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

UA President Mark Hamilton.

"State of the University" address

When Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana were hit with low oil prices in the late 1980s, they increased their funding to the state university by an average of 57 percent, UA President Mark Hamilton told Juneau faculty, students, alumni, staff and others. "Alaska increased spending 2 percent!"

During his first "State of the University" address on the Juneau campus March 23, Hamilton emphasized the need for a $16 million increase in state funding for the University of Alaska in each of the next three years. Hamilton said those amounts represent 1 percent real growth from a 1996 base. "We need real growth to have some discretionary funds with which we can respond to the needs of the state."

Hamilton said the university has coped with reduced budgets by increasing tuition and early retirement programs. "You can only mortgage your human resource one time," he said. "The legislature has to step up and give us that money or it's desperate times indeed." The president encouraged university supporters to write legislators. "The university doesn't need cheerleaders," he said, "it needs advocates."

During the question and answer session, Hamilton was asked about UAS. He praised leadership in distance education, opportunities in the biological science, and encouraged increased courses to meet the demands of business.

Asked about his best times so far as president, Hamilton said, "Just about every time I meet with the Student Alliance." He said students are enthusiastic, praise the faculty and their courses.

"Without students," he said, "we'd just have buildings full of smart people."

Copies of speech

Video of the president's "State of the University" address will be available for check out at Egan Library. Copies will also be sent to the campus directors in Sitka and Ketchikan. The audio of his comments will be available on the "What's Hot" section of the Juneau campus home page at Another link in "What's Hot" will connect with Hamilton's letter outlining his views about the university.

Contacting legislators

Any legislator may be contacted by mail in care of the State Capitol, Juneau, AK 99801-1182. The e-mail address for senators: Senator_First Name_Last The e-mail address for representatives: Representative_First Name_Last

In addition, the UAA Alumni Association has created a site to send e-mail messages to any legislators at

Key legislators:

Senator Drue Pearce, president; Senator Sean Parnell, finance co-chair; Senator John Torgerson, finance co-chair; Senator Kim Elton, Juneau; Representative Brian Porter, speaker; Representative Eldon Mulder, finance co-chair; Representative Gene Therriault, finance co-chair; Representative Bill Hudson, Juneau; Representative Beth Kerttula, Juneau

Dean of Faculty applications due

UAS faculty and staff interested in applying for the interim Dean of Faculty position must have their applications to Janet Dye by 5 p.m. March 29 in Novatney 111. She has the job description which have also been distributed and posted on all UAS campuses.

On April 2, Faculty Council will review candidates and submit names to faculty by e-mail. On April 9 the candidates and faculty will meet and an advisory vote on candidates will be submitted to the Faculty Council. On April 16 the Faculty Council will consider the candidates and submit the top two or three to incoming Chancellor John Pugh. He is expected to make a decision on interim Dean of Faculty by the end of April.

Shakespeare show April 2

"A Visit with Will," an interactive Shakespeare presentation by actor/writer Rod Molzahn will be presented Friday, April 2, in Hendrickson 113. Student Activities and Student Government are presenting the free performance.

The audience is invited to step back to 1616 and ask Shakespeare any questions they wish, as they become part of the presentation. Molzahn has been touring since 1986 before audiences in the U.S. and Canada.

John Bowman inspects historic photos.

Gravehouse project

UAS students in John Bowman's construction class are helping to rebuild several gravehouses now located in the Douglas Indian Cemetery. Bowman searched historic photos and descriptions to help in the restoration project that is being done with the Douglas Indian Association. Students will use the same materials used in the original construction: spruce and hemlock for the frame and cedar for the shingles.

Librarians meet

Juneau librarians were active in the Alaska Library Association conference held in Juneau March 18-21. Sherry Taber prepared the conference booklet, Carol Hedlin was co-chairperson of exhibitors and exhibit space, and Anna Salyer was speaker coordinator. In addition, adjunct librarian faculty members were involved. B.J. Gardner coordinated tours and Patience Frederiksen was the local arrangements chair. In addition to about 200 Alaska librarians, 50 exhibitors and 20 speakers took part in the conference that is held in Juneau every four years.

Driver's training helps tourism

Ten students from Kake took the first Commercial Driver's License (CDL) training on the Juneau campus last week. Mike Nannauck was the first to test and thus became the first to receive a CDL from Juneau campus. He received both his truck and bus licenses for a category B license. The driver's license training has been developed by Chuck Craig.

The training is part of an integrated approach to assist Native tourism using grant support from Holland-America. Already this spring classes have taken place in Kake to prepare residents for the 1999 tourist season. Other classes have included Alaska Host training by Lorene Kappler and CPR/BLS by Tim Moore.

Ketchikan food

The culinary arts class at Ketchikan High School put on a successful dinner for the community, earning about $1800 for the program according to Mary Lou Madden. The program is part of the campus K-12 effort. The campus hires the staff, gives college credit, but uses the high school kitchen facilities. About 200 people attended, and Madden reports, the entire class of 16 scored at 90 percent or above on the national food safety exam. "That makes me and the 200 people who attended pretty happy."

