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Amid cuts, UAS moves focus to enrollment

10-02-2015 | Juneau Empire - At the University of Alaska Southeast, it’s the same tune heard around the state — an uncomfortably tight budget countered by expanding program needs. UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield, however, remains optimistic. During Thursday’s Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Caulfield presented a summary of where UAS is, where it’s going and what it all means for Juneau’s economy. ...More

UAS student government votes to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day

10-02-2015 | KTOO - Students at the University of Alaska Southeast will recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 12, a day otherwise known as Columbus Day. The student government recently passed a resolution to do this on the second Monday of every October. ...More

Scientists exploring what caused deadly Sitka landslide

09-23-2015 | Alaska Public Media - One month after a deadly landslide struck in Sitka, a group of scientists and agency officials are starting the complicated task of learning what happened. The Geo Task Force has been meeting informally at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The center’s director, Lisa Busch, believes these gatherings are an important first step in understanding the area’s geophysical hazards. UAS Assistant Professor of Forest Ecology Brian Buma is among those working with the Geo Task Force. ...More

Wearable Art of Place: Armor and masks

02-11-15 | Juneau Empire - Long, long before Juneau carpenter and artist David Walker began steaming sheets of wood veneer into incredible one-of-a-kind works of wearable art to present on Juneau’s runways, wearable art of a very different kind has been flourishing in Southeast Alaska: Tlingit armor, masks, jewelry and regalia. This culturally significant wearable art is the focus of this year’s Art of Place lecture series, Wearable Art of Place, which kicked off Friday at University of Alaska Southeast and continues through April. ...More

Educator Spotlight: Molly Box

02-08-15 | Juneau Empire - I received my bachelor’s degree in elementary education (K-8) from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, in 1990. I received my master of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2011. ...More

UAS professors examine Charlie Hebdo shootings

01-27-15 | KTOO - A professor of French pop culture history at the University of Alaska Southeast is questioning how Americans should show solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Professor Robin Walz held a seminar Friday called “I am (not) Charlie.” ...More

Alaska Climate Science Center Designer to Receive International Vizzie Award

02-25-15 | USGS - Timm and her collaborators received the People’s Choice award in the poster division for their illustration entitled "From Icefield to Ocean" Timm worked with glaciologists Shad O' Neel, from the U.S. Geological Survey's Alaska Science Center, and Eran Hood, from the University of Alaska Southeast. She also worked with ecologist Allison Bidlack, from the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Glacial melt could change chemistry and food web in world's oceans

01-24-15 | Alaska Daily News - This is the first time it’s been done in a comprehensive, data-driven way,” said lead author Eran Hood, an environmental science professor at UAS. ...More

The Alaska Bellwether: Perception, response and adaptation in a time of climate change

02-21-15 | The Banner Press - Alaska is often seen as the “canary in the climate change coal mine”, said Jim Powell, Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), where he teaches natural resource policy, sustainability, and public administration. ...More

Teacher's method goes beyond the worksheet

01-21-15 | Juneau Empire - Jennifer Thompson has been a kindergarten and first-grade teacher in Juneau since she received her degree from the University of Alaska Southeast in the late 1980s, and she has been advocating “constructivist” teaching since she began. ...More

You are here Reading the North: Second look at Alaska's fascinating geology

1-11-15 | Alaska Dispatch News - Author Cathy Connor discusses the latest findings in Alaska and adjacent parts of British Columbia and the Yukon. In addition to roads and national parks, the book covers the "boatside geology" of Alaska, including the fjords of Southeast Alaska, islands in the Bering Sea, and the Tatshenshini River. ...More

Vickie Williams appointed Dean of School of Management

01-01-14 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast has announced the appointment of Vickie Williams as the new Dean of the School of Management. ...More

UAS fish tech program has in-state focus

12-22-14 | Ketchikan Daily News - More than half a dozen fish-centric University of Alaska community campuses around the state are educating an upcoming generation of fisheries technology professionals with the University of Alaska Southeast’s fisheries technology program. ...More

Lyons: First winner of DIPAC Fisheries Tech Scholarship

12-14-2014 | KCAW, Raven Radio - Jim Seeland, an Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in the Fisheries Technologies Program, talks about their partnership with Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) to award an annual $3000 scholarship to a student who shows promise in the field. ...More

UAS brings spotlight to Aleut internment camps

12-01-2014 | Juneau Empire - John Radzilowski stood in front of a group of some 50 people Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast library in Ketchikan and asked for the survivors of the Aleut internment camps and their descendants to stand and be recognized. More than a dozen people, ranging in age from late 80s to teens, stood and were met with a round of applause. UAS showed “The Aleut Story” as part of the Ask UAS program this week. Radzilowski, UAS associate professor of history, introduced the film and led a discussion after the screening. ...More

Educator Spotlight: Elisabeth Hauser

12-07-2014 | Juneau Empire - In 2012, I graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with my Master’s in teaching. I am now a highly-qualified K-8 educator with a Professional Teacher Certificate.As a newer teacher I find that so much of my professional growth and learning has occurred by reaching out to colleagues and mentors who have helped foster my growth as a teacher. ...More

Cultural appropriation and education: making the right decisions

11-27-2014 | Juneau Empire - "It is not easy to have discussions on race, power, and privilege in America, but creating a safe space for those conversations is something we value at the University of Alaska Southeast." Du Aaní Kawdinook Xh’unei ...More

