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

Friday, January 30, 2015

Special Olympics Track & Field - March 21, 2015


Saturday, March 21, 2015
Opening Ceremony Begins 8:00 a.m. 
Okkodo High School

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kosrae to host 34th PIBBA Conference June 23-25

Tuwoh! The 34th Annual International PIBBA Conference will be hosted June 23-25, 2015 in Kosrae, FSM.

Please visit the PIBBA website later for more updates.
Kuloh ma luhlahp!

I Lina'la'ta ~ Our Life

 I Lina'la-ta

UOG Charter Day - March 10

Pacific Asia Inquiry

The University of Guam College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences announces the release of the fifth volume of the online peer-reviewed publication: Pacific Asia Inquiry - Multidisciplinary Perspectives


Pacific Asia Inquiry is a peer reviewed on-line journal dedicated to showcasing works on the Pacific Asia Region and to advancing knowledge and understanding of this region. The Pacific Asia has long been the focus of intense cultural, political and economic interaction with other world regions, and it is the central theme of this journal.
Pacific Asia Inquiry analyzes and publishes contributions from a wide scope of works - national and international, regional and global, historical and current. Contributions are drawn from  multiple  disciplines  in  the  liberal  arts  and  social  sciences  -  including  sociology, psychology, communication, language and literature, visual arts, music, drama, history, geography, anthropology, philosophy, political science and economics. This journal appeals to academics, policy makers, and both government and non-government professionals with an interest in the Pacific Asia Region. Special edition themes under consideration include Economic Development and Social Change, Militarization in Pacific Asia, Culture Change and Global Interactions, After Orientalism, and Trends in the Visual Arts.
The Editorial Board of Pacific Asia Inquiry welcomes theoretical and field oriented contributions and analyses. Articles, critical essays, and case studies applied or theoretical that span the liberal arts and social sciences are welcome. The research emphasis of this series accommodates in-depth studies. Contributors are invited to share their innovative research, challenging past and current positions and perspectives. Any interdisciplinary approach may be employed  so  long  as  it  is  documented  in  a  readable  style  of  writing  that  is  accessible  to specialists and non-specialists alike. Authors may submit their writings on problems and issues associated with any ethnic group, national culture, historical period, genre, or media so long as the article has some scholarly and/or intellectual relevance or relation to Pacific Asia, especially Micronesia.
All submissions and editorial inquiries should be addressed to the Editor, Dr. Nicholas Goetzfridt, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, UOG Station, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam 96923, email: See final page for submission procedures.


Members of the Editorial Board are faculty members and academic administrators of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences of the University of Guam. The members of the Board are:
  • Nicholas Goetzfridt, Editor
  • Mary L. Spencer, Book Review Editor
  • Ann Ames, Book Review Editor
  • Chris Schreiner
  • James Sellmann
  • Troy McVey
  • Jason Vest
  • Elizabeth Kelley Bowman
  • David Gugin
  • Michael Clement 
Graphic Layout Artist: Leiana Naholowa'a
Cover Design: Perry Perez

CLASS Connections - Spring 2015

CLASS Connections Newsletter

Masters in Education Reading Online Program Accepting Applications

The University of Guam's School of Education is accepting applications for the Masters in Education Reading Online Program.  Only 15 students will be selected for the cohort.  Applications must be received by Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Stoicovy, Program Chair, at to apply.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CLASS Annual Research Conference - March 10

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Call for Paper and Presentation Abstracts  

·         General Submission Deadline February 5, 2015
·         Register for the CLASS Annual Research Conference 

Scholars, artists, and students engaged in scholarly and creative work in all disciplines are invited to participate in the 36th annual CLASS Research Conference held in conjunction with the University of Guam Charter Day, March 10, 2015. Presentations of papers, exhibits, panels, forums, workshops and performances are all welcome. The Conference Committee solicits proposals from faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in any discipline.
Presentations of all types are limited to:
·         20 minutes for presentation
·         5 minutes for discussion
·         An abstract of no more than 150 words
Alternate panels or performances can be organized upon request. Please contact before the February deadline to begin making arrangements. Requests made after the submission deadline may not be accommodated. Please note that rooms will be supplied with projectors only and presenters are required to provide their own laptop
The University of Guam is committed to equal opportunity and full participation for persons with disabilities by providing access to its services and facilities through the ADA Office.
Call 671-735-2995 or TDD 671-735-2243. 

iLearn Academy Charter School Opens its Doors

iLearn Academy Charter School opened this week with 110 students making their way to the island's newest and second charter school.

Students were bussed from around the island to the campus in Yigo where the school held its very first orientation. iLearn academy principal Rachel Alquero said, "Right now, we're doing orientation for all of the students, so as you can see they are all grouped by their grade level, they were introduced to their teachers, and their classmates so really right now we're just using it as a time to get to know each other." 

