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Forest Wagner's Letter to UAS

Forest Wagner

Outdoor Studies faculty Forest Wagner checks-in with colleagues two months after he was attacked by a brown bear while on a field course near Haines.

Outdoor Studies faculty Forest Wagner checks-in with colleagues two months after he was attacked by a brown bear while on a field course near Haines.

Hi Everyone!

I hope this letter finds each of you well and enjoying summer.

Thanks for the kind words and support. I’ve received so many letters and packages and am really touched to be part of such a caring community. I am doing well and will be back at work this fall. I continue to go to physical therapy and doctors appmnts most days of the week, and am hiking and stretching everyday and walking without a cane. I am not in pain, and am able to drive around now, which makes the day-to-day more convenient. I have one remaining acute injury, a hole in my side that is slowly healing from the inside out. I cant rock climb yet, but am getting closer, and am now doing some longer alpine hikes. I will be in Anchorage another month to six weeks as an out patient, and will be moving into an apartment next week-- I’ll pass that address along when I get it.

Thank you for the donations. This still leaves me speechless, but helped to clear my mind about summer work, which at this point i am still unable to participate in. I am still processing how to respond, but thank you very much.

I am working on a brief write up of my incident and will pass that along when it is complete.

With love,

Forest

2016 Outstanding Graduates Featured on Website

Katie Bausler

UAS honored several students with the 5th annual Outstanding Graduate Awards. This year faculty nominated graduates from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Management. Of the award-winners, three were from the Juneau Douglas high school class of 2011: Alex Whitehead, Alex Fagerstrom and Aandaxltín Stephanie Tripp.

UAS honored several students with the 5th annual Outstanding Graduate Awards. This year faculty nominated graduates from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Management. Of the award-winners, three were from the Juneau Douglas high school class of 2011: Alex Whitehead, Alex Fagerstrom and Aandaxltín Stephanie Tripp.

UAS honored several students with the 5th annual Outstanding Graduate Awards. This year faculty nominated graduates from the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Education and Management.  Of the award-winners, three were from the Juneau Douglas high school class of 2011: Alex Whitehead, Alex Fagerstrom and Aandaxltín Stephanie Tripp.

Whitehead graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Minor in Mathematics. “Alex actively engaged himself in the learning process; his academic performance consistently indicated a solid grasp of the material and a keen insight for application,” said Associate Professor of Chemistry Lisa Hoferkamp. Fagerstrom received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.“Eric has also been an active member of the UAS Pre-health Professionals Club and intends to pursue a career in dentistry,” Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Heidi Pearson said. “He is diligently studying for the Dental Admission Test and aims to attend dental school in the Pacific Northwest.” Tripp graduated with a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts in Alaska Native studies and languages.“Stephanie is strong in all aspects: academics, research (oratory, video and audio transcription), student leadership (Wooch.een), and community service (Flying University),” Assistant Professor of Spanish Andrea Dewees said.

For more outstanding graduate stories, faculty support statements and photos since 2012, please see the UAS Outstanding Grads website.

Faculty Forest Wagner Released from Hospital after Bear Mauling

Katie Bausler

Forest Wagner's release from Providence Hospital, May 9,2016

Forest Wagner's release from Providence Hospital, May 9,2016

Monday, May 9, Juneau University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Assistant Professor Forest Wagner, 35, was released from Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He is continuing outpatient physical therapy and wound care in Anchorage. Wagner was mauled by a brown bear Monday, April 18 during a field mountaineering course near Haines and medevaced to Providence Hospital. In a statement Wagner said, “Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming amount of support. I’m doing well, currently walking on crutches and scheduled to return to Juneau in June.” Forest looks forward to teaching again in the fall.

Bystander Intervention Curriculum Coming to UAS

Calling all Staff – the first bystander intervention session will be offered during Staff Development Day. Juneau staff – please join your trainers Lori Klein and Sarah Belmont from 1:30-2:30 pm on Friday, May 13 in the Glacier View Room.

Lori Klein

Bystander Intervention Curriculum Coming to UAS

“Let’s put ending violence on our to-do list.” Lori Klein, UAS Title IX Coordinator is working with staff in Ketchikan, Sitka and Juneau to bring bystander intervention curriculum to UAS. “Many of us feel passionately about ending violence. Even if you don’t feel passionately about it, most people would agree it’s an important thing. But it feels like a huge task. Especially in Alaska, where our rates of violence, particularly violence against women, are huge.”

No one is expected to do big things, but if everyone is committed to doing small things, collectively we can work together to end violence. This is the foundation of Green Dot, an evidence-based bystander intervention curriculum rolling out this fall at UAS. The curriculum focuses on dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault, but has practical implications for any situation where someone might be harmed. “We’re going to talk about changing our campus norms, we’re going to learn about various kinds of intervention and we’re going to practice small actions that can change our campus culture for the better,” Klein said.

