University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter December 4, 1998

President visits Sitka and Ketchikan

UA President Mark Hamilton visited the Sitka and Ketchikan campuses this week and was accompanied by Chancellor Marshall Lind. In Sitka on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, Hamilton spoke at a Rotary luncheon; met with local educators and the Sitka Citizen's Advisory Committee; attended a public reception on campus; and toured the campus, Pacific High School, Mt. Edgecumbe, and Sheldon Jackson.

Hamilton had a similar schedule in Ketchikan Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. He was scheduled to meet with students, faculty, local legislators, the high school principal, the school superintendent, the Ketchikan Advisory Council, and attend a public reception. He also was to tour the local shipyard.

$1200 scholarship drawing

The Juneau office of Residential Mortgage has organized a radio promotion with KINY that will be worth $1200 for a UAS student. KINY announcers promote the "Get Smart" campaign throughout the day. The contest is open to anyone. Those entering must write "Get Smart" plus their name and phone number on a paper and fax it to KINY at 586-3266. Several drawings will be held for various prizes. The $1200 scholarship drawing will take place at the Chancellor's Holiday Reception Dec. 16.

Chancellors holiday reception Dec. 16

The Chancellor's Holiday Reception takes place in the Lake Room Dec. 16 from 3 - 5 p.m. The annual event, which is open to faculty, students and staff, will include hors d'oeuvres and punch. In addition a drawing will be held for the winner of the $1200 dollar "Get Smart" scholarship provided by Residential Mortgage.

Human Rights Day activities

Student members of Amnesty International are organizing two events for the 50th anniversary of the International Declaration of Human Rights which was signed by all U.N. members. At noon in the Lake Room Samira and Doug Samimi-Moore will talk about religious persecution. Samira's father was executedin Iran in 1981. A candlelight vigil is set for 3:30 p.m. outside Egan Library.

Student art displayed

Juneau campus students are displaying their art in two different locations. The fall show in Egan Library includes all media and is displayed near the entrance and on the ground floor. About 30 students will exhibit some 60 pieces at the Tram Terminal building on South Franklin as part of the Gallery Walk on Dec. 4 and 5. Cookies and cider will be offered.

Karen Cummins packing last year's UAS donations for the Glory Hole.

Glory Hole donations

For the 15th year, Karen Cummins is organizing a food, toys, and clothes drive to benefit the Glory Hole. Donation boxes are located in the Soboleff, Novatney and Mourant buildings, Egan Library, and the Bill Ray Center. Last year campus donations filled more than 30 boxes. Collections will continue through Dec. 17. Volunteers will be needed on the 18th to help sort donations in the Business Conference Room. Call Karen at 6409 to volunteer or if there are questions.

Support sought for orphanage

Twenty Juneau students and three faculty members will visit Ecuador over the holidays. One of the stops will be at an orphanage. Rick Bellagh is seeking holiday contributions to help the 40 orphan children. Checks may be made to Rick Bellagh and sent to his office or to PO Box 210345, Auke Bay, AK 99821.

Debbie Young of Juneau displayed Haida hats and baskets at the arts and crafts fair.

Native American month activities

Dancers, speakers, art shows and more highlighted Native American Month activities on the Juneau campus. Coordinator Pattie Adkisson said she was pleased at how many students were interested in Native Alaska culture and history.

"We found a group of students, and faculty members, who were really interested in seeking a higher level of understanding," Adkisson said. "I don't think we would have known about them or they would have had people to talk to if we didn't have some of these activities."

Activities included the Eagle Raven dancers, a talk by Byron Mallott, films, story telling, a Native potluck dinner, and an arts and craft fair.

"I like to think we raised the level of consciousness because of the month's activities," Adkisson said.

Kayak show

A presentation about a 1,100 mile Arctic kayak expedition will be made Friday (Dec. 4) at 7 p.m. in HB 113. Jason Tinsley and his brother paddled 500 miles in flatwater, 200 miles upstream, 230 miles in the Arctic Ocean, portaged for four days, and paddled in class IV whitewater.

Udall Scholarship open

Applications are available for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship given nationally to 50 students. In 1996, UAS student Mary Sattler received one of the awards. To be eligible, students must be nominated by the university representative, and be an outstanding sophomore or junior, pursue a field of study related to or leading to environmental public policy or tribal public policy, and be affiliated with a tribe. For more information contact Pattie Adkisson, 465-6454.

Faculty news

Lawrence Lee Oldaker presided over a panel of school attorneys discussing "E-mail and Educational Policies" at the annual convention of the Education Law Association, Charleston, South Carolina, Nov. 18-22. At the same meeting, education faculty summer school staff member Dave Dagley, presided over a related panel discussing "E-mail and Open Meeting Controversies."

Robert Sewell gave an invited lecture at Alaska Psychiatric Institute on Nov. 22 to graduate students of Trinity College. The talk was entitled, "Reducing the Out-of-State Placement of Children: Implications for the System of Care Derived from Seven State Efforts."

Bruce Wright is a co-author of a paper, "The Natural Hydrocarbon Background in Benthic Sediments of Prince William Sound, Alaska: Oil vs. Coal."

