SOE Alumni Association

The SOE Alumni Association supports SOE’s mission of effectively preparing educators and other education personnel for professional performance in diverse cultural contexts. It serves as a connection for which SOE alumni can give back to their alma mater by sharing their talents, resources, etc. in different SOE events. It further serves as a source for developing alumni pride, spirit, and life-long commitments to the School of Education.

SOE Alumni Officers: Pictured L-R front row: Graziella "Grace" Griffin, President; Margaret Beem, Vice President; and Martha Sudo, Secretary. Back row L-R: Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster and Immediate Past President; Lois Taitano Gumataotao, Public Information Officer; Rose Marie Cruz Castro, Treasurer; and Dr. Lourdes Klitzkie, Advisor.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

TEAM 2014 Conference - Oct. 24-26


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 June 30, 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 Person:
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:
For Foreign Partcipants:
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $200.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $250.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $300.00 (USD)
For Local Participants
  • Early bird registration (on or before Aug. 15, 2014) is $100.00 (USD)
  • After Aug. 15 registration is $150.00 (USD)
  • Onsite registration is $200.00 (USD)
  • Registration fee includes:
    • Conference reception on the first day
    • 2 lunches at the Hyatt
    • Morning and afternoon teas 
    • Conference bag 
    • Program booklet
    • For Foreign Participants : An invitation letter for visa application will be provided after payment of registration fee

27th Language Arts Conference - Nov. 14 & 15

27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

Literacy, Assessment and Core Curriculum Standards 

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hyatt Regency Guam


Sponsored by:
University of Guam
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
School of Education
International Reading Association, Guam Council

E-mail: uoglac@gmail.com
Welcome to the 27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website!  The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.
This year's Keynote Speaker:
University of Guam
Dr. Margaruite Smith
Dr. Smith is Director of Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Hawaii and Pacific Sales and Service for McGraw-Hill Education. In that capacity, she is responsible for all aspects of teacher training, textbook and online learning sales, as well as Professional Development services for McGraw-Hill School Education educational materials, including SRA, Macmillan, Glencoe and Wright Group products to the Department of Defense Schools and to Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, American Samoa, and Hawaii. 
She has degrees from Texas Tech University, Texas Southern University, and the University of Denver in education and in educational administration. She has taught in every grade level 1-12, and has been an elementary administrator. She has teacher certification in reading, English as a Second Language, as well as general studies K-12.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood
Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood is a former Superintent for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE).  She served as GDOE's research, planning, and evaluation administrator.  She holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in education, and a bachelor of arts degree in education.  She has also served as the chair of the committee to develop Guam Department of Education's master plan relative to the increase in military presence.  Dr. Underwood has been a leader in the local Filipino community organizations and an advocate of Guam's quest for self-determination and has served the community as a member of the Guam Memorial Hospital's board of trustees, the Guam Humanities Council, and St. Paul Christian School's board of directors.  She is also the vice chair of the Democratic Party of Guam.

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year
Penaflorida is a Filipino teacher who won the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year award for his outreach teaching project known as, "Kariton Klasrum" (pushcart classroom).  He received his award from American actress Eva Mendes at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

According to Penaflorida, "Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  We are one great tapestry...Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need."

If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately.  We have a limit of 300 participants.  Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline.  Don't let this weekend go without signing up.  We look forward to seeing you there!
You can also earn two (2) PD894 graduate credits/CEUs.  You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional International Programs, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PIP Building, Room #217.  For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233.  You can also e-mail the Instructor, Lois Taitano Gumataotao, at ltgumataotao@gmail.com.
Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:
  • Dr. Clarisa Quan:  risaquan@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:  stoicovy@guam.net
  • Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:  mnrivera1@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Christopher Garcia:  guamchrisgarcis@gmail.com
  • Dr. Michelle Santos: msantos@uguam.uog.edu

Administrative Coordinators:
  • Kathleen Duenas (Email: kduenas@uguam.uog.edu, Tel: 735-2725)
  • E-mail:  uoglac@gmail.com

UOG Field House Renaming Ceremony

The University of Guam community will celebrate an historic event at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014 as the iconic UOG Field House will be renamed the University of Guam Calvo Field House. Through a committed donation of $3 million, the Calvo family is supporting the University’s 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign and UOG’s vision for a 21st Century campus.

The entire UOG Community is invited. The event will take place at the UOG Field House beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 17.

For more, visit: http://www.uog.edu/news-announcements/uog-renames-field-house

Saturday, October 11, 2014

SOE Alumni Association Coordinates the UOG - IRA Course

The SOE Alumni Association officers were hard at work at the IRA October general membership meeting, as they assisted IRA members who were interested in obtaining a UOG credit for attending and learning from the various IRA meetings. Members expressed gratitude to the association for paving the way to make the course available. Kudos to all!