Calling all Staff – the first bystander intervention session will be offered during Staff Development Day. Juneau staff – please join your trainers Lori Klein and Sarah Belmont from 1:30-2:30 pm on Friday, May 13 in the Glacier View Room.

Faculty and student trainings will be offered in August and September.

For more information about Green Dot, please contact Lori Klein at 796-6036.

Awards

UAS 2016 Staff Make Students Count Winner

UAS Ketchikan Staff

Ketchikan campus Records and Registration clerk Brenda Hurley is the 2016 UAS winner of the UA Staff Make Students Count award.

Ketchikan campus Records and Registration clerk Brenda Hurley is the 2016 UAS winner of the UA Staff Make Students Count award.

Ketchikan campus Records and Registration clerk Brenda Hurley is the 2016 UAS winner of the UA Staff Make Students Count award.
                                   
Brenda Hurley has been putting students first for the last 20+ years at the Ketchikan campus. She is probably one of the most familiar faces of the University. Students know they can ask Brenda just about anything and she will have the answer. Faculty will often go to Brenda for a wide variety of things, from room scheduling to filling out forms.

Each year after commencement, she will invariably have an idea to make the event even better the next time. She does all this, not because it is part of her job, but because she knows our students by name and how hard they have worked to make it to graduation. She makes each commencement special for the students and their families through her hard work, great ideas and attention to detail.

Brenda is hard working and always willing to take on new tasks when asked. She works quickly and efficiently to meet the needs of the students regarding course registrations and student records. Brenda treats students and staff with a high degree of professionalism and respect. Her accuracy and depth of institutional knowledge is of the utmost importance to student success.

Many times over the years Brenda's made a personal investment in making certain that students who are lost, frustrated, confused, and/or stressed have a sounding board for their issue. Partly because of Brenda’s long record of employment at UAS, but mostly because she is a patient, nurturing person, she is a master at sensitively guiding matters through various channels and producing results.

Staff behind the scenes can often be more influential to student success than we realize; Brenda Hurley is one of those individuals at UAS. While she doesn’t work directly with students every day, what she does every day is always student centered. Not afraid to ask the hard questions, Brenda is always directing the discussions to consider, “Will this benefit or hurt students?”

Brenda isn’t afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right and is consistently evaluating how things impact our students.

2016 Faculty Excellence Awards

Four faculty members were the recipients of annual Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Auke Lake campus on May 2. Juneau faculty Karen Mitchell (English), Jason Amundson (Environmental Science), Johanna Fagen (Biology) and Ketchikan faculty William Urquhart (Sociology) were selected by their peers and students for excellence in teaching, research, adjunct instruction and faculty advising.

Four faculty members were the recipients of annual Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Auke Lake campus on May 2. Juneau faculty Karen Mitchell (English), Jason Amundson (Environmental Science), Johanna Fagen (Biology) and Ketchikan faculty William Urquhart (Sociology) were selected by their peers and students for excellence in teaching, research, adjunct instruction and faculty advising.

Four faculty members were the recipients of annual Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Auke Lake campus on May 2. Juneau faculty Karen Mitchell (English), Jason Amundson (Environmental Science), Johanna Fagen (Biology) and Ketchikan faculty William Urquhart (Sociology) were selected by their peers and students for excellence in teaching, research, adjunct instruction and faculty advising. Winners were chosen through letters of support from UAS faculty, staff, research colleagues, students or community members, and based on accomplishments, published materials highlighting achievements and evidence of exceptional service to UAS or community. Johanna Fagen was nominated for her teaching ability, of which a student said, “During class discussions I have always had the sense that Johanna is more interested in helping us all form our own informed opinions rather than steering us down one path.”   In recognition of her retirement, her colleagues said that her stories, enthusiasm, kindness and boisterous laugh will be greatly missed. Professor Mitchell has been an adjunct instructor in English at the Juneau campus for more than 20 years. Mitchell is an active participant in Safe Zone training and is an ally for the LGBT community. Dr. Jason Amundson is known for his research record since arriving at UAS in the fall of 2011. In the last academic year he has secured more than $825,000 in external funding for his research. Dr. Urquhart’s many service opportunities include hiring committees, representing the Social Sciences department on the Curriculum Committee, mentoring new faculty, Title III principal Investigator, and spearheading the implementation of a new BA in Social Science degree available for distance delivery.

Events

Farewell Sound and Motion: Tidal Echoes Launch 2016

Tidal Echoes Launch 2016 marks final event of seven year Sound and Motion arts and culture series.