UAS to host presentation, film series on indigenous languages

09-09-2015 | Juneau Empire - Prior to the beginning of the University of Alaska Southeast’s Evening at Egan lecture series, which begins Oct. 2, the university has scheduled a presentation and three-part film series focused on indigenous languages. The following events will be held on Thursday evenings, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, in the Egan Lecture Hall. ...More

Final Evening at Egan to be held Friday

11-20-2014 | Juneau Empire - This week’s Evening at Egan lecture, the last in this fall’s series, will be “A Year of Rethinking Racism in Juneau: Reflection and Discussion.” This audience participation event takes place Friday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Caulfield: Amidst challenges, 'UAS will thrive'

08-30-2015 | Juneau Empire - [The Juneau Empire] recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Rick Caulfield, the new chancellor for the University of Alaska Southeast. Caulfield has been with the University of Alaska for many years, starting out as an instructor for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks’ Bristol Bay campus before coming to Juneau. Just before the start of UAS’s fall semester, Caulfield took the time to answer some questions on where he sees UAS headed in the future. ...More

UAS drama club presents play about transgender student

11-20-2014 | Juneau Empire - The new drama club on the University of Alaska Southeast campus is showcasing a play which aims to entertain and educate on a topic new to many: transgender issues. “F2M,” by Patricia Wettig, tells the story of a transgender college freshman named Parker who is navigating his transition — the “female to male” of the play’s title — along with his relationship with his girlfriend, Lucy. ...More

UAS Sitka Campus Selects New Campus Director

08-26-2015 | Juneau Empire - Dr. Paula Martin has been hired as Campus Director of the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus. Currently, Martin serves as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College – a role she has held since 2008. Dr. Martin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in entomology in 1993. She taught at Emory University, where she led its Human and Natural Ecology program. She then accepted an opportunity to create a new department, Environmental Science and Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. This department grew rapidly, and Dr. Martin augmented her experience as full Professor by becoming Assistant Provost at Juniata. ...More

Juneau Police Department to open UAS substation

11-07-2014 | KTOO - The Juneau Police Department is opening a substation on the University of Alaska Southeast campus. It’s the second one in the city and it’ll benefit the university and the community out the road. ...More

Beyond grammar and grades: The UAS Writing Center

10-16-2014 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast’s Writing Center offers up more than just comma corrections and dangling modifiers. It provides a means of approach to a realm that can be intimidating and confusing -- written communication. The center’s broad goal, stated in its tagline, is “helping you help others understand what you have to say.” ...More

Tech Prep Program Among Changes at Wrangell High School

08-21-2015 | Wrangell Sentinel - A number of changes will greet students when they walk through those doors, some more noticeable than others. The overarching goal is to change the way the school district approaches education, looking at the experience less as being split into individual grades than its encompassing a broader K-12 continuum. With the recent re-siting of the University of Alaska Southeast technical preparation program office to Wrangell High School, that view will be further expanded to include a post-graduation context as well. ...More

UAS Native Film Series and other events

11-05-2014 | Juneau Empire - The fourth annual film series at UAS begins Thursday, Nov. 6 with “Winter in the Blood,” and continues Thursday, Nov. 13 with “Cherokee Word for Water.” Films are free and open to the public and will be followed by a discussion. ...More

Governor's Annual Picnic is Friday

08-11-2015 | KTOO - Gov. Bill Walker is carrying on the annual community picnic tradition in Juneau on Friday at the UAS Auke Lake Campus in front of the Mourant Building. Gov. Walker, first lady Donna Walker, Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, second lady Toni Mallott and members of the administration will be mingling and serving up salmon and hot dogs at Friday’s free picnic, which runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ...More

Annual picnic brings hundreds to UAS

08-16-2015 | Juneau Empire - Hundreds of people showed up to the Governor’s Annual Picnic in Juneau at the UAS Auke Lake campus on Friday, lining up for free grub and a chance to meet Gov. Bill Walker in his first turn behind the serving table. ...More

UAS chancellor to retire

10-29-2014 | Juneau Empire - When the University of Alaska Southeast lets out for the summer in May 2015, for Chancellor John Pugh, school’s out forever. Pugh will retire after 28 years with the university and 45 years of public service. ...More

Scientists Pioneer Method to Track Water Flowing Through Glaciers

08-10-2015 | University of Texas - Researchers for the first time have used seismic sensors to track meltwater flowing through glaciers and into the ocean, an essential step to understanding the future of the world’s largest glaciers as climate changes. The team included researchers from the University of Alaska Southeast, the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. ...More

Chocopalooza event is 'Halloween for grown-ups' Delectable fundraiser is for UAS scholarships

10-29-2014 | Juneau Empire - UAS Alumni & Friends is hosting the first ever “Chocopalooza” the day after Halloween, Saturday, Nov. 1. The event — which features a tasting room, a new chocolate cocktail every hour, and a dessert competition — is basically “Halloween for grown-ups,” says UAS Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager Heather Mitchell. ...More

Wrangell High School Readying for Upcoming Year with Tech Prep

08-06-2015 | Wrangell Sentinel - Various members of the Wrangell community were invited to the high school library Monday afternoon to meet with technical preparation program staff for the University of Alaska Southeast. Earlier in the summer the program’s regional coordinator, Kim Szczatko, set up a permanent office at Wrangell High School, which will expand its scope in Wrangell and other island communities. ...More

Filipina honored for effort 'from the heart'

10-27-2014 | Juneau Empire - Chancellor John Pugh of the University of Alaska Southeast was in attendance Saturday at the Filipino Community Center to give Strickler the UAS Meritorious Service Award for her dedication to strengthening relations of Filipinos and the state of Alaska. ...More

