SOUNDINGS - December 8, 1995
Career Education interim director named
Karen Polley has been named interim director of Career Education
by Chancellor Marshall Lind. Dean of Academic Affairs Robbie
Stell will serve as acting dean.
Polley has 20 years of experience in developing and coordinating
statewide adult, vocational education and employment training
programs. She has taught and worked for the Alaska Department
of Education. Between 1987 and 1991 she was the DOE state
director of Adult and Vocational Education. Polley has earned
a masters degree and principals credential from UAS.
Spring early registration
More than 14,000 copies of the Juneau spring class schedule were
mailed to Juneau residents. The schedule was expanded to 36
pages this semester to include descriptions for each of the more
than 300 different classes that are being offered. Spring
schedules are also available at city libraries and campus
buildings. Early registration is now underway.
Shuttle to run to Anderson Building
A trial shuttle van running hourly between the Juneau campus and
the Anderson Building will begin at the start of spring
semester. Carol Griffin, director of administrative services,
said the university would look at ridership figures and
determine the future of the shuttle and whether to expand the
service to student housing in the fall.
The free shuttle service begins January 16, the first day of
spring semester classes. It will run five days a week between
7:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Use of the shuttle would eliminate the need
for students to walk along the Glacier Highway sidewalk, which
is not maintained in the winter. Griffin said the shuttle
would help relieve parking pressure at the Anderson Building and
lessen the need for pedestrian crossing of Glacier Highway.
A survey of students using the Anderson Building showed 56% said
they would use a shuttle if it were available. The survey also
showed 30% now walk to the Anderson Building and 57% drive.
Governor's Office intern
The student government president in Sitka will begin a media
internship in the office of Governor Tony Knowles' press
secretary in January. Ken Ellenberg is the first to have such
an internship from the Sitka campus.
He proposed the idea when the governor visited Sitka's student
managed TV station.
Boxes have been placed on the Juneau campus for donations of
food, clothing and toys that will be given to the Glory Hole.
Bulk food, warm clothing, blankets, and toys that work are all
appropriate. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 20. The
boxes are located in the Chancellors office area and in Records
and Management. Contact Karen Cummins at 465-6409.
A $1,000 dollar scholarship is available to assist a mature
women to enter or re-enter the job market. The Soroptimist
International of Juneau scholarship is for use on the Juneau
campus. Applications are available in the financial aid office
and must be submitted by Dec. 15 for the spring 1996 semester.
The Juneau winner will be eligible for other scholarships.
Alumni banner contest
The UAS Alumni Association is offering a $100 prize to the best
design for a UAS banner. The competition is open to current and
former UAS students. Applicants are not limited in their
design. Submissions are due Jan. 19 and should be delivered to
Rita Bowen in Student Services on the Juneau campus.
Faculty and students in new video
A just-released video featuring the poetry of Robert Service
includes several Juneau campus faculty and staff. "Journey
Back to the Wild" is a 34 minute video narrated by Stacy Keach
and co-directed by Chuck Keen and Molly Smith of Juneau.
Music professor John d'Armand sang, played the harmonica and
piano, and helped with casting for the video. Joyce Parry who
teaches voice and theater plays "the lady known as Lou." Two of
d'Armand's students also have parts in the video. Lisa Valetsky
is in several scenes and 6'9", 300 pound Guy Warren, who was
filmed on the Juneau icefield with dogs and a sled, plays the
man who cremated Sam McGee.
Art Petersen, professor of English, has been elected chair of
the Alaska Humanities Forum after a two-year term as vice chair.
He succeeds Diane Carpenter of Bethel. Petersen has served four
years on the Forum with two years remaining. The Forum is one
of 56 state councils organized under the National Endowment for
Tom Thornton, who teaches anthropology on the Juneau campus, and
Herman Kitka, a Tlingit elder from Sitka, have made a
presentation about Kitka's family subsistence site on the
University of Washington campus. Kitka will be a visiting
faculty member on the Juneau campus during spring semester and
teach "Culture and Ecology" with Thornton.