Technology and society

The public Critical Issues in Society and Technology series continues. David LaChapelle will discuss Y2K on March 25. Ann Symons, president of the American Library Association, will discuss Freedom of Speech and Children Access to Questionable Material on the Internet April 1. Computer Crime is the topic on April 8. The class meets at 6 p.m. in the Lake Room and is open to the public.

Juneau campus events

Candidate: Jim Westerman, a business administration faculty candidate, will make a presentation at 4 p.m. in Egan 104 on March 25. He is currently teaching at Western State University in Gunnison, Colorado.

Potluck: The Spring Bonfire Potluck begins at 6 p.m. at Auke Rec. on March 27. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food. Meat and beverage will be provided. The Bubble Club will dive at 4 p.m.

Easter: Egg hunt, Saturday, April 3 at noon at the Mourant Building. The event is for children of staff, students, faculty and alumni under the age of 11. An indoor hunt will take place for children under 2.

Computer: Free instruction on different topics continues Fridays at 2 p.m. in the computer lab: March 25, web publishing; April 2, intro to Excel; and April 9, intro to Word.

TLTR: Presentation on Using Technology in the Math Curriculum by Vesna Kilibarda and students will be held at noon in the Lake Room on April 7.

Candidate: Sherry Tamone, a biology faculty candidate from Sonoma State University will discuss Dungeness crabs at the weekly Biological Seminar at noon March 30 in Anderson 221.

Bookstore: Summer book orders were due on March 15 and fall orders are due April 1. Cap, gown and announcement orders were due on the 12th, however, they are still being accepted. A 40 percent off paint sale continues.

Exchange: Juneau exchange students will study in Italy, England, France, Finland, The Netherlands, Malta, and Spain next fall. International students will attend UAS from Finland, France, and Australia! There are still opportunities to study abroad. Contact Elizabeth Schelle at 465-6455.

International: Global Connections meets Friday, March 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Mourant student lounge to see slides from different European sites where students can study. The following Friday Clive Thomas and Sally Wilson will talk about career choices that allow international travel

Faculty news

Mike Dunning, Ketchikan history, was appointed a charter member of the Ketchikan Centennial Committee at the March 17 Ketchikan City Council meeting by Mayor Bob Weinstein. The year 2000 is Ketchikan's 100th.

Carol Hedlin has been accepted to the Association of College Research Libraries' Institute for Information Literacy Immersion 99. She was one of 30 accepted from more than 130 applicants. The Institute is designed for experienced instructional librarians seeking to further advance information literacy programs.

Tom Thornton's Anthropology/English class listened to cultural leader Lydia George, a former Elder-in-Residence at UAS. She and her son Jimmy used their own clan's regalia to show how places are represented and tied to personal and group identity among the Tlingit.

Writing contest winners

Amanda Webb, a student of Judy Andree, won first place in the English 111 writing contest for her entry titled "Eruption." Second place was won by Kim Marrs of Ketchikan, a student of Rod Landis. There was a tie for third place between Heather Moncrief, a student of Sue Koester, and Lisa Rogers, another of Andree's students. The UAS winners are submitted to the Archie Shiels Contest at UAF.

Health care plan

Tish Griffin and Thane Brown are the UAS representatives on the Statewide Health Care Changes RFP committee. Those wanting more information should either call them and/or attend the monthly staff council meetings (second Wednesday at 2 p.m. BRC & Novatney conference room) or check the UA website.

BOR schedule

The Board of Regents meets at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau April 22-23. The agenda will be posted at


Thursday, March 25
  • Student Video Festival, noon, Lake Room.
  • Anna Salyer farewell party, 1:30 -3 p.m. Egan 211.
  • Business Administration faculty candidate Jim Westerman presentation, 4 p.m., Egan 104.
  • Y2K discussion, 6 p.m. Lake Room.

    Friday, March 26

  • Global Connections, slides of international study sites, 12:30 p.m. Mourant student lounge.
  • Web publishing instructions, 2 p.m. Computer Lab

    Saturday, March 27

  • Spring Bonfire Potluck, 6 p.m. Auke Rec.

    Monday, March 29

  • Applications for interim Dean of Faculty due.

    Tuesday, March 30

  • Biology faculty candidate Sherry Tamone discusses Dungeness crab, noon, Anderson 221.

    Thursday, April 1

  • Freedom of Speech on the Internet, 6 p.m. Lake Room.

    Friday, April 2

  • Global Connections, International careers, 12:30 p.m. Mourant student lounge
  • Faculty Council reviews interim Dean of Faculty candidates.
  • Intro to Excel, free instruction, 2 p.m., Computer Lab
  • "A Visit with Will" Shakespeare performance, free, 7:30 p.m., Hendrickson 113.

    Saturday, April 3

  • Easter egg hunt for UAS children, noon, Mourant Building.

    Wednesday, April 7

  • Using Technology in Math, TLTR, noon, Lake Room.

    Friday, April 9

  • Intro to Word, free instruction, 2 p.m. Computer Lab.