UAS FACULTY AND STAFF NEWSLETTER December 17, 1999


Holiday closure

The three UAS campuses will be closed for the holiday break between semesters from Dec. 20 to Jan. 2.

Ketchikan director named

Chancellor John Pugh named Ketchikan campus senior faculty member Priscilla Schulte acting campus director. She replaces Russ Poppen who resigned for health reasons. A search for a permanent director will begin in the spring. Pugh said, "We will do a very extensive search in the university system and within Alaska communities to see if we can find an Alaskan who knows Alaska employment needs, the Alaska educational needs, and the issues in Alaska."

Physical Plant honored

Chancellor John Pugh presented a plaque and thanked the Physical Plant staff for their work at the Chancellor's Holiday Reception. The inscription on the plaque was one of the commendations presented by the Accreditation evaluators in October. It read, "The team commends UAS for the exceptional condition of its physical plant and the resourcefulness and efficiency with which it has handled maintenance and replacement projects." Pugh also observed that some of the physical plant staff will work over the holiday installing the climbing wall at the Student Activity Center and working on the campus dark room.

Environmental Science

The December issue of the Alaskan Southeaster magazine includes a three-page article about the UAS Environmental Science degree programs. The article quotes faculty members Cathy Connor, Randy Stahl, Todd Walter and Carl Byers in addition to several students. Chris Coffeen praised the "great teachers and really good variety of classes."

UAS shooters win

Students in Bruce Bowler's PE 103 Basic Firearms class scored high in the latest outdoor rifle matches held by the Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club. Marin Cooper won in her class. Clinton Greggs placed 4th and Jim Pullen placed first as a new competitor. The students used .22 single shot rifles borrowed from the Rifle Club. Bowler said, "I'm very proud of them all."

UA Scholars

Faculty and staff met with JDHS students selected as UA Scholars and their parents at a campus evening reception. Chancellor John Pugh summarized the accreditation evaluator's complimentary report and told the audience, "UAS is a high quality institution judged by our peers around the Pacific Northwest." He also told the students, "We'll help you achieve your dreams." Student Jerod Crooks said, "My educational experience at UAS has been excellent."

Sitka holiday events

Student government and the Activities Office organized holiday events that included a stress fair featuring free massages, stress-relief toys, healthy snacks, information about stress management, and fortune telling. The annual holiday party was held Dec. 10 and donations were collected to help children at the Sitkans Against Family Violence shelter. On Dec. 11, Students, faculty and staff sang carols at the Pioneer's Home and Sitka Community Hospital.

Ketchikan receives grant

President Mark Hamilton has provided $5,000 from the President's Special Projects Fund to help stage the third annual Ketchikan Humanities Conference. Rod Landis and Taylor McKenna wrote the grant proposal. Clare Patton, Ketchikan adjunct in Spanish and theater, will serve as director for the Feb. 18-20 conference. The theme will be the poetry of the Beats.

Computers over the holidays

Various computer systems and services will be unavailable during the holiday break. Please check the UAS Helpdesk System Status page for outages. http://www.uas.alaska.edu/helpdesk/status.html

Shrink that mailbox for the holidays! Mona Yarnall says, "Please delete old mail messages and empty your trash folder." Select 'Empty Trash on mail.uas.alaska.edu' under the File menu item from within mail. This will purge mail you've marked for deletion. >h2> Representing the university President Mark Hamilton has requested that university employees be reminded about unauthorized institutional representatives. He said at least two UA faculty members have inadvertently left the impression in public forums that they were representatives of the university when, in fact, they were not.

Hamilton asked chancellors to "Please advise your faculty that, unless specifically authorized to represent the institution, they should clearly indicated after introducing themselves in a public forum that they are not representing the University and are expressing their own personal options."

Turtle identified

Sitka students in Jan Straley's humpback whale research class recently identified a species of black sea turtle that was brought into Sitka after being found in Kelp Bay. Straley said the black sea turtle, the same species as the green sea turtle, nests off Mexico and the Galapagos. A skin sample will be sent to NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center in LaJolla, CA for genetic analysis.

Juneau campus

Rosie Gilbert received gifts and thanks at the Chancellor's Holiday Reception. She has twice been elected student president and was appointed by Governor Knowles as commissioner on the Postsecondary Education Commission. Gilbert is taking part in a student exchange program spring semester.

Climbing Wall: An Adopt-A-Hold campaign is underway to raise funds for the holds to be attached to the new climbing wall at the Student Activity Center. Doners will be thanked on a plaque. Checks should be made out to the UA Foundation and may be sent to the UAS cashier.

Robert Erbeck: Babysitting will be offered in the Housing Lodge for New Year's Eve from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The cost is $25 for first child and $10 for each additional sibling. The children must be 5 years or older. Space is limited. Call 465-6389 for reservations. All the money will be donated to the Robert Erbeck family.

Thank you: Anna Erbeck and her children sent at thank you letter to UAS following the death of her husband Robert who worked in Physical Plant. She wrote, "Your cards, donations and support has been wonderful. My children and I have felt the admiration for Robert through everyone's effort during this time."

Glory Hole: Donations accepted through Thursday at boxes around campus. Volunteers are requested to help Karen Cummins sort and pack the contributions Friday afternoon in the Business Conference room.

Composer: Evan Solot, a composer, arranger, jazz musician and educator from Philadelphia, will be on campus Feb 7-11 and available to visit with or teach classes. For information contact Linda Rosenthal at 586-1934 or e-mail: LRosent799@aol.com

Sitka class

Popular English rug weaver Jason Collingwood will teach a Twill Workshop on February 2224 in Sitka. The workshop costs $139 and is limited to the first 15 registrants. Call the 747-7762 for details.

Mushing starts in Juneau

A student at the Marine Tech center built a dog sled this semester from a design by Gregor Welpton, Juneau Marine Tech. The materials are ultra high molecular weight polyethylene. It is high strength and very light weight as well as slippery. Marine grade aluminum and wood were also used. The student will run the sled in Haines

Students travel to Cuba

Rich Bellagh, Juneau Spanish, will lead 12 UAS students to Cuba for a month over the holiday break. It's the third year he has taken students to Central or South America. The itinerary includes time in Havana and trips to smaller towns. "We hope to do some community service work while we are in Cuba," Bellagh said. The students receive three credits. "This is cultural immersion," he said. "They do a lot of work for those three credits."

New services at Egan Library

The web site at Egan Library offers several new services. The newest feature is a link to acquisitions: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/uas/library/acqdept.html

Others include: Frequently Asked Questions about acquisitions, placing an order for class materials, Interlibrary Loan Book and Article Request Form, Ask a Reference Librarian, Distance Education Materials Request Form, a suggestion box, all periodic titles, a list of Journal Titles by Subject Area, Database Resources by Subject Area, and information on how to set up class instructional sessions and tours.

Faculty news

Robin Walz, Juneau History, will appear on KINY's "Capital Chat" program at 8:15 a.m., Dec. 27 to discussion world history for the last 1,000 years with host Chris Burns.

Alexis Easley, Juneau English, has had an article, "Gendered Observations: Harriet Martineau and the Woman Question," published in Victorian Women Writers and the Woman Question by Cambridge University Press.


Juneau calendar

Dec. 16
  • Glory Hole donations deadline

    Dec. 20 to Jan. 3

  • Holiday closure

    Dec. 28

  • Robin Walz on KINY's Capital Chat, 8:15 a.m.

    Jan. 3

  • Campus reopens