SOE Alumni Officers hard at work.  Pictured L-R:  Rose Cruz Castro, Treasurer; Martha Sudo, Secretary; Grace Griffin, President; Margaret Beem, Vice President; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

SOE Alumni Webmaster Conducts Literacy Presentation at CL Taitano Elementary School

It is always a pleasure to be able to make a difference in the lives of our students.   SOE Alumni Webmaster, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, conducted a family literacy presentation at the Raising Readers Workshop held October 4, 2014 at CL Taitano Elementary School.  The workshop was meaningful, as parents were actively engaged in the process.  Kudos to the organizers of the workshop!  Si Yu'os Ma'ase'!

SOE Alumni Webmaster, Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, conducted a literacy presentation on October 4, 2014 at C.L. Taitano Elementary School.  Pictured L-R:  Corina Y. Paulino, Principal; Dr. Rivera; and Jacqueline Monteverde.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Alumni Survey Results

95% of UOG graduates are employed, and 56% earn more than $40K per year.

The University of Guam Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and the Office of Academic Assessment and Institutional Research have released the results of an Alumni Survey conducted in the 2014 Spring Semester. The purpose of the survey was to identify the employment status and work placement of our graduates, and the perceived usefulness of the degree and University education.
Several samples of alumni surveys from other institutions were reviewed and used as a base template for designing the UOG survey instrument.  Faculty, Deans and Senior Management were consulted in the design of the instrument.  The IRB reviewed the proposed study and determined that it was exempt from further IRB review.
The survey instrument was created in Qualtrics, an online survey system.  A web link to the survey was created and emailed to alumni by the Alumni Development Office using email addresses on file with that Office.  There were 391 responses.   A breakdown of the year of graduation: 
Total Number of Responses: 391 
Percentage of Graduates from 2000s71.4%
Percentage of Graduates from 1990s16.1%
Percentage of Graduates from 1980s7.9%
Percentage of Graduates from 1970s3.3%
Percentage of Graduates from 1960s1.3%

  1. 80% of UOG alumni claim their University education was either very useful (36%) or useful (44%) in preparing them for their jobs.
  2. A majority of the respondents who received their bachelor’s degree from UOG are employed in their major field of study, and felt that their UOG education prepared them for their job. Almost all UOG graduates (95% of respondents) are currently employed.
  3. UOG graduates who responded to the survey (56%) reported that they earned $41K to  $81K and above per annum. In comparison, local residents who participated in the 2010 Guam Census who earned a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (18%) reported that they earned $35K to $65K or more per annum.
  4. 77% of UOG alumni were working while attending UOG. 31% said their employment was the result of a practicum, internship, or cooperative learning activity. Academic Advising (42%) and Faculty Mentoring (32%) were University services or resources that benefited graduates the most.
  5. As a result of graduates’ responses through this project, we are prompted to revisit and further review UOG services, events and resources in order to identify opportunities to better serve current students and alumni.

The following are highlights of the responses to the survey.  A complete report of the responses is attached. 
Question:  Which type of degree did you earn from UOG? (check all that apply)
87% of the respondents earned their bachelor’s degree from UOG
27% of the respondents earned their master’s degree from UOG
1% of the respondents earned their associate’s degree from UOG

Question:  What college or school within UOG did you earn your degree?
41% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA)
25% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Education (SOE)
18% of the respondents earned their degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)
9% of the respondents earned their degree from the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS)
6% of the respondents earned their degree from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS)

Question:  Which of the following University services, events, or resources benefited you? (check all that apply)
Academic Advising:  42%
Faculty Mentoring:   32%
None of the above:  30%       
Student Organization:  26%
Student Counseling: 9%
Other:  9%
Career Placement Office/Services: 6%
Job Fair:  4%

Question:  Are you employed or have you secured employment?
Yes:         95%
No:          5%

Question:   In what range is your current salary?
Less than 20K:    8%
$20k-$40k:        36%
$41k-$60k         29%
$61k-$80k:        18%
$81k+:                  9%

Question:  How well did your UOG education prepare you for your job?
Not Useful:           1%
Neutral:               19%
Useful:                 44%
Very Useful:        36%

For more information, please contact Deborah D. Leon Guerrero, Director for Academic Assessment and Institutional Research at 735-2585, or deborah@uguam.uog.edu, or Norman Analista, Director for Development and Alumni Affairs at 735-2586/797-3333 or nanalista@uguam.uog.edu.
- See more at: http://www.uog.edu/news-announcements/uog-releases-results-of-alumni-survey#sthash.VYYHZ0DR.dpuf

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.” 

Matilda Rivera
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!