SOUNDINGS - November 10, 1995


A UAS junior has been crowned Miss National Congress of American Indians at the group's 52nd annual convention which concluded Nov. 3 in San Diego. Mary Sattler, 22, from Bethel is majoring in political science. Sattler is the fourth Alaskan in the last six years to win the crown.

"This isn't like your typical beauty pageant," Sattler said. "The things that are discussed here are important Native American issues." Contestants had to submit a 300 to 400 word essay. Sattler wrote more than 1,500 words. Her topic was subsistence from a rural perspective. For her talent presentation, Sattler, who also won the Miss Congeniality title, did a traditional Yup'ik dance.

"What we were judged on was our ability to speak. Our presence. Our knowledge of traditional customs and current issues," Sattler said. "Everyone had so much beauty in their culture and their kindness. I think this was a 'real' beauty pageant." Sattler will travel to various reservations and urban and rural Indian communities and talk to youth as an ambassador for NCAI.

Sattler came to UAS because of her interest in politics and elementary education. "I knew you had an excellent elementary education program and I also wanted to try out for the legislative internship."

The new Miss NCAI was supported in part by Wooch Een, the UAS Native Student Club; the Sealaska Native Heritage Foundation and the Tlingit-Haida Central Council.


Chancellor Marshall Lind has announced that Dean of Academic Affairs Robbie Stell will serve as interim dean for the School of Business and Public Administration. In addition Lind announced Laraine Derr will be the assistant to Stell for the day-to-day operations of the school.

"The faculty of the School of Business and Public Administration requested that Laraine be appointed acting administrative head," Lind said. "I agreed with their recommendation."

Derr has been working as assistant to Dean Gary Bowen whose resignation became effective at the end of October.

Lind also said he is meeting with faculty from the School of Career Education and exploring a similar interim approach. Bowen also had served as dean of that school.


Dr. John W. Carnegie has be appointed associate professor of environmental technology and will direct a National Science Foundation funded project to help address rural sanitation needs throughout Alaska.

The three year Rural Alaska Sanitation Education Program was designed to establish cultural awareness of the linkage between the environment and public health and will use village youth as agents of change. The project will establish a centralized educational center at the Sitka campus and a system through the Sheldon Jackson College teacher education program to distribute curriculum to teachers and students in Alaska villages. The program will lead to technician certification under Alaska regulations for operating water, waste water treatment, distribution and collection systems.

Carnegie received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Oregon State University. He worked on the Trans Alaska Pipeline as a sanitary field engineer, started an operator training program at the Kenai Peninsula Community College, directed a certified water testing laboratory, founded an environmental training consulting company, conducted cancer research in Switzerland and is active in state and national professional associations.


"The evening was a tremendous success," organizer Tish Griffin said. Although final totals are still be tabulated, Griffin guesses that over $10,000 was raised for UAS scholarships by this year's Tuxedo Junction.

Reserved ballroom seating for "Juneau's Evening of Elegance" sold out. The silent auction of 55 prizes donated by Juneau merchants raised over $3,600. Griffin said one surprise of the evening was the popularity of the mock casino. Even without money or prizes, the gaming room was so popular the volunteer dealers stayed an hour and a half beyond the scheduled closing time. Stand up comic Tony Stone "seemed to offend everyone," Griffin said. "But everyone was laughing."

Pam Watts won the Family Travel door prize of a weekend in Seattle. The Alaska Airlines round trip tickets to Mexico were won by food services director Linda Rugg. She didn't, however, receive the prize in person. Rugg is currently vacationing in Greece.


Dr. Marjorie Fields will make a presentation at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington D.C. November 29-December 2. Fields will discuss results of her on-going research on emergent literacy and will focus on kindergarten and first grade.

Fields has also made presentations at October statewide conferences. In Fairbanks at the Alaska State Literacy Association she discussed performance based assessment in beginning literacy. At an early childhood education conference for teachers of children in infancy through third grade in Anchorage her presentation was on guidance and discipline, entitled "Enforcing Limits Without Punishment."

