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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guam Parent Leadership Training:
Pictured above: Participants in the Guam Parent Leadership Training pose with Training Consultant Katherine Lowrence.

Lorence's presentation titled, Changing the Future for Children: A Parent Leadership Opportunity was held September 28-29, 2011. She focused on empowering parents of children with diverse needs to contribute their expertise and take leadership roles.


Pictured below is the Parent Leadership Training certificate I received on September 28, 2011.
Special Presentations by Visiting Scholars from the University of Bremen:

Pictured above: Snapshots from the presentation titled,
Language Endangerment, A Comparative Perspective
By Dr. Thomas Stolz
University of Bremen, Germany
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2011

Pictured above: Snapshots from the presentation titled,
Chaifi - A fairytale from the Marianas by Georg Fritz:A Commented Re-edition
By Steve Pagel
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

The 24th Guam Micronesia Island Fair will be held October 14-16, 2011 at the Ypao Beach Park, Tumon. It will showcase and celebrate the rich cultures of Micronesia, including the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Belau, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Kiribati, and Guam.

The Fair will highlight cultural presentations from each delegation with an emphasis on regional unity toward the development of the agriculture and tourism industries. This year's theme is "Celebrating the Dance and Song of Micronesia." Join us as we gather with our brothers and sisters from Micronesia to share our unique customs and traditions. You will be treated to the sights and sounds of historical perspectives and celebration, including festive music, dance, singing, storytelling, art, food, and more!

Date and Time

Friday, October 14, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 16, 2011 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is FREE!

For more information, please email

Rules & Regulations

NO pets are allowed on Fair grounds.
NO outside food, beverages, or coolers.

Hafa Adai, Fellow Triton!

I hope all is well! Please save the date – Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. We will be hosting our first-ever UOG Alumni Reunion at the Hyatt Regency Guam from 6p.m. to 10p.m.

The theme of the event is “Novemberfest” and we will be featuring the following fun and exciting activities:

Speed Networking:

Sometimes approaching another person and introducing yourself can be an intimidating task. By participating in our Speed Networking activity, we will help to eliminate the awkwardness of that situation and cut through the chase! Perhaps you’re a new University graduate in search of a job, a prospective employer looking for the right candidate, or simply someone interested in making contacts or friends with people in various industries? It makes no difference – Speed Networking at the alumni reunion will enable you to make all those essential connections!

Epic Fashion Show:

Take a nostalgic journey to the 50’s when the University of Guam originated as the Territorial College. Then, travel through subsequent decades and look at snapshots of the campus and the movers and shakers who shaped the University into the prestigious institution it is today. And while you take this trip down memory lane, we’ll show you the various fashions that were worn during each decade - modeled by our very own alumni and members of the University community! You can participate as a model or simply come to the reunion to watch this unforgettable show.

Triton Privileges:

We will launch “Triton Privileges,” a multi-tiered initiative of the alumni office. One component of this program will enable our alumni to receive various discounts and offers at participating businesses. When you sign up to be a member of the UOG Alumni Association, you will be issued a membership card so you can get instant savings on fuel, restaurant meals, and various retail items from participating businesses. Come to the reunion to purchase your card and learn more about this exciting program.

Plus: Pupus, live music, chance to win great prizes and more!

Tickets will be $30 and will be sold next week. They will be sold for $35 at the door.

Attire is dressy casual.

Please feel free to contact Norman Analista, Director of Alumni Affairs, at 735-2586 if you have any questions.


Open Enrollment Period: September 13, 2011 through September 30, 2011. Last day to sign up, or make any changes is Friday, September 30, 2011. Contact: 735-2344/50, Pacing Leon Guerrero, Human Resources Office.

UOG Theatre Presents Twelve Angry Men Beginning Sept. 29
University Theatre presents Twelve Angry Men on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 & Oct. 5-8 @8pm in the Fine Arts Theater. Actors include theatre majors and two UOG professors Mike Stoil and PK Harmon. Tickets are available at the door.

CPA Review Courses Begin Oct. 1

Click here for the schedule and to download the registration form.

College Night - Oct. 5

High school seniors and their parents are invited to College Night on October 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. Learn about UOG’s academic programs, the admissions process, and how to apply for financial aid. Admissions and financial aid staff, faculty, and administrators will be on hand to talk to high school seniors and their parents about enrolling at UOG. For more information contact 735-2271.

