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Letter from the Chancelllor-UAS Strategic Budgeting Process

"Your involvement and your best ideas are needed. The UAS Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee (SPBAC) continues to act as a vehicle for sharing information and soliciting input. The results of these efforts will be shared with the Board of Regents early in 2016." -Chancellor Rick Caulfield

December 9, 2015

Dear UAS faculty and staff:

As Chancellor, I am writing to provide an update about our UAS strategic budgeting process and to encourage your active involvement in that process. As members of the UAS community and as Alaskans, we’re facing unprecedented budget challenges that require the best ideas and engagement of all.

The UA Board of Regents recently approved a budget which reflects funding necessary to sustain current operations, including fixed cost increases such as salaries and rising utility costs. It is very possible that the ultimate reductions in the UA system budget will be even greater. Governor Walker will be releasing his budget proposal later today, providing another important milestone in addressing the state’s budget challenges.

Anticipating likely additional reductions, UAS continues to develop a “contingency” budget based on our best estimations of what may emerge from the legislative process.  At present, our projections for UAS are that this will translate into a $2.5M to $3M funding shortfall in FY17.

In responding to this challenge at UAS we need to be strategic—focusing on our mission, our strengths, and our strategic opportunities. This will include budget reductions but may also include new investments in selected priority areas. We are seeking to avoid simple across-the-board reductions. We are taking a critical look at all aspects of our operations, including academics, administrative services, and student services.

Initially, our planning efforts are focusing on:

•         A budget exercise involving all faculty and staff to identify new revenues and necessary reductions
•         Streamlining administrative processes to reduce costs (e.g. travel, hiring, purchasing)
•         Reducing fixed costs through energy efficiency and reduction in debt-service payments
•         Strengthening enrollment through innovative marketing and enrollment management
•         Identifying areas for strategic program enhancements (e.g. undergraduate fisheries, maritime, the arts and humanities) and critical functions such as emergency management and title IX compliance


These and other efforts are currently underway in our schools and at our three campuses. Your involvement and your best ideas are needed. The UAS Strategic Planning and Budgeting Advisory Committee (SPBAC) continues to act as a vehicle for sharing information and soliciting input.  The results of these efforts will be shared with the Board of Regents early in 2016. Each UAS campus director and executive has been provided guidance about this process, including an initial budget reduction target that begins this challenging strategic conversation. Leaders are expected to look holistically at their areas to identify new revenues as well as opportunities for reduction or possible eliminations.

For more information, I encourage you to visit the SPBAC web site (http://uas.alaska.edu/admin/spbac.html) as well as the UA Statewide budget site (https://www.alaska.edu/swbir/budget/).
Above all, it is important to remember that the quality of our institution is not measured in general fund revenues.   While current budget pressures demand certain changes, what will not change is the value we deliver to our students and our state.  UAS will continue to deliver an education which is valued by our graduates through academic excellence and exceptional service.  

I invite your comments and your feedback.

Thank you.

Rick Caulfield

Events

Jeremy Kane's Surface

Art faculty Jeremy Kane’s ceramic work is featured in the exhibit entitled Surface at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Art faculty Jeremy Kane’s ceramic work is featured in the exhibit entitled Surface at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Art faculty Jeremy Kane’s ceramic work is featured in the exhibit entitled Surface at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.  An opening reception was held during Gallery Walk on Friday, December 4 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.  The works will be on display through the end of January. Jeremy will give a lecture at the museum about the processes he uses for creating his wood, soda, and gas-fired ceramics on Thursday, January 21, from 7-8:30 pm. For more details about the event, please visit the museum website at http://www.juneau.org/library/museum/exhibits_upcoming.php

UAS Represents in Perseverance Musical

UAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni were well represented in the production of Sweeney Todd at Perseverance Theatre.

UAS faculty, staff, students, and alumni were well represented in the  production of Sweeney Todd at Perseverance Theatre.  Two current students, Richard Ringle and Miranda Clark, helped stage the production.  Former UAS students Richard Carter and Zebediah Bodine were members of the cast along with theatre instructors Enrique Bravo and Christina Apathy.  Professor Robin Walz lent his cello talents to this musical thriller, and alum Jess Jones was the stage manager. Sweeney Todd ran November6-December 6, 2015.

News

2013 Alum is Visionary Award Winner

The Visionary Awards recognize and honor Alaska Natives who perpetuate and preserve culture through artistic endeavors.

The Visionary Awards recognize and honor Alaska Natives who perpetuate and preserve culture through artistic endeavors.