Every Voice Matters - StoryCorps Project

06-03-2015 | Juneau Empire - A new oral history project at the Juneau Public Library is inviting people of all ages to share stories around the theme of Alaska Native educational experiences. Supporting the project is UAS Professor of Alaska Native Languages X̱’unei Lance Twitchell. ...More

My Turn: UAS offers good education close to home

07-30-2015 | Juneau Empire - I’m excited to be the new UAS chancellor, with one goal for the university foremost in mind: to help Alaskans improve their lives and to make Alaska an even more prosperous, healthy and rewarding place to live. ...More

Governor Parnell Signs Native Languages Bill

10-27-2014 | Sit News - Around 200 people crammed into a small conference room at the Dena’ina Center to witness Thursday’s bill signing ceremony including educator Lance Twitchell. He’s a Native language professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. “Our ancestors were beaten for speaking their language. Our people suffered tremendously,” said Twitchell, who has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve Native languages in Alaska. ...More

New UAS chancellor takes reins

05-31-15 | Juneau Empire - Incoming University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Rick Caulfield will have his first official day in his new position tomorrow. But this isn’t the longtime Alaskan’s first rodeo — not by a long shot. ...More

KINY Capital Chat - Fall UAS Update

07-24-2015 | KINY - UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield and Vice Chancellor Joe Nelson appeared on KINY radio's Capital Chat in a two-part segment and talked registration deadlines, the admission process, requirements, and academic advisors. August 1st is the deadline for Fall admissions. ...More

$23.8 million award aims to engage rural Alaska students in biomedical and health careers

10-27-2014 | Sit News - UAS Chancellor John Pugh said the grant sets the bar high in terms of what it sets out to accomplish. “The Alaska BLaST proposal is very ambitious in its goals and gives us the opportunity to transform science education in Alaska, said Pugh.” ...More

Chancellor John Pugh leaves behind a legacy of caring for students

05-28-15 | KTOO - John Pugh’s last day as chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast is Friday. He’s retiring after almost three decades with the college. Pugh leaves a legacy of being much more than a chancellor to students — he was a teacher, adviser and friend. ...More

Filling the Freezer: The pros, cons and costs of stocking up on Alaska salmon

07-26-2015 | Alaska Dispatch News - Every July in Alaska, the conversation turns to salmon. University of Alaska Southeast sociologist Lora Vess is researching how Alaskans interact with their food systems. She’s still going through her research and conducting interviews, but she’s found that many people who live in Alaska or move here find themselves drawn to salmon. ...More

Admiralty, from many angles

05-27-15 | Capital City Weekly - The impact of the Southeast Alaskan environment on residents and visitors can't be measured, but it can be appreciated, particularly in the work and words of the region's scientists, writers, artists and culture bearers. Among them were UAS Sitka Associate Professor of Marine Biology Jan Straley. ...More

Juneau World Affairs Council Fall Forum: Do Fences Make Good Neighbors?

10-24-2014 | UAS - Thursday-Saturday October 23-25, Egan Lecture Hall, UAS. Please join us at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus for a free series of presentations on relationships between Mexico and the United States in the 21st Century. ...More

NW Coast Arts, Language Classes to be Held at UAS Sitka

05-26-15 | Sitka Sentinel - UAS-Sitka Campus is offering a full schedule of Northwest Coast Arts and Language classes this summer. Courses are in most cases in a concentrated workshop format and of special interest to high school students for college credit. ...More

Greenland and the Changing Arctic: Climate, Culture, and Self-Determination

04-15-15 | Juneau World Affairs Council - Dr. Rick Caulfield, UAS Provost, will share insights about Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat), which is experiencing dramatic change as a 21st century Inuit homeland. Part of the Danish realm, Greenland is engaged with the global economy through fishing, mining, and tourism while struggling to hold on to indigenous traditions. ...More

Teachers’ field trip: Lessons from the Mendenhall Glacier

07-24-2015 | Alaska Public Media - “Teacher training” usually means spending time in a library with textbooks and PowerPoints. But for 13 Alaska educators last week, it meant hopping on a helicopter, donning crampons and toting an ice ax on top of the Mendenhall Glacier as part of Discovery Southeast’s Teacher Expedition. I was invited to tag along. Teachers pay tuition to learn in an outdoor classroom for a week and can get continuing education credits from the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Alaska Dispatch ArtBeat: Wartime internment onstage in Juneau

10-16-2014 | Alaska Dispatch News - The Empty Chair Project will present Seattle-based Living Voices in “Within the Silence,” the story of John Tanaka, a Juneau teen whose family was sent to internment camps during World War II. The performance uses archival film and takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The following night, Oct. 18 also at 7 p.m., the same venue will feature a screening of a documentary by Juneau filmmaker Greg Chaney: “the story of how the Juneau community stood in quiet defiance against the immoral internment of American citizens.” ...More

UAS dorm has its dedication

05-18-15 | Juneau Empire - With snow-capped mountains vividly reflected in the huge windows behind him, outgoing University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh led the charge Saturday in dedicating the school’s year-old freshman residence hall, a construction project that took less than a year to build but about half a decade to plan. ...More

Art Meets Science Week at UAS

04-13-15 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus will be hosting Art Meets Science from April 13-19. Art Meets Science is a week-long showcase of student accomplishments in the liberal arts, Alaska Native oratory, outdoor studies, and scientific, mathematical and social science research. ...More

