University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff NewsletterApril 23, 1999

UAS commencements

Sitka: Thursday, May 6. at 7 p.m., in Centennial Hall. Dolly Garza is the commencement speaker

Juneau: Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. The commencement speaker is retiring Professor of Education Lawrence Lee Oldaker. Christy Leer, who is earning a BBA in accounting, is the student speaker.

Ketchikan: Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The speakers include Byron Mallot, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund and Jack Shay, borough mayor.

Alumni auction Friday

The annual UAS Alumni auction and Mexican fiesta will be held Friday (April 23) starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel. The fund raising event helps support UAS scholarships. Tickets $10.

Regents visit Juneau

Seven members of the Board of Regents spent Thursday morning on the Juneau Campus. They listened to a UAS PowerPoint presentation by the chancellor and faculty members Beth Mathews, Cathy Connor, Chuck Craig, Jason Ohler, Michael Byer, Pricilla Schulte Elizabeth Schelle and David Ackerman.

Other faculty demonstrated technology they use in class to the Regents. There were John Carnegie, Dave Marvel, Diana Thomas, Don Greenburg, Jason Olher and Michael Byer.

Mike Coffey of DOT discusses highway changes with Chancellor Marshall Lind.

Highway may affect UAS

The state Department of Transportation held an informational meeting about their plans for major roadway improvements to Glacier Highway near the campus from Fritz Cove Road to beyond DeHarts. More than 45 attended the meeting. DOT says there are safety concerns with the corner near the Anderson Building and the entrance to the university. There is also concern about congestion at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Back Loop Road.

DOT Group Chief Chris Morrow said, "Our intention is not to cut through the university." Chancellor Marshall Lind said a road through the campus would "cut right through the heart of the future expansion of the university. If you are proposing something right through campus, then we have a problem."

DOT officials said about 9,000 cars use this section of Glacier Highway each day and estimate 20,000 cars a day will use the road in 20 years. Mass transit will not be considered as part of this project. Any construction is probably six years away. Another public meeting will take place in the fall, and DOT will then describe the problems they see and their solutions.

New faculty hired

Ginny Eckert and Sherry Tamone have been hired as science faculty on the Juneau campus. Both will be in Juneau on April 29. They will meet with students at 5 p.m. in the Lake Room. Eckert is completing her Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara. Tamone's Ph.D. is from UC Davis. She is currently teaching at Sonoma State.

Library staff

Rebecca Moorman, assistant professor and Egan librarian, will return to UAS on June 1. Also, the Library will be interviewing candidates for the vacancy created by Anna Salyer's resignation. Frank Moulton will visit April 26. He has a Master's in Library Science and is currently a reference librarian at Lower Columbia College, Longview, WA. On April 28, Kathleen Kern visits. She is currently working on her Master's at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Elaine Craddick-Patt

Sitka loses Craddick-Patt

Elaine Craddick-Patt, who taught on the Sitka campus, died April 19 of cancer. The funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church. One staff member wrote, "A galaxy is a collection of brilliant and notable things. Sitka Campus lost a galaxy in the person of Elaine Craddick-Patt, web guru, actress, gourmet, teacher, First Aid instructor and great lover of chocolate, coffee and people. Elaine died September 19, but anyone who knew her will still carry her in their heart."

Ketchikan "Achievement Awards"

More than 80 people attended the first Ketchikan Career Center "Celebration of Achievement" awards, April 18. Mary Lou Madden presented certificates to students who successfully completed a Voc. Tech. program with over 100 hours of class time. They included Construction Carpentry, Certified Nursing Assistant, EMT 1, 100 Ton License, Lifeboat Survival Craft Training, Welding, and Commercial Drivers License.

BLA distance delivery

Faculty and staff from all three campuses met in Ketchikan last weekend to plan for offering a bachelor of liberal arts degree by distance to students on the three UAS campuses starting in the fall of 2000. The group considered issues such as admissions, centralized advising, portfolio vs a senior project, GERs and upper division coursework for a general studies emphasis.

Faculty/staff news:

  • Chris Weaver has resigned to accept an offer to teach literature and writing at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey beginning in the fall.
  • Robert Sewell gave invited legislative testimony on bills authorizing dual enrollment of able high school students at district expense.
  • Mike Dunning presented his paper "KATV-CATV: Television Comes to Ketchikan" to the Tongass Historical Society.
  • Dave Ackerman spoke about ethics to the Juneau chapter of the Association of Government Accountants on April 16.
  • Brendan Kelly has left for a month in the Beaufort Sea. He will study ringed seals with assistance from UAS students Shannon Crowley, Raychelle Danielle, Ori Harding and others.
  • Shelley Theno will attend the national American Psychological Society conference in Denver in June and the Alaska chapter of the American Statistical Association in Juneau in July. She has also been elected president of the Alaska chapter of Women for Academic Excellence.
  • Tom McKenna has been hired as an assistant professor of Education Technology for the Professional Education Center office in Juneau.
  • Robin Walz reviewed Vanessa Schwartz – Spectacular Realities: Early Mass Culture in fin-de-siecle Paris in H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (
  • Vesna Kilibarda and Robin Walz participated in a panel discussion, "Thinking Together About Kosovo" at Northern Light United Church on April 22.
  • Bill Brown has had a paper accepted for the Journal of Economic Issues and a review he wrote will be published in the spring issue of the Review of Radical Political Economy. Brown will also present a paper at the Western Social Science meetings in Fort Worth this week and he has been elected to a 3 year term on the Board of Directors for the Association for Institutional Thought.
  • Terry and Ken Dean were honored by the CBJ Human Rights Commission at their annual Human Rights Luncheon. The Deans were recognized for their contributions elevating cultural diversity and eliminating unwarranted discrimination.
  • Nancy Gifford has begun working as a full-time, regular admissions clerk in Records and Registration at the Juneau campus.

