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Number of Graduates Among Highest on Record

Katie Bausler

The UAS Juneau campus celebrates the 45th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road (REC Center). The UAS Native & Rural Student Center hosts its annual Alaska Native Graduation Celebration at 11:30 a.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall on the Auke Lake campus. In addition, a celebration of UAS School of Education graduates living elsewhere in Alaska will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, May 7.

The UAS Juneau campus celebrates the 45th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road (REC Center). The UAS Native & Rural Student Center hosts its annual Alaska Native Graduation Celebration at 11:30 a.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall on the Auke Lake campus. In addition, a celebration of UAS School of Education graduates living elsewhere in Alaska will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, May 7.

For Commencement 2016, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is awarding 755 associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees along with occupational endorsements, certificates, and professional licensures. Awards will be granted to 670 graduates from the Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka campuses. This year’s number of awards is among the highest granted at commencement.  UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield and members of the UA Board of Regents will travel to each campus where the accomplishments of each student will be recognized.

The UAS Sitka Campus commencement ceremony takes place Friday, April 29, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. The UAS Ketchikan Campus ceremony is set for Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

The UAS Juneau campus celebrates the 45th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m. at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road (REC Center).  The UAS Native & Rural Student Center hosts its annual Alaska Native Graduation Celebration at 11:30 a.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall on the Auke Lake campus. In addition, a celebration of UAS School of Education graduates living elsewhere in Alaska will be held in Anchorage on Saturday, May 7.

Chancellor Rick Caulfield commented: “We are enormously proud of the accomplishments of these UAS graduates. Many are first-generation college students—the first in their family to achieve this level of education. Others are older non-traditional students who are already employed and raising a family but are working hard to improve their education, their skills, and the well-being of their families. Each and every one of these students has persevered through major challenges to achieve their educational goals. Congratulations to them all!”

This year’s Juneau student commencement speaker is Jasper Nelson. Jasper was born in Ketchikan and grew up in Craig on Prince of Wales Island. He is of Tsimshian heritage. He is graduating with his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an endorsement in Biology and plans to teach in his home community. In 2015, Jasper earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with the goal of becoming a high school biology teacher.  For his MAT student teaching experience, Jasper is teaching chemistry and biology to Thunder Mountain High School students. Alaska Native educator Angie Lunda, who nominated Jasper for this recognition, notes that “through his deep knowledge of Southeast Alaska and his content area, his use of humor in his lessons, and his genuine caring for all students, Jasper and his mentor teacher have built an engaging and rigorous biology program for the students in their TMHS class of 2016.”

Jasper is sure to bring his sense of humor to his remarks Sunday. “I was surprised to be nominated. I thought I tricked someone into thinking I was eloquent,” joked Nelson. “But the honor was too much for me to pass up.”

Honorary Doctorate of Laws recipient Edward Thomas will deliver the Commencement Address. Thomas served with distinction as President of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska from 1984-2014. He was an active leader in the Alaska Federation of Natives and secretary to the National Congress of American Indians. He played a foundational role in establishing legally binding government-to-government compacts between Alaska Native tribes and the federal government.

Sandro Lane will also receive an Honorary Doctorate of Law. Lane is co-owner of Trident Seafoods Corporation. A Juneau entrepreneur since 1984, Lane went from processing and selling cold-smoked salmon out of his garage to founding Taku Fisheries and Smokeries. He’s found ways to prevent fish carcass waste with the invention of proprietary processes to extract fish oil and protein. His salmon oil nutritional supplements are sold worldwide. He represents the best of Alaska’s business leaders and entrepreneurs.

A University of Alaska Meritorious Service award will be presented to Juneau community volunteer Peter Freer, who served on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly and on the board for everything from Perseverance Theatre to the Glacier Swim Club. Meritorious service awards, approved by the UA Board of Regents, are also going to arts advocate Jeff Budd in Sitka and fishing industry innovator Larry Painter in Ketchikan.

The gender breakdown of the graduating class of 2016 is 60% women and 40% men. Nearly 9% of UAS graduates are Alaska Native/American Indian.

