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2nd Annual Book Launch INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Grant Awards

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College faculty are publishing. It is a national standard that University Professors must write articles in academic journals, have books published, and have their creative works of art shown in a peerreviewed venue. In honor of those faculty who are successfully publishing, College Dean James Sellmann initiated an annual book launch, so that faculty can talk about their work, and show their colleagues what they have done. This year, there were five published faculty who presented. David Atienza, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, wrote a book about identity. Randall Johnson, Professor of Music, show-

cased about a dozen published musical arrangements.

PK Harmon, Instructor of English, had a series of poetry published in a respected literary journal.

Helen Thompson, Associate Professor of Women & Gender Studies, wrote a book exploring the work of Edna O’Brien. Jason Vest, Associate Professor of English, wrote a book about violence in cop dramas. A special treat for the evening was that author Tina Pablo was able to offer a sneak peak of her new book, Enchanted Tails of Guam. The College anticipates continuing the tradition of the book launch, and is expecting publications to go to press soon from Sociologist Kirk Johnson and Japanese scholar Yuka Iwata. Many other faculty have projects in the works.

Baso Speech Opens Women’s Center Zohra Andi Baso, a feminist activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee from South Sulawesi, Indonesia, spoke to a capacity crowd in the lecture hall on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

She spoke on the topic women’s rights in Indonesia and engaged the audience in interesting conversation afterward. There were also displays of Women’s Grassroots Activism in Guam, Past Pre-

sent and Future, including one from the Guam’s Women’s Club. The event was sponsored by the CLASS Academic Affairs Committee, the Women and Gender Studies Program and Hilton Guam.


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From the Dean’s Desk Dear Colleagues, Welcome back to the Spring semester and a Happy New Year. I mentioned in the Fall Newsletter that AY 2010-11 would present a number of challenges before us. Those challenges are now upon us. The University of Guam will continue to respond in positive ways to the financial shortfall within the Government of Guam. It is likely that the financial situation will worsen before it begins to improve. If we work together to control spending, we will be able to continue to manage the situation. There are funds available to buy instructional equipment, so no program need suffer. You are in a unique and important position to educate your students about the importance of implementing the three R’s (reduce, reuse, and recycle) on campus, at home and in the workplace. The College is attempting to institute the three R’s of environmental ecology. Troy McVey with the assistance of UOG Green Interns established recycling islands within the College buildings. Please encourage and teach your students to separate their trash into the appropriate bin. When your classes host parties, please do ensure that paper and recycled products are used and that the trash from the party is properly sorted into the recycling bins. Please do accept the challenge and begin to introduce sustainable energy, ecology and environmental issues in your classes, especially encouraging the students to engage in timely research topics. The University and the College cannot accomplish the mission of the UOG Green initiative without your assistance.

Fun and games were had by many at the college picnic in Ypaao Beach Park this past October.

The UOG Distance Education office is encouraging you to put your major online. The Distance Education office is especially seeking graduate degree and certificate programs to go online. Keep in mind that once a program offers half of its courses online, then WASC approval is required. Over the Intersession UOG’s Moodle platform was upgraded to enhance services. There is increased support available from the Distance Education Office, if you need assistance to develop online assignments or courses. There will be more technology training available to you that you may want to take advantage of in the near future. If you are developing hybrid courses that will change the amount of in-class seat time for the students, then you need to obtain the Dean’s approval to alter the course schedule by submitting a Variance Form with a detailed syllabus that specifies which class periods are being conducted online and what specific learning objective is being exercised. In the spring semester UOG will begin to implement E-Works. The E-Works project will initiate an online “portal network and interface” for electronic communication, document sharing, and access to student and financial records. The final result will be a paradigm shift in the manner in which we do daily business at the University as we move from hard copy to electronic forms. Some professors from the College have already participated in the online submission of final grades. You should obtain access to Web-advisor so that you can participate in the online submission of final grades in the Spring semester. Wishing you a creative and productive Spring Semester, Yours, James Sellmann, Dean

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Faculty in the News Pauline Baird (DEAL) published “Making College Writing Fun for ESL and EFL Learner Using Kamishibai” in the Internet TESL Journal in November 2010. Stephen Bednarzyk (CFA) won a grant from Guam CAHA to support the Guam Symphony Society. Masumi Kai (DH) won a grant from the Japan Foundation. Masumi Kai (DH) won a CLASS grant of $3000 for obtaining an OPI Certificate and for supporting her Katakana Book. Troy McVey (DO) and Michelle Bednarzyk (DEAL) won a grant from Guam CAHA to support Summer Theatre Camp 2011.