Not only were the students introduced, but at 10am on the first day, they were already getting their first taste of robotics and iPads. "Today they're going to be introduced to the iPad, so all of the teachers are going to be giving an example on how to take care of it, what they can expect from the iPad, what they're going to do with it within the classroom, just go over the rules and things like that," Alquero continued. 

So parents might wonder, what will a typical day be like for students at a technologically-driven school?  "What the typical day is for the students is, from here on out they will be doing all four core classes in the morning, they will have their lunch and their break, and within the classroom they will be utilizing the iPads, they will also be doing journal writing within the classroom," she explained. 

Although core classes will take place in the mornings, the afternoon is reserved for extracurricular coursework, with Alquero adding, "We have a range of classes so they'll be doing robotics, PE, art, music and dance, so all of the students will have two of those classes every single day." 

iLearn Academy is still accepting applications, but the deadline to register students K-5 is January 30, 2015.

Source: Isa Baza, KUAM

Snapshots with IRA Guest Speaker, Senator Nerissa Bretania Underwood, and More!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) eNews

The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority students.



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

eSchool News - February

Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

Digital textbook reflections

Three districts detail their shift from print to digital

Also in this Issue

Special Reports

What's News


UOG Alumni Update - Jan. 21


a)UOG Alumni Association Election (see additional details below, item #2):
Friday, 2/27, Deadline to file for candidacy
Friday, 3/6, Election, 1p.m. to 5p.m., Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business & Public Administration Building at the University of Guam, 2nd Floor, Room 261. Please bring a picture ID.

b)Triton Alumni Family Picnic (FREE Event)
Activities will coincide with the upcoming celebration of Charter Day 2015 held on March 11. Theme: There’s no place like home! Fun for the family: games, entertainment, prizes, refreshments and more!
Sunday, 3/8, 12p.m. to 4p.m., UOG Fieldhouse.

c)Charter Day (FREE Event)
Established in 1952 as the Territorial College of Guam, the institution was renamed the University of Guam in 1968. In 2015, we celebrate our 47th Charter Day and our 63rd year as an institution of higher education.
Tuesday, 3/10, 8:30a.m. to 4p.m. The schedule of events for Charter Day 2015 is being finalized, in the meantime, you can review information from last year to give you an idea of what to expect for this year:
Calling all interested alumni to form teams to compete in “President’s Cup Activities”:
5K Run, Badminton, Basketball, Dodgeball, Golf, Pingpong, Tug of War, Volleyball, Engagement Skills Trainer (EST), Wild Card Event (TBD)

d)The G Factor IV, UOG Senior/Alumni Reception and Talent Showcase:
University seniors and successful alumni connect to engage in meaningful conversations about preparing for the workforce.
Saturday, 5/2, 6p.m. to 10p.m. Venue TBD, more details coming soon
Review photos from previous events:

e)University of Guam 63rd Anniversary Founders Day Gala:
This is the University’s signature formal, “Green Tie” event for the year. We will celebrate our 63rd year as an institution of higher education. You don’t want to miss out!
Saturday, 6/27, 6p.m. to 10p.m. Hyatt Regency Guam, more details coming soon
Review photos from our 62nd Anniversary celebration:

f)2015 Search for Distinguished Alumni:
Monday, 7/6, nomination packets will be released
Friday, 10/2, deadline for the submission of packets

g)All-Class 2015 UOG Alumni Reunion: Featuring the Distinguished Alumni Awards
Saturday, 11/14, 6p-10p, Lotte Hotel, more details coming soon.
Review photos from previous events:

The UOG Alumni Association is looking for interested candidates to fill three positions in the organization. Individuals must have earned their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from the University to qualify for office. Candidates should have proven leadership experience, are able to communicate and work with a large group, possess great organizational skills, are results-driven, and are motivated towards continuing efforts to foster fraternity and support for the University. Prior community or group volunteer experiences are a plus for all positions. For the position of Treasurer, it is recommended that the individual have professional experience in finance. 

Responsibilities for each position are as follows:

Vice President/President-Elect
The Vice President/President Elect acts in the place of the President in his or her absence or disability. The Vice President/President-Elect shall become the Incoming President in the following term. (The President is the chief executive officer of the Association and shall have the general supervision, direction and control of the business and officers of the Association.

The Secretary shall keep, or cause to be kept, a book of minutes at the principal office or such other place as the Executive Committee may order, of all meetings of the Association. The Secretary shall give, or cause to be given place of all the meetings of the Association required by the By-Laws to be given and shall keep a list of the members and the seal of the Association in safe custody, and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the By-Laws.

