Thank you and Si Yu’us Maase to all our supporters who contributed during our annual G is for Giving campaign. We are happy to report that we surpass our fundraising goal, raising over $32,000 for student scholarships, research, and programs!
Community support and generosity is critical to our success as an organization. We depend on donors like to fund the scholarships and programs that make UOG students successful. If you contributed in 2018, we extend our warmest gratitude. Stay in touch during 2019 to see what else we get up to, and we hope you will continue to be a part of our G is for Giving family.
It’s that time of year again- G is for Giving, our annual end-of-year fundraising campaign kicks off officially on Tuesday, November 27 (#GivingTuesday). G is for Giving is a time for the UOG community, including students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and community members, to come together and support UOG students by donating with the Triton spirit.
Last year the G is for Giving campaign raised over $21,000 for student scholarships. This year, we are hoping to raise even more, with a goal of $25,000 to support student scholarships, research, and programs.
What makes G is for Giving special is two main things. First, it’s way for people who love UOG to make a gift that has a big impact- even gifts of $5 or $10 dollars, when added together with hundreds of other donors, can pay for a student’s education! And second, it is a chance for a donor to support a scholarship or program that matters to them. Donors who donated to CLASS last year, for example, saw 5 students in that school receive academic scholarships as a result of their gift!
By giving donors the chance to choose where their donation will go, we allow people to support the schools (like the School of Education) and programs (like the Center for Island Sustainability) that matter the most to them. And these scholarships can be flexible, to suit the needs of students- perhaps a student has a loan for tuition but needs extra money to fund a research project, or afford their textbooks… G is for Giving makes this rich academic experience possible.
Think about what your college experience meant to you, and imagine how it would feel to give the gift of that experience to a student today. Consider making a tax-deductible contribution- you can donate online here. Biba UOG!
The UOG Student Government Association is organizing a Super Typhoon Yutu Relief Drive to support students impacted by the devastating storm in Saipan and Tinian. The UOG Endowment Foundation is collecting donations on their behalf for a short time. You may also donate items in need. Click here for a list of item requests, or to donate funds. Si Yu’os Ma’åse’!
An underutilized scholarship through the University of Guam Endowment Foundation funded an intensive ten-day training at the University of Guam and Guam Memorial Hospital for four nurses and two nurse educators from Pohnpei. The Pohnpei nurses completed their training on July 13 under the guidance of the UOG School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
“This was an amazing collaboration that will directly improve the quality of the FSM’s existing and upcoming health care workforce as well as the health of their people,” said Dr. Margaret Hattori-Uchima, Dean of UOG’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “And when the islands of Micronesia are strong individually, our region is stronger as a whole.”
The Charles H. Parent Scholarship was established by Dr. Charles H. Parent, a former physician at the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services who passed away in 2007. It was intended to provide funding for students from Micronesia to pursue nursing degrees at UOG starting in Fanuchånan 2017, but the UOG Nursing program did not have enough Micronesian nursing students to fully utilize the funds, with just two students from Chuuk graduating in the past year.
Dr. Hattori-Uchima approached the Endowment Foundation Board with a proposal that the scholarship funds be used to fund a 10-day training opportunity at GMH for working nurses and nurse educators in Micronesia, and the board approved it the same day.
“The Foundation reviewed the request and came to the conclusion that this training opportunity was in line with the intent of the donor,” said Melanie Mendiola, Executive Director of the UOG Endowment Foundation. “Dr. Parent was passionate about meeting the needs of the underserved — most especially, individuals from the outer islands.”
Many of the health care workers in the Federated States of Micronesia have inadequate foundational training and are trained on-site by others working in the same position, according to a cancer control plan published by the FSM Department of Health and Social Affairs.
Dr. Hattori-Uchima verified the need for training first-hand when she toured the Pohnpei State Hospital and spoke with the nursing staff there in her role as acting director of Guam/Micronesia Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The AHEC is a grant program administered by UOG’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences that is meant to improve health care in underserved communities by increasing the number and skills of health care workers.
