|University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter||June 4, 1999|
Part of the grant provides $3,000 scholarships to 100 teachers in 50 of the 53 Alaska school districts so they can complete the new UAS Educational Technology Endorsement. The program consists of seven graduate level courses, with five delivered through the Internet. The teachers will spend one summer of the Juneau UAS campus taking classes.
Another part of the grant is for the Content Area Standards Initiative. Members of five professional teaching organizations will develop Internet-delivered courses specific to a content area.
Barlow works with distance education students from across the state. More than 400 were enrolled spring semester. Marilyn Knapp, who was one of those nominating Barlow, said, "Sue is very knowledgeable and student-oriented. She is often the first person on the phone that a student from a rural site has contact with."
Barlow helps distance students with everything from registration, to getting books, paying tuition, and sending supplies. The most unusual supplies she sends are for the labs associated with the anatomy and physiology class. She sends dead animals, such as frogs and pigs, and animal parts. Students complete the lab assignment and return dissections to Barlow. "Most people think a lab can only take place in a classroom setting," Barlow says. "We do labs wherever students are taking the class."
"The point was how to learn to communicate better as a public manager," according to organizer Jonathan Anderson, "both in your organization and in the external environment as well. I think people were very happy with the institute and thought it was useful."
Students, many of whom were in the MPA, MBA, or CPM programs, learned and practiced interpersonal communications with government officials, the media, and employees. Presenters were scheduled for each lunch and included Commissioner of Education Bob Poe, UA President Mark Hamilton, Goldbelt CEO Joe Beedle, and JDHS Principal Ron Gleeson.
Poppen, who most recently was director for the Lincoln County campus of Flathead Valley Community College in Montana, drove to Prince Rupert and took the ferry to Ketchikan. "I have a place to live, I've settled in, but I haven't had much of a chance to play yet," Poppen said. During his first two weeks on the job, Poppen has been meeting with interim director Mary Lou Madden, becoming acquainted with the University of Alaska system, and meeting with Ketchikan officials. He has attended Chamber, Rotary and other local group meetings and been interviewed on Ketchikan radio stations.
Poppen has also held a couple of faculty retreats. The retreats were an orientation, he said, to discuss issues, campus directions, and current projects.
Poppen plans on visiting Misty Fjords next month. He's putting off purchase of a boat for a year, but plans to hike and see the local Ketchikan sites as time permits. "There's a reason to live in Alaska," he says, "and it's not called a desk."
Bowman's research indicated the grave house was built before 1913 and rebuilt at least twice since then. "This was one of the largest grave houses I found in the literature," Bowman said. "It measured about eight feet across and 12' long. The roof was eight sided, and the walls were six sided."
Rita Johnson has accepted the position of Library Director for St. Andrew's Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Her last day at UAS will be July 9. A campus potluck farewell party for Rita will be held on Friday, June 18 in the Lake Room from noon until 2 p.m. Egan Library will host an exhibit of the United States Holocaust Museum. Varian Fry, Assignment: Rescue, 1940-1941 will be on display from late August through September and will be accompanied by a series of Saturday evening events open to the public. The exhibit chronicles the efforts of an American journalist working with the Emergency Rescue Committee to aid political and intellectual refugees escaping occupied France.
"This contrasts dramatically with the Mendenhall Glacier," according to Cathy Connor. "It had a surface ice velocity of about 1 meter per day during summer '98 and calves ice at the terminus at rates of about 1-2 large events per week."
Students Matthew Hanson, Kathy Heflin, Bryan Hitchcock, Autumn Lowrey, Rebecca Viray and Ben White participated in Geology 315 Glacier Surveying class taught by Roman Motyka and Cathy Connor.
UAS Environmental Sciences students Shannon Seifert and Bryan Hitchcock will continue to work with Motyka and a UAF grad student to conduct bi-hourly surveys of six markers placed at various elevations on the glacier surface.
Connor also said, "The calving season had begun and the fjord is ice choked from the present terminus down to about Thunder point. There are lots of harbor seals with pups and arctic terns to report."
Housing Manager Timi Hough attended the Association of College and University Housing Officers International board meeting in Vancouver, BC. She has been elected Alaska representative on the board. "It is a great opportunity to share and gain information with people outside of the state as well as fellow Alaskans."
Tim Woods has resigned as a food service cook. He will continue to do on-call work. Pat Vallejo, who has worked as weekend cook, will move to full-time day cook.
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