University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter June 19, 1998


Lucy Maddox teaches Native American Literature at Bread Loaf.

Bread Loaf enters third week

Students enrolled in the 1998 Bread Loaf Literature and Writing Institute begin their final week of classes Monday on the Juneau campus. "It's been great." Juneau coordinator Scott Christian says of the first two weeks.

"The challenge," Christian says, "has been to balance course work. Participants from lower 48 have been out and about. They've gone to the glacier, to Pelican on the ferry, gone mountain biking. They're an active group."

In addition Broad Loaf writers/students in John Elder's "Writing in Its Place" class have been out also. They've hiked west Glacier Trail, ridden the tram to Mt. Roberts and heard bear stories, visited beaches at low tide, traveled to Sitka to attended the Summer Music Festival and spend time on an island with writer Richard Nelson. Next week they will hike through Switzer Creek meadows and Lemon Creek forests with Cathy Connor.

A public reading series is being conducted as part of this summer's Bread Loaf Institute. The readings have been held in Egan Library. Acting librarian Rita Dursi Johnson says she's surprised how many attending the readings say they are visiting Egan Library for the first time. That apparently means, some Juneau residents are unaware that Egan Library is open to the public as well as students.

During the summer, the ground floor of the library has been arranged for large group meetings. In addition to the reading series it will be used for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and other meetings on campus.

"It's a chance for the campus to share its most beautiful building with national audiences," Dursi Johnson said, "and to introduce the library to new members of the public."

John Elder presented a public reading in Egan Library as part of Bread Loaf.


"Feminism on the Road"

Emily Bartels will present the final reading in the Bread Loaf Series Tuesday (June 23) at 8 p.m. in Egan Library. These are free, public readings. Bartel's topic is "Thelma and Louise: Feminism on the Road." Bartells is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University.


Chuck Hindes is one of the national known experts conducting a ceramics workshop.

Ceramics Workshop underway

Two national known ceramics artists are conducting a week-long workshop on the Juneau campus. Nearly a dozen students ranging from beginners to experts are taking the first-time workshop from Ron Meyers of the University of Georgia and Chuck Hindes of the University of Iowa.

Workshop coordinator Todd Turek said the two offer demonstrations and have personal interaction with the students. "There's active and lively exchange of information and criticism," according to Turek, "and there's camaraderie."

Meyers and Hindes are showing a variety of wheel throwing and hand building techniques for making functional forms such as objects for drinking, pouring, cooking and storage. Turek hopes a summer ceramics workshop will become an annual event. "This helps students who couldn't or wouldn't travel outside."


Welpton joins Career Ed

Gregor Welpton has joined Career Education on the Juneau campus as a visiting assistant professor with oversight for the welding and marine technology programs. The selection was made after a nationwide search.

Welpton is a graduate of Evergreen State College and the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Washington state. He has also worked and studied in Japan and Russia on traditional wooden craft. Welpton has been self-employed as a boatbuilder for the last nine years, and he has taught various boatbuilding classes at the Marine Technology Center.

"We are fortunate to find locally a person with such a depth of talent and a breadth of diversity," according to Associate Dean Gary Bowen. "Gregor's talent as a wooden boat artisan combined with his skills in welding and metal boat fabrication will make him a most welcome addition to our faculty."


Two Petersburg students arrive at school by plane.

Flying to class

Two Petersburg residents flew to school for the first day of class on June 8. Kathi Riemer and Beth Degayner are taking a graduate class on the Juneau campus. Kathi's husband, Doug, who is a professional pilot, flew them from Petersburg to Auke Lake, next to the UAS campus. They taxied to the university dock, unloaded luggage, including food treats for their classmates, and then walked the few steps to class.

This is the second year the two have flown to school. Dr. Marjorie Fields is the instructor for the Guidance and Discipline in Early Childhood Education class. "Class beings at 9 a.m.," she said. "Last year they arrived just in time."

This year they did also. "We had five minutes to spare," Kathi Riemer said while standing on the Auke Lake boat dock minutes after arriving.