The collaboration between UOG’s School of Nursing, the AHEC offices, Guam Memorial Hospital, and the UOG Endowment Foundation ultimately brought four nurses from Pohnpei State Hospital and two nursing educators from the College of Micronesia-FSM to Guam on July 1 for 10 days of intensive training on basic procedures and skills specific to their units.
An AHEC office at the College of Micronesia used its grant funds to pay for the participants’ travel costs.
In order to have the broadest impact on the hospital overall, the UOG School of Nursing chose nurses from four different departments of the Pohnpei hospital — labor and delivery, the emergency room, the surgical ward, and obstetrics and pediatrics. Nursing educators from the College of Micronesia were also selected to participate.
“The intent was that they needed to come to Guam with an idea of an improvement project at their hospital or school,” Dr. Hattori-Uchima said. “They did a great job. They all had really great ideas.”
In particular, the nurses wanted to improve their hospital’s abilities for triage, wound care, and infection control.
Their first day of training was at UOG. UOG School of Nursing faculty Dr. Kathryn Wood, Dr. James Finch, and Veronica Alave taught them health assessment, infection control, and delivering babies with limited resources. They engaged in simulation exercises to prepare them for GMH.
Then GMH Director of Nursing Zennia Pecina assigned the trainees to appropriate units of GMH, where they shadowed the staff and learned how to use certain equipment, like an electrocardiogram.
“Training is really a strength of GMH nurses,” Pecina said. “Most of them are UOG graduates, so they were trained well. This partnership allowed them to pass on their knowledge using the same training techniques.”
Additionally, she said the exchange was beneficial for Guam’s nurses and nurse educators as well. “GMH sees a lot of patients from other islands, and the exchange has been good training in terms of cultural sensitivity with matters of health care,” Pecina said.
During a debriefing meeting at the conclusion of their training, the nurses shared how much they had learned and what they plan to implement back at their hospital.
“I learned more about patient bedside care, infection control, and new technologies they’re using,” said Wesihner John, an obstetrics and pediatrics nurse at Pohnpei State Hospital. “It’s about time for us to make changes in our hospital. What we learned here, we can go back and use to improve patient care and the settings in our workplace.”
The UOG School of Nursing wants to extend this training to other islands in Micronesia and plans to make the request to the Endowment Foundation Board again next year. Yap and the Marshall Islands have also expressed interest in training opportunities for their nurses and associate degree candidates.
“If the needs of our students are in line with the intentions of the donor, I would expect that this gift would continue benefitting our island neighbors in the way that Dr. Parent intended, whether through individual scholarships, group training opportunities, or other related activities,” Mendiola said.
Join Triton Athletics at the University of Guam for the Summer 2018 Boys and Girls Soccer Camps! All Camps are Co-Ed for ages 8 to 15.
Camps Dates this year:
Camp Site: UOG Soccer/Football Field, behind the UOG Calvo Field House
Camps will teach the fundamentals of the game, to include dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, heading, trapping, ball control, running with the ball, turning with ball, team defense, individual defense, goal-keeping as well as playing games, situations, one of one and fitness development.
To register, please visit the registration site here:
Notre Dame High School students swept the competition at the sixth annual Harold Dean Gillham Bridge Design/Build Competition on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at the Jesus & Eugenia Leon Guerrero School of Business & Public Administration Building at the University of Guam. High school students from throughout the island competed in the design and building of model bridges.
Notre Dame students won at all levels and include Sara Sahagon winning first place, Notre Dame Team (consisting of Javier Garrido, Josiah Mesngon, Brendan Valera, and Julia Brin) winning second, and Precious and Tasi Mesa placing third.
The competition was sponsored by GHD, Guam Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, the Guam Society of Professional Engineers, GK2 Inc. and the UOG Endowment Foundation.
Participating schools were given free bridge building kits by GHD, who also provided mentoring sessions with students with their engineers. The object of the competition was not only to build a bridge that was designed to carry the most weight but to determine which design was the strongest while weighing the least. Bridges were also judged on overall appearance, neatness and conformance with the requirements.
The goal of the annual event is to expose the island’s youth to engineering and increase conversation about the critical need for professional engineers in the region.
