|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||January 17, 1997|
UAS Chancellor Marshall Lind issued the following outlook for the new year:
"We're looking forward this year to approval by the Board of Regents for a new baccalaureate degree in the environmental science area.
"We are hopeful that we'll see increased involvement in the Juneau Icefield Research Program through the new degree, new faculty, and new relationship with the foundation that oversees the icefield research program.
"In the visitor industry we're hoping to do new things in outdoor recreation management. "We'll emphasize student internships and academic exchanges through a new office we've opened on campus.
"We'll continue to develop our niche in the distance education movement that is effecting higher education across this country as we go into the second semester of offering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree to rural sites across the state. And we anticipate approval by the Board of Regents of a new certificate and associate degree in Environmental Technology.
"Our new administrative reorganization has gone into effect. That means one dean instead of three and a new faculty organization.
"And I'm very pleased to say that our alumni organization is becoming increasingly active in providing scholarships and promoting the university.
"With all of these pluses we're also facing some significant challenges in the coming year. "Obviously with the declining budget we'll be required to come up with creative solutions to meet increasing demands that are placed on the university.
"We still need a new classroom facility. We desperately need a basic physical education and recreation facility on the Juneau campus, and we'll keep seeking funding sources to make that facility a reality.
"All in all, we're positioning UAS as a university that meets the needs of full-time students by offering programs relevant to the future. At the same time we continue to offer a variety of classes for part-time students wanting to improve job skills, learn new ones, work on a degree, find personal growth or follow a dream. "
Alaska Civil Rights day is celebrated on Jan. 20 and no classes will be held on University of Alaska campuses. All offices will be open however and all university services will be available.
The number of full-time students has been increasing for several years. "That increase has been real encouraging," Director of Student Services Bruce Gifford said. "That's something the university has been working on."
Initial enrollment for part-time students is down somewhat from last spring semester at the same time. Gifford said one reason is that a couple of classes with large enrollments started in January last spring and those students were included in the early registration counts. "This year those same classes will begin in February," Gifford said. "Although our initial headcounts are lower, we're confident once those classes begin, our part-time enrollment will probably come up to where it was last year if not exceed it."
The next Staff Alliance meeting will include updates on the status of Job Evaluations, Blue Cross, university legislative priorities and more. "The topics we'll discuss regard the future of UAS," Staff Alliance president Rita Bowen says of the group's Jan. 23 meeting that begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Business and Public Administration conference room.
Participants will include Chancellor Marshall Lind and UA Human Resources director Patty Kastelic by phone. The Sitka and Ketchikan campuses will be linked by audio conference. The Staff Alliance meetings are open to the everyone.
The UAS Alumni Association sold 500 tickets in their fall raffle to raise funds to support UAS scholarships and other alumni activities. Romer Derr won the grand prize, an unrestricted Alaska Airline ticket plus $1,000 cash. Second prize, two tickets for a Tracy Arm Cruise donated by Goldbelt, Inc. was won by Pauline Petrovich, and third prize, $50 dinner donated by Giorgio at the Pier, was won by Michael Cheung.
Alumni president Chris Phillips said, "We thank all those people who supported the UAS Alumni Association during the fall raffle; the local business who donated prizes for the raffle, Alaska Airlines, Goldbelt Inc., and Giorgio at the Pier; and a special thank you to Sandy Beason at the Nugget Mall."
Griffin says the committee will determine a theme, select sites for the art, advertise for commissioned work, set a time frame for submission, select the winning proposal and commission it. "It's an incredibly fun process," Griffin said.
Faculty members who need new or replacement gowns for graduation should place their orders with the bookstore as soon as possible.
The chair and vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation will speak on the Juneau campus at noon Friday (Jan. 17) in the Mourant Cafe Lake Room. Grace Schaible and Eric Wholforth will talk about the Fund's 20th anniversary performance and what is ahead. The meeting is open to everyone.
An article from the Juneau campus student newspaper has been reprinted in The Raven, the newsletter of the Juneau Audubon Society. The article by Chris Eckelberger described the trip by 30 UAS students to attend the Bald Eagle Festival in Haines.
Judy Andree, assistant professor of English on the Juneau campus, was featured in an interview in the Jan. 1-7 edition of the Capital City Weekly. Andree was asked about parenting, modern life, and literature. She told the interviewer, "We don't read enough. There's a kind of therapy in a book. If you look, fiction is written about practically every subject."
UAS is co-sponsoring the Juneau public meeting of an expert in light rail transportation. Roger Millar, of OTAK Consultants in Portland, will speak and show slides at Centennial Hall at 7 p.m. Jan. 27.
Millar, who will be in Juneau Jan. 27 and 28, will meet with various professional, elected officials and the public. Bill Leighty is organizing the visit. As he talks about cities designed around cars, Leighty says, "There's still time to rescue Juneau from the fate of all other American cities."
Eric and Melissa Karolak's baby arrived on Dec. 30. They report Katarina Yolanda weighed 8 lbs. 8 oz, was 21" long and perfectly healthy in every way.
Leave share donations had been requested for the Ketchikan campus couple after Melissa was ordered home for bed rest in her 23rd week of pregnancy. The Karolak's said, "Thank you very much for your help through this whole ordeal; it has been worth it. Please pass our thank-yous on to those in Juneau who were kind enough to help us out with leave share!"