Fisheries and Maritime Institute

Friday brought a trip to the college’s second campus on the island of Yap, the Fisheries and Maritime Institute known as FMI. This campus is home to approximately 50 students from all over the world studying to get a Master of Vessels, Navigation, or Marine engineering degree. Run in military style, with “yes ma’am” and “no …

Stone Money and Visiting the Chief

I had hoped to have time while in Yap to tour the island and learn about the Yapese culture. On Thursday, I had that chance. When I casually mentioned to the lovely Yapese woman serving me breakfast that I intended to drive around the island and visit some of the villages, her eyes grew wide. …

Visiting the Yap Campus

On Wednesday, I visited the Yap Campus of COM. I hosted a well-attended open forum and met with faculty, staff, and students. The campus consists of five buildings, vegetable garden, volleyball court, and gathering areas. A few photos are included below. Classroom were impressive. This is a science classroom, note the windows designed to withstand …

Arrival in Yap

I said Micronesia is far far away. It is. After flight delays, rerouting, and over 24+ hours of travel I arrived on the island of Yap. Stepping onto the tarmac into the hot and humid night air, we were met by a striking Yapese woman in traditional dress complete with a tiered grass skirt and …

Where Exactly IS the College of Micronesia?

I’m traveling to Micronesia to chair the accreditation External Evaluation Team for the College of Micronesia. I hope you’ll share my journey as I post daily updates and photos from what promises to be a very exciting trip. So – where exactly IS Micronesia? It’s far far away. About 5,400 miles from Folsom, as the …