The bridge competition also coincided with the recent March 19th dedication ceremony for the University of Guam’s highly anticipated School of Engineering building and announcement of a four-year Bachelor of Science Civil-Environmental Engineering program for 2019.
The University of Guam community hosted a dedication ceremony for its highly anticipated School of Engineering building on Monday, March 19, 2018. The new facility will be located in front of the Agriculture and Life Sciences building at the university campus in Mangilao.
The new facility will help the School of Engineering as it expands to a full, four-year Bachelor of Science in Civil-Environmental Engineering program in 2019.
The 16,000-square feet building will feature:
- six faculty offices
- two state-of-the-art student classrooms
- three laboratories for soil structure, hydraulics, and environmental engineering
- computer lab
“I can’t overemphasize what it means to have a school that is devoted to this profession,” stated President Robert A. Underwood. “Not only as we look to the impending military buildup, but just looking at the way we live and the way that we construct our lives. The way we deal with the man-made part of our environment. Engineers are at the forefront.”
The University established the School of Engineering in 2016 to address a shortage of local engineers in Guam and other islands in the Western Pacific. Currently, the School of Engineering offers a two-year Pre-Engineering program, and students then transfer elsewhere to complete their engineering degree at partner institutions such as the University of Iowa and Mapua University in the Philippines.
The School of Engineering is one of the capital improvement projects under the University’s Vision 2025 Physical Master Plan. This new facility was made possible through a USDA loan secured through the UOG Endowment Foundation.
Island Alliance for Sustainable Action
The 9th Regional Conference on Island Sustainability will take place from March 26-30, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
This year’s conference theme, “Island Alliance for Sustainable Action,” will move us toward stronger relationships among islands and ‘islanded communities‘ which face common challenges due to geographic remoteness and related factors.
The conference will inspire change, facilitate action, and provide a venue for sharing, networking, and collaboration of sustainability issues related to economic, social/cultural, educational, environmental or energy solutions.
Pre-conference events: March 26 and 27, 2018
Main conference: March 27 to 29, 2018
Conference Field Trip: March 30, 2018
The University of Guam community in cooperation with the Foundation raised over $20,000 for its inaugural “G is for Giving” Campaign – an annual drive for scholarships for the students of the University of Guam. This month-long campaign which kicked off on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017, and lasted until December 31st, 2017, involved students, faculty, retired faculty, alumnae, and community members from Guam and the the US mainland to raise money for each of the University of Guam’s five college units and the UOG Athletics Program.
“Si Yu’os ma’åse’ to all those who generously gave to the UOG “G is for Giving” annual giving campaign,” stated University President Robert A. Underwood. “We look forward to even more success in the coming years as we build a stronger University and stronger community.”
Gifts ranged from $2 to $2,500. The largest individual donor was a professor living in the state of Washington. In fact, retired professors made up 30% of the total amount raised which will be used to increase a scholarship fund they established in 2010. The college unit that raised the most money was the School of Business and Public Administration (SBPA).
“If we could get our students closer to completing their studies – by helping in this way, we contribute to a public good that our island and region could benefit from,” said SBPA Dean Annette Taijeron Santos. “Our students are our future. We are so fortunate to have a vibrant and caring community at SBPA with strong connections to our business and government stakeholders.”
The School of Business and Public Administration is housed in the Jesus and Maria Eugenia Leon Guerrero Building – a building donated by the founders of the Bank of Guam and a continued supporter of University of Guam. For the G is for Giving campaign, the Bank of Guam marketing team conducted a training workshop attended by students who later set up donation collection tables on Giving Tuesday. From Giving Tuesday until December 31st, donations were collected on the UOG Endowment Foundation website, www.supportuog.org, through the mail, and in person, using “UOG Green” envelopes specifically ordered for the month.
“The community came together to make this first, annual scholarship fundraising a success. We thank all of those who donated. As our student body grows, efforts like these become more and more critical to keep higher education on Guam growing along with it,” said Melanie Mendiola, Executive Director of the University of Guam Endowment Foundation.