The Juneau commencement ceremony is immediately followed by a catered reception in the Lakeside Grill in the Mourant building on the UAS Auke Lake campus. Shuttle service will be available from the main campus parking area to the REC center.  The event is simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11 and other locations in Alaska. See this link for complete list: http://uatv.alaska.edu/cable.html. It will also be live streamed on UATV  http://uatv.alaska.edu/

Commencement 2016

Katie Bausler

Get ready for commencement!

Get ready for commencement!

Commencement ceremonies are set for April 29-May 1, 2016 on the Sitka, Ketchikan and Juneau campuses respectively.  Seven hundred sixty-six graduates from the three campuses will earn associates, bachelors and masters degrees as well as occupational endorsements, certificates, and licensures.  Edward Thomas and Sandro Lane will receive Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees. Thomas is past president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (1984-2014), member of the Alaska Federation of Natives and secretary to the National Congress of American Indians. He played a foundational role in establishing legally binding compacts between Alaska Native tribes and the federal government. Sandro Lane is currently co-owner of Trident Seafoods Corporation. An entrepreneur since 1984, Lane went from processing and selling cold-smoked salmon out of his garage to found Taku Fisheries and Smokeries, which still thrives on the Juneau waterfront. He’s found ways to prevent fish carcass waste and help protect our waters with the invention of proprietary processes to extract fish oil and protein. His salmon oil nutritional supplements are sold worldwide. Meritorious Service awards are going to Juneau community volunteer Peter Freer, Sitka arts advocate Jeff Budd and Ketchikan fishing industry innovator Larry Painter.

Campus Safety Listening Tour Comes to UAS

Regent John Davies will be visiting the three universities this month to meet and talk directly with as many people as possible to hear concerns and better understand the complex issues of sexual violence and harassment.

Regent John Davies will be visiting the three universities this month to meet and talk directly with as many people as possible to hear concerns and better understand the complex issues of sexual violence and harassment.

University of Alaska students, staff and faculty,

In my role as a UA Regent, I have heard testimony from students, faculty and staff regarding sexual violence and harassment and the need to improve prevention efforts and service to victims of harassment and assault. I am aware of the significant efforts being made by the statewide administration and the Chancellors at each campus to comply with federal guidelines and improve campus safety. To gain even more insight, Chair Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman has approved a ‘listening tour’ at UAF, UAA and UAS. As Chair of the Regents Title IX Subcommittee, I will be visiting the three universities this month to meet and talk directly with as many people as possible to hear concerns and better understand these complex issues, to explore ways we can improve campus culture, and to make sure we are providing the best possible service, remedies, due process and full accountability for investigations into instances of sexual assault or harassment.

I will be at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus on March 31st to listen to your concerns, suggestions and perspectives.

  • Employee Session: 3/31, 4:00-5:00 pm, Glacier View Room
  • Student Session: 3/31, 5:00-6:00 pm, Glacier View Room

We have more to do, but we are making great strides in the right direction. With your help we will do more than meet compliance guidelines, we will lead in the effort to change culture and actively prevent violence and harassment from occurring in the first place.

Please join me and add your voice to this effort.

Sincerely,

Regent John Davies

Salsman to Attend University of Alberta

Rebecca Salsman, a 2015 English graduate has been has been accepted in to the M.A. in English program at the University of Alberta.

Rebecca Salsman, a 2015 English graduate has been has been accepted in to the M.A. in English program at the University of Alberta. Rebecca has been awarded a $25,000 scholarship and a Research Assistantship to support her studies.

Awards

Hood Wins 2015 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award

Kristin Timm of UAF, Shad O’Neel of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood received the 2015 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award for their poster From Icefield to Ocean.

Kristin Timm of UAF, Shad O’Neel of the U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood received the 2015 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award for their poster From Icefield to Ocean. This national award recognizes USGS products "that demonstrate extraordinary effectiveness in communicating and translating complex scientific concepts and discoveries into words and pictures that capture the interest and imagination of the American public". The poster demonstrates the relationships between Alaska’s coastal glaciers, marine habitats, ocean currents, fisheries, and other organisms and economic activities. The work was supported by the Alaska Climate Science Center as part of Eran’s project, Implications of Glacier Change in Alaska

Hill Selected as a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar

Erica Hill has been selected as a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar.

