|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||Sept. 27, 1996|
UAS will utilize its share to develop programs designed to extend tourism opportunities to small towns and villages across Alaska. UAF also received $50,000 for the tourism project and another $50,000 in support of the UAF museum project. The aviation training program at UAA also receive $50,000.
Lou Cancelmi, Alaska Airlines assistant vice president for corporate communications , said the total contribution, which was given to the University of Alaska Foundation, is the largest single donation in the company's history. He made the presentation to UAS Chancellor Marshall Lind and the UA Foundation Board member Chip Wagoner at the regular Friday luncheon meeting of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.
More than 3,000 bulbs will be planted in the annual Thousands of Flowers beautification project now in it's fourth year on the Juneau campus. Students, faculty, staff and community volunteers are invited to take part starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. A lunch will be served following the planting.
Julie Ross, who is coordinating the planting, said 3,000 crocus bulbs will be planted in the lawn on the main campus and near the new student housing. "Crocus are the first to flower," Ross said. The crocus should bloom in mid-April of next year. They'll be followed in May by tulips, gladiolus and daffodils that were planted last year.
The executive director of the Alaska State Commission For Human Rights will spend four days in October offering sexual harassment training awareness sessions to UAS employees.
Paula Haley will offer sessions on understanding and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace and in the classroom. As director of the Human Rights Commission, Haley is the top official in the state regarding workplace discrimination matters, including sexual harassment.
Haley's training schedule for UAS is as follows:
Oct. 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Hendrickson 205. Staff session.
Oct. 7, 6-9 p.m. Hendrickson 205. Faculty and adjunction instructor session but staff welcome.
Oct. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Hendrickson Annex 108. Faculty and adjunction instructor session but staff welcome.
Oct. 8, 7-10 p.m. Hendrickson 113. Faculty and adjunction instructor session but staff welcome.
Oct. 9, 6-9 p.m. Main Campus Building Room 133, Sitka campus. All staff are encouraged to attend.
Oct. 10, 2-5 p.m. Paul Building Room 301, Ketchikan campus. All staff are encouraged to attend.
Chris Phillips is UAS Alumni Association president.
The UAS Alumni Association will promote the university and their organization during two different events. On October 4 the alumni will answer phones during the KTOO-FM membership drive. On October 5th they take part in Community Awareness Day at the Nugget Mall between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Alumni president Chris Phillips said, "We're starting to emphasize membership." Alumni will also promote UAS license plates, display UAS stickers and pamphlets, and have alumni membership forms available. Alumni wanting to take part should contact Phillips at 465-3786.
Mike Humphrey, statewide director of benefits for the University of Alaska, met with Juneau staff alliance Sept. 19 to begin discussions on the future options for the university's benefit programs and to review the basic elements of a "flexible" benefit program. No decisions about any changes have been made.
A "flexible" benefit program refers to a health care plan where employees can choose between certain levels of benefits to fit their individual circumstances.
The university needs to explore cost-saving options since the current $17.5 million health care plan is expected to increase in cost to nearly $23 million per year by the year 2000, Humphrey said.
Ketchikan campus professor Priscilla Schulte has received statewide recognition by the USDA Forest Service as a leader in cultural awareness and public education. Schulte received the federal agency's Windows On the Past award. The honor most often goes to a Forest Service staff member, but Ketchikan-area colleagues nominated Schulte for the Alaska Region tribute this year.
The Forest Service's Paul Brewster commended Schulte for leading programs valuable in Southeast and beyond as a model for heritage preservation and public education.
Schulte, professor of anthropology and sociology, has worked with the Forest Service on projects linked to Native culture and heritage. Schulte has also supervised production of a video documentary on Tlingit elder Esther Shea and a touring show on Southeast's karst and caves.
Schulte and Ketchikan campus sciences professor Karalynn Crocker-Bedford are presently completing curriculum and materials on karst and caves for public-school teachers.
Sitka Campus students are taking more credit hours. There are 105 more full-time student credit hours and 210 more part-time credit hours being taken now than one year ago.
The Department of Continuing Education shows 42 more students in non-credit workshops than at this time last year. The total headcount for the Sitka Campus as of September 25, is 1082.
Todd Turek, assistant professor of art, has works in two exhibitions. His black colored clay is in "National Teapot Show III" at the Cedar Creek Gallery in Creedmoor, NC and in the "Ceramics USA 1996" at the University of North Texas in Denton.
"The Future of Medicine" is the topic of a live satellite broadcast by the University of Alaska Distance Education Office. Dr. Andrew Weil will be featured on LiveNet Saturday (Sept. 28) from 7 to 9 p.m. on cable channel 37 in Juneau. Weil is a Harvard trained medical doctor and founding director of the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.
A new office to coordinate student exchanges and serve as a clearing house for internships has been established on the Juneau campus. Clive Thomas directs the office, Elizabeth Schelle is assistant director, and Rita Bowen manages the office.
The office will also distribute information on Fulbright awards and assist faculty seeking exchanges and temporary teaching positions abroad and at other U.S. universities. The office is located in Novatney 204. For information contact 465-6455 or 465-6439.
Tom Thornton, assistant professor of Anthropology, convened one of the sessions during the 47th Arctic Science Conference in Girdwood Sept. 19-21. Thornton chaired the session titled "Alaska Native Georgraphies: What's in the Place Names?" He also made a presentation on "Alaska Native Place Names as Containers of Cultural and Environmental Knowledge and Wisdom."
The Ketchikan campus will soon establish two sites on the World Wide Web. Launch date is Sept. 28 for the campus's comprehensive Web page. It will provide an outline of programs and faculty, enrollment information and answer common questions. Long-term plans are to post each semester's course roster on the Web and provide on-line forms.
Ketchikan Career Center staff are a couple of weeks away from putting up a Web site with information on continuing education, technical and maritime courses and workshops. The University Center Web page will run from an on-campus server.