The title of her presentation was "Understanding the social organization of an apex marine predator to inform conservation practices: striped dolphins in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece". Following the conference, she traveled to Galaxidi, Greece to continue this work in collaboration with Dolphin Biology and Conservation researchers. Field updates are posted online.
Juneau English faculty Ernestine Hayes has been selected as one of ten mentors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Writer-to-Writer series. As AWP describes on their website, AWP "celebrates the writers serving as mentors in the fall pilot of Writer to Writer. AWP received hundreds of applications for the pilot of this new program and selected ten mentors based on their experience, willingness to serve, and on the needs prevalent in the mentee applications. Mentors were each given three strong applications to choose from and selected their own mentees." Ernestine is extremely happy to be working with award-winning writer, poet, photographer, anthropologist, and all-around Oneida artist Kenzie Allen. Ernestine looks forward to participating in this national program and expects to be enriched by the shared dialogue inherent in its design. To learn more, please visit https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/mentorship_program_mentorbios
Ernestine Hayes’s Poems in Place selection was recently featured in an article about the program in the Frontiersman. Also, colleague Emily Wall was recently invited to join the board of Poems in Place. Information and links about this program can be found on the DRN website.
Juneau English faculty Karen Mitchell was recently invited to participate in the session, Methods of Opening Access: Risks and Rewards, at the 2015 Conference on College Composition and Communication, which will be held in Tampa, FL, March 18-21, 2015.
Fellman, J.B., E. Hood, R.G.M. Spencer, A. Stubbins, and P. Raymond (2014) Watershed glacier coverage influences dissolved organic matter biogeochemistry in coastal watersheds of southeast Alaska. Ecosystems, doi: 10.1007/s10021-014-9777-1.
Spencer, R.G.M, A. Vermilyea, J. Fellman, P. Raymond, A. Stubbins, D. Scott, and E. Hood (2014) Seasonal variability of organic matter composition in an Alaskan glacier outflow: insights into glacier carbon sources. Environmental Research Letters 9: 055005. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/5/055005.
Adjunct photography faculty Ben Huff’s The Last Road North was recently published by the German art/photo book publisher, Kehrer Verlag. The book consists of 56 pictures and includes essays by Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams, and Karen Irvine, Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. The book features photographs displayed at the Alaska State Museum last year about the Dalton Highway - the road that connects Prudhoe Bay to the rest of the state. Ben will have copies for sale in the coming weeks or you can pre-order one at http://huffphoto.com/tlrn_preorder.htm.
The first installment in the Juneau campus Egan Lecture Series is Friday Sept. 5, 7 p.m. at the Egan Lecture Hall. “The Wisdom of Sustainability: Consumerism, Capitalism and Climate Change” is with Sulak Sivaraksa. Author and activist Sivaraksa is an advocate for social, environmental and political justice in Thailand, Sri Lanka and around the world. Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, he has been awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award, the Indian ‘Millennium Gandhi Award’ and the Niwano Peace Prize in Japan. His Juneau lecture builds on ideas expressed in “The Wisdom of Sustainability,” his most recent book. Next week’s lecture will be “Voices of Glacier Bay: Listening through the Art of Recording” with Dr. Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer at the Egan Library.
To see the whole line up, please visit http://www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture
Career Education Program Coordinator Elizabeth Spence is the 2014 UAS winner for the University of Alaska’s Staff Make Students Count Award. Elizabeth has been an integral staff member for the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and indirectly with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), College of Health for several years. Through many major administrative and program transitions, she has continued to always put students first and to be an advocate for UA students.
Elizabeth began working at UAS through the Federal TRIO Program in 2006. In 2007, Elizabeth moved from TRIO to Admissions as a recruiter. In 2009, Elizabeth was offered the Career Education Coordinator position working primarily with the UAS School of Career Education, Health Sciences program and University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing (UAA SON).
Since 2009, Elizabeth has advised UAS Health Science students Juneau , Ketchikan and Sitka. Health Sciences includes a diverse set of degree options including two degrees which are direct feeders into the UAA College of Health Associate degrees. Elizabeth sets up regional advising appointments to streamline information from UAA to UAS Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campus advisors and students. As the lead Health Sciences advisor, she is proactive with contacting and meeting with Health Sciences students.
Lisa Richardson, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, moved to Juneau this past summer from Oakland, CA, where she was working as a Research Associate with the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd Labs. Lisa received her doctorate in Language, Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Rhetoric and Composition. Her areas of research include disciplinary literacies, particularly the acquisition of academic language and literacy for students who are learning English as an additional language. Her work with immigrant and refugee students in Tucson, AZ, as well as her work with secondary students on a Navajo reservation in NM, inform both her research and teaching. Lisa is currently teaching graduate level courses in literacy for teachers in the Masters of Reading/ Reading Specialist program.