Erica Hill has been selected as a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar. She will be spending fall 2016 at the University of Iceland studying the archaeology of Arctic human-animal relations while on sabbatical. 

Bidlack and Buma Awarded NSF Funding

Allison Bidlack and Brian Buma have been awarded $498,470 in funding over the next five years from the National Science Foundation to establish the Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network.

Allison Bidlack and Brian Buma have been awarded $498,470 in funding over the next five years from the National Science Foundation to establish the Coastal Rainforest Margins Research Network. Working with collaborating scientists and agencies in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, and beyond, this interdisciplinary research network will address critical information gaps, develop regional collaborations, and synthesize knowledge regarding the dynamic ecosystem where land and ocean meet.

Events

Explore Southeast Weekend!

Katie Bausler

More than two dozen admitted first-time freshmen from Alaska and the lower 48 were invited to the Juneau campus for the first ever Explore Southeast event, April 1-2.

More than two dozen admitted first-time freshmen from Alaska and the lower 48 were invited to the Juneau campus for the first ever Explore Southeast event, April 1-2.

More than two dozen admitted first-time freshmen from Alaska and the lower 48 were invited to the Juneau campus for the first ever Explore Southeast event, April 1-2. Campus Life partnered with Admissions and Recruitment for the program aimed at traditional college age students, including UA Scholars and Alaska Performance Scholarship recipients. The weekend employed best practices for orientation and recruitment with the goal of giving prospective students the ultimate Juneau campus experience. New students had the opportunity to experience UAS and begin building friendships with current students before starting school in the fall. Attendees joined a campus tour, attended faculty lectures, and toured the Anderson Building biology labs. They also visited the UAS Tech Center and the new Sealaska Heritage building downtown. Prospective incoming students stayed at the John Pugh Residence Hall, attended Campus Life activities such as a Quidditch match and hiked to Nugget Falls near the Mendenhall Glacier. Travel was provided by airline miles accrued by staff and faculty travel.

Juneau Campus Events April 7-8, 2016

Tis the spring events season at UAS!

THURSDAY APRIL 7, 5 P.M. @360 DOWNTOWN
UAS SOM Lectures: Medicaid Expansion & Reform with Commissioner Valerie Davidson, Department of Health and Social Services
Join Commissioner Valerie Davidson, Department of Health and Social Services, for a presentation and an engaging conversation on Medicaid expansion and reform. Lecture co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) School of Management (SOM) and 360 North. Through this partnership, the UAS SOM lectures utilize 360 North’s live online platform to reach and connect citizens, students, business professionals, and public administrators to share, discuss, and understand current issues in Alaska.
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 7 P.M., EGAN LECTURE HALL
Dr. Sandor Goodhart of Purdue University
The UAS Honors Symposium guest speaker Dr. Sandor Goodhart will present "Death and Afterdeath: On the Primacy of the Ethical in a Time of Disaster" Dr. Goodhart is Professor of English and Jewish Studies at Purdue University. Free and open to the public.

The theme of this year’s symposium draws from the work of Emmanuel Levinas who calls of “ethics as first philosophy.” Before the lecture, the Honors Program is hosting a reception for him in the Glacier View room from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Professor Goodhart was Honors faculty Sol Neely’s dissertation advisor, and he remains a close personal friend of his family. In 2006, he was faculty advisor to the small group of graduate students, of which Sol was a part, who went on to found the North American Levinas Society. On Friday, he will go into the prison as part of the Flying University, where we have been studying Levinas’ work all semester. Prof. Goodhart has also graciously agreed to meet with small groups of students who are working with his studies, so he is generous and intimate with his time. Thursday’s talk is written specifically for this event.
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 8 5:30-6:30 p.m. Ben Huff presentations at Friends of Library and Sound and Motion events
Please join the Friends of the Egan Library the newest network of the UAS Alumni & Friends Association at the Egan Library on for the first annual Authors’ Reception recognizing members of the UAS community publishing scholarly and creative work in recent years. Opening remarks by Ben Huff UAS Adjunct Professor of Photography and author/photographer of The Last Road North, appetizers, no-host bar and an opportunity to learn more about the Friends of the Egan Library, UAS Alumni & Friends and ScholarWorks@UA an open access, online showcase of the intellectual output of UAS.

