University of Guam to celebrate 70th anniversary in 2022

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University of Guam (PNC file photo)

The University of Guam will be celebrating its Platinum Jubilee in 2022. The year-long observance will begin with a virtual kickoff ceremony at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, on Zoom. The public is invited to view the ceremony and hear more about the celebrations ahead for the 70th anniversary year.

Members of the community may register to attend the event at https://url.uog.edu/70th.

“Over the course of 70 years, the University of Guam has, in some way, been a part of everyone’s lives in this region,” said UOG President Thomas W. Krise. “So we’re excited to share this milestone with the entire community.”

Established as the Territorial College of Guam in 1952 with 13 staff members and 200 students, the University of Guam now employs more than 500 full-time employees and serves a student population of more than 3,000. The university has conferred more than 19,000 degrees to alumni serving as professionals around the world and brings more than $14 million in federal research funding to the island and region every year.

Alumnae to serve as honorary co-chairpersons

A 70th Anniversary Committee, composed of UOG stakeholders ranging from students to alumni, will organize and host a series of events throughout 2022.

Notable alumnae Annmarie Muna, owner of local insurance company AM Insurance, and Christine Baleto, who holds the local franchise for FROOTS and also serves as CFO for Docomo Pacific, have been tapped to serve as honorary co-chairpersons for the committee.

“Having two of our successful Triton business alumnae at the helm is very special,” Krise said. “The committee is well-tailored to ensure the Triton spirit is infused into every part of the anniversary year celebrations.”

Following the kickoff ceremony, a 70th anniversary webpage will be launched to keep the community apprised of activities and events.

About the Honorary Co-chairs:

Annmarie Muna is the president and general manager of AM Insurance. She graduated from University of Guam in 1983 with top honors, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in business management and public administration while working as an insurance clerk for Universe Insurance Underwriters. Following graduation, she transitioned into management and eventually opened her own insurance company, AM Insurance, in 1994, in response to a growing need on island for excess and surplus coverage of large local companies.

Muna now has more than 40 years of insurance knowledge and experience. She is a licensed insurance broker who is uniquely qualified to access numerous international markets for her clients and is one of the most experienced brokers in the servicing of government accounts on Guam. She is also a licensed real estate broker.

Her knowledge and expertise have bolstered the company’s growth, affording AM Insurance the reputation for being a leading broker on Guam. Muna is a strong believer in giving back to the community, both financially and through service. She serves on the board for the American Red Cross and the Guam Community College Foundation Board of Governors.

Muna was the 2019 Guam Business Magazine Executive of the Year.Christine Baleto is the chief financial officer of Docomo Pacific, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s leading mobile operator. Baleto is the first woman to join the senior management team of the company and the first local hire to fill the position. In her almost 30-year career in management, finance, and accounting, her experience transcends through the nonprofit, private, and government sectors. Prior to joining Docomo Pacific, she was the CFO for MidPac Distributors and the chief financial adviser to the board; director of the Guam Department of Administration, where she provided oversight and direction to GovGuam’s Division of Accounts, Human Resources Division, General Services Agency, Office of Technology, and Treasurer of Guam; general manager of Market Wholesale Distributors; and executive director of Sanctuary Inc.

 

In 2009, Baleto was awarded the license right for the FROOTS brand on Guam and in the Marianas. Under her leadership, the stores received recognition from the corporate franchise for highest per store sales throughout the franchise system. The restaurant business has been operating for more than 11 years and is now based at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, where it continues to do well.

In addition to her professional career, Baleto has been an active member of many civic and local boards. She serves as the chairwoman of the board for the Guam Chamber of Commerce and has been a board member for the past six years.

Baleto was Guam Business Magazine’s 2007 Businesswoman of the Year. In 2020, she was recipient of the UOG Distinguished Alumni Award under the School of Business and Public Administration.

 

(UOG Release)

 

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