Faculty/staff housing available

The Mathisen cabin has become available for faculty housing. The university-owned cabin is located near campus, across Glacier Highway from Deharts, and rents for $900 per month. Faculty or staff interested in renting the cabin should contact Tish Griffin 465-6529. Preference for rental is given to faculty.

Scholarships awarded

Two HIM students were awarded scholarships by the Alaska Health Information Management Association: Karla Duckett (Wasilla) was awarded the $500 Alecia Graham scholarship and Carolyn Lowrance (Sitka) was awarded the $1000 Lanier scholarship. Both plan to graduate this academic year according to Carol Liberty.

Library hours expanded

Egan Library is extending their hours during the end of the semester. They will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 5 and 12.

Family Thanksgiving for students

Nine Juneau students spent Thanksgiving at the home of Vice Chancellor Robbie Stell. "More and more we have students from out of state who don't have a family in Juneau," Stell said. Stell invited the three students she hosted during the "Invite a student to dinner" at the start of fall semester, and asked them to bring along other students who had no place to go for Thanksgiving.

"It was really cool," Josh Horst said. "I got to go the vice chancellor's house for Thanksgiving. She had a little homeless shelter out there for bunch of people who had no place to go for Thanksgiving."

The students helped with house projects before dinner by gathering wood for the fire, stringing holiday lights, and moving large flower pots inside.

"We helped get the house ready for winter," Horst said. "It was just like what we would do at home."

The meal included a 22 pound turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, sauces, relishes and four kinds of pies.

The idea of a community-wide program of inviting students to holiday dinners in local homes was also suggested by Juneau resident Rick Kiefer who called the campus just before Thanksgiving. "I think if people were made aware of the possibility there would be a pretty good return." Kiefer initiated a similar program when he was president of the Juneau Chamber in 1980 and invited cruise ship personnel into local homes. Some of those who visited his home, he said, became life-long friends.

Return CDs, please

At the start of fall semester Information Literacy CDs were given to students and faculty, and now they should be returned to the computer lab so they can be recycled next semester. The disks held software to be loaded on computers to allow use of the E-mail system and the Web.

Save your E-mail

Teamlinks/DEC Mailworks will not be accessible after January 1 because a new E-mail system is being put in place. In preparation, Mike Ciri says the old E-mail must be taken off the server before then. That can be done either by moving E-mail messages to the computer hard drive or printing them out. If there are any questions, contact computing services at 465-6452.

Bookstore holiday sale

The Juneau bookstore is offering 20 percent off different items between now and the campus holiday closure. Each day a different kind of item is selected for the 20 percent sale. In addition a limited number of T-shirts and sweatshirts are on sale for $10 and $13 respectively.

Employees help cancer research

Nearly 40 employees on the Juneau and Ketchikan campuses participated in Lee National Denim Day in October to raise more than $300 for breast cancer research. The donations were sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer.

BOR information

The Board of Regents Web page contains the following information: upcoming elections for Student Regent and Student Commissioner, summary of the Nov. 19-20 meeting, minutes from previous meetings, and revisions to BOR Policy and University Regulation (loaded by Dec. 5). See

Finals help offered

A variety of events are scheduled to ease the finals crunch for Juneau students.
  • Dec. 7: Free massage for students with ID, 2 - 5 p.m., Mourant Cafe.
  • Dec. 8: Free acupressure to students with ID, 11-1 p.m., Lake Room.
  • Deadline for exam care packages for housing students at a cost of $10 is Dec. 8. To give one contact Timi Hough at 6389.
  • Free racquetball lessons for students, 8:45 p.m., Juneau Racquet Club
  • Dec. 9: Free massage for students with ID, 9 a.m. - noon, Mourant
  • Dec. 9:Ice cream social, 2 p.m. Mourant Cafe.
  • Dec. 9:Crafting wind chimes, 7 p.m. Housing, sign up in lodge.
  • Dec. 10: Free acupressure to students with ID, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mourant Lounge.
  • Dec. 12: Free sodas/coffee/tea for students-, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mourant Cafe.
  • Dec. 15: Free acupressure to students with ID, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lake Room.
  • Dec. 16: Chancellor's Holiday Reception, 35 p.m., Lake Room.


    Through Dec. 17
  • Glory Hole donations accepted in boxes on campus.

    Friday, Dec. 4

  • Global Connections, 12:30, Mourant Lounge.
  • Student art at Tram Terminal during Gallery Walk
  • Arctic kayak expedition slide presentation, 7 p.m., HB 113.

    Saturday, Dec. 5

  • Student art at Tram Terminal
  • Extend Egan Library hours, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

  • International film, "Fireworks," 7 p.m., JDHS

    Thursday, Dec. 10

  • Human Rights Day activities, noon, Lake Room; 3:30 p.m. candle vigil, outside Egan Library.

    Saturday, Dec. 12

  • Extended Egan Library hours, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Wednesday, Dec. 16

  • Chancellor's holiday reception, 3 - 5 p.m. Lake Room.

    Saturday, Dec. 19

  • Food Service closed until Jan. 4

    Dec. 21 - Jan. 1

  • UAS holiday campus closure