SOUNDINGS - MARCH 1, 1996

COLLEGE PREPARATION DAY

Juneau Douglas high school seniors were invited to the UAS campus Friday for College Preparation Day. Events included college placement tests in math and English, campus tours, and information sessions on UAS financial aid, housing, student services and academic/non-academic programs.

"It's an outreach to Juneau Douglas High School," according to Greg Wagner, UAS director of admissions. "There will be a lot of information in a short period of time that will benefit students. The day is primarily directed toward seniors who are getting ready for the next step."

ALUMNI BANQUET

The annual UAS Alumni Banquet takes place March 22 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel. All the money raised goes to UAS scholarships. Dinner tickets are $25 per person for either halibut Olympia or prime rib. Reservations and payment are required in advance. Contact the Student Resource Center at 465-6457. White elephant items for the auction are being gathered by Rita Bowen at 465-6439. Romer Derr will serve as auctioneer.

ADOPTION

A UAS anthropology faculty member has been adopted into a Tlingit clan. Sitka elder Herman Kitka adopted Dr. Tom Thornton into the Kaagwaantaan bear clan during ceremonies on the Juneau campus.

Kitka used a UAS reception organized to honor him by Wooch. Een the Native student club as the public location for adopting Thornton. It included singing, dancing, and a Native foods potluck which was coordinated by Wooch. Een members.

"If the public doesn't object, it becomes final after you say it three times," Kitka said. "So Tom is now my brother, Yaan Jiyeet Gaax." The name given Thornton belonged to Kitka's deceased brother, David.

"There's probably not a greater honor or tribute that can be paid in Tlingit society than to be adopted," Thornton said, "particularly by a respected elder like Herman Kitka." Kitka is a visiting professor on the UAS campus this semester. He and Thornton are co-teaching Culture and Ecology.

HIV TESTING

Free, walk- in HIV testing will take place March 22 in the nurse's office in the Student Resource Center between 8 and 11:45 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Results will be available in three weeks.

"This is in case you ever wondered," according to Rita Bowen. Those wanting private screening should contact Bowen at 465-6439. The HIV test usually requires three visits: a half hour pre-appointment, a half-hour blood draw, and another half hour post visit. Bowen said, "We're already booked through March."

KETCHIKAN CAMPUS

The Ketchikan student council organized a semi-formal dance February 17th. The Valentine's Day Sweetheart Ball was a dinner/dance for students, faculty and staff. The UAS jazz ensemble played big band music. Students did all the purchasing, serving, decorating and cleaning. Ketchikan High school students volunteers gained part of the 100 hours of community service they need as a graduation requirement under the Ready-for-Work program. Mike Willyerd is the council president.

Ketchikan campus math professor Nancy Siemon is preparing her Phi Theta Kappa chapter for induction rites March 28. Siemon is faculty advisor to the local affiliate of the international honor society of students at two-year campuses. The visiting math professor recently agreed to stay on for a second academic year after an exchange year.

Co-presidents of the Ketchikan PTK group are Donna Fletcher and Helen West. In addition to their studies, Fletcher is peer counselor and West is a Learning Center tutor.

Siemon is bringing a nationally known presenter to Ketchikan in May for an all-day leadership workshop. Robert Saldarini teaches at Bergen Community College in New Jersey and has led leadership seminars for PTK across the country.

Campus director Fran Feinerman and elementary principal Cindy Middag made a presentation to the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce Wednesday on the role of the Ketchikan business community in the Eisenhower Math/Science Grant. The two educators successfully applied for the grant which is designed to enhance math and science in schools and provide special training for teachers.

The Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is cosponsoring a series of university workshops for the retail businesses in tourism. The series is called "Profit Boosters."

SITKA CAMPUS

The Sitka campus closed English and math faculty positions on Feb.23. The English position received 303 applications and the math position received 114 applications. The Sitka Campus search committee expects to complete their work before their May 1 deadline. Both faculty members will be on campus for Fall '96 classes.

