January 6. The conference wrapped up January 9 in Room 110 of the Science Building on the University of Guam campus.
“We don’t know why Guam’s Ironwood trees are dying,” said Dr. Robert Schlub, Extension Plant Pathologist of the University of Guam. “We hope the discussions held during this conference will lead to the discovery of the cause of Guam’s ironwood tree decline and its eventual control.”
Objectives of the conference:
- Develop diagnostic survey tools suitable to evaluate Guam’s Ironwood trees. The use of this tool will reduce the likelihood of important site information being missed during collection of ironwood field data.
- A diagnostic field key, based on ironwood literature and expertise, will be developed to link various injury, signs, and symptoms with pests and diseases.
- Protocols will be developed for collecting field samples for basic lab analyses that are suitable for Guam.
- Develop protocols for handling, storage, and shipment of samples off island for analysis.
- Develop standardized severity measurement levels of Ironwood decline on Guam.
This perplexing decline of ironwood trees began some 5 to 6 years ago and is now responsible for the deaths of hundreds of ironwood trees throughout Guam’s parks, golf courses, farms, and residential areas. Known in Chamorro as gago, these trees play an important role in island life including providing firewood for barbeques and windbreaks for crops. Due to its ability to withstand salt spray and poor soil, it is ideal for reducing soil erosion on hills and beaches, providing wind protection from the trade winds and typhoons, land reclamation, and island beautification.
With funding for the conference provided by grants from Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE) and the Western Integrated Pest Management Center (WIPMC) 6 off-island scientists were brought to Guam: Dr. Pinyopusarerk (Australia). Dr. Pauline Spaine (Georgia), Dr. Jason Smith (Florida), Dr. Joaquin Tenorio (Saipan), and Dr. Scot Nelson (Hawaii).
Drs. Robert L. Schlub and Zelalem Mersha with theUniversity of Guam Cooperative Extension Service organized the four-day conference and they, as well as other Guam scientists and extension agents, are taking the off-island experts to several hotspots around the island where ironwood trees have died or are in decline as well as sites with healthy tree populations.
Guam’s three neighboring Mariana Island partners plus hundreds of islands in Micronesia are threatened due to their proximity to Guam. Being indigenous to the region and traditionally pest and disease free, the ironwood tree is one of the dominant agroforestry species in the Pacific. Guam Department of Agriculture has provided approximately 250,000 seedlings to farmers, the general public and government agencies over the past 20 years.
UOG ARMY ROTC COMMISSIONING CEREMONY DEC. 20
Eight University of Guam students will be commissioned as second lieutenants during the UOG Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony scheduled for Saturday, December 20 in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall beginning at 4:00 p.m. The soon to be commissioned officers are:
Second Lieutenant Victor J. Blas
Academic Major: Psychology
Branch: Infantry Corps
First Duty Assignment: GuamArmy National Guard
Second Lieutenant John J. Borja, Jr.
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Branch: Quartermaster Corps
First duty Assignment:Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Second Lieutenant Jocelyn C. Cabe
Academic Major: Criminal Justice
Branch: Signal Corps
First duty Assignment:Guam Army National Guard
Second Lieutenant Peter Jeffrey S. Camacho
Academic Major: Criminal Justice with Minor in Military Science
Branch: Engineer Corps
First duty Assignment:To be announced
Second Lieutenant Michelle Marie SN. Chargualaf
Academic Major: Elementary Education
Branch: Signal Corps
First duty Assignment:Fort Lewis, Washington
Second Lieutenant Mark Jason V. Espiritu
Academic Major: Criminal Justice with Minor in Public Administration & Military Science
Branch: Medical Service Corps
First duty Assignment:To be announced
Second Lieutenant Christian M. Flores
Academic Major: Psychology with Minor in Military Science
Branch: Quartermaster Corps
First duty Assignment:Fort Hood, Texas
Second Lieutenant Alan J. Villanueva
Academic Major: Criminal Justice with Minor in Misc. & Public Administration
Branch: Quartermaster Corps
First duty Assignment:Fort Lewis, Washington
December 17, 2008
Seven UOG Students in Pohnpei to Turn Tassels Today Via Video-Teleconferencing
UOG PresidentRobert A. Underwood will speak live via video teleconferencing to seven in students in Pohnpei who are receiving their baccalaureate degrees in elementary education from the University of Guam.
The graduates are the first cohort to complete their undergraduate degrees in elementary education through a partnership between the University of Guam and the College of Micronesia – FSM. They will turn their tassels via video teleconferencing today at 3:00 p.m. in the Cancer Research Center Conference Room, House #7, Dean’s Circle, on the UOG Campus. The turning of tassels is an academic tradition that marks the transition of a person from student to college graduate. This is the first time the University of Guam has conferred degrees and turned tassels using video teleconferencing.
“This first graduating cohort is a small one,” said UOG President Robert A. Underwood, “but the impact they will have on education in their home islands will be tremendous.”
December 17, 2008
Regent Scholar Recognition Ceremony Today
The University of Guam Board of Regents and President Robert A. Underwood will recognize Regent Scholars today at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Guam Field House.
In order to receive the Regent Scholar designation, students must have earned a spot on the Dean’s List or the President’s list for two consecutive semesters and must be residents of Guam.
The ceremony will honor students from spring and fall semesters for 2007 and 2008, with 280 students receiving recognition for their academic achievements today.