The Treasurer shall keep and maintain, or cause to be kept and maintained, adequate and correct accounts of the properties and business transactions of the corporation, including accounts of its assets, liabilities, receipts, disbursements, gains, losses, capital, surplus and shares. Any surplus, including earned surplus, shall be classified according to source and shown in a separate account. The books of account shall at all reasonable times be open to inspection by any active member. The Treasurer shall deposit all money and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Association with such depositories as may be designated by the Executive Committee. He/she shall disburse the funds of the Association as may be ordered by the Executive Committee, shall render to the Executive Committee, whenever they request it, an account of all transactions and of the financial conditions of the Association and shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the By-Laws. A petty cash fund may be established upon approval of the Executive Committee. Treasurer shall coordinate with the established financial accounting firm, tax preparer or other established persons to prepare and reconcile monthly and yearly financial records and reports them to the Executive Committee accordingly.

The term of office for all positions is one year. Current President-Elect Chelo Paulino will become President. Current President, Star Mercado will serve as Immediate Past President.

The deadline to file for candidacy is Friday, February 27th through UOG Alumni Association President, Star Mercado via email, or through Norman Analista, Dir. Development and Alumni Affairs, UOG,

Candidates must submit a written statement that explains what position they are pursuing as well as their bio-data to be posted on the for other alumni to view prior to voting.

Ballots may be cast on Friday, March 6th, from 1p.m. to 5p.m. at the Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero Business & Public Administration Building at the University of Guam, 2nd Floor, Room 261. Please bring a picture ID. An option to cast a ballot electronically will be announced at a later date.

See the details in the flier below. Call Norman Analista at 735-2586 for more information.

Read-A-Thon 2015

Parent Training - Sign Language - Jan. 22

WOW!  Another Training opportunity JUST FOR YOU!! Please take advantage of this great opportunity with our qualified service providers.

Parent Training - Sign Language
Date:  January 22 (Thursday)
Time:  5:30pm—7:00pm
Place: Chief Brodie Elem. School, SPED Training Rm. 2

** Series of Topics/Themes provided by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher and staff.  Each month is different theme of common words/phrases used everyday **

For special accommodations or to register by phone, call DOE SPED Parent Service Office at 300-1322; or E-mail the Division of Special Education at


Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Civil Rights Leader

No person in the entire history of African America has made as great an impact on the nation as did Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – a preacher, civil rights advocate, moral leader, idealist and realist.  Since many young people had not yet been born during Dr. King’s lifetime, and may be too young to remember, it is our duty as a community of parents and educators to teach our children of the life and work of Dr. King.  May his legacy to ensure equality continue to live on.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Boarding of the New Year!

Prayers Loved by My Dearest Grandmother

Matilde Castro Santos

My loving grandmother instilled in each of us religious values with the belief that we can impart peace and love to all.  She is in heaven now, and we will always cherish the memorable times we spent with her.  In memory of her, I would like to share some of the prayers she loved.  RIP Matilde Castro Santos.

Grandma’s Favorite Prayers:

Act of Love
Dear Jesus, I love you with my whole heart, my whole soul, and all my strength.  May the love of Your own Sacred Heart fill my soul and purify it so that I may die to the world for love of You, as You died on the Cross for love of me.  My God, You are all mine; grant that I may be all Yours in time and in eternity.

Act of Hope 
Good Jesus, in You alone I place all my hope.  You are my salvation and my strength, the Source of all good.  Through Your mercy, through Your Passion and Death, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the grace of final perseverance, and a happy eternity.



The Most Holy Trinity

Most blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, behold us kneeling in Your Divine presence.  We humble ourselves deeply and beg of You the forgiveness of our sins.  We adore You, almighty Father, and with all our hearts we thank You for having given us Your Divine Son Jesus to be our Redeemer.

We adore You, Word of God, Jesus our Redeemer, and with all our hearts we thank You for having taken human flesh upon Yourself and having become priest and victim for our redemption in the sacrifice of the Cross, a sacrifice that, through Your great love, You renew upon our altars.

We adore you, Divine Spirit, and with all our hearts we thank You for having worked the unfathomable mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God with such great love for us, a blessing that is being continually extended and increased in the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  By this adorable mystery grant us and all poor sinners Your holy grace.  Pour forth Your sacred gifts upon us and upon all redeemed souls.


The Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit, Divine Paraclete, Father of the poor, Consoler of the afflicted, and Sanctifier of souls, behold us prostrate in Your presence.  We adore You with deepest submission and we repeat with the seraphim who stand before Your throne; “Holy, holy, holy!”

You filled the soul of Mary with immense graces and inflamed the hearts of the apostles with holy zeal; enkindle our hearts with Your love.  You are a supernatural light; enlighten us that we may understand eternal things.  You appeared as a dove; grant us purity of life.

