UOG Breaks Ground for School of Engineering Building

The University of Guam community hosted a dedication ceremony for its highly anticipated School of Engineering building on Monday, March 19, 2018. The new facility will be located in front of the Agriculture and Life Sciences building at the university campus in Mangilao.

The new facility will help the School of Engineering as it expands to a full, four-year Bachelor of Science in Civil-Environmental Engineering program in 2019.

The 16,000-square feet building will feature:

  • six faculty offices
  • two state-of-the-art student classrooms
  • three laboratories for soil-structure, hydraulics, and environmental engineering
  • computer lab


"I can't overemphasize what it means to have a school that is devoted to this profession," stated President Robert A. Underwood. "Not only as we look to the impending military buildup, but just looking at the way we live and the way that we construct our lives. The way we deal with the man-made part of our environment. Engineers are at the forefront."

The University established the School of Engineering in 2016 to address a shortage of local engineers in Guam and other islands in the Western Pacific. Currently, the School of Engineering offers a two-year Pre-Engineering program, and students then transfer elsewhere to complete their engineering degree at partner institutions such as the University of Iowa and Mapua University in the Philippines.

The School of Engineering is one of the capital improvement projects under the University’s Vision 2025 Physical Master Plan. This new facility was made possible through a USDA loan secured through the UOG Endowment Foundation.

 

School of Engineering students with UOG administrators and members of the community

 

Dr. Shahram Khosrowpanah, Interim Dean, School of Engineering

 

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Register Now for the 9th Regional Conference on Island Sustainability

Island Alliance for Sustainable Action 

The 9th Regional Conference on Island Sustainability will take place from March 26-30, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

This year's conference theme, "Island Alliance for Sustainable Action," will move us toward stronger relationships among islands and 'islanded communities' which face common challenges due to geographic remoteness and related factors.

The conference will inspire change, facilitate action, and provide a venue for sharing, networking, and collaboration of sustainability issues related to economic, social/cultural, educational, environmental or energy solutions.

Pre-conference events: March 26 and 27, 2018
Main conference: March 27 to 29, 2018
Conference Field Trip: March 30, 2018

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Inaugural "G is for Giving" Annual Campaign Raises $20K for Student Scholarships

The University of Guam community in cooperation with the Foundation raised over $20,000 for its inaugural “G is for Giving” Campaign - an annual drive for scholarships for the students of the University of Guam. This month-long campaign which kicked off on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, and lasted until December 31st, 2017, involved students, faculty, retired faculty, alumnae, and community members from Guam and the the US mainland to raise money for each of the University of Guam’s five college units and the UOG Athletics Program.

“Si Yu'os ma'åse' to all those who generously gave to the UOG "G is for Giving" annual giving campaign,” stated University President Robert A. Underwood. “We look forward to even more success in the coming years as we build a stronger University and stronger community.”

Gifts ranged from $2 to $2,500. The largest individual donor was a professor living in the state of Washington. In fact, retired professors made up 30% of the total amount raised which will be used to increase a scholarship fund they established in 2010. The college unit that raised the most money was the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA).

“If we could get our students closer to completing their studies - by helping in this way, we contribute to a public good that our island and region could benefit from,” said SBPA Dean Annette Taijeron Santos. “Our students are our future. We are so fortunate to have a vibrant and caring community at SBPA with strong connections to our business and government stakeholders.”

The School of Business and Public Administration is housed in the Jesus and Maria Eugenia Leon Guerrero Building - a building donated by the founders of the Bank of Guam and a continued supporter of University of Guam. For the G is for Giving campaign, the Bank of Guam marketing team conducted a training workshop attended by students who later set up donation collection tables on Giving Tuesday. From Giving Tuesday until December 31st, donations were collected on the UOG Endowment Foundation website, www.supportuog.org, through the mail, and in person, using “UOG Green” envelopes specifically ordered for the month.  

“The community came together to make this first, annual scholarship fundraising a success. We thank all of those who donated. As our student body grows, efforts like these become more and more critical to keep higher education on Guam growing along with it,” said Melanie Mendiola, Executive Director of the University of Guam Endowment Foundation.

#GisforGiving

 

Tomorrow kicks off the start of the UOG Endowment Foundation’s annual campaign, and we are asking for your support this holiday season. The annual campaign’s goal this year is to raise $28,000 for student scholarships, and we need your help to ensure that the next generation of UOG students have access to the education that can unlock their full potential.

 

The campaign begins with #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement driven primarily on social media that seeks to encourage everyone to think about giving back to the nonprofits and causes they care about, after two days of getting deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year, #GivingTuesday involves a collaborative effort between alumni, local businesses, and current UOG students to raise funds to support the mission.

 

You will see students across campus throughout the day at tables in hopes of raising money to start the campaign on the right note – look for their green shirts, and stop by to say hello! The students are also competing to see which school can raise the most money, so if you are alumni who would like to support your school with your gift, make a note on your donation form, and your gift will count towards their goal. The Bank of Guam participated by generously offering to train student volunteers in how to approach potential donors and share a story that creates connection and makes a case for their cause.

 

You may see a preaddressed green envelope with a donation form between now and the end of the year, making it as easy as possible for you to give to the campaign. Every contribution counts, and we hope you will join us in supporting students by making a donation during this campaign. We also invite you to share on social media why you decided to give by using the hashtag #GisforGiving to encourage others to donate as well. Together, we can empower students to learn and grow by providing the critical resources needed to access a quality education. The campaign will go through the end of the year, until December 31. As always, your gift is tax deductible, and you can give online by going to supportuog.org and clicking the “Give Now” button. We hope you will join us!

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.