About

About Me

"I am not a teacher, but an awakener." ~ Robert Frost



getting on board

I joined the Business Division of the College of Micronesia-FSM in January 2006 as an Accounting/Business Instructor.  (Please continue reading below.)

With COM-FSM President and co-faculty during 2012 convocation

With Business Administration Division (BAD) faculty: Back, Joseph Felix, Jr. (Division Chair); Front, from left: Marian Medalla, Ruci Yauvoli, Marlene Mangonon, Edper Castro, and George Mangonon.

education & experience

I came from the Philippines, where I completed my Masters Degree in Business Administration at the National College of Business and Arts and my Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce, major in Accounting at Saint Michael's College of Laguna.

Before I studied accounting, I first took Fine Arts at the Far Eastern University in Manila (1972-73). A few years later, when a new college (SMCL) opened in my hometown, I applied and was accepted as a working student – painting billboards for the school. Four years later, I graduated (cum laude, 1981), took the CPA Licensure Examination given by the Philippine Board of Accountancy and, in the following year, became a Certified Public Accountant.

Before coming to Micronesia, I was college instructor of Accounting and Management courses, bank administrative officer and corporate planning head, and general manager of foreign business consulting and coordinating firms. I also published and edited a local community newspaper and newsletter.

previous years' activities

December 19, 2013 / FSM-China Friendship Sports Center, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended, as parent of graduating business major and valedictorian Mary Joyce, COM-FSM's 58th Commencement Exercises.
 
December 18, 2013 / Kaselehlia Diner, Nett, Pohnpei
Attended the YES!-sponsored farewell dinner for A.S. Business Administration graduating students of Fall 2013 and for outgoing Business Division Professor Marian Medalla.
 
December 4, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended The Forum Lectures series, in which the Australian Embassy First Secretary & Consul, Mr. Nikola Pejic, and COM-FSM alumnus and embassy staff Jasmine Mendiola, gave a presentation on the "Australian Embassy's Role in the FSM".
 
December 2, 2013 / National Registrar of Corporations Office, National Government, Palikir, Pohnpei
Accompanied YES! President Alden Damarlane, Secretary Danielle Worswick, and Treasurer Matchugo Jack, to the National Registrar of Corporations office. They turned over copies of the association's Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws to Mr. Berthold Edmund, Assistant Registrar.
 
November 27, 2013 / Room B-102, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended division faculty meeting with Josephine Oracion, Cengage Learning Senior Sales Executive, who made presentation about Cengage's online services.
 
November 21, 2013 / COM-FSM Pohnpei Campus, Kolonia, Pohnpei
At Division Chair's request, updated A.S. Business Administration program assessment information on TracDat.
 
November 20, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended All Campus Meeting. Agenda: 2015 Budget Process.
 
November 13, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
With Professor Ringlen Ringlen and Director Francisco Mendiola. As member of a working group, completed our task of revising the faculty/staff senate by-laws. See draft of revised by-laws here.
 
November 11, 2013 / Room B-103, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Met with YES! officers and representatives regarding the association's incorporation. Discussed Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of the proposed corporation.
 
November 6, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended training for all faculty members in preparation for online registration which the college will pilot during the November early registration (on the 12th - 18th).

October 30, 2013 / Room B-102, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended division faculty meeting.

October 23, 2013 / President's Conference Room, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended meeting working group composed of Ringlen Ringlen, Francisco Mendiola and myself, tasked with revising the senate bylaws. This is the second of our weekly meeting.
 
October 23, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended All-Campus Meeting. Vice President for Administrative Services Joe Habuchmai explained shortfall on 2014 budget and plans to cut costs all the way to 2015 budget.
 
October 21, 2013 / Pohnpei Campus, Kolonia, Pohnpei
Conducted first session in Cost Accounting (AC 325) course for my third-year Certificate in Accounting program evening class for Fall 2013.
 
October 18, 2013 / Board Conference Room, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended the Facilities and Campus Environment (FCE) Committee meeting.
 
October 17, 2013 / Embassy of the People's Republic of China, Palikir, Pohnpei
Accompanied YES! President Alden Damarlane, Vice President Phyllis Ching, and Secretary Danielle Worswick to the Embassy of the People's Republic of China. Damarlane received the embassy's cash donation for the YES! project.
 
October 16, 2013 / President's Conference Room, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Joined Professor Ringlen Ringlen and Director Francisco Mendiola in our first meeting to work on the revision of faculty/staff senate by-laws.
 
October 14, 2013 / SSS Office, Kolonia, Pohnpei
As club adviser and in behalf of the Young Executives Society (YES!), went to FSM Social Security office, filed the application, and got an Employer Identification Number (EIN), for the student association.

October 7, 2013 / Room B-103, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
As club adviser, attended YES! officers and representatives meeting. Agenda: Calendar of Activities.

October 2, 2013 / Room B-103, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
As club adviser, attended YES! meeting. Agenda: (1) Membership dues (2) Business attire (3) Opening of bank account (4) Project (5) Fund raising drive.

September 30, 2013 / Business Division office, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Emailed to Division Chair Joseph Felix Jr. the following documents: Revised course outline, Cover page for revised course outline, and Course modification request for Managerial Accounting (AC 250), for submission to Curriculum and Assessment Committee (CAC).
 
September 25, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Arranged meeting of business students with Director Karen Simion, re: grievance procedure per Student Handbook.
 
September 24, 2013 / PSBDC, COM-FSM Pohnpei Campus, Kolonia, Pohnpei
Went to Pohnpei Campus and took photos of the Pohnpei Small Business Development Center.
 
