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 L-R: Dr. Darlene Roberto, Treasurer; Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, Webmaster; Dr. Lourdes P. Klitzkie, Advisor; Margaret Beem, Vice President; Martha Sudo, President; and Rose Cruz Castro, Secretary.

SOE Alumni Association Scholarship and Grant Forms

Click on the following links to access the SOE Alumni Association scholarship and grant forms:

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

Congratulations Newly-Elected SOE Alumni Officers!

Congratulations to the newly-elected SOE Alumni Officers who were officially elected on December 9, 2023!  They include the following:

President:  Martha Sudo
Vice President:  Margaret Beem
Secretary:  Rose Castro
Treasurer/Webmaster:  Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera

Sunday, December 17, 2023

UOG, families celebrate Fanuchånan 2023 graduates

 Family members, friends, and dignitaries from across the Micronesia region gathered to celebrate 220 graduates during the University of Guam’s Fanuchånan 2023 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 17, at the UOG Calvo Field House.

The commencement speaker, a former high school dropout who grew up poor, and became an internationally known motivational and keynote speaker, shared some of his most life-changing lessons. 

Dr. Samuel Betances said before he got accepted into college, he volunteered for jobs that no one else wanted, and in doing so received mentorship that encouraged him to read. 

“Read memoirs about people who had it tougher than you that bounced back and managed to excel,” said Dr. Betances, who holds a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in education from Harvard University. 

He urged the graduates to continue learning, become someone’s mentor, and be part of change for a better community. 

“The fires are raging, and it is your turn to hold the hose,” he said, receiving an enthusiastic response from the graduates, their family members, and friends.

UOG President Anita Borja Enriquez encouraged the graduates to share the University’s “values of respect, compassion and community.” 

“Give back in your capacities as new professionals, as value-added critical thinkers and problem-solvers, be represented in all industry sectors, and work collaboratively and in harmony with and through others as Triton alumni,” the President said. 

Haley Mae M. Carreon

Aspiring psychologist Haley Mae M. Carreon is the valedictorian. Born in Guam and the daughter of Filipino immigrants Andy Carreon, an electrical engineer, and Shirley Carreon, an accountant, Haley Carreon credits her family’s strong support of her education since childhood. She said she practiced good time management, a solid work ethic, and the humility she learned from home. She studied psychology as her major and sociology was her minor. 

“We gather here not just as graduates but also as people who have experienced a transformative journey, molded by the obstacles we have overcome, the knowledge we have gained, and the connections we have created here at UOG,” the valedictorian said. “Today is not just a culmination of four years of hard work, it is a celebration of resilience and growth.” 

The graduates overcame almost three years of the pandemic and the devastation caused by Typhoon Mawar.

The commencement also celebrated 22 graduates who comprise the first cohort in the Master of Accountancy Program at the School of Business Administration. 

Monday, October 30, 2023

UOG Press October • Oktubre Newsletter


Join us for the launch of our Kantan CHamoru Children's Book Series! 

These books reintroduce long beloved songs to young readers, but they also introduce them to new musical voices who are carrying on the tradition. The Kantan CHamoru book series celebrates the musical tradition in CHamoru culture. The lyrics in each poem or song reflect key values for the community, such as the importance of respecting elders, perpetuating cultural practices, and expressing pride in one’s heritage.”

– Kiana Brown, Project Manager

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2023 Association of University Presses Directors Residency Report:
Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, University of Guam Press, reports on visiting five presses

UOG Press Director of Publishing Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero spent the beginning of May visiting university presses on the U.S. East Coast and learning from their directors and teams as part of a press director's residency program organized by the Association of University Presses. She learned a variety of approaches to academic publishing including editorial, production, marketing, and business strategies and is excited to apply this expanded knowledge at UOG Press. 


Leon Guerrero visited Princeton University Press and Rutgers University Press in New Jersey and New York University Press and Fordham University Press in New York City. She also had meetings with the directors of Temple University Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Oxford University Press, and Columbia University Press. She ended her trip at Brown University in Rhode Island, where she learned about their exciting and innovative digital publications program. 

Read the full article here!

Finu’ Chamorro for Beginners

by Faye Untalan
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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Friday, August 11, 2023

UOG President Enriquez begins five-year term

Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, 12th president of the University of Guam, is seen in the Jesus and Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business and Public Administration Building in Mangilao on August 3, 2023.

The University of Guam Board of Regents and Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez last week executed the contract officially appointing her as the 12th president of UOG. 

Dr. Enriquez assumed her new role as president effective August 6, following a search process that began with 30 U.S. and international applicants and was later whittled down to three finalists. She moves to the presidency after serving as the senior vice president and provost at UOG for the last 10 years. 
 "The Board is excited about the future of the University under her capable leadership," said Chairperson Liza Provido. "We are confident that she will bring a wealth of experience, leadership, and vision to her new role, leading UOG to even greater heights."   
Over her 30-year career at UOG, Dr. Enriquez has held other administrator positions — including serving as the first female CHamoru dean of the UOG School of Business and Public Administration, interim director of the Center for Continuing Education and Outreach Programs, and most recently, the senior vice president and provost.  
In addition to her career in academia, Dr. Enriquez has extensive private sector experience in organizational management and marketing and as an entrepreneur. She believes her careers in private enterprise and public service fuels her passion for workforce and economic development for the island and the rest of Micronesia. 
"The University of Guam is a conduit that energizes our economy, provides our community opportunities for social mobility, informs public policy, and cultivates our future thought leaders," said Dr. Enriquez.  
Thankful for the Board’s vote of confidence, Dr. Enriquez said she will be guided by Guam's “cultural values of respect, of compassion, of community.    

The University's mission is 'Ina, Deskubre, Setbe — To Enlighten, To Discover, To Serve," she said. "Student-centered focus and service to our island and region is woven into everything we do as a university." 
Dr. Enriquez holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Guam, and a Doctor of Business Administration in International Business Administration (Marketing) from Alliant International University. 
Dr. Enriquez is the second woman to become president in the 71-year history of UOG. The late Rosa Carter was president of the university from 1977 to 1983.  
The transition in leadership follows the completion of former President Thomas W. Krise’s five-year term on August 5. 
The schedule for Dr. Enriquez's investiture ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

SOE Alumni Association Webmaster Dr. Rivera receives her third doctorate degree

Congratulations to SOE Alumni Association Webmaster Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera for receiving her Ph.D. in Educational Management from Philippine Women's University!  Bravo Zulu, Dr. Rivera!

Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera smiles as she receives her doctoral diploma.  This is her third and final doctoral journey.  Pictured L-R:  PWU President Marco M. Benitez, Rivera, and Board of Regents Member.