Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

2012 UOG "Big G" Float Artwork Competition Contest

The University of Guam Liberation Day Committee is pleased to announce the details of an art contest that will be the source of inspiration for our float entry this year. The main theme of the 2012 parade has yet to be announced. For the purpose of this contest, however, the objective is to find a float design that will represent the University of Guam while concurrently showcasing Chamorro culture, values and traditions (general themes used in past parades). This contest is open to all entrants who have an affinity to the University.

Winners of the Float Competition
will receive the following cash prizes:
1st Prize $300
2nd Prize $200
3rd Prize $100

Click on the image above for contest details.

For more information, please contact Norman Analista, Director of Development & Alumni Affairs, at 735-2586 or

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lifeworks Guam 5K this Saturday, March 3, 2012

The 4th Annual Lifeworks Guam 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Micronesia Mall in Dededo and start at 6:00 a.m.  Net proceeds of the event will go to Rainbows for All Children-Guam, an organization aimed at helping children with the loss of a loved one as a result of suicide, divorce, or other traumatic losses.  Lifeworks Guam's mission is focused on suicide awareness, intervention, and post-vention education.  Please come out and support the cause.  For more information, call Marie Halloran at 632-0257/488-7181 or e-mail

Read Across America at the Hagtna Public Library

Join us for exciting Dr. Seuss activities during the Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Public Library's annual Read Across America celebration on March 3, 2012. We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss' 108th birthday with arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, a parade, eating Green Eggs & Ham, and a birthday cake! The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and children are encouraged to dress in their favorite pajamas or wackiest hairdo. For more information, call Frank Aflague at 475-4751/2.

Monday, February 20, 2012

SOE Alumni Association Call for Nominations

The SOE Alumni Association is accepting final nomination of officers, namely President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The call for nominations will close on Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  The alumni election will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. during the monthly IRA meeting at the Guam Aurora Resort Villa and Spa.

Exercise your right to vote for your favorite candidate at the SOE alumni table on March 10, 2012.  Please note that only active SOE alumni members can cast their votes.  SOE Alumni membership forms are available at and will also be available at the meeting.  For more information, you may e-mail,, or

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Quotations to Inspire Moms

By Alison of “The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman”*

Here are some interesting quotes on moms that may or may not inspire you.  Read them and find out why!  Enjoy!
1. There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one ~ Jill Churchill
2. Mothers are all slightly insane. ~ J.D. Salinger
3. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. ~ George Washington
4. Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone
5. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honoré de Balzac
6. There was never a great man who had not a great mother. ~ Olive Schreiner
7. In the man whose childhood has known caresses, there is always a fiber of memory that can be touched to gentle issues. ~ George Eliot
8. Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined. ~ John S C Abbott
9. There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother. ~ Sarah Josepha Hale
10. The joys of motherhood are never fully experienced until the children are in bed. ~ Author Unknown
11. No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement. ~ Florida Scott-Maxwell
12. Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved. ~ Kate Samperi
13. If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much. ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
14. Having someone else to blame when there is a rude smell in the air. ~ Jane Horrocks
15. The story of a mother’s life: Trapped between a scream and a hug. ~ Cathy Guisewite
16. Our children are not going to be just “our children” – they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren. ~ Mary S Calderone
17. That feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp. ~ Marjorie Holmes
18. There is no point at which you can say, ‘Well, I’m successful now. I might as well take a nap. ~ Carrie Fisher
19. A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking. ~ Helen Steiner Rice
20. It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear. ~ Dorothy Evslin
21. A hundred years from now…it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~ Kathy Davis
22. A daughter reminds you of all the things you had forgotten about being young. Good and bad. ~ Maeve O’Reilly
23. My mother taught me to walk proud and tall ‘as if the world was mine.’ ~ Sophia Loren
24. There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
25. Families with babies and families without are so sorry for each other. ~ Ed Howe
26. I want to have children, but my friends scare me. One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours. I don’t even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours. ~ Rita Rudner
27. Any mother could perform the jobs of several air-traffic controllers with ease. ~ Lisa Alther
28. Do not, on a rainy day ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won’t feel like watching. ~ Fran Lebowitz
29. No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. ~ Erma Bombeck
30. Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers. ~ Judith Martin
31. What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce. ~ Mark Twain
32. A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~ Tenneva Jordan
33. Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. ~ Martin Wright Edelman
34. The country clubs, the cars, the boats, your assets may be ample, but the best inheritance you can leave your kids is to be a good example. ~ Barry Spilchuk
35. A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it. ~ Marcelene Cox
36. Babies don’t need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of. ~ Amy Heckerling
37. Motherhood is neither a duty nor a privilege, but simply the way that humanity can satisfy the desire for physical immortality and triumph over the fear of death. ~ Rebecca West
38. I know how to do anything – I’m a Mom. ~ Roseanne Barr
39. Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. ~ T. DeWitt Talmage
40. When you educate a man you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate a whole family. ~ Robert M. Maciver
41. Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were here an hour I would die for you. This is the miracle of love. ~ Maureen Hawkins
42. No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love. ~ Edwin Chapin
43. Make a memory with your children, spend some time to show you care; toys and trinkets can’t replace those precious moments that you share. ~ Elaine Hardt
44. A mother is the one who is still there when everyone else has deserted you. ~ Unknown
45. Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown. In my heart it don’t mean a thing. ~ Toni Morrison
46. A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. ~ Agatha Christie
47. A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself and loves you just the same. ~ Unknown
48. You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. ~ Albert Einstein
49. You know you’re a mother when your child throws up and you run to catch it before it hits the rug. ~ Unknown
50. Moms are fantastic, even when they’re spelt upside down they’re still WOW! ~ Unknown
51. Mothers are basically part of a scientific experiment to prove that sleep is not a crucial part of human life. ~ Unknown
52. No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones. ~ Harry Truman
53. She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along. ~ Margaret Culkin Banning
54. The phrase “working mother” is redundant. ~ Jane Sellman
55. An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. ~ Spanish Proverb
56. Only mothers can think of the future – because they give birth to it in their children. ~ Maxim Gorky
57. A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~ Irish Proverb
58. There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. ~ Chinese Proverb
59. A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~ Peter De Vries
60. Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~ Marion C. Garretty
61. I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine – she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. ~ Adabella Radici
62. [A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~ Emily Dickinson
63. It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another twenty minutes for another woman to make a fool of him. ~ Helen Rowland
64. God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~ Jewish Proverb
65. A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is. ~ Keith L. Brooks
66. Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
67. Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. ~ Beverly Jones
68. Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~ Pearl S. Buck
69. If you have children, the demands made upon you during the first hour of the morning can make the job of an air traffic controller seem like a walk in the park. ~ J. Wurtman
Do you have one of your own? Let us have it in the comments!
Alison has one husband, two children and three blogs. She writes about life, family and superheroes at The Secret Life of a Warrior Woman, paleo eating in a non-paleo world atPaleoNonPaleo and clearing clutter at Clutter365.

