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University of Alaska Southeast Renews Partnership with Nationally Acclaimed Perseverance Theatre

The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has renewed its partnership with Perseverance Theatre for the upcoming academic year. The agreement maintains a longstanding cultural and educational partnership that enriches student life and helps support Alaska’s only professional theatre. Previous agreements have supported UAS students both appearing on stage and working behind the scenes, and have included special opportunities for Alaska Native students.

The new agreement features two “UAS Night @ Perseverance Theatre” events and guest artist visits to university classes. As in past years, Perseverance Theatre will also provide opportunities for students to participate in practicum experiences and internships. The theatre is also working to provide time and space in its Black Box — also referred to as Second Stage — for theatre students and extracurricular performing groups to be mentored by Perseverance actors and staff.

Dr. Paula Martin, UAS Interim Dean of Arts & Sciences, commented that “I'm pleased to see the continuing partnership between Perseverance Theatre and UAS. Theatre experience, whether for a major in the Humanities or in the Sciences, can have a profound impact on a student's future. Performing in a public setting is something professionals of all sorts do, from scientists to business leaders, often in a high-stakes setting. Theatre provides students a stage for that sort of experience. Our students will be well-served by this opportunity.”

University funding for the Memorandum of Agreement is supported in part by the UAS Connie Boochever Endowment for the Arts which was established by a gift from Judge Robert Boochever in 2006 and named in honor of his wife to support arts and theatre programming at UAS.

The “UAS Night” event is a pay-as-you-can opportunity in which UAS students, faculty, staff, and members of UAS Alumni & Friends can attend designated Mainstage Performances at a reduced cost. Held twice during the academic year, these performances feature discussions with actors and theatre staff either before or after the event. To encourage student attendance, UAS will coordinate transportation from the Auke Lake Campus to the theatre in Douglas for both events. The names and dates of these performances will be announced later this month.

Learn about theatre and other creative arts classes as part of the UAS Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree program by speaking to an advisor at 796-6100, or by visiting the UAS Admissions website.

Links: Theatre Information

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

UA Board of Regents approves joint UAS-UAF Fisheries degree

Students at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in Juneau will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in light of action by the UA Board of Regents in June 2017. The new degree is expected to increase the number of Southeast Alaska students who earn an undergraduate fisheries degree and are prepared to work in fisheries development, management, and research.

The new degree is a joint offering of UAS and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). It is a direct outcome of the university’s Strategic Pathways process-- expanding opportunities for students through collaboration between UAS and UAF faculty. Fisheries graduates frequently go to work with state and federal fisheries agencies like ADF&G and NOAA, and in private sector industry jobs. Others enroll in graduate programs in fisheries and ocean sciences. UAS expects to see a steadily increasing number of fisheries students on its Auke Lake Campus as the program gets underway. The hope is that many of those will go on into UAF graduate programs.

The new degree will emphasize marine fisheries biology, assessment and management of fish and invertebrate populations, and physical, chemical, geological, and biological dynamics of marine and freshwater environments. UAS recently hired a new fisheries faculty member, Dr. Michael Navarro, who will help coordinate the program.

Following the Board of Regents action, UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield observed that “Southeast Alaska is highly dependent on the fisheries industry and this program will produce local graduates who know our fisheries and our communities. I’m grateful to Southeast fishing industry representatives and fisheries managers who expressed support for this. I’m also grateful to our faculty, to UA President Jim Johnsen, and to UAF colleagues for recognizing the importance of growing our own local fisheries graduates.” Admission of new students into the program will begin following a review of the degree by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). That review is expected to be completed by late summer 2017. Please visit the School of Arts and Sciences website for more information about UAS degree offerings in Natural Sciences.

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

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