Tidal Echoes Launch 2016 marks final event of seven year Sound and Motion arts and culture series.

Southeast Alaska’s undergraduate-led literary and arts journal launched in the Egan Lecture Hall, April 15, 2016. It features Ravenstail and spruce root basket weaving, thoughts on motherhood and the wild in Tracy Arm, and writing and art from around Southeast Alaska.The 2016 edition of Tidal Echoes celebrates the work of Sitka weaver Teri Rofkar and Juneau biologist and writer Aleria Jensen. The event closed out the final Sound and Motion event of the 2016 season and the series itself. Initiated in 2010 by then Chancellor John Pugh, the arts and culture series will no longer be offered.

Fundraiser to Enhance Music Education in Alaska

Seanna OSullivan-Hines

The first Strings for Scholarships All Cello Concert was held Saturday, April 30 at the Egan Library.

The first Strings for Scholarships All Cello Concert was held Saturday, April 30 at the Egan Library.

In collaboration with Juneau Alaska Music Matters, the Office of Development has announced the creation of a new scholarship fund for Master of Arts in Teaching students, the UAS MAT-JAMM Scholarship Fund. A recent fundraiser garnered $1336.50 in contributions. The first “Strings for Scholarships All Cello Concert” was held Saturday, April 30 at the Egan Library. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance for tuition and other related educational expenses to UAS students who are also string musicians and pursuing a Secondary Master of Arts in Teaching or a Secondary Graduate Certificate. Both programs result in certification to teach music in grades K-12.

Student Speaker “epitomizes why UAS exists”

Katie Bausler

The 2016 Juneau student commencement speaker represented the best of UAS.

The 2016 Juneau student commencement speaker represented the best of UAS.

The 2016 Juneau campus student commencement speaker represents the best of UAS. Jasper Nelson is on the fast track to return to his home town as a biology teacher. He graduated with his Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with an endorsement in Biology. In 2015, Jasper earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at UAS. Of Tsimshian heritage, Jasper was born in Ketchikan and grew up in Craig, on Prince of Wales Island. For his MAT student teaching experience, Jasper taught chemistry and biology to Thunder Mountain High School students. Alaska Native educator Angie Lunda, who nominated Jasper as student speaker, noted 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 built an engaging and rigorous biology program for the students in their TMHS class of 2016.” Jasper earned a big laugh from the commencement audience when he said, “I’m no longer that chubby kid with the backpack full of zoo books. I’m that chubby teacher with a backpack full of science journals.” Said Chancellor Rick Caulfield, “Jasper Nelson epitomizes why UAS exists—to enable young Alaskans of diverse cultural backgrounds to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. His hope is to return to Craig next year as a certified teacher.”

An Aak’w Kwaan Welcome

Tlingit elders and dancers lead 2016 Juneau campus commencement

Tlingit elders and dancers lead 2016 Juneau campus commencement

The Juneau campus Commencement 2016 procession was led by a large local group of Tlingit dancers and drummers. Aak’w Kwaan elders Rosa Miller and Frances Houston gave a traditional Tlingit welcome. “We were honored to start a proud new tradition—having the Mount Juneau Tlingit Dancers lead our procession and a traditional welcome by Elders of the Aak’w Kwaan people, “ said Chancellor Rick Caulfield. “The spirited singing and dancing was a fitting way to honor both the accomplishments of all our graduates and the rich indigenous cultures of Southeast Alaska.”

2016 Commencement Honors Near-Record Number of Graduates

Near record, many first generation graduates in class of 2016.

Near record, many first generation graduates in class of 2016.

This year’s number of awards is among the highest granted at commencement. UAS awarded 755 associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees along with occupational endorsements, certificates, and professional licensures at commencement ceremonies April 29, 30 and May 1. Awards were granted to 670 graduates from the Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka campuses. “We are enormously proud of the accomplishments of these UAS graduates,” said Chancellor Rick Caulfield. “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.”

Inuksuit: An Alaskan Musical Premiere Like No Other

Saturday, May 21, 2016, the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus is the site of the Alaskan premiere of Inuksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams. Raw, wild and epic, this outdoor event will include local musicians led by Juneau Jazz and Classics Artists-in-Residence Third Coast Percussion.

Saturday, May 21, 2016, the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus is the site of the Alaskan premiere of Inuksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams. Raw, wild and epic, this outdoor event will include local musicians led by Juneau Jazz and Classics Artists-in-Residence Third Coast Percussion.