We hope attendees will consider staying for UAS Sound and Motion | The Photography of Ben Huff, 7:00pm @ Egan Lecture Hall




Sound and Motion and Woosh Kinaadeiyi Team up for 3rd Annual UAS Slam

The 2016 Woosh K Poetry Slam at UAS was a rousing success. The monthly event was held Friday, March 25 at the Egan Lecture Hall as part of the Sound and Motion spring arts and culture series.

The 2016 Woosh K Poetry Slam at UAS was a rousing success. The monthly event was held Friday, March 25 at the Egan Lecture Hall as part of the Sound and Motion spring arts and culture series.

The 2016 Woosh K Poetry Slam at UAS was a rousing success. The monthly event was held Friday, March 25 at the Egan Lecture Hall as part of the Sound and Motion spring arts and culture series. The competition was well attended by a diverse group of community members and included a full slate of spoken word poets. Vibrant commentary and fluidity was provided by veteran emcee Conor Lendrum, who was joined by student and actor Austin Tagaban.

Professional spoken word and improv poet Jesse Parent spell bound 15 minute performance between sets. Parent was in town for a show at the Hangar Ballroom the following evening sponsored by a grant through local improvisational comedy enthusiasts.

Competitors arrived armed with three original poems. Long time Woosh K slam star, UAS student and Iraq war veteran Nathan Block was the runner up. His trio of poetry included the powerful Moons of Neptune.

The winner was Juneau native Ryan Carrillo, who performed spoken word versions of his recorded hiphop rap songs: The Colors in Truth, The Pretender and Lecture. “I want to transcend hip hop for listeners,” he said.  Carrillo was very appreciative of the Sound and Motion audience.  “They were able to process the lyrical layers of my songs. That’s what I enjoyed most about the poetry slam.” Carrillo has uploaded some of his music to YouTube: The Pretender, and The Colors In Truth

Art of Place 2016

Please take note of our 2016 Written Art of Place.

In addition to presentations and exhibits by students, community members, and faculty, we will be honoring the work of Nora Dauenhauer. Please note that our presentations are scheduled to accommodate people who wish to come for any part or all day. And everyone is invited to the potluck! Please provide this information to your students, and please consider attending our 2016 Written Art of Place on Friday, March 25.

Gunalcheesh!

The Artist with Ernestine Hayes

360 North Presents: The Artist with Ernestine Hayes. March 25 at 7:00 p.m.

360 North Presents: The Artist with Ernestine Hayes.  This will be a multimedia exploration of Hayes' writing and her influences. Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. @360 in the KTOO building. Admission is free. 

News

Faculty Excellence Awards Announced

Faculty Excellence Awards Celebration

Please join us Monday, May 2nd, in the Glacier View Room from 3-4:30 pm to honor our Faculty Excellence Award winners.

  • Adjunct Instruction Award -Karen Mitchell, Adjunct Instructor of English
  • Research Award - Dr. Jason Amundson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics
  • Service Award - Dr. William Urquhart, Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Teaching Award - Johanna Fagen, Assistant Professor of Biology, M.A.

Light refreshments will be served!

Students Safe after Bear Attack on Faculty

Katie Bausler

Assistant Professor Forest Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines.

Assistant Professor Forest Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines.

Assistant Professor Forest Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines and medevaced to Providence Hospital in Anchorage. Wagner is currently in the orthopedic unit and has been upgraded to fair condition. Wagner was leading a group of 9 students and 2 teaching assistants in a field mountaineering course. The group was descending in an area between Mt. Emmerich and the Chilkat River when Wagner, while on skis, was attacked by the bear. Alaska State Troopers were notified of the incident via satellite phone. Chancellor Rick Caulfield coordinated with Troopers and Temsco Helicopters to evacuate the class group. No students were injured in the incident.

