Welcome Back UAS Faculty, Staff and Students!
To those of you at the University of Alaska Southeast for the first time this Fall, Welcome! I hope you were able to enjoy some of our great summer weather and continue to enjoy the first days of Fall.
We start this new school year with new students, new leadership and new faculty.
All three schools have new Deans coming on board: Dean of Arts and Sciences Marsha Sousa, Dean of Education Deborah Lo and Dean of Professional and Technical Studies Steven Krause. In addition, Joe Nelson has been promoted to Dean of Admissions and Jessie Grant to Dean of Students. Several new term and adjunct faculty are also joining us in Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka.
UAS opened the Fall 2010 Semester with substantially more first time full time students over Fall 2009. For the week of September 7, 2010, registration banner data for the Juneau campus showed a 13.2% headcount increase and 12.7% increase in student credit hours. Sitka is up just over 6% in both headcount and credit hours and Ketchikan is down slightly.
More than 200 students showed up for two days of freshmen orientation Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, culminating in an afternoon whale watching cruise. Ketchikan held a successful orientation with 40 new students attending! The Juneau campus also held a parent orientation. Parents were briefed on everything from tuition bills to the unique opportunities for their children to study with caring and accomplished faculty.
This new energy at UAS brings new opportunities. People who are drawn to this part of the world to teach, work or study are the kind of people who make the most of life. Please join me in making the most of this exciting time in UAS history.
Chancellor John Pugh