University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter July 17, 1998

Ketchikan director on the job

Mary Lou Madden started Thursday as interim director on the Ketchikan campus. First priorities include getting to know the campus and community, searching for ways to make the campus more responsive to Ketchikan needs, increasing distance education opportunities, making the community more aware of the academic offerings available, working more closely with the Ketchikan high school, expanding career education and increasing enrollments in all courses. She says, "The campus is in great shape and poised to really take off in terms of enrollment offerings and community activities."

Madden has found a place to live in Ketchikan. During visits since her appointment Madden says, "I've just been blown away by the support of the community. The campus has a strong academic faculty. Vibrant economic development activities are taking place with continuing education. We have a great location adjacent to the high school. This all lends itself to all sorts of joint programming, good learning support services in areas such as the library and learning center."

Big Band weekend performances

The Big Band Jazz Classic, co-sponsored by the Ron Maas family and UAS, features public performances in Juneau this weekend by half a dozen professional musicians from L.A. There's a free Big Band concert Friday (July 17) at Marine Park starting at 7:30 p.m. followed by an open jam session at the high school at 9 p.m. The concluding concert Saturday at the high school starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

New secondary teachers were honored by Chancellor Marshall Lind.

MAT ceremony

Fourteen students in the fourth class of the secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program completed their last class on Friday. Saturday they took part in a commencement ceremony on the Juneau campus. "Most students actively seeking positions found positions," according to program director Dave Marvel. Students have accepted positions in schools as diverse as Galena, Mt. Edgecumbe, Juneau, Iliamna, and Chicago.

The ceremony was attended by parents, spouses and children of the MAT students in addition to university officials. The fifth MAT class, with 23 students, is now in their third week of classes on the Juneau campus.

Dinners are just one of the activities scheduled for the visiting Taiwanese

Taiwanese to visit Sitka The group of five Taiwanese who have been on the Juneau campus since July 2 will be in Sitka for most of next week. They will live on campus. While in Juneau they have studied English on campus in the morning and toured in the afternoon. This is the seventh year a group from Juneau's sister city Chai-Yi has taken part in the month-long program coordinated by UAS. The group returns to Taiwan July 28.

98/99 catalog

The 176 page UAS catalog was sent to the printer in Illinois this week. It's expected to be 5 to 6 weeks before the catalogs will be available on campus. The company prints more than 500 university catalogs including the ones from UAA and UAF.

Praise to UAS staff

"It was a great week, and you did a fantastic job keep all 26 of us happy campers," one of the Juneau campus Elderhostel participants wrote to coordinator Timi Hough. The fourth of this year's Juneau Elderhostel program's starts next week.

Fran Abramowitz also said praised the staff assistants and food service. "I really appreciate the excellent home-cooked meals we were offered at your facility, and the chef really cared about us."

The Elderhostel program is headquartered in Boston. Abramowitz said she would write to "tell them how lucky they are to have you on their list."

Science Institute begins

Sixteen high school seniors-to-be will arrive on the Juneau campus July 25 to take part in the second Southeast Alaska Coastal Science Institute. The group includes 13 females and three males who come from six different states. "This will be a week of high adventure, academics in a beautiful and natural laboratory and a time to experience the incredible beauty of Southeast Alaska," according to Tish Griffin who is one of the Institute coordinators.

The students will stay in Banfield Hall. The week of study focuses on the natural environment. Field trips include a helicopter landing on the Mendenhall Glacier, sea kayaking, overnight camping, forest hikes, beach walks, boat trips and alpine hikes.

Cathy Connor, Randy Stahl, and Brendan Kelly are the Institute faculty. Students Rosie Gilbert, Michelle Wheeler and Aaron Baldwin will work as teaching assistants.

Ori Harding studies seals in the Beaufort Sea.

Student field studies

Several students in the Behavioral Ecology Field Course on the Juneau campus are currently collecting data on harbor seals both on Tugidak Island, Gulf of Alaska and in Glacier Bay according to Brendan Kelly. Others, recently back from the field, are analyzing data, and some are preparing for an ice breaker cruise to study walruses in the Chukchi Sea.

In May, Ori Harding camped on the sea ice of the Beaufort Sea studying ringed seal behavior. She helped train Labrador retrievers to locate by smell the snow caves in which the seals rest and raise their young. When warm temperatures collapsed the snow caves, the seals became visible. Harding then used a telescope to observe how they attempt to detect and flee polar bears. In June, she collected comparable data from harbor seals on Price Island south of Juneau.

