UAS Commencements

Ketchikan commencement takes place Friday at 7 p.m. in the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Among those graduating are six Ketchikan residents who earned their BBA from Juneau through distance delivery and one who is receiving her bachelor degree from UAF. UA President Mark Hamilton is the commencement speaker. Student government is hosting an end-of-the-year BBQ on Saturday at Ward Lake.

Sitka commencement takes place Saturday at 8 p.m. at Verstovia School. Commencement speakers are long-time Stratton Librarian Evelyn Bonner and Sitka writer John Straley. Lori Cropley delivers the graduate response. A reception for graduates follows the ceremony. Juneau commencement takes place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Lt. Governor Fran Ulmer is the commencement speaker. Twice student government president Rosie Gilbert is the student speaker. Dr. Kenneth Moss will receive the university's Meritorious Service Award. A graduate reception follows at the Baranof, and that will be followed by a dance hosted by the Spanish Club.

MPA commencement held at six distance sites.

Virtual commencement

UAS held it's first virtual commencement Wednesday for MPA students taking their classes through distance delivery Wednesday. Fourteen students from Whitehorse, Eielson Air Force Base, Fort Greely, Fort Wainright, Juneau, and Colorado are graduating. UA President Mark Hamilton presented the commencement address from Ft. Wainright. The student response was by Lise Farynowski from Whitehorse. Program Director Jonathan Anderson said, "A broadcast commencement not only allows MPA students to attend graduation exercises, but also allows their families, some of who live in the lower 48, to share in their achievement through our live internet transmissions."

Karen Polley

New Ketchikan director named

Karen Polley has been appointed director of the Ketchikan campus by Chancellor John Pugh. Polley, who begins full time in August, has more than 20 years of experience in vocational education and employment training programs including a year as interim director of the UAS School of Career Education.

"When we started this search for a campus director," Pugh said, " I hoped to find an Alaskan who knows Alaska employment needs, Alaska educational needs, and Alaska issues. I believe we have found that person in Karen Polley."

Keith Gerken

Gerken appointed Facilities Director

Keith Gerken, a former deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, is the new UAS Regional Director of Facilities. Gerken who is also an architect begins May 15. He replaces Bob Green who retired after 25 years.

Since 1995 Gerken has been Leasing and Facilities Manager for the Alaska Department of Administration. From 1993 to 1995 he was president of Gerken and Associates in Juneau. From 1987-1993, Gerken served as deputy commissioner of the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Certificate approved

The Board of Regents approved a certificate in Small Business Management at UAS. "This provides another completion point for students in business administration," according to Provost Robbie Stell. "It's part of the career ladder and is designed for students wanting to own a business. Dorothy Brandt, Ketchikan business, initiated the certificate proposal.

Hacker appointed

Richard Hacker, Juneau law science, has been appointed as the first Academic Liaison Faculty Fellow for the Academic Year 2000-2001. He will work in the office of President Hamilton in Fairbanks on academic initiatives and serve as an information bridge on academic matters between and among the President's office, UA faculty, the Faculty Senate Alliance, and the Provosts' Statewide Academic Council. He plans to return to UAS teaching the following year.

Faculty promotions

Several UAS faculty have received promotions. They are Patrick Fitzgerald from associate to professor of History and Geography, Brendan Kelly from assistant to associate professor of Biology, and Carol Liberty from assistant to associate professor of Health Information Management.

Faculty/staff news

Vickie Williams, Juneau accounting, will work part-time this summer as the Interim Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Petersburg.

Lawrence Lee Oldaker, Juneau professor emeritus, will make a presentation to the Oxford Round Table on Education Policy this summer. His topic is, "From Magna Carta to the Constitution: Using the Lessons of History as a Guide to Problem Resolution in Public Institutions."

Janet Dye and Vickie Williams, Juneau accounting, are featured in the current issue of the Alaskan Southeaster magazine.

Bill Brown, Juneau economics, presented a paper, "Wages and Income Distribution in the New Economy" at the April meetings of the Western Social Science Association in San Diego.

Beth Mathews, Juneau biology, presented "Declines in Harbor Seals" and "Effects of Vessels on Steller Sea Lions" at a researchers workshop at Glacier Bay National Park on May 1-2.

