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News from Chancellor John Pugh

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Semester at UAS. It has been an amazing first few weeks with the opening of the new Freshmen Residence Hall on the Juneau campus and the orientation of all our new students to our campus and community.

The Juneau Campus Kick-Off was a great success with 30 community groups and 18 UAS student clubs participating. The first dance of the year, the Contra Techno Dance, had a record attendance of 120 individuals including close to 100 UAS students.  In addition to successful student events and activities, the classes in both on-campus and e-learning programs have had a great start to the academic year.

Friday October 10th the Juneau campus will host a team of staff from the US Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. OCR representatives will conduct a compliance review of the university’s handling of complaints and reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Similar visits are taking place at UAF and UAA. The OCR team wants to hear from students. Please mark your calendars now – there will be focus groups for male and female students as well as open office hours in the Student Resource Center on Friday, October 10th. For more details, please see the article by Student Resource Center Director Lori Klein in this issue of Soundings or contact the Student Resource Center (Lower Level Mourant Building / 796-6000). To learn more about Title IX, visit the UAS Sexual Misconduct-Title IX webpage.

The Sitka Campus initiated a new program to attract local high school graduates to the campus to begin their university programs. The program is named: Sitka Start. The cohort of nine students is off to a great start. In addition, the Board of Regents, at their meeting September 18-19, approved a new Certificate in Medical Assisting which will be delivered by the Sitka Campus but available at all three UAS campuses.  Numerous health-care providers from the region spoke in favor of the certificate, citing significant demand. Medical assistants help deliver a broader range of health care services, such as delivering injections, taking medical histories and assisting with procedures.

The Ketchikan Campus received news that they will receive $6.6 million in Title III funding over the next five years to renovate their career/technical buildings to better serve their marine transportation and multi-skilled worker students. The Ketchikan Campus has had great success in developing these marine industry related programs in partnership with the Alaska Marine Highway System, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Vigor Industries, the owner of the local shipyard.

Over the summer, the Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development unanimously approved the Education Leadership Program for Superintendents. It is an endorsement program which requires a year of graduate study. The program was designed in collaboration with practicing superintendents and educational leaders from across the state based upon national leadership standards

2014 marks the fifteenth year for the Evening at Egan Lecture Series and we’ve seen record numbers of Juneau community members in attendance. Upcoming events include presentations by One Campus One Book, the Empty Chair Project, the Juneau World Affairs Council forum on Mexico and Juneau campus faculty. The November 21 final event is a panel discussion on re-thinking racism in Juneau.

I want to thank each and every staff and faculty for their efforts to make this fall semester the best ever at UAS. Together, we can make an enormous difference in the success of our students in their programs as well as in their personal development. Thanks again for your dedication to the mission of UAS.


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