|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||August 16, 1996|
"We're pioneering this concept in the state," Shirley Grubb says of the wilderness and challenge experiences that for the first time will be part of the Juneau campus new student orientation.
Students could choose a four day guided kayak trip or the SAGA ropes course as part of the First Week orientation. "Hopefully students will build strong friendships more quickly than under the past orientation process," according to Grubb.
The First Week begins Monday with placement tests and advising. Tuesday is the on-campus orientation, "Knowledge for College," and in the evening faculty and staff take new students to dinner. Faculty or staff still willing to host students should contact Tish Griffin at 465-6528. Wednesday through Friday students take part in the "experience" orientations.
Restructuring, technology and assessment will be the major discussion topics during Convocation 1996 that runs Monday through Wednesday on the Juneau campus.
After opening remarks, Monday will be devoted to restructuring discussions and workshops. Tuesday will include comments by incoming Faculty Senate President Phil Slattery. Past president Rita Dursi Johnson will discuss faculty clusters which are part of the new reorganization. That will be followed by cluster group meetings. Tuesday afternoon will be devoted to technology roundtables/workshops. Wednesday topics include assessment, technology, teachers retirement, and a faculty evaluation workshop.
The Juneau campus new student orientation picnic is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24. Hydro boats and kayaks will be available. There will also be DJ music, burgers/hot dogs at the new kiln shelter. The welcome picnic is scheduled for Sept. 7.
The Ketchikan campus is offering housing to college students for the first time this fall. The non-profit Ketchikan Housing Inc. recently leased a three-bedroom house in the city and pledged it for student tenants. The house is owned by Dale Curtis, a Ketchikan music educator and longtime Ketchikan campus adjunct instructor. Final details of the lease are pending, but the campus expects to place five or six students in the house for the coming academic year.
Meanwhile, KHI and the college are investigating options for financing on-campus or near-campus housing units. KHI is eyeing several potential funding sources and construction alternatives.
Steve Curtis, PhD and Jane Curtis, PhD, are job sharing the Ayagneq program on the Sitka campus. The joint venture of UAS and Sheldon Jackson College through the Sitka Education Consortium is beginning its second semester. The three year project creates a culturally appropriate social structure for Alaska Native students while encouraging self-determination under the guidance of mentors and community role models. The Curtis' 11 month old son, Keet will participate in the Ayagneq activities.
Mary Sattler, a UAS senior from Bethel, was one of 55 nationally to win a Morris K. Udall Scholarship. She was nominated by Patti Adkisson from the Juneau campus. The scholarship provides $5,000 for a year of education. Sattler and other winners attended a weekend in Tucson with the other winners in early August.
Sattler is currently running for the state house in district 39 in the Bethel and Dillingham area. If she wins her election Sattler plans to delay use of the scholarship and attend UAS next summer and fall semester. If she doesn't win, Sattler said, "I'm back at UAS and happy to be a student again and working toward my degree."
"Few Things So Close Can Take You So Far," is the slogan on the new Sitka campus informational brochure. The 8-1/2 by 11 inch, full-color publication includes a panoramic aerial photo of the campus, community and Sitka Sound. The brochure describes degrees offered, the campus commitment, advantages for students and more.
Two new faculty members have joined the Sitka campus. Joseph Liddle is an associate professor of mathematics and physics, and Sandy Young is an associate professor of English.
Young expects to finish her PhD this spring through the University of Louisville. She also holds a Certificate in Practical Nursing and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. She'll teach writing and literature courses fall semester.
Liddle, who served in the Peace Corps in West Africa, has an M.S. in mathematics from Western Washington University. Most recently he has taught at Western College in Yuma, Arizona.
Because of a scheduling conflict the sexual harassment training session for UAS staff scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday August 20, has been canceled. However, the session from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Bill Ray Center room 152 will be offered as scheduled. The training will be done by Jeanette Leino, district director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Seattle.
Staff unable to attend the August session will have another opportunity on October 7 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at a sexual harassment training session presented by Paula Haley, executive director of the Alaska Human Rights Commission. This session will be specially designated for staff who were unable to attend the August session with Leino. Haley will spend Oct. 7 and 8 on the Juneau campus doing training for faculty and adjunct instructors.
Mourant Building construction means the bookstore will not be self-serve at the start of fall semester. Temporary quarters have been set up in several offices in the Mourant ground floor. Manager Linda Snyder said the bookstore staff will collect books after students fill out a slip that will be available (about Aug. 21) in the Novatney Bldg. and the lower level of Mourant by the big Xerox copier. The staff book-gathering will continue until the bookstore moves into their new location in September. Ketchikan campus staff moves
A Ketchikan campus staff member is back in a new assignment after a short-lived return to her Florida home. Marcia Yenor took over as administrative assistant in late July upon her arrival in the First City. She left the campus's personnel technician job in February for a return to her home state. But Yenor missed her adopted 49th State and rejoined UAS after a second trans-continental move.
Diana Dawson resigned from the administrative assistant job in June after several years. She moved with her husband to North Dakota, where he was assigned to a new pastorate in the Nazarene Church.
The first time ever graduate student orientation will be held on the Juneau campus August 24 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Advisor Shirley Grubb said, "The paperwork to get through a graduate program sometimes makes students stumble." This orientation to meant to smooth the path. Robbie Stell, John Pugh and Bruce Gifford will meet with the graduate students.
The 3rd annual UAS golf tournament, dubbed, "the last local major of the year," by organizer Greg Wagner attracted about 50 competitors and raised money for UAS scholarships.
The tournament was held under sunny skies at the Mendenhall Golf Course in Juneau on August 10 after a week of rain. "My scheduling consultation with the Alaska mystic paid off," Wagner said.
Clair Sathern and Marylou Elton were individual winners. The winning team was Trudi Sathern, Jerry Wedel, Sean Henderson, and Kim Elton. Closest pin winners were Clair Sathern on #3, Jerry Loesch on #7, and Doug Belknap #9. The grand prize of a domestic round-trip Alaska Airlines ticket was won by Gordon Brunton.
The event was sponsored by Shattuck & Grummett, Inc., Alaska Airlines, Alaska Federal Savings Bank, and UAS. Donations were also made by Heritage Coffee, Food Services of America, Northern Sales, and the UAS bookstore.
The course is designed for those seeking construction careers. The class meets all day Monday through Friday from Sept. to Dec. Those interested should contact Doug Peel at 465-8775.
Peel fills the construction technology faculty position. He has a degree in industrial education from Oregon State University and an Alaska secondary industrial arts teaching certificate. Peel has taught at UAS. Since 1991 he has been a general contractor in Juneau.
Director of Housing and Student Activities Tish Griffin has announced several new hires. Dave Kleinpeter will become the administrative secretary working with student government, student activities, and housing. He graduated from Humboldt in May with a degree in journalism and public relations. Kleinpeter was a national exchange student to UAS during his junior year.
Two chefs have been hired for the expanded Mourant Cafe. Jeanette Majewski has owned her own restaurant and specializes in northern Chinese foods. Tim Wood has worked in several fine dinning establishments in Juneau and has extensive experience in catering. "They'll be a great combination," Griffin said.