University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter September 11, 1998

Bread Loaf students will be on the Juneau campus each summer.

Emily Bartels will again teach Shakespeare at Bread Loaf next summer.

UAS named permanent Bread Loaf Campus

The Bread Loaf School of English has named the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau as it's fourth permanent campus. The announcement was made by Dr. James Maddox, the Bread Loaf director.

UAS joins the main Bread Loaf campus in Vermont and two other campuses at Oxford University and in New Mexico. The Bread Loaf master's degree program is designed for teachers and those interesting in writing and literature.

"This designation is very important for UAS, according to John Pugh, "because we now have one of the most prestigious programs in the country housed here in Southeast Alaska." Maddox said UAS Juneau was selected as a permanent Bread Loaf campus for several reasons. "Bread Loaf is already a national institution, drawing teachers from most of the 50 states. We have sought to reflect that national scope by extending our campuses beyond Vermont, first in New Mexico and now in Alaska."

Bread Loaf Institutes have been held on the Juneau campus for the past two years. "Both of them were howling successes," Maddox said. Between 70 and 80 students are expected next summer. The Bread Loaf summer program in Juneau runs six weeks beginning in late June. Students live in campus housing and take their meals on campus.

"A very special kind of person attends Bread Loaf as a student," Maddox said. "They're people willing to give up their entire summers for really hard academic work. And by the same token we draw an astonishing faculty each summer. Not only are they nationally known, but they are also teachers interested in bridging that great chasm between higher education and K-12." Summer 1998 Bread Loaf classes and instructors on the UAS Juneau campus include Sustaining Indigenous Languages, Courntey Cazden, professor emeritus at Harvard; Alaska, Writing in Its Place, John Elder, Middlebury College; Shakespeare, Emily Bartels, Rutgers; Native American and Native Alaskan Literature, Lucy Maddox, George Washington University; Writing for Publication, Andrea Lunsford, Ohio State; The Bible as Literature, Kevin Dunn, Tufts University; Performance and the Interpretation of Literary Texts, Cindy Rosenthal, Bread Loaf acting ensemble.

For information about Bread Loaf contact UAS coordinator Scott Christian, 465-8744.

Hamilton to visit

UA President Mark Hamilton will be in Juneau next week. He will address the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Friday (Sept. 18) at noon in the Aurora Room at the airport.

Welcome picnic Saturday

The annual fall semester picnic will be held Saturday on the Juneau campus between noon and 3 p.m. The welcome picnic will include music, free food, waterbikes, and volleyball. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and families are invited to the picnic sponsored by Student Activities, student government and the UAS Alumni Association.

Juneau Entertainers

Singe/songwriter Kevin Connolly performs Sunday (Sept. 20) at 7 p.m. at Chapel By the Lake. There will be a World's Fastest Speed Reader, "Howard Berg" workshop on Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. in the Lake Room (free to students). The student/faculty/staff "All You Can Eat Dungeness Crab Feed" takes place Friday. Tickets must be purchased at food service by Sept. 14.

Foreign Service Seminar in Sitka

Sitka director Elaine Sunde will join City and tribal leaders as a panelist on September 12 in Sitka to address participants of the Department of State Foreign Service Institute's Senior Seminar. The purpose of the Seminar is to enhance executive leadership through increased comprehension of current domestic issues, values, and institutions. More than 30 attendees represent the Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and State, as well as the FBI, US Agency for International Development, the CIA, EPA, the military and embassies.

The Juneau campus has been the site of frequent visits by one of the local wildlife. Students near Egan Library watched the deer eat fireweed during a recent afternoon.

Sitka program featured

The Fall 1998 issue of Multicultural Education' features the Alaska Native Personal Leadership Program which was established at the Sitka campus under a three-year FIPSE grant. The article was co-authored by the project team: Steve & Jane Curtis, Linda Halfon, Teresa Holt, Marilyn Knapp, Luda Konshin, Tim Schroeder, Mary Ann Navitsky, and Elaine Sunde. The 5-page article describes features of the program to increase recruitment and retention of Alaska Native students. It includes numerous photos of UAS students; the front cover of the journal features an aerial photo of Sitka.

Faculty and staff

Elizabeth Robbins, Ketchikan adjunct English faculty member, is being published in the summer 1998 issue of the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin a publication of the international society of women educators. The article is titled, "Enhancing the Environment in a Multi-grade Classroom."

Bruce Wright traveled with Secretary of Commerce Daley during his Alaska visit. Flights and on-site visits took them to Seward, Kenai Fjords, Prince William Sound, Cordova, and Juneau.

