University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter March 28, 1997

Juneau Regent Appointed

Elsa Demeksa

Elsa Demeksa of Juneau has been appointed to the UA Board of Regents by Governor Tony Knowles. She has been a member of the state Board of Parole for five years, has owned "ELLE," since 1984, and has worked as a legislative aide periodically since 1980.

Demeksa says she will bring a global perspective to the board and would like the university to be attractive not only to Alaska students but also those in the Lower 48 and beyond.

Referring to UAS, Demeksa said, "I know our university here is a shining star. Enrollment is increasing. There's been approval for the environmental science degree. That's a wonderful program. There's the Icefield in the backyard. We should be very attractive to people worldwide."

Knowles also appointed Mike Burns, president and CEO of Key Bank of Alaska, to the Board of Regents.

College Prep Day

Students from Juneau Douglas High School will be on the Juneau campus April 3 to take part in College Prep Day. Students will take English and math placement tests and attend information sessions on financial aid, housing, and programs as well as tour the campus.

Shirley Grubb appointed

The new assistant to the Dean of Faculty will be Shirely Grubb effective April 1. "I'm very excited," Grubb said. "Its going to move me in a new direction and I expect to grow in the position and I'm looking forward to it."

Dean of Faculty John Pugh said, "Ms. Grubb has excellent educational credentials and brings a wealth of applicable experience to the position." Grubb began working at UAS more than 12 years ago as a receptionist and room scheduler. She has also worked in registration, admission, scheduling, financial aid and advising. She has a M.Ed. in Educational Technology from UAS. Pugh said the position of assistant to the dean was created to provide support for the business, business information systems, and public administration faculty and programs.

Marshall Lind began as UAS chancellor in 1987. His 10th anniversary is on April 1.

Juneau activities

The 10th Annual Children's Easter Egg Hunt takes place at noon on Saturday (March 29) in the Mourant Cafe. The event is for children ages 10 and under. Participants are asked to bring their your own basket/bag. The Banff Festival of Mountain Films will be held at 7 p.m. Sat. (March 29) at Centennial Hall. Tickets are available at the door. This "Best of the Festival" includes short films featuring mountain climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, dog sledding etc.

Easter Sunday brunch will be held at the Mourant Cafe from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature an array of breakfast foods. The brunch is free for meal plan students, $6.95 students/kids, $10.95 general, children under three eat free.

A 50's Rock and Roll Sock Hop will be held at the Club Hendrix (HB113), 9 p.m. on Friday, April 4.

Faculty notes

Dick Marston will attend the Association of American Geographers next week in Fort Worth. He and a student from Colorado will present a paper on stream meanders based on research on the Juneau Icefield.

Jane Terzis has received a national award for a logo design for her own company, Art Boy Inc., and the design will be featured in the 1997 American Corporate Identity annual.

Four UAS faculty proposals have been funded through the UA president's Natural Resources Fund. The successful proposals include Randy Stahl to purchase an atomic absorption spectrometer and to monitor metal concentrations in streams and lakes; Jan Straley to create a humpback whale photographic catalog and computerized database; Sharon Crostick and Kathie Etulain toward a meeting of the systemwide Computer Information and Office Systems faculty; and Dennis Russell and Julia Ross for a comprehensive plant inventory of the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Robin Walz has been hired as an assistant professor of history on the Juneau campus beginning fall semester. Walz earned his Ph.D. in history from UC Davis. He has been a history instructor at UC Davis and has also taught at Pomona College, Hayward and on the secondary level.

Paramedic students advance

The first-ever group of UAS paramedic students completed classroom studies at Ketchikan campus this month and now go to three-month clinical placements in Seattle.

Eleven students completed more than 500 hours of mostly weekend class work since spring 1996. Nine of the paramedic students are Ketchikan residents; one student flew from Juneau and another made regular treks from Craig.

Lynne retires

Margaret Lynne retires after 18 years on the Ketchikan campus. During that time she has carried office skills students from the Selectric age to the Pentium era. She began as a lab assistant and along the way earned a master's degree in teaching at the Juneau campus. Lynne said she has no firm plans except to enjoy her newfound free time.

