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"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, June 20, 2012

Guam's Literary Arts Delegation: Preview and Showcase

Dear Friends, Family, Relatives, Colleagues:

Please come and support Guam's Literary Arts Delegation comprised of ten of the most talented, enterprising, innovative and motivated members of Ginen I Hila' I Maga'taotao Siha Association as they present and perform at this upcoming Sunday, June 24, 2012 Guam Preview and Showcase at the University of Guam Fieldhouse from 11am to 6pm.  Your admission of $20 will greatly assist in helping offset the airline expense of getting Guam's one hundred and forty member delegations to the 11th Festival of the Pacific Arts that will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from July 1 through 14, 2012.

The following members comprise the Literary Arts Delegation:

1.  Acfalle, Beverly Ann Borja
2.  Hawkins, Ju'ne Sablan
3.  Leon Guerrero, Joey
4.  Lizama, Benita Mesngon
5.  Onedera, Peter Robert
6.  Palomo, Simeon Manibusan
7.  Peredo, Juanita Toves
8.  Pineda, Annie Margarita Babauta
9.  Quichocho, Patricia Ann
10.  Sablan, Frances Mary Manibusan

The following times and programs are under the auspices of our group:

1.  11am-11:30am, Opening Ceremony, Blessing, Chant and Song
2.  11:30am-12 noon, Fashion Pageant (Spanish influence)
3.  12:30pm-1:30pm, Lieweila (Film about the Refalawasch of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands)
4.  2pm-2:45pm, One-act play TETEHNAN featuring Annie Margarita Babauta Pineda and Juanita Toves Peredo
5.  3:15pm-3:30pm, Storytelling about Nature and Environment
6.  3:30pm-3:35pm, Lina'la' Lusong (Film)
7.  4pm-4:30pm, Storytelling, World War II (In their Own Words)

It would be nice to see you all there and please pass along this e-mail message to those you know.  Culture, arts, traditions, food, music and friendship are in store for those who come.

Source:  Peter R. Onedera
Chair, Literary Arts Delegation

31st Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference

. 31st Annual International PIBBA Conference


Monday-Friday, June 25-29, 2012
Nett Elementary School

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.

PIBBA Conference Chair:

Shelten G. Neth, President, PIBBA International
.... For information, e-mail Shelten at or
. Download Registration Form . .
Download Presentation Form
Download Exhibit Form
Download Indigenous Teacher of the Year Packet
Download Pioneer of the Year Packet


Click on the image above to view the 2012 PIBBA Conference
invitation letter from President Shelten G. Neth.

Click on the image above to view the acceptance letter from Dr. Rufino Mauricio, Secretary, Department of Education, FSM National Government.


Tuesday, June 19, 2012


The Department of Chamorro Affairs/Division of the Guam Public Library System is happy to announce the appearance of Jean Marie Pilario, a cartoonist from Green Machine Comix.  She will be appearing at the Hagåtña Public Library on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, during the Toddler Story Telling Time, which is from10:00AM – 11:30AM.
Ms. Pilario is a 2005, Academy of Our Lady graduate and currently resides in California, She is back home visiting family and friends.  Pilario will be reading some of her cartoon stories to the children and showcasing some of her work.  For all those interested in joining the library for this special visit, Please come by and enjoy a time with a local cartoonist.                                                       
  For more information, please contact Mr. Frank Aflague, Program Coordinator at 475-4751 through 475-4754.  You may also visit their Web site at  See you there!
Your Friends at PBS GUAM


After a competitive national search, Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan has been named the new Dean of the School of Education at the University of Guam.  Dr. Laanan is a tenured full professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University (ISU), where he has worked since 2003.  Prior to ISU, he previously held faculty positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Laanan is originally from Tumon, Guam and attended St. Anthony Catholic School and John F. Kennedy High School before finishing high school in the US mainland.  He received his B.A. in Political Science (1993), M.A. in Higher Education (1994), and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change (1998) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

“Dr. Laanan’s exceptional background as an administrator and educator made him an ideal candidate and an excellent choice,” said Dr. Robert A Underwood, UOG President.  “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Laanan to UOG and back to Guam.”

Dr. Laanan brings a rich set of experiences and skills to the School of Education.  During his career, he has received and managed a grant portfolio of over $7 million, addressing issues such as preparing students and teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, teacher recruitment, career and technical education, and student engagement and success.  Dr. Laanan’s prolific body of scholarly work includes over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings, and book and monograph chapters.  Additionally, he has edited one book and 3 monographs and has over 150 juried national and international conference presentations.

Dr. Laanan is an active member in several professional and scholarly organizations and has held leadership positions including president of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research and vice president for research and publications for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.  He is nationally known for his work on studying educational pathways for women and underrepresented students in STEM fields. 
In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Laanan understands and works in extension and outreach activities as a member of the faculty of a Iowa State, a land grant university, and is active in educational policy reviews at all levels.  He also serves as the Interim Director of  the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education at Iowa State, focusing on research, professional development, leadership, and advocacy for STEM education. 
“I am very honored to have been selected as the new Dean of the School of Education (SOE) at the University of Guam,” said Dr. Laanan.  “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students to address the critical issues facing Guam’s K-12 schools including pre-service and in-service teacher education, professional development, and student achievement and success. “

Dr. Laanan plans to build a strong relationship with Guam Department of Education (DOE) and to focus on the critical importance of research.  “Working closely and synergistically with DOE will ensure the undergraduate and graduate programs in SOE are meeting the needs of today’s and future educational leaders and professionals.  In addition, cultivating a research culture will strategically position SOE to make a significant impact on how we use data to create learning environments that facilitate student achievement and success as well as teacher recruitment and retention.”
Dr. Laanan will begin his appointment as Dean of the School of Education on August 1, 2012.  Please join the University in welcoming Dr. Laanan back to his home island.

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Baby Stoicovy in Pohnpei

Enjoy the following pics of Baby Stoicovy (named after Dr. Cat Stoicovy) with his father, Ramenster Johnna, UOG Reading Master's Degree candidate.  Dr. Matilda N. Rivera is holding the adorable little Stoicovy.