At glacier, a casual jökulhlaup season

07-23-2015 | Juneau Empire - By 10 a.m. Tuesday, the most recent glacier outburst flood, also known by the Icelandic name jökulhlaup, had done its worst. Mendenhall Lake had risen about a foot and a third since the day before, but on a sunny Tuesday, tourists’ attention focused on the scenery around them, not at the lake lapping at their feet. The most recent glacier outburst flood was the sixth such flood of comparable size since May 30, and more may be on the way, according to Eran Hood, a professor of environmental science at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

UA hopes survey will reveal true scope of sexual assault problem on campus

10-15-2014 | KTOO - Lori Klein, student conduct administrator at the University of Alaska Southeast, says the university is also looking at how to reach and engage students who aren’t on a campus. ...More

UAS announces faculty award winners

05-14-15 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast has awarded faculty members Suzanne Malter, Ben Huff, Heidi Pearson and Julie Hamilton for their excellence, hard work and dedication to teaching. ...More

University of Alaska Presidential Candidate Visits Juneau

07-08-2015 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska president candidate Jim Johnsen said he expects the state university system to be providing fewer academic programs in 10 years, but that the remaining areas of study will be stronger and more successful. ...More

Empty Bowls event benefiting the Glory Hole happens Sunday

04-24-15 | Juneau Empire - Once a year, an empty bowl contains something filling. This year, the Empty Bowls fundraiser celebrates its 25th anniversary. The University of Alaska Southeast Arts Department and the Canvas have provided this year’s bowls. Companies like Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki, Mi Casa, Rainbow Foods, Baranof, the Sandpiper and others are providing the food. Bread, coffee and cookies are also provided. ...More

Coeur presents check to UAS Mining Training program

04-12-15 | Juneau Empire - Coeur Alaska Mine presented a check for $7,500 to University of Alaska Southeast Center for Mine Training Director Mike Bell during the Juneau Chapter of the Alaska Miners Association breakfast at the Prospector Hotel on March 27. ...More

UAS 44th Commencement Ceremony Slideshow

05-12-15 | Juneau Empire - The Juneau Empire produced a slideshow of the recent Spring 2015 commencement ceremonies held at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau. Great shots, check it out! ...More

Tlingit language to be officially recognized in federal maps database

04-10-15 | KTOO - To Lance Twitchell, professor of Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast, the point east of Thunder Mountain has always been called Tlaxsatanjín. “From the Tlingit prospective, nothing has really changed,” he says. ...More

UAS Juneau Goes Smoke-Free

06-30-2015 | Alaska Public Radio Network - UAS will join thousands of colleges nationwide with similar policies banning tobacco use by students, staff and visitors. No more cigarette, e-cigarette or hookah breaks between classes; the ban applies to all tobacco products. Anyone looking for a nicotine fix will have to leave campus to get it. ...More

Tidal Echoes Launch Party, Friday, April 24

4-22-15 | Juneau Empire - This year’s edition of Tidal Echoes, the University of Alaska Southeast’s literary and art journal, will be celebrated with a release party at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the Egan Lecture Hall. The event is free; light refreshments will be served. ...More

As part of investigation, feds will hear from UAS students about sexual assault

10-10-2014 | KTOO - “People can just drop in and talk to them about campus safety in general or specific circumstances that they’ve been involved in that they’d like to share with OCR,” Klein says. ...More

For UAS freshmen, lesson on sexual consent comes first

09-26-2014 | KTOO - The federal government updated guidelines this year requiring colleges to proactively combat sexual assault by talking to students about consent. This is how the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus delivered the message during freshman orientation. ...More

Shellfish workshops offered in Ketchikan and Homer

05-07-15 | SitNews - The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is offering two levels of shellfish workshops in Ketchikan and Homer. The workshops are free but registration is required. The Ketchikan-based workshops [May 14-16, May 20-22] are sponsored by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, and cosponsored by the University of Alaska Southeast – Ketchikan and OceansAlaska. ...More

Fish-stealing whales take bite out of black-cod harvest

04-09-15 | Seattle Times - “We thought they were just mostly biting the fish off. It really opened our eyes,” said Jan Straley, a University of Alaska Southeast marine biologist. “We realized that empty hooks could mean a whale was responsible.” How do you keep a whale from grabbing the fish off your lines? Do you put out decoy buoys to try to trick them? Do you blast heavy metal  from the deck of your boat to annoy them, or run for hours in hopes of ditching them? ...More

UAS Ketchikan Students Make Spring 2015 Honors List

06-29-2015 | SitNews - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan students have made the UAS Chancellor’s and Dean’s lists for the Spring 2015 Semester. Starla Agoney, John Brown, Samuel Graham and Ian Johnson-Beitman made the Spring 2015 semester Chancellor’s List. Stephanie Alley, Tuffina Arnold, Leona Baumeister, Kay Brudos, Stephanie Compton, Sarah Fitzgerald, Mattie Ginter, Angel Gomez, Sirena Jackson Rodgers, Teresa Munroe, Isabel Stephens and Robin Strunk made the Spring 2015 semester Dean’s List. ...More

UAS Assistant Professor Jan Straley to Speak at Feiro Marine Life Center

4-22-15 | Feiro Marine Life Center - When faced with an easy buffet of seafood, what would you do? Biologist Jan Straley from the University of Alaska-Southeast will describe how Sperm whales in the Gulf of Alaska have learned how to “steal” black cod, halibut, and lingcod from longline fishing gear. ...More

Local photographer Huff releases debut book, 'Last Road North'