Saturday, May 21, 2016, the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus is the site of the Alaskan premiere of Inusksuit, a multi-percussion musical experience by Pulitzer Prize winner and former Alaskan John Luther Adams. Raw, wild and epic, this outdoor event will include local musicians led by Juneau Jazz and Classics Artists-in-Residence Third Coast Percussion. A pre-event information session, including a video and message from  Adams, is set for 1:30 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall. The interactive campus-wide performance will commence at 2 p.m. in the Mourant Courtyard by the whale sculpture.

Described by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” Inuksuit involves a variety of percussion instruments and players dispersed through the outdoors on and around the UAS campus. The piece has been performed all over the world in recent years. “Each performance of Inuksuit is different,” Adams has said of the piece, “determined by the size of the ensemble, the specific instruments used, the topology and vegetation of the site, and even by the songs of local birds.”

The event is part of the final day of the annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. Organizer Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion said, “Inuksuit is a truly unique performance experience. It is at once an intricately structured concert work, a beautifully hypnotic sound installation, an interactive work of performance art, and a communal music making event like no other. It is not everyday that you can gather a large group of people together that are all excited about making a truly groundbreaking piece of art. It is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both the audience, the performers, the University of Alaska Southeast, and the greater Juneau community!”

News

Huff Awarded Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship

Huff Awarded Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship

The Rasmuson Foundation has selected 10 artists to received Fellowship Awards ($18,000 each) and 25 who will receive Project Awards ($7,500 each). The recipients include literary artists, photographers, craft artists, poets, multi-disciplinary artists, carvers, composers, folk and traditional artists, performance artists, novelists, and installations artists. The awardees were chosen from nearly 400 applications. Photographer, Ben Huff, who has taught Digital Photography and Art Appreciation at UAS, was selected as one of the 2016 Fellows. Huff will be starting Ice Fog Press, an independent publisher that will make art and photography books about Alaska, by Alaskans. Ice Fog Press' first book will be a small edition of his work titled "Transmission," a series of pictures of satellite dishes at night.

Benefitting Students and Community

Katie Bausler

A house build program of the School of Career Education is giving students useful construction technology skills.

A house build program of the School of Career Education is giving students useful construction technology skills.

A house build program of the School  of Career Education is giving students useful construction technology skills.

Assistant Professor and Construction Technology Program Head Robin Gilcrist has been putting the finishing touches on a Lena Point home built by University of Alaska Southeast and Juneau Douglas High School students through a low-cost housing project. A young family will move into the house this summer, thanks to a partnership between the  School of Career Education and the Juneau Housing Trust.

A second home next door will be completed by students during the Fall 2016 semester.

“This is increasingly better for the university and the students,” said Career Education Executive Dean Pete Traxler.  People are looking at more skills to make their resume stronger and raise their ranking as far as employability. We’re poised in a good way to be able to help them.”

Discovering Opportunities Through Change

Katie Bausler

At the annual Staff Development and Appreciation Day May 12 in the Egan Library, staff brainstormed opportunities for positive outcomes through the Strategic Pathways initiative

At the annual Staff Development and Appreciation Day May 12 in the Egan Library, staff brainstormed opportunities for positive outcomes through the Strategic Pathways initiative

UAS governance groups including Staff Council, Faculty Senate and Student Government all held sessions at the end of the 2015-16 academic year to discuss proposed changes to the UA system due to pending budget cuts. At the annual Staff Development and Appreciation Day May 12 in the Egan Library, staff brainstormed opportunities for positive outcomes through the Strategic Pathways initiative.

Dr. Charla Brown receives 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Charla Brown receives 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Charla Brown receives 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. Charla Brown, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management, at the University of Alaska Southeast has been named a regional recipient of the 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. Dr. Brown will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at ACBSP Annual Conference 2016, June 17-20 in Atlanta, Georgia. As a regional recipient, Dr. Brown is now a candidate for the international award. “Dr. Brown has extensive experience in the human resource management field that she utilizes in her courses to provide students the knowledge they need to move into more challenging careers. I have heard from several students how they have been able to apply the knowledge learned in Dr. Brown’s class at their current job and for some it has meant a promotion or opportunity to work on projects,” said Vickie Williams, Dean, School of Management, at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Dean Williams shares accounting lesson with FDMS students

Dean Williams shares accounting lesson with FDMS students

Dean Williams shares accounting lesson with FDMS students

Dean Vickie Williams volunteered at the Floyd Dryden Middle School Career Fair this past semester. The fair was organized by the Juneau Economic Development Council's AmeriCorps member, Courtney Weiss. There were a variety of professions including Accountant, Veterinarian, and Coast Guard that had relevant hands on activities for student's to experience. All of the presenters volunteered their time for this event. Dean Williams presented a "sweet' session on accounting using cupcakes. Students calculated the cost of the cupcake and then decide at what price they would need to sell it.

 
 

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