University of Alaska Southeast Faculty and Staff Newsletter July 30, 1999

UAS Chancellor John Pugh

Chancellor Pugh assumes new duties Aug. 2

John Pugh becomes the new UAS chancellor on Monday; the same day Marshall Lind assumes his new duties as UAF chancellor. Pugh has moved into the chancellor's office in the Soboleff Annex. Jean Linthwaite will serve as his executive assistant until a replacement for Colleen Pellett, who resigned, is hired. Linthwaite, who is now a 49 percent employee, will work out of the chancellor's office three days a week.

On Monday, Pugh will appear on KINY radio's "Capital Chat" program at 8:15 a.m. to discuss his new position and the Bread Loaf program. He will be joined by Bread Loaf faculty member Cindy Rosenthal. Pugh has scheduled his first Chancellor's Cabinet meeting for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Filming whales

Jan Straley completed a trip with a film company, Fox Family Channel, for a new show, "World Gone Wild." They filmed Straley's research on humpback whales in Sitka and Kelp Bay on Chatham Strait. Straley said, "We found whales despite the terrible weather."

Assistant to the dean begins

Beth Weigel has begun as assistant to the dean of faculty, the job previously held by Jean Linthwaite. Weigel will be responsible for on-campus academic programs. She has worked at the University of Denver as assistant to the associate dean. Weigel is now writing her Ph. D. dissertation in the area of health and communications.

Staff attends Student Affairs conference

Staff from the Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan campuses will attend the Alaska Student Affairs conference at UAA July 28-30. A regional conference was held Tuesday in Juneau for UAS Student Affairs staff members from the three campuses.

John Pugh was among those presenting UAS initiatives to President Mark Hamilton.

President receives UAS briefing

UAS officials outlined campus initiatives for statewide leaders last Thursday on the Juneau campus. President Mark Hamilton, Vice President Wendy Redman, Vice President Jim Lynch and Director of Budget Development and Institutional Research Pat Pitney spent the day on campus. UAS officials presented campus initiatives in five different areas: faculty, education, student recruiting/retention, health care, and vocational.

Food Service changes

There will be reduced hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., for Food Service between Aug. 9 20. However, Spike's Cafe will serve coffee, donuts and bagels from 8 10 a.m.

Richard Nelson, a Sitka writer, was one of those presenting readings during the Bread Loaf reading and lecture series.

Bread Loaf graduation Set.

"It's been a tremendous success," UAS Bread Loaf coordinator Lucy Maddox says of the first six-week program on the Juneau campus. "The students have been very excited about being here. This place has had a lot to do with the success of the program. UAS has been a wonderful host."

Graduation ceremonies will be held August 4 beginning with a dinner in the Lake Room at 7 p.m. Two Bread Loaf students have chosen to graduate from the Juneau campus: Alison McKenna, a Juneau teacher, and Vicki Wright from Vermont. A Bread Loaf party is set August 30 on the St. Michael tour ship.

Classes for next summer's Bread Loaf Institute on the Juneau campus will be determined by November according to Maddox. She hopes to add about 10 students and another faculty member next year.

Outdoor play held Aug. 2

As part of Bread Loaf, Prospero and the Killer Whale will be presented above the Juneau campus parking lot at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 2. The presentation is free and open to the public. The production is David Hunsaker's adaptation of The Tempest and Tlingit legend.

Bunny McBride taught the summer ceramic workshop.

Ceramic workshop popular

Fifteen students, including two from Texas who saw an ad in "Ceramics Monthly" attended the Utilitarian Ceramic Workshop on the Juneau campus for a week in mid-July. Bunny McBride from the University of Iowa, and one of Todd Turek's graduate teachers, was the guest workshop leader.

Turek organized the workshop and said, "It was successful last year and even more so this year. The class filled right away and we had people on a waiting list." This is the second year a ceramic workshop has been offered during the Bread Loaf Institute. Next spring/summer, Jack Troy from Juniata College in Pennsylvania will be the guest workshop leader.

