University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter June 21, 1996


In the last five years nearly 50 Yukon residents have received graduate degrees from UAS. Cooperation between UAS and Yukon College will continue under an Agreement of Understanding signed by Chancellor Marshall Lind and Yukon College President Sally Ross.

"We've already proven this cooperation works for our two schools and the constituents we serve," Lind said. "Now we want to improve it."

Ross said, "We reached the point of maturity in our relationship (with UAS) that we decided it was timely to create an umbrella arrangement for further points of collaboration."

The agreement was signed in Whitehorse (June 10). Lind and other UAS officials were there to take part in commencement for 25 Yukon residents who had just completed a three year Master of Education degree program through UAS.

The agreement calls for jointly designed curriculum and programs, facilitated student transfers, cooperative research programs, shared research findings, staff exchanges, and coordination of international gatherings.

Ross said educational partners like UAS provide degree and postgraduate degree opportunities Yukon College can't afford to offer. " We have collaborated (with UAS) on a Master of Public Administration degree that was highly valued here as well as a Master of Education Degree. The latter program produced a very happy and confident array of graduates this past weekend."


RMC, Inc. of Juneau is the apparent low bidder for the UAS Mourant Building food service remodel project. The project calls for expansion of the existing food service facilities to provide meal service to the 84 students who will occupy the new UAS student residence hall this fall semester.

In addition to the basic expansion of the food preparation and service areas the bid alternates call for creating a coffee shop, a multipurpose meeting/banquet room, accessibility corrections to the rest rooms, improvements to the existing seating areas and new lighting, ventilation and carpeting.

The remodel is not expected to be completed until after the first couple weeks of fall semester classes. Until then meals will be prepared off campus and delivered to students. "Our new residence hall students will be surprised to find that we are going to feed them up at student housing," according to Housing Director Tish Griffin. When the remodel is completed residence hall students will take their meals in the new Mourant food service area.


The Ketchikan campus found two new faculty members close to home: on the adjunct instructor roster. Both hires followed national searches.

Longtime adjunct teacher Rod Landis is taking a permanent, tenure-track English professor post this fall. Landis has been a part-time instructor in Ketchikan for four years. He worked full-time on campus in 1995-96 with a diverse portfolio: counselor, part-time instructor, interim head of the English department, organizer of an advisory board for a prospective health and human services program.

Landis has a master of arts degree in teaching English from the University of Georgia. He's taught in secondary classrooms in Georgia and Alaska and has been an educational therapist in youth programs. During his part-time and full-time stint at Ketchikan campus, Landis team-taught several times and produced a course for distance delivery.

The Ketchikan campus is also hiring adjunct instructor Dorthy Armstrong as the new head of the Business Administration program. Armstrong taught accounting and business courses at Ketchikan campus for two years while she worked full-time for Ketchikan's municipal utilities and government. She previously taught part-time for about five years at City University in Bellevue, Wash. -- the institution where she earned an M.B.A. in 1989.

Armstrong was accounting manager for the City of Ketchikan when she took the college faculty post.


Ketchikan's borough government has boosted its support to Ketchikan campus's community education program.

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly approved a $136,500 contribution to the college in its FY 1997 budget. That's an increase of nearly 16 percent from the previous year. The outlay maintains borough support for the campus Learning Center and Ketchikan Career Center, which provides adult education in maritime, professional and technical fields. The Ketchikan assembly increased funding for FY 1997 in accordance with the campus's proposal to hire a coordinator of health and human services education. The Ketchikan campus would split the cost of the post with local government.


A group from Juneau's sister city, Chai-Yi City in Taiwan, will spend most of July studying at UAS and visiting in Juneau. The six elementary teachers and one city government employee are scheduled to arrive July 1. This is the fifth year an exchange group from Chai-Yi City has visited Juneau.

Patricia (Tia) Thornton, who will coordinate their visit, said, "I hope to be able to provide them an introduction to the history and local culture of Juneau." Thornton is working on a Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley on Chinese politics and has spent an academic year in both mainland China and in Taiwan.

The Taiwanese will spend half a day studying English and the other half learning about American culture. The group will stay in UAS student housing. Thornton, who speaks Chinese, plans to organize off-campus activities that emphasize Juneau's history, the indigenous culture, the natural environment, and cross cultural exchanges. She also plans to work with the Juneau Chinese community and the local Sister City committee.


The top prizes have been announced from 866 poetry and 230 prose entries submitted to "Explorations '96", the UAS literary journal now in its 15th year of publication. Alexis Ross Miller of Juneau received the $500 poetry prize for "Night Time on the Slime Line." The $500 first prize in short fiction went to Jamison Koehler of Arlington, Virginia, for "The Indispensable Man."

