University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter August 1, 1997

Coastal Science Institute students studies ranged from the shoreline to the alpine.

First Coastal Science Institute a success with students

"Usually in school you just sit there and listen to the teacher. Here you got to experience it. I learned a lot," says high school student Alisha Bokman of Los Angeles. She was one of 11 students who have just completed the first Southeast Alaska Coastal Science Institute.

The Institute was designed for high school students interested in science careers. It was organized and directed by Ed Caine and Randy Stahl and emphasized hands-on science.

Caine and Stahl, assisted by biology students Ann Reynolds and Rich Morris, taught students in outdoor settings that included intertidal walks, alpine hikes, kayak and tour boat trips, Glacier explorations and more.

Deborah Hamilton from Idaho said, "I had a lot of fun. It was a good learning experience. I learned a lot of things I didn't know before."

Caine said the Institute idea "makes a lot of sense" on the UAS campus that offers so many varied opportunities to study in an outdoor laboratory. "It gives students a leg up in understanding real world ecology and real world natural resource questions." "A lot of things we asked them to do were way beyond typical experiences they had," Stahl said. "I think they really benefited from being able to touch, feel and see things they'd seen on TV."

Students were impressed by the Institute, the campus and the community. "It's a gorgeous campus. It's a gorgeous surrounding," according to Rosa Maso from Southern California. "It's like you're popped in the middle of the wilderness." Matt Cheyney of Washington state said he'd be telling friends back home that are interested in science about the Institute. "I'm going to tell them to really take a look at UAS because it has a lot to offer, and I myself am really thinking about applying here."

Biology major Ann Reynolds assisted during the 10-day Coastal Science Institute.

Third MAT class graduates

Eighteen teachers completed their Master of Arts in Teaching program in mid-July. They were the third graduating class in the MAT program and most had jobs or jobs pending when they completed the year-long according to Program director Dave Marvel.

"The program is well respected throughout the state. It's served as a model for preparing quality teachers." according to Marvel who credits the quality of students for the quality of the program. For their final project, students turned in portfolios gathered during their year in the program. The portfolio content is based on Alaska state teacher standards.

The 17 members of the fourth MAT class started their classroom work on the Juneau campus Monday. The campus portion continues until August 13. Then students will begin their year of classroom work in Juneau and Sitka schools. The MAT is an intensive 12-month, classroom-based program for those with a bachelor degree who want to prepare for a career in secondary education.

Student services coordinator named in Sitka

Timothy Schroeder is the new student services coordinator on the Sitka campus. He was selected from among 40 candidates after a national recruitment. Since July 1996, Schroeder has served as director of student life at Kansas Newman College. Prior to that he was director of residence life and an admissions counselor. Since 1994, Schroeder has lead annual student service trips to Mexico and the Crownpoint Navajo American Indian Reservation in New Mexico. He holds a master of science degree in adult education and a bachelor degree in political science. In Sitka, Schroeder will provide academic and career counseling for students and will oversee a comprehensive program involving student leadership, activities, and residence life. He will also assume responsibility for admissions and records, student recruitment and registration procedures.

Student affairs conference begins Sunday

More than 50 University of Alaska student affairs staff members and half a dozen university students will be on the Juneau campus for the Alaska Student Affairs Conference Sunday through Tuesday.

"The goals are education and fun," according to Lori Exferd who is helping to coordinate the conference. "We want to give people a chance to connect, share ideas and bring back information to our campuses that will be useful to students and ourselves."

Among the speakers are Chancellor Marshall Lind and UA regent Annette Nelson-Wright who will talk about university reorganization on Tuesday at 8:15 a.m. in the Lake Room. The conference keynote speaker is Tracy Knofla, director of the University Center at Indiana University Southeast. Derek Peterson, with the Association of Alaska School Boards, will discuss, "Creating Launching Pads and Safety Nets for Alaska Students."

Anyone wishing to still register for the conference should contact Exferd at 465-6456.

Tish Griffin "Doing great"

Eight days after surgery in Seattle to remove a kidney, Tish Griffin is back home in Juneau. "I'm doing great," she says. "The pathology shows me completely cured from kidney cancer."