Peter Onedera (DH) won three grants, totaling $20,000. Two were from Guam CAHA and GVB to support the CHamorro Language Competition and one was from GVB to support their CH102 and 201 students in creating a sand sculpture project. Aristides Pereira (CFA), won a $1500 CLASS grant for materials and assistants to build a green screen for the Broadcast Studio. Curtis Rigsby (DH) published "Nishida on Heidegger," in Continental Philosophy Review. Chris Schreiner (DEAL) read his paper, "Advanced Verbal

Education in Composition Studies," at Harvard University in June, 2010, later published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences. Chris Schreiner (DEAL) was also invited to give his lecture A Writer's View of Guam: Literary and Philosophical Observations" at Kitakyushu University in Kokura, Japan on November 25, 2010. Jason Vest (DEAL), won a $2000 CLASS grant for research materials relating to Inside Man: Spike Lee and American Cinema's Untold Stories. Velma Yamashita (CFA) and Kirk Johnson (SBS) won a $5000 grant from GHC to support programing surrounding Threads of Life: Textiles from Bali.

College Travel Awards Michael Bevacqua (DEAL/ DH), $1500 to present at the NAIS Conference in Sacremento, California, in May 2011.

Kirk Johnson (SBS), $1000 to travel with the Bali Field School in Ubud, Bali in March 2011.

Student Travel Awards

Yaoxin Chang (DEAL), $1500 to present at the CPFLL Conference in China in October 2010.

Masumi Kai (DH), $1500 to participate in OPI Certification training in Boston in November 2010.

Students Allison Hadley, Myracle Mugol, and Perry Joseph Guerrero each received $500 to present at a conference in New Zealand.

Andrea Hartig (DEAL), $1500 to present at the Women’s World Conference in Ottawa, Canada in July 2011.

Peter Onedera (DH), $1000 for attend the Hawaiian Immersion Program in Hilo, Hawaii in October 2011.

Anne Hattori (DH), $1500 to present at the CPIS Conference in UH Manoa in November 2010.

Kim Skoog (DH), $1500 to present at the East-West Philosophers Conference at UH Manoa in May 2011.

Up to ten students enrolled in Community Development may receive up to $500 to attend the 2011 Bali Field School in Ubud.

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Arun Swamy, Political Science Dr. Swamy did his doctoral work in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in comparative politics and focusing on the relationship between

electoral competition and development policy in India. In the years since he has taught comparative politics and international relations at numerous liberal arts colleges in the US, including Pomona, Oberlin, Wagner, Williams and Occidental. In between, he spent four years as a research fellow at the EastWest Center Honolulu where he focused on governance and security issues in the Asia Pacific, with a

focus on ethnic conflict. As a result of these diverse experiences today, he has special interests in democracy, ethnic conflict, political economy, state-building and corruption and populism. He has published academic articles, book chapters, special reports and oped articles on these topics and is currently working on a book project that would extend the findings of his dissertation to Southeast Asia.

Rich Olmo, Geography Richard Olmo has a B.S. and an M.A. in geology from the City University of New York, an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico, and is ABD at the University of

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He has taught off and on for a total of 23 years at several institutions including Brooklyn College, the University of San Diego, Southern Oregon State College, the University of Maryland, University College Asia and the University of Guam. Mr. Olmo was a mining geologist in New Mexico with

United Nuclear Corporation, and worked as an exploration geologist in Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico with Phillips Uranium Corporation. He worked for several years writing environmental and planning impact reports in San Diego and ran a contract archaeology branch office on Guam from 1992 to 1998.

Van Abiera, Computer Tech Van is an alum of UOG with four years of college education in computer information systems program and general education program at the University of Guam. He interned for a semester as IT Assistant at Continental Airlines Information Technology depart-

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ment. He worked as an Extension Assistant for Cooperative Extension Service and a mentor for the 4H mentoring program for several months. He worked as a Computer Specialist/Technical Support at Naval Hospital Guam. He worked as an IT Specialist

for the Ernst and Young company. He Currently works as an extension associate IT support for the UOG CLASS department. Offering foundational experience in working in an IT environment.