Call for Nominations for the Faculty Senate Palulap Medallion Award – Deadline: Oct. 3
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. The nomination deadline is Oct. 3, 2011. For more information visit scrolling news or

Meet with University of Hawaii Faculty - Oct. 7
Faculty are invited to attend a Cancer Health Disparities overview and meet with research faculty visiting from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center n Friday, October 7, 2011 from 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m in the Multipurpose Room, Leon Guerrero School of Business & Public Administration Building. Please RSVP by Thursday, 9/28/2011

Cancer research update – Oct. 7
A research update on the UOG Cancer Research Center and UH Cancer Research Center projects will be held at the CLASS lecture hall on Friday, October 7 from 3 – 5 pm.

University Music presents "Glee! Season 2"
Oct. 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30p.m. in the UOG Fine Arts Theatre. Tickets available at the door. Save the date! Last year's Glee performances were jam packed!

At Home in the Field: The 2011 University of Guam Archaeological Field School in San Remigio, Cebu, Philippines – Oct. 12

As part of the Spring 2011 CLASS Colloquium Series, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam and the University of Guam Anthropology Club invite you to: At Home in the Field: The 2011 University of Guam Archaeological Field School in San Remigio, Cebu, Philippines on October 12, 2011, from 5-8pm, in the Professional Development Room, CLASS Dean’s Office, HSS Building, 3rd Floor.

Political Decolonization – Oct. 19
The Division of Social Work, in partnership with the Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice sponsor a Public Forum examining Political Decolonization on October 19th (5:30-8:30PM) . Speakers include Dr. Carlyle Corbin, United Nations Advisor and Internationally Recognized Expert on Decolonization, "The Role of the United Nations in the Self-Determination Process" and Attorney Julian Aguon, Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice, "Defrosting the Self-determination Imagination: The Trajectory of Right Under International Law"


UOG’s 60th Anniversary Launch – November 3
The University of Guam’s Commemoration Committee invites you to participate in the roll-out of the University’s 60th anniversary activities on November 3rd at the UOG Fieldhouse from 11a.m. to 1:30p.m. The UOG community will see major initiatives for campus expansion and improvements, recognition of business partners and individuals who have pledged to support UOG’s fundraising efforts, An plans to energize and galvanize our alumni, and the unveiling of the commemorative “Big G”. Students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni are invited. A fiesta lunch and entertainment will be provided. Contact co-chairpersons: Norman Analista, Director, Development & Alumni Affairs at 735-2586 or Elvie Tyler, Sustainability Coordinator at 735-2976 for more information.

Save the date: UOG Alumni Reunion Tuesday, Nov. 15
The UOG Alumni Reunion will be held at the Hyatt Regency Guam from 6p.m. to 10p.m. on Nov. 15. This “Novemberfest” themed event will feature “Speed Networking” and an epic fashion show featuring clothing styles from the 50’s to the present modeled by UOG alumni, students, administrators, faculty and staff. You can also sign up for the “Triton Privileges card” which will enable you to receive various discounts and offers at participating businesses. Plus: Free pupus, live music, chance to win great prizes and more! Tickets are now on sale for $30 and will be $35 at the door. Attire is dressy casual. Call Norman Analista, Director, Development & Alumni Affairs at 735-2586 or 797-3333 for more details.


Parsons Scholarship - Deadline to Apply Oct. 14, 2011
University of Guam pre-engineering students who have completed ES201 Engineering Statistics or who are enrolled in the course for the fall 2011 semester are encouraged to apply for a Parsons scholarship.

Parsons, a construction and engineering firm, generously contributed $15,000 in scholarship funds to support pre-engineering students at the University of Guam. There are several Parsons Scholarships available for the fall 2011 semester worth up to $3,750 each. The scholarships will be awarded in October based on academic performance and financial need. Scholarship amounts will vary depending on a student’s financial need.

To apply for the Parsons Scholarship you must be a resident of Guam or the region and submit the following documents:

1. Application form

2. A one-page personal statement about yourself and your academic goals. In the statement explain why you are pursuing a degree in engineering.

3. A copy of your official transcripts

All documents must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office located in the UOG Field House by 5:00 p.m. on October 14, 2011.