Emily Wall, Juneau adjunct humanities, wrote the prize winning poem, "Composition: Ravens" in the Fairbanks Arts Association poetry contest.

Bruce Wright, Juneau visiting biology, gave a presentation on oil spill effects and appeared in various media during a visit in France April 20.

Gwenna Owens is a new personnel technician on the Ketchikan campus.

Melissa Nell has begun work as an administrative secretary in Juneau Physical Plant.

Faculty begin strategic planning

The first in a series of stakeholder meetings to better define the goals and mission of UAS takes place May 10 for Juneau faculty from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HB 113. "This meeting is important to begin the process before faculty leave for the summer," according to Dean of Faculty Mary Lou Madden. Future meetings will be held in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan with students, staff, and community members. For information about UAS strategic planning and to join a caucus discussion see:

Williams grant to UAS

A $10,000 grant to UAS from Williams Alaska Petroleum will be combined with a similar sized check from Student Government to pay for purchase and installation of a performance audio and lighting system at the Student Activity Center. The performance area will include a media projector that will allow the showing of DVD movies, VHS and presentations by computer output. The remaining portion of the performance area includes theater and dance lighting as well as audio for entertainment. Jeff Cook, vice president for external affairs for Williams, presented his check to Chancellor John Pugh, student president Kean Nuttal, and SAC manager Dave Kleinpeter.

Tia Anderson

Student President

Tia Anderson was elected president of the Juneau student government. Her goals for fall semester are creation of a student government website and establishing peer mentoring.

SAC information

Stage: A performance stage is being loaned to the Student Activity Center by Juneau Jazz and Classics when not being used for their summer presentations. "I'm thrilled," Tish Griffin said. "That's a major improvement for SAC."

Summer hours: Begin May 8 Sunday-Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday/Saturday noon to 10 p.m. Summer memberships: Free to staff, faculty, and alumni who were spring members and pre-pay for fall. Free to students who were spring members and pre-register for seven fall credits.

Kayaks: The Student Senate has provided two new sea kayaks for summer rentals. Information: Call 465-1219.

Wellness workshop offered

"Wellness Plus: Strategies for enhancing productivity and quality of life," is the topic for an employees brown bag luncheon workshop, Wednesday May 10 at noon in the Lake Room. The program will be presented by Magellan Behavioral Health, the university's Employee Assistance Program provider.

Sitka classes

The Sitka Office of Continuing Education will offer several certification classes in mid-May. They include Asbestos Certification May 15-19, Asbestos Refresher May 20, Forklift Safety Training, May 17 & 18, and an Hazwoper Refresher May 22. For information, call 1-800-478-6653, ext. 762.

Juneau athletes

Softball: The faculty/staff co-ed softball team, the flukes, won their first game 7-2 against the National Guard in the co-ed league. "Beth Weigel, playing second base, had the defensive play of the game by stopping a rocket of a hit and making the play to first base," according to team manager Mona Yarnall.

Bowling: A student, staff, and faculty team of Karen Cummins, Gretchen Bardenheuer, Emily Wescott Michele Moslak and Janet Dye helped raise funds for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters in the Annual Bowl For Kids Sake.

Campus visits increase

Visits and tours of the Juneau campus by prospective students are up this year according to Admissions Director Greg Wagner. Half a dozen high school groups of 10 to 20 visited in March and April from communities such as Alakanuk, Fairbanks, and Sitka. Students and their parents have visited from as far away as Colorado, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Friday dance

A concert and dance presented by Rain Light Jazz Band takes place at 8 p.m., Friday, May 5 at SAC. It is free to members and $3 general admission.


The minutes of regent Board of Regents meetings and their new meeting schedule is at

Juneau Calendar

Friday, May 5

  • Flukes softball, 5:45 p.m., Savikko Park #2.
  • Concert and dance, Rain Light Jazz Band, 8 p.m., SAC

    Sunday, May 7

  • Commencement, 2 p.m., Centennial Hall.

    Monday, May 8

  • Food service hours change to 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Wednesday, May 10

  • UAS faculty strategic planning meeting, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., HB 113.
  • Wellness Workshop, noon, Lake Room.

    Saturday, May 13

  • Practical Nurse graduation, 1 p.m., Mourant Cafe