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

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

FESTPAC Snapshots, Honiara, Solomon Islands

The FESTPAC held July 1-14, 2012 in Honiara, Solomon Islands was a success!  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this memorable event.  To view the entire album of photos, visit

Monday, July 23, 2012


A BIG thank you goes out to the UOG Liberation Day Float Committee for their hard work and creativity. There were several key symbols on the University of Guam’s float which represent the institution’s interpretation of this year’s parade theme. The theme was “Imagine Guam: 68 Years of Progress Through Peace.”   The first element was our representation of peace. The white dove with an olive branch is the recognized symbol for peace. To showcase our pride in Guam, we have instead used our former territorial bird - the Tottot, the Marianas Rose Crown Fruit Dove, with a lemai leaf. Peace in our community and our world allows the University to create an educational environment where students can reach their potential towards becoming contributing members of our society.   Our graduates made up the second symbol and are collectively represented by the people you see on the float. Their iconic attire characterizes many of the different careers that the University’s programs prepare our graduates to serve in.  For the last 60 years, UOG has developed a workforce with skills and knowledge to ensure that our alumni can educate, heal, and protect the people of our island.   The third symbol was the University’s Big G logo which emphasized progress and evolution. The logo was developed for our 60th anniversary as a step towards collegiate branding that was unique to our region. The big G letter logo is in the form of a stylized traditional fishhook which represents many things such as bounty, sustenance, art, culture, and education in the way we pass on traditions. The spirited Triton, the University’s mascot for many decades continues to take a place on the float with the Big G. BIBA GUAM! BIBA UOG! SI YU'OS MA'ASE'!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Strengthening Families Cafe Training

The Strengthening Families Cafe, which focused on essential protective factors, was successfully coordinated by Kathy Goetz Wolf and Coach Daria on July 17 & 18, 2012 at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa.  The cafe training empowered the parents, service providers, and agencies that attended the training.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during the event!

Cafe Participants

Kathy Goetz Wolf introduces the cafe concept.

Coach Daria explains the importance of the cafe.

Sample of the liberation cafe theme.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thank You for an Unforgettable Founder's Day Gala!

As a result of the support we received from our sponsors and guests, we raised close to $60,000! Thank you!!! All funds raised from this effort will support the construction of the facilities in our 21st Century Campus Physical Master Plan.

For more pictures from this special event, please visit the link below. Keep checking it for updates – to date, we have only posted a fraction of the pictures available.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Congratulations 2012 SDGC San Diego Liberation Queen, Julia Naputi Rivera!

Congratulations to Julia Naputi Rivera for being crowned this year's Sons and Daughters of Guam Club, Inc. of San Diego Liberation Queen!  Biba Guahan!  Biba Familia!

Pictured above is Julia Naputi Rivera with her family from Guam and San Diego.

Monday, July 02, 2012

31st Annual International PIBBA Conference Snapshots

Pohnpei cultural presentation during the PIBBA Conference

PIBBA morning gathering prior to the Keynote speech

L-R: Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Elcid Joseph, Rickson Higgins, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz.

L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Zander Refilong, Senator Shelten G. Neth, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.

PIBBA participants gear up for the conference

Dr. David Hough, PIBBA Keynote Speaker

PIBBA participants gather together after the evening keynote speech by Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera.

Congratulations newly-elected PIBBA International Officers! Front row L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz, Historian; Rosa Salas Palomo, Treasurer; and Shelten G. Neth, Immediate Past President. Back row L-R: Illuminanda "Lumi" Bermudes, Secretary; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; and Masa-Aki Emesiochl, President-Elect.  Not pictured is Peter Onedera, PIBBA International President.

Rosario family gathering with Dr. Rivera, Clara Rosario, and Dr. Greg Tainatongo.

Pohnpei passes the key to Guam for PIBBA's next Conference in 2013. L-R: Dr. Jose Q. Cruz and Joseph Villazon, Director of Pohnpei Department of Education.