The University of Guam’s Charter Day event was held virtually Tuesday, with the university celebrating its 53 years with the theme “Transforming Lives, Advancing Communities.”
UOG’s Charter Day celebrates the signing of the university’s charter back in 1968 and is generally a campus-wide festival.
Before the pandemic, residents from all over the island would explore educational exhibits, displays, see live performances, participate in campus tours and more.
But this year, like many other events, UOG Charter Day has gone virtual.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero who was in attendance, applauded the university’s collaboration and cooperation not just through the pandemic, but throughout the community.
“A very great example to give is the university’s work and partnership with the private partner in the whole industry of aquaculture. Certainly a potential of a multi-billion industry that we can advance in the community and will certainly transform the lives of our people, not only in just food sustainability but also in job creation,” Leon Guerrero said.
Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio added that the infrastructure the school maintains also benefits the island.
“Infrastructure like WERI, which helps protect our water quality standards on Guam. The College of Agriculture extension services which has been doing so much work trying to help us with the initiative of the governor to ensure food security to make sure agriculture and aquaculture are cornerstones of this new economy. The Center for Sustainability and helping us lead with the Guam Green Growth initiative and help coordinate out efforts to protect coral reefs and establish resiliency in climate change,” Tenorio said.
The governor also commends the UOG staff and faculty for their continuous commitment and work in the COVID-19 program and Dr. Anne Perez Hattori for leading and providing the necessary resources for GovGuam’scontact tracing and vaccination campaigns.
This year’s event featured various online lectures and presentations, webinars, exhibits, a virtual 5K, and a virtual tour of the Science Learning Center throughout the month.