Phyllis Carlson comes to the UAS Village Teacher Program from retirement. She was most recently employed by the State of Alaska in the Department of Education and Early Development where she served as the Director of Rural Education and Coordinator of Parents As Teachers. She is a four term member of the Juneau Board of Education, serves as the Chair for Juneau’s Community om Schools coalition, and is a board member of the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. She has participated on a variety of community boards and advisory groups over the years, including the UAS MAT, Diversity Committee, PITAAS, and Campus Council.
Heather Batchelder, Ph.D. is a new Assistant Professor Education. She writes, “In 1996 I followed my daughter to school, obtaining a job as a paraprofessional in a class for students with special needs. An opening in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom for children with special needs opened in my school and I began teaching out of field while working towards a MA in Varying Exceptionalities. Serving students in Volusia County for ten years was a privilege and I was inspired to earn a Ph.D. Upon graduation, the University of Central Florida hired me as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Special Education and Early Childhood Programs. After my visiting line ended, I returned to Volusia County Schools as a District Placement Facilitator to obtain a current perspective of the state of PK-12 education. I currently teach in the Special Education Program here at the University of Alaska Southeast. My research interests include: teacher dispositions, emergent literacy, and technology use in the classroom/distance education.”
Elisabeth Genaux is the new Student Services Assistant/Recruitment and Retention Administrator for the School of Education. She was born and raised in Fairbanks and moved to Juneau in 2009 to study at UAS. She previously worked at the Keith B Mather Library in the International Arctic Research Center for a year at UAF and then at the UAS Bookstore for more than 4 years as a student assistant and fair trade specialist. She is continuing her degree in Social Sciences at the university and in her free time enjoys hiking, fishing, and disc golfing.
Scott Christian returns to UAS as the new Program Administrator for the Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program. Scott was a classroom teacher in rural Alaska for twelve years before moving to Juneau in 1996. At that time he was a research associate for the Annenberg Rural Challenge as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education documentation effort. He also taught and supervised teachers for the UAS Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching program. His teacher research book Exchanging Lives: Middle School Writers Online was published by NCTE in 1997. In 1998 he became the Director of the Professional Education Center at UAS where he wrote and administered the first PITAAS (Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska Schools) and ARCTIC (Alaska Reform in the Classroom through and Technology Integration and Collaboration) grants. He also worked closely with Middlebury College and UAS administration and faculty to bring the Bread Loaf School of English to the Juneau campus. After leaving PEC, Scott served as the Director of the Alaska Distance Education Consortium, and the Director of Assessment at Western Governor’s University. He arrives in Juneau with his wife Phuong, who works as an investment analyst for Enterprise Community Partners and their daughter Elsie, who attends the Juneau Community Charter School.
Last year Mary Purvis, Faculty Support Specialist, and Kathi Baldwin, Instructional Designer, created a course for all UAS Faculty called ED 593: Designing and Teaching an Online Course. They wanted the course to not only teach faculty about the things they need to know, but to also model the best practices that they know make a difference to student success. Among the creative approaches it uses are Alaskan fish, which serve as metaphors for important parts of a successful online course that maximize student learning and enjoyment.
The course was entered in the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Awards program, which honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Mary and Kathi were recently named winners of a Blackboard Learn Exemplary Course Award, and were further recognized with a Directors’ Choice for Courses with Distinction, one of 11 courses nationwide.
Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 160 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 300 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.
“Catalyst Award winners represent some of today’s finest examples of leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms at Blackboard. “Each winner has established best-in-field approaches in critical areas including online learning, course development, school communication and mobile education. We congratulate the winners on their vision and their excellent work, and we celebrate this accomplishment with them.”
Mary and Kathi, were honored alongside other Blackboard Catalyst Award winners during BbWorld®, Blackboard’s annual user conference held in July in Las Vegas, Nevada. For a complete list of Blackboard Catalyst Award winners please visit: http://blackboard.com/catalyst.
