University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter July 18, 1997

Gary Bowen assumes post.

Bowen to lead career education

Gary Bowen is the new associate dean with primary responsibility for career education. Dean of Faculty John Pugh said, "Gary brings a mixture of real work experience and academic experience to this job. He has a doctorate in engineering, he's taught at the University of Auckland, and he has a number of years working in industry. He's lived in Southeast for a long time and knows the needs of the region."

Bowen joined UAS in 1993 as director of Career Education. He later also served as interim dean of the School of Business and Public Administration and Career Education. He resigned in Nov. 1995 to accept a position with Asia Tech Group in Bangkok. Prior to joining UAS, Bowen was assistant manager of the Alaska Pulp Corporation's Sitka mill.

Bowen said, "When you can help people learn skills, find a vocation and go out and get a job, that's very satisfying. I've been able to do a fair amount of that and I want to do more." Bowen replaces Dale Staley who served as interim director of career education since last August. "I really enjoyed the job," Staley said. "It's a wonderful place to work. I wish Gary the best of luck. " As to his future, Staley said, "I'm open to suggestions."

New food service director begins

Food service director Carol Wyatt.
Carol Wyatt has cooked for the governor, worked in hotels, restaurants, catering and has an AA degree in culinary arts. Now she's in charge of food service on the Juneau campus. "I've got a lot I can learn here in the university system," she says.

Laughingly, Wyatt explains she's involved in food service because "I fall asleep if I sit down too long." Not much chance of that in a field Wyatt says has a surprising amount of intensity. Ordering food, for example, is complicated by a two week delivery delay.

"You've got to do it all," Wyatt says, "so the person who comes in for a plate of food doesn't see any of that. If the person's steak isn't just right, that's got to be the most important thing in your day!"

Wyatt, who has cooked for a New England prep school serving 400 students three meals a day, says, "You need a combination of providing what they want and what they should have." She also says it's possible to show students that the food that's good for them can also taste good. "Linda's got a good finger on what people eat here," Wyatt says of Linda Rugg who has just retired. "I've got to get her cinnamon roll recipe before she leaves."

"Thanks" from Linda

Linda Rugg will be leaving Juneau about August 1. "I want to give a big thanks to Tish Griffin and Linda Snyder and everyone else who participated in my retirement party," Rugg said. "I'll never meet a group of people I've liked better or I'll miss more."

Contacting Tish

Tish Griffin was scheduled to have a kidney removed Friday (July 18) at the University of Washington Medical Center. She'll be in the hospital (206-548-3300) recuperating until the 23 or 24th then at a friend's home (9401 45th Ave NE, Seattle 98115, 206-525-1031).

She'll be back in Juneau on Aug. 1 and on medical leave through the end of August. Griffin says, "Thanks to everyone that has donated first class upgrades to help with travel and for those of you that have generously offered your leave through the leave share program. It gives me great peace of mind. Thanks, too, for all of you that have to cover my responsibilities while I'm gone. It's a gift to have so many generous and talented people around me at this time."

First Science Institute begins

A dozen high school students arrive in Juneau Saturday to take part in UAS's first Coastal Science Institute. The ten day, hands-on Institute is organized by Randy Stahl and Ed Caine and designed for students interested in careers in ecology, marine biology, conservation or the environment. Students will do field research from glaciers to the ocean. They will live in student housing and eat on campus.

Student Affairs Conference set

UAS is coordinating the annual Alaska Student Affairs Conference this year. It's a forum for those working with students and will be held Aug. 3-5. All conference sessions will take place on the Juneau campus. Professionals wanting information or wanting to register may contact Lori Exferd at 465-6456 or

Alumni reelects officers

The UAS Alumni Board of Directors re-elected Chris Phillips president and Ruth Danner vice president for another year. Bruce Gifford serves as secretary/treasurer. In addition the board voted to donate $300 to the annual start-of-school picnic.

UAS Open

The 4th Annual UAS Open golf tournament to raise scholarship money for students will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Mendenhall Golf Course. The UAS Alumni Association is sponsoring the scholarship fundraising event.

The grand prizes is an Alaska Airline round-trip ticket. Other prizes include a 1997 Chrysler for a hole-in-one on a designated hole. Registration is at the Mendenhall golf course and should be done prior to the tournament.

Lori Exferd will advise students.

New advisor begins

Lori Exferd began as academic advisor on the Juneau campus July 14. She fills a position left vacant when Shirley Grubb became assistant to the dean. Exferd received her masters in May in college student personnel from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. As part of her masters program Exferd worked as an intern at UAS housing. She says being in Juneau was a "life changing experience." Returning, she says, "I knew this was home."