Jason Ohler, assistant professor of education, made a recent
presentation to the American Anthropological Association annual
meeting in Washington, D.C. "Online Anthropology--the Study of
Online Communities" featured the results of a case study of the
UA PortaCom computer conferencing system. Ohler's presentation
outlined the structural framework and methodology of online
Snow closure policy
When snow arrives in Juneau, questions arise about closing the
campus and whether faculty on their own may cancel classes due
to bad weather. Campus closures are extremely rare. Faculty
are not authorized to cancel classes if the campus has remained
open. The final decision on campus closures rests with the
chancellor. Any campus closures are announced on Juneau radio
Sitka graduation ceremony
Ten certified nursing assistants have graduated from the Sitka
campus. Those graduating were Shannon Beebe, May Dasalla,
Falzerano, Theresa Heim, Theresa Heyburn, Steve Leonard, Shannon
Louks, Polly Sturm, Margaret Schwantes and Jeannie Watson.
Each graduate received a pin and a rose from two of their
instructors, Joy Silvey and Brenda Sturm. The recessional was
to the tune "Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go
UAS senior to study in Australia
Kemmie Garrison wants to study psychology and sociology in
graduate school. To get ready, she'll spend her senior year at
Deakin University near Melbourne, Australia.
"I can get the requirements I need for graduate school and study
another culture," Garrison said. The 24 year old junior leaves
for Australia January 14 and returns one year later. Credit
for the Australian classes will transfer and Garrison plans to
graduate from UAS in spring of 1997.
"If it wasn't for Elizabeth Schelle I wouldn't be going to
Australia," Garrison said. Schelle, International Student
Exchange Program coordinator, helped arrange the exchange
between Garrison and a student from Deakin through a UAA
Ketchikan housing progress
Volunteers are using cash from Ketchikan businesses to build an
administrative foundation for student and low-income housing at
Ketchikan Housing, Inc. chair Ralph Gregory said the money is
essential to moving the project from dream to drawing board.
KHI organized as a non-profit corporation early this year to
provide as many as 18 beds for student and low-income people on
land donated by the UAS Ketchikan campus.
Campus director Fran Feinerman said, "This college has a future
as a small, high-quality gateway to professional programs. But
we can't meet that mission without serving enough student to
maintain a core professional faculty. In this day of distance
delivery, it's critical we focus on our mission, and our mission
requires housing. We need the extra numbers housing will make."
Paramedic and nurse training
A 29-credit course in paramedic training beginning in April is
a joint project of the Ketchikan campus and the Ketchikan Fire
Department. Coordinator Gary Turner said the two year program
will be the first certified in Alaska for paramedic training.
Students will study for one year in Ketchikan, then take
clinical training at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and
conclude with an internship at the Seattle Fire Department.
The Ketchikan campus will also provided training for local
nurses through a series of eight to 12 classes per semester.
The continuing education classes begin in January and will be
taught by Judy Heimrich.
A three week program integrating multimedia and video will be
held from June 10-27 on the Juneau campus. The Summer
Multimedia Institute is designed for teachers who want to use
multimedia and video in the classroom. Instructors will be
Michael Byer of the Alaska Staff Development Network, Susan
Warner of the media center, and Jason Ohler of the Educational
Technology Program. The 20 participants will earn six graduate
credits. Contact Ohler at 465-6427 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A proposal initiated by Assistant Professor Tom Thornton was
ranked third and one of 20 regrant proposals awarded by the
Alaska Humanities Forum. The project seeks to publish the 1946
report of Dr. Walter Goldschmidt to the Commissioner of Indian
Affairs. This work remains the "the bible" for professionals
and laymen interested in understanding land and resource tenure
among Alaska Natives in Southeast.
The next deadline for grant proposals to the Alaska Humanities
Forum is May 1. Grant Guidelines may be obtained from Art
Petersen (465-6418) or by calling the Forum (272-3979).
The Bookstore is having a 12 days before Christmas sale that
began Dec. 7. It
features 20% off in different departments every working day
until the holiday break.
A number of lost keys have been turned in to the cashier. Check
with Cari Rose at the counter.
Spring internship available
Applications are still available for a spring semester
internship with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary
Education. The internship can be taken for up to 6 hours of
credit and pays $11 hour for 20 hours per week. A syllabus is
available at SBPA and should be submitted immediately to
Professor Tom Gallagher (465-6357).