New auto faculty hired

Darrel Love is joining the Juneau campus as the head of the automotive program. He was formerly service manager at Mike Hatch Jeep/Eagle. Fall auto classes include Basic Automotive; Frame, Suspension and Alignment; Brake Systems; Electrical Systems; and open lab.

Sitka conference set

The 7th Annual Care of the Elderly Conference, "The Next Millennium: Updating Your Care Skills for the Next Century," will be held Sept. 16-18, 1999 in Sitka. The two-day conference will address pain management, wound care update, sex after 60, the diabetic foot, eden alternative and more.

The cost of the conference is $110 agency fee, $160 for individuals and $45 for seniors and non-professional family caregivers. For more information or a conference brochure, contact Debi Roesch at 474-7733.

New Sitka hires

Rita Fuller, who has worked as a temporary for a year, has moved to permanent status as a computer lab assistant. She will be taking over the majority of the technical support for computer service on the Sitka Campus.

Lee Michalsky has been hired as assistant professor in Environmental Technology. He will split duties between the environmental technology certificate and the AAS program and will coordinate activities of the Alaska Small Water Training/Technical Assistance Center (ATTAC). Michalsky has 20 years experience as a water system operator, 8 years experience as a trainer and technical assistance provider, and an education degree.

Nicole Duclos has been moved to full-time status as research assistant on the ATTAC project. She has been a part-time assistant for the past year on environmental technology department projects.

Allen Puckett, a long-time Sitka resident, replaces Larry Beebe as the welding instructor. Puckett has been a foreman for Allen Marine and has his own welding shop.

Patrick Hughes, also a long time Sitka resident, has been hired as the construction technology instructor. He is a local residential construction contractor and also operates a charter business. Both Puckett and Hughes are developing their programs as part of a Carl Perkins Grant.

Kim Crews has been hired in the business office as a cashier clerk. She has been working for the City and Borough of Sitka.

Randy Stahl, Cathy Connor and Amy Randolph learn to use new environmental science equipment.

GPS training held

Environmental science faculty members Carl Byers, Cathy Connor, Randy Stahl and student Amy Randolph, participated in Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) training session on July 19. Two rover GPS units (Trimble Pathfinders Pros) have been purchased with grant funds by the Environmental Science program. The instruments will enable students and faculty researchers to differentially process satellite determined positions in the field and obtain submeter accuracy. These positions can be directly transferred into GIS databases from the rover unit data loggers.

Staff and student

Deb Pyle has been hired as registration and business services clerk in Ketchikan.

Julian Deiss, a biology major who was awarded a Space Grant, is a participant in the Juneau Icefield Research Program.

Board of Regents news

The next BOR meeting is Aug. 19-20 at the Edgewater hotel in Seward. The agenda is at campus libraries and at

The BOR homepage has been updated to revise the biographies and photographs page:

Student advisor on the job in Juneau

Teri Balk began as coordinator of new student programs and academic advisor in Juneau on Monday. She replaces Lori Exferd who was named registrar. Balk is a former assistant registrar at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. She applied for the job "because I had a desire to go to Alaska and see trees and water again." Before applying, Balk had already made plans to be married at an island resort near Seward on August 21. She and fianc Bob Smith reserved all the resort cabins for family and friends. A Fairbanks friend will perform the ceremony. This fall, Smith will enroll as a full-time UAS student to complete his master's degree in education.


Monday, Aug. 2
  • John Pugh becomes UAS chancellor.
  • John Pugh and Cindy Rosenthal interviewed about Bread Loaf on KINY's Capital Chat program 8:15 9 a.m.
  • Prospero and the Killer Whale performed above the parking lot, 7:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 4

  • Bread Loaf dinner and graduation ceremonies, 7 p.m., Lake Room.

    Friday, Aug. 6

  • Fall/spring schedules expected on campus.

    Monday, Aug. 9

  • Food Service reduced hours, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. through Aug. 20.
  • Spike's Cafe open from 8 10 a.m. with coffee and rolls.