Alumna Erin Tripp was recognized and honored as an Alaska Native who perpetuates and preserves culture through artistic endeavors with a Visionary Award presented November 28 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage. Tripp was nominated for Tlingit language videos she posted on YouTube. Other 2015 Visionary Award Winners are Byron Nicholai, Samuel Johns, Holly Nordlum, Erin Tripp and Allison Warden. The Visionary Awards event was sponsored by The CIRI Foundation, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alyeska Pipeline, Wells Fargo and 90.3 KNBA. In 2013, Tripp was named the Outstanding Graduate in Liberal Arts. Tripp has acted in several plays with Perseverance Theatre and plays the daughter in their upcoming offering, “Our Voices Will be Heard",  by Tlingit playwright Vera Starbard.

Ben Huff Photos in New York Times and Exhibit in Portland

Several photos by Juneau campus adjunct art faculty Ben Huff were used in a feature travel article,"Driving Alaska’s Dalton Highway" in the November 6, 2015 edition of the New York Times. On the same day, Huff's The Last Road North exhibit opened at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.

Several photos by Juneau campus adjunct art faculty Ben Huff were used in a feature travel article,"Driving Alaska’s Dalton Highway" in the November 6, 2015 edition of the New York Times. On the same day, Huff's The Last Road North exhibit opened at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.

Several photos by Juneau campus photography faculty Ben Huff were used in a feature travel article,"Driving Alaska’s Dalton Highway" in the Nov.6, 2015 edition of the New York Times. On the same day, Huff's The Last Road North exhibit opened at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland.The solo exhibition will be on display until January 2, 2016. At the opening, Huff presented twenty pictures, ranging in size from 16x20 to 32x40 inches. Made between 2008 and 2013, the pictures depict a complicated landscape and a road which serves as the physical and psychological line between wilderness and oil in Alaska. As part of the additional programming around the exhibition, Newspace hosted a panel discussion with Huff, author Barry Lopez and critic John Freeman on November 8th which focused on art, environment and community.

Presentations

The First Annual Hour of Code Event at Juneau campus

The Egan Library and School of Management collaborated to bring Hour of Code to the Auke Lake campus.

The Egan Library and School of Management collaborated to bring Hour of Code to the Auke Lake campus.

The Egan Library and School of Management collaborated to bring Hour of Code to the Auke Lake campus.  Faculty Jennifer Ward, Colleen McKenna and Eve Dillingham hosted the event.  Shay Wilson, Networking/Programming Supervisor at Legislative Affairs and Daniel Cornwall, Internet and Technology Consultant at Alaska State Library provided additional support on the day of the event.

Egan Librarian presents in Charleston

Egan Library Technical Services librarian Caroline Hassler attended the Charleston Library Conference on November 4-7, and presented a poster, "Circulation Analysis Two Ways: In-house & OCLC Collection Evaluation".

Egan Library Technical Services librarian Caroline Hassler attended the Charleston Library Conference on November 4-7, and presented a poster, "Circulation Analysis Two Ways: In-house & OCLC Collection Evaluation".

Egan Library Technical Services librarian Caroline Hassler attended the Charleston Library Conference on November 4-7, and presented a poster, "Circulation Analysis Two Ways: In-house & OCLC Collection Evaluation". The poster discussed how the Egan Library on the Juneau campus  analyzes circulation data to produce reports of the most used subject areas in the library collection. These reports contribute to effective collection assessment, colection development, and weeding.

School of Management Faculty in San Francisco

Colleen and Charla gained valuable insight that will benefit the school's current pursuit of business education accreditation.

Colleen and Charla gained valuable insight that will benefit the school's current pursuit of business education accreditation.

Colleen McKenna and Charla Brown, both from the UAS School of Management, recently attended the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) Western Region Annual Conference held in San Francisco, CA. Charla Brown was awarded Wilson Funds by the Provost and presented as part of the Best in Region competition on the topic of utilizing text messaging to enhance student and faculty engagement.  Additionally, Colleen and Charla gained valuable insight that will benefit the school's current pursuit of business education accreditation.

Publications

Straley Edits Rickett's Book of Essays

Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka Alaska

Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka Alaska

Associate Professor of Marine Biology Jan Straley’s edited compilation of essays, Ed Ricketts from Cannery Row to Sitka Alaska, has been published by Shorefast Editions and is now available through Taku Graphics (www.takugraphics.com).  More information about the publication and about this remarkable man and his work can be found at www.shorefasteditions.com.

Tree Species and Water Resources

Buma article on the influence of shifting ranges of tree species on water resources.

Asst. Professor of Forest Ecosystem Ecology Brian Buma had a paper recently published in Forest Science, the peer reviewed journal of the Society of American Foresters.  The paper explores how shifting ranges of tree species are likely to influence water resources.  Buma and his coauthor investigated four scenarios of forest decline, mortality, and expansion utilizing a high-resolution water balance model to see which scenarios and management actions best maintain water supplies in four relatively dry watersheds in the central Rocky Mountains. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5849/forsci.14-164

Buma B, Livneh B.  2015. Potential effects of forest disturbances and management on water resources in a warmer climate.  Forest Science.  61: 895-903.

 
 

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