Sign Up Now for ED 593
Ed 593, Designing and Teaching an Online Course, is being offered this fall. Because the course targets faculty who are typically very busy at the start and end of the semester, the course does not begin until September 23rd and does not end until January 10th. There are no required synchronous sessions, although Mary and Kathi will have optional Elluminate sessions that are recorded. The course costs $90. To register, call the Sitka Campus and register (Ed 593-TD1, CRN: 80092)
Rosemarie Alexander-Isett, Assistant Professor of Communications, Humanities
John Blanchard, Assistant Professor, School of Management
Lori Hart, Associate Professor of Health Sciences, Sitka campus
Susan Kendig, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Natural Sciences
Joel Markis, Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology, Sitka
James Powell, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, School of Management
Karen Schmitt, Dean, Arts & Sciences
Richard Simpson, Assistant Professor of Humanities, Humanities
Neil Voelckers, Assistant Professor of Power Technology, Technical Education
Vickie Williams, Associate Dean/Faculty, School of Management
Melanie Batac, Food Service Cook, Food Services
Phyllis Carlson, Admin Specialist III, Teacher Education Center
Scott Christian, Secondary Education Generalist, Center for Teacher Education
Kaya Day, Admin Assistant, Humanities
Elisabeth Genaux Farmer, Student Services Assistant, Teacher Education Center
Patricia Gerdes, Math Specialist & Training Coordinator, Learning Center
Analyn Guimmayen, Food Service Cook, Food Services
Jessica Henry, Admin Specialist II, Provost’s Office
Jeff Jones, HAVC Tech, Facilities
Grace Lumba, Admissions Representative, Admissions
Heather Mitchell, Alumni Relations & Annual Fund Manager, Chancellor’s Office
Barbara Morse, Pathway to Employment Project Manager, Sitka
Lara Murphey-Waite, Admin Specialist I, Teacher Education Center
Alexandria Najduch, Data Analyst Fisheries Technology Program, Sitka
Seanna O’Sullivan-Hines, Development Operations Specialist, Chancellor’s Office
Margaret Rea, Chief Budget Officer, Administrative Services
Christopher Washko, Student Success Center Manager, Sitka
Jacob Achee, IS Professional 7, IT Services
George Bell, Term Director (ACAD-Faculty), Career Education
Cyndi Gleason, Admin Assistant, School of Management
Matthew Guschwan, Assistant Professor of Communications, Humanities
Carol Hedlin, Vice Provost, Provost’s Office
Mary-Claire Tarlow, Associate Professor, Teacher Education Center
Cathy Thomas, Admin Generalist II, Career Education
Dr. Karen Schmitt is the new Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs. Dr. Schmitt is returning to UAS from a position as dean at UAA. Previously she served as UAS dean in the schools of Management and Career Education. She replaces Dr. Marsha Sousa who returned to UAF in Fairbanks after four years in Juneau. Dr. Schmitt’s academic background includes a PhD in Geological Sciences from Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, a master’s degree in Geology from the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand and a BS degree in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms. Vickie Williams (MBA, CPA, CGMA) is taking on the position of Interim Dean, School of Management. Williams is a longtime accounting faculty member at UAS. Prior to UAS, she was employed with Citicorp in New York and with Arthur Andersen and Company. She is taking on this interim role while the university begins a search for a permanent Management dean. The previous dean, John Blanchard (MBA/CPA), is returning to his original position as Assistant Professor of Accounting while also maintaining an active presence working with community and industry partners.
Mr. Pete Traxler is expanding his role as Associate Dean for Juneau Programs within the UAS School of Career Education. Traxler is Assistant Professor of Construction Technology at the UAS Technical Education Center near downtown Juneau. His work includes overseeing partnerships with high schools through Tech Prep and coordinating career education in Juneau with the Sitka and Ketchikan campuses.
Kimberly Schulte is taking on additional permanent duties of overseeing the Testing Center on the Ketchikan campus. She is the designated campus test center administrator for all the professional testing companies and will supervise testing staff, create policies/procedures and manage scheduling for the Testing Center for professional and academics tests. She recently returned from Blackboard World where she learned more about the functionalities of Blackboard along with other potentially useful instructional products. She will be sharing this information with faculty in the fall.
Chancellor John Pugh addreses staff and faculty at Fall Semester Convocation, August 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Joel Mundy
Outdoor Studies program head Forest Wagner and student climbers Chelsea Bomba and Ariel Svetlik-McCarthy climbed the West Ridge of Shot Tower in the Arrigetch Region of the Central Brooks Range August 9-10, 2014. The climb took place over a period of 24 hours and consisted of 12 pitches over 1,300 feet. To approach Shot Tower, the group flew from Coldlfoot, Alaska 100 miles west to the Alatna River, then backpacked with 90-pound packs into the Arrigetch peaks. The full course took place from July 31 to August 17, 2014. The expedition was the focus of the Expedition Rock Climbing class, offered as an upper division elective for students in the BLA program's Outdoor and Adventure Studies emphasis.
For a slidehow of the climb visit the UAS Juneau photo gallery.
Joel Markis is the newest member of the Fish Tech team. Joel is an Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology and will be teaching fisheries management classes starting this fall. Joel received a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University Bozeman and an M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Joel has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and the National Park Service. Recently, Joel was an Adjunct instructor in biological sciences at the UAA/KPC Kachemak Bay campus and an Outreach Coordinator for the Fish Tech program in Homer, AK. As you might guess, Joel loves to fish. He also loves kayaking, hiking and (did we mention?) ... Fishing.
