UOG Student Receives Clotilde C. Gould and PDN Scholarship

The Clotilde C. Gould and Pacific Daily News Scholarship was awarded to student Gino Datuin at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Professional Development Room at the UOG campus on Friday, September 29, 2017. Sandy Yow, Clotilde Gould's daughter, and Jason Sakazaki, Market Development Director for PDN, were present to congratulate the recipient at the scholarship award ceremony.

"She always opened her home to many people," said Yow. "I'm an only child, but we always had students living with us. The house was never just me or them."

The late Clotilde C. Gould who passed away in 2002 was the former head of Chamorro Studies at the Guam Department of Education, and as a Master Storyteller, she helped preserve the traditional Kantan Chamorrita music art form. With the Pacific Daily News, she helped create Fino' Chamorro, a daily language lesson, and the beloved Chamorro language comic series, Juan Malimanga.

"It's a beautiful partnership with PDN and Sandy Yow in fulfilling her mom's legacy and carrying on her work,” said Janiece Sablan, Executive Director for UOG Endowment Foundation.

Today, the Juana Malimanga comic series is produced by students at UOG who provide both the textual content and art work. The payment for the series is now funneled into the Clotilde C. Gould and Pacific Daily News Scholarship opportunity which supports students of Art and Chamorro Studies at UOG.

"I want to thank Pacific Daily News, Ms. Sandy Yow, and the UOG Endowment Foundation,” said Gino. "I want to also thank my parents and family who have always supported me in what I did and all the choices I made. I wouldn't be here without them." Gino is also one of the UOG student artists who have illustrated the Juan Malimanga comic series.

“My mother would have liked the work being done by the different generations in creating these comics," Yow stated.

UOG Dedicates High-Tech School of Education Classroom to the Filipino Community of Guam

Classroom number 206 at the School of Education (SOE) building at the University of Guam was named in honor of the Filipino Community of Guam (FCG) on September 9, 2017, in appreciation for their contribution to the university.

FCG had donated $50,000 to the UOG Endowment Foundation as part of UOG’s capital campaign, and a portion of their donation was used for technology upgrades and new furniture in need of replacement at SOE. A major portion of the gift will also go into an endowment fund which will allow for greater financial benefit to the University of Guam in perpetuity.

The room dedication ceremony was attended by FCG members and officers as well as faculty and staff in the UOG campus community. 40% of UOG’s student population is of Filipino descent.

UOG’s First Interactive Whiteboard

The first interactive whiteboard on campus was installed in room 206 and was made possible with FCG’s support. At the room dedication ceremony, Dean Olah, Assistant Professor in SOE, conducted a presentation on how interactive whiteboards are incorporated into lesson plans and how it encourages students to interact.

Currently there are 300 interactive whiteboards being used in Guam’s public schools, and interactive whiteboards are also found in many private schools and at DODEA in Guam.

“These interactive whiteboards are going to give our future teachers a big boost as soon as they leave SOE and begin their careers,” Olah said. “They will also be able to teach others how to use the technology and so all around, it will be good for everyone.”

The interactive whiteboard is made by Promethean, and some of the features include students taking their own attendance, video links played on the board, and class discussions saved and reused for the next class.

Learn at Lunch with the Triton Lunch Club

"Financial literacy" is a hot topic these days. According to Investopedia.com, "Financial literacy is the education and understanding of various financial areas. This topic focuses on the ability to manage personal finance matters in an efficient manner, and it includes the knowledge of making appropriate decisions about personal finance such as investing, insurance, real estate, paying for college, budgeting, retirement and tax planning."


Data shows that most people really don't understand how to manage their money. January's Triton Lunch Club will help change that. On January 26th, Ms. Sandra McKeever will be presenting "How to Set & Keep Your New Year's Financial Resolutions." This is a topic we can all get better at.

McKeever is the President and Financial Advisor at Asia Pacific Financial Management Group as well as a 2016 University of Guam Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. 

Join us on January 26th at Lotte Hotel, Emerald Ballroom. Doors open at 11:30am. The Triton Lunch Club is brought to you in part by UOG Alumni Affairs, UOG Alumni Association and the UOG Endowment Foundation. Learn at lunch!