09-18-2014 | Juneau Empire - These days, Huff is based out of Juneau, making photographs “here and there” and teaching photography and art appreciation at UAS. Upcoming shows include Portland this coming March and the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage this May. ...More

Juneau asked, candidates answered

09-18-2014 | Juneau Empire - One school board and six assembly candidates participated in the Juneau Votes Forum on Wednesday afternoon at the University of Alaska Southeast to answer the questions that matter most to voters during October’s municipal elections. ...More

'Learning to Listen': Authors to discuss cultural assumptions in Alaskan literature

09-18-2014 | Juneau Empire - Friday's Evening at Egan presentation to feature Hayes and Simpson One discussion in particular, about the cultural assumptions non-Native writers may make in writing about Alaska Native people and culture, will be the topic of this Friday’s Evening at Egan presentation, “Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn: Cultural Appropriation in Alaskan Writing.” ...More

Feds investigate University of Alaska for how it deals with sexual assault

09-17-2014 | KTOO - O’Brien says the university welcomes the scrutiny and looks forward to the campus visit portion of the compliance review. In October, the office of Civil Rights will talk to students, community members, university faculty and staff at University of Alaska campuses in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Bethel. ...More

Author Jeff Chang to speak at UAS on Monday, March 23

03-19-17 | Capital City Weekly - Award winning author Jeff Chang will speak on the UAS Auke Lake campus Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Egan Lecture Hall. The presentation is part of the University of Alaska Bartlett Lecture series. Chang's illustrated (via comic strips and contemporary art) lecture will focus on his latest book "Who We Be: The Colorization of America," covering themes from campus protests to corporate marketing campaigns, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Trayvon Martin. His presentation will be a timely discussion of cultural history and the idea of racial progress. ...More

President Announces Selection of University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor

05-06-15 | UAS - University of Alaska (UA) President Patrick K. Gamble today announced that Rick Caulfield has been selected to replace John Pugh as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Pugh announced last October he would retire at the end of May. Caulfield currently serves as UAS Provost. ...More

New UAS residence hall provides housing for about 100 freshmen

09-03-2014 | KTOO - About a hundred freshmen have settled into campus life at UAS’s new residence hall. The $14.3 million facility opened at the end of August. ...More

Wearable Art of place: Regalia

04-08-15 | Capital City Weekly - The theme of this year's Art of Place presentation series at the University of Alaska Southeast -- Wearable Art of Place -- was brought vividly to life Friday during the series' final event of the season, a regalia show. About a dozen models of all ages displayed items of regalia including woven robes, button blankets, beaded tunics, carved masks, hats, leggings, collars, headbands, bags and moccasins. ...More

New Juneau Icefield Map Available

06-25-2015 | Juneau Empire - The new 2015 Juneau Icefield map is now available, according to a release from the U.S. Forest Service. The icefield illustration was created for the USFS by Eric Knight with support from the University of Alaska Southeast and the Banff Institute. ...More

Jim Johnsen named new University of Alaska president

07-28-2015 | Alaska Dispatch News - The University of Alaska Board of Regents said Tuesday it appointed Jim Johnsen, a senior vice president at Alaska Communications, as the 14th president of the UA system. ...More

Greenland and the Changing Arctic: Climate, Culture and Self-Determination

04-15-15 | KTOO - The Juneau World Affairs Council presented “Greenland and the Changing Arctic: Climate, Culture and Self-Determination” with Richard Caulfield. Caulfield is an author and the provost of the University of Alaska Southeast. His doctoral dissertation focused on aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland and cultural dynamics of natural resource use in the Arctic. ...More

UAS names new A&S dean

08-17-2014 | Juneau Empire - Karen Schmitt, Ph.D., is returning to the University of Alaska Southeast in a new role as Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs. “UAS is very fortunate to have the benefit of Karen Schmitt’s leadership once again” said UAS Provost Rick Caulfield in a news release. “She was widely respected by faculty and staff alike during her earlier tenure here, and she brings a dynamic and forward-looking perspective to her new role. ...More

Move-in day comes for new UAS residence hall

08-28-2014 | Juneau Empire - Both women chose UAS because of its small, friendly feel. Neither had heard a lot about the university but fell in love with it during campus visits. “I like small,” Cullers said. “When I heard about this, I was like, wow, perfect.” ...More

Poet, Tlingit translator Richard Dauenhauer dies of cancer

08-19-2014 | Juneau Empire - UAS Chancellor John Pugh worked closely with Dauenhauer and, with the university’s administration, invited him to serve as a distinguished professor to design and implement the school’s Alaska Native Languages and Culture program. Lance Twitchell, who heads the program, said “Everything we’re doing there is really made possible by Richard and Nora Dauenhauer.” ...More

Movers & Shakers

08-07-2014 | Alaska Journal of Commerce - Dr. Karen Schmitt has been appointed the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. Schmitt is returning to UAS from a position as dean at University of Alaska Anchorage. 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. ...More

UA to offer in-state tuition to students with Alaska ties

07-28-2014 | Fairbanks Daily-News Miner - The "Come Home to Alaska" program will allow students with parents or grandparents in Alaska to pay resident tuition rates, regardless of where those students live. For an undergraduate taking 30 credits a year, the annual savings will exceed $13,000. ...More

Teaching Formline

07-28-2015 | Juneau Empire - This week, Sealaska Heritage Institute released the results of a three-year project designed to help students learn the basics of formline -- the design elements around which most Northwest Coast Native art is built. The in-depth educational resource, designed for students in grades 5-8, was introduced to teachers from around the state Monday by Juneau School District art teacher Nancy Lehnhart during the 10th annual Basic Arts Institute at the University of Alaska Southeast on Monday. ...More

