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UOG recognizes Calvo family's significant contribution

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 by Jolene Toves

Guam - As the University of Guam celebrates its 60th anniversary they unveiled their five-year capital fundraising campaign to provide a state of the art learning environment for their students earlier this year and with the help from the community that vision is becoming a reality. With a vision to provide a 21st Century campus by the year 2025 UOG has committed itself to reaching their goal through a five-year capital fundraising campaign.

The campaign goal is to raise funds for needed facilities that would enhance the campus and meet the growing needs of their student population as identified in the UOG Physical Master Plan.

President Dr. Robert Underwood said, "The philanthropic support for the university has admittedly not been as strong as we would like but today marks a time when the givers will step up and help build a stronger university with even more research possibilities with even greater community outreach and more advanced degrees."

Today the university followed up on a commitment made a few months ago for the largest single gift to the University of Guam in it's history $3 million to the UOG Endowment Foundation. "Now, that is not an easy thing to do - I know it is easy to say but its not an easy thing to do and all of you had a hand in that but perhaps the individual who had the biggest hand in it is not here this morning and that's Jerry Calvo," he said.

And as a token of appreciation for their donation the UOG Field House is now the "University of Guam Calvo Field House", in memory of the late Jake Calvo and his son, the late Edward M. Calvo.  Dr. Underwood continued, "The field house is the single largest indoor facility through Guam and throughout the Micronesia in this room in this facility that you're in thousands of people graduate every year and not just from University of Guam."

Seeing that an investment in the University of Guam is a direct investment in our island's future the Calvo family's donation of $3 million will help get the University of Guam to the next level.  "Calvo Enterprises is a locally grown family group of businesses started by my grandfather and carried on and expanded by my father and his brothers, Paul and Jerry," stated Eduardo Calvo. "Jake Calvo and his sons have instilled in us certain basic principles that guide us here today hard work cooperation and most important giving back to our community to say the least our donation to the University of Guam gives us immense pride the university is such an important institution not only for Guam but for all of Micronesia in many respects Guam's future depends on the strength and the success of the University of Guam."

With this contribution, the university has now reached approximately $7 million, bringing the University of Guam closer to their five year goal of raising $30 million. 


The Calvo family follows others that have contributed to the vision of transforming UOG into a 21st Century campus. You may remember last year the Tan family donated $1 million to the capital campaign, and in recognition of that donation the English and Communications Building was renamed after the matriarch of the Tan family.

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