Apply for the Upcoming UOG AmeriCorps program year

Each year we are look for bright students who are interested in improving our community and leaving a positive imprint on society. Members are tasked with maintaining a healthy relationship with community and their satellite program locations. We offer incentives for individuals who are selected for this position, which requires interested individuals to graciously devote their time and effort toward tutoring, mentoring, and volunteering in the community. Individuals may apply at the University of Guam AmeriCorps Success Center Administrative Office at the UOG Student Center or at any of the UOG AmeriCorps Satellites. Members are contracted to serve their community for one service year and are given a monthly stipend of around $400.00USD for a half-time position and around $800.00USD for a full-time position. Members are additionally required to volunteer between 20-32 hours a week. An education award is given to half time members who meet or exceed 900 hours total in a program year and/or 1700 hours for full time members in a program year.

DEADLINE to apply is OCTOBER 17, 2011 @ 5pm. Click the following link for the application:

The 50th Council of the University of Guam Student Government Association is pleased to announce that Book Scholarships for school year 2011-2012 are now available to all enrolled students of the University of Guam. Applications for UOG Student Government Association Book Scholarships are now available. The scholarship will be awarded to deserving full-time or part-time University of Guam students, granting them store credit of $150 at the UOG Triton Bookstore, valid from Fall 2011 to Spring 2012. Applications are available at the SGA Session Hall, Financial Aid Office, and each school’s respective offices. The completed application (required documents included) must be submitted no later than 7:00 p.m. on September 30, 2011.


UOG’S Upward Bound College Prep Program Accepting Applications – Deadline 9/30
UOG's Upward Bound (UB) college prep program is now accepting applications for SY2011-12. High school students from 9th, 10th, and 11th grade may be eligible to apply for the following free services and benefits including tutoring, college and career prep activities, self-development workshops, a summer program at UOG, and more! Only students who attend GW, JFK, SSHS, and Southern High may apply. Deadline to apply is Sept. 30th. Interested parents/ students may call 735-1992/ 2245 or go to the main TRIO Office at the UOG Field House, first floor for applications and information.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Policy Challenges Webinar: Supporting the Transition to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics

Thursday, October 6, 2011
3:00–4:30 PM EDT



Nearly all jurisdictions in the Northeast and Islands Region have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Yet, as states and districts seek to implement the CCSS, policymakers and practitioners need to understand the foundational research and initiatives behind the standards, as well as learn how to build students’ knowledge so they will graduate high school able to succeed in college and in workforce training programs.

In this webinar, Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell, a mathematics education expert and member of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, will bridge research to practice as it relates to implementation of the CCSS initiative in the area of mathematics. He will clarify links between the CCSS and the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Report recommendations and provide an overview of the research foundations and policy considerations for educational leaders and practitioners to understand and implement the CCSS. He will discuss the new expectations for mathematical competency embedded in the CCSS and share practical strategies for building students’ foundational mathematics knowledge, particularly as they move through elementary and middle-school grades. Webinar participants will be able to submit questions to Dr. Fennell through an online chat room.


Dr. Francis “Skip” Fennell is Professor of Education at McDaniel College and project director of the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project. He is widely published in professional journals and textbooks related to elementary and middle-grades mathematics education, and he served on the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, chairing the Conceptual Knowledge and Skills Task Group. He also is a co-author of the IES Practice Guide: “Developing Effective Fractions Instruction for Kindergarten Through 8th Grade.” In 2008, Dr. Fennell completed a two-year presidency of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He currently is principal investigator on a project aimed at designing a graduate curriculum for elementary mathematics teacher leaders, creating a clearinghouse of existing materials, and developing support materials for elementary mathematics specialists and teacher leaders. Dr. Fennell has been a featured speaker at several REL events and webinars across the country.


  • Jill Weber, Director, REL-NEI at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
  • Pam Buffington, Moderator; State Liaison Coordinator, REL-NEI at EDC
  • Carole Urbano, Technical Moderator; REL-NEI at EDC



Mathematics supervisors, specialists, teacher leaders, and coaches; elementary and middle school mathematics teachers; district and school administrators; national, state and local policymakers; state education leaders; representatives of professional associations and unions; and teachers, parents, and students.


Register today by selecting the desired event and completing the registration form. Please forward this invitation to a colleague. Early registration is encouraged. Registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail and instructions for logging in to the webinar. Any problems?