Camp immerses youths in traditional culture

06-05-2014 | Juneau Empire - Students who participate in Goldbelt Heritage Foundation’s Aan Yátx’u Sáani Deíyí: Path to Excellence summer academy for high school students will find themselves learning the story of Kaax’achgóok, as well as the math, science and language surrounding it. The day camp, aimed at incoming freshmen to outgoing seniors, is in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast School of Education and the Juneau School District. The program is in its fifth year and offers a half-credit toward high school and four university credits. ...More

2014 Faculty Excellence Award Winners

05-23-2014 | UAS Soundings - The University of Alaska Southeast is pleased to announce that the following esteemed faculty have been selected as this year’s Faculty Excellence Award winners. ...More

Tlingit Raven stories get due attention at UAS symposium

03-09-17 | KTOO - Tlingit elder Paul Marks discusses the Raven story with a packed audience at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall Friday night. Ravens are ubiquitous in Southeast Alaska, and Tlingit stories about Raven the creator are often told as folklore. But at the University of Alaska Southeast, Raven got his story told in an academic setting. ...More

UAS hosts Community Day Saturday, May 17 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wide range of events scheduled

05-16-2014 | Juneau Empire - “I look forward to people visiting campus so they can see our new pedestrian walking area and see the new Juneau on-campus residence hall,” UAS spokesperson Katie Bausler said. The admissions, housing and advising offices will be represented at the event to talk to potential students about enrollment. ...More

UAS marks 44th commencement with farewell to chancellor

05-04-15 | Juneau Empire - Graduates of the University of Alaska Southeast departed the school’s 44th annual commencement on Sunday afternoon with their degrees and a bit of advice for the continuing journey. The event also marked the start of a new journey for now-Chancellor Emeritus John Pugh, who had the opportunity to confer degrees upon the last class of students in his career at the university. ...More

'That's history': UAS sets record for Native graduates

05-05-2014 | Juneau Empire - Brown is one of 57 Alaska Natives who graduated from a UAS campus this year — a group that set a record as the largest the university has ever seen. ...More

Tidal Echoes: Capturing Southeast culture in print

05-05-15 | KTOO - The latest edition of the University of Alaska Southeast literary journal Tidal Echoes was recently released. It takes a year to curate all of the work that goes into the book, which showcases poets, fiction writers, and artists. There’s only one requirement for submission: you have to be a full-time resident of Southeast. ...More

Northrim Bank donates 50K to UAS

04-06-15 | Juneau Empire - Northrim Bank CEO Joe Beedle presented a $50,000 check to the University of Alaska Southeast during their Economic Luncheon at the Baranof Hotel on Friday, 4/3/2015. ...More

UAS mountaineering students tackle Juneau's peaks

05-02-2014 | Juneau Empire - Students and faculty in the University of Alaska Southeast Mountaineering course climbed and skied several peaks on the Northwest fork of the Upper Taku Glacier and Juneau Icefield from April 11 to 16. ...More

UAS to offer degree program in marine transportation

09-20-2015 | KTOO - Students and mariners will soon be able to get formal marine transportation education without leaving the state. The University of Alaska Board of Regents last week approved a new marine transportation degree program at the University of Alaska Southeast. ...More

Fisheries Economists Meet in Ketchikan

06-22-2015 | SitNews - Members of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists recently gathered in record high numbers for the 8th biennial conference in Ketchikan. The main conference theme was "Economic Sustainability, Fishing Communities, and Working Waterfronts". The Forum was held May 20-22, 2015. The Organizing Committee included Keith Criddle (University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries), Quentin Fong ((UAF Marine Advisory Program Fisheries), Gary Freitag (University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan) and Eric Thunberg (NAAFE President, NOAA). ...More

A professor, wearer of fancy hats, food bank creator and advocate honored

03-06-15 | Juneau Empire - Ernestine Hayes wants you to know that you have a story, and it’s a story worth hearing and that only you can tell. As a professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast and a mentor to women at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, Hayes tries to reach out to the people who may not have a strong voice. She works closely with students of color, first-generation students, those who have grown up in poverty and those who have overcome great obstacles. ...More

Former UAS Assistant Professor Tom McKenna Named New Harborview Principal

04-13-15 | Juneau Empire - Longtime teacher Tom McKenna is getting called to the office — as Harborview Elementary School’s new principal, that is. He replaces Dave Stoltenburg, who recently announced his retirement after 37 years in education. ...More

Minecraft in the classroom: When learning looks like gaming

04-24-2014 | KTOO - For Sowa and her teaching team at the University of Alaska Southeast, Minecraft is also a way to get kids to think critically, collaborate and solve problems, which is why they’ve made Minecraft part of a graduate education course. Development of the course was supported by a pre-college grant from the Alaska Space Grant Program. ...More

American wins Boston, Juneauites set personal records

04-22-2014 | Juneau Empire - Juneau’s Mansour Alzaharna (UAS Dining Services), 53, also ran his fastest time ever, posting a 3:25:51 and automatically qualifying for next year’s run as well. ...More

UAS Juneau Campus Commencement

4-30-15 | UAS - The University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus celebrates the 44th annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m. at the Charles Gamble Jr.-Donald Sperl Joint Use Facility, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road (UAS Rec Center). The Native & Rural Student Center is hosting the annual Alaska Native Graduation Celebration in the Mourant Café Saturday, May 2 at 3 p.m. on the Auke Lake campus. ...More