Students who are recognized as Regent Scholars are among the top 5% of students enrolled at the University of Guam.
December 5, 2008
UOG Launches Online Application Process
New students can now apply and pay online at the University of Guam website: http://www.uog.edu/
New students can find the online application in the drop down menu under the Students tab on the front page of the UOG website. The online application is available 24/7 and new students can also pay their $49.00 application fee online.
“The online application provides a convenient service to students,” said Dr. Julie Ulloa-Heath, Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Services at UOG. “Students no longer have to stand in line at the Admissions office; the application process is now much easier, and students can also save on gas costs because they don’t have to drive to campus to submit their application form.”
December 20, 2008
Seven Complete UOG Certificate in Entrepreneurship Program
The University of Guam’s School of Business and Public Administration, in collaboration with the Guam Small Business Development Center, launched a Certificate in Entrepreneurship program in October 2008. The first cohort of seven students will receive certificates of completion this Saturday, December 20, at 10:00 a.m. in the IT&E Lecture Hall #129 of the Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building.
These individuals completed the eight week certificate program, which is designed for people interested in starting a new business or expanding a current one.
“This Certificate in Entrepreneurship program prepares participants to become entrepreneurs,” said Anita Borja-Enriquez, Dean of UOG’s School of Business and Public Administration. “Participants learned about business planning, growth, cash flow management, and how to develop a comprehensive business plan.”
Five the participants have already submitted their business plans, while two others will present their business plans on Saturday.
Courses are taught by Guam Small Business Development Center counselors and UOG business faculty. For more information contact the School of Business at 735-2501.
UOG FALL COMMECEMENT DEC. 21
212 to Graduate
This Sunday, 212 graduates will participate in the University of Guam's Fall 2008 commencement ceremonies scheduled for December 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Field House. Of the 212 individuals who completed their degree requirements during fall and summer semesters, 167 will receive undergraduate degrees and 45 will receive master’s degrees.
Graduates include 6 nursing majors, 2 social work majors, 15 finance and economics majors, and 35 education majors. Fifteen graduate students will receive their Master of Education in Special Education, which marks the largest cohort of special education master’s candidates in 20 years. The commencement keynote speaker is Honorable Judith T. Won Pat, Speaker of the 29th Guam Legislature
Chuuk Educational Talent Search Program Classroom Needs School Supplies
University of Guam TRIO Educational Talent Search program has renovated a classroom at the Southern Namoneas High School with help from the volunteers in the community on the island of Fefan in Chuuk. The volunteers including parents and staff of the school built shelves for books and magazines to be used by the 100 middle and high school students who are enrolled in the ETS program.
What the classroom needs now is books and school supplies. “The classroom is still desperately short of learning resources,” said Yoichi Rengiil, Director of UOG’s TRIO Programs.
The main goal of the Educational Talent Search Program is to improve the participants’ English reading and comprehension skills and prepare them for college. Moravia Santer, the only Education Talent Search staff at the school, serves 100 middle and high school participants. Chuuk is one of the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), along with Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap. Chuuk is the most populous of FSM's states.
Rengiil and the UOG TRIO Program are spearheading a donation drive for the classroom. “The school doesn’t have electricity,” Rengiil said, “and Ms. Santer and students walk miles to school everyday in order to improve their minds and their lives. I am asking for the public’s assistance to donate books, magazines, pens, pencils, notebooks, and other school supplies to the classroom.” Monetary donations are also accepted. Rengiil added, “Monetary donations are welcome since one of the plans is to install solar power for the single classroom so that during rainy days, there would be enough light for the students to read.” Anyone wishing to donate for this cause can send contributions to the UOG Endowment Foundation to read ‘ETS-Chuuk Contributions.’
Books and other educational materials can be sent either directly to Chuuk or to the University of Guam TRiO programs. The mailing address is:
PO Box 866
Weno Chuuk State, FSM 96942
TRiO Director Yoichi Rengiil established an account with the Endowment Foundation for Chuuk, and monetary contributions can be sent to:
Yoichi K. Rengiil
Director, TRIO Programs
University of Guam
UOG Main Station
Mangilao, Guam 96923
Women in Business Program
The Guam Small Business Development Center at the University of Guam announces that the Bank of Guam has renewed the sponsorship and $55,000 annual funding of the Bank of Guam Women in Business Program at the Guam SBDC for another three years (January 2009-December 2011).
Since Bank of Guam’s sponsorship of the WIB program in 2006, and under the direction of Denise Mendiola Hertslet, Guam SBDC Program Coordinator and Certified Business Counselor, the Bank of Guam Women in Business Program has assisted over 250 women with their business planning needs, conducted 75 business planning workshops and provided technical assistance that resulted in over $700,000.00 in loans to start businesses on Guam.
The WIB Program’s mission is to build opportunity and awareness, and provide training and resources for women in business to inspire and motivate a desire to make a difference in the community, diversify the economy and fulfill their dreams of a legacy. The WIB program currently provides one-on-one business counseling services at the Guam SBDC, monthly WIB workshops at the Bank of Guam Headquarters and a Women in Business radio show every Friday from 12pm to 2pm on Newstalk K-57.
For more information about the Bank of Guam Women in Business Program at the Guam Small Business Development Center, UOG, contact Denise Mendiola Hertslet at 671-735-2594 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information regarding the Guam Small Business Development Center services can be viewed at http://www.pacificsbdc.com/.