Dr. Charla Brown shares expertise with travel industry

Dr. Charla Brown invited to share expertise with the Georgia Business Travel Association

Dr. Charla Brown invited to share expertise with the Georgia Business Travel Association

Dr. Charla Brown was recently invited to Atlanta by the Georgia Business Travel Association to be an integral part of their monthly association activities on April 5, 2016. In addition to being the keynote speaker for 80 guests where she discussed authenticity in the workplace, Dr. Brown also facilitated a Buyers' Roundtable with 20 corporate travel professionals to address current hot topics industry. She was also able to promote JCVB and Juneau as a year-round destination.

BBA Human Resource Management, highlights from Dr. Charla Brown

Dr. Charla Brown shares information about the BBA Human Resource Management degree on KINY and KTOO.

Dr. Charla Brown shares information about the BBA Human Resource Management degree on KINY and KTOO.

Listen to audio recordings of Dr. Charla Brown sharing information on KTOO's A Juneau Afternoon and KINY's Capital Chat.

KTOO's A Juneau Afternoon

KINY's Capital Chat

Highlights of both interviews include:

  • The recent international recognition the UAS BBA Human Resource Management degree received from the Society for Human Resource Management
  • Competencies required for success within human resource management profession, as well as the challenges faced in the field
  • Local and virtual student chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management 
  • School of Management mission & vision and UAS's commitment to community engagement

Dr. Jim Powell Delivers Keynote For KPC Commencement

Dr. Jim Powell is honored to serve as keynote speaker for KPC commencement.

Dr. Jim Powell is honored to serve as keynote speaker for KPC commencement.

Dr. Jim Powell, Assistant Professor of Public Administration with the School of Management, was asked to be the keynote speaker for Kenai Peninsula College's commencement ceremony. The ceremony is on May 5th at 7 pm at Kenai Central High School’s Renée C. Henderson Auditorium. Jim is very excited and honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the success of UA students. 

School of Management receives international recognition

The School of Management's BBA in Human Resource Management was recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The School of Management's BBA in Human Resource Management was recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management.

The School of Management at the University of Alaska Southeast received international recognition for its Human Resource Management program. The Society of Human Resource Management recognized that the Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management degree program at UAS fully aligns with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates.Fewer than 400 programs at 291 educational institutions worldwide are recognized by SHRM as being in alignment with its suggested guides and templates. The guidelines — created in 2006 and revalidated in 2010 and 2013 — are part of SHRM’s Academic Initiative to define HR education standards taught in university business schools and help universities develop degree programs that follow industry standards.Additionally, the School of Management is the only institution in Alaska to offer a Human Resource Management emphasis. The online delivery of this degree program reaches students across Alaska, from Kotzebue to Ketchikan and everywhere in between.

Chancellor's Comments, March 30, 2016

From UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield, March 30, 2016

Chancellor Rick Caulfield

Dear UAS faculty and staff:

While all of Alaska, including our university, struggles with the state’s budget challenges, it’s important to remember why UAS exists: to support student learning and educational equity. In past few days I’ve had some exceptionally enjoyable encounters with UAS students and prospective new students; encounters that remind me how our work truly makes a difference in students’ lives and improves the quality of life in our culturally-rich communities. In thinking about our mission, I want to share with you with a brief update about three of the six UAS strategic priorities we’ve set for ourselves in 2016 and 2017. You can find the full list of these priorities at: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/vicechancellor/docs/spbac/2015-11-11/uas_strategic_priorities.pdf

UPDATE 1: Increase enrollment and retention through strategic marketing and enrollment management.

