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, September 23, 2014

The Search for the 2014 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients is on! 

Deadline Extended to Monday, Oct. 20th, 4p.m.

Attached is a listing of requirements and the official nomination form for this prestigious award. The deadline to submit a nomination form and supporting evidence is Monday, October 20th, 4p.m. The award recognition ceremony will take place at the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion (see details below).

Take a look at photo highlights from last year’s alumni reunion which featured the 2013 awards ceremony.

2013 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 

Annparo Rios
Annparo Rios
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, 
Guam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center
B.S, Nursing, 2003
School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SONHS)

“My education from the University of Guam has helped to shape me into the person I am today by allowing me to reconnect with my island home after spending my childhood and early adult life away from Guam. I didn’t have a sense of where “home” was. My goal was to pursue a nursing degree and have a career as a nurse. It wasn’t an easy one and would not have been possible without the support of my loved ones and instructors who knew and understood my history and experiences and encouraged me every step of the way to achieve my goal.  My experience at UOG allowed me to accomplish my goals, forge friendships with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and be comfortable calling Guam “home” once again.”  

Darlene Moore
Darlene Moore
Founder & President, 
Micronesian Archaeological Research Services 
B.A. Anthropology, 1979, MA Behavioral Science, 1984
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

“The education I received at the University of Guam during the years from 1976 to 1983 in pursuit of BA and MA degrees in Anthropology and Behavioral Science with a focus on Archaeology provided the background, training, and experience that were required in order for me to meet the federal qualification standards for directing and participating in Historic Preservation projects.  After graduation, I worked on several UOG archaeological research projects which provided additional training opportunities. Then I formed a sole proprietorship and hired other qualified people as needed to complete Cultural Resource Management projects in the Mariana Islands.  As the number and size of our projects grew, we (two other women with BA degrees and one with a PhD degree in Anthropology) formed Micronesian Archaeological Research Services (MARS), Inc.  Incorporated in 1992, we are still operating, although two of our four original people have since retired. The past 25 years would not have been possible if UOG had not been there to offer the classes and guidance needed to qualify me for work in this fascinating field.”

George Chiu
George Chiu
Executive Vice President,
Tan Holdings Corporation
B.A. Accounting, 1987
School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)

“I’d experienced stateside campus life, but it was at the University of Guam that my commitment to education was fortified. Professors and facilitators opened opportunities through learning not in just my primary fields of study – but other supportive and relevant areas that provided well-rounded and thoughtful opportunities that contributed to my success. Attending classes with students from the islands who also became leaders and professionals has developed a collegiate fraternity. I often meet individuals who also attended UOG; we share experiences, college courses, personalities and knowledge that contributes to a valuable basis of friendship and spirit of cooperation in mutually rewarding and beneficial collaborations and endeavors.” 

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera
Assistant Professor, University of Guam
B.A. Early Childhood Elementary, 1997, M.ED. Language and Literacy 2000
School of Education (SOE)

“I am proud to be an alumna of the University of Guam.  Without the guidance and inspiration of my brilliant professors at UOG’s School of Education, I would not have made it this far in my career.  Thank you UOG for helping me to grow and gain the wisdom to excel in all that I do.  Like my father always says, “Winning starts in the mind.  Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve.“  Let us all think like winners!  BIBA UOG!”

Shiela Concepcion
Shiela Concepcion
Quality Manager, DZSP 21 LLC
B.A. Computer Science, 2002. 
College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)

“My education at the University of Guam has been instrumental in shaping both my professional and personal life. It helped expand my creativity, enhance my project management skills, build my self-confidence and foster my passion for technology – all of which has transformed my life and propelled my career from being the lead Computer Programmer to the Manager of Quality on the largest Base Operations Support Services Contract in the Department of Defense. The experiences I gained from the University served as the ultimate foundation for my dreams coming true, but this is only the beginning….”

(Awards were not given in 2012)

2011 Distinguished Alumni Awardees: 
distinguished alumni

Winners of the 2011 UOG Distinguished Alumni Award are pictured with University officials at a gala on Sept. 3, 2011 at the Outrigger Resort. (L to R) Dr. Chris Perez, former Chairman, UOG Board of Regents, Dr. Robert Underwood, President, UOG, Frank Cruz, Distinguished Alumnus – CNAS, Mike Nahalowaa, Distinguished Alumnus – SBPA, Atty. Bob Klitzkie, Distinguished Alumnus – SOE, Laurent Duenas, Distinguished Alumna -  SONHS, Joanne Brown, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Judith Selk, Distinguished Alumna - CLASS, Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood, Distinguished Alumna - SOE, Dr. Gregg San Nicolas, Distinguished Alumnus - SOE, Tanya Muna, Distinguished Alumna - SPBA, and Robert Paulino, former President, UOG Alumni Association.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, November 15 for the 2014 All-Class UOG Alumni Reunion: “The Way We Were”

Remember the good old days at the University of Guam at our all-class annual alumni reunion at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6p.m. to 10p.m. Our theme this year is “The Way We Were,” and we will feature an evening of nostalgic performances. We will also feature the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards, and the chance to win great prizes at the event!

