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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

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Call for Submissions

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta
What We Own, What We Have

The Festival of the Pacific Arts (FESTPAC), Guam 2016 Literary Arts committee is currently accepting unpublished work from the original writer or artist for its inaugural publication, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta until April 30, 2014. The publication will be the first in a trio of volumes whose purpose is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region. Volume one focuses on publishes and unpublished writers and artists who are currently residing in Guam. We are seeking quality poetry, fiction, and non-fiction written in English or any other Pacific language (with translations into English), as well as visual art that work within the theme, Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, or, in English, What We Own, What We Have.

Submission Guidelines

Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, a maximum of 10 pages.

Prose: Submit up to 3 prose entries with a maximum of 2,500 words each, double-spaced. Longer works may be considered; please query first.

Artwork: Submit up to 5 pieces of visual art.

Include your name, address, phone number, email address, and the title of the work on a cover sheet rather than on the work itself.

Please advise us if you are submitting the same work(s) to other publications, and let us know if the work is accepted by another publication. The editors will publish only previously unpublished work submitted by the original author or artist.

Submissions via email
• Send electronic submissions to this email address:
• Submit poetry and prose as Microsoft Word documents.
• Submit artwork in .jpg format (minimum 72 dpi). Artwork accepted for publication will need to be resubmitted in a larger format (minimum 300 dpi).

Works accepted for publication will appear in a print edition of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta and may reappear in print and/or be archived online as part of the library exhibition during FESTPAC 2016.

Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta is published by the Guam FESTPAC 2016 Literary Arts Committee through a grant from Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL). The purpose of Håfa Iyo-ta, Håfa Guinahå-ta, and subsequent volumes, is to promote literary and artistic expression throughout the Pacific region.


TEAM Conference Logo


The 2014 International Conference on TEAM is an interdisciplinary forum that invites scholarly interactions among academics, researchers, practitioners, administrators and students.  This conference that is organized by UOG Research, Graduate Studies and Sponsored Programs in collaboration with partner institutions in the Philippines is scheduled for October 24, 25 and 26.  Deadline for submission of abstracts in the following sub-themes is on May 15, 2014.  The abstract of not more than 250 words will be peer reviewed and results will be emailed to senders after two weeks.  Email your abstracts to the contact persons below.

Contact Persons:
Main Theme: 

New Directions in Technology, Education, Assessment andManagement 

Innovative uses of technology
Outcomes-based assessment
Computer mediated instruction
Multiple assessment strategies
Distance and blended learning
Cognitive and Affective assessments
Assistive technology
Assessment of critical and creative thinking
Social media platforms
Project assessment and evaluation
Technological advancement and challenges
Program reviews and evaluation

Best practices in teaching and learning
Management in higher education
Values education in school
School management
At-risk learners
Shared governance
Competency-based programs
Accreditation and Accountability
Language and culture studies
Leadership and management strategies
Environmental education
Project management

Important Information:
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $200
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $250
  • Onsite registration is $300
  • Registration fee includes:
    • Conference reception on the first day
    • 2 lunches at the Hyatt
    • Morning and afternoon teas 
    • Conference bag 
    • Program booklet
    • Invitation letter for visa application will be provided after payment of registration fee

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lina'la-ta - A Musical Odyssey - March 29

PIBBA Guam Conducts Story Hour at Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Library

In celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day, the PIBBA Guam Chapter conducted the Saturday Story Hour at the Nieves M. Flores Hagatna Public Library on March 22, 2014.  The children were treated with cultural stories and poems.  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special event!

PIBBA Guam officers and members take a pose with Guam Public Library System staff and Saturday Story Hour participants on March 22, 2014.  PIBBA Guam shared cultural stories and poems in celebration of CHamoru Month and World Poetry Day.  Pictured back (standing) L-R:  Lois Taitano Gumataotao, PIBBA member; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Antonia "Toni" Salas, PIBBA Guam Vice President; Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate; Benita "Benit" Lizama, Ginen I Hila; and Frank Aflague, GPLS Staff/Saturday Story Hour Coordinator.  Pictured in the front are the story hour children and their parents.

PIBBA VP Toni Salas reads her CHamoru tasi story to the children.