We are redoubling our efforts to encourage prospective new students to choose UAS. This weekend in Juneau our recruiters and campus life staff are hosting an “Explore Southeast” event for selected high school students who’ve already applied for admission. The goal of this event is to have students engage with talented faculty and supportive staff and to experience the excitement of campus life. We want to ‘lock in’ on these applicants and show them why UAS is a great choice. We’re also involving our current Alaska Leadership students (AL-I) to serve as student ambassadors. It’s clear that prospective students like to hear from their peers about what UAS has to offer. In addition, Ketchikan faculty and staff are expanding adult degree completion opportunities—reaching out to Alaskans who have some college but have never finished. We’ve also adjusted how we do our recruiting—including having Juneau-based recruiter Margo Connolly-Masson work much more closely with our Natural Sciences faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences to encourage talented high school science students to apply. As an example, she and Professor Sherry Tamone recently met with students at the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, held in Seward. We’re also working with the firm Strategies 360 to sharpen our recruitment message and to expand digital marketing. These are just some of the examples of how we’re working hard to grow our enrollments.

UPDATE 2: Review and improve UAS information technology programs and services

Working with Faculty Senate President Maren Haavig and Interim Provost Priscilla Schulte, I’ve contracted with Mr. Bruce Maas, Chief Information Officer of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to conduct an assessment of UAS IT programs and services. This assessment will consist of a voluntary confidential online survey for faculty, staff, and students. You’ll see that survey opportunity coming your way soon. Maas will visit UAS during the week of April 11 to conduct interviews and hear from faculty, staff, and students at all three UAS campuses. We expect to have his report from Mr. Maas in early May, including recommendations that will inform development of our FY17 budget. You can learn more about Maas at http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-names-chief-information-officer/

UPDATE 3: Strengthen university Title IX compliance, safety practices, and emergency readiness

This week we have an important opportunity to meet with Board of Regents members John Davies and student Regent Stacy Lucason who will be visiting the Juneau Campus on Thursday, March 31, to learn about how we’re addressing Title IX issues and concerns. Their goal is to support efforts to provide a safe learning environment free of sexual harassment and discrimination and to educate all members of the UAS community about these topics. For details see http://www.uas.alaska.edu/soundings/articles/2016/3/titleix-listening-tour.html These are just a few of the actions we’re taking to address our strategic priorities.

As always, I value your ideas and comments.Send those to me at racaulfield@uas.alaska.edu, and keep up the good work in support of our students and communities.

Thank you!

Show Your UAS Love!

UAS T-Shirt Love

UAS T-Shirt Love

In spring, love blooms. This spring, show UAS your love! Lakeside Store hours are Monday–Friday: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. & 4–7 p.m.

Janelle Vanasse named superintendent of Mt. Edgecumbe

Soon-to-be UAS graduate is member of first cohort of the superintendent program at UAS.

Soon-to-be UAS graduate is member of first cohort of the superintendent program at UAS.

Janelle Vanasse of Bethel , soon to graduate from the UAS superintendent program as a member of the first cohort, has been named Superintendent/Director of Mt. Edgecumbe High School, the state-operated boarding school in Sitka. She will be working with Dr. Mary Wegner, the Sitka superintendent and also a member of the first UAS Superintendent Cohorts.

Ms. Vanasse is director of secondary education at the Lower Kuskokwim School District and has served as principal and assistant principal of Bethel Regional High School, and executive director of Yuut Elitnaurviat, a non-profit in Bethel that provides vocational training to youth and adults. Ms. Vanasse also was a specialist in special education and grants for the Lower Kuskokwim School District and a teacher in Fairbanks.

Among her duties at the Lower Kuskokwim School District, Ms. Vanasse oversaw its Ready Academies, which are boarding programs of variable length; oversaw student data and testing; supervised school administrators; and provided professional development for principals and teachers.

Ms. Vanasse holds a bachelor of science degree in special education from St. Cloud University in Minnesota, a master of education degree in administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and will complete her superintendent’s endorsement from the University of Alaska Southeast in May. The State Board of Education & Early Development is the school board for Mt. Edgecumbe High School. The board approved Ms. Vanasse’s appointment March 22 at its meeting in Juneau.