Tickets are $35 per person. In the meantime, browse through photo highlights from past reunions in the galleries below. Don’t miss out this year!

2012 UOG Alumni Reunion: Celebrate Good Times

2011 UOG Alumni Reunion: The First-Ever Island-Wide Reunion

Look for Video Highlights from Previous Reunions on Our Official youtube page:


Hafa Adai, to all our Alumni, University Citizens and Generous Sponsors! Thank you to everyone who helped make our 62nd Anniversary Founders Day Gala a success! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests, we raised close to $32,000! Funds raised will go toward realizing the university's 21st Century Campus Physical Master Plan.

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You can view more photo highlights from the event through the two links below:

COMING SOON! Video of performances from the event!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GHC Event: Freedom on the Menu

The GHC is sponsoring the gospel group The Birmingham Sunlights, as well as Chef Robert Stehling, to come to Guam to give workshops and performances. The Sunlights are NEA Fellows, and Chef Stehling is a James Beard Winner.

There are two opportunities to see The Sunlights, and one opportunity to taste Chef Stehling’s great southern food. You can do both at the Hyatt on October 4th, for the Eat Your Heritage fundraiser. If you just want to see the Sunlights, they are performing in concert with our very own University Singers at Southern High School at 7pm on October 1st.

You can see either Dr. Cabrera in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Troy McVey for tickets to either event. Tickets in advance for the concert are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Guam Nikkei Appreciation Night II - Oct. 10

The Guam Nikkei Association (GNA), with the Guam Community College (GCC) Culinary Program, is hosting its second Appreciation Night event on October 10, 2014, from 4pm-8pm, at the GCC Multi-Purpose Auditorium to raise funds for erecting a monument at the Peace Memorial Park in Yigo.  This monument will honor those Issei, or first generation, Japanese who settled in Guam in the early 1900s, but perished during WWII without given proper burial or recognition. 

The GNA overall fundraising goal is $15,000.00 to construct the monument.  

GNA is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to instill the Japanese culture, art, traditions, history, lineage, and customs to succeeding generations of Japanese-Chamorro-Guamanians.  The Association is open to anyone who is interested in this primary goal. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Chorus Line Snapshots - Featuring Julia & Friends!

A Chorus Line - Guam 2014 was amazing!  This broadway performance was featured September 12-14, 2014 at the Southern High School Auditorium.  Enjoy the following snapshots of Julia and her talented friends!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Guam Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Chapter Members offer Informational, Innovative & Cultural-Based Workshops

Workshop #1
PRAXIS I Test Preparation 
Facilitator:  Dr. Arlene Diaz
Day/Time:  Scheduled Saturdays, 9am-11am
Location:  TBA
Dates:   September 27, October 11, 18, 25, November 8, 22
(Email or call to reserve a seat!)

Stayed tuned for UPCOMING Workshops/ Field Experiences:  
Basic ChamorroCreating A Webpage, Storytelling, I Lanchera (Farming Woman), I Peskadora (Fishing Woman), Weaving, Music, Dance & Song, Familiar Chamorro Recipes

Interested individuals must register as Guam PIBBA Chapter members, or pay the membership fee ($25) to avail of workshops.  You can email or call Dr. Diaz, Guam PIBBA Chapter President at acsdiaz@yahoo.com483-6426 (c), or Ms. Vera Dela Cruz, Treasurer,, for more information.  Biba PIBBA!  Si Yu'os maase!

