University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter November 6, 1998

Ketchikan named pilot site

Ketchikan joins Kodiak as one of two Alaska Department of Education-designated pilot sites for developing K-14 partnerships. Ketchikan campus director Mary Lou Madden and John Thomas, Ketchikan superintendent of schools met with their counterparts from Kodiak and DOE Commissioner Shirley Hollaway to discuss the project.

Details are being worked out, according to Madden, but the conceptual framework includes: setting up a skills continuum in math and communication from K through GERs; providing additional "tech prep" opportunities from secondary students; embedding academic competencies in vocational offerings; and aligning vocational programs with national industry standards. DOE will provide technical assistance and funding for staff development and limited program start up.

Alumni night Nov. 14

UAS Alumni have organized Alumni Night at the Hanger from 8 - 10 p.m. on Nov. 14. Those planning on dinner should make reservations. UASAA items and raffle tickets will be available.

The Eagle Raven Dancers began the first of a series of Native American Month presentations. Native American Month activities.
Wooch.Een, the UAS student club dedicated to promoting Native culture and cross cultural understanding, is planning a month-long series of events for Native American Month. Events are free and open to all. They and include:

  • Nov. 9: Story tellers, Ernestine Hayes, Grace Elliot and Gene Tagaban, 1 p.m. Lake Room.
  • Nov. 16: Byron Mallott, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund, brown bag lunch, noon, Lake Room.
  • Nov. 23: Film festival at the housing lodge.
  • Nov. 28: Native Potluck Dinner, 5 p.m., housing lodge. Sign up at Native Rural Student Center to indicate what foods will be brought.
  • Nov. 30: Arts and Crafts Fair for sale and exhibition, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lake Room.

    Free play Nov. 15

    "Faces of America," a one person play addressing diversity education through the arts, is being offered free to UAS students, faculty and staff through a grant from the UA President's Special Project Fund. It will be presented Sunday, Nov. 15, a 7 p.m. at JDHS. The play, with nine characters representing different aspects of American society, has been presented on many college campuses.

    MTC job training

    Unemployed women from Juneau, Haines, Angoon, and Hoonah have taken classes at the Marine Tech Center to become certified nurses' aides.

    "Throughout Alaska there's a shortage of health care workers at all levels," according to Gary Bowen. The students receive four UAS health science credits. The 18 students began two weeks of instruction on Oct. 21. More than half continued for another two weeks in a clinical setting at the Juneau Pioneer's Home.

    Holiday schedule

    The 1998-99 UAS holiday closure will be from Dec. 18, the last day of work, to Jan. 4, the return to work. Of the ten weekdays during the closure, five will be university holidays and five will be annual leave or leave without pay.

    UAS on 200 stations

    ESPN radio broadcast an interview about the humpback whale mascot of the Juneau campus Nov. 4 on more than 200 stations nationwide. UAS was selected to be the first in a series of interviews about schools with unusual mascots. The interview with Scott Foster included the background of UAS intercollegiate sports, a description of the humpback whale costume, whale memorabilia on campus, UAS programs and local geography.

    Technology exchange

    The second faculty demonstration of technology in the classroom takes place at noon, Nov. 12 in HB 110. Presenters include Carol Ottesen, statewide library data base; Vivian Hegg, uses of technology; Robin Walz, POLIS and Caucus in teaching history; and Alice Tersteeg, demonstrating a software program for color separations. The forums are "demos from the front lines" for faculty, staff and students.

    Chris Weaver described using POLIS and other technology in his classes.

    Bullock Prize nominations

    Nominations are being accepted for the $15,000 Edith Bullock Prize for excellence in support of the University of Alaska. Call 465-6530, for the nomination form.

    Juneau campus news:

    Egan Library: The International Year of Chemistry is featured in the main floor reading area display case. Randy Stahl donated equipment, and B.J. Gardner helped organize the display. Library survey: The Egan Library staff is conducting a survey about user's reaction to services and resource access as part of the self-study. The surveys are at the library or call 465-6515.
    Voter registration: The Student Resource Center will become a voter registration site starting Dec. 1. All disability services are required to be registration sites and this makes the service available to all. Robert Sewell has been appointed voter registrar.
    National Geographic: Egan Library is seeking a copy of the July 1998 National Geographic magazine for binding to replace a missing copy. Call Val Sterns at 6522.
    Writing students: The faculty is being asked to encourage students with strong writing skills to register for English 393„Writing Workshop according to Jo Devine. The class functions as a training class for potential Learning Center student tutors.

    Faculty/staff news

    Lawrence Lee Oldaker attended the Alaska Principal's conference in Anchorage representing UAS in the new statewide Educational Leadership Program. He also presented a paper at the University Council of Educational Administration Convention in St. Louis.

