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Interim Provost Appointed

The University of Alaska Southeast announces the appointment of Ketchikan Campus Director Dr. Priscilla Schulte as UAS Interim Provost for the coming academic year. A search for a permanent Provost is slated to commence in August.

Dr. Schulte will begin her new assignment on August 9, 2015. She is expected to remain in the role through the 2015-2016 academic year with a hope that a new provost will be on board in early summer 2016. Dr. Schulte will remain Ketchikan Campus Director but she will move to Juneau for the duration of this assignment. She will continue to return to Ketchikan periodically over the course of the academic year. In her interim role, Dr. Schulte will represent UAS in important leadership venues including Board of Regents and Summit Team meetings and Statewide Academic Council.

UAS faculty, deans and directors expressed support for this arrangement — noting Dr. Schulte’s long and distinguished career at UAS as a tenured full professor, an active researcher, and most recently a highly-effective campus director.

“I personally am very grateful for Dr. Schulte’s willingness to take on this assignment. I know that she will serve UAS well as Interim Provost. I also know that she will ensure that the good work of Ketchikan Campus faculty and staff will continue during the interim. I am committed to supporting her and Ketchikan personnel in fulfilling that expectation,” said Chancellor Rick Caulfield.

“It is an honor to be chosen as the interim Provost of UAS, ” said Dr. Schulte. “Over the years, I have enjoyed working with the faculty, staff, and students from all three campuses and I look forward to this new role.”

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6530

JAMM, UAS, and Juneau Symphony Announce Juneau's New String Quartet-in-Residence

Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM), the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), and the Juneau Symphony are proud to launch a new collaboration by selecting four scholarship recipients who will help teach local student musicians while pursuing a Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching (MAT) at UAS with certification in K-12 Music.

This unique collaboration will result in not only a master’s degree and teaching certificate for the scholarship recipients; it will also serve our community by providing teaching artists for the JAMM program and quality performers for the Juneau Symphony.

The members of the new string quartet-in-residence are Lindsay Clark (violin), Heidi O’Connor-Brook (violin), Sophia Butler (viola), and Ruth Hogle (cello). The quartet will conduct teaching internships at JAMM school sites and music classrooms within the Juneau School District and perform with the Juneau Symphony. Each member will receive a $10,000 scholarship for their studies at UAS, funded by JAMM and the Juneau Symphony. They are scheduled to arrive on July 25th and will spend one year in Juneau as they complete their master’s degrees.

JAMM is an El Sistema-inspired program that uses the power of music and ensemble to help children reach their fullest potential as global citizens and contributing members of their community. JAMM now serves 500 students in three elementary schools in the Juneau School District.

The MAT Certification Program in K-12 Music at UAS prepares students for multi-faceted roles in today’s society: as citizens, artists, teachers, and scholars. These UAS students will graduate with a degree that will fully equip them to teach music in K-12 Alaskan Schools and many states in the lower forty eight.

The Juneau Symphony will provide performance opportunities through its regular concerts as well as coaching opportunities within the Juneau Student Symphony.

The quartet will begin this summer with the two week intensive Basic Arts Institute where participants will learn how to apply brain research into classroom practice and experience how the visual, performing, media and cultural arts can increase student engagement and achievement. They will also be playing on a whale watching cruise over Labor Day weekend.

Meet the Quartet in Residence

Lindsay ClarkLindsay Clark (violin): Lindsay was born and raised in Juneau and has participated with many musical groups locally and in Salem, Oregon, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Willamette University. In addition to classical music, Lindsay performed in many bluegrass, old time, and free improvisational bands. She hopes to share her love for the diversity of the violin to students and peers. Lindsay enjoys swimming, traveling, and everything the great outdoors of Juneau have to offer.

Heidi O'ConnorHeidi O'Connor-Brook (violin): As a musician and former collegiate athlete, Heidi is passionate about the importance of arts, culture and healthy living in the lives of children and youth. Graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, Heidi grew up in the rural Yukon Territory near Whitehorse. Heidi spent four years as a private instructor for the Young Native Fiddlers and has taught Suzuki violin and traditional fiddling for community programs and public schools in Whitehorse.

Sophia ButlerSophia Butler (viola): With a Bachelor of Arts in Music from St. Olaf College, Sophia is classically trained, but also has a love for folk music and ethnomusicology. Having taught private lessons to a range of ages, Sophia is motivated by her students' diverse ways of learning and enjoyment of playing their instrument. Having also studied peace and conflict in Northern Ireland, Sophia is interested making music in order to build stronger and more peaceful relationships and communities.

