SOUNDINGS - March 15, 1996
Sign in UAS classroom:
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a
William Butler Yeats
MOVING TO THE BRC
The Juneau administrative services offices are being moved from
the Mourant Building to the Ray Center in the next week as part
of the Mourant conversion. The purchasing and personnel
divisions move on Friday, March 15. The university archives
office and the rest of the administrative services staff will
move the following Friday.
In other changes, the cashiering office has moved to the
Bookstore. On March 29, cost center clerks will need to pick
up paychecks from the cashier in the bookstore. Cashiering
services will also be available at the Ray Center.
Scott Clark will continue to provide petty cash services but now
it will be from the Ray Center. Petty cash is also currently
available through Candace Murdoch at the Physical Plant and
additional petty cash sites are being established on campus.
Administrative Services staff phone numbers will remain the same
after the move. Physical Plant Director Bob Green said, "We've
hauled over a mile of (phone and data) wire." They link phones
to the switch room.
Green also said work continues in the Mourant Building. The
shape of the bookstore, that will move to the ground floor, is
still being considered. "Once we move the bookstore then we
start work on the food service operation which will occupy all
its present area and bookstore's." The food service remodeling
is scheduled to be completed by August.
NEW UAS PROFESSOR TO LEAD JUNEAU ICEFIELD RESEARCH PROGRAM
Dr. Richard Marston of the University of Wyoming has been
selected as director of the Foundation for Glacier and
Environmental Research (FGER), the organization that oversees
the Juneau Icefield Research Program. Marston has also accepted
an appointment as a nine-month visiting full professor at UAS.
In addition FGER and UAS have agreed on a cooperative pilot
UAS Chancellor Marshall Lind said a long-term cooperative
agreement may depend upon University of Alaska Board of Regents
approval of a new Environmental Studies degree at UAS.
"The Juneau Icefield is a tremendous laboratory for students and
it's located in UAS's back yard," Lind said. "Because of the
significant research conducted on the icefield, UAS is now
stepping onto the international science stage with this
Marston officially assumes the duties of FGER director on June
1st, as he leads the 1996 summer icefield program. Since 1946
Dr. Maynard Miller has lead the icefield research. He has
resigned as FGER director but will remain chairman of the board.
FACULTY COMMITTEE MEETINGS
UAS faculty from all campuses met March 8 to consider the
Academic Restructuring Committee draft proposals. Co-chair
Rita Dursi Johnson said, "Many of the faculty attending
supported the single dean model."
Johnson said the committee will formulate final recommendations
to the chancellor. Those wanting to make comments about the
recommendations should contact committee members who include
Marjorie Fields, Jim Goes, Rita Dursi Johnson, Eric Leegard,
Jason Ohler, Elizabeth Schelle, Priscilla Schulte, Phil
Slattery, Sherry Taber and Tom Thornton.
The Faculty and Administrative Affairs Committee of the Faculty
Senate met later on the same day to consider the compensation
adjustments proposal. Faculty wishing to offer additional
comments should contact their committee representatives Chuck
Craig, Mary King, Eric Karolak, Carol Liberty, Jan Parmelee,
Chris Weaver, Dennis Russell.
ENGLISH FACULTY PRESENTING PAPERS
Four UAS English faculty will be presenting papers at the
national Conference of College Composition and Communication
Convention in Milwaukee this month. Bob Mayberry from Sitka and
Don Cecil from Juneau are speakers in a session entitled,
"Writing and Speaking in the Composition Classroom."
Juneau faculty Chris Weaver and Joey Wauters will present an
all-day workshop on student writing portfolios with other
members of the National Portfolio Research Network called
"Portfolio Negotiations: Texts and Contexts." At a different
session on creative writing, Wauters is also presenting a paper
entitled "Feeding the Imagination: Creative Assignments for
LIBRARY HOSTS MEETING
Egan Library and Media Services hosted a satellite-delivered
continuing education event for the Alaska Library Association
March 9 from the Media Services studio. Librarians from 19
Alaska communities attended "Libraries on the Cusp" to address
opportunities presented by new technologies.
