UOG Alumni Association Officers

UOG Alumni Association Officers
2015-2016 UOG Alumni Association Officers, L to R: Chelo Paulino, President, Jose Untalan, VP/President-elect, Rowena Macaraig, Treasurer, Star Mercado, Immediate Past President. Not shown: Tasha Wade, Secretary.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

UOG Alumni Update - April 18, 2009


The Child Caregivers 2009 Professional Leadership Conference will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 1 & 2, at the University of Guam Lecture Hall and School of Education. The theme is “Success Beyond Imagination: Managing the Environment for Young Children.” All child care givers, early childhood teachers, home care educators, and anyone interested in young children and their welfare are invited and welcomed. PRE-REGISTRATION ends April 29. Pre-registration can be made with Anita at the UOG School of Education building, 2nd floor or Joaquin Rivera at My School CDC in Tamuning, 646-2912. For more information, contact Jana Mendiola, 632-2395 or email janamendiola@yahoo.com. If you would like to present a workshop at the conference, please contact Dr. Marilyn Jackson at zoeylancedaisy@yahoo.com.

The 28th Annual International Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) Conference will be held Monday-Thursday, June 22-25, 2009 in Guam. The theme is "Invigorating Languages and Cultures of the Pacific." Visit the PIBBA Conference website at http://www.uog.edu/newsDtls.aspx?id=251 or http://geocities.com/pibba.international.

You can also earn two (2) ED894 graduate credits or CEUs. You must register for the conference before you register for the graduate credits at the Professional Development and Life-Long Learning Center, 2nd floor, MARC/Computer Center/PDLLC Building, Room #217. For more information, call 735-2601 or fax 734-1233.

Please note that the PIBBA course is free to qualified GPSS educators who have an approved contract on file with the Yamashita Educator Corps (YEC) office or who apply by May 1, 2009. For additional information about the YEC Recertification Program, call 735-2470.


The Pacific Educational Conference (PEC) will take place Wednesday-Thursday, July 15-17, 2009 at the University of Guam. The theme is “Preparing the Pacific Child for Life.” You can register for the PEC at http://www.prel.org/pec/pec-2009-registration.aspx.


The School of Education will host its First International Conference on Current Trends and Challenges in Education from December 14-16, 2009 at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. Visit the conference website at http://www.geocities.com/uog_soe. For more information contact the Conference Chair, Dr. Lou Ferrer at (671) 735-2440, or e-mail lourdesferrer@yahoo.com.


9am to 3pm

UOG celebrates Earth Day on April 22 with the following events.


* Go Greener Contest: from now until April 22, 2009, send your
suggestions regarding how UOG can go greener to http://us.mc01g.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=uoggreen@uguam.uog.edu> http://us.mc01g.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=uoggreen@uguam.uog.edu - be sure to indicate "go greener contest" in the subject line. A panel of judges will select the top three suggestions in three categories: Recycling; Sustainability Practices; and Local/Regional/Global Outreach. The suggestions will be evaluated on originality, feasibility and potential impact. The winners will receive a potted fruit tree as a prize. * Triton's Quest: Complete a quest for knowledge and awareness. Find the facts 'hidden' in the displays at the rotunda to win a prize on site.
Sponsored by the UOG Green Army.
* The Butt Hunt: Help clean up the residue left by smokers and keep UOG Tobacco free by hunting and collecting cigarette butts that are trashing our campus. The person who collects the most butts will win a gift card to the movies. Collection bags and gloves will be provided at the rotunda.
Sponsored by the Student Life Office.


* Make an Earth Day Pledge, and then blog about how you live your pledge on the Apathy is Easy website.
* Complete a short survey about your awareness and behavior when it comes to going green.