You came as a wind full of sweetness; disperse the storms of passion that rise in us.  You appeared as a tongue; teach us to sing Your praises without ceasing.  You came forth in a cloud; cover us with the shade of Your protection.

O Bestower of heavenly gifts, vivify us by Your grace, sanctify us by Your love, and govern us by Your infinite mercy, so that we may never cease blessing, praising, and loving You now during our earthly lives and later in heaven for all eternity.


All Angels and Saints
Heavenly Father, in praising Your Angels and Saints we praise Your glory, for by honoring them we honor You, their Creator.  Their splendor shows us our greatness, which infinitely surpasses that of all creation.

In Your loving providence, You saw fit to send your Angels to watch over us.  Grant that we may always be under their protection and one day enjoy their company in heaven.

Heavenly Father, You are glorified in Your Saints, for their glory is the crowning of Your gifts.  You provide an example for us by their lives on earth, You give us their friendship by our communion with them.  You grant us strength and protection through their prayer for the Church, and You spur us on to victory over evil and the price of eternal glory by this great company of witnesses.

Grant that we who aspire to take part in their joy may be filled with the Spirit that blessed their lives, so that, after sharing their faith on earth, we may also experience their peace in heaven.


St. Joseph

Holy Joseph, you were always most just; make us relish what is right.  You sustained Jesus and Mary in time of trial; sustain us by your help.  You provided for all the needs of Jesus and Mary; help the needy of the whole world.  You rescued Jesus from Herod who sought to kill Him; save us from our many sins.

You were the foster father of Christ, the priest-victim; make priests faithful to their calling.  You were the foster father of Christ, the divine physician; sustain the sick and obtain relief for them.  You died the holiest of deaths in the arms of Jesus and Mary; intercede for the dying.  You were the intrepid guardian of the Holy Family; protect all Christian families.

You cared for Jesus with true fatherly love; protect all children in the world.  You were a dedicated and honest worker in your trade as a carpenter; teach us to labor for Jesus.  You were the faithful and chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; preserve in all hearts a love of fidelity and purity.  You were a model single person and a model father later on; help all human beings to imitate your virtues.


The Blessed Sacrament

Lord Jesus, at the Last Supper as You sat at table with Yourself to the Father as the spotless lamb, the acceptable gift that renders perfect praise to Him.  You have given us the memorial of Your Passion to bring us its saving power until the end of time.  In this great Sacrament You feed Your people and strengthen them in holiness, so that the human family may come to walk in the light of one faith, and in one communion of love.  We are fed at Your table and grow into Your risen likeness.  

Lord Jesus, You are the Eternal and True Priest Who established this unending sacrifice.  You offered Yourself as a Victim for our deliverance and You taught us to offer it throughout time in memory of You.  As we eat Your Body that You gave for us, we grow in strength.  As we drink Your Blood that You poured out for us, we are washed clean.

Lord Jesus, let the power of Your Eucharist pervade every aspect of our daily lives.  Let Your consecration transform all our action and all the events of each day into supernatural agents that form Your Mystical Body.


The Holy Cross

Lord Jesus, from the height of Your throne of suffering You reveal the depth of Your love for us.  Lifted up from the world on the Cross, You draw everyone to Yourself.

The Cross is both the symbol and the act by which You raised up the world from all its sin and weakness.  But You also ask for our cooperation.

Help us to die to self so that we may live for You and our fellow human beings.  Set us free from the slavery of our passions, our prejudices, and our selfishness.  Enable us to endure the pains and trials of this life and really help to change the world in our own small way.

Keep before our minds the conviction that in the Cross is salvation and life as well as defense against our enemies.  Through the Cross heavenly grace is given us, our minds are strengthened, and we experience spiritual joy.  In the Cross is the height of virtue and the perfection of all sanctity.  Let us take up our Cross, and follow You through earthly sorrow into eternal happiness in heaven. 


The Blessed Virgin Mary

Virgin Mother of God, most august Mother of the Church, we commend the whole Church to you.

You bear the seer name of “Help of Bishops”; keep the bishops in your care, and be at their side and at the side of the priests, religious, and laity who offer them help in sustaining the difficult work of the pastoral office.

From the Cross, the Divine Savior, your Son, gave you as a most loving Mother to the disciple whom He loved; remember, the Christian people who commit themselves to you.

Be mindful of all your children; join to their prayers your special power and authority with God.  Keep their faith whole and lasting, strengthen their hope, and enkindle their love.  Come to the aid of those who find themselves in hardship, in need, in danger, and especially those who are suffering from persecution.

We commend the whole human race to your Immaculate Heart, O Virgin Mother of God.  Lead it to acknowledge Jesus as the one true Savior.  Drive far from it all the calamities provoked by sin.  Bring it peace, which consists in truth, justice, liberty, and love.