Six individuals were named winners for the 2017 UOG Distinguished Alumni Awards on October 28 at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa Micronesian Ballroom. The search for nominees was announced by the UOG Office of Development & Alumni Affairs and the UOG Alumni Association in July of this year. Five awards were given to one individual from each of the University’s schools and colleges: College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, College of Natural & Applied Sciences, School of Business & Public Administration, School of Education and School of Health. One award was given to an alumnus who is retired from military service.
Nominees’ packets were forwarded to a board of judges including the respective Deans and one faculty member from each of the schools and colleges, an alumni association representative, a notable member of the island community, and a representative of UOG’s Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Judges’ ratings were forwarded to President Robert Underwood for a final decision.
Nominees were judged based on the following criteria:
· Professional accomplishment in their field: has the nominee attained a high level of distinction and achievement through scholarship, research, teaching, creative contributions to the arts (comprising Humanities, Performing and Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Business) or sciences (comprising Science, Engineering and Health Sciences) and/or service to society?
· Candidate exhibits a high degree of character and integrity.
· Civic and University involvement, awareness and concern.
· Nominee's achievements have local, national and/or international significance.
Colonel (USA, Ret.) Reynold F. Palaganas
Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Liaison Officer to US Pacific Command (USPACOM), Camp Smith, Hawaii
B.A. Political Science and English Literature(double major); Minor: Military Science, 1982
- School of Education
College of Micronesia/FSM, Professor of Education
B.A. Special Education, UOG, 1994
Master of Education, UOG, 2000
- School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Hospital Nurse Supervisor II
Associate Degree in Nursing, UOG, 1986
- College of Natural & Applied Sciences
Dr. Jerry Castro
Guam E.N.T., LLC – sole proprietor
BA Biology/ University of Guam/ May 15, 1988
- School of Business & Public Administration
Micronesia Self-Help Housing Corporation, Executive Director
BBA, Finance and PMBA, University of Guam, 2005
- College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Amata Coleman Radewagen (Aumua Amata), Republican, American Samoa’s third Member of Congress
B.A. Psychology, UOG, 1975
*Congresswoman Radewagen could not attend the event due to a schedule conflict but was able to send a video acceptance message.