    Carol Liberty will attend the orientation for new members to the HIM Council on Certification this week in Chicago.

    Barbara Carlson Burnett attended the Fall Conference of the Alaska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in Palmer and learned about changes in the recent reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.

    Elizabeth Schelle attended the fall meeting of the Northwest Council on Study Abroad in Portland that focused on the selection of faculty to teach at a European site.

    Michael Byer has been hired to teach education technology for this semester for the Professional Education Center.

    Sherry Kleindolph has been hired as accounts payable clerk in the Business Office at the Bill Ray Center.

    Lynne Johnson has been hired as coordinator for the Alaska Wildlife Series offered as a distance education course by instructor Bruce Wright.

    Edward Bennett has been hired as a custodian in the Physical Plant.

    Sandra Burgess has accepted a position as an administrative clerk on the Sitka campus.

    Debbie Watts has been hired as a coordinator on the Ketchikan campus to replace Marcia Yenor who has returned to Florida.

    Teaching abroad opportunities

    UAS students are currently studying in France and Greece, with students going later this year to Spain, Austria, and Italy. Faculty may also teach overseas. Contact Elizabeth Schelle at 465-6455 for information.

    Survey results on internet

    The employee attitude survey is located on the internet at

    Top student Halloween costume honors went to "Five" and "Two."

    Alumni Raffle for ticket

    First prize in the UAS Alumni raffle is two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets. The drawing is Nov. 15. Tickets are available from Tish Griffin or Rita Bowen or call Ruth Danner at 789-3435. Other prizes include: $150 cash and dinner for two at the River Rock Restaurant; dinner for two at the Breakwater Restaurant; and 10 video rentals from Valley Video.

    Walrus report

    Two students will present a public seminar on walruses Tuesday Nov. 10 at noon in Anderson 221. The talk by Lara Dzinich and Jeffiner Pilby is titled, "New data on the status of the Pacific walrus population." Both took part in a three week study in September with Brendan Kelly and others in the Chukchi Sea.

    Retirement seminar

    A representative from Fidelity Investments will offer a program entitled "Are You Ready to Retire?" on Friday Nov. 13 in Egan 210 from 9-10 a.m. Individual consultations will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the same location. Call (800) 642-7131 for an appointment.

    Alumni by-law changes

    The UAS Alumni Association is updating their by-laws to include "Friends of the University," to the membership group, changing the membership year to a calendar year, and splitting the secretary/treasurer into two separate positions. Copies of the by-laws are available from or by calling (907) 364-3557.

    Scholarship applications

    The 1999-2000 Scholarship Application is "in the works" and will be available in about a week according to Barbara Burnett. The application deadline remains March 1, but this year UAS will not require letters of recommendation from faculty and advisors.

    Juneau housing news

    The Banfield Hall haunted house attracted over 100 the night before Halloween. Other activities include students and members of UAServes helping at the Humane Society Nov. 8; fireside storytelling in the Lodge on Nov. 10; the first "Timi's craft corner" Nov. 11; the Life Lessons series continues Nov. 12; and housing is offering a trip to the Haines Eagle Festival. Call 790-3509.

    Staff meet with Hamilton

    President Mark Hamilton held a Staff Alliance retreat Nov. 5 in Anchorage. Topics included promoting the university, the role of staff, the holiday closure, health care costs and overload assignments.

    Change e-mail by Jan. 1

    The old mail system (Teamlinks/DEC Mailworks) will be discontinued as of January 1, 1999. Computing Services asks users to migrate to the new mail system before the January deadline. For assistance call 465-6452.


    Friday, Nov. 6
  • Harvest 98 concert, 7:30 p.m., ANB Hall, tickets at Student Activities.

    Monday, Nov. 9

  • Native American Month story tellers, 1 p.m., Lake Room.

    Tuesday, Nov. 10

  • Public seminar on Pacific walrus, noon, Anderson 221.
  • Cost is Right game show, noon, Mourant.

    Wednesday, Nov. 11

  • Veterans Day, campus open and classes held.
  • Free ice cream social, 2 p.m. Mourant.
  • Movie, "The Thief," 7 p.m. JDHS

    Thursday, Nov. 12

  • Technology exchange, noon, HB 110.

    Friday, Nov. 13

  • Fidelity investment program, 9 a.m., Egan 210.

    Saturday, Nov. 14

  • Alumni night, 8-10 p.m., the Hanger.

    Sunday, Nov. 15

  • Film, "Mary Poppins," 2 p.m., JDHS
  • Diversity Play, "Faces of America" 7 p.m., JDHS, free to students, faculty and staff.

    Monday, Nov. 16

  • Native American Month presentation, Byron Mallot, noon, Lake Room.

    Saturday, Nov. 21

  • Violinist Kim Angelis, 8 p.m., Chapel by the Lake.