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-Mahatma Gandhi

Friday, May 31, 2013

Hafa Adai Everyone! The Guam System for Assistive Technology is pleased to inform you that we now have available the Snap&Read text to speech software program. It really is simpler than most on the market. For someone looking for reading access this is a solution to consider. What is Snap&Read? Snap&Read is an accessible toolbar that reads any text on-screen as it floats over any application. The simple one-button interface reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud from Flash websites, Word docs, PDFs, web-based tests, images, and even dialog boxes. Other accessible toolbar programs have become bogged down with features. Most of their features like spell checkers, thesauri, verb conjugators, and dictionaries are available free online or in word processors. Snap&Read focuses on the core— reading any text on-screen, and making it so easy that students get up and running instantly. (Don Johnston) Click here to learn more Schedule your demonstration of Snap & Read today! Contact GSAT at 735-2490/1 or email gsat@guamcedders.org.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Hafa Adai, to all our Alumni and University Citizens! Our 61st Anniversary Founders Day Gala is already next Saturday, 6/8 from 6p.m. to 10p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Guam, Grand Ballroom. The theme of this signature event is “An Evening of Excellence.” Enjoy an outstanding four-course dinner and exciting entertainment. Plus, when you a purchase a ticket, you will automatically be entered into our door prize raffle for the chance to win a roundtrip ticket for one to anywhere in Asia that United Airlines flies! Space is limited – please make arrangements to reserve your seat(s) today by calling Norm Analista at 735-2586. You don’t want to miss this event!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Congratulations Graduates!

UOG Commencement held May 26, 2013
SOE Faculty attend the UOG Commencement exercise in support of their graduates

Congratulations to all 295 UOG graduates and the countless graduates throughout the island! We are proud of you, and we wish you the best! BIBA UOG! BIBA GUAHAN!

Happy 1st Birthday EvaDior!

The Naputi, Hernandez, Rivera, and Rosario Families gather in celebration of EvaDior's first birthday held May 25, 2013 at the Westin  Hotel.

Happy 1st Birthday to our goddaughter EvaDior Naputi Hernandez! We love you, and may you have many more years to come. God Bless you always.

Friday, May 24, 2013

NEWS RELEASE: 32nd Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference

 

The 32nd Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference will be held Sunday-Wednesday, July 21-24, 2013 at John F. Kennedy High School. The theme is "Indigenous Rights: Sacred and Secret – Direchon i Taotao Siha: Sagr├ąda yan Sikretu.” The Call for Presentations is due on May 31, 2013. and Early Bird Registration ends on June 28, 2013. Individuals and/or organizations are invited to exhibit their wares for a nominal fee or donation to the Silent Auction. You can also earn three (3) ED894 graduate credits or CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs Office, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217, phone # 735-2601. A Photo Art Contest from May 22-June 8, 2013 is on-going to produce a 2-year calendar promiting pride in cultures and languages of the Pacific region. Interested contestants may submit up to 3 photos. All PIBBA Conference information and forms are available online at http://pibbainternational.blogspot.com. If you have any questions, email or call Peter R. Onedera at 477-4234, peteronedera@gmail.com, PIBBA International President or Rosa Salas Palomo at 735-2193/1, kailee.rosapalomo@hotmail.com or pibba.international@gmail.com, PIBBA, Guam Chapter President and Conference Chair.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Parent Cafe - June 1, 2013

Head Start is hosting a Parent Cafe on Saturday, June 1st from 8:00am - 11:00am at the Holiday Resort. The theme is "Building Strong Relationships with Your Children". Focus will be on all 5 protective factors.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PIBBA's May Photo Art Contest


The Guam Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Chapter announces the MAY PHOTO ART Contest to be held May 22-June 8, 2013, to produce a 

special 2-year calendar promoting pride in cultures and languages of the Pacific region.    