September 20, 2013 / Board Conference Room, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended Facilities and Campus Environment Committee meeting.
 
September 19, 2013 / VPIA office, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Meeting with Vice President for Instructional Affairs Mariana Ben Dereas, Division Chair Joseph Felix Jr. and Professor Marian Medalla, re: proposal for use of Small Business Development Center building at Pohnpei Campus by the business program. Also discussed TYC program, the need to replace humanities courses with major courses.
 
September 19, 2013 / Business Division office, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Meeting with Jun and Marian re: Worksheets 1 & 2 for TYC Accounting program.
 
September 13, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
With Professor Marian Medalla. Counted votes from ballots cast and announced thru the wiki results of the faculty/staff senate elections for AY 2013-2014. Click here for related news.
 
September 7, 2013 / Sports Gym, COM-FSM Pohnpei Campus, Kolonia, Pohnpei
Attended 2nd COM-FSM's 20th Anniversary 50/50 raffle draw at Pohnpei Campus.

September 6, 2013 / FSM-China Friendship Sports Center, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended 2nd faculty convocation, which also coincided with COM-FSM's 20th Anniversary celebration.
LINK: http://www.comfsm.fm/myShark/news/item=622/mod=20:55:04
  
September 4, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended YES! meeting as club adviser. YES! members selected their State representatives to the club. Discussed with officers and representatives cost estimate for the concrete study benches project and college's 20th anniversary fair at Pohnpei Campus on Saturday.
 
September 2, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM
Attended the awarding of STAP scholarship checks to selected students of COM-FSM for Fall 2013.
  
August 30, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM
Took charge of the scheduled Faculty/Staff Senate elections which was eventually postponed (See September 13) due to insufficient number of nominees/candidates and absence of quorum.
  
August 28, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended and observed, as club adviser, YES! election of new officers for AY 2013-2014.
 
August 23, 2013 / Board Conference Room, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended Facilities and Campus Environment Committee meeting.
 
August 21, 2013 / Russell Figueras' residence, Kolonia, Pohnpei
Met with Mr. Russell Figueras, president of the United Filipino Community in Pohnpei (UFCP). Discussed details of joint project of YES! and UFCP, i.e., concrete study tables with benches to be installed at the national campus.
 
August 17, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended Frankie Harriss' presentation (Accreditation Update/SLO Dialogue). Also joined Karen Simion's training on TracDat.
 
August 16, 2013 / MITC, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Joined the faculty lunch with the president and vice presidents at MITC. Met new instructors.
 
August 12-16, 2013 / PICS High School Campus, Kolinia, Pohnpei
With Division Chair Joseph Felix, Jr. Conducted two-part training/presentation on the topic "Electronic Grade Book as Assessment Tool" during the Federated States of Micronesia Inter-Agency Collaborative Conference, jointly sponsored by the FSM Department of Special Education & FSM Department of Health and Socials Affairs-FSM-EHDI Program. Theme of the conference: Promoting and Improving Interagency Collaboration in Serving Individuals with Disabilities in the Federated States of Micronesia
 
August 6, 2013 / Division Chair's office, COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Attended division faculty meeting.
 
August 5, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
Accepted additional teaching assignment as part-time Introduction to Art (AR 101) instructor.
 
July 25, 2013 / UOG, Guam, U.S.A.
With Division Chair Joseph Felix Jr. Meeting with Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez and UOG School of Business and Public Administration faculty. Discussed existing articulation on TYC General Business and TYC Accounting programs, course-by-course articulation, possible 4th-year partnership program, and other matters.
 
July 19, 2013 / Marianas High School, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Attended the open forum and closing ceremonies of the 28th Pacific Education Conference, where we (Division Chair Joseph Felix Jr. and I) were supposed to give a presentation on the topic "Electronic Grade Book as Assessment Tool" on the 17th, but was cancelled due to delay in our Pohnpei-Guam-Saipan flight.
 
May 14, 2013 / Home
Emailed final draft of Budget Handbook to VPIEQA/ALO Frankie Harriss. With Marian Medalla (Associate Professor, Business Division) and Debra Perman (Associate Professor, HTM & Business Division) as co-authors.
 
April 4, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei
In an acting capacity (Division Chair Joseph Felix Jr. was on college-approved travel), led fellow Business Administration Division (BAD) faculty in providing full promotional support to the the APAFS-sponsored Student Education Conference at COM-FSM, by inviting business and CIS students to ensure their attendance and active participation.
 
March 13, 2013 / Home
Emailed initial (partial) draft of Budget Handbook to VPIEQA/ALO Frankie Harriss and and VPAS Joe Habuchmai.
 
February 22, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM
Attended the Staff Development Day and joined the following training sessions: (1) Triangulated Assessment / TracDat, Academic Assessment Overview by Karen Simion, and (2) ENGRADE [on line grade book, SLO tracking, instructional reports] by Dana Lee Ling.
  
February 19, 2013 / COM-FSM National Campus, Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM
(With Professor Marian Medalla) Meeting with David Adams regarding draft and progress in the writing of the budget manual.
  
February 16, 2013 / Seven Stars Inn, Kolonia, Pohnpei

Attended the second session of the Technical Writing Workshop conducted by COM-FSM consultant David Adams.
  
January 27, 2013 / Online

Wrote an article about student knowledge of SLOs and published the same under Assessment section of this web site.
  
January 1, 2013 / Online
Successfully completed the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges - Western Accociation of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC-WASC) Accreditation Basics online course.
  
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