|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter
||September 12, 1997
Banfield Hall was dedicated Saturday.
Banfield Hall dedicated
Juneau's political and education leaders helped dedicate the student residence
hall for Mildred Banfield in ceremonies Saturday. Banfield represented Juneau
in the state senate and house in the late '60s and early '70s and was a member
of the Board of Regents from 1976 to 1983. She died in 1991.
Banfield was praised by a variety of speakers including Lt. Governor Fran
Ulmer, Mayor Dennis Egan, Representative Bill Hudson, USUAS president
Rosie Gilbert, and Senator Jim Duncan. Regent Elsa Demeksa said, "Millie was
a leader in the days when it was uncommon to have female leaders."
Regent Annette Nelson-Wright said the residence hall allows more students to
experience UAS. That experience, she said, "is an opportunity...to study at a
university with professors that are not only well respected in their fields but
that really care."
Don Abel, who served with Banfield as a regent, said, "Above all, Millie put
the interest of the students first. She never forgot what the university was all
about, the students."
"Banfield, doesn't that have a great ring to it?" Mike Miller asked the
audience. He served with Banfield in the Alaska House. "I can imagine a
Banfield Hall in Harvard, Stanford. It think it sounds great. It rings with
dignity, with substance, and integrity. You know what? That's what Banfield
the woman was all about."
Full-time Juneau enrollment increases
The number of full-time students continues to increase and is approaching 700.
"Since 1992, we've seen a 42 percent increase in our full-time students,"
Director of Student Service Bruce Gifford said.
During the second week of classes nearly 690 full-time students had
registered--an increase of nearly 5 percent over one year ago. More than
1,180 part-time students had also registered for a total of 1,868.
Gifford said biology and marine biology were the fastest growing areas of
study along with upper division business, technology and career education, and
business information systems.
Gifford anticipates the growth in full-time students will continue. "We'll see a
real strong enrollment next fall," he says. That will be in part because of a full
year to recruit for the new environmental science degree program. "Our goal
is 800 to 1,000 full time students," Gifford said. "I think we'll get there in the
next two to three years."
Commission approves degrees
The Commission on Colleges of the Northwest Association of Schools and
Colleges has approved the new B.S. degree in Environmental Science at Juneau
and the certificate and A.A.S. in Environmental Technology degree at Sitka.
As a result, the degrees will be included under the accreditation status of UAS.
A Commission evaluation visit takes place in spring 1998.
New Ketchikan welding instructors
Two professional welders at the Ketchikan campus have 50 years of
experience. Steve Parker teaches advanced welding classes. He's steel
superintendent at Alaska Ship and Dry Dock. Parker previously ran the
welding division of San Diego's Pacific Ship Repair. Nancy Wood teaches
beginning welders. She's been in the field since 1974, is certified in all forms
of welding, has taught welding for United Airlines in the Bay Area and ran
her own shop for six years. Ketchikan Career Center technical education
coordinator David Sweetman said the pair give students "our strongest-ever
Three bands at Tuxedo Junction
Tuxedo Junction features three different bands at three different venues.
Juneau's dress-up night takes place Oct. 4 and begins at the lower tram with a
bon voyage "Sail Away" party. The Mel Flood Band will play hits of the big
band era at the top of the tram, No One Famous will play rock and roll at
Taku Eateries, and The Headhunters will play jazz during dessert cruises on
the St. George catamaran. The $50 Tuxedo Junction tickets are on sale at both
locations of Hearthside Books, at the UAS bookstore and may be purchased
over the phone at 465-6267.
AT&T Alascom contributes to UAS
The president of AT&T Alaska, G.M. DeFrancisco has contributed $5,000 to
UAS. In a letter to Chancellor Marshall Lind, DeFrancisco said, "We trust that
our participation will assist you in meeting your goals of serving the
community." Lind said he would consult with staff for the most effective use
of the money.
Staff Alliance meets
Staff Alliance considers RIP, the health fair and Blue Cross, Oct. 14, from
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Novatney conference room. Other meetings are set for
Nov. 11 and Dec. 9.
Ketchikan hosts Voc/Tech Council
The UA Statewide Vocational/Technical Advisory Council makes its first-ever
stop in Ketchikan Sept. 18-19. The panel links UA's voc/tech programs to
Alaska industry and helps to guide program development. The agenda includes
discussion of federal issues dealing with vocational training and a presentation
on Alaska distance delivery.
New students active
New students praised the kayak and the overnight camping trips that were part
of Juneau's First Week. Serena Schulz from Oregon kayaked to Admiralty
Island. "We're not from Alaska but we had an Alaska experience," she said.
Chelsea Wilburn from Colorado said kayaking helped to make best friends and
clear the mind before classes. "It was very centering, totally relaxing and
totally cool." Both praised the on-shore activities that included "mind-search
activities" such as writing about college apprehensions and then discussing
them around the evening campfire.