Saturday, September 06, 2014

REMINDER: IRA meeting to be held Sept. 13

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Venue: Royal Orchid Guam

Monday, September 01, 2014

101 inspirational quotes from highly successful people

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." —Mahatma Gandhi
"Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." —Coco Chanel
"Courage is grace under pressure." —Ernest Hemingway
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." —Albert Einstein
"Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." —Ellen DeGeneres
"It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop." —Confucius
"Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago." —Warren Buffett
warren buffett
REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Warren Buffett.
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened." —Dr. Seuss 
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." —Mae West
"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." —Christopher Reeve
"There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires." —Nelson Mandela
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart." —Helen Keller
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." —Mahatma Gandhi
"The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting." —Walt Disney
"When you cease to dream you cease to live." —Malcolm Forbes
"May you live every day of your life." —Jonathan Swift
"Failure is another steppingstone to greatness." —Oprah Winfrey
"If you're not stubborn, you'll give up on experiments too soon. And if you're not flexible, you'll pound your head against the wall and you won't see a different solution to a problem you're trying to solve." —Jeff Bezos
"In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." —Coco Chanel 
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." —Wayne Gretzky
"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." —Dolly Parton
"The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes." —Frank Lloyd Wright
"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." —Michael Jordan
"You can't please everyone, and you can't make everyone like you." —Katie Couric
Katie Couric
Katie Couric
"I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine." —Neil Armstrong 
"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve." —Mary Kay Ash 
"If you don't stand for something you'll fall for anything." —Malcolm X
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." —Mark Twain
"It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong." —Abraham Lincoln
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again." —William Edward Hickson
"As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others." —Audrey Hepburn
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." —John Quincy Adams
"If you are going through hell, keep going." —Winston Churchill
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." —Oprah Winfrey
"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." —Colin Powell
"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." —Mark Zuckerberg
"Do one thing every day that scares you." —Eleanor Roosevelt
"The purpose of our lives is to be happy." —Dalai Lama
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." —John D. Rockefeller
"Don't worry about failure; you only have to be right once." —Drew Houston 
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow." —Helen Keller
"One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody." —Mother Teresa
"Identity is a prison you can never escape, but the way to redeem your past is not to run from it, but to try to understand it, and use it as a foundation to grow." —Jay-Z
"If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased." —Katharine Hepburn
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." —Walt Disney
Walt Disney, Mickey Mouse, 1935
Associated Press
Walt Disney.
"I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." —Charlotte Bronte
"Don't count the days, make the days count." —Muhammad Ali
"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." —Michael Jordan 
"Life is short, and it is here to be lived." —Kate Winslet 
"Everything you can imagine is real." —Pablo Picasso
"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." —Barack Obama 
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." —George Eliot
"If you love what you do and are willing to do what it takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build." —Steve Wozniak
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." —Maya Angelou
"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." —Deepak Chopra 
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." —Thomas A. Edison
"We should remember that just as a positive outlook on life can promote good health, so can everyday acts of kindness." —Hillary Clinton
"As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." —Bill Gates
"There are no mistakes, only opportunities." —Tina Fey (from her book, "Bossypants")
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." —Ronald Reagan
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." —Oscar Wilde
"In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity." —Albert Einstein
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." —Nelson Mandela
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." —Steve Jobs
"But you have to do what you dream of doing even while you're afraid." —Arianna Huffington
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." —Jimi Hendrix
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." —Maya Angelou 
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou.
"If you can do what you do best and be happy, you're further along in life than most people." —Leonardo DiCaprio
"Success isn't about how much money you make. It's about the difference you make in people's lives." —Michelle Obama
"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently." —Warren Buffett
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." —George Bernard Shaw
"The best way of learning about anything is by doing." —Richard Branson
"Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction." —John F. Kennedy 
"Don't let the fear of striking out hold you back." —Babe Ruth
"Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world." —Harriet Tubman
"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." —Napoleon Hill
"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning." —Billie Jean King
"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin
"If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person." —Bill Clinton
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope." —Martin Luther King, Jr.
"As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent." —Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come." —Ellen DeGeneres
"Your voice can change the world." —Barack Obama
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President Barack Obama.
"The more you dream, the farther you get." —Michael Phelps
"You must do the things you think you cannot do." —Eleanor Roosevelt
"Every moment is a fresh beginning." —T.S. Eliot
"A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom." —Bob Dylan
"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." —Andrew Carnegie
"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." —Frederick Douglass
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference." —Robert Frost (from his poem "The Road Not Taken")
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." —J. K Rowling (from "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets") 
"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." —Martin Luther King, Jr. 
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." —Barack Obama
"If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it." —Elon Musk
Elon Musk/Tesla
REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Elon Musk.
"Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades, bumps, and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your character is truly tested. Have the courage to accept that you're not perfect, nothing is and no one is — and that's OK." —Katie Couric 
"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right." —Henry Ford 
"It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are." —e. e. cummings
"Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." —Stephen Hawking
"Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards me
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