Amy Owen, Utah State librarian, and Jamie McKenzie, director of
Media and Technology for the Bellingham School District made
presentations during the first hour of live broadcast. During
the next hour, while off-line, local discussions were held and
questions were sent to Juneau. Then in the third hour the
questions were answered by the guests and Juneau librarians
Karen Crane, Alaska State librarian; Carol McCabe, Juneau Public
Libraries director; and Laila Tedford, Dzantik'i Heeni
UAS Director of library, Computing and Media Services Sherry
Taber was MC. The Media Services staff directed and produced
Mary Lauer, director of continuing education in Sitka has had an
article published in the Journal of the Association of
Conference and Events Directors - International. The article,
"Unique Location; Unique University; Unique Program" was
published with a description of UAS Sitka, along with a feature
on the University of Hawaii at Hilo, as the editor's
choice of featured conference sites.
Eight students and two faculty from the Juneau campus spent
spring break in Sitka and participated in a field trip to Kruzof
island (by boat) where they studied tide pools, and geology.
On the trip to the island, the group came across about 12 orca
whales and stopped the boat. The pod of whales, that included
several babies, stayed close to look at the lookers.
Also taking part in the joint field trip were Sitka students in
Marnie Chapman's inter-tidal biology class and Naomi Fischer's
Elaine Sunde, Sitka campus director attended the Western
Brokering Project Participant Meeting (for WICHE) in Boulder
March 7 and 8.
STUDENTS TRAIN AT DOT/PF
Six UAS students are getting professional training in the Alaska
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. They are
working with Tom Gallagher, professor of Public Administration,
who is designing the department's public involvement program
for the forthcoming Statewide Transportation Plan. The project
is part of the Cooperative Education Program between UAS and
ALUMNI BANQUET/AUCTION MARCH 22
Dinner reservations for the UAS Alumni Association's annual
banquet and auction must be made by 5 p.m. Tuesday (March 19).
The $25 ticket includes a choice of prime rib or halibut
olympia. Reservations may be made in Student Resource Center.
The annual event to raise money for the Alumni Association
activities begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Baranof Hotel's Treadwell
EXPLORATIONS DEADLINE IS MARCH 21
Submissions for Explorations '96, the UAS literary journal, must
be postmarked by March 21. There is a $500 prize for poetry and
a $500 prize for short fiction. Editor Art Petersen says,
"Submissions this year are definitely up. They are coming from
all over the state and the country, dozens each day, and from
Europe. I received one from Switzerland the other day."
Guidelines are available from Petersen at 465-6418. Submissions
may be sent to UAS Explorations, Editor Art Petersen, 11120
Glacier Highway, Juneau 99801-8761 or fax them to 465-6406.
MOUNTAIN FILMS SHOWN WEDNESDAY
The Juneau screening of the "Best of the Festival" Banff
Mountain Films will be held at Centennial Hall at 7 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 20. Tickets are on sale at Hearthside Books
and the UAS cashier. Mountain and adventure films to be shown
include rock and alpine climbing, kayaking, B.A.S.E. jumping,
historical mountaineering, and the environment. The showing is
sponsored by UAS Student Activities.
GRADUATING STUDENT AWARDS
This year awards to graduating students will be given at the UAS
Alumni Association's graduate brunch on April 28 in the Mourant
Cafeteria. In the past the awards were presented at
commencement, but Director of Student Services Bruce Gifford
said the new systems allows for "expanding the number of awards
to recognize more students without impacting the length of the
graduation ceremony." Deans are directors have been asked to
select graduates to be recognized.
Lost and found has been moved from the cashier counter to the
Student Resource Center.
GLACIER BAY RESEARCH
Sea lions hauled out on rocks in Glacier Bay National Park can
be affected by boats approaching closer than the 100 yard Park
Service restriction according to a recently completed study by
Juneau campus faculty member Beth Mathews.
Mathews and students from UAS and UAF monitored the effects of
vessel traffic on sea lions hauled out on rocks. In addition
to how close vessels approach, Mathews said, "There are issues
like the activity of the vessel such as whether it speeds up
suddenly or slows down. Even activity on the deck probably
influences the animals."