University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter October 10, 1997

Scott Christian coordinates Bread Loaf on the Juneau campus.

Bread Loaf Institute returns

The prestigious graduate program for writing and literature will be held June 8 - 25 on the Juneau campus for the second year. Bread Loaf is a program from Middlebury College in Vermont. "This is the premier program in literature and writing in the country," according to coordinator Scott Christian.

Last year 27 Alaskan students took park in the first Institute. This summer the program has been expanded to 50 and will include students from the lower 48. The intensive study program appeals to teachers seeking advanced degrees and others interested in the subjects. Students enroll for one intensive, three week course and earn three graduate credits from Middlebury. This summer's classes are Shakespeare and the "Wilderness," taught by Emily Bartel, Ph.D., Harvard; Writing and the Sense of Place, taught by John Elder, Ph.D. Yale; and Native American Literature, taught by Lucy Maddox, Ph.D. University of Virginia.

Dean of Faculty John Pugh, says, "The faculty are the best of the best. It's one of the most prestigious programs in the country." Application information is available from Christian, 465-8744.

Governor appoints student to statewide commission

Juneau campus student body president Rosie Gilbert has been appointed to the Postsecondary Education Commission by Governor Tony Knowles. Gilbert, a junior from Petersburg, is the second UAS student appointed to an important statewide body. This spring Knowles appointed Annette Nelson-Wright as the student member of the Board of Regents.

Knowles said, "I am pleased to appoint such a talented and dedicated young Alaskan to this very important post."

In support of Gilbert's appointment, Chancellor Marshall Lind said, "She is thoughtful, bright, diplomatic, energetic and willing to serve."

"I really want to be involved in the university's role at the federal and state level," Gilbert says. "I want to figure out how it works and represent students better." She sees her new position as an opportunity to push her "Students first" theme. Gilbert, a marine biology major, also says she's developing an increasing interest in public life. She hopes to work as a legislative intern and thinks about eventually running for office.

Rosie Gilbert has been appointed to the Postsecondary Education Commission.

John Heiser of the Juneau Tram and Tish Griffin were among 500 people attending Tuxedo Junction.

Tuxedo Junction "best ever"

"I've never received this many phone calls," Tuxedo Junction coordinator Tish Griffin says. "So I think people had a good time. I've been told it was the best ever."

More than 450 tickets were sold and between $8,000 and $10,000 was raised for UAS scholarships at last Saturday's event. For the first time, Tuxedo Junction was located a four venues: the tram terminal, the top of the tram, Taku Eateries and on the St. Gregory catamaran. "It was time to bring something new and different to the event," Griffin said. For years Tuxedo Junction had been held at Centennial Hall.

The multiple venue approach lead to variety. "We had something for everyone," Griffin said. "The tram was the place to be from 8 to 11 p.m. Then it was the cruise ship and Taku Eateries. I think people just enjoyed having lots to do and left wanting more" She also said people wanted the party to continue. "We literally kicked people out of Taku Eateries. They would have stayed an hour more."

In addition to four different kinds of music, dancing, a mock casino, the boat cruise, silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, and comedy films there were drawings for get-away trips. Present or past students won the two biggest. Paul Hanson, an MBA student, won the Caribbean trip for two donated by Holland America Westours, and former student Matt LeGassick won the Alaska Airlines tickets to Mexico. The winner of the Wings of Alaska trip to Tenakee was Lucy Hudson.

Sea otter talk

The next Biological Sciences Seminar will be presented Tuesday by Jamie Womble, a UAS senior in biology. She will be presenting results from Brendan Kelly's sea otter diving study in which she participated as a student in the Behavioral Ecology course. The brown bag seminars are open to the public and are held each Tuesday at noon in Anderson building 221. The Oct. 14 seminar is a discussion of the evolution of bears.

Student leaders consider media campaign

Juneau campus student president Rosie Gilbert says the Coalition of Student Leaders is considering producing a videotape. "The purpose of this proposal is to show the legislature just what it is the University does, what programs we offer, where our alumni are now, and how it affects the communities it is active in." Gilbert is seeking pictures, video and publicity ideas. Contact her at JYPRES or Melissa Nell at JSMN.

Faculty dinner held

"The Secret Lives of Faculty" was the theme for the first Faculty Dinner of this academic year. Richard Hacker facilitated the exchange of stories of those present, "so we can get to know a little more about the persons behind the professionals with whom we work," he noted. Faculty shared experiences that ranged from practicing kayaking in a hot springs pool owned by someone who later also became a UAS instructor, meeting and agitating with Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson, and reunions with celebrities in northwest Alaska. The next Faculty Dinner will be held Nov. 5 in the Lake Room beginning with a social hour at 4 p.m.