After the first week of class, Doug Riemer flew the two students back to Petersburg and then repeated the air commute during the second week of classes.


Ohler in Prague

Jason Ohler attended the International School in Prague, the Czech Republic May 20-22 to work with students and teachers in the area of music and multimedia project presentation. Ohler said, "The invitation to present was based on a feature article I wrote in the March 1998 issue of Learning and Leading with Technology."

Old phone books

There apparently are no recycling plans for last year's phone books in Juneau. Bob Etheridge has contacted the phone company, the state and others seeking recycling information. "Nobody wants them," Etheridge said. One of the problems with recycling phone books is that the covers and colored pages must be removed. Since there are no recycling plans, old phone books should be thrown away.

Secondary MAT enters fifth year

About 20 students have been accepted into the fifth class of the secondary MAT program. They begin classes on the Juneau campus June 29. About 60 percent of the students are from Juneau, 30 percent from other Alaska communities and the remainder are from out-of-state. They have widely varied backgrounds and range in age from students in their 20s to 40s according to program director Dave Marvel.

The new MAT students will be taking two sessions of classes on the Juneau campus until August 14. Then one third will go to their public school assignments in Sitka and two thirds will work in the Juneau schools.

Students in the current Master of Arts in Teaching program will finish their year of instruction with a ceremony on the Juneau campus July 11. About half of them already have jobs and the prospects for the others are very good according to Marvel. "They are an excellent group of beginning educators," Marvel said. "Their experience, combined with their energy and enthusiasm will enable them to be effective teachers in any school district."

In the year long secondary MAT program students take classes on campus during the first summer, then during the public school year they spend four days a week in schools and one day a week on campus. The students finish their program with classes on the Juneau campus the following summer. Marvel says, "This program, in cooperation with excellent schools and teachers in Juneau and Sitka, has been a great success."

Applications have already been received for next year. The deadline is March 15. "That catches a lot people by surprise," Marvel says. The early deadline allows time for placement prior to the end of the public school year.


Regents Annette Nelson-Wright and Lew Williams answered questions from host Joe Holbert on a TV program originating Juneau.

University featured on statewide TV

"Changing Times at the University: Revolution or Evolution," was the topic of the half-hour Capital Focus program originating in Juneau and broadcast June 14 in Juneau, Anchorage, Fairbanks on Alaska's Superstation and by cable in many other communities.

Regents Lew Williams of Ketchikan, Annette Nelson-Wright of Juneau, Chancellor Marshall Lind, and Professor Lawrence Lee Oldaker answered questions from host Joe Holbert.


Dance helps Spanish club

A Juneau campus student is organizing a Latin music dance June 28 at the Penthouse. Angelica Lopez-Campos says the one dollar cover charge will be donated to the campus Spanish club. The dance runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Book edited by Dolitsky

A book of more than 60 Chukchi fairy tales, myths and legends has been edited by Alexander Dolitsky, adjunct assistant professor of Russian in Juneau. "Fairy Tales and Myths of the Bering Strait Chukchi" is a creative compilation of traditional stories of the aboriginal peoples of the Chukchi peninsula and includes 67 stories and a bibliography. It was translated from Russian into English by Henry Michael from the University of Pennsylvania. Among those thanked in the preface is Don Cecil, associate professor of English on the Juneau campus. Dolitsky is also attending the International Congress on the History of the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region in Iceland June 18-21. He is presenting a lecture on "The Alaska-Siberia Lend-Lease Program during World War II."

Bird egg use studied

Bird eggs were thought of as the first fruit of spring according to Tom Thornton, associate professor of Anthropology. He has been working as a consultant to conduct interviews with Hoonah residents on their traditional use of bird eggs in Glacier Bay. The final report goes to the National Park Service which is reevaluating the policy on Native collection of bird eggs, particularly from gulls.

Thornton said the eggs were eaten hard boiled or preserved in seal oil. Traditional egg gathering was a festive time, Thornton said, not unlike Easter eggs today. The eggs were the first new resource available in the spring and came before the bounty of the summer.