University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter April 9, 1999

Alumni auction

A Mexican fiesta and auction will raise funds for alumni scholarships starting at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Baranof. Call 465-6335 for reservations. Tickets are $10. In addition to the live auction, with Romer Derr, there will be a silent auction plus door prizes. Every $25 toward the 1999 alumni membership will result in a chance to win a Mexican travel package.

Sitka director finalists to visit

The two finalists for the Sitka campus director position will visit Sitka and Juneau. Carol Swartz will visit Sitka on April 13 and Juneau April 14. Swartz has been director of the Kachemak Bay branch of Kenai Peninsula College for 12 years. She has also taught at the Kachemak Bay branch campus. She earned a masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University. She has held professional positions in the mental health field in Homer as assistant director and clinician at the Community Mental Health Center and was the first executive director of South Peninsula Women's Services.

Leonard (Bodie) Sharp will visit Sitka April 14-15 and Juneau April 16-17. Sharp is chief executive officer of the Abilene Campus of Texas State Technical College. He earned a Ph.D. in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. He has worked in professional positions in college residence life, business, and industry. In 1988 he returned to higher education administration as director of professional and continuing education at North Arkansas Community Technical College and then moved to his current position.

Training Marine Highway employees

The Ketchikan campus, in partnership with the Chicago/Vancouver BC company Code Red Mariner (CRM), is training up to 100 pre-employees for the Alaska Marine Highway System. Steve Kinney, Maritime Studies coordinator, said the training utilizes a newly developed CRM delivery system combining computer-based training with hands-on competency-based companion training. The training begins in Ketchikan on April 5th and will move to Juneau in mid–April.

The Ketchikan training will include one credit of Basic Safety Training, about 50 hours for each student. The students stagger their beginning and ending dates and have both computer-based and hands-on training. UAS instructors will serve as teaching assistants in the first classes. Kinney said the university hopes to play a more active role in the future. The entire training project, for which CRM holds a $1.9 million AMHS contract, extends over a two-year period.

Standing room only for panel discussion on Yugoslavia.

A great 24 hours of campus opportunities

Freedom of speech, Yugoslavia bombing, and Shakespeare were public presentations offered on the Juneau campus within a single 24 hour period last week. All three events were open to the public. American Library Association President Ann Symons spoke about freedom of speech, censorship, and Internet access Thursday evening. Students organized a panel discussion on Yugoslavia Friday at noon. Faculty members Clive Thomas, Pat Fitzgerald, Robin Walz, Tom Thornton and Vesna Killibarda joined students in making presentations to more than 80 in the Lake Room. Then Friday evening, actor Rod Molzahn answered audience questions in character as Shakespeare.

Facult and staff news

Marilyn Knapp
Marilyn Knapp, Sitka, has been selected to participate in the 1999 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad entitled "Peru and Ecuador, Environmental Literacy and Sustainable Development." She will travel with 15 other humanities and social science educators chosen from throughout the US, to rural sites in South America between mid-June and early August.

Beth Mathews and Brendan Kelly will review research and management plans for NMFS and FWS as members of the Alaska Scientific Review Group in Seattle on April 13-16.

Pat Fitzgerald will participate in the annual board meeting of the Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium in Vancouver, B.C. this week.

Vickie Williams will receive a Lifetime Achievement in Accounting award from the Juneau Chapter of Association of Government Accountants at their May meeting.

Cathy Connor is attending the Geological Society of America, Rocky Mountain Section in Pocatello, Idaho April 8-10. She and environmental science students Kari Mattocks and Shannon Seifert will present LeConte Glacier study results.

Virginia Mulle and Shelley Theno have been awarded a grant from Greens Creek Mine, Kennecot Mining Company, to study job satisfaction among employees in the mining industry.

Robin Walz will speak about "Denying the Holocaust: Why and What Can be Done?" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at the Douglas Public Library as part of the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Robert Sewell will give six lectures on child and adolescent mental health this summer in Anchorage to Trinity College graduate students.

Jonathan Anderson speaks about "Mediation in the Workplace" to the monthly meeting of the Juneau Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Managers.

Ketchikan "Celebration"

A "Celebration of Achievement" will be held on the Ketchikan campus April 18 for students who have completed work at the Ketchikan Career Center this semester. It will include those who have completed the CNA, CDL, Construction and EMT courses. "The celebration honors the achievement of students who have completed coursework leading to a career objective," according to Mary Lou Madden.

Student researchers

Juneau campus biology students Raychelle Daniel and Shannon Crowley will travel to the Beaufort Sea April 14 to assist Brendan Kelly for two months in behavioral studies of ringed seals. Then they return to the Gulf of Alaska to continue their studies of harbor seal population biology. Another student, Oriana Harding, will join the ringed seal and harbor seal field studies in May. Other field credits are available. Call Kelly (465-6510) or Beth Mathews (465-1827).

Faculty books

"Alaska Public Policy Issues: Background and Perspectives," a new book edited by Clive Thomas, was recently published by Denali Press.

Thomas will sign copies of his new book from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall. The work includes contributions by many UAS faculty and administrators, including Marshall Lind, Virginia Mulle, Lawrence Lee Oldaker, John Pugh, Tom Thornton, and Thomas.