    College Connection established

    UAS and JDHS are establishing a program designed to meet the needs of gifted students and others who need classes the school district can't offer. The Juneau School Board approved the program Tuesday. As a result some Juneau high school students will be able to take UAS classes free this fall.

    Robert Sewell said he expects more students will take advantage of the opportunity with a formal program in place. It allows some juniors and seniors to take up to two courses a semester at UAS, and freshman and sophomores to take one course a semester. Students must have a 3.0 GPA and the endorsement of an adviser.

    Ambassadors named

    Four Student Ambassadors have been selected. They are Rosie Gilbert, Martha Hill, Chola Dick, and Eli Bray. The ambassadors will give tours, visit high schools, talk to prospective students, and other activities to help UAS. Those wanting ambassadors' assistance should contact Timi Hough 465-6389 a week ahead of the event.

    Mary-Claire Tarlow is part of the UAS softball team.

    Softball team

    A Juneau campus softball team is playing in the co-ed division. About 15 faculty, staff, and spouses took part in the first practice. Chris Weaver is the manager and John Pugh is the coach. In seeking participants, Weaver emphasized the team would play for fun rather than victories.

    Juneau campus news

    Graduation: Extra announcements are still available for students who didn't order them at the bookstore. There are also extra gowns for those who did not pre-order.

    Cinco De Mayo co-hosted by UAS Spanish Club at Tabby's Dreamland Lounge May 5, 7 p.m. – midnight for those over 21. The $2 cover charge will go to the Spanish Club.

    Book: Egan Library is searching for the Nov. 1998 issue of Ranger Rick. Send it to Valerie at the library.

    International displays: Egan Library has displays of books, student items from Ecuador, and flags of the world as part of the International Village activities. Library staff has also prepared two flyers, "URLs with an International Flavor" and "Reference Books with an International Flavor".

    Student elections will be held April 27 and 28. In addition to electing officers, students will also vote on the proposed student union. Information is located at:

    Honors: A dinner for the 29 students graduating with honors was held last Friday. More than 35 students and their guests attended. Marshall Lind welcomed the group. The meal was served by administrators and faculty.

    Nursing: A Town Meeting on Nursing Education will be held Friday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in Hendrickson 113. The meeting is to help determine the interest and viability of a LPN cohort group this fall with Weber State University.

    Student to Bosnia

    Juneau student Jo Paddock will leave on a humanitarian aid mission to Bosnia the day after she graduates in May. Paddock will be working with a Catholic nun distributing aid to war refugees. Ginny Mulle says, "The primary need is financial contributions. All contributions will go directly for aid for the refugees." Those wanting to contribute contact Elizabeth Schelle in Novatney 204, or Ginny Mulle in Soboleff 213. For more information contact Paddock at

    Mona's computer tip

    Remember to periodically empty the e-mail trash folder to permanently expunge messages from your account. This will help free disk space on the mail server. From Netscape Communicator mail, select 'Empty Trash Folder' from the File menu bar.


    Friday, April 23
  • Global Connections "Up With People" speakers, 12:30 p.m., Lake Room.
  • Book signing, Terry Quinn, 3–4:30 p.m. Anderson 221.
  • Alumni Fiesta/Auction, 6:30 p.m., Baranof.
  • Nursing Education town meeting, 6 p.m., Hendrickson 113.
  • Spring Fling student dance, 8 p.m. Hortons.

    Saturday, April 24

  • International potluck, 5:30 p.m., Mourant Cafe.
  • International folkdancing, 7 p.m., Chapel by the Lake.

    Sunday, April 25

  • Stress week activities begin.

    Monday, April 26

  • Library candidate Frank Moulton visits.

    Tuesday, April 27

  • Fry bread drop-in, Novatney 213.
  • Student elections

    Wednesday, April 28

  • Student elections.
  • Library candidate Kathleen Kern visits.

    Thursday, April 29

  • New science faculty Ginny Eckert and Sherry Tamone meet with students, 5 p.m., Lake Room.

    Friday, April 30

  • Year-end BBQ, 4 p.m. Mourant Courtyard.

    Wednesday, May 5

  • Spanish club's Cinco De Mayo, 7 p.m. –midnight, Tabby's.

    Friday, May 7

  • Commencement, 7:30 p.m. Centennial Hall.

    Saturday, May 8

  • Marine Tech picnic, Twin Lakes shelter, 1–4 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 11

  • Arne Lysholm retirement, noon, Canton House, RSVP 8770.