Alice Tersteeg, Juneau campus art professor and "Explorations" art editor, oversaw the award of three prizes worth $175 to UAS students whose work appears in the magazine: Karen Gilbank, 1st place for "Contemplation," and Dianne Anderson, 2nd place for "Moon Geese" and 3rd place for "Ice Passages." The art competition is open to UAS students only.

Art Petersen, Juneau campus English professor and "Explorations" editor said, "We are honored to serve as a sounding board for poets and writers in Juneau, Southeast, and all of Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., Canada, and Europe."

Peggy Shumaker, an internationally published poet from the Fairbanks campus, awarded the "Explorations '96" prizes for poetry and prose. Next year, prominent Alaska writer and poet John Haines will be the board's special member.

"Explorations '96" may be obtained at the UAS Bookstore after July 1 or by contacting Petersen. He also has guidelines for "Explorations '97".


Nathan Jackson, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by UAS in 1988, has been honored on a U.S. postal stamp. A likeness of the Tlingit artist in full regalia performing the raven dance is shown on the stamp . The stamp is part of a five-stamp series on Native American dances painted by Oklahoma artist Keith Birdsong. The stamp went on sale in Ketchikan two weeks ago. Instead of the standard order of 4,000, 20-stamp sheets, the Ketchikan postmaster ordered 15,000. "I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't have to order more," Postmaster Dwight Stampflee told the Ketchikan Daily News.


A series of student government sponsored activities are being offered on the Juneau campus. They include:

Saturday, June 22, noon to 6 p.m. free hydro bike rentals on Auke Lake for students with summer ID. Two singles and two doubles are available.

Saturday, June 29: glacier flight-seeing trips, weather permitting. The 35 minute ice cap tour is for students with summer ID. Participants must sign up in the Student Activities office. Family members may take part on a space available basis. The cost is $20 per student. A deposit/co-payment is required at sign-up. This offer is limited to 15 summer students. Airport transportation may be coordinated at the Student Activities office.

Hikes are schedule for July 16 at 10 a.m. on the Point Bridget Trail and on July 24 at 10 a.m. on the Granite Creek Trail.


"Everyone wanted to develop some cooperative arrangement with the University of Alaska," Juneau campus faculty member Jason Ohler discovered after attending the Edutech Conference in Prague near the end of May.

Future ties depend on feasibility according to Ohler, who discussed the UAS education technology program at the conference. Ohler also found the university and graduate students who attended the conference were interested in telemedicine and distance education.

Ohler says officials in the Czech Republic haven't had money to buy technology until recently. "Even through they don't have much technology now, they can benefit if they use the time wisely. They can look at the technology that's coming."

Ohler has joined his interests in technology and music. On June 21, the Nimbus Quartet will premier his "String Quartet #1 ('Juneau')" at 8 p.m. at the Decker Art Gallery located at 233 South Franklin.

Ohler used computer technology to compose the work. "Instead of a word processor, I used the computer as a note processor," Ohler said. The advantage of the computer, Ohler says, is "I can play 'what if'" and quickly make changes.

Ohler said composing with a computer forced him to make a deal with the devil. "You are forced to become part technician...immersed in the left side of your brain while the right screams for attention." Ohler estimates he spent 20 percent of his time composing the music for "Juneau" and 80 percent of his time working with the computer technology.


UAS will be administering the statewide Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree program starting this fall. In preparation, training was scheduled in Juneau Thursday and Friday for staff who will be at receiving sites. Staff from Nome, Bethel, Dillingham, Kenai, Sitka and Ketchikan were scheduled to attend.

"We'll be offering technical know-how, information on computer and library support and more," according to Laraine Derr, assistant to the dean of the School of Business and Public Administration. Training was to be provided by Robbie Stell, Sherry Taber, Eileen Franson, Mike Ciri and Karen Cummins. The BBA classes will be taught by Mary King, Jim Goes, and Wayne Roberts.


Since Soundings has been placed on the World Wide Web UAS homepage, more than 750 inquires have been posted from about 275 different computers.

Michael Ciri, UAS manager of computing services, said the copies of "Soundings" posted the longest have the most "hits." He thinks that means most of the users are searching for information and end up directed to the UAS newsletter. "There's a lot of useful information about UAS in "Soundings" that people who are searching can find."

Ciri said the fewer "hits" on the most recent issues indicates most faculty and staff don't go to the homepage for Soundings. "Many people probably don't know it's available." Those wanting to read "Soundings" will find it at the following address:


A presentation will be made on the responses to predator alarm calls by marmots and ground squirrels Friday, June 21, at 4 p.m. in room 221 of the Anderson Building. Dr. Walter Shriner of the Santa Clara University department of biology will make the presentation.


The Bookstore will close for annual inventory June 26 through the 28. They will however reopen on the 28th if inventory is completed early. The pre-inventory sale continues until the 26th. The cashier located in the Bookstore will be open for cashiering business, and they will sell books for classes that begin on July 1. The Bookstore pre-inventory sale continues until June 26.