"I'm very excited," Exferd says of her first week on the job. "I like all the variety and I'm anxious to meet the faculty and staff and for the student contact."

Ohler on Sabbatical

Jason Ohler is on sabbatical leave researching and developing materials for a distance delivered version of a course he has been teaching on site for many years: The Social Impacts of Technology. Ohler said the year off will help him regain the peripheral vision he lost staring into a computer screen. He asks everyone to answer the following question and e-mail him at jfjbo: If you could invent any technology in the world, no matter how unreasonable or fantastic, hardware or software, machine or information processing technology, what would it be?

Textbooks arrive soon

Fall textbooks are due about mid August according to bookstore manager Linda Snyder. "Any last minute orders need to be given to me ASAP," she says, "in order to be here on time."

UAS in the news

The Juneau Empire carried a story about UAS distance delivery programs in their Sunday, July 13, issue. The article by Cathy Brown featured an interview with Elaine Sunde and mentioned recognition received by UAS in Forbes Magazine and Peterson's Guide.

Representatives of a group of Taiwanese who are on the Juneau campus for a month were featured on KINY radio during a 45 minute interview by Chris Burns on the Capital Chat program Monday. During that morning's news, Kathy Phillips carried stories from Randy Stahl about the upcoming Coastal Science Institute and from Bob Green about campus construction projects.

Chancellor Marshall Lind was interviewed for statewide TV by Kathy Dye of the Superstation about possible UA reorganization. The Juneau Century class' public meeting received media coverage from Pete Carran at KJNO, Susan Fitzgerald's Juneau Afternoon program on KTOO, Katie Heldt on KTOO's Morning Edition, and Kristan Hutchison of the Juneau Empire. Sara Klaudt is writing a story for the Capital City Weekly on the visiting Taiwanese. The Alaskan Southeaster is running a story and photos about student research on the Juneau Icefield and their next issue will carry a story about UAS student regent Annette Nelson-Wright.

Bread Loaf expansion considered

Dean of Faculty John Pugh will travel to Middlebury College in Vermont July 26-31 to observe and work on the Juneau Bread Loaf program next year. The Bread Loaf School of English is a graduate school of Middlebury College and is recognized as one of the nation's most prestigious.

This year, for the first time on the West Coast, an intensive three week Bread Loaf Institute was held on the Juneau campus. "It was very successful," Pugh said. About 25 students took two graduate literature courses from nationally recognized instructors and other classes. During his trip, Pugh will discuss expansion of the Juneau campus program next year from three to six weeks and increasing to 50 students. "The evaluation program was very positive," Pugh said of this year's Institute. "Students were quite interested in continuing the relationship." Officials at both UAS and Middlebury have discussed establishment of a long-term relationship.

New recruiting tool

The Juneau campus has just received delivery of more than 5,000 brochures of a cartoon-style Juneau map. It will be included in mailings to perspective students. Admissions Director Greg Wagner said, "So much of what we do in promotional materials is beautiful pictures. This was a change of pace, more MTV-like, cartoon-like. It's a fun piece."

The map is drawings of local businesses. The UAS illustration includes the name, logo, library, totem pole, two students eating at an outdoor table, student housing and Auke Lake.

New UAS homepage

There's a new, streamlined look to the UAS homepage on the Internet. "Please check it out and send any comments to jxwww" Mike Ciri says. The main menu has been shortened with additional options listed at the page's bottom, there are links to the Sitka and Ketchikan homepages, photos and relevant links have been added to the SE Facts section, and the new phone and e-mail directory is being added. Melissa Nell created the new look to the UAS homepage which is designed to help potential students learn about UAS.

Computer tips

Netscape - Finding a URL. Have you ever saved a Web page in Netscape, but then lost the URL (Web address)? Here's a simple technique Macintosh users can use to extract the URL from a saved document.
  • Find your saved document.
  • Click one time on the document to select it.
  • Under the File Menu bar, select 'Get Info'.
  • The address is displayed in the Comments box.

    Computer tips are provided by Mona Yarnall of Computer Services.


    Saturday, July 19
  • First Southeast Alaska Coastal Science Institute begins

    Thursday, July 24

  • Bon' voyage reception for Sherry Taber, 3-5 p.m., Mourant Lake Room.
  • Murder mystery dinner at the lodge. Sign up at Student Activities.

    Wed., July 30 Mon., August 11

  • Free hydro bikes on Auke Lake. Contact Student Activities.

    Saturday, August 2

  • UAS golf tournament, 9 a.m., Juneau Golf Club.

    Sunday, August 3-5

  • Alaska Student Affairs Conference, main campus.