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President's Message to the Community

January 16, 2015

Dear Colleagues and Fellow Members of the COM-FSM community,

We welcome back the students, staff, and faculty as we begin a new year together. During this new year, the college would like to recognize and also welcome our new students, staff and faculty who have now become part of our learning community.

During the month of January, the college looks forward to meeting our guest speakers. These forums are held at the Media and Instructional Technology Center (MITC) from 1PM-2PM on these scheduled dates below. The following forums are:

On January 16, 2015, Dr. Stephen A. Young, a psychiatrist, is speaking about “Psychological Traumas.” This forum is cosponsored with the US Embassy.

On January 23, 2015, NBA Coach Tom Newell will present on “Sports and Recreation: A portal to the Free World Today.” This forum is cosponsored with the US Embassy.

On January 26, 2015, Dr. Barbara Dugelby, a recruitment agent for the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE) program will be presenting the “NAPIRE Program.

News on the administration:

On January 18-21, 2015, a team of seven will be participating in the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) High Performance Team training in Washington, D.C. The training is “established to assist community college leadership teams with moving into high performance mode or can be used as a way to sustain high performance. The training is a four-day focused training that progresses from individual team assessments to managing the team’s performance to implementing change management and assessing institutional health.” (AACC Website).

News on Board of Regents:

FSM Congress confirmed Dr. Tulensru E. Waguk as the new regent from Kosrae State, and Mr. Jesse Salalu as the new regent from Yap State. On behalf of COM-FSM, I welcome Dr. Tulensru E. Waguk and Mr. Jesse Salalu to the college community. Let us not forget Regent Lyndon Cornelius and Regent Mary Figir.  Regent Cornelius served two terms as a Board of Regent member since November 12, 2007. He was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents since December 2008. Regent Figir also served two terms as a Board of Regent member since 2007. She served as Secretary/Treasurer during her terms. Both Regent Cornelius and Regent Figir have been part of a college era of contributing to positive changes to the overall college operations, and importantly, dedicating their unfailing support to reaffirm COM-FSM’s accreditation status.

Here are important up coming events:

The Board of Regents Meeting will be held on Yap from February 19-20, 2015. Should committees have agenda items to include in the BOR agenda, the EC committee is scheduled to meet on January 23, 2015, in the Board Conference Room at 2PM-3PM.

On March 30, 2015 is Cultural Day. On January 14, 2015, key members of the college community including the Student Body Association have come together to plan for the event. The next scheduled meeting is on January 23, 2015, at the Board Conference Room at 1PM-2PM.

News on Accreditation:

For the accreditation standard teams, the second draft of the self-evaluation report will be due February 6, 2015.

Please regularly review the College’s webpage, read the newsfeeds and attend our All Campus meetings as important information is shared and topics discussed. All Campus meetings provide yet another opportunity for us to be well informed about the opportunities and challenges we face, and the work that we do.

An All Campus Meeting at National Campus is scheduled for January 21, 2015, at MITC from 1-2PM.

I convey my appreciation to you for all your work, effort and dedication to the students we serve. Each of us plays an important role in the successful implementation of the mission of COM-FSM.

It is a privilege for me to serve you as president. 

Warm Regards,

Joseph M. Daisy, EdD

President and CEO