Four Students and Ross Miller to Head to Costa Rica in June

Three UOG students were accepted into the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS) NAPIRE program this year at the Wilson Botanical Garden at Las Cruces, Costa Rica. This is the same program that Julie Duay participated in last summer. The students for this year are Maia Raymundo, Kaylyn Knaeble and Laura Barnhart, all undergrad Biology majors. In addition, Julie Duay is going to Costa Rica again this summer, this time as a teaching assistant in the NAPIRE program and Ross Miller is going as one of the faculty mentors. The students will work with one of the faculty mentors on projects of their choosing in the general field of tropical ecology. Ross says, "These students are all excellent in my opinion. All have worked in my lab at one time or another, or are currently working with me and Aubrey Moore. I think their selection reflects well on them individually, as well as on the undergraduate Biology program in general and on Chris Lobban, Lynn Raulerson, Kathy Lofdahl among the faculty in that program in particular."
Congratulations to all!

Lunch with Robert

Chat with President Underwood over lunch on April 22. Email http://us.mc01g.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=lunchwithrobert@uguam.uog.edu> http://us.mc01g.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=lunchwithrobert@uguam.uog.edu to reserve your space.

University Island Theatre Presents Neil Simon's California Suite

Opening Weekend: April 23, 24, 25

Continues: April 29, 30 and May 1, 2

Curtain is at 8:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30.

Tickets $7.50 adults / $5.00 students

UOG Triton Farm offers seedlings and seeds ready to plant in your garden


Hot pepper (Capsicum annuum) cv. Chivalry in 4 inch pot ($2/plant)

Trial Sample Seeds:

corn seeds (Zea mays) cv. Guam White Corn (a traditional Guam's own corn) (free)

okra seeds (Abelmoschus esculentus) cv. Charlie (a selection for Guam) (free)

Please contact Von at 688-6979 for hot pepper seedlings, and Mari x2131 for corn and okra seeds.

UOG College Night - April 23rd 6:00 p.m.

Enrollment Management and Student Services will host its final College Night of the semester on April 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. If you would like to be there to recruit students for your program, email Dean Julie Ulloa-Heath at http://us.mc01g.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=julieuh@uguam.uog.edu.

The Violence Against Women Prevention
The Violence Against Women Prevention Program will be holding a "Clothesline Project" event from April 13-17, 2009 at the grassy area behind the HSS and EC buildings. The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. The previously-decorated shirts will be on display from 8:00am - 5:00pm for that week in the grassy area behind the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the UOG Campus.

Career Development Office Ice Cream Day - April 16

There will be an Ice Cream day on April 16, 2009 at the Student Center for all student workers and their supervisors

Communication Careers - April 22

Students can meet Communication professionals, learn what some of our CO alumni are doing, and find out about Communication careers! Guest speakers are coming from the Bank of Guam, KUAM, Marianas Business Journal, the Office of the Governor, the Pacific Daily News, and Power 98! The panel discussion will be held in the School of Business and Public Administration Anthony Leon Guerrero Multipurpose Room, #129 from 2 to 4 pm.

John Dierking's Masters Retrospective Art Exhibit - April 22 The exhibit will feature a variety of works created by Dierking as a student in the UOG graduate art program. Artworks on display will include a variety of two- and three-dimensional works of art. LOCATION The Isla Center for the Arts at the University of Guam #15 Dean's Circle. EXHIBITION DATES April 22, 2009 - April 29, 2009; OPENING RECEPTION Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony - April 23

The ceremony will be held on April 23, 2009, 11:30 am at the Multi-purpose Hall, SBPA Bldg. The 2008 Student Employee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year will be announced.

UOG Career/Job Fair - May 1


MLI Certification Plus Project Seeks Applicants - Deadline to Apply: May 1.

<http://www.uog.edu/newsDtls.aspx?id=242> http://www.uog.edu/newsDtls.aspx?id=242Graduate English Proficiency Exam (GEPE) May 8

Individuals who wish to pursue a graduate degree must take the Graduate English Proficiency Exam. The exam will be given on May 08, 2009 at 10:00 am in Dorm 1, 2nd Floor, ROTC Classrooms 1and 2. For additional information, please call the Office of Graduate Studies, Research & Sponsored Programs @ 735-2169/70.

