SOUNDINGS - November 22, 1995


UAS now has home page on the world wide web. It's available at the above home page address.

"We're hoping this will be a first look at UAS for students that are interested in coming here," according to Shirley Grubb, a student advisor on the Juneau campus and member of the UAS web steering committee. "It's for people out there shopping. We're hoping they'll get a good look at us during this holiday season and beyond."

The home page features a photo of UAS biology students on a shoreline field trip and a list of topics for detailed information. The list includes SE facts, a UAS Overview, Certificates and Degrees, Professional Development, Admissions, Frequently Asked Questions, Other Related Links, and What's New on campus.

The Other Related Links section allow access to such subjects as university jobs being advertised, Alaska State Government, SLED, and the Juneau School District. The What's New section includes the most recent issue of Soundings and press releases.

Home page users may also select detailed descriptions of the Juneau campus. Similar information about the Sitka and Ketchikan campuses is expected to be available in the near future as will a page of SE photos.

Michael Ciri, who helped develop the home page, said the UAS effort is somewhat novel among other college home pages in that it uses an institution-wide approach. "Instead of one department saying, 'Hey let's put some information out there.' We brought everybody together at one table and came together with some agreement of what we wanted to do. I think that gives us a real integrated feel."

In the first week, the UAS home page has been used by hundreds of people from such places as Finland, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Arizona, Montana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, Idaho and more.


Two University of Alaska regents meet with Juneau campus students during lunch last week. Virginia Breeze and Eric Forrer, both of Juneau, accepted an invitation from the student government and spent an hour and a half talking with students on many subjects including tuition.

Cathy Johnson chaired the student committee organizing the meeting. "The idea was to create personal contact between the regents and the students. The regents were thrilled to come. It was easier to get them than I thought it would be."


The last day for employees to make changes to their benefit package for calendar year 1996 is Thursday Nov. 30. Optional Benefits Selection/Dependent Declaration forms must be received in the personnel office by 5 p.m. on that day.

During the open enrollment period, employees may add, drop or change any of their optional benefits such as: supplemental health coverage; supplemental life insurance; health care coverage for dependents; health care coverage for financially interdependent partners; accidental death and dismemberment; supplemental survivor income; health care reimbursement account; and dependent care reimbursement account.

If employees do not submit an updated form, they will be automatically and irrevocably enrolled in the same program choices they had in 1995 with the exception of reimbursement accounts, which must re re-done each year.

To get copies of the proper forms, or for more information, contact personnel services at 465-6473.



A record number of teen-age collegians are on the Ketchikan campus this semester. An effort to attract local high school graduates is bearing out in enrollments of 21 full-time students in the 18-to-19- year-old range. That's more than 40 percent of the full-time student roster and compares to 15 full-timers of those ages in 1986 and 10 two years ago. For the first time in a decade, teen-age students outnumber their full-time counterparts in their 20s, 30s or 40s.


The Ketchikan campus and its partners in a one-stop career resource center will use a grant in 1996-97 for a whole-person approach to job-readiness.

Project: Adult Career Training (PACT) will pull in 14 people for basic-skills work, academics, voc-tech and workshops over the school year. The workshops will range from life-skills development to social-skills enhancement.

PACT will be funded by the state's Department of Community and Regional Affairs. The proposed budget is $96,000, but a final award will be announced next spring.


The Ketchikan campus is placing a veteran adjunct faculty member into the English department seat for spring. Rod Landis moves from the counselor's desk after one semester to succeed departing Prof. Chris Hacskaylo who is returning to Hawaii. Landis has taught writing, literature, speech and drama courses on campus for nearly five years. He'll continue Hacskaylo's program while the campus conducts a nationwide search for a permanent tenure-track professor.



Marie Scholle, chair of the UA Staff Alliance, and president of the UAF Staff Council, will be visiting the Juneau campus Wednesday, Nov. 29. She will meet with Chancellor Marshall Lind, Donna Chantry, president of the UAS Staff Council, and local governance leaders.

Chantry says, "Marie has a lot of new and innovative ideas related to staff governance, and she's a dynamic person." Governance leaders and others interested may join Scholle for lunch. Contact Donna Chantry for details at 465-6518.


The newly appointed director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program will give a public lecture in Juneau from 5 to 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 28 in Hendrickson Building room 205. Richard Marston, professor of physical geography at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, will talk about icefield research to Cathy Connor's geology class.


The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education has an internship open for Spring 1996 for a student with good thinking, communicating, and team play skills. The salary is $11 hour with 20 hours per week. The faculty are requested to send possible applicants to SBPA to pick up a syllabus. The internship can be taken for up to 6 hours of credit. Applications, which include a letter of interest, resume, and a writing sample, should be submitted to Professor Tom Gallagher (465-6357) by Dec. 1.


Beginning November 27, users dialing into the Juneau Dial-in Service (789-1314) to access ACAD1 (and other nodes) will be prompted for a username and password before receiving the menu. The new login screen will be in addition to the login procedure for ACAD1.

Usernames for the new login screen (called Kerberos userids) will be the same as your ACAD1 userid. Kerberos passwords will be your social security number. Your ACAD1 password will not be affected. After the initial login screen, you will then receive the dial-in menu.

If you need assistance with your Kerberos userid, contact the Statewide Office of Network Services Help Desk at 1-800-478-8226 or

If you need assistance with your ACAD1 userid, please contact the Computer Center Help Desk at 465-6521 or jxhelp.


UAS art students will exhibit work at two locations during Gallery Walk '95, the annual Juneau holiday art display, held Dec. 1-3. "This is a wonderful opportunity for all art students to show what they have created and for others to meet them and view their new work," according to art professor Alice Tersteeg.

University students have been invited to show at the Gallery of the North and Mendenhall Mall. Gray Line Tours will run a free shuttle between the two points from 4 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Students wanting to exhibit must have their entries at the Mendenhall Mall between 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 27. The contact is Sara Buffington at 790-2531. Entries for the Gallery of the North must be delivered between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Nov. 29. Contact Dianne Anderson at 586-3424.


The Egan Library has extended their hours for the first two Saturdays in December. The library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.


Vinnie Cheng begins as the new bookstore clerk November 27. He replaces Brian King who left the university to move to Oregon.


The Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLRT) has met and is actively engaged in identifying the various technologies in use at UAS in support of teaching and learning. This inventory will serve as the basis for determining training and development needs for UAS faculty, as well as possible new applications to explore. The group is working on the process for developing a technology plan for UAS, and, facilitated by cross membership with the Student Assessment Committee and the Academic Restructuring Committee, on coordinating related concerns with these two committee. TLTR members will be briefing faculty and staff on the work of the Roundtable on an ongoing basis and seeking input. Faculty and staff are welcome to participate. Contact co-chairs Sherry Taber at 465-6467 or Tim Fullam at 465-6343 for additional information.


Sue Koester has made a presentation at the annual Speech Communication Association meeting in San Antonio. The Juneau campus speech communications professor trained other teachers in communication anxiety reduction methods as well as report on the progress of UAS's program to decrease student communication apprehension.


BANNER HR (Human Resources) implementation is proceeding on schedule. Training updates and other pertinent issues are distributed to all interested parties via the BHRS-L listserv. Anyone interested in receiving this information should contact Rita Heidkamp at SXRMH and ask to be added to BHRS-L.

"I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I 
				-- Chinese proverb 500 BC

"We remember 10% of what we hear, 25% of what we see,  90% of 
what we do."  
				--Study on Memory 1970s