Students from New Jersey have already registered for the Alaska Naturalist Institute being held April 15-19 in Sitka. The Institute is designed to meet visitor industry employee training and teacher education needs as well as to appeal to Alaska visitors. Participants will learn about and experience Alaska history and natural resources. Register by calling Continuing Education at 747-7728.

Coed workshops: Dealing with Conflict and Confrontations in conjunction with How to Handle People with Tact and Skill will be presented by Career Track on March 18 at the Sitka Campus starting 8:30 a.m. The cost is $99 for both or $59 for each 1/2 day workshop. Register by calling Continuing Education at 747-7728.

FACULTY

Juneau geology faculty member Cathy Connor has had an abstract accepted by the Geological Society of America and will be attending their Cordilleran Section meeting in Portland, Oregon in late April. She will present a talk entitled Geology on Ice: Teaching High School and Undergraduate Earth Science as part of the Juneau Icefield Research Program.

Linda Himmelbauer, an Juneau adjunct faculty member teaching General Chemistry presented two papers at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry World Congress in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her invited platform presentation was entitled, "The Cost of Risk Assessment: Environmental Restoration Considerations for Evaluating Transboundary Contamination." Her poster presentation was entitled, "A Tale of Two Pulp Mills: a 50 year Case Study in Alaskan Risk Management" which was co-authored with Amy Crook of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

PETTY CASH RULES CHANGE

Beginning March 15, the amount allowable for petty cash reimbursement will be $50, down from $100. Director of Administrative Services Carol Griffin, said the amount of petty cash reimbursement requests have doubled in the last year. "It is currently being used by some to circumvent the purchasing process and creating a large number of problem purchases." In a memo to deans and directors, Griffin also said petty cash sales receipts will be audited for dates and times the purchase was made. Purchases in excess of $50 will be treated as unauthorized.

ALASKA RURAL SYSTEMIC INITIATIVE

Andy Hope, the Southeast regional coordinator of the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative (ARSI), will work from an office provided on the Juneau campus. ARSI is a cooperative effort between the Alaska Federation of Natives, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the National Science Foundation which has provided more than $2 million in first year funding. The goal is to develop a plan to implement educational systemic changes in rural Alaska.

Hope said some of the planning for Southeast efforts will take place at the third Conference of Tlingit Tribes and Clans in Ketchikan and Saxman March 28-30. Hope described one goal as "Applying Native knowledge to CD-ROM technology."

SCHOOL OF BPA

Vickie Williams has accepted the position of associate professor of accounting on the Juneau campus. She starts next fall in the full time faculty position. Williams has been an adjunct faculty member this year. Williams earned her MBA in finance from Fordham University in 1991. She received her CPA in New York in 1983 and her bachelor's degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State in 1982.

Mary Bowen is working in front office in school of business as an administrative clerk. Bowen began on February 19th.

Jim Goes' wife Susan gave birth to their baby on February 27. Christopher Walden weighed 8 lbs 4 oz.

EGAN LIBRARY HOURS

During spring break, the Egan Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday March 9 and 10, and Saturday March 16. It will, however, be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library resumes its normal schedule on Sunday March 17.

LEAVE DONATION

Rae Korpela will be away from her Juneau campus position for several weeks for medical treatment. Although she has received some donations under the leave share program, anyone wishing to donate leave should contact the Personnel Department at 465-6473.

The leave share program allows employees to voluntarily transfer hours from their unused sick leave balance to the sick leave balance of a another employee with a catastrophic medical event.

BOOKSTORE SALE

The Juneau Bookstore is having a sweatshirt sale. Two are available for $20.00 They come in royal blue or ash grey.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The 1996 AAAS Arctic Science Conference has issued a call for persons to organize a work session, panel, discussion topic or present a paper or poster. The conference will be held Sept. 19-21 in Girdwood. A title and one page abstract is due April 30. Contact conference coordinator Mary Killorin at the Institute of Social & Economic Research in Anchorage 786-7724 or e-mail: auaaas@acad2.alaska.edu

SOUNDINGS

"Soundings" is the printed collection of important UAS events and the accomplishments of faculty, students, and staff. Please pass along news about yourself, your school/office or others to Scott Foster, editor at 465-6530.