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News and Press Releases 2019

December 30, 2019

Dead trees could bring new life to southeast Alaska lumber mills
Without an insulating blanket of snow, the shallow roots of yellow-cedar trees freeze during late spring cold snaps.

December 23, 2019

UAS Announces New Marine Transportation Scholarship
Fellow sea pilots led the cause to raise more than $38,000 in honor of “Clink,” a man who was known to inspire and encourage others in the maritime trades.

December 20, 2019

Southeast Conference gives another $20,000 in support of student scholarships at UAS
This brings their total contributions to nearly $300,000 since 1998.

December 19, 2019

UAS Mathematics Program Holds Honor Society Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony
UAS is home to the first (and only) chapter of this honor society in Alaska

December 10, 2019

UAS Student Northwest Coast Artwork Featured in Successful Showcase
Saturday, December 7, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) hosted a Northwest Coast Student Art Showcase featuring student artwork created during the Fall 2019 semester at the Juneau campus.

December 11, 2019

UAS Hosts Annual Holiday Pops Concert for the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Sat., Dec. 14
The Holiday Pops Chorus will perform a variety of holiday songs, led by Sally Smith and accompanied by Dr. Lorrie Heagy and Laurie Clough.

December 3, 2019

UAS places 2nd and earns awards at 2019 GEO Hack international competition
Students and Earth Observation experts tackle effects of “global weirding”

November 22, 2019

New study shows social, cultural, ecological benefits of herring subsistence economy are at risk
Study calls on state to reform management of Sitka Sound roe fishery

November 20, 2019

Alaska INBRE offers undergraduate research and funding opportunities at UAS
Alaska INBRE sponsors the annual retreat to showcase research, facilitate networking, and promote career development among Alaska biomedical researchers, nationally recognized experts and graduate and undergraduate students.

November 20, 2019

Haines School District partners with UAS for intensive construction technology course providing workforce credentials and dual credit to high school students
Designed for students to start and complete within one week’s time, the courses took place October 21 through 25.

November 18, 2019

Final UAS Evening at Egan of the Season Features “Ethnomathematics: Mathematics of People” with Dr. Swapna Mukhopadhyay, Nov 22
She will discuss how mathematics are embedded in culturally, socially, and historically important areas such as construction, trade, and craftsmanship.

November 14, 2019

World renowned Tlingit artist Preston Singletary visits the University of Alaska Southeast
His artwork can be found in the British Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and in Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

November 11, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan Lecture Examines the Science of Blue Carbon in the Marine Environment, November 15 with Dr. Heidi Pearson
The goal of her project was to connect Arctic regions through blue carbon science, communication, and policy.

November 8, 2019

Dr. Math Trafton to serve as Interim UAS Sitka Campus Director
Dr. Trafton will begin his interim position December 8, 2019

November 8, 2019

UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield Announces Retirement Plans
“I have dedicated my career to the University of Alaska, and I have especially appreciated the opportunity to provide leadership at the University of Alaska Southeast over these past 10 years,”

November 6, 2019

Breakout Session Presenters Announced for 4th Annual UAS Power and Privilege
The Symposium will host 24 unique breakout sessions. All sessions located in the Egan Lecture Hall will be available via YouTube streaming.

November 5, 2019

Unraveling the History of Avalanches in Juneau
Ongoing study of tree rings helps scientists understand past behavior to help keep the city safe in the future

November 4, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan Features Walter Echo-Hawk on His Recent Book "The Sea of Grass", November 8
It is a story of ten generations of Echo-Hawk’s Pawnee family in the Great Plains of North America.

November 4, 2019

Keynote Speakers Announced for 4th Annual Power and Privilege Symposium at UAS
It is designed as an engaging and thought-provoking gathering that advances learning and disseminates knowledge about pressing societal issues in a setting supportive of free inquiry and discussion

October 31, 2019

UAS Sitka Campus Director Leslie Gordon to Take New Position
She has accepted a position with the Southeast Regional Health Consortium in Sitka as the Director of Performance Improvement

October 28, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan presents Dr. Sol Neely on his 2019 journey along the Trail of Tears, November 1
His presentation, “Indigenous Cosmopolitanism: Being Cherokee in the Raven Bioregion”, will incorporate memoir, critical theory, story, and Indigenous philosophy in a conversation about the meaning of being Cherokee in the Raven Bioregion.

