University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter February 12, 1999

Russ Poppen

Ketchikan director appointed

An experienced educator from Montana has been appointed director of the Ketchikan campus. Russell Poppen currently serves as director of the Lincoln County Campus of Flathead Valley Community College in Libby, Montana. He begins his new post in mid May.

"I've very excited. I'm walking on air," Poppen said of his appointment by UAS Chancellor Marshall Lind. After a national search, Poppen was one of three finalists invited to meet with university and community members in both Ketchikan and Juneau. The Ketchikan Campus Advisory Council recommended Poppen for the appointment. Council chair Phyllis Yetka said, "I'm pleased Russ has accepted the position. I think he'll be a good fit for the community."

Poppen called Ketchikan, "A real jewel. A real benefit to the people of Southeast." Poppen replaces Dr. Mary Lou Madden of Juneau who has served as interim campus director for the past year. In addition to serving as campus director, Poppen has also managed grants, career counseling, student employment and educational assistance programs. He has a Masters of Education in Counseling and Human Development from Montana State University.

Lori Exferd

Exferd to be next registrar

Juneau campus student advisor Lori Exferd will become the UAS registrar on July 1. She replaces Eileen Franson who has retired. Bruce Gifford has been serving as interim registrar. In announcing the appointment, Gifford said, "Lori has the master's degree we required, works well with faculty, understands the catalog and degree requirements, and has been an outstanding academic advisor. She will be training on technical aspects of Banner before beginning as registrar."

Exferd said, "I'm excited about the challenge and working with a great staff." Her master's degree in education is from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. She worked as a UAS housing intern in the summer of 1996 and was hired as an advisor in July 1997. Advertising will begin soon for a new advisor who will also work on new student and retention programs.

Clearing snow keeps crews busy.

Snow removal requires extra work

Physical plant crews on the Juneau campus have been arriving as early as 4 a.m. to clear snow. "We are committed to having all the parking lots cleared as close to 7:30 a.m. as possible," Bob Green said. After clearing the campus, crews remove snow at student housing.

"I really appreciate the number of hours our crew has been willing to put into snow removal," Green said. "They've worked weekends and days. It's really disrupting their lives. I hope other people recognize their effort."

Banff Films Friday

Eight outdoor films from the Best of the Banff Mountain Films Festival will be shown Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Sponsored by student government, the eight films will include climbing, kayaking, snowboarding and more.

Renaissance Faire Saturday

UAS students Mike Heiman and Morgan Brown are king and queen of the Renaissance Faire Saturday, Feb. 13, at Centennial Hall. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be entertainers, a marketplace, sword fights, children's crafts and games. Debbie Gleaton and staff are preparing medieval food. A sit down feast begins at 6 p.m. followed by a dance with live music.

Ketchikan Humanities conference

UAS students and faculty from all three campuses will gather in Ketchikan for the second annual Humanities Conference Feb. 26-28. Rod Landis is the project director. Along with Ketchikan students, about 20 Juneau and five Sitka students will attend with Juneau faculty Don Cecil, Ginny Mulle, Sue Koester, Jo Devine, Judy Andree and Kevin Krein.

Students are studying Seamus Heaney's play, "The Cure at Troy" which will be performed by the First City Players and is the conference centerpiece. "Perhaps the most exciting thing about this conference," Landis said, "is that undergraduates from the three campuses will also deliver papers they have written on the play." The conference is jointly sponsored by the Ketchikan campus, Bread Loaf School of English, and First City Players.

Juneau events

Global Connections Friday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in the Mourant student lounge features Timi Hough discussing service projects. The first international dinner and movie will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Schaible House.

Biology Seminar, Tuesdays at noon in Anderson 221. Harbor seal trends on Feb. 16 and ringed seal ecology on Feb. 23.

Entertainer Christopher Carter, hypnotist/mentalist, appears 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18 in HB 113. Tickets at the door are $4 UAS and $10 for general public.

Fire & Ice Bonfire in the parking lot opposite Hendrickson Building, 7 p.m., Feb. 25.

Winterfest activites run Feb. 24-28.

Polar Bear Plunge takes place Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Auke Bay boat ramp.

Library display of winter bird feeding is open.

Bookstore graduation and gown orders begin Feb. 22.

Sitka News

Peter Colson has been hired as the Sitka coordinator for Continuing Education replacing Mary Lauer. His previous jobs for the university included on-site work to retrain displaced pulp mill workers and teaching at Pacific High School.

TLTR met Feb. 8 and heard Mary Wegner, of the Sitka School District explain the process of creating custom CDs for instructional use. TLTR members are interested in using CDs to get Web-based information to students with limited Internet access. Sitka is equipped to begin pressing CDs and plans to start as soon as a new instructional technology assistant is hired.

Workshops scheduled include Hazardous Waste Operator training Feb. 22-25; an eight-hour operator refresher, Feb. 26; Instrumentation for Water/Wastewater Operators, March 22-24; Employment Law, April 27. Contact Bonnie Elsenshohn, 747-7762.

Ketchikan events

Open house to celebrate the remodeling of the campus library will be held Friday, Feb. 19 from 47 p.m.

Forest Products conference and the UA role will be held March 5 and 6 and is sponsored by Alaska Cooperative Extension and UAF. For information: 747-6065 or

"Exploration" call for submissions

A total of $1,700 in prizes will be awarded to the winning short story and poetry entries by "Exploration '99," the UAS literary magazine now in its 18th year of publication. Submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 1999.