REL-NEI Webinars provide an interactive forum for state education agencies, superintendents, principals, district-level specialists, association heads, state legislatures, teachers unions, and parent associations seeking applied education research to make policy and practice decisions leading to improved student achievement and reduced performance gaps. These sessions not only present findings but place a special emphasis on connecting applied education research to the work of field practitioners.

The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is administered by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in partnership with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and WestEds Learning Innovations program. REL-NEI is one of 10 Regional Educational Laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. REL-NEI provides rigorous research that is relevant to national education priorities, responsive to local needs, and usable for policy and practice. Visit

This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education under Contract Number ED-06-CO-0025. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a global nonprofit organization that develops, delivers, and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the worlds most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. Visit

Breaking Through Barriers to Learning

Technology has expanded the learning opportunities for students across the nation - and particularly for those with special needs. Although school budgets are limited, investing in assistive technology can help special-needs students learn, while helping schools in the process.
Click here to read more.

Source: eSchool News

Thursday, September 22, 2011

TESOL has a new name: TESOL International Association

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages is now TESOL International Association. The TESOL Board of Directors approved the name change after many months of discussion and deliberation. The TESOL Board also recently approved a new three-year strategic plan as well as a new credo and updated core values. In addition to the new name, TESOL has also launched a new logo and later this fall, the association will launch a brand new website. The full press release is available on the TESOL website. To comment on these changes, please visit TESOL President Christine Coombe's blog.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sponsored by:

University of Guam

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

School of Education

International Reading Association, Guam Council

Guam Department of Education

Guam Marriott Resort and Spa

Welcome to the 24th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website! The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Margaruite Smith, McGraw Hill

Dr. Smith's speech will focus on content areas and the common core curriculum standards.

Featured Guest Speaker:

Troy McVey, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Guam

Download the registration form by clicking on the link above. If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately. We have a limit of 300 participants. Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline. Don't let this weekend go without signing up. We look forward to seeing you there!

You can also earn two (2) ED894 graduate credits/CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217. For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233. You can also e-mail the Instructor, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, at or call 735-2440.

Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:

Dr. Clarisa Quan:

Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:

Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba:

Dr. Hyun Jong Hahm:

Administrative Coordinator:

Debbie Respicio:

Saturday, September 10, 2011


We pay tribute to those who suffered from the 9/11 attacks on America. We will always remember those who lost their lives, those who sacrificed to help in any way they could, and the day that brought everyone from all walks of life, rich or poor, together as ONE! God Bless the families and friends of those we have lost, and the brave men and women who continue to fight for our freedom!

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Special Presentations by Visiting Scholars from the University of Bremen, Germany

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Rosario Family Gathering with PEC Guam Delegation

There's no doubt that family is important! Today, the 2011 Guam Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) Delegation and I celebrated with our Rosario familia who arrived from Pohnpei. Our previous gatherings were held this summer, as well as after the 29th Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference held last year. Fortunately, a few of our Rosario family members arrived on Guam, and we made it a point to celebrate with them before they headed back to Pohnpei. BIBA FAMILIA!

Here are a just a couple of our Rosario familia snapshots:


You are invited to the launch of the new book titled, ESTORIAN INALAHAN: HISTORY OF A SPANISH-ERA VILLAGE IN GUAM, written by Dr. Judy Flores. Please see the details below.

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Historic Lujan House - Guam Preservation Trust (Behind the Guam Legislature Building, Hagatna)

For more information about the book, highlight and click on this link:

There is a special discount on advance orders from now until September 10,
at $30 each. The regular price after this advance sale will be $39.

Orders may be placed at Framed, Etc. Gallery in Anigua, or through, by following the above link.


Saturday, September 03, 2011

The UOG Alumni Association held a meaningful Triton Homecoming Gala on September 3, 2011. Activities included a cocktail reception, dinner, awards, and entertainment by REtroSPECT.

Those awarded included the following 2011 Distinguished Alumni:

Bob Klitzkie, Esq., Gregg San Nicolas, Ph.D.
Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Ph.D.
School of Education

Tanya Muna, Mike Naholowaa
School of Business and Public Administration

Joanne Brown, Judith "Judy" Selk Flores, Ph.D.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Scienes

Laurent Duenas
School of Nursing

Frank Cruz, John Ray Taitano, M.D.
College of Natural and Applied Sciences

Congratulations to the following Distinguished UOG Alumni recipients pictured below!