"The Theory and Practice of Grading Writing," edited by Chris Weaver and Fran Zak has won Choice's 35th Annual Outstanding Book Award. Choice is a journal that reviews new books for libraries. In addition to co-editing the book, Weaver wrote one of the chapters.

Staff Council

Sitka and Ketchikan will join Juneau Staff Council by audio conference for a meeting starting at 2 p.m., April 14 in the Novatney conference room and the BRC conference room.

Juneau news briefs

Biological seminar: David Love discusses Gulf of Alaska Rockfish parasites at this public seminar, Tuesday April 13, at noon in Anderson 221.

Bear safety: A presentation on bear safety will be made by the Department of Fish and Game at 7 p.m. in the Housing Lodge on April 14.

Honors dinner: John Pugh, Robbie Stell and Bruce Gifford will serve dinner to students graduating with honors at 6 p.m. in the Mourant Cafe, April 16.

Bookstore: Fall book orders are due now. Graduation apparel is in and announcements are expected next week.

Spring projects: Three classes starting April 9 will help with spring projects. Wooden Boat Repair (MT251) and Deck Building and Design (CT193P), and Fiberglass Boat Repair (MT255) are all Friday evening and weekend classes.

POM drive: Students are coordinating a public opinion message campaign to support university funding in the legislature Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Mourant Cafe.

Egg success: More than 90 children searched for 800 Easter eggs last Saturday.

Student speakers: Josh Horst, Wonder Russell, and Nicole Laeger discussed student reactions to Juneau and UAS before the Juneau Chamber of Commerce last Thursday.

Fidelity: Investments representatives available April 9, all day in Novatney 108 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the BRC conference room.

Student achievements

Two UAS students finished among the top four winners in the statewide Archie Shiels Freshman Writing contest. Amanda Webb, a student of Judy Andree, won the top prize for "Eruption," and Honorable Mention went to Kim Marrs, a student of Rod Landis in Ketchikan, for "The Grass Could Be Greener."

Jason Nelson, Juneau, will present a paper at the April, 1999 meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association in Portland entitled "Strategies Employed by Gay Men in the Workplace." Nelson is also the only Alaska student ever selected to serve on a PSA committee. He was nominated by Ginny Mulle.

Suzanne Martin, who has just completed her Early Childhood endorsement and is working on her master's degree, has an article with Marjorie Fields in "The Constructivist" entitled "A Kindergarten Teacher Reflects on Her Practice."

Award to honor staff

UA President Mark Hamilton has announced a new university award for outstanding service to students, called the "Make Students Count" award. Staff council and student governance will gather nominations and make recommendations. The deadline for nominations is April 15. Awards will be presented June 3 at the Board of Regents meeting. Nomination forms are available at:

Melissa virus

Computing Services has released information regarding the virus at

First CIOS certificate

Doreen Brandt is the first student to complete one of the six new Computer Information Office System (CIOS) certificates.

More than 70 Juneau students are pursuing certificates and degrees in BIS and CIOS. In the new CIOS program, more than 50 students are seeking the shorter departmental certificates. Of these, 29 plan to complete two certificates as part of the AAS degree requirement. Brandt now lives in Arizona and transferred her last four credits from a Tucson Community College.

MPA cooperation

Jonathan Anderson is working with his UAA counterpart to improve student access to public administration education. The two programs are coordinating course numbers and titles and adding Elmendorf AFB to the sites receiving UAS satellite courses.

Sitka exhibits

Marilyn Knapp and Naomi Fischer have created hallway maps and materials. Marnie Chapman's Alaska Natural History students set up a display for TV observation of the Sitka herring spawn.


Friday, April 9
  • Spike's advisory committee, 11:30 a.m., Spike's Cafe.
  • Global Connection, 12:30 p.m. Mourant student lounge.
  • Fidelity Representatives: 9 a.m.–2 p.m., BRC Conference Room; all day Novatney 108.

    Saturday, April 10

  • Clive Thomas signs his new book, Hearthside valley store, 2 – 4 p.m.

    Sunday, April 11

  • Family film series, "Oklahoma," 2 p.m. JDHS.
  • Wooch Een Native food potluck, 2 p.m. Schaible House.

    Tuesday, April 13

  • Biological seminar, David Love on rockfish parasites, noon, Anderson 221.

    Wednesday, April 14

  • Staff Council, 2 p.m. Novatney conference Room and BRC conference room.
  • UAS film series, "Central Station," 7 p.m. JDHS.

    Thursday, April 15

  • Deadline for submitting "Make Students Counts" nominees to Staff Council.

    Friday, April 16

  • Honors Dinner, 6 p.m. Mourant Cafe.
  • Latin Dance, all-ages, Hangar on the Wharf Ballroom, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m.

    Monday, April 19

  • Start of International Festival Week with lunch specials all week, Mourant Cafe.

    Tuesday, April 20

  • Ice Cream Social, 2 p.m., Mourant Cafe.
  • Board of Regents on campus, morning.
  • DOT public information meeting on changes to Glacier Highway that may effect campus, 7 p.m. Egan Library 105.

    Friday, April 23

  • Alumni Auction and Fiesta, 6:30 p.m. Baranof, call 6335 for reservations
  • Student Spring Fling, place TBA.