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Fall Colloquium Series A Success There were six presentations in the series this Fall, with the lowest attended at 22 and the most popular at 48. Michael Bevacqua (DEAL/ DH) presented “The Gift of Imagination: Solidarity in the Asia-Pacific Region” on Oct. 7. Richard Giardina, Troy McVey (DO), and Beth Somera (CFA) presented

“Back to Basics: Nuts and Bolts of Assessing Student Learning” on Oct. 20. Mark Ombrello (DH) presented “Visions and Perspectives on the Film Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People” on Oct. 23. Manuel Raucholz presented “Adoption in Micronesia: Understanding Adoption,

Person, & Emotion in Micronesia” on Oct. 28. Ojeya Cruz Banks presented “Of Water, Spirit and Sustainability in the Pacific: Dancing Te Moana in Aotearoa” on Nov. 4. Dorcia Tucker presented “Bio-Feedback for Gamers” on Dec. 4.

English Continues to Lead Online Sponsored by Distance Education, two Instructors of English, Pauline Baird and Michelle Bednarzyk, participated in a national conference on MOODLE and online education in Boston this past July.

On September 17, 2010, they gave a presentation to the University community on their insights. About 20 faculty attended, representing every school and college. Michelle’s presentation focused on setting up assignments, forums and the gradebook.

Pauline’s presentation focused on using MOODLE as a classroom management tool in hybrid and traditional courses. Both presentations shared insights on helpful websites and integrating material from other software into MOODLE.

7th Annual Suicide Prevention Symposium On September 9th, at 5:30 in the CLASS Lecture Hall, the Isa Psychological Services Center and I’Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Grant co-sponsored their 7th annual Suicide Prevention Symposium.

About 80 people were in attendance. The keynote speaker was Chief Justice Robert Torres, who gave a moving personal example in his remarks. The panelists this year were Michelle Sasamoto from Deparment of Mental Health; James

Seymour, Associate Professor of Theatre; John Moss, Assistant Professor of Sociology; and Father Mike Crisostomo of UOG Newman Center. The event was organized by Eunice Joy Perez and Jacqueline Meno Gouniai

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National Speaker Headlines LAC Junko Yokota, was the Keynote Speaker for this year’s Language Arts Conference, held on November 5th at UOG and November 6th at the Guam Marriott Resort. Over 250 people attended the Conference, aimed at GDOE school teachers.

Shown above are eight students from Dr. Schreiner's Creative Writing class , who read and discussed their poetry at the Conference.

Dr. Yokota, Professor of Reading and Language at the National College of Education, National-Louis University in Chicago, Illinois, and Director of the

Center for Teaching through Children’s Books is a frequently invited speaker at professional conferences throughout the U.S. and internationally.

tian Andersen Award jury. She is a recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Award for Contribution to Multicultural Literature, and the Reading the World Award.

She is past president of the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, and is active in IRA and NCTE. She has served on the Caldecott, Newbery, Batchelder Committees, and the IBBY Hans Chris-

The conference was jointly sponsored by CLASS and SOE, and the funding for Dr. Yokota’s visit came from the GDOE ESL program. Clarisa Quan (DEAL) has chaired or cochaired the LAC committee for over 18 years.

CLASS Charter Day Activities This coming March 8th, the College will be supporting the 59th Annual Charter Day by hosting the 32nd Annual Research Conference, the 8th Annual Chamorro Language Competition and offering guided tours of the Isla Center for the Arts. The theme of the Conference is “Creative Traditions” and will feature be-

tween 40 and 50 scholarly presentations in the HSS building between 9am and 5pm. The conference will open the night before on March 7th with a talk on community development by William Ingram, Director of Threads of Life in Bali. The conference will conclude with a concert by UOG Band and University Signers in the Fine Arts Theatre.

The Chamorro Language Competition will be held in and around the Field House this year, the first time in a centralized location. 42 schools from Guam, Tinian, Saipan and Rota will be participating. Isla Center will be offering tours of the exhibit Thread of Life: Textiles from Bali given by Balinese artist Wenten I Ketut.

Modern Language Festival A Modern Language Festival presented by students enrolled in Chinese, CHamoru, French, Japanese, Spanish and Tagalog will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in the HSS building and CLASS Lecture Hall. Students will be pre-

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senting their knowledge of the languages in such genres as oratory, poetry, stories, essays, power points, posters, video clips, skits, game shows, news accounts, situational scenarios, historical narrations and cultural depictions. Each language will also

feature a taste of the countries that are represented as well as a fashion show with attire worn in the different regions where the languages are spoken. The Competition is organized by Peter Onedera (DH) and members of the Modern Language Faculty.


