|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||June 7, 1996|
"It's the first time I'm aware of where the University of Alaska system has performed a graduation in Canada," according to John Pugh, dean of the School of Education, Liberal Arts and Science. The Canadian students have spent three years working on their degrees under an agreement with UAS. Most of the students are teachers or principals. They completed their degree work without having to leave Whitehorse. Instead UAS faculty members flew to the students to present intensive weekend and summer session classes.
University officials attending the Whitehorse graduation include UA Regents Virginia Breeze and Eric Forrer, both of Juneau and Jerome Komisar, president of the University of Alaska. In addition, UAS will be represented by Chancellor Marshall Lind; Dean of Academic Affairs Robbie Stell; Dean John Pugh; education faculty members Mary-Claire Tarlow and Dave Marvel; and Director of Admissions Greg Wagner. A reception will be held for the students Friday evening. Graduation takes place Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
This is the second major group of Canadians who have earned graduate degrees from UAS. In 1994, 18 received Master of Public Administration degrees during commencement ceremonies in Juneau.
"We're looking for a long relationship with Yukon College," Pugh said. "It's been a good one over the last few years and we think we can do a number of cooperative things with them."
"About half the teachers come from Juneau and the other half from elsewhere in the state," according to Kelly Tonsmeire, director of the Alaska Staff Development Network which organizes the Academy. "Usually we get people from about 25 different Alaska school districts."
Two and one-half day and five day workshops were offered during the Academy. Workshops included algebra, legal issues, multicultural education, natural history of Southeast, literacy, Southeast cultures, poetry, using the arts in science, creative dance, multimedia, writing assessment, technology and more.
More than 100 Sitkans joined the Elderhostle group about the St. Gregory, a state-of-the-art jet boat, for the 3 1/2 hour trip to Baranof Warm Springs on June 3. They spent two hours there and listened to Marnie Chapman, UAS Sitka life sciences instructor and other Sitkans . The Elderhostel group stayed at Baranof Warm Springs most of the week.
Mary Lauer, director of the Office of Continuing Education, said, "This trip was so successful that we have plans in the works to take other trips to Port Alexander/Port Armstrong, Pelican/Elfin Cove, and maybe some other places too."
Griffin said her office will continue to assist students find housing in the community. In fact they've already started. One graduate student coming from Hawaii asked for a couch for 10 days while she looked for local housing. Griffin found one.
Furniture for the new Juneau campus student residence hall is expected to arrive by August 1. Griffin said 84 sets of the furniture are being ordered. They include a lofted-style bed with the desk and dresser underneath.
Griffin said three sets of collegiate furniture were examined. Then UAS designed new furniture that was built by the Alaska Correctional Institute. "This is the best collegiate furniture I've seen," Griffin said. "ACI was willing to incorporate all our design so we got the benefit of custom work without the price."
The Juneau Campus Council met at student housing last month. After receiving a briefing on the new residence hall they inspected the furniture and toured the hall.
Changes currently being considered include a return to a one-day format; staging the event during spring break in mid-March; having voluntary restaurant reservations for lunch instead of a potluck; and having the team building workshop with the entire group at the end ofthe day.
Staff Development Day for 1996 was held May 16-17 and received positive reviews by most employees who participated. There was a good turnout of Juneau campus employees as well as groups from the Sitka and Ketchikan campuses.
Chancellor Marshal Lind welcomed the group and thanked staff members for their contribution towards the mission of the university. Elaine Sunde, Sitka campus director, presented the keynote address on the subject of change.
The program, now in its second year, is designed to provide professional development opportunities for classified and APT staff and to acknowledge their commitment and contributions to UAS.
Workshops included: Using the Internet; Retirement Planning; the Public Employee Retirement System; Leadership Development; Cooperative Communication; Working With Distance Delivery; Stress and Wellness; and Team Building Fun.
Waldrip, an employment counselor with the state Department of Labor and with Juneau campus students, raised $1257 in pledges for her 50k (33 mile) ride in Juneau's first Tour DE Cure. She was one of nearly 50 taking part in the May 18 fund raising.
The 50k distance was the furthest Waldrip had ever biked. "I did ride around the block with by dog," she said of her prior experience. She trained for three weeks before the Tour DE Cure by riding what she calls her "disposable bike" 10 miles every couple of days, but she had never completed the full 33 mile distance during one ride. "On the route, every 10 miles, I was looking to stop."
The 50k route went from Twin Lakes to Centennial Hall to the glacier, along the Back Loop to UAS and back to Twin Lakes. Waldrip's mother was diagnosed with diabetes a year ago, and both her grandparents had diabetes. "So my chances of getting it are pretty high," Waldrip said. "I was doing it for ma."
The Alliance of Faculty Senates will conduct an audioconference meeting June 13 during the Board of Regents executive session, about 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Juneau site contact is Rita Dursi Johnson, JFRDJ @acad1.alaska.edu Agenda items include major issues for the coming year, including student outcomes assessment; student affairs policy drafts; collective bargaining activities update; summer meeting schedule.
The System Governance Council audioconference meeting takes place between 2:00-4:00 p.m., June 21. The Juneau site contact is Rita Dursi Johnson, JFRDJ@acad1.alaska.edu Agenda items include elections, FY97 plan of work, summer operations, survey of legislative candidates, FY97 budget roundup; FY98 budget development.