Griffin is recovering at home and has a computer so she's available by e-mail. She plans on remaining at home for three weeks before returning part-time. However, Griffin is planning on attending some of the Student Affairs Conference starting Sunday. "I can sit there as well as I can at home," she says.

UA promotion underway

The System Governance Council and Staff Alliance are working to promote the university in the face of budget reductions. Some plans were outlined during an audio conference of UA governance leaders. Among the projects are distribution of bumper stickers that say, "I proudly support the University of Alaska AND I VOTE!" Sweatshirts and T-shirts will be available, and signature cards of support for the university are being collected.

Murder mystery party held

"Murder in the Bayou" was the title of the mystery and potluck organized by Harold White, a student from Louisiana, on the Juneau campus on July 24. Chris Wyatt wrote the script and along with Dennis Russell hosted the party that was held at the housing lodge. The 12 participants came in costume to match characters with names like Clancy Roulette, Lucy Larceny, and Leo Candoit. In addition more than half a dozen came to observe the event, like a play. Another murder mystery party is being organized for fall semester. Any faculty interested in hosting and helping may contact David Kleinpeter at 465-6528.

Invite a new student to dinner

Freshman orientation on the Juneau campus begins Aug. 27. Pattie Adkisson, who is coordinating activities says, "We are attempting to match up all new students coming through freshman orientation with a faculty member for dinner that evening. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff, to get to know our new students by hosting one or a few to dinner."

Adkisson said meals may be as simple as a cookout or trip to a pizza parlor. Or several staff and faculty may join together and invite a group of students who sign up for the dinners by interest area. Those willing to host students for a meal should call Theresa Windred at 465-6457, or e-mail

Registration ads on TV

Students and staff on the Juneau campus were videotaped earlier this week for fall semester registration ads that will run next week on the Superstation (channel 8 in Juneau). The 30 second ad encourages registration on each of the UAS campuses. It will run next week during the 6 p.m. statewide news program, "Newslink Alaska." The ad will also be shown during NYPD Blue, Ellen, High Incident, and other prime time programs next week.

Sherry Taber celebrated at a Viva Safari party on the Juneau campus before she takes a one year leave to be in Africa. She promised to stay in touch and "advise the UAS community of any particularly unusual African adventures."

Golf tournament Saturday

Golfers will raise money for UAS scholarships and have a chance to win a $20,000 car if they make a hole-in-one on a designated hole. The 4th annual UAS Open takes place at the Mendenhall Golf Course from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration should be completed by Friday at the course. The tournament is being coordinated by the UAS Alumni Association. In addition to the car, other hole-in-prizes include a Bahama cruise, a Jamaica vacation, and golf clubs. All who enter will have an opportunity for an Alaska Airlines round-trip ticket.

Students do research in Glacier Bay

Beth Mathews and several students have been conducting sea mammal research in Glacier Bay National Park during the summer. The research has involved using a high resolution camera for aerial photography of seals on glacier ice in Johns Hopkins Inlet at the same time as ground counts of the seals are being conducted. Other research has included a sea lion behavior and vessel study at South Marble Island and collecting observations of sea lions that have brands or have been entangled in fishing gear. Mathews says results of the vessel interaction study will be available later this year after the data has been analyzed.

Distance education issues considered

"One of the things I discovered," Shirley Grubb says, "is that some people produce videotapes for $15,000 and some for $200,000." The differences in the resources available was one of the surprises Grubb found while she and Fran Feinerman attended the Institute for the Management of Distance Education held in Boulder July 14- 18. Grubb said, "Everyone is doing distance education. Everyone sees it as a way to reach students who are in locations that don't allow them to attend on campus." She was impressed with distance education programs that involve students through e-mail and computers rather than just expecting them to sit in chairs and receive information. UAS needs to improve services from the campus to distance education students according to Grubb. "We need to make students feel connected to UAS." That includes providing library resources, advising, registration, graduation audits, job counseling and more to distance students just as those services are available to on-campus students.


Saturday, August 2
  • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. UAS golf tournament, Mendenhall Golf Course.

    Sunday, August 3

  • Alaska Student Affairs Conference begins.