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Call for College Grant Applications Because the Dean’s Office and the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) are committed to faculty development, we invite applications for faculty travel grants up to $1500.00. We would like to award five (5) grants each semester, or ten (10) grants for the school year. A person is only eligible for one College funded travel grant per academic year, following the guidelines in the College Rules and Procedures Manual (1995, revised 2002) “Faculty Development Policy”: 1. First priority will be given to supporting faculty travel to professional meetings where they are presenting a paper. 2. Second priority will be given to

supporting faculty travel for professional purposes other than presenting a paper. 3. Third priority will be given to other faculty development projects such as workshops, interdisciplinary course preparations, etc. Projects benefiting more than one division will be encouraged.

student learning and course objectives, an abstract of the paper, if any, and the itinerary and cost of the ticket. Deadlines: 9/16, 11/4, 3/3, 5/5

For faculty travel grants, submit a cover letter explaining how the travel will enhance your professional development, an abstract of your paper, if any, and your itinerary and cost of the ticket. Deadlines: 3/3 and 5/5

The AAC also invites applications for Research, Creative Activity, and Other Projects of up to $3000 per project. Again, we would like to award five (5) grants each semester, or ten (10) grants for the school year. Faculty are limited to one open CSR grant at a time. See the College’s Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant guidelines in the College Rules and Procedures Manual. Deadline: 4/14

For Student/Course travel grants, submit a cover letter explaining how the travel will enhance

For all grant awards, the AAC will review applications and make recommendations to the Dean.

Call for College Excellence Awards Nominations are requested for all categories of Faculty, Student and Staff Excellence Awards. Faculty are honored for Full– and Part-Time Teaching, Research/ Creative Activity, Service and Collegiality. Out-

standing students at the Undergraduate and Graduate level are honored. One outstanding staff member is honored. Please provide all supporting documentation and submit it to the CLASS Dean’s office by

5 p.m. Thursday April 28. Awards will be presented at the College Awards Ceremony on Friday May 13 at 12 noon in CLASS Lecture Hall. For further information, please ask your Division Chair, or T. McVey.

Call for Colloquium Presentations Scholars are invited to present to the University of Guam community through the 2010-2011 Colloquium Series, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. All disciplines are welcome. Faculty members, students and community members wishing to bolster the research

component of their portfolio or to “test-drive” a paper presentation before a home-town audience are especially encouraged to present in the colloquium series. Creative people are encouraged to consider workshop-style presentations. Presentations should be no more than 90 minutes in length,

with time allowed for discussion, questions and answers. Presenters should also work to obtain an audience for their presentation. Please send an email to the Acting Associate Dean at tmcvey@uguam.uog.edu for more information, or to schedule your presentation.

CALL FOR PAPERS STILL OPEN The 32nd Annual CLASS Research Conference is still accepting proposals for papers and presentations until February 8th. Go to www.uog.edu/ CLASSResearchConference for more information.


CALL FOR PAPERS: Pacific Asia Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Occasional Papers in the Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Issue 2, Spring 2011 Sustainability and Change in the Pacific Asia Region Scholars are invited to submit papers focusing on Sustainability and Change in the Pacific Asia Region. Submissions should focus on one or more of the following areas: semantics, COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS language and A N D arts, S O Cfine I A arts, L S society CIENC E Sculture, education, energy, the environment, and sustainablity issues of Micronesia. Articles, critical essays, and case studies (both applied and theoretical) across the liberal arts and social sciences are welcome. The research emphasis of this occasional series accommodates in-depth studies on sustainability and change. Contributors are invited not only to share their innovative research, but also to challenge extant positions and perspectives. Any theoretical or methodological approach may be employed so long as it is documented in a readable style of writing that is accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. Authors may submit their writing about problems and issues associated with any ethnic group, national culture, historical period, genre, or media so long as it has some scholarly or intellectual relevance or relation to Pacific Asia. Manuscripts focusing on or including the Micronesian region of the Pacific are of particular interest. Deadline for submittal is February 15, 2011 Visit the UOG CLASS Homepage for more information.

CLASS DEAN’S OFFICE HSS Building , 3rd Floor

Phone: 735-2850 Site: www.uog.edu/class

January 27 - February 12 Isla Center for the Arts presents Picturing America/ Picturing Guam

April 28-30 and May 4-7 UOG Island Theatre presents Two Lovers, by James Seymour

February 24 - March 25 Isla Center for the Arts presents Threads of Life: Textiles from Bali

May 5 - June 10 Isla Center for the Arts presents UOG Student Art Exhibition

March 17-19 and 23-26 UOG Island Theatre presents The Foreigner by Larry Shue

May 11 University Music presents A Student Recital

April 1 & 2 University Music presents Spring Concert

May 13 & 14 University Music presents Finale Concert

April 7 – 29 Isla Center for the Arts presents 13th Annual Isla Art-A-Thon

July 14-15 Summer Theatre Camp presents L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz


UOG Newsletter for Spring 2011