October 23, 2019

UAS Alaska College of Education Named Best Value Teacher Prep Master’s Program
The UAS program was selected for its flexible learning options including both on-campus and online delivery, and for serving as the home for the Alaska College of Education

October 22, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan lecture “The French Avengers,” October 25 with Dr. Robin Walz
His entertaining presentation will cover some of the outrageous exploits of criminals turned avengers found in popular French culture.

October 21, 2019

UAS graduate Nancy Mills selected as Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Student of the Year for 2019
“We are pleased that Nancy is being recognized for her achievements and that she chose to advance her career with degrees from UAS”

October 18, 2019

Students Enjoy Benefits of UAS-Perseverance Theatre Partnership
Endowment funding supports student participation, while faculty, staff, and members of UAS Alumni & Friends attend at a reduced cost.

October 17, 2019

UAS Professor Emily Wall to be featured at the Alaska Literary Festival, October 18
Emily Wall, Professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) will be featured at this Friday’s Alaska Literary Festival at the Alaska State Museum.

October 15, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan lecture covers the remarkable migration of the Aleutian tern between Alaska and Indonesia, October 18 with Dr. Sanjay Pyare
Fulbright scholar Pyare will talk about his recent five-month research experience in Indonesia which coincided with the migration of “local” seabird Aleutian tern

October 14, 2019

John Ingman of UAS Sitka honored with $7.5k Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Project Award
Ingman plans to use the $7,500 award to advance his knowledge and performance by studying with a champion piper and traveling to piper gatherings

October 7, 2019

UAS Celebrates National Coming Out Day with October 11 Drag Show
Hosted by Juneau's own Gigi Monroe, the show will feature local kings and queens, but also showcase a special guest from Tampa Bay

October 8, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan lecture “Cultural Appropriation and Traditional Arts in a Contemporary World,” October 11 with Jacob Adams
The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan continues October 11 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus with a presentation by attorney and cultural heritage researcher Jacob Adams.

September 27, 2019

UAS Alumni & Friends Lecture “Superhero Science” Explores Special Abilities Occurring in Nature
On Friday, October 4 the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Ketchikan Campus is hosting “Superhero Science: Biology and Beyond” in partnership with the UAS Alumni & Friends Association.

September 30, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan Lecture Series continues October 4 with “Alaska Beyond Oil,” featuring author Kate Troll of Article
The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan continues October 4 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus with a presentation by columnist and author Kate Troll.

September 23, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan Lecture “What is Food? Eating and Mutual Aid,” September 27 with Dr. Alexis Shotwell
The “What is Food? Eating and Mutual Aid,” talk will focus on climate change in the context of personal lifestyle choices.

September 17, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan lecture examines presidential violence in American pop culture, September 20 with Dr. David Noon
UAS Professor of History Dr. David Noon’s presentation, "The Gothic Executive: Images of Presidential Violence in American Popular Culture, From Andrew Jackson to Donald Trump."

September 16, 2019

UAS Tidal Echoes Literary Journal Welcomes Kelsey Walsh as Fall Intern for the 2020 Edition
Kelsey Walsh has been selected as the fall intern for the 2020 edition of the UAS literary and art journal Tidal Echoes

September 13, 2019

How UAS Contributes to the Best Salmon Data in the World
UAS Marine Biology undergraduate students are contributing to the longest running data set on wild Pacific salmon in existence, just steps from the Juneau campus at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Auke Creek Research Station.

September 13, 2019

UAS Named in Top 10 Best Online Bachelor’s in Special Education Degrees for 2020 by ValueColleges
ValueColleges has named the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) as one of the top ten online bachelor’s degree programs in special education.