For nearly 70 years, Mt. Edgecumbe High School has played a unique role in Alaska education. The vast majority of its students are Alaska Native. At any given time, it serves students from 100-plus communities, many of them small villages. In Mt. Edgecumbe High School’s classrooms and dormitories, the state’s future leaders and achievers in many fields forge relationships for a lifetime. Dr. Laster, the Chair of the Educational Leadership Program at UAS and the designer of the only Superintendent Endorsement Program in Alaska, commented, “It is highly appropriate that a genuine Alaska leader will be guiding Alaska’s next generation of leaders.”

Credit to Emily Kwong KCAW

UAS Cisco Phone Tip

How to utilize the transfer feature to send a call to another extension.

Hello UAS! In order to better increase the technological knowledge of UAS Staff and Faculty, IT will begin to release some monthly tips, tricks, and/or information about how better utilize technology at your work place. 

Please find below instructions for how to transfer a call, or maintain the call once it's been transferred. You can also check the UAS IT Services Facebook every tuesday for our "Tech Tuesday" articles that have great tips, tricks and information about the technology that you use every day! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/UAS-IT-Services-70758237323/?fref=ts

Transferring a Call

The transfer feature allows you to send a call to another extension.

To transfer a call you have received

  • During a call press the Transfer soft key. The caller is automatically placed on hold (with music) and cannot hear you.
  • Dial the number to which you wish to transfer the call (this establishes a new call.)

Then choose either:

  • Press the Transfer soft key to automatically transfer the call without announcing the caller.

or

  • Wait until the party answers and announce the holding caller, then press the Transfer soft key.
  • Hang up.

If the answering party refuses the call

  • Press the EndCall soft key to end the second call.
  • Press the Resume soft key to return to the original call.

Interactive phone tutorial for UAS office phones:

http://www.cisco.com/comm/applications/CCNP/qlm/7941/index.htm

Hayes Interviewed by KCAW

Hayes was interviewed by the Sitka based radio station KCAW during her time in the Southeast part of the state.

Ernestine Hayes is back on the Juneau campus after her month long tour of the state with the Alaska Reads program. She was interviewed by the Sitka based radio station KCAW during her time in the Southeast part of the state. Listen to the interview on the KCAW website. 

UA Students and Dems Rally Against Cuts

UAS Student Government led a rally outside the Capitol with a loud and clear message to the legislature: the University of Alaska is important to all Alaskans.

UAS Student Government led a rally outside the Capitol with a loud and clear message to the legislature: the University of Alaska is important to all Alaskans.

UAS Student Government led a rally outside the Capitol with a loud and clear message to the legislature: the University of Alaska is important to all Alaskans. “Keep Bright Stars in Alaska” was in response to a proposed more than $50 million in cuts to the UA budget from The House Finance Subcommittee. That number has since been reduced to closer to $25 million. More than fifty people attended the March 5 noon event, organized by The Coalition of Student Leaders. In addition to students from the three main MAU’s, other speakers included Rep. Sam Kito III, D-Juneau, Rep. Adam Wool, whose Fairbanks district includes UAF, and Anchorage Representative Berta Gardner. UAS Chancellor Emeritus John Pugh addressed how UA has met the challenge from the legislature to produce teachers, engineers, miners, and nurses.  The Coalition of Student Leaders is a non-partisan coalition made up of students from across the University system who believe in the power of higher education for the State of Alaska.

Here is the latest schedule to testify on the budget: Monday, March 7: 3:45 - 5:30 Juneau, Tuesday, March 8 10:00 - 11:00 Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska, 11:15 - 12:00 Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction 1:00 - 2:00, Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, 2:15 - 3:30, Sitka, Cordova, Valdez 3:45 - 5:30. Statewide Teleconference - Offnet sites

You can find the location of your local Legislative Information Office (LIO) at this link: http://akleg.gov/lios.php. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the end of the allotted time period or testimony will close early. Tell the legislators why UAS and post-secondary education in SE Alaska is vital to our economic, social, and cultural life.

Presentations

Northrim Donation for School of Management

Northrim's support is a huge investment in the future of our students.

