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Kick-Off to the FY17 Wellness Program

Attend this upcoming Healthy Roads session session to learn all about the ins and outs of the FY17 wellness program to earn your FY18 wellness rebate.

UA’s on-site program manager from Healthyroads, Sara Rodewald will be covering the FY17 wellness requirements, sharing where you can locate wellness resources, and detail what wellness events you will have to look forward to! Attend this session to learn all about the ins and outs of the FY17 wellness program to earn your FY18 wellness rebate.

Need more incentive to attend? UA will be raffling-off 6 Fitbit Zips to those who participate! To be entered into this raffle, you must first register for the session (link below) and then attend either in-person or remotely. Those who attend in-person will be required to sign-in, and attendance will be collected from those calling-in remotely.

UAF, Bunnell 122, or online via webinar
Friday, September 16 from 12–1 p.m.
Registration for the session is now available online. Upon successful registration you will receive an email containing additional meeting information and a link to use when it is time to join. Please be sure you have both phone and computer access to fully participate!

Additional Questions? Contact Sara by phone at 907-450-8203 or by email at


Git Hayetsk to Perform at the Smithsonian

Git Hayetsk to Perform at the Smithsonian

Git Hayetsk is a internationally renowned dance group lead by Mike and Mique'l Dangeli, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies. This week they will be featured performers at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. Git Hayetsk will be performing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. EST. Another Alaskan Native dance group, the Lepquinm Gumilgit Gagoadim, will be dancing at noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Each performance is 45 mintues long and can be viewed online via the Smithsonian's website


Seeking Tidal Echoes Submissions

Submissions for the 2017 addition of Tidal Echos are due December 1, 2016.

Tidal Echoes Submission

DEADLINE: Dec. 1st, 2016

Submission Process

To submit your entry to Tidal Echoes, please use our submission form online.


Tidal Echoes will consider submissions from any current full-time resident of Southeast Alaska. A portion of the journal will be set aside for UAS students. Students of all UAS campuses are encouraged to submit.


We consider fiction, non-fiction, transcribed oral stories, memoir, or drama. Multiple pieces may be submitted, but please limit submissions to three pieces.  Each piece may be no longer than 10 double-spaced pages.  Partial pieces of longer works will also be considered, provided they stand alone as cohesive pieces. Microsoft Word only please.


We accept poetry of all types, but please limit submissions to five poems. Keep in mind that we will preserve the format of your poem in the journal, so it is important to ensure that your piece looks exactly as you would like it to appear on the page when you submit it. Microsoft Word only please.


Tidal Echoes welcomes artwork submissions of all mediums, including but not limited to sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography and drawing. All artwork must be submitted in a digital format (.tif or .jpg) and at least 1800 pixels wide. Submissions must include the title of each piece, as well as the medium. Resources are available on the UAS Juneau campus for scanning and photographing art. Please contact Associate Professor of Art Jeremy Kane at with questions. Limit five pieces. 

For further details please reference the Tidal Echoes submission manager website.

Dr. Jim Powell presents at Arctic Frost in Vienna, Austria

Dr. Jim Powell, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, presented at the Arctic-FROST Annual meeting in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Jim Powell, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, presented at the Arctic-FROST Annual meeting in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Jim Powell, Assistant Professor at the UAS School of Management, MPA program participated in the Arctic-FROST Annual meeting in Vienna Austria. Dr. Powell participated as a mentor to early scholars and presented a paper on his research on community adaptive capacity in Kenai and Juneau, Alaska. The Arctic-FROST Project is a NSF-funded international interdisciplinary collaborative network that links together environmental and social scientists, local educators, and community members from all circumpolar countries to enable and mobilize research on sustainable Arctic development. It is specifically aimed at improving the health, human development and well being of Arctic communities while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources under changing climate conditions. The theme of the Annual Meeting and Early Career Scholars Workshop is Arctic Sustainability in the Global Context. Dr. Powell also presented a video he produced on local subsistence harvesters and their observations of climate change in SE Alaska.

Fun Photo from 4th of July

Photo from 4th of July

Photo from 4th of July

A visitor to Juneau, John from Jakarta, Indonesia, took this photograph at the 4th of July Parade. Delores Graver wanted to share this with everyone, noting the "I Love UAS" in the photo. 

Lance Twitchell Chosen For Judson L. Brown Leadership Award

Lance Twitchell receives $5,000 Judson L. Brown Leadership.

Sealaska Heritage Institute

Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) through its Scholarship Committee has chosen a well-known language advocate and assistant professor of Alaska Native languages as the 2016 recipient of its annual Judson L. Brown Leadership Award.

The recipient, Lance Twitchell, has helped to lead a high-profile effort in recent years to revitalize Alaska Native languages. As an assistant professor of Alaska Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), he has pushed to develop Haida and Tsimshian language classes; to create systemic changes in the university, our communities and organizations; and to increase attendance in language classes. In his first two years at UAS, attendance in Alaska Native language classes rose by 150 percent. He also was a key member of a team that secured passage of House Bill 216, which made Alaska the only other state in the U.S. to officially recognize its indigenous languages.

The $5,000 scholarship goes to students who have demonstrated academic achievement and leadership skills, said SHI President Rosita Worl, adding only one person wins the annual award.

“Lance is a rising star and leader in the realm of Native language revitalization. He is working in our institutions to bring systemic change, and he is teaching the Tlingit language to his children at home,” Worl said. “For the first time in many, many years we are witnessing the existence of bilingual children who speak their Native language along with English. Lance is not only doing that himself, he is forging a path to help other young parents raise bilingual children.”

In 2015, Twitchell was accepted into the Ph.D. program in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Culture Revitalization at the Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani (College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai’I at Hilo).

“The program at Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani is the only indigenous language revitalization doctorate program in the world,” wrote Twitchell in an essay. “My studies there will create increased opportunities for Alaska Native language revitalization.”

The leadership award comes from an endowment established in 2006 through a $100,000 donation from Chris and Mary McNeil. It was named for Chris McNeil’s uncle, the late Tlingit leader Judson Lawrence Brown, who was a forceful advocate for education and leadership development. The endowment is administered by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

SHI also administers a scholarship fund for Sealaska, which announced that nearly $416,000 in Sealaska scholarships were issued this year.


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