Guam – Dr. Kimberly Kowalski Bersamin, the personnel services administrator at the Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority, was named the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of Guam Community College during the GCC Foundation 35th Anniversary Gala held on Saturday, May 5, at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
Bersamin graduated from GCC’s former Vocational and Technical High School in 1985 in Computer Science.
“I am very humbled and honored by this award,” said Bersamin. “All of the nominees are accomplished, well-deserving alumni – I wish we all could have won. I also want to thank my nominator, Greg Manglona,” she said.
[L to R: Lolita Reyes, Asst. Director, GCC Development & Alumni Relations Office; Dr. Kimberly K. Bersamin, GCC 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, and Dr. Mary Okada, GCC president, celebrate Bersamin’s award at the GCC Foundation 35th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 5, at the Hyatt Regency Guam.]
Bersamin graduated from Chaminade University in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. In 1991, as first runner up in the Ms. Guam World Pageant, Bersamin donated her award winnings to the Alee Shelter and the Guam Deaf Club. She continues to be involved in the pageant and its charities. She earned her master’s in Public Administration from University of Guam in 1995, and then her doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University in 2006.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes graduates of the former GCC High School, or Guam Community College’s postsecondary, GED, licensure or apprentice programs, that have demonstrated the highest level of professional achievement and service to the community.
Other 2012 GCC Distinguished Alumni Award nominees honored at the gala were Julie Concepcion Cruz, a Department of Defense analyst residing in Virginia; Bernadette Unpingco Balajadia, a community program specialist with the Hawaii State Office on Guam; Lorie Aguon, a contract specialist with the Department of the Navy; Stacey McDonald Flores, special assistant to District Court of Guam Judge Frances Tydingco Gatewood; Frank Dumanal, CEO of Galaide Professional Services; and Ed Ilao, president and CEO of Johndel International.
Bersamin will join past Distinguished Alumni winners Dr. Anita Borja Enriquez, Jeffrey John Ibanez, Mary English and Phil Ada in having her name, profession, and year of graduation engraved on a tile embedded in a prominent walkway on campus.
Proceeds from the gala support the GCC Foundation, which each year awards ten scholarships to GCC students, in the amount of $1,000 for each scholarship recipient. The ten 2012 scholarship recipients are: Justin Alano, Geraldine Manansala, James Pangelinan, Meldie Joy Cabales, Ann Mariel Flores, Guoying Murday, Floregine Dela Cruz, Alexis Degracia, Juleiana Raras, and EJ Kevin Sto. Domingo.
James Pangelinan was also the recipient of the initial First Hawaiian Bank John K. Lee Jr. scholarship, handed out at the gala in honor of the late John Lee, former First Hawaiian Bank Guam and CNMI region manager and GCC Foundation board member.
Also during the event, the Class of 1981 donated $1,981.00 to GCC’s IT&E iPledge Alumni Drive, and the Class of 1977 donated a beautiful ifil wood mace to the College.
The Distinguished Alumni Award helps the college to reconnect with its over 10,000 alumni, promote special events and move forward with GCC initiatives.
For additional information about the GCC Distinguished Alumni Award, contact Lolita Reyes, assistant director of Development & Alumni Relations at 735-5611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.