Friday, February 17, 2012

UOG Faculty Development Day 2012 - Feb. 17

UOG's Faculty Development Day 2012 highlighted its theme, "60 Years University of Guam: History Lessons for the Future." I enjoyed Dr. Underwood's speech reflecting on UOG's 60 years, as well as Dr. Whippy's presentation on UOG's academic evolution. Other highlights included the faculty governance at UOG, building your academic master plan on UOG's strategic initiatives and core commitments, the UOG-online class, preparing for promotion and tenure, learning from the annual assessment inventory, leadership and professional growth for professors, general education curriculum review, the art of academic governance, eating right, baguazhang, spine alignment, and diabetes prevention. Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this meaningful professional learning experience:

Ginen I Hila Meeting - Feb. 16, 2012

Our Ginen I Hila meeting started with the singing of the Kantan Ginen I Hila'.   Vice President Toni Salas also introduced her guest and perspective Ginen member, Elwin Champaco Quitano.  The storytelling at the Hagatna Library was reported, along with FESTPAC 2012 details, and the upcoming Culture in Harmony with Nature fundraiser.  For the Good of the Group (Minaolek I Gurupu), a special Valentine Confessions/Hugs & Kisses storytelling game coordinated by Ginen I Hila Treasurer, Patti Ann Quichocho, took place.  Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to all who joined us for another meaningful meeting!

Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the meeting:

Philippine Trip - Feb. 16, 2012

Although my parents headed to the Philippines, which is only 3 hours away, I miss them already!  They will be returning home soon, and we hope and pray they will have a safe journey.  God Bless you Mom and Dad, and thanks Susan and sister Yolie, for being there for my parents.  God Bless you all.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

31st Annual International PIBBA Conference to be held in Pohnpei, FSM

31st Annual International PIBBA Conference


Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 2012

Sponsored by: Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International and Pohnpei Chapter

The PIBBA Conference is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and cultural enrichment. This year's conference offers a wonderful selection of traditional, innovative, and practical workshops, presented by creative and imaginative educators and cultural leaders from the Pacific islands.


Ginen i Hila Feb. 2 Meeting a Success!

President Peter Onedera successfully highlighted upcoming activities during the February 2, 2012 meeting. Among the activities discussed were the cultural story hour at the Hagatna Library, obtaining Hepatitis A & B shots before traveling to the FestPac in the Solomon Islands, FestPac committee updates, on-the-spot storytelling/sharing, birthday celebration, and more! Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the meeting!

IRA February 11, 2012 Venue Change

Gazebos and Gardens

Just a few snapshots on gazebos and gardens...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

SOE Alumni Homecoming Gala a Blast!

SOE Alumni gather as part of the SOE Alumni Homecoming Gala celebration.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Jose Q. Cruz; Dr. Catherine Stoicovy; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera; Anna Pangelinan; Dr. Lourdes Klitzkie; and Dr. Patrick Leddy.

The SOE Alumni Homecoming Gala was a success with a blast from the past to the present on Monday, January 30, 2012 at the SBPA 129!  It was a memorable celebration with the fitting theme, "Meeting between the Young Ones and the Young Once."  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Immediate Past President of the SOE Alumni Association, served as the Mistress of Ceremony.  SOE Dean, Dr. Patrick Leddy, greeted the audience with a warm welcome, which was followed by a truly inspirational speech by the UOG President, Dr. Robert Underwood.  Alumni from the Class of 1956 to the present were treated with entertainment of oldies but goodies, as well as modern performances.  Among the entertainers were GEMS, StarGazers Dance Troupe, song renditions by Lovelyn Trinidad and Kristian Villanueva, as well as community singing led by Dr. Lourdes Ferrer and Matt Raymundo.  Dr. Lourdes Klitzkie, SOE Alumni Advisor, was instrumental in inviting many of our SOE Alumni who were among the first students at UOG 60 years ago!  BIBA UOG!  BIBA SOE!