Over the last few years, the Student Association for Faasamoa (SAFF) has established itself as one of the strongest student organizations at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC). Overseen by the Samoan Studies Institute (SSI), the SAFF promotes Samoan culture, arts and values while also providing its members with an academic support group, particularly in the area Samoan Studies. While membership may vary from semester to semester, the SAFF has consistently showcased its home pride, discipline and enthusiasm through cultural performances on numerous special occasions here at home as well as overseas at the most recent Festival of the Pacific Arts held in the Solomon Islands two years ago.
“It inspired me to pursue my future degrees in Archaeology and to become one of the professionals presenting research,” enthused American Samoa Community College (ASCC) spring 2014 graduate Lindsay Ailima, describing her participation in the recent Third Samoa Conference (SCIII) at the National University of Samoa (NUS) in late August. Following her graduation from ASCC, Lindsay plans to go on a mission for her church before continuing her college education at the University of Hawaii. While waiting for her mission to begin, Lindsay has taken the opportunity to further her knowledge of Archaeology, a subject which she recently developed a very keen interest in, by joining Dr. David Addison of ASCC; fellow ASCC graduate Nolita Motu, now attending North Dakota State University; and current ASCC student Visesio Hope for the Archaeology component of SCIII.