A special category has been introduced this year for Alaska Native writers focusing on Alaska Native themes. "Exploration" guidelines are available by leaving a name

and mailing address for editor Art Petersen at 465-6418 or

Faculty candidate on campus

Sharon Locke, a candidate for faculty position in environmental science, hydrology will lecture to geology students Friday at noon in HB 105. She also presented a seminar at noon on Thursday. Candidate Todd Walter will be on campus February 24-27.

Faculty, staff, and students

Robert Baker, Ketchikan, earned "Rookie of the Year award for his volunteer work at KRBD where he hosts a weekly program, writes public service announcements and interviews for Ketchikan campus promotions.

Mike Dunning, Ketchikan, delivered a paper at the Popular Culture Association of the Pacific Conference in Hawaii on "KATV-CATV: Television Comes to Ketchikan." He has also been elected vice president of the Tongass Historical Society.

Todd Turek, Juneau, has been juried into the "1999 National Ceramic Competition" at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts in Alabama. More of his work will be shown at the "Ceramics 99" exhibition in Connecticut starting in April. Turek was also featured in the Feb. 3 Capital City Weekly.

Dave Marvel, Juneau, made a presentation at the training workshop in Seattle for those undergoing accreditation in 2001 and undertook training to become an evaluator on accreditation teams.

Timi Hough, Juneau, will attend a housing officials conference in Oregon Feb. 20-25.

Karen Waldrip, Juneau, discussed "Finding Summer Employment" at the housing lodge Tuesday.

Thor Ryan has been hired as a technician in computing services on the Juneau campus.

James Jones has been hired as a food service worker on the Juneau campus.

Thane Brown and Yana Ployakova both Juneau students and employees were married Jan. 30.

Alfie and Kristin Price, Juneau, had a baby girl Feb. 6.

Elizabeth McLaughlin, Ketchikan campus Student Council President, had her original story produced by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council as part of the Wearable Arts Show in early February. McLaughlin read the role of the narrator.

Arlo Midgett and Joe Sears, who were on the UAS Ecuador trip, remained to explore Peru and Bolivia. They stay in touch by e-mail with Rick Bellagh and are expected to return in March.

UAS website

Campus groups with pages on the UAS website are asked to review the information to make sure it's up to date according to the Website Policy Committee members Mike Ciri, Shirley Grubb, and Scott Foster. Under UAS website policy, those wanting web pages are responsible for the content, coding and updating. Contact Computer Services for information on UAS web site standards and training in coding.

Weekly technology talks

The public is invited to a speaker series on the social impacts of technology organized by Jason Ohler. The weekly, free series takes place each Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Lake Room and begins Feb. 25. The first topic is "Electronic Access to Government, Digital Democracy" by Mark Badger. Ohler said the issues impact everyone in every walk of life. "They are technologies that have the power to change everything." The series is sponsored in part by TLTR.

Student jobs

Information about summer job for students is available from Karen Waldrip in the Juneau campus Career Center. There are over 150 positions for Goldbelt & Sealaska shareholders or descendents of shareholders. Internships for pre-engineering and behavioral science students are available. Certified Flagging Training will be held Feb. 26 and 27 and provides an opportunity to earn a certificate for summer jobs in the $25/hour range. An FBI/CIA recruiter has left job information.

Marine Tech works with USGS

Gregor Welpton and marine technology students will start work on two USGS vessels. They will modify the Eider for service in Glacier Bay and the Tamnik to facilitate divers. Students in the aluminum skiff construction class are building a 29-foot boat with a forward ramp, aft cabin, and self-bailing decks.

Student tax credits

There are links on the UAS web site to IRS publications dealing with the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. The links are located in the "For Students" section.


Friday, Feb. 12
  • Faculty candidate lecture, noon, HB 105.
  • Global Connections, 12:30 p.m. Mourant student lounge.
  • Eileen Franson retirement party, Baranof, 6 p.m. make reservations at SRC.
  • Banff Mountain Films, 7 p.m., Centennial Hall.

    Saturday, Feb. 13

  • Renaissance Faire, Centennial Hall 11 a.m.5 p.m. and dinner/dance, 69 p.m.

    Monday, Feb. 15

  • President's day, UAS open.

    Tuesday, Feb. 16

  • Elizabeth Peratrovich celebration, food, poetry, speakers, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Lake Room, sponsored by Wooch Een.
  • Biology Seminar, harbor seals, noon, Anderson 221.

    Wednesday, Feb. 17

  • Governance meeting, 8:30 a.m., Lake Room
  • SAC meeting, business conference room.
  • President Hamilton speaks at Rotary, noon, airport.

    Thursday, Feb. 18

  • Board of Regents, Baranof Hotel, all day.
  • Hypnotist/mentalist, 9 p.m., HB 113.

    Friday, Feb. 19

  • Board of Regents, Baranof Hotel, all day.
  • Global Connections, 12:30 p.m., Mourant Student Lounge.

    Saturday, Feb. 20

  • USUAS Legislative Conference.

    Tuesday, Feb. 23

  • Biology Seminar, ringed seals, noon, Anderson 221.

    Wednesday, Feb. 24

  • Winterfest begins and runs through the 28th.
  • Wooch Een meeting, 10 a.m., Novatney 213.

    Thursday, Feb. 25

  • Technology forum featuring physics, noon, HB 105.
  • Electronic Access to Government, free talk, 6 p.m. Lake Room.
  • Fire and Ice bonfire, 7 p.m. Chapel parking lot.

    Friday, Feb. 26

  • Global Connections, 12:30 p.m. Mourant Student Lounge.

    Sunday, Feb. 28

  • International Global Connections dinner, 6:30 p.m. Schaible House.

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