Cost-saving ideas requested

The committee charged with finding administrative cost savings at the university is seeking ideas. The Board of Regents has set a target of six million dollars in administrative cost savings over the next three years.

Ideas are being collected from an electronic bulletin board at

In addition, written comments may be sent to Dr. Joan Wadlow, RSO Committee Chair, Office of the Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks, PO Box 757500, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500.

Two concerts scheduled

Tingstad and Rumbel, acoustic guitar and oboe musicians, return to UAS for their 4th performance, Saturday, Oct. 18th, 8 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 advance for general admission. They are available at the UAS bookstore and Hearthside Books.

World Classic Rockers Concert tickets go on sale next week. Original band members from Wings, Eagles, Toto, Steppenwolf and Moody Blues are on international tour and come to Juneau Sunday, Nov. 2, for a 4:30 p.m. concert. Tickets, $12 UAS students, $22 advanced general admission, and $15 for youth 15 and under, are available at Hearthside Books or the UAS bookstore.

Committee boosts happiness

As darker fall days approach, student housing is working to bring additional sunshine to the Juneau campus. The Sunshine Committee is seeking names and information about people who have had a bad couple of days or deserve recognition for doing a good deed. Timi Hough, housing manager, says "Students, faculty, and staff on campus are eligible for some sunshine in their lives." Names and information can be submitted to Hough or placed in the designated box in the lodge.

Denmark and Ecuador discussed

The Global Connections group continues their series of Friday presentations about other countries. Friday (Oct. 10) at 1 p.m. Jennifer Marshall spoke about Denmark in the Lake Room. On Oct. 17 Rick Bellagh will make a presentation about his travels in Ecuador. Anyone who has lived, traveled, or studied overseas and would like to share them experiences should contact Elizabeth Schelle at 465-6455.

Faculty presentations

Marjorie Fields and Katy Spangler, UAS Education faculty, will each be making presentations Oct. 11 at the Alaska State Literacy Conference in Anchorage. Field's topic is emergent literacy and Spangler will discuss Alaskan Children's literature.

Exams administered for community

Local, state, and national exams are being administered at the UAS Testing Center, Egan 102. Informational packets for the GRE, LSAT, Praxis, Clep, TOEFL, SAT and GMAT are available at The Learning Center. For more information, contact Natasha Zahn at 465-6348.

Poppen returns to public radio

Ketchikan campus' information officer Gregg Poppen has resigned. He is returning to KRBD, the local public radio station, where he worked prior to joining UAS. He accepted a position as station development director.

Prize nominations sought

The Board of Trustees of the UA Foundation are seeking nominations for the 1998 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. The purpose of the prize is to recognize and reward an individual who has demonstrated excellence in support of the University of Alaska. The prize carries a $15,000 award for the recipient. Nominations are due Dec. 1. Nomination forms are available from Scott Foster, 465-6530.

Textbook orders due

Spring textbook orders are due now at the Juneau bookstore according to manager Linda Snyder. "A special thanks to Donna Chantry, Karen Cummins, Rae Korpela, Debi Rathbone and Lisa Ward for their hardwork in getting me what orders they could on the 1st." The bookstore is also conducting a sale of art supplies Oct. 10 - 17. The details are available at the store.

Banner finance tip

Cost Center clerks should estimate high when encumbering funds against Unfunded Blanket Purchase Orders in Banner Finance according to the business office. The higher estimates speeds up payment to the vendors in case of unanticipated expenses.


Saturday, Oct. 11
  • Toga dance, 9 p.m.

    Sunday, Oct. 12

  • Free bowling for students with ID, 9 p.m., Channel Bowl

    Monday, Oct. 13

  • Basic auto for novices, noon, Mourant courtyard
  • Rock lobster fishery talk, 3:30 p.m. Anderson Bld. 221

    Tuesday, Oct. 14

  • Biological seminar, noon, Anderson 221
  • Cafe Mourant music series, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct. 15

  • Film series, "Ulees Gold", 7 p.m. JDHS

    Friday, Oct. 17

  • Fun Facts Faculty Friday, noon, Mourant
  • Global Connections, 1 p.m., Lake Room

    Saturday, Oct. 18

  • Tingstad and Rumbel concert, 8 p.m., Chapel by the Lake

    Sunday, Nov. 2

  • World Classic Rockers concert, 4:30 p.m. JDHS