About a dozen new students camped at Pt. Bridget. Student president Rosie
Gilbert described the trip as an opportunity for new students to see new Juneau
sights while getting to know each other.
University promotions at bookstore
University of Alaska Southeast window decals are on sale in the bookstore for
$1.25. In addition, the bookstore is selling shirts that promote UA. The $15
shirts say, "I proudly support the University of Alaska and I vote." Pins and
bumper stickers with the same message are available from Rita Bowen, staff
Bookstore manage Linda Synder says spring semester textbooks should be
ordered by Oct. 1 to have them on the shelves prior to the holiday break.
United Way begins
The annual United Way drive begins Sept. 16. Lawrence Lee Oldaker, campus
representative, said, "Campaign materials will soon be distributed to everyone
in our UAS family."
AISES chapter organizes
An American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) chapter is being
organized on the Juneau campus because of the increasing number of science
majors. AISES seeks to increase the number of American Indian scientists,
engineers and business professionals and provide student access to corporate
internships and scholarship. Contact Patti Adkisson, 465-6454.
The Juneau chapter is being organized by Adkisson, Native Rural Student
Center advisor; Brendan Kelly, assistant professor of biology; and Randy
Stahl, assistant professor of chemistry. The chapter holds a fund-raiser salmon
dinner at DIPAC Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. for $5.00 per plate.
Faculty attend NFS conference
Five Juneau faculty attended the National Science Foundation regional
conference, "Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Education," earlier this
week. Vesna Kilibarda, Dean Webb, Ron Seator, Dave Marvel, and Cathy
Connor heard speakers emphasize the need to improve the content area of
secondary school education majors. They also met with physics, biology, and
computer science faculty from UAF to consider collaborative teaching.
The Juneau Academic Writing Project (Jawrite) is beginning its second year.
The project is dedicated to enhancing "Writing Across the Curriculum" and
has focused on improving course-related journal writing. Among the faculty
who have worked on the project during the first year are the following: Judy
Andree, Roya Ansari, Jeanne Breinig, Don Cecil, Mike Ciri, Jo Devine, Vivian
Hegg, Dave Maat, Jack McGee, Robert Sewell, and Chris Weaver.
Retirement seminar set
A faculty/staff retirement planning seminar will be offered Sept. 23 on the
Juneau campus at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 1 - 2:30 p.m. The
Lake Room sessions will be presented by Barry Eller of the Anchorage office
of VALIC, one of the four investment vendors for the university optional
retirement and pension programs. Lunch food will be provided. The
investment information will be generic and it's not necessary to be invested in
VALIC to attend.
Student discounts for symphony
UAS students and staff may attend the final open rehearsal of the Juneau
Symphony, 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 13. The 7 p.m. program
includes a talk and live symphony music to two silent films: horror classic
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" and "Berlin, Symphony of a Great City." Steve
Tada, Facilities Planning and Construction, is symphony concertmaster.
Mona's computer tips
Staff or faculty taking UAS courses have a student computer account
automatically created. Mona Yarnell of the computer staff suggests setting up
the student account to forward mail to the staff or faculty account to prevent
missed messages. An information sheet, "How to Forward Your Mail" is
available in Whitehead 208 or call 465-6521 for a faxed copy.
Recent hires listed
Shari Gray, administrative assistant in the Professional Education and
Training Center, Juneau.
Carl Byer, visiting assistant professor of math, Juneau.
David Dunning, assistant professor of history and political science,
Lori Swain, administrative clerk, Sitka.
Robin Johnson, administrative clerk, Sitka.
John Bowman, visiting assistant professor of construction, Juneau.
Neil Whitehurst, training coordinator, Ketchikan.
Jason Cornelius, administrative clerk, Juneau.
Natasha Zahn, Learning Center.
The Alumni Association is preparing for the fall raffle to raise money for
scholarships. Alumni also contributed $300 to the Juneau campus Welcome
Back picnic that featured live music, food, and sumo wrestling.
Friday, Sept. 12
Health Benefits Task Force, Novatney 202B, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Wooch Een dinner/dance, DIPAC, 7 p.m.
Global Connections, 1 p.m. Lake Room.
Saturday, Sept. 13, Rafting trip, sign up at student activities.
Juneau Symphony concert, 8 p.m. JDHS.
Sunday, Sept. 14Family film, students free, 2 p.m., JDHS.
Free bowling at Channel Bowl, 9 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 15Election debate, 1 p.m., Mourant Cafe.
Wednesday, Sept. 17Student elections
System Governance Council, Novatney 202 B, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 18Student elections.
Saturday, Sept. 20Brewery tour, 3:30 p.m. must be 21.
Sunday, Sept. 21Free family swim, 6:30 - 8 p.m., pool.
Tuesday, Sept. 23Investment seminar, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 - 2:30 p.m., Lake Room
Thursday/Friday, Sept. 25, 26Board of Regents, Fairbanks
Saturday, Oct. 4Tuxedo Junction, 8 p.m.