Mary Claire Tarlow attended the Alaska State Writing Consortium and the State Literacy Association meetings in Fairbanks. At the Literacy meeting she presented two papers. One dealt with reviewing the basic writing process with an instructional approach. The other discussed how to teach grammar in a natural way.


Members of the Sitka campus have recently attended several conferences including: Elaine Sunde and Carol Liberty, WICHE, in Spokane; Sunde and Marian Estelle, FIPSE Grant Conference in Washington; Linda Halfon, NEH in Washtington; and John Carnegie and Dennis Girardot, NFS Grant Conference in Washington.


Two Juneau campus professors have returned from Sakhalin in the Russian Far East where they helped set up the mechanisms that will allow Russian faculty to take two years of classes from UAS on videotape.

Jim Goes and L.A. Wilson of the School of Business and Public Administration are designing the program to deliver UAS undergraduate and graduate business classes to faculty at the Sakhalin Pedagogical Institute through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

"It was patently clear that some of the most basic institutional systems that we would regard as an infrastructure for business are missing," Goes said. "The mail is unreliable, the phones barely work, the normal ways someone would distribute a product in the states are absent there." Goes also said the Russian institutional frameworks are eroding. "They're trying hard to create a new government, a new society really. They need all the help we can give them."


Faculty nominations of sophomores and juniors are being sought for Morris K. Udall merit scholarships. The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers related to environmental public policy and to Native American and Alaska Native sophomores and juniors pursuing careers in health care and tribal public policy. Patty Adkisson (465-6454) is coordinating the nominations.


The 11th annual American Association for Higher Education conference on assessment and quality has issued a call for papers for their June 1996 meeting. The theme is "What Works? Learning from Success and Avoiding Pitfalls." Proposal submissions are due Dec. 15. Contact Robbie Stell (465-6472) for details.


A free student concert will be given Saturday (Nov. 11) at 7:30 p.m. in Hendrickson Hall. The performers are from Linda Rosenthal's performance class and include Kevin Fagen, Hatton Greer, Susan Hagstrom, Sara Hanson, Sue Kazama, Joni Packard, Terry Quinn and Trenton White. The one hour program will include classical, folk and rock music.


Sat. (Nov. 11) Monty Python movie night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Mourant lounge, Free

Sun. (Nov. 12) Tortilla making class. Chef Phil McRee presides. There's a $4 fee. Sign up in student activities.

Sun. (Nov. 12 ) Free UAS open swim night 6:30-8 p.m. Families welcome.

Wed. (Nov. 15) Ice cream social, Mourant Cafe 3 p.m. Free to students $1 for faculty and staff.

Wed. (Nov. 15) UAS/JAHC film"Secret of Roan Insh, 7:30 p.m. JDHS, $6.

Thurs. (Nov. 16) Ski tuning clinic, 7 p.m., Mourant Lounge, free.

Fri. (Nov. 17) Glamour makeup/makeover night, for women only. $20 for optional before and after professional glamour photos (you get the negatives). Pre register by 11/16 at student activities.

Sat. (Nov. 18) UAS night at the City Cafe for kareoke!

Sat. (Nov. 19) UAS Bowling Night, free to all UAS affiliated folks, 9:30-11:30 p.m.

Sun. (Nov. 19) Global Connections scavenger hunt (club fund raiser), meet in the Mourant Cafe, at 2 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee. Participants must have transportation. Teams limited to 8.

Wed. (Nov. 22 ) Student Whitehorse Thanksgiving trip. Sign up at student activities, $52 ferry + lodging and meals.

Fri. (Nov. 24 Murder mystery dinner, hosted by Mike Ciri. Wear costumes. Sign up in student activities.

Fri. (Dec. 1) Avalanche dance, student winter semi-formal, Westmark Hotel, $10.