UOG Career Development Office 5K Run/Walk Pathway to Success, Saturday May 9

Runners can pre-register at Hornet Sporting Goods in Tamuning or the Career Development Office during regular office hours. $6.00 per person; $20 for a family of four. Race Day registration will be $7.00 per person.

May is Nurses Month

Month of May is Nurses Month, celebrated in conjunction with the Guam Nurses Association activities. The theme is Nurses: Building a Healthy America, starting in Guam. Activities: Proclamation signing April 30, 2:30 in Adelup Governor's conference room; May 2 is SNHS supported Conference for Health Professionals, hosted by the Guam Nurses Association and sponsored by TakeCare; May 9 is 5K walk run at Chamorro Village; May 29 Pinning Ceremony for University of Guam nursing graduates, by invitation. Pinning marks the completion of the BSN program and welcoming of new graduates to the nursing profession. May 30- GNA banquet. Information- Maria Salomon 735-2650/3; Tina Blas 637-7787; Glynis Almonte 787-4148.

Guam Rhino Beetles Got Rhythm
In May 2008 the island of Guam became a living laboratory for scientists as they attached acoustic equipment to coconut trees in order to listen for rhinoceros beetles. A grant from USDA Western Integrated Pest Management Center allowed Richard Mankin, a recognized world-class expert on acoustic detection of insects, to travel to Guam to collaborate with island scientists on the Guam Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Eradication Project. The results of this research were recently published in the journal Florida Entomologist.

The coconut rhinoceros beetle, Oryctes rhinoceros, is a serious pest of coconut palms and was discovered on Guam September 11, 2007. University of Guam entomologist, Aubrey Moore worked with Mankin to analyze the spectral and temporal patterns of stridulations produced by the rhino beetles. Recordings were made of beetles and larvae that were reared at the university. Field recordings were also made of beetles and larvae in coconut trees and logs.

Digitized signals were analyzed with several types of software, which distinguished intervals and amplitudes of chirps. The stridulations have distinct, easily recognizable temporal patterns. Results of these studies favor the hypotheses that beetles use stridulations to communicate with other beetles in hidden environments and that acoustic monitoring devices can be useful in mitigating the damage to coconut trees through monitoring and early detection.

"This method of acoustic detection allowed Guam 'rhino hunters' to quickly and efficiently locate feeding grubs in an area thought to be rhino-beetle free," says Aubrey Moore, "and as the beetle broadens its range the acoustic approach to detection may save money and the lives of many coconut trees."


Mankin, R.W., A. Moore, P. R. Samson & K. J. Chandler 2009. Acoustic
characteristics of dynastid beetle stridulations. Florida Entomologist 92(1): 123-133.


SOE Alumni Donation

The SOE Alumni Association donated a $100 color copy gift certificate from Xerox Corporation to the School of Education at the University of Guam.

Dr. Tom Tinkham's Memorial Service

Dr. Tom Tinkham of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Department of English and Applied Linguistics passed away on April 9. Dr. Tinkham's Memorial Service will be this Saturday, April 18th, beginning at 4:00 p.m., at the Top of the Mar. Family
and friends will have an pportunity to share their thoughts during the service. He is survived by
his wife Monica and his two sons, Christopher and Neil.

Dr. Robert Allen Burns Memorial Service

Dr. Burns passed away on March 18 in Arizona. He lived in Guam from 1988 to 2006 and was a tenured professor at UOG. A memorial service will be held April 18 in Camden, Maine. Details of a memorial service to be held on Guam are forthcoming. He is survived by his wife Betty.

Mariano Mesngon Rosary and Funeral Services

Mariano Mesngon, former UOG employee and the Planetarium's best friend, passed away on 9 April. Nightly rosary and mass are being said at the Toto church immediately following the 6:00 p.m. mass. The services will be this Saturday at the Toto church. Viewing begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end shortly after noon. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. and burial will follow in Guam Memorial Park in Barrigada. He is survived by Pam Eastlick, children and grandchildren.

April's public Planetarium shows are canceled.

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