Robbie Stell and Sherry Taber appeared Thursday on KINY radio's Capital Chat program hosted by Chris Burns and discussed campus technology, the UAS website, computers, information technology and the association with Gartner Group to provide tutorials and research information.

Brian Hancock has been hired as a chemistry laboratory technician and Collette Costa is the new cook/cashier in food service both on the Juneau campus.

Fund deadlines near

Applications to the UA Natural Resources Funds are due by Dec. 10. In addition there are four application periods each academic year for the President's Special Projects Funds. Deans must have a prioritized lists to the chancellor by Oct. 6 and March 2.

Road closure

The road behind Egan Library will be closed for about a week for repaving from the Back Loop Road to the upper parking lot. The work is being done in conjunction with a state project and only short notice of the starting time may be available. Sidewalk repaving has been completed including placing curbs for wheelchair safety. Mourant decking will be finished when a special order of materials arrives.

Amnesty speaker

Author and activist Jennifer Harbury will speak on the human rights situation in Guatemala Saturday, (Sept. 26) at 6 p.m. at the Dimond Courthouse downtown. Harbury is a Harvard-educated lawyer and the author of "Bridge of Courage" (1995), interviews with peasants and Mayans collected during the Guatemalan civil war, and "Searching for Everado" (1997), a personal memoir about the death of her husband, a guerilla leader who was tortured and killed in 1992. Her public address is sponsored by Amnesty International and the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Contact Robin Walz (465-6433 or at jfrrw), faculty advisor for the UAS Amnesty International student group.

Commencement dates

1999 Commencement will be held in Sitka May 6, Juneau May 7, and Ketchikan May 8. The dates were omitted from the UAS calendar.

Catalogs to arrive soon

The 1998/99 catalogs have been shipped from the printer in the Midwest. They are expected to arrive on campuses before Sept. 18.

Juneau housing

Mark Duran took eight students on the west glacier hike on Labor Day.

Community Council (governing body in housing) is having elections for officers on Sept. 14. Amy Dagley presents a program on "snakes" in the lodge on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

HIM grads working

The 11 graduates of the 1998 HIM program are working according to Carol Liberty. The students have jobs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Myers Chuck, Sitka, Wasilla, and Laramie. Russian teachers work in the new multi media lab.

Russians visit

A group of K-12 teachers from Vladivostock visiting Juneau schools also visited the Juneau campus where they toured, met with faculty, and lunched with four Russian students attending UAS. The Russian principal is interested in environmental issues and encourages university faculty to visit and teach in their school. Anyone interested may contact Elizabeth Schelle, 465-6359.

Bookstore news

The bookstore has a new line of "younger generation" greeting cards and low priced sweatshirts from JanSport. Last day for fall book returns with a receipt is Tuesday, September 15. Spring 98 textbook orders are due to Linda Snyder the first part of October.

BOR meeting

Regents meet Oct. 1-2 in Fairbanks. The agenda is at campus libraries five days prior to the meeting and at:

TV show taped in library

Each Friday this fall evening host Joe Holbert, his guests and camera crews are using Egan Library to record "Capitol Focus." The weekly public affairs program is broadcast Sunday afternoons on the Superstation. The library is being used while the program's usual studio is being remodeled.


Friday, Sept. 11
  • Abalone fisheries seminar, 3:30 p.m. Anderson 221.
  • Satellite Interconnect Retreat, Lake Room, all day.

    Saturday, Sept. 12

  • Welcome picnic, 12-3 p.m., Mourant courtyard.

    Sunday, Sept. 13

  • Family Film Series shows "ET", 2 p.m. JDHS.

    Monday, Sept. 14

  • Crab feed ticket deadline, Food Service.

    Friday, Sept. 18

  • Pres. Hamilton addresses Chamber, noon, Airport Aurora Room.
  • USUAS election petitions due.

    Sunday, Sept. 20

  • Singer/songwriter Kevin Connolly, 7 p.m., Chapel by the Lake.

    Monday, Sept. 21

  • USUAS candidate debate, noon, Mourant Cafe.

    Tuesday, Sept. 22

  • USUAS elections

    Wednesday, Sept. 23

  • Speed reader Howard Berg, workshop 6-10 p.m. Lake Room.
  • USUAS elections

    Friday, Sept. 25

  • Crab feed, 7 p.m. Mourant Cafe
  • Comedian Scott Faulconbridge (tentative) 9 p.m., HB 113.