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UAS Named Military Friendly Institution

Military Friendly Schools has named the University of Alaska Southeast among its annual ranking of Military Friendly Schools. This designation comes after UAS recently enhanced its commitment to military students with the new College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative (CSPI).

Military Friendly rates institutions based on benchmark standards in academic policy and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid, graduation, and student support and retention. UAS exceeds the Military Friendly scale standard in every category.

“I'm very pleased that UAS is again being recognized as a Military Friendly college in 2017,” said UAS Chancellor, Richard Caulfield. “We honor those currently serving in the military as well as veterans, including many who are students and employees at our university. UAS has a particularly strong relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard and Army National Guard. The Military Friendly recognition underscores our commitment to providing quality education and training and a supportive environment to members of the military community.”

UAS is working toward bolstering career readiness opportunities for military students with the UAS CSPI. The program is designed for motivated individuals who demonstrate a high caliber of academic and leadership excellence, and who desire to serve their country in the United States Coast Guard.

Students currently enrolled, accepted for enrollment or pending enrollment in a full-time bachelor's degree program at UAS with the desire to complete college and receive a guaranteed commission as an officer in the United States Coast Guard can apply for CSPI.

Deborah Rydman, career services coordinator/ VA school certifying official said, “As UAS is recognized as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) under federal guidelines, we are able to participate in CSPI with the US Coast Guard. This scholarship program pays up to two years of tuition and fees, approximately $3,600 in monthly salary, and guarantees a job after graduation and an approximate annual salary of $60,000 upon successful completion of Officer Candidate School following graduation.”

Those who are accepted into this scholarship program will be enlisted into the United States Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer, and receive full funding for up to two years of college. Funding includes not only payment of tuition, books, and fees, but a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance, and medical benefits.

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Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509

SHI, UAS, School Districts, Sign Agreements to Advance Northwest Coast Art, Math Training

Program to be offered in Juneau, Klawock and Hoonah

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has signed memorandums of agreement with the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and school districts in Juneau, Klawock and Hoonah to teach Northwest Coast (NWC) art, the world-renowned legacy of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.

The program, Sharing Our Box of Treasures, is part of SHI’s effort to make Juneau the NWC arts capital of the world, to galvanize the region’s economy and to designate NWC art as a national treasure.

Through the program, partners will develop a two-year associate’s degree program in Northwest Coast (NWC) art at UAS and award scholarships to applicants; expand the Juneau Fine Arts Career Pathway program to include a focus on NWC art and field-test courses in four high schools in partner communities; increase current retention rates and academic performance in math of Alaska Native high school students by integrating NWC art into math courses; document development and implementation of NWC art and culture programs at UAS and SHI; and produce a sustainability plan for the next phase of expansion.

The program, in part, builds on SHI’s program to teach math concepts to Alaska Native students through ancient NWC art practices. The institute has partnered with national leaders in the field in recent years and successfully taught difficult math concepts through art practices such as weaving and carving.

Sharing Our Box of Treasures also supports a recent agreement between SHI, UAS and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to establish a four-year NWC art program, said SHI President Rosita Worl.

“This new program will bolster our efforts to establish a two-year NWC art program at UAS and ultimately a four-year degree program in NWC art at IAIA. We are setting up the framework through which artisans can earn a bachelor’s degree and make a living in the arts while perpetuating our ancient art practices,” Worl said.

"UAS is pleased to partner with SHI and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in building a career pathway for emerging Northwest Coast artists,” said UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield. “This partnership builds on the distinctive artistic and cultural traditions of Southeast Alaska, and will lead to new economic opportunities for our communities and our region."

UAS is currently recruiting for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Northwest Coast Native Arts to lead the program and will soon recruit for a project coordinator.

The program, which will kick off in spring of 2018, will include community NWC art workshops offered through SHI in Juneau, Klawock and Hoonah through which participants may earn university credit; summer math and NWC art training for teachers, who will be eligible to earn continuing education credits; summer NWC art and leadership academies for high school students; and training by visiting artists, scholars and elders in schools. The award-winning Tlingit artist Nicholas Galanin is currently the visiting artist at UAS and will teach classes for the program.

Sharing Our Box of Treasures is funded through a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Alaska Native Education Program.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding through public services and events. SHI also conducts social scientific and public policy research and advocacy that promotes Alaska Native arts, cultures, history and education statewide. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars, a Native Artist Committee and a Southeast Regional Language Committee. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

Links: Read more about the ranking

Contact: Keni Campbell
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: (907) 796-6509

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