Commendation awarded to UAS Chancellor John Pugh cites "deep appreciation for "tremendous contributions to Alaska Native education" under Pugh's leadership.
By: Katie Bausler
The Alaska Native Sisterhood Glacier Valley Camp 70 issued a letter of commendation for the work undertaken by retiring Chancellor John Pugh. The letter expressed “deep appreciation for the tremendous contributions to Alaska Native education” under Pugh’s leadership. The letter singled out three programs: Early Scholars, Tlingit Oratory Contest and Alaska Native Studies. Since 1996, Early Scholars has been fostering academic excellence and cultural identity in college bound high school students through a UAS course for which they earn college credit. Now in its 13th year, students compete for scholarships in the Tlingit Oratory Contest encompassing Oratory, Dramatic Declamation, Storytelling and Native Language. Chancellor Pugh recruited the late renowned scholar Richard Dauenhauer to create an Alaska Native Studies program now led by Assistant Professor X’unei Lance Twitchell. The program recently became an emphasis within the Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree.