Events

Upcoming Events:

October 19, 2017: Washington, D.C.

White HouseWe return to Washington D.C. this fall to host an evening cocktail and update on our work and exciting developments at the University. It would be our pleasure to have you join us. The event will be invitation-only. Please email us at usfuvg@me.com to learn more details and to receive an invitation.

Past Events:

Thursday – October 13, 2016: Washington, D.C.

In partnership with H. E. Gabriel Aguilera Peralta, the Permanent Representative of the Mission of Guatemala to the Organization of American States, the Foundation hosted 150 friends and partners for an evening event. UVG Rector Roberto Moreno presented an update on UVG’s efforts to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) throughout Guatemala. Our guest speaker for the event was Guatemalan Luis von Ahn, a graduate of the Colegio Americano, which is affiliated with UVG. An entrepreneur and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, von Ahn pioneered crowdsourcing. As co-founder and CEO, he is currently working on Duolingo, the most popular language learning platform in the world, with over 150 million users. His past projects include CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA and The ESP Game. von Ahn’s work takes advantage of the ever-growing Web-connected population to achieve collaboration in unprecedented numbers. His projects aim to leverage the crowd for human good.

Monday – October 17, 2016: New York, NY

USFUVG welcomed 75 new friends to an in-home fundraiser co-hosted by two board members to introduce our work to those in the New York City area. UVG Rector Roberto Moreno was joined by colleagues pleased to also greet longtime supporters and partners. Guests enjoyed an update on Guatemala today, the University educational programming and the work of the U.S. Foundation. The Altiplano campus and our mission to increased the availability of scholarships to qualified Guatemalan students, in particular the Maya and other rural poor, was highlighted. We look forward to returning to the City and keeping new friends up to date on our progress.

Washington, D.C. October 2015

USFUVG returned to the Organization of American States to host an evening event for USFUVG friends and supporters. The program consisted of an overview of our work, the University, and Guatemala, however, the highlight of the evening were the two student presenters.Washington Event 1 Amabila Soledad Puac Saloj and Salomón Ajiquichí Pecher made the journey all the way from the UVG-Altiplano campus in Sololá to speak firsthand about what it is like to receive a UVG education and the impact that this opportunity has had on their lives. They talked about their studies, as well as their hopes and aspirations for their future. Amabila highlighted her experiences as a 4th-year degree student in the tourism and hotel management bachelor’s degree program. A high school graduate of UVG, Salomón spoke about his decision to continue his education. He is now a bachelor’s degree student of agroforestry. Dr. Monica Stein, the Director of UVG’s Research Institute, complimented their presentation in providing an overview of STEM education methodologies and curricula at the University. It was a wonderful evening.

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None of this would have been possible without a scholarship. Many of my dreams have been realized thanks to the support I have received.

Guatemala In-Country Trip, December 2014

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The first inaugural Friends of USFUVG Trip hosted a group of 26 participants in-country December 2-6, 2014. We had an incredible trip with a very engaged and interesting group! Seen through the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG) lens, Friends of USFUVG trip participants experienced “the land of eternal spring” through … its rich cultural heritage of the timeless Maya who today constitute 23 ethnic groups, … the Spanish legacy of colonial grandeur that is Antigua,2014trip2 … the hustle and bustle of a colorful open-air indigenous market, … the uncommon geography of volcanoes, coffee estates and the majestic jewel that is Lake Atitlán, … an archeological site just being unearthed and ‘discovered’ and, of course … its dynamic people. We went behind-the-scenes to meet students in their homes and experience their daily lives through their eyes. We visited the former military base in Sololá that has been converted by the University of the Valley of Guatemala into a thriving, remote campus serving the Mayan communities. We saw firsthand the promise and opportunity gained through education. An outline of activities and general information for that trip is here.

2014trip3If you are interested in visiting UVG on your next trip to Guatemala or on a trip with USFUVG as your host, please email us at: usfuvg@me.com today and we will gladly share with you ideas to see our programming and this amazing country. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Guatemala!

