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 Association Officers: Pictured left row (front): Dr. Darlene Roberto, Treasurer; Martha Sudo, Secretary; and Dr. Lourdes P. Klitzkie, Advisor. Pictured right row (front): Rose Cruz Castro, President; Margaret Beem, Vice President, and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster.

SOE Alumni Association Scholarship and Grant Forms

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Monday, June 18, 2012


After a competitive national search, Dr. Frankie Santos Laanan has been named the new Dean of the School of Education at the University of Guam.  Dr. Laanan is a tenured full professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Iowa State University (ISU), where he has worked since 2003.  Prior to ISU, he previously held faculty positions at the University of North Texas and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Laanan is originally from Tumon, Guam and attended St. Anthony Catholic School and John F. Kennedy High School before finishing high school in the US mainland.  He received his B.A. in Political Science (1993), M.A. in Higher Education (1994), and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change (1998) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

“Dr. Laanan’s exceptional background as an administrator and educator made him an ideal candidate and an excellent choice,” said Dr. Robert A Underwood, UOG President.  “We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Laanan to UOG and back to Guam.”

Dr. Laanan brings a rich set of experiences and skills to the School of Education.  During his career, he has received and managed a grant portfolio of over $7 million, addressing issues such as preparing students and teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, teacher recruitment, career and technical education, and student engagement and success.  Dr. Laanan’s prolific body of scholarly work includes over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings, and book and monograph chapters.  Additionally, he has edited one book and 3 monographs and has over 150 juried national and international conference presentations.

Dr. Laanan is an active member in several professional and scholarly organizations and has held leadership positions including president of the Association for Career and Technical Education Research and vice president for research and publications for the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.  He is nationally known for his work on studying educational pathways for women and underrepresented students in STEM fields. 
In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Laanan understands and works in extension and outreach activities as a member of the faculty of a Iowa State, a land grant university, and is active in educational policy reviews at all levels.  He also serves as the Interim Director of  the Center for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education at Iowa State, focusing on research, professional development, leadership, and advocacy for STEM education. 
“I am very honored to have been selected as the new Dean of the School of Education (SOE) at the University of Guam,” said Dr. Laanan.  “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students to address the critical issues facing Guam’s K-12 schools including pre-service and in-service teacher education, professional development, and student achievement and success. “

Dr. Laanan plans to build a strong relationship with Guam Department of Education (DOE) and to focus on the critical importance of research.  “Working closely and synergistically with DOE will ensure the undergraduate and graduate programs in SOE are meeting the needs of today’s and future educational leaders and professionals.  In addition, cultivating a research culture will strategically position SOE to make a significant impact on how we use data to create learning environments that facilitate student achievement and success as well as teacher recruitment and retention.”
Dr. Laanan will begin his appointment as Dean of the School of Education on August 1, 2012.  Please join the University in welcoming Dr. Laanan back to his home island.

Friday, June 8, 2012

UOG Founder's Day Gala - June 30, 2012

I especially want to take this opportunity to encourage you to attend the upcoming Founder’s Day Gala scheduled for Saturday, June 30, from 6p.m. to 10p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Guam, Grand Ballroom.
We will formally celebrate the University’s rich past and promising future – there will be no other celebration like the gala this year.
As one of the organizers for this signature event, I can assure you that you will have a fun and exciting time!
VIP Treatment!
When you first walk in, you will receive special VIP treatment with red carpet runway interviews and professional photos in front of a large media wall.
Unforgettable Dinner!
You will be treated to an elegant and festive dining atmosphere and an outstanding four course plated dinner (see menu below, a vegan option is also available).
Selection of oven fresh rolls
Salad: Mixed greens with piquant roasted pepper coulis and garlic bruschetta
Soup: Cream of roasted field mushrooms with herbs
Main Course: Filet of selected beef tenderloin Wellington and Mirin broiled salmon, served with seasonal garden vegetables, oven roasted red potatoes, mushroom red wine sauce
Dessert: Grand dessert surprise
Coffee, iced or hot tea
Surprise Entertainment!
We won’t serve up long speeches - rather, you will be treated to world class performances by the University Jazz band, University Singers, and other special surprise numbers by alumni.
Exciting Prizes!
You will also have the opportunity to win exciting raffle prizes including trips to the US mainland courtesy Delta Airlines, spa packages from Mandara Spa, and much, much more!
The After Party!
When the festivities wrap up at 10p.m., we will be holding the after party at Kentos, a popular dance club within the Hyatt facility. Prepare to dance to old school, disco, and R&B music!
Limited Seating – Almost Sold Out!
Seating for this special event is limited to 600 guests, and we are almost sold out! If you are interested in attending, please contact me ASAP to secure your tickets.
Please call 735-2586 (ALUM) or email nanalista@uguam.uog.edu