 

Filipino Community of Guam donates $50K to UOG Endowment Foundation

L-R: Dr. John Sanchez, Dean of School of Education, UOG; Dr. Anita Enriquez, SVP Academic & Student Affairs, UOG; Dr. Robert Underwood, President, UOG; Ms. Nita Baldovina, President, FCG; Ms. Janiece Sablan, Executive Director, UOG Endowment Foundation; Norman Analista, Director, Dev. & Alumni Affairs , UOG & 1st Vice President, FCG; Ms. Edna Rebanal, Treasurer, FCG; Ms. Beth Cena, Asst. Treasurer, FCG; Ms. Annabelle Dancel, Peace Officer, FCG; Ms. Blanca Imbo, Membership Committee Chairperson, FCG.

 

On December 16, 2016, the Filipino Community of Guam (FCG) donated $50,000 to the UOG Endowment Foundation as part of the Celebrating the Triton Spirit: Building Our Legacy capital campaign. At the check presentation, Ms. Nita Baldovino, FCG’s President, explained that when she learned over 40% of UOG’s student population is of Filipino descent, she felt it was even more imperative that the organization lend greater support to the University.

“These are the children of taxi drivers, accountants, cooks, builders, and skilled workers who migrated to Guam many years ago, and are now part of the community because of the University of Guam,”  Ms. Baldovino said at the recent FCG gala where she first made the donation announcement.

Norman Analista, incoming president for the FCG, and current First Vice President, explained that higher education is very important to Filipinos, so it was only fitting that a donation be made to support UOG. “I’m a proud alumnus of the University of Guam and I’ve experienced for myself how the degrees that I earned have led me towards several exciting career paths. My education gave me options and the freedom to pursue avenues that continue to allow me to support my family and to fulfill personal goals,” he said.

A portion of the funds will be used for upgrades to classrooms at UOG’s School of Education. Dr. John Sanchez, Dean of the School of Education, explained that one of the rooms will be equipped with Smart Board technology to allow education students to be prepared in today’s classrooms. A major portion of the gift will go into the endowment fund which will allow for greater financial benefit to the University of Guam in perpetuity.


To recognize this gift, Rm. 207 at the School of Education will be named in honor of the Filipino Community of Guam.

13th Annual Celebrity Chef's Cup: Fall in Love

The 13th Annual Celebrity Chef’s Cup—“Fall in Love.”

November 16th at 6pm at the Hyatt Regency Guam

Guam’s top chefs compete for your love with a delicious four course meal inspired by the warmth and comfort of the romantic Fall season!

Featured Chefs:
Mirko Agostini, Hyatt Regency Guam
Chris Adams, Leo Palace Guam
Gene Soledad, Outrigger Guam
…and reigning champ
Simplicio Taga, Jr, Pacific Islands Club

We will feature an art auction with beautiful pieces from UOG’s Isla Center for the Arts. A highlight of the evening are the skits from our Celebrity Chefs from the business and University community as they bring out their best performances all to raise funds for the University of Guam Endowment Foundation & Micronesian Chefs Association. Fall in Love with food, art, and higher-education.

Purchase your tickets today!

A Special Thank You

This year's Founders Day Gala was extra special as we had an opportunity to show the University's gratitude for the loyal commitment by the late Mr. Pedro "Pete" Ada and the late Mrs. Fe Perez Ada. Over the decades, the Ada family has been highly involved in UOG's leadership as both the late Mr. Ada and his son Sonny Ada have chaired the Board of Regents and son-in-law Mr. David John continues to serve as a director with the UOG Endowment Foundation.

The Adas have also supported numerous projects across the campus such as the ROTC program, the Center for Island Sustainability and countless events.

The recent gift to the Celebrating the Triton Spirit: Building Our Legacy Campaign will do two things. First, a major portion of their gift will go towards capital improvement projects that will allow our students to learn and grow on a 21st Century Campus. Secondly, a portion of their gift will go to create the Pedro & Fe Ada Seed Fund will allow students in the Masters of Public Administration program to increase the impact of their projects that reach into the community and provide meaningful social change. For all this, we are truly grateful!