UOG Alumni Association Officers

UOG Alumni Association Officers

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

Merry Christmas from around the Pacific!

~Felis Pasgua (Chamorro)
~Maligayan Pasko (Tagalog)
~Peren en Krismas (Pohnpeian)
~Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin (Marshallese)
~Falang e Baynag (Yapese)
~Tok Tapeng (Kosraean)
~Ungil Kurismas (Palauan)
~Pwapwan Kirisimas (Chuukese)
~Mele Kalikimaka (Hawaiian)
~Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee (Carolinian)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

242 Graduate During UOG's Fall Commencement Ceremony

The University of Guam celebrated the accomplishments of 242 graduates during FanuchÃ¥nan (Fall) 2016 Commencement Ceremony at the UOG Calvo Field House today. UOG conferred 185 undergraduate degrees and 57 graduate degrees.
In his welcoming remarks, President Robert Underwood encouraged the students to serve a higher purpose and quoted journalist Tom Brokaw:  “You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”
President Shows the Triton TridentUOG President Dr. Robert A. Underwood delivers welcoming remarks and unveils the Trident hand signal—a new tradition for UOG Tritons.
At the end of his remarks, Underwood revealed a new hand signal that is unique to the University of Guam. Mentioning the “shaka” of the University of Hawaii and the “Hook’em Horns” of the University of Texas, Underwood held three fingers up to symbolize the Trident of the University of Guam Tritons.
“We are all Tritons, and we know we are supposed to fulfill the mission of UOG in ina, deskubre, setbi (to enlighten, to discover, to serve), Underwood declared. “We know that our mascot the Triton carries a trident which represents this three-pronged approach to learning and meaning in our lives. But we must awaken that spirit in us with a hand gesture that unites us all as Tritons, especially as we look to the future and as we go our separate ways.”
The Trident hand signal was met with enthusiastic cheers from the graduates and audience.
Commencement speaker Brigadier General Tracy L. Smith, an alumna of the University of Guam, shared some of her lessons learned throughout her career in the U.S. Army Reserve. One lesson was on “212 Leadership.” She explained that water is hot at 211 degrees, but boils at 212 degrees.
“Water boils and creates steam and gets the engine going,” she said. “Find your passion, find what it takes for you to get to that boiling point. It takes that extra degree to get things done….strive for that extra degree. 
Class Valedictorian Sean Rios Rupley challenged his fellow graduates to give back. “The challenge…is to take everything we’ve learned from this experience—the formal lessons from the classrooms and the informal lessons from our interactions—and pay them back to everyone who has invested in us. What we’re doing makes Guam a better place to live.”
Rupley, who is from Agana Heights, double majored in Sociology and Communication.
The largest number of graduates came from the UOG School of Business and Public Administration, which conferred a combined  92 undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration and Criminal Justice and a combined 23 graduate degrees from its Professional Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration programs.
The School of Education conferred the most graduate degrees with a combined 29 in its Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Education programs.
Source:  www.uog.edu

Thursday, December 8, 2016


The University of Guam is excited to announce the names of the winners for the 2016 University of Guam Distinguished Alumni Awards. The awards were handed out on Dec. 3, at the all-class annual UOG alumni reunion at the Lotte Hotel Club Lounge. Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included key UOG leaders, representatives of the UOG Alumni Association and notable community judges. One award was given to each graduate of the University’s schools and colleges as well as to an alum who is retired from the military or actively serving in the military. 

College of Natural and Applied Sciences 
Frank Ishizaki, Bachelor of Arts Chemistry, 1971 
Adjunct Faculty, School of Business and Public Administration, UOG 
Chief Criminalist Guam DPS, Retired FBI Special Agent, Senator, Chief of Police, Director of Corrections, and Homeland Security Advisor 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences 
Maureen Maratita, Bachelor of Arts Communication, 2000 
Publisher, Glimpses Publications 

School of Business and Public Administration 
Sandra McKeever, Bachelor of Arts Marketing, 1999 
President/Financial Advisor, Asia Pacific Financial Management Group 

School of Nursing and Health Sciences 
Paul Pun, Bachelor of Science Social Work, 1989 
Secretary General, Caritas Macau 

School of Education 
Salvador Avilla, Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education & Sociology, 1973, Master of Arts Behavorial Sciences, 1975 
Department Chairperson – Social Studies, George Washington High School/Tiyan High School, former Principal, Agueda Middle School 

LTC(R) Renie “Rey” Llaneta, Army, Bachelor of Arts Psychology, 1984 
RE/MAX Asyenda Realty Corporation 

All nominees’ application packets were rated in the following areas: 1) Professional accomplishment in the field: has the nominee attained a high level of distinction and achievement through scholarship, research, teaching, creative contributions to the arts (comprising Humanities, Performing and Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Business) or sciences (comprising Science, Engineering and Health Sciences) and/or service to society? 2) Does the candidate exhibit a high degree of character and integrity? 3) Does the candidate show civic and University involvement, awareness and concern? 4)Does the nominee's achievements have local, national and/or international significance? 

The awards are expected to be given out in 2017 again. A call for nominations will take place starting in July of next year. 

For more information, please contact Norman Analista, Director, Development & Alumni Affairs, University of Guam at 797-3333 or email analistan@triton.uog.edu.