Alaska OKs Bill Making Native Languages Official

04-21-2014 | National Public Radio - "That's all we want is equal value," Lance Twitchell, a professor of Native languages at the University of Alaska Southeast tells KTOO. "And there's nothing wrong with standing up and saying that. It takes a lot of courage to do that. And it takes a lot of something else to try and go against that." ...More

University of Alaska Southeast opens Tony Award-winning comedy "Lend Me A Tenor"

04-17-2014 | Juneau Empire - The University of Alaska Southeast Theatre Department will open the Tony Award-winning comedy “Lend me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig on Friday, April 18, with shows continuing through Sunday at the theater in Hendrickson, Room 113 on the UAS campus. ...More

Ravens: Smarter than you think Authors and biologists John and Colleen Marzluff to discuss books on corvid intelligence

04-17-2014 | Juneau Empire - John Marzluff’s presentation on “Gifts of the Crow” begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Egan Library at UAS. The Sound and Motion talk was coordinated by the One Campus One Book committee at UAS. Librarian Jonas Lamb, who heads the committee at UAS, said Marzluff’s book connects with the theme of this year’s One Campus One Book selection, “At the Mouth of the River of Bees,” by Kij Johnson. Both explore the stories of human-animal connection. ...More

The Last Frontier: An experience of a lifetime

04-11-2014 | Oklahoma State University - McCamon traveled to Juneau, Alaska in January of 2013 to begin his semester-long journey at the University of Alaska Southeast. He was drawn to the rich history and tight knit community that UAS offered. ...More

Sound and Motion: A presentation from A Trip South

04-04-2014 | Juneau Empire - Members of A Trip South will give a First Friday photo presentation as part of the Sound and Motion series at the University of Alaska Southeast Rec Center on Friday, April 4, at 7 pm. ...More

Path to graduation: one student’s journey to UAS alum

05-04-15 | KTOO - Graduation is often a time for celebration, and it should be because getting through college can be hard. There are exams to ace, late night study sessions and pressure over what comes next. A self-described “ambitious home school kid,” [Rebecca] Salsman started taking classes at UAS when she was just 14. She’s now 24 and receiving a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing. ...More

Foreign and domestic programs provide opportunities for growth to fill a big world

03-30-2014 | Juneau Empire - At the University of Alaska Southeast, anywhere from 20 to 50 students might study abroad (or away) during a school year, according to UAS’ Academic Exchange and Study Abroad Coordinator, Marsha Squires, who said the school sends out a slightly higher percentage than the national average. Students can choose between studying at universities in most of the 50 states, US territories, or around the world and, Squires added, “They get to come back and realize this is a great place too.” ...More

Conference aims to 'reshape the system'

03-17-2014 | Juneau Empire - X’unei Lance Twitchell had a big question for the audience: “How do we reform this entire system?” ...More

Pugh 'honored' by UAS hall naming

09-18-2015 | Juneau Empire - The new freshman dorm at the University of Alaska Southeast was named in honor of one of its favored administrators during a Thursday evening ceremony at the campus. ...More

UAS students crunch data for governor

03-06-15 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska Southeast student Katie Jo Parrott thought she had through the end of April to crunch the numbers in a stack of a few hundred surveys for Gov. Bill Walker’s administration. At the beginning of his time in office, the governor put out a survey to the public and state workers asking for feedback on how to streamline state operations. Those results were rolling in. ...More

Alaska Native Studies Conference comes to Juneau

03-06-2014 | Juneau Empire - Alaska Native Studies might be the fastest growing field in Alaska, and without a doubt Alaska Native organizations, people, cultures, and languages are prominent in our state. ...More

UAS Ketchikan Campus Commencement

4-27-15 | SitNews - The 2015 commencement ceremony for University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Ketchikan students will be held Saturday, May 2 at 3:00 PM at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. The public is invited to attend. Thirty-nine students are receiving degrees this spring. ...More

UAS Spring Honors Forum to focus on Filipino and Pacific Islander communities

03-06-2014 | Juneau Empire - “Pacific Peoples: Translocal Identities & Cultural Connections” is the theme of the University of Alaska Southeast Spring Honors Symposium, to be held March 5-12 in Juneau. ...More

UAS professor wins teaching award

02-24-2014 | Juneau Empire - Julie Hamilton, University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of accounting, has been awarded the University of Alaska Foundation Harold T. Caven Professorship, a $20,000 award meant to build the business and finance departments within the state university system. ...More

UAS hopes for recruitment boost from dorm

02-20-2014 | Juneau Empire - With a new 120-bed residence hall under construction, the University of Alaska Southeast hopes to attract and retain more traditional, full-time freshmen and boost its retention and graduation rates. ...More

Ancient carbon found in glacial ecosystems

02-07-2014 | Juneau Empire - According to Jason Fellman, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Alaska Southeast, carbon in glacial ecosystems could come from a variety of sources... ...More

Traveling exhibit "Native Voices" opens at UAS Egan Library

09-16-2015 | Juneau Empire - A traveling exhibition, “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” opened Friday at the UAS Egan Library. The traveling exhibition, produced by the National Library of Medicine, examines concepts of health and medicine among contemporary American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, and explores the connection between wellness, illness, and cultural life through a combination of interviews, artwork, objects and interactive media. ...More

Rebuilding coral reefs - with art and electricity

03-11-15 | Capital City Weekly - Flanigan came to the University of Alaska Southeast as part of the university's Sound + Motion series, visiting a welding class, a chemistry class, and giving a talk on her work as part of UAS' One Campus, One Book discussion. This year, they're centering talks around themes in "Log from the Sea of Cortez," by John Steinbeck. ...More