Ruth HogleRuth Hogle (cello): With a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from DePaul University, Ruth has dedicated her time to teaching cello with various El Sistema programs in Chicago, including The People's Music School and Ravinia's Reach, Teach, Play program. She has also spent her past two summers teaching cello with a nonprofit called VivaPeru and the El Sistema program, Arpegio Peru in Trujillo, Peru. While teaching is her main passion, Ruth has also greatly enjoyed performing chamber music and playing in DePauls' Chamber and Symphony Orchestras.

Links: JAMM: Juneau, Alaska Music Matters Blog

Contact: Scott Christian
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6563

Contact: Lorrie Heagy
Juneau School District
Phone: 907-209-8063

Leadership Transition at UAS

Chancellor Pugh takes a moment to pose with recent graduate Andre Bunton

The public is invited to a goodbye reception for Chancellor John Pugh in honor of his retirement on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 4:30-7:30pm at the Lakeside Grill in the Mourant Building, UAS Juneau campus. Music by Tom Locher and friends and refreshments will be provided. Attendees are invited to thank Pugh by sharing memories and stories from his 28-year career at UAS that began as a Dean in 1987. He was appointed Chancellor in 1999.

In some ways, Pugh said in recent remarks to staff, UAS has come full circle. “When then-Chancellor Marshall Lind hired me in 1987, oil prices were down to 8 dollars a barrel. I was asked to cut 1 million dollars from a $12 million budget.” Pugh recalled how despite tight funding over the years, the UAS administration found ways to build a recreation facility, create a development and alumni office and build a freshman residence hall on the Juneau campus.

Provost Rick Caulfield will start work as Chancellor June 1. Caulfield was selected to replace Pugh by UA President Pat Gamble after a months-long national search. Pugh announced last October he would retire at the end of May.

“Rick’s done a good job as Provost and will do a good job as Chancellor,” Pugh said. “I am pleased that we have someone in place for this important transition with experience in higher education in Alaska.” He added that Caulfield’s leading academic programs over the past five years as Provost will serve the institution well as it moves into challenging budget times. Caulfield completed undergraduate degrees at the University of California Berkeley, a master’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his doctorate in the United Kingdom. He has worked in the University of Alaska system for more than 30 years, including as provost, dean, campus director, and tenured full professor.

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as UAS Chancellor,” Caulfield said. “UAS is a student-centered university with terrific faculty and staff. We’ve come a long way in recent years in promoting student learning and student success. We’re going to keep moving forward in partnership with employers and the communities we serve.”

An email poll asking staff what they’ll miss most about Pugh garnered several comments and compliments. Professor of Education Katy Spangler wrote, “I dearly remember his campaign to get students to go their classes in the morning: it was called ‘Get Off Your Ass and Go to Class’. He has left UAS an entirely different institution from when he arrived in 1987.” Alumna Denise Caposey wrote, “A hard act to follow, Chancellor Pugh. You set the standard for what a University Chancellor can do for a community of learners.”

Contact: Katie Bausler
University of Alaska Southeast
Phone: 907-796-6530

President Announces Selection of University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor

Dr. Rick CaulfieldUniversity of Alaska (UA) President Patrick K. Gamble today announced that Rick Caulfield has been selected to replace John Pugh as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Pugh announced last October he would retire at the end of May. Caulfield currently serves as UAS Provost.

A committee of UAS faculty and staff led the national search which resulted in Caulfield’s selection. Gamble commented, “I was very pleased to confirm the recommendation of the UAS selection committee. Rick has worked tirelessly alongside of John Pugh as his right-hand in the advancement of not only our southeast campuses, but of UA’s broad based Shaping Alaska’s Future initiative. He is well positioned to assume the leadership role on behalf of UAS faculty, staff and students, to guide UAS into a bright future.”

As provost and chief academic officer at UAS Caulfield is responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs are fully compliant with regional, national, and professional accreditation standards. He is actively engaged with implementing the university’s strategic and assessment goals and strategies.

Dr. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic.

A 40-year Alaska resident, Dr. Caulfield has combined academic and professional interests with experiences in commercial fishing, flying, sailing, home construction, dog mushing, hunting, recreational fishing, and other outdoor pursuits.

Dr. Caulfield earned a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and BA and BS degrees in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact: Kate Wattum
University of Alaska
Phone: 907-450-8104

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