Barb Morse is the Fisheries Technology Pathway to Employment Project Manager. Barb will oversee data collection and reporting, supervise the Fisheries Technology Outreach Coordinators, and work closely with faculty and other staff to ensure the success of the program. Barb is excited to be part of the UAS Fisheries Technology team and looks forward to working with community partners and employers to facilitate students obtaining jobs in the field.Born in Fairbanks, Barb moved to Sitka in 1990 to work for the Sitka School District as Community Schools Director, where her responsibilities included managing federal grants from the Department of Education and the Corporation for National Service. Barb is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast.
Alex Najduch is working at the University of Alaska Southeast as a Data Analyst. Her main focus is data collection, data analysis and database management. She is new to Sitka, coming from Worcester, Massachusetts but originally a Chicago native. She holds a BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and studied at Clark University for a Master’s in international Economic Development. She worked in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has also worked for the National Children’s Study and National Institutes of Health. Her hobbies include anything that can be done outside, making deep dish pizza, cheering on the Cubs and traveling. She is extremely excited and thankful to have the opportunity to live and work in Sitka and become an integrated member of the city.
Chris Washko was previously Director of Residence Life and Wellness Education at UAS on the Juneau campus and shouldered a wide variety of administrative responsibilities in the UAA system, including Director of Student Services and VP of Academic Affairs at Prince William Sound Community College. “I got interested in Student Affairs while I was still a student. I loved being involved, and so I stayed at my college in Alma Michigan as a hall director. But I wanted to move to Alaska, so I took a job in Galena working with students in that remote location,” he said. Chris has a BS and a BA from Alma College, a Master’s in Student Affairs and Higher Ed Administration from Indiana State, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Counseling from UAF. He is excited to be in Sitka and to work with the excellent Student Success Center staff. He loves hiking, teaching travel courses, and reading to his young son.
UAS Director of Campus Life Eric Scott told Juneau Empire reporter Katie Moritz that “he hopes excellent student experiences in the new residence hall lead to even more freshmen in coming years. The hall has 110 student beds and is not full for the semester. He said more students are supposed to move in for the spring semester.
Even without all the new beds full, this crop of freshmen wouldn’t have fit in the old residence hall — Banfield Hall has only about 80 beds, freshman adviser Nathan Bodenstadt said.
The new hall boasts huge picture windows with views of Auke Lake and the surrounding mountains. A common area, closed-off study spaces and a meeting room offer different environments within the building. The rooms are suite-style, with two sets of two roommates sharing a bathroom and a kitchen. The building was designed by MRV Architects.
The hall’s first inhabitants come to the Auke Bay campus from across the country. Most are from Alaska but others hail from about 20 other states, including Missouri, Texas, Utah, Pennsylvania, Washington, Oregon and California. Freshman Dallin Jones moved to Alaska sight-unseen for the biology program at UAS. His friend and roommate moved from Boise with him.
As for Alaska, freshmen flocked from all over the state to UAS this year. A group of six young men from Scammon Bay took a long, multi-leg flight from their Western Alaska community of 474 people to move in. With a graduating class of only 19, almost a third of the town’s seniors are attending UAS and living in the residence hall.
UAS recruiters came to Scammon Bay and ‘talked to us and convinced us to come,’ Norman Charlie said.”
For more photos of move-in and Juneau campus orientation visit the photo gallery.
Dauenhauer passed on from inoperable pancreatic cancer the morning of August 19, 2014 at the age of 72. A Russian Orthodox service was held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Juneau August 28 followed by burial at the Alaska Memorial Park. A celebration of his life and contributions to Alaska was held August 30 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.
As President’s Professor and a former Alaska Poet Laureate, Dr. Dauenhauer was instrumental in developing the Alaska Native Language program and inspiring creative writing at UAS. He was the 2013 recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence, the largest single award made annually by the UA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Dauenhauer began teaching at the university in 1984. He was jointly appointed President’s Professor of Alaska Native Languages and Culture at UAS and UAF in 2005. He retired from UAS in 2011.
During his tenure he designed and taught courses leading to the Tlingit language minor. He created several joint educational programs between the university and Alaska Native tribal organizations in an effort to preserve Alaska Native languages and cultures. Dauenhauer served as the state’s poet laureate from 1981 to 1985, an honor his wife Nora holds through 2014. They are the first couple in Alaska to have both been named state writer laureates. Dauenhauer was recognized twice with the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award for Anóoshi Lingít Aaní Ká, Russians in Tlingit America: The Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804 and Haa Tuwunáagu Yis, for Healing our Spirit: Tlingit Oratory.
In an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, writer Jill Leovy writes, “Dauenhauer made recording, transcribing and advocating for the Tlingit language his life's work. He trained a cadre of teachers and translators to continue his efforts. He sought not just to revive the fast-disappearing tongue, largely relegated to the thoughts of a few surviving tribal elders, but to win acceptance for its use.”
Dauenhauer gave Tlingit oral history the status of literature, "the same as the highest forms of English literature," according to Alaska Native languages faculty and program head Lance Twitchell.