UAS Sitka Campus Commencement

4-28-15 | Sitka Sentinel - The University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, will hold its commencement exercises 7 p.m. Friday, May 1. This year, it will be held at the Odess Theater in Allen Hall on the SJ Campus. Graduating students, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend. The university faculty and staff will join the celebration along with Sitka Campus Advisory Council members, UA President Pat Gamble, UAS Chancellor John Pugh, and Provost Richard Caulfield, and several University of Alaska regents. ...More

"Pilgrim's Wilderness" author Tom Kizzia to lead Friday's Sound and Motion

02-06-2014 | Juneau Empire - This Friday’s Sound and Motion presentation at the Egan Lecture Hall will be led by Homer writer Tom Kizzia, author of “Pilgrim’s Wilderness.” ...More

Discovering an ancient Southeast AK

01-15-2014 | Juneau Empire - University of Alaska Southeast Associate Professor of Anthropology Dan Monteith has been working with Southeast Alaska’s ancient cultural sites since the mid-1990s. “For me one of the exciting things is just seeing how the Tlingit oral narratives are kind of being reconfirmed or verified through geological, geoarcheological work,” Monteith said. “It’s really about trying to understand some of the early habitation and migration of people through and along the coast. I take these oral narratives as oral histories. ...More

Education liberates former Lemon Creek inmates

03-10-15 | KTOO - Inmates at Juneau’s Lemon Creek Correctional Center are using the works of Shakespeare and Dostoyevsky to get on the road to academia, and ultimately a better life. They’re part of classes taught by UAS Professor Sol Neely, who brings college students behind bars with him each semester to learn writing skills alongside convicted felons. ...More

'Denali's Howl' author to speak at UAS March 27

03-25-17 | Capital City Weekly - Alaskan writer Andy Hall, author of "Denali's Howl, The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America's Wildest Peak," will make a presentation Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast as part of the Sound and Motion series and the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Egan Library. ...More

PHS students earn certification with help from UAS Sitka instructor

05-01-15 | UAS - Petersburg High School shop teacher Nick Popp took eight students to Sitka for a three-day welding performance exam April 15-17. Students were assessed on flat, vertical and overhead steel plate welding techniques by Allen Puckett, a Certified Welding Inspector and assistant professor of welding technology at the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka. All eight students passed at least two of three positions tested as part of the American Welding Society's steel plate credential. ...More

Hayes authors Juneau history book

01-03-2014 | Alaska Public Media - In December, Juneau writer and English professor, Ernestine Hayes, released her new book Juneau from Arcadia Publishing. The book tells the history of the capitol city through pictures with elaborate captions. ...More

Seeking a Stable Table

03-25-17 | Juneau Empire - Lia Heifetz, owner of Grow Southeast and Food Security Coordinator for Southeast Conference, hopes to increase security in the region through local production in Southeast Alaska, where most food comes from around the world and arrives on Alaskan forks only through a complex web of transportation. ...More

A new world of education

03-09-15 | Juneau Empire - "Colin Osterhout, who recently completed his master’s in Ed-Tech through UAS, describes it as digital Legos. It’s a lot more than that, though. He’s seen a fully functioning calculator built within Minecraft. It’s also possible to explore engineering and physics, even calculus in Minecraft." ...More

Blues-Fusion Kickoff Party Coming to UAS Juneau

03-25-17 | Capital City Weekly - Blues-Fusion Kickoff Party with live music by Mr. Moo, 8-11 p.m., Friday, March 27, UAS Rec Center, 12300 Mendenhall Loop Rd. Free. Doors open at 8 p.m. with an intro dance lesson ("Basics of Blues Connection") by Daniel Martin at 8:30 p.m. ...More

Ice safety workshop to be held this weekend

01-09-2014 | KTOO - University of Alaska Southeast Geologist Cathy Connor says this year’s freeze / thaw, rain/ snow cycle is compounding Mount Bullard’s rock slide activity. ...More

Path to Prosperity Kicks Off Year 3

04-01-15 | Alaska Native News - Do you or someone you know have an idea or dream to own a business? The Path To Prosperity (P2P) competition supports innovative business plan ideas in Southeast Alaska. The 2015 P2P business plan development competition is now open. [The] University of Alaska Southeast School of Management will award each of the 12 finalists a scholarship to attend one (3 credit) course of their choice at the School of Management. ...More

SHI to Sponsor Latseen Leadership Academy

03-31-15 | Alaska Native News - Applications are now available for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s annual Latseen Leadership Academy program. This year’s academy for high school students will be held July 6-19 at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The academy will serve 40 high school students from Angoon, Prince of Wales, Klukwan and Juneau. Travel scholarships are available. ...More

Stories and Science of our Transboundary Rivers

04-01-15 | Juneau Empire - 7-9 p.m., Friday, April 3, University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall. Ryan Peterson will tell his story of floating the transboundary Unuk River, on which the Canadian Kerr-Sulphurets-Mitchell open pit and underground mine will be located. He traveled the river from source to sea while making the short film Xboundary, which will be shown. B.C. First Nations representative Jacinda Mack, of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, will share her personal account of the devastating consequences of the Mount Polley mine disaster in central B.C. in August of 2014. Mining expert Dr. David Chambers, along with Southeast Alaska leaders, will discuss the science and potential local impacts of transboundary mining development. Xboundary explores the huge threats to the Alaska/B.C. transboundary region from large-scale developments in B.C. ...More


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