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December 14, 2004

To: All Concerned

From: Interim President

Subject: Update from the President's Office - No. 243



The Accreditation Working Group submitted the first Progress Report that addressed the Accrediting Commission recommendation #2 which placed the College on warning status in October 2004. The Working Group has started working on the second Progress Report that will address the other 5 recommendations. This report is due to the Executive Director for WASC Office on March 15, 2005.

An all campus training workshop on implementation of the newly organizational chart took place on Monday, December 13, 2004. The following administrators and staff attended this workshop:

Chuuk Campus Kosrae Campus Yap Campus
Joakim Peter Kalwin Kephas Lourdes Roboman
Switer Eter Willer Benjamin Jovita Masiwemai
Karen Simion Rosalinda DeMesa Bueno Cecilia Dibay
Pohnpei Campus FSM-FMI National Campus
Penny Weilbacher Matthias Ewarmai Spensin James
Jeffrey Arnold Serphin Ilesiuyalo Ringlen Ringlen
Maria Dison   Jean Thoulag
    Danny Dumantay
    Jessica Stam
Felicia Hunt
    Norma Edwin
    Linda Maradol
    Jon Berger
    Dr. James Yaingeluo
    Arleen Dumantay
    Lucy Oducado
    Eddie Haleyalig


Officials from the University of Hawaii at Hilo visited the National Campus on Tuesday, 11/7/04, met with the Acting Vice President for Instructional Affairs and Interim President, and discussed the renewal of the current articulation agreement between the two institutions. Changes to the current agreement included the length of the agreement to be reduced from five (5) years to two (2) years. Officials from the COM-FSM raised the point that the general education core requirements for all AS and AA Degrees are all the same and asked if AS Degrees can be included under the umbrella agreement, meaning that all transfer students from COM-FSM can be treated equally as the AS Degree transfer students. All AA Degree transfer students to the University of Hawaii at Hilo are treated as juniors. Another new change in the current agreement is that all transfer students will take an ESL test, however, the results will not be used to place the COM-FSM transfer students in their courses.

Board of Regents:

The College of Micronesia-FSM Board of Regents will be meeting in Pohnpei during the week of December 14-17, 2004. One of the things the BOR will be doing during its meeting in Pohnpei is selecting the president for the College of Micronesia-FSM.


The Local Fundraising Subcommittee has been active in conducting fundraising activities locally. This subcommittee has raised about $8,000 since the Kick-Off Dinner on October 23, 2004. The most recent fundraising activity conducted by this subcommittee is decoration and set up for the Tuna Commission Meeting at the China-FSM Friendly Gym during the week of December 6-10, 2004. The Subcommittee was given $2500 for their efforts. This amount has been deposited in the Endowment fund account.

Chuuk Campus fundraising efforts during the months of November and December 2004 raised $1325.00

Final Exam Schedule:

Final Exams for the National Campus are scheduled for the week of December 14-16, 2004. The final exams schedule for the National Campus is attached for everyone's perusal.


The Mid-Year Graduation for the National and Pohnpei Campuses will be held on December 22, 2004. The Graduation Committee has selected the Honorable Stevick Edwin, Senator, Pohnpei State Legislature to be the Keynote Speaker. Mr. Edwin is an alumni of the College of Micronesia-FSM. Unofficially over 130 students have submitted their application for graduation during the Mid-Year Graduation. The official list of the graduates will be out after final exams. The Honorable Midion Neth, Deputy Secretary for the Department of Health, Education, and Social Affairs will be accepting the graduates.

Words of Appreciation:

A letter has been received by the Interim President from the Executive Director of National Oceanic Resource Management Authority thanking the staff at the College for the College's support in decorating and setting up the China-FSM Practice Gym for the Tuna Commission Conference during the week of December 6-10, 2004. The Executive Director of National Oceanic Resource Management Authority appreciated all the hard work by the College staff and donated $2500 for the Endowment Fund.

Holiday Season Message:

During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to all faculty, staff, students, and supporters who have made our progress possible. And in the holiday spirit we sincerely say, "Thank you all and the College wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year."

Thank you.