Art THEME:  FOOD, Flora, Fauna & FUN in the Pacific!
Photo images can depict any of the above sub-themes.  Please include name of photoartist, role (i.e. student, teacher), village/ island and a brief description (2-3 sentences) of the image.
Entries must  be sent electronically to Dr. Arn Diaz, acsdiaz@yahoo.com .  Winning images will be placed into calendar, for sale at the 2013 Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference (Guam) and in 2014 (Palau).  PIBBA Guam Chapter reserves the rights to use entries in future fundraising  projects, with notification and kudos to photoartists.
The contest is open to students, parents, teachers, and educators who support the PIBBA International Chapters; up to 3 photos per individual can be submitted to the Calendar Committee. 
Winners will receive a complimentary copy of the calendar, one PIBBA t-shirt, and will be given special recognition at the annual conference.   
Please direct your inquiries to acsdiaz@yahoo.com or call (671) 735-3501, the Comprehensive Center for Student Success (CCSS), DOE, for more information.  Good Luck!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Micronesia Island Fair: May 17-19, 2013


Hafa Adai!  The Guam Micronesia Island Fair is scheduled for May 17-19, 2013.   It is the annual signature cultural event of the Guam Visitors Bureau with presentations of the vibrant cultures of Micronesia. 

Participants were able to experience the culture and arts of Micronesia.  A special fireworks display was also a highlight of the event.  Delegations from the Federated States of Micronesia, Rota, Saipan and Tinian and the republics of Kiribati, Nauru, the Marshall Islands and Palau, gathered on Guam to commemorate the region’s largest cultural event. They had the opportunity to meet Micronesia’s master carvers, blacksmiths, traditional fishing experts, jewelers, weavers, dancers, musicians and chefs. 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

G-Factor UOG Alumni Mixer and 61st Anniversary Founders Day Gala

“THE G-FACTOR” UOG ALUMNI MIXER, TOMORROW NIGHT, FRIDAY, MAY 17, 6P-10P, WESTIN RESORT This is the second annual talent showcase we have hosted featuring alumni, current and former students, faculty and staff! Tickets to the event will be sold for $30 each, $25 each for a pair. Our co-chairpersons for this event are Star Mercado (UOG Alumni Association VP/President-Elect) and Irish Olivares, UOG alumna. ------------------- 61st ANNIVERSARY FOUNDERS DAY GALA - SATURDAY, JUNE 8th! Please help us celebrate the University’s rich past and promising future at this year’s Founders Day Gala. It will be held on Saturday, June 8, 6p.m. to 10p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Guam, Grand Ballroom. The theme of this signature event is “An Evening of Excellence.” Enjoy an outstanding four-course dinner and exciting entertainment. Plus, when you a purchase a ticket, you will automatically be entered into our door prize raffle for the chance to win a roundtrip ticket for one to anywhere in Asia that United Airlines flies! Space will be limited – please make arrangements to reserve your seating today!

Family Literacy Celebration a Success!


After a year-long experience of assessing and tutoring children in the University of Guam's SOE Literacy Center, the ED644 Reading Cohort candidates culminated with a well-deserved Family Literacy Celebration on May 15, 2013, inclusive of a conference with the children's parents to discuss the reading improvements detailed in the addendum, an awards ceremony, picture taking, and more! Congratulations Reading Cohort 2013!

Guam Council IRA May 2013 Newsletter

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Sunday, May 12, 2013








Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful Mothers out there! Enjoy your Special Day! You deserve it! May God Bless you always, for all that you do, from being a nurse, doctor, taxi driver, photographer, etc. The list goes on! Enjoy the following mother’s poem!


Nana

Nana*….

If I haven’t told you already

“I love you so”

And always will


You have sacrificed

You have brought so much nurturing into my life

That I can’t imagine my life without you.

Even if my actions tell a different story.


So though I don’t say it all the time

Just know that I do appreciate you

For all that you have done for me

That I love you too

And I always will…

I love you mom!


*Nana: mother

Source: Our Native Daughters’ Reflection of Guam and Its People by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera and Lois Taitano Gumataotao.