At a recent Northrim Bank Economic update luncheon in Juneau, the School of Management  received a $50,000 check from Northrim, with $40,000 going to the Juneau campus. “The Northrim funding will help support our student chapters in human resources management and public administration, and it will also help us to encourage more rural students who are interested in accounting and human resources management to participate in our online degree program,” said Chancellor Rick Caulfield. “Northrim's support is a huge investment in the future of our students."

Art Meets Science Week 2016

Katie Bausler

Graduating and upper-division students from the School of Arts and Sciences delivered presentations at the annual Art Meets Science Week April 11-15 on the Juneau campus.

Graduating and upper-division students from the School of Arts and Sciences delivered presentations at the annual Art Meets Science Week April 11-15 on the Juneau campus.

Graduating and upper-division students from the School of Arts and Sciences delivered presentations drawing from a wealth of research and study in the humanities, mathematics, marine biology, glaciology and the social sciences at the annual Art Meets Science Week April 11-15 on the Juneau campus. At the fifth annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URECA) event, student presentations ranged from “The role of gender stereotypes in leadership selection for companies in crisis” to “Dolly Varden foraging in Auke Creek” to “Evaluating perceived severity of Alaska Native victim rape.” Other events during the week included an evening discussion on the human relationship to salmon inspired by David Montgomery’s book, King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon, a social justice panel and a salsa dance.

UA President's Day on Juneau Campus

As part of his tour of UA campuses to address the budget crisis, UA President Jim Johnsen spent Monday, April 11 on the Juneau campus.

As part of his tour of UA campuses to address the budget crisis, UA President Jim Johnsen spent Monday, April 11 on the Juneau campus.

As part of his tour of UA campuses to address the budget crisis, UA President Jim Johnsen spent Monday, April 11 on the Juneau campus. His schedule included a morning meeting with the Chancellor’s Cabinet, lunch with the Campus Advisory Council, and afternoon meetings with students, staff and faculty. Johnsen discussed the evolving strategic pathways proposals and expressed confidence in the strength of the UA system despite proposed cuts of millions of dollars by the state legislature. Johnson acknowledged that jobs and programs will be lost, while programs “we do offer will be of high quality and high access.”

Training

UAS Windows Keyboard Tip

Our UAS IT Services "Tech Tuesday" Tip! If you like shortcuts, this one's for you!

Good Afternoon UAS! Please find below an additional "Tech Tuesday" tip from UAS IT Services! This tip is useful for everyone, students, staff and faculty alike! If you're into shortcuts--this one's for you!

UAS Windows Keyboard Tip:

The standard Microsoft Windows keyboard has a dedicated Windows logo key with many useful shortcuts. Here are several popular ones:

1. Open or close the start menu:
2. Display the desktop: (Windows Key) + D
3. Lock the computer: (Windows Key) + L
4. Change the presentation display mode: (Windows Key) + P

Additional keyboard shortcuts can be found on Microsoft's website.

Transitions

We Will Miss Mansour!

Staff, faculty and students showed their appreciation and bid Mansour farewell with their specialty dishes at a breakfast potluck in the Lakeside Grill on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Staff, faculty and students showed their appreciation and bid Mansour farewell with their specialty dishes at a breakfast potluck in the Lakeside Grill on Thursday, April 7, 2016.

Juneau campus Food Service Director Mansour Alzaharna’s last day was Friday, April 8. He moved back to Las Cruces, New Mexico where he has a home and a new job,overseeing food service for a small hospital.

Mansour made several positive changes to UAS food service, including Spike branding,vegetarian and gluten free dishes, and falafel wraps! In addition, he oversaw the development and opening of the C Store which sells food, convenience items, and UAS wear as well as school and art supplies. An avid runner, he was an enthusiastic member of the UAS community and even started a weekly running club.

Staff, faculty and students showed their appreciation and bid Mansour farewell with their specialty dishes at a breakfast potluck in the Lakeside Grill on Thursday, April 7. Mansour was a nominee for a 2016 staff make students count award.He was presented with a collection of glowing letters of recommendation and a signed I Heart UAS shirt.

 
 

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