PIBBA member Lois Taitano Gumataotao recites her CHamoru poem on fishing that she co-wrote with Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA webmaster.

Beauty Letewasiyal, UOG TESOL candidate and future PIBBA member, shares her food story during the Read Aloud time.

Pictured above is the PIBBA sign that was posted at the entrance of the Hagatna Public Library.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Island Sustainability Regional Conference to be held April 15 & 16

The Island Sustainability Regional Conference will be held from 15-16 April 2014.  Please visit for more information.
There is a last call for abstracts.  If you are interested in giving an oral presentation or creating a conference poster about your research as it pertains to island sustainability, please contact Elvie Tyler, Sustainability Coordinator at or call the Center for Island Sustainability at 734-0478.  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UOG Charter Day Meaningful!

March 11, 2014 marked another memorable Charter Day for the University of Guam.  It was filled with various exciting activities and events, including the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 35th Annual Research Conference (ARC), campus tours, performances, game booths, and more! 

In particular, ARC participants were treated to various topics in the areas of behavioral research, communication, cultural identity, engaging with a different compact impact on Guam, health, language and linguistics, marianas history, pedagogy, socioeconmic policy, technology in the classroom, and more.

A special keynote address was also made by Dr. Earl Jackson.  He focused on "Resituations:  East Asian Cinema's Inter-Asian Contexts."  Dr. Jackson is a Professor at National Chiao Tung University.  Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to all those who made this conference a success! 

Here's a special UOG Charter Day album created by Dr. Jacqui Cyrus:  Enjoy the following snapshots taken during this special conference!

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera introduces Dr. Ibrahim Farouck during the 35th ARC.

Dr. Ibrahim Farouck presents during the ARC in his presentation titled, Engaging Students in Project Based Learning to Showcase Hokkaido.
Dr. Shawn Clankie, co-presenter with Dr. Farouck, speaks about his class project.

Hokkaido University students present their winning project on Hatsune Miku during the ARC.

Dr. Rivera (center) poses with IT-ESL colleagues during her presentation titled Applying Differentiated Instruction to Build Schema of English Learners in Guam.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Ibrahim Farouck, Dr. Rivera, and Dr. Jacqui Cyrus.

ARC keynote speaker, Dr. Earl Jackson, captivates the ARC audience. 

Drs. Geraldine James and Michelle Santos conduct their presentation titled, Improving Classroom Teaching through Action Research.

Dr. Chris Shriener with his student panelists discuss critically of preliminary materials for a Theory of the Young Girl.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Schriener, Paulette Coulter, Neil Pang, and Jessica Craig.

PIBBA Guam Donates to I'na'chaigen Fino' Chamoru

Si Yu'os Ma'ase' to the PIBBA Guam members who volunteered their time and gave a food donation for the I'na'chaigen Fino' Chamoru event held March 10, 2014 at the University of Guam.  Kudos to all involved!  Enjoy the following pictures!

PIBBA Guam members donate their time during the I'n'chaigen Fino' Chamoru.  Pictured sitting:  Barbara Manibusan.  Standing L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Liz Reyes, PIBBA PIO; Dr. Arlene Camacho Salas Diaz, PIBBA Guam Chapter President; and Mye Ganan-Flores.  Not pictured are Lois Gumataotao, Rosa Salas Palomo, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. 

PIBBA Guam members meet with the Chamorro Studies Division representatives during the I'n'chaigen Fino' Chamoru.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, PIBBA Webmaster; Barbara Manibusan; Jimmy Teria, Chamorro Studies Division; Dr. Arlene Camacho Salas Diaz, PIBBA Guam Chapter President; Liz Reyes, PIBBA PIO; and Mye Ganan-Flores.  Not pictured are Lois Gumataotao, Rosa Salas Palomo, and Dr. Jose Q. Cruz. 

Saturday, March 08, 2014

PIBBA International Conference


33rd Annual International PIBBA Conference
June 22-26, 2014
Luta (Rota), CNMI

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

Hafa Adai! PIBBA International proudly announces that the 33rd Annual International PIBBA Conference will be held June 22-26, 2014 in the beautiful island of Luta (Rota), CNMI. We hope to see you there, and please stay tuned for more information.

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.