September 12, 2019

First Year Natural Science Students at UAS Get Hands-on Field Experience
First year students enrolled in introductory biology will have the opportunity to learn about the research questions that motivate their professors and will use modern equipment and methods to answer those questions.

September 9, 2019

6th Annual Alaska Airlines Student Concert Series at UAS Begins September 13 with Comedy Show
The Alaska Airlines Student Concert Series at UAS is a collection of events hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB)

September 6, 2019

UAS 2019 Outdoor Studies Capstones Highlight Student Success
The capstone is a final requirement of the Outdoor Studies Leadership course progression.

August 30, 2019

UAS Students Start Strong Through First Year Experience
This program aims to give students the best opportunity for success

August 29, 2019

UAS Evening at Egan Fall Lecture Series Begins September 6
The annual fall lecture series Evening at Egan kicks off on September 6 at the University of Alaska Southeast Auke Lake campus with guest lecturer Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton’s presentation, “Finding Community to Advance STEM Education.”

August 28, 2019

Starr Jensen, UAS Education Graduate and Head Start Teacher, is UA Strong!
Jensen’s path as a UAS student reflects how a variety of puzzle pieces come together and contribute to educational success.

August 27, 2019

UAS Welcomes Veterans Back to School
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has seen nearly a 50% increase in new student veterans, veteran spouses, and dependents at UAS this fall semester compared with last spring semester

August 22, 2019

UAS Campus Kickoff connects students with Juneau community
This event welcomes students to campus and features games, music, food, giveaways, and a chance for students to learn about student organizations and opportunities for engagement in the Juneau community!

August 19, 2019

University of Alaska Southeast Launches the Kayak Oceanography Program
From July 5 to July 19, faculty and students paddled over 200 km in Holkham Bay and Endicott Arm in a new Kayak Oceanography Program at University of Alaska Southeast (UAS).

August 16, 2019

Endowment supporting UAS Alaska College of Education Surpasses $1 Million
The decision of the Board of Regents was supported by a generous pledge from the City and Borough of Juneau creating the Teacher Excellence Fund (TEF) at the Juneau Community Foundation (JCF).

August 14, 2019

UAS and Sealaska Heritage Institute offer new scholarships for future Alaska Native teachers
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) are making new scholarships available to freshmen and sophomore Alaska Native students through the PITAAS program.

August 12, 2019

UAS Celebrates 2019 Faculty Excellence, Promotions, and Tenure
It is with great pride that the University of Alaska Southeast announces the recent promotion and/or tenure of our esteemed faculty, as well as the 2019 Faculty Excellence Awards. Please join UAS as we congratulate them.

August 9, 2019

UAS Offers Fall Northwest Coast Arts and Language Classes; Sealaska Heritage Scholarships Available for NWC Arts
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is offering Tlingit language and Northwest Coast Arts classes this fall. Scholarships are available.

August 8, 2019

The Spirit of Ho’oilina: Rekindling Indigenous Traditions of Alaska and Hawai’i
The conference explored ancient navigation and wayfinding traditions, the advancement of Indigenous languages, solutions to protect the Pacific Ocean, and ways to heal Indigenous communities in body, mind, and spirit.

August 8, 2019

UAS researchers investigating harmful algal blooms in Southeast Alaska
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) researchers Dr. John Harley and Dr. Matthew Pawlus have been studying shellfish toxicity to help create a safer environment in Southeast Alaska.

September 4, 2019

It’s Not Too Late to Register for UAS Short Courses this Fall
Many of the courses in career and technical education offer a 25% reduction in tuition.

August 1, 2019

University of Alaska Southeast Graduate Begins Peace Corps Service in the Eastern Caribbean
Alannah Johnson of Juneau has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for the Eastern Caribbean on July 1, 2019, to begin training as an education volunteer.

August 1, 2019

University of Alaska Southeast Joins Open Textbook Network in Support of Affordable Course Content for Students
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has joined the Open Textbook Network (OