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UAS Sitka offers NW Coast basketry, design this summer

6-17-2016 | KCAW - UAS Sitka assistant Art professor Liz Zacher and adjunct instructor Mark Sixbey discuss two NW Coast Art classes this summer: the first, with Ketchikan weaver Dolores Churchill runs M-F 6-9 PM June 20 – Jul 2; the second, with Sixbey runs July 11 – 27. ...More

Behind the bracelets: Documenting the lives of Native jewelers

6-15-2016 | Juneau Empire - There’s a great deal of doubt involved in matching historic Native jewelers with their creations, even in cases that seem straightforward like that of a silver snuffbox owned by Rudolph Walton and emblazoned with his initials. “He made it,” called out a woman from the audience, adding that she had heard so from his granddaughter. “We should chat,” Jones responded. Jones, a former Sealaska Heritage Institute curator, current state archivist and University of Alaska Southeast lecturer, is working on uncovering the lives of jewelers past and present. ...More

UAS Ketchikan students make honors lists

6-15-2016 | KRBD - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Campus has announced which students earned spots on the UAS Chancellor’s and Dean’s lists for the spring 2016 semester. To make the Chancellor’s List, a student must earn a 4.0 grade point average, and complete at least 12 credit hours. On the Chancellor’s list are Amy Bauer, Alexis McColley-Edwardson and Melyssa Nagamine. Jones, a former Sealaska Heritage Institute curator, current state archivist and University of Alaska Southeast lecturer, is working on uncovering the lives of jewelers past and present. ...More

UA gets more money from the state than it expected

6-6-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said he received relatively good news this week after the state Legislature struck a budget deal: the university would face a smaller cut to its state funding than it had braced for amid crashing oil prices. But it wasn't enough to avoid the elimination of hundreds of staff and faculty positions in the university's statewide spending plan approved Friday by the UA Board of Regents. ...More

Free conference aims to prevent disease by preventing, addressing trauma

6-1-2016 | Juneau Empire - The Juneau Suicide Prevention Coalition (JSPC) will hold a two-day conference called “Adverse Childhood Experiences and Suicide: Learn, Change, Prevent” all day on Thursday and Friday, June 2-3 at the University of Alaska Southeast. An evening session will also take place on Thursday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost for the conference and meals will be provided. ...More

How the suburbs killed a salmon creek and science informs its restoration

5-24-2016 | KTOO - Federally funded environmental science on a geologically doomed creek in Juneau could inform fish-saving restoration on other impaired water bodies. Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation has announced nearly $300,000 in grants to improve water quality in some of the state’s most damaged watersheds, including the orange-tinted Duck Creek. Amy Sumner, a biologist and project manager with the Juneau Watershed Partnership said the [restoration] effort will be coordinated with the University of Alaska Southeast and train budding student biologists in water quality assessment. ...More

Community dialogue on life after incarceration planned for Wednesday

5-24-2016 | Juneau Empire - Five formerly incarcerated individuals will tell their stories of what it’s like reentering the community at the Juneau Reentry Coalition’s May meeting Wednesday night. The community is invited to attend, listen and take part in an inclusive social dialogue, said Don Habeger, the coalition’s community coordinator. Dr. Sol Neely, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, will moderate the community dialogue. Neely also teaches a UAS literature and philosophy program at Lemon Creek Correctional Center called The Flying University. ...More

Bullwinkle's makes headlines for providing UAS scholarships

5-23-2016 | KTOO - Bullwinkle’s Pizza Parlor is one of four semifinalists in a national campaign recognizing its program that covers employees’ college tuition. [Bullwinkle's owner Mitch Falk] said he screens his applicants and approves their curriculum before he gives them the scholarship. To continue receiving it, employees must work at least 20 hours per week and maintain a B average. He usually pays for University of Alaska Southeast classes for two or three workers a semester. ...More

Dozens of musicians to participate in performance of “Inuksuit” this weekend

5-20-2016 | KTOO - An outdoor percussion performance with up to 99 musicians will have its Alaska premiere Saturday. The composition is called “Inuksuit” and will take place at the University of Alaska Southeast campus. “Inuksuit” is by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams who is a former resident of Fairbanks. The performance is organized and conducted by Third Coast Percussion who is here thanks to Juneau Jazz and Classics. ...More

UAS 2016 Faculty Excellence Awards given out

5-8-2016 | Juneau Empire - Four University of Alaska Southeast faculty members were the recipients of annual Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Auke Lake campus on May 2. Juneau faculty Karen Mitchell (English), Jason Amundson (Environmental Science), Johanna Fagen (Biology) and Ketchikan faculty William Urquhart (Sociology) were selected by their peers and students for excellence in teaching, research, adjunct instruction and faculty advising. ...More

UAS ceremony honors 670 grads

5-3-2016 | Juneau Empire - The number of University of Alaska Southeast degrees, certificates and licenses handed out during a ceremony on Sunday were among the most ever, according to the university. UAS graduates received their diplomas during a commencement ceremony held Sunday at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility. UAS awarded 755 associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees along with occupational endorsements, certificates, and professional licensures. Awards were granted to 670 graduates from the Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses. ...More

Interview - Tlingit linguist says language carries wisdom of elders

5-2-2016 | KNBA - Most of Alaska’s twenty Native languages are going extinct. However, a Native languages assistant professor at the University of Alaska Southeast is bucking that tide. Lance X’uneit Twitchell worked hard to learn Tlingit, a language used by his family for thousands of years. Tlingit people have a rich and complex high civilization along the Pacific coast in Southeast Alaska famous for its totem poles, clan system, regalia, rich poetry and formal rhetoric. ...More

UAS commencement ceremonies in Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka this weekend

4-29-2016 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska Southeast is honoring 670 graduates from the Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses this weekend. They’ll receive 755 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with occupational endorsements, certificates and professional licensures. The UAS Sitka Campus commencement ceremony takes place Friday, 7 p.m. at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. The UAS Ketchikan Campus ceremony is set for Saturday, 3 p.m. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. ...More

Weekend Course Geared for Budding Fishery Managers

4-21-2016 | KMXT - This weekend, a Sitka fisheries technology professor is bringing his class across the Gulf of Alaska to Kodiak. Joel Marcus, an assistant professor of fisheries with the University of Alaska Southeast will be holding a fisheries management lab in the classroom and in the field. ...More

What elementary students can learn from a talking flounder

4-22-2016 | Juneau Empire - “Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Perseverance Theatre,” Shona Osterhout said to a room of roughly 70 Montessori Borealis first through fourth graders. Osterhout is Perseverance Theatre’s director of education. She also teaches a spring production class at the University of Alaska Southeast. For two weeks, Osterhout and three college actors toured all the elementary schools performing “The Fisherman and His Wife,” adapted from the Brothers Grimm. The play reached 730 students, including every second grader in the Juneau School District. ...More

Puppy Break

4-19-2016 | Juneau Empire - Callie Conerton, the UAS Student Body President, had the idea to use puppies as a stress release for students getting ready for next week’s finals. ...More

Prince of Wales mining symposium to be held on April 27-28

4-13-2016 | Juneau Empire - The sixth annual Prince of Wales Island-Wide Mining Symposium will be held on April 27-28 at the Klawock School Gym in Klawock. The symposium is hosted by the Organized Village of Kasaan. Graham Neale, Director of the University of Alaska Center for Mine Training will present on the UAS mining program. ...More

Tidal Echoes features Rofkar, Jensen in 2016

4-13-2016 | Juneau Empire - The newest issue of Southeast Alaska’s undergraduate-led literary and arts journal launches April 15, and features Ravenstail and spruce root basket weaving, thoughts on motherhood and the wild in Tracy Arm, and writing and art from around Southeast Alaska. ...More

UAS School of Management receives international recognition

4-7-2016 | Juneau Empire - The School of Management at the University of Alaska Southeast received international recognition for its Human Resource Management program. The Society of Human Resource Management recognized that the Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management degree program at UAS fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. ...More

Tribal Scholars program finds its stride

4-7-2016 | KRBD - Walking into the street-level room where Tribal Scholars meets each weekday, it doesn’t look like any other classroom on the island. With a fridge, some couches, bookshelves and art on the walls, it feels like home. Freshman Nayomie Welty likes the lessons she can eat. The intertidal food unit was a partnership with University of Alaska Southeast. Tribal Scholars project director Sonya Skan says the partnership allows kids to earn college credit, and gain confidence to pursue a degree after high school. ...More

Tlingit Immersion School to Provide a Path to Revitalization

3-27-2016 | Indian Country Today Media - Alaska Native Languages Assistant Professor Xh’unei Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast, thinks it’s time to stop trying to fix the old state-run, English-based education system. “We have an education system that graduates about 50 percent of Alaska Native students. At some point, as Alaska Native people, we’re going to have to say that’s not enough, that’s not good enough.” Twitchell envisions building an entirely new system in which everything is taught through the medium of Alaska Native languages. He plans a pilot program to begin in 2017 that’s designed around the Tlingit language and culture. ...More

PITAAS Program seeks to increase number of Alaska Native teachers

3-23-2016 | Juneau Empire - PITAAS Program seeks to increase number of Alaska Native teachers Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools, a scholarship program through the University of Alaska Southeast, is designed to help Alaska Natives earn a degree in education. ...More

Juneau mine training program takes off

3-11-2016 | Juneau Empire - The mining industry needs more than just miners — it needs harbor masters, chefs, dentists and lawyers. “Each mine is almost like it’s own little small town,” said Graham Neale, director of the Center for Mine Training at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

UAS hosted 14th Annual Oratory Event this past Saturday

3-11-2016 | KTOO - On Saturday, the Native and Rural Student Center at the University of Alaska Southeast hosted its 14th Annual Oratory Event. Students competed in the categories of oratory, storytelling, Alaska Native language and dramatic declamation. This year, 15 students stepped forward. [KTOO has an] audio postcard from the event. ...More

UAS, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center receives $500K grant

3-9-2016 | Juneau Empire - The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast has received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the linked forest and marine ecosystems of Southeast Alaska. ...More

UAS hosts 14th Annual Oratory Event on Saturday

3-4-2016 | KTOO - The 14th annual Oratory Event is Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast. The day-long event, based in Alaska Native languages, includes storytelling, speeches and dramatic presentations of poetry, songs and more. ...More

Fairbanks (musical) invasion

3-2-2016 | Capital City Weekly - Eight different musicians will come to The Alaskan Hotel and Bar March 4 and 5 for a Fairbanks-themed mini-festival with more than eight individual performances from musicians across the state. “We aim to recreate the spirit and inclusivity of life up North, while sharing our music and culture with Juneau’s nightlife,” said co-organizer Annie Bartholomew. Bartholomew organized the event along with Rebecca File; the two are members of the Fairbanks psych-folk band Harm, and currently reside in Juneau. University of Alaska Southeast and Katie Bausler, UAS Director of Public Relations, helped fund travel for group members living in Fairbanks, as Harm will perform a free show as part of UAS’ “Sound + Motion” series Friday at 7 pm. Saturday at 7 pm, they’ll tape an episode of Alaska Originals at KTOO’s @360 North. ...More

UAS Update on Capital Chat, part 2

2-25-2016 | KINY - UAS Chancellor Rick Caufield, Marketing and Communications Director Katie Bausler and Student Body President Callie Conerton talk about proposed Budget Cuts, and upcoming spring events. ...More

UAS Update on Capital Chat, part 1

2-25-2016 | KINY - UAS Chancellor Rick Caufield speaks about the proposed 50 million dollar budget cuts facing the University and the economic impact the University has on the community. He was joined by Student Body President Callie Conerton. ...More

From rock to forest: Southeast's carbon sink

2-19-2016 | Juneau Empire - To talk with local scientists about the Tongass National Forest is to become aware of how much lies literally beneath its surface. “There are places where the peat is tens of meters thick. It’s basically building up since the last ice age,” said University of Alaska Southeast Assistant Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma. “You can dig down a couple meters and you’re back a thousand years.” ...More

Alaska’s Bieber: Yup’ik Eskimo singer gains online following

2-18-2016 | WTOP - Teen Internet sensation Byron Nicholai is a Yup’ik Eskimo from Toksook (TUCK’-sook) Bay, a tiny community on Nelson Island just off Alaska’s mainland in the Bering Sea. It’s about 525 miles west of Anchorage. The 17-year-old high school senior performs songs that blend traditional Yup’ik and English. He has more than 22,000 followers on the Facebook page “I Sing. You Dance,” where he posts videos of himself singing and drumming. Last weekend, Nicholai performed at the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau as part of a program that prepares indigenous teachers for Alaska’s schools. ...More

'Blonde Indian' gives Alaskans plenty to talk about

2-10-2016 | Juneau Empire - I told my author friend [and UAS Professor] Ernestine Hayes of Juneau that I’m thinking of writing a book called “Walking with Friends,” which would really be about talking with friends. Which is what we had been doing all day. Ernestine was here because her Alaska Native memoir, “Blonde Indian,” has been chosen by Alaska Writer Laureate Frank Soos as the first Alaska Reads title of his tenure. The hope is that libraries, bookstores, schools, book clubs -- we Alaskans -- will all get together and read the same book so we have something in common to talk and think about. It may even help shape our state’s post-oil future. ...More

Yup'ik singer Byron Nicholai to perform Friday and Saturday

2-11-2016 | Juneau Empire - Yup’ik singer Byron Nicholai who gained national attention through his Facebook page “I Sing. You Dance” will perform in Shuká Hít (the clan house) at the Walter Soboleff Building and the Egan Library. The first of these two free events will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 at the University of Alaska Southeast’s Egan Library. The performance at the Soboleff Building will be on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m. ...More

Fireside Lecture on Humpback Whales on Feb. 12

2-10-2016 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska Southeast professor Heidi Pearson will present her research on the behavior of humpback whales and dolphins at two Feb. 12 Fireside Lectures at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Talks occur at 6:30 pm and repeat at 8 pm. ...More

Ernestine Hayes - Alaska Reads 2016 "Blonde Indian"

2-2-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - Juneau writer and University of Alaska Southeast faculty member Ernestine Hayes’ Blonde Indian was a recipient of the 2014 Alaska Literary Awards, the 2007 American Book Award, finalist for the PEN Nonfiction Award and Kiriyama Prize, and now first choice for the 2016 Read Alaska campaign. “Blonde Indian” tells the story of the author's journey back home after a twenty-five year absence. ...More

Ernestine Hayes - Alaska Reads 2016 "Blonde Indian"

2-2-2016 | Alaska Dispatch News - Juneau writer and University of Alaska Southeast faculty member Ernestine Hayes’ Blonde Indian was a recipient of the 2014 Alaska Literary Awards, the 2007 American Book Award, finalist for the PEN Nonfiction Award and Kiriyama Prize, and now first choice for the 2016 Read Alaska campaign. “Blonde Indian” tells the story of the author's journey back home after a twenty-five year absence. ...More

Report: Some yellow cedars to remain healthy through 2100

01-22-2016 | Juneau Empire - It turns out polar bears and yellow cedar trees have something common. So do ice seals and red cedars. That commonality: One is negatively impacted by climate change; the other appears to be a climate change “winner.” Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, the Forest Service and the University of Alaska Southeast are working together to test some affected areas around Kake, and to better see how red cedar does in places yellow cedar has died and been left standing, or died and been harvested, said Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center Director Allison Bidlack. ...More

Simulating disaster: Red Cross prepares for landslide drill at UAS, seeks volunteers

01-20-2016 | Juneau Empire - In the early hours of Aug. 18, heavy rainfall and wind loosened the earth above a small neighborhood at the base of Harbor Mountain in Sitka. By late morning the unstable ground gave way, and several landslides tore down the mountain in a matter of seconds. All told, the landslides killed three men, destroyed at least one house entirely and caused several families to evacuate their homes. This Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. in the University of Alaska Southeast Joint Use Facility, the Red Cross will be hosting a “sheltering exercise” following a mock landslide to determine how prepared Juneau is for a disaster similar to the Sitka slides. ...More

UAS Alumni & Friends "Art and Wine 101" scholarship fundraiser

01-17-2016 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska Southeast’s Alumni & Friends will host “Art and Wine 101” as a scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, January 30 from 2-5 p.m. at the Auke Lake Campus, room 105 in the Soboleff Building. ...More

Jeremy Kane's work on display at Juneau-Douglas City Museam

01-17-2016 | Juneau Empire - Jeremy Kane’s exhibit of wood, soda and gas-fired ceramics is currently on display at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. On Thursday, Jan. 21 from 7-8:30 p.m. he will deliver a free admission lecture and slideshow about his process and techniques, which are unique in Juneau due to the type of kiln he built with his colleagues and students on the University of Alaska Southeast campus where he has been a professor of art for the past 11 years. ...More

Alaskapella Fundraising for Carnegie Hall

01-13-2016 | Juneau Empire - Members of Alaskapella, Juneau’s community a cappella group, are in the final month of fundraising for their trip to Carnegie hall this spring. The Alaskapellicans, which are a fiscal agency under the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and are based at the University of Alaska Southeast, though they include non-students as members, were invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) to participate in Total Vocal II, a performance of contemporary a cappella under the creative direction of arranger/producer Deke Sharon (The Sing Off, Pitch Perfect, etc.). ...More

UAS's Dr. Pearson Studying Dolphin Population

12-31-2015 | - A study underway in Kaikoura looks set to reveal the secret behaviour of dusky dolphins. Video cameras will be attached to the mammals for the first time to track their social behaviour and diving habits, so it should give valuable details about their otherwise unknown movements. The study is being led by Heidi Pearson, a marine biology professor from the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau, Alaska. ...More

Alaskan premiere of John Luther Adams’ composition ‘Inuksuit’ coming to UAS

01-06-2016 | Capital City Weekly - This year, Juneau Jazz & Classics will celebrate 30 years of festivals with a special performance of Pulitzer Prize- winning composer John Luther Adams’ “Inuksuit,” a percussion piece scored for anywhere from 9 to 99 players and designed to be performed outdoors, where ambient noise becomes part of the music. The piece has never been performed in Alaska, the place where it was written and Adams’ home for more than 25 years. Described as “as much an event as it is a performance,” the piece will be performed by musicians dispersed over a large outdoor area at the University of Alaska Southeast; listeners may choose to be seated or to wander around the performance area during the concert. Featured musicians will include Third Coast Percussion, one of this year’s Jazz & Classics artists. The festival runs May 6-21 this year in Juneau. ...More


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