University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter October 11, 1996


First in line for the first meal at the Mourant Cafe

Mourant Cafe open!

The newly remodeled UAS Mourant Cafe now serves meals seven days a week. The Cafe passed the final city and Department of Environmental Conservation inspections last Friday morning. Staff served the first meal that evening, prepared a thank you dinner for the Moose Lodge Saturday, served a special steak supper for students Saturday, and opened to the public Monday. The remodeled university food service facility is twice a large as the old one. It includes a full kitchen and servery. The seating capacity is doubled. A new coffee shop has been added, and there's a separate catering room with space for 60 people. Housing Director Tish Griffin says the Mourant Cafe looks a lot different. "It's bright. It's new. It's shiny. And the food is going to be great."

Rik Palieri entertained during one dinner.

The cafe has now become the central gathering spot on campus. Three different events were held in the Cafe's Lake Room in the first week: student voter registration, Juneau legislative candidate open house, and a public meeting about dangers crossing Glacier Highway to get to the Anderson Building.

Mayor Dennis Egan and Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer helped register students to vote in the Lake Room.

Fine tuning continues at the Cafe. New furniture, including the stools which are delaying opening of the coffee shop, is expected next month. Large display menus will be installed when they arrive.

Sexual harassment awareness training held

Most people experiencing sexual harassment just want it stopped," according to the executive director of the Alaska Commission for Human Rights. Paula Haley conducted awareness training on each UAS campus this week.

Haley said there are two main types of sexual harassment. Quid Pro Quo is where submission to, or rejection of, unwelcome conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions. Hostile Environment is where unwelcome sexual advances unreasonably interfere with an individual's work performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.

Haley offered tips for managers: be a role model, listen to complaints carefully, be objective and consistent, become comfortable with the subject through education, and act early when a complaint is raised.

Paula Haley presented UAS training.


Students, faculty, staff and community volunteers helped plant more than 3,000 bulbs Saturday on campus and at the new student residence hall. This is the fourth year of the Thousands of Flowers campus beautification project.


Sitka service awards given

An awards ceremony last week on the Sitka campus honored eight staff members. Five year pins were presented to Teresa Holt, Mary Lauer, Nicole Rogers, Kathleen Niles, and Linda Halfon. A ten year paper weight was given to Teresa Holt. Fifteen year pen sets went to Teresa Holt, Pauline Fredrickson, Kathie Etulain, and Denise Blankenship. A 20 year gift was presented to Pauline Fredrickson.

Sitka Campus activities

Kathie Etulain and Kathy Niles attended the Alaska Native Justice Conference at Sheldon Jackson College earlier this week. The Sitka Elderhostel will be held October 14-23. Sitka Campus Staff Development Team Building takes place October 17. Sandra Young will attend portfolio assessment-English 110 in Juneau. Phil Slattery attends the Faculty Alliance Retreat October 17-18. Elaine Sunde and Steve Curtis will attend and present at the FIPSE National Conference in Washington D.C. October 25-27.

Alumni helps at Oktoberfest

The UAS Alumni Association will run the miniature golf booth at Oktoberfest Friday, Oct. 11, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Nugget Mall. Although the booth is staffed, alumni or others wanting to help with set-up should meet at the Mall at 8:00 p.m. Friday. The alumni are also planning a fund-raising raffle this fall. Five hundred $10 tickets will be sold with proceeds benefiting the alumni association.

Marston appointed to federal commission

Dick Marston, visiting professor of geography, has been appointed to the "President's Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission" to provide scientific input to the policy-making and management of western water resources. This commission, chartered by Congress and designed to provide advice to the White House and executive branch, will meet at Arizona State University next February.

Paper presented

Marjorie Fields presents a paper on emergent literacy at the Alaska State Literacy conference this Friday in Anchorage. The basics of reading BEFORE phonics examines how children's writing development individually parallels the development of writing in the various world civilizations.

Dress in denims Oct. 25

All UAS campuses are taking part in National Denim Day, a fund raising effort for breast cancer research. Tom Dienst said, "All you need to do is donate five dollars and then wear denim or casual clothes to work on Friday, Oct. 25." Dienst said representatives in each department will contact staff and faculty. UAS donations will aid the national effort to raise $1 million to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Marine Tech boats

Last year Marine Tech students built an aluminum skiff for the Boy Scouts. That boat was used last weekend by Don Bulter, SE Boy Scout administrator, to take UAS students on a water outing to Pt. Retreat and North Douglas. Another aluminum boat will be built in a class starting Oct. 21. This will be the class' first aluminum sailboat. Eric Leegard says the boat will be available, at cost, to the student who has worked on it and that wins the drawing at the end of class. Leegard's small boat building class which has 17 students registered will have a shipwright as an assistant.

Construction Technology Class Project

"Construction instruction with job site experience," is Doug Peel's description of his Construction Jobs Training class. The class project is a 30 feet by 60 feet wood frame maintenance and office building, being built at Diamond park for Juneau parks and recreation. "This job-site is as realistic to the work world as possible," Peel said. The course content covers tool usage, safety considerations, job skills, estimating, concrete forming, concrete finishing, wall and roof framing, insulation, stairs, exterior and limited interior finish work, drywall, roofing, and painting.

Student Assistant Erik Goldsberry went through a similar training program 15 years ago. "Doug is really good at showing us different ways to do things and it's nice to learn how to get the job done without a lot of fancy power tools or equipment."

The roof went on this class project this week allowing students to dry out as they learn more about basic residential construction. Dale Staley, Career Education interim director, says, "Watching that building go up is like watching your favorite plants push their way up through the soil and blossom in the spring."

Construction class builds CBJ building.

Juneau Calendar

Friday, Oct. 11

  • Oktoberfest Celebration, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Nugget Mall, UAS alumni run the miniature golf course

    Saturday, Oct. 12

  • Steve Landesberg comedy night at Oktoberfest, 7 p.m., JDHS

    Sunday, Oct. 13

  • Mozart on the Mountain, music, food and discount tram ride, 2 - 4 p.m. tram building

    Monday, Oct. 14

  • UAS Alumni board meeting, 5:15 p.m. Mendenhall Library Conference Room.

    Saturday, Oct. 19

  • Mt. Jumbo hike, meet at the Douglas Island trailhead at 10 a.m.
  • Glamour make-over, 4 - 6 p.m. at housing lodge, sign up in student activities office.

    Sunday, Oct. 20

  • Family movie, "Addams Family Values", 2 p.m., JDHS, free for UAS students and family with ID

    Wednesday, Oct. 23

  • Foreign film series, "Cold Comfort Farm," 7 p.m., JDHS

    Friday, Oct. 25

  • Denim day, for contributions to breast cancer research
  • Music during pasta bar dinner with Michael Gray of Odd Man Out, 5 - 7 p.m. Mourant Cafe
  • Costume dance, HB 113, 9 p.m. $100 for the best costume

    Saturday, Oct. 26

  • Trail Mix asks UAS students, faculty, and staff to help with clearing the East Auke Lake Trail, 9 a.m. at the Glacier Highway turnout just before the campus entrance
  • Greens Creek Mine trip, noon to 6 p.m., for students and faculty, sign up in student activities for limited spaces

    Thursday, Oct. 31

  • Staff Alliance, 8:30 a.m., BPA conference room