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December 28, 2005


To:           All Concerned 

From:       President, COM-FSM 

Subject:     President’s Update #266

The COM-FSM 42nd Commencement

Over 500 dignitaries, honored guests, parents and families of the graduates, friends, faculty, staff, and students attended the COM-FSM 42nd Commencement Exercise on December 23, 2005, at 9:00 a.m. at the China-FSM Friendly Sport Center. The keynote address was delivered to the graduates by Mr. William N. Kostka, Executive Director of Conservation Society of Pohnpei. Seventy five students from National and Pohnpei Campuses graduated and received their Certificates of Achievement and Degrees.

Renovations/Upgrade of Facilities at Chuuk Campus

The sealed bid proposals for the renovation/upgrading of facilities at the current site of the Chuuk Campus were opened on December 27, 2005. Five bid proposals were submitted from various construction companies in the States of Chuuk and Pohnpei. The Administration of the College will be finalizing its decision on which construction companies will be awarded the bids on renovations/upgrades of facilities at Chuuk Campus soon. The renovations/upgrades of facilities should begin by January 20, 2006.

Five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) had been set aside for the renovations/upgrade of facilities at the current site.

Reasons for Selecting Chuuk High School Site as Permanent Site for Chuuk Campus

The Leaders of the College of Micronesia-FSM selected the Chuuk High School Site as the future permanent site for Chuuk Campus because the leadership of the State of Chuuk offered it to the College at no cost. The other States of the FSM like Yap State does not have much public land and yet they provided land for Yap Campus. Kosrae and Pohnpei States also provided lands for campuses in their respective states at no cost to the College. The College also does not have fiscal resources to purchase land for its campus in the State of Chuuk.

The future of the College’s accreditation is depended on securing a permanent site for Chuuk Campus and the decision that the College leaders made at its December 5-9, 2005, meeting was a wise one. This was also a long overdue issue.

Improving Communication Among and Within Campuses

One of the many ways in which the College has implemented at its campuses to improve communication among and within its campuses is on the use of group e-mail addresses for e-mailing corrected and approved minutes of the committee meetings to members. The committee members from the National and State Campuses will then share the minutes with interested administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The committee member from a respective campus may also gather issues and matters relating to functions and responsibilities of their standing committee from administrators, faculty, staff and students and add them to the agenda items for committee meetings.

The College has established fifteen (15) standing committees and councils such as Admissions Board, Curriculum Committee, Student Services Committee, Finance Committee, Planning Council, Assessment Committee, Financial Aid Committee, Facilities and Campus Environment Committee that recommend policies and issues to President, Cabinet and BOR for review and action. For example, Curriculum Committee is responsible for recommending issues and policies relating to instructional programs and Finance Committee is responsible for recommending issues and policies relating to fiscal resources.

The Committee Chairs are encouraged and reminded to start using the newly established group e-mail addresses for their respective committee to distribute approved minutes to members. Committee members are encouraged to share the minutes of meetings with interested administrators, faculty, staff, and students at their campuses.

Update from Human Resource Office

Following are the new hires and resignations from Campuses:


National Campus:  
New Hires: Karen Simion promoted to Director of Academic Affairs
  Rencelly Nelson promoted to Director of Human Resource Office
  Jusleen Kapriel hired as cook I at Cafeteria
Resignations: Robert Churney – Social Science
  Belinda Suzuki – Business Administration
  Nancy Lippwe – Dorm Manager
Pohnpei Campus: New Hires: Herman Semes – Coordinator of Pohnpei Business Development Center
  Marlou Gorospe – Campus Nurse
Yap Campus: New Hires: Gertrude Mangarwen – Counselor
  Cecilia Tinag – Administrative Assistant I
  Suzann Giyeg is no longer working at CRE, Yap Campus

Vision Statement, Mission Statement, Values Statement, and Goals

The college community must be periodically reminded of College’s vision statement, mission statement, values statement, and goals. These goals and statements are the guiding principles on who we are and they also set direction for the College. The following are the vision, mission, and values statements and goals for the College:

Vision Statement

The College of Micronesia-FSM will assist the citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia to be well-educated, prosperous, globally-connected, accountable, healthy and able to live in harmony with the environment and the world community.

Mission Statement

Historically diverse, uniquely Micronesian and globally connected, the College of Micronesia-FSM is a continuously improving and student centered institute of higher education. The college is committed to assisting in the development of the Federated States of Micronesia by providing academic, career and technical educational opportunities for student learning.

Values Statement

In order for us to achieve our Vision, Mission, and Goals we agree to uphold the following core values and behaviors. We value:

  1. Learner-centeredness - Learners are our primary focus and we provide quality instruction and services in a nurturing and safe environment.

  2. Professional behavior - We are competent, service-oriented professionals with a commitment to life-long learning and a commitment to provide excellent and exemplary service to students, colleagues and the community.
  3. Innovation - We provide a dynamic, creative, up-to-date, and innovative environment to allow the college community to function effectively in a global economy.
  4. Honesty and Ethical Behavior - We are honest and abide by the COM-FSM Code of Ethics in all our personal and professional interactions to create and maintain trust and unity among ourselves and with our community.
  5. Commitment and Hard Work - We commit and invest our time, energy and resources to create a rigorous, high quality learning environment.
  6. Teamwork - We live in a community where collaboration, open-mindedness, respect and support for each other help us achieve our mission.
  7. Accountability - We are responsible for and accountable in our daily activities to our partners and the community we serve. We comply with all applicable regulations and use our resources efficiently and effectively to maintain a high level of trust and confidence.


The College of Micronesia-FSM, through a cycle of assessment and review, will continuously improve to meet or exceed current accreditation standards and will:

    1. Promote learning and teaching for student success and satisfaction.

    2. Create an adequate, healthy and functional learning and working environment.
    3. Foster effective communication.
    4. Invest in sufficient, qualified, and effective human resources.
    5. Have sufficient and well-managed fiscal resources that allows for financial independence.
    6. Build a partnering and service network for student success, and workforce and economic development.
    7. Promote the uniqueness of our community, cultivate respect for individual differences, and champion diversity.

Kudos to the Following Faculty, Staff, and Students

Kudos to Mr. Dan Meyer, Music Instructor, and over 60 faculty, staff, and students who participated in the Christmas Choir that entertained about 300 people from the College and community on December 9, 2005, at the practice gym.

Kudos to staff (Recreation, Maintenance, and Dorm) and students that participated in the around the island Christmas Caroling on December 16, 2005.

Kudos also goes to Faculty/Staff Senate Executive Committee for organizing the Christmas Party for the college community on December 15, 2005, at Nan Tehlik Restaurant.


Thank you.