Student writer successes

Juneau campus sophomore Lola Foss received the Houghton Mifflin 1996 Master Student Award for a winning essay in Psy 193: "Student Success." Foss, who was named to the Dean's List in 1996, is studying for a Bachelor in Business Administration Accounting.

The journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is publishing an article based on classroom research done by Susan Akaran, an early childhood education graduate student who teaches in Kotlik. The article is co-authored by Akaran and her program chair, Dr. Marjorie Fields.

Students adopt stream

Members of the Juneau campus' Ocean To Alpine club have adopted Vanderbilt Creek to monitor. Joel Kafka, a senior in biology, said about 10 students have done initial testing of the stream, located near Western Auto, before spring break. The goal is to monitor the stream's health over a period of time. The students are receiving advice from NOAA and Discovery Foundation officials.

Fulbright applications

Applications for the 1998-99 Fulbright senior scholar awards are available in the Exchange and Internship Office in Novatney 204. Applicants should be US citizens and hold a Ph. D. or comparable professional qualifications. Opportunities for lecturing or advance research in nearly 130 countries are available.

Alumni banquet April 11

The UAS Alumni Association holds their annual banquet and auction at the Baranof Hotel April 11. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $25 per person. There is a choice of prime rib or halibut Olympia. The auction benefits the Alumni Association and their scholarship fund. Reservations may be made by calling 465-6267 with a credit card.

Grad breakfast set

The UAS Alumni graduation breakfast will be held April 27 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Mourant Cafe. There is an $11 charge for non-graduates.

Alumni appointed

Mark Anderson, who received a UAS degree in 1984, has been elected to the Gastineau Channel Fish and Game Advisory Committee. Anderson works for the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Ketchikan partnership

Ketchikan's school board has approved a college-district partnership in Equity 2000, which aims to improve math achievement for secondary students and to enhance their career options. Campus Director Fran Feinerman said project is an offshoot of the university's work with local schools under an Eisenhower Grant for science and math education.

Video downlink

"The New Public University: How Do We Compete in a Changing Environment?" is the topic of an interactive-videoconference that will be downlinked to the Juneau campus from 9 - 11 a.m. on April 10 in the Egan Library conference room.

Another live video program will be broadcast Wed. (April 2). Micheal Parenti's lecture on the UAA campus will be available on channel 37 in Juneau. Parenti will talk about "Dirty Truths: The Politics of the News Media."

Book orders due

Any last minute summer book orders must be made immediately at the bookstore. The Bookstore is also having an "Easter Egg Surprise" event on Friday.

Sitka news

More than a dozen faculty and staff have signed up for first aid and CPR training on March 31.

Managing Volunteers will be the subject of a day-long session on April 26. Jep Enck, who has been nationally recognized, will be the presenter. The Office of Continuing Education arranged a three-day intensive workshop on arthritis in March that featured Cathay Loadman from the National Arthritis Foundation in Georgia.

Staffer honored

Amy Carroll has been recognized as AWARE volunteer of the year. "It's important to make some sort of volunteer work a part of my life," Carroll said. "I looked around the city at various organizations. I decided this is the one I wanted to be part of." Carroll and volunteers from other Juneau organizations were recognized March 13 in ceremonies at the Governor's Mansion. She has worked at UAS for more than six years.


Saturday, March 29
  • Children's egg hunt, noon, Mourant Cafe.
  • Ernie Polley wake, 1:30 p.m., Mike's Place
  • Banff Mountain Films, 7 p.m. JDHS.

    Sunday, March 30

  • Easter brunch 11:30 - 1 p.m. Mourant Cafe.

    Tuesday, April 1

  • Marshall Lind's 10th anniversary as chancellor

    Wednesday, April 2

  • Micheal Parenti live lecture "Dirty Truths: The Politics of News Media" channel 37 at 7 p.m.

    Thursday, April 3

  • JDHS/UAS College Prep Day on campus

    Friday, April 4

  • Sock Hop, Hendrickson 113, 9 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 9

  • UAS Staff Alliance, 9 11 a.m., Lake Room.

    Thursday, April 10

  • Video conference on "The New Public University," 9 11 a.m. Library conference room.

    Friday, April 11

  • Alumni Association banquet and auction, 7 p.m. Baranof Hotel.
  • Youth Involvement Day on campus