Meanwhile, students Jamie Womble, Ami Knuth, and Stephanie Haverlack were studying sea otter foraging dives in Cross Sound. They monitored the dives of foraging sea otters through ultra-sonic transmitters attached to the otters and broadcasting to hydrophones lowered from boats.

Alumni annual meeting

The UAS Alumni Association holds their annual meeting July 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Chris Phillips, 1726 2nd Street, Douglas. New board members and officers will be elected. The meeting is open to all alumni and friends of the university. RSVP at 365-3557 or 790-2283.

Marine Tech partnership

The U.S. government vessel, Tamnik, was pulled out of the water at the Marine Technology Center on Monday. The 50 foot, 30 ton vessel is the maximum beam that can be accommodated by the university's Travelift.

This is part of a growing partnership between Marine Technology and the U.S. Geological Survey/Biological Research Division (BRD), according to Gary Bowen. "We will take the lines off the vessel and assist in a stability review, remove the refrigeration and measure up for research modules that we will build for the BRD." Bowen said Career Ed has been asked to assist in the planning and construction of offices for the BRD in Glacier Bay. "It is hoped there will be internship opportunities for students and student placement opportunities."

UAS students working in Glacier Bay

Eight UAS students and graduates are working this summer as biotechnicians in Glacier Bay National Park either for the National Park Service or the USGS, Biological Resources Division. Beth Mathews said, "As far as I know there were one or two prior to 1992.

UAS students and graduates are working in different fields including pinniped research and monitoring: Lara Dzinich, John Maniscalco; commercial/sport fish: Jim Jasper; natural history interpretation: Adrianna Cahill, Matt Cahill; halibut/dungeness crab: Alex Andrews, Chohla Dick; research: Rusty Yerxa.

Faculty/staff news

Brendan Kelly will host Dr. Kentaro Watanabe of the National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan July 17-21. Watanabe studies ice algae communities in polar waters. Mayor Dennis Egan selected a print by Alice Tersteeg to present to the state's newest ferry, the Kennicott, during ceremonies marking the ship's first visit to Juneau. The hand printed serigraph is titled, "Juneau from Mt. Roberts."

Alice Terseteeg will attend a two week workshop in nontoxic print making in Alberta.Golf tourney Aug. 1.

Golf Tourned set for Aug. 1

The annual UAS Alumni Association fund raising golf tournament takes place August 1 at the Mendenhall Golf Course. Prizes are offered for a hole-in-one on designated holes and in other categories. Register at the golf course.

A recent visitor to the Juneau campus has thrilled those arriving early. Judy Regan took this picture last week at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Egan Library.

Student retention

Judy Andree, Carl Byers and Lori Exferd attended the 1998 National Conference on Student Retention in New Orleans. Some retention suggestions include having a required freshman seminar course, continued assessment of student needs, combined faculty/staff efforts, and working to build a community feeling. The three will present detailed retention information this fall to campus groups.

New Sitka hires

Elizabeth McKenzie will join the Sitka faculty as an assistant professor of English. She has a MFA in creative writing from the University of Miami and a BS in forestry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. McKenzie has been a member of the English faculties at the University of Miami (UM) and Miami-Dade Community College, serving also as managing editor of the UM literary magazine. She also spent a number of years as a forester and national park ranger.

Karen Martinsen is the new Lead Teacher/Coordinator for the UAS Sitka Alternative High School. She earned her MA and BA from the Juneau campus. Martinsen has over 18 years experience working with youth at risk/substance abuse, as a Sitka School District counselor and as coordinator/trainer for the National Council on Alcoholism. Martinsen has also worked with over 90 Alaska communities to coordinate outdoor education conferences, teacher education projects, Outward Bound, and similar programs. She is an enthusiastic river rafter, kayaker, skier, fisher, and sailor.


Fri., July 17
  • Big Band Jazz Classic free concert, Marine Park, 7:30 p.m.

    Sat., July 18

  • Big Band Jazz Classic concluding concert, JDHS, 7:30 p.m.

    Sun. July 19

  • Latin Rhythms, Penthouse, 8 p.m., Cover charge goes to UAS Spanish Club.

    Mon., July 20

  • Alumni annual meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1726 2nd. St., Douglas, RSVP at 365-3557.

    Fri, July 25

  • Southeast Alaska Coastal Science Institute begins.

    Mon. July 27

  • Taiwanese departure banquet, 6 p.m., Lake Room.

    Sat. Aug. 1

  • Alumni golf tournament, Mendenhall Golf Course, register now at the course.

    Thurs. and Fri., Aug. 20-21

  • Board of Regents, Bethel