Washington, D.C. October 2014

oct2015eventUSFUVG hosted an evening event at the Organization of American States for our friends and supporters to learn about our work, the University, and Guatemala. With 100 people in attendance, we were honored by the participation of H. E. José María Argueta, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Guatemala to the Organization of American States, and H. E. Julio Ligorría, Ambassador of Guatemala to the United States of America. The program included a presentation of the work of USFUVG and its mission to extend the benefits of high-quality education more broadly within Guatemalan society. It is always our pleasure to update Friends of USFUVG on the ever-evolving work of the Foundation, and to highlight different aspects of the array of educational offerings and opportunities at UVG’s three campuses around the country.

Los Angeles, CA September 2013

Pic of Lake Atitlan

Photo by Emilio Piovesan

USFUVG was pleased to return to the Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, CA to host an evening lecture and reception on Thursday September 26, 2013 from 6:30-9:00 pm (doors open at 6pm).

The evening featured three speakers:

  • Monica Stein, Dean of Research at the University of the Valley of Guatemala (UVG), presented an overview of the complexities of the Lake Atitlán basin, one of Guatemala’s most emblematic and multifaceted areas, where UVG has built a relationship with the community and is spearheading exciting projects with great potential for positive impact.
  • World-renowned Stanford University archeologist, John Rick, spoke about a joint archeological dig with UVG at the Mayan site San Andres Semetabaj – one of the oldest Mayan villages in the highlands of Guatemala, occupied from the pre-classic period (approx. 600 BC).
  • University of the Valley of Guatemala President, Roberto Moreno, shared news of UVG’s growing success extending opportunities for higher education – at many levels – for the Maya and other rural poor of Guatemala throughout the country and – more specifically – in the Lake Atitlan region.

Washington, D.C. September 2012

Students in Free Enterprise We returned to the Cosmos Club to host an evening event for friends and supporters of the University and its US Foundation. We had nearly 100 in attendance and were glad to see familiar faces but also to welcome new people to our work and the educational opportunities at UVG. The evening program included a talk by UVG’s Rector Roberto Moreno, as well as a presentation by six current students who represented UVG’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group – an international organization that promotes entrepreneurship while working to improve their communities. Earlier in the year they had won a national competition with their project presented: “Zero Contamination, Zero Inequality, Zero Unemployment, Zero Malnutrition”. Conceived and managed by the students, the students work with Guatemalan women in the slums to have them design and create handicrafts made from recycled materials that the students source from local companies. The students then find access to markets for the crafts, paying the women an improved income from what they otherwise would earn. The students had come to compete in the world championship with their project. Two days after presenting to us, they placed in the top 16 countries competing. Students in Free Enterprise

Los Angeles, CA September 2011

Pic of a stone fountainWe celebrated Guatemala’s Independence Day with a lecture series and reception at the beautiful Bel Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, CA. World renowned Stanford University archeologist, John Rick, spoke about Mayan archeology at San Andres Semetabaj – one of the oldest Mayan villages in the highland area of Guatemala occupied from the pre-classic period (approx 600 BC); award-winning photojournalist, Peter McBride, gave a picture presentation of Guatemala and the Mayan people as featured in National Geographic Traveler; and University of the Valley of Guatemala President, Roberto Moreno, shared news of the University’s growing success extending opportunities for higher education – at many levels – for the Maya and other rural poor of Guatemala throughout the country. Outdoor shot of the Bel Air club

Seattle, WA May 2011

USFUVG hosted a reception at the offices of SH Worldwide to share with the Seattle community interested in Guatemala news of the University’s growing success extending opportunities for higher education to students from outside Guatemala City. UVG Rector Roberto Moreno was present, and spoke during a short program.

Washington, D.C. September 2010

An evening reception was held at the Cosmos Club in the nation’s capital to acquaint friends and supporters of Guatemala and USFUVG with the work being done by UVG to provide Guatemalan society with high-quality education. The evening program included a talk by UVG’s Rector Roberto Moreno, as well as a presentations by two current UVG students – a young man in his third year of the ITEC program, studying agriculture at the Central Campus, and a young woman in her fourth and final year of the ITEC program, studying tourism at the Altiplano campus. (ITEC is a strong academic program providing students with 2 years of high school and 2 years post-secondary education with options of applied learning in the areas of forestry, agriculture, tourism, industrial electronics, mechanical electronics, and industrial maintenance – learning that will given them a job, and their communities the skills they need for development, or enable them to pursue further advanced learning opportunities.)

 

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