GCC Marks 30th Anniversary of Dean Reilly Ridgell’s Pacific Textbook MONDAY

710

Guam – Guam Community College announces that Monday, January 21st, will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of Reilly Ridgell’s textbook, Pacific Nations and Territories, The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia. 

Ridgell, then an assistant professor and now Dean of Trades and Professional Services at GCC, wrote the book in 1983 to fill a void in teaching materials about Pacific Islands. GCC funded publication of the first edition in paperback. Since then, the book has been continuously in print, with the second, third, and fourth editions having been published in hardback by Bess Press of Hawaii.  A fifth edition is in the planning stages.  The book is in use on Guam, in Hawaii, and on many other Pacific islands.

“The success of this book has fulfilled and exceeded my expectations,” Ridgell said. “To be 30 years from its initial release and still be a viable, useful tool for Pacific educators is very gratifying. Many people helped me with this project but I need to particularly give kudos to Dr. John Salas, Provost of GCC in 1983, and the GCC Board of Trustees.  Without them the book never would have been published.”

The book and its derivatives, which include activity books, teacher answer keys, and an elementary level version called Pacific Neighbors, have sold thousands of copies since it first went on sale in the GCC cafeteria (now the Multipurpose Auditorium) back in 1983.  Nearly 40,000 copies of Pacific Nations and Territories have been sold thus far, and Pacific Neighbors has sold nearly 24,000 copies.  

PACIFIC NATIONS AND TERRITORIES

First Edition            Guam Community College             1983                        4,516 copies sold

Second Edition         Bess Press                                      1988                     13,604 copies sold

Third Edition           Bess Press                                      1995                      14,743 copies sold

Fourth Edition          Bess Press                                     2006                        6,550 copies sold

Total                                                                                                          39,413 copies sold  (1,313.76 per year)

 
PACIFIC NEIGHBORS

First Edition              Bess Press                                     1996                    14,513 copies sold

Second Edition           Bess Press                                    2006                       9,067 copies sold

Total                                                                                                          23,580 copies sold (1,387 per year)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 16, 2013  10:00 A.M.

GCC marks 30th anniversary of Pacific textbook

Guam Community College announces that Monday, January 21st, will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of Reilly Ridgell’s textbook, Pacific Nations and Territories, The Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia.  Ridgell, then an assistant professor and now Dean of Trades and Professional Services at GCC, wrote the book in 1983 to fill a void in teaching materials about Pacific Islands. GCC funded publication of the first edition in paperback. Since then, the book has been continuously in print, with the second, third, and fourth editions having been published in hardback by Bess Press of Hawaii.  A fifth edition is in the planning stages.  The book is in use on Guam, in Hawaii, and on many other Pacific islands.

“The success of this book has fulfilled and exceeded my expectations,” Ridgell said. “To be 30 years from its initial release and still be a viable, useful tool for Pacific educators is very gratifying. Many people helped me with this project but I need to particularly give kudos to Dr. John Salas, Provost of GCC in 1983, and the GCC Board of Trustees.  Without them the book never would have been published.”

The book and its derivatives, which include activity books, teacher answer keys, and an elementary level version called Pacific Neighbors, have sold thousands of copies since it first went on sale in the GCC cafeteria (now the Multipurpose Auditorium) back in 1983.  Nearly 40,000 copies of Pacific Nations and Territories have been sold thus far, and Pacific Neighbors has sold nearly 24,000 copies.

PACIFIC NATIONS AND TERRITORIES

First Edition            Guam Community College             1983                        4,516 copies sold

Second Edition            Bess Press                        1988                        13,604 copies sold

Third Edition                        Bess Press                        1995                        14,743 copies sold

Fourth Edition            Bess Press                                    2006                        6,550 copies sold

Total                                                                                    39,413 copies sold  (1,313.76 per year)

 

PACIFIC NEIGHBORS

First Edition                         Bess Press                        1996                        14,513 copies sold

Second Edition            Bess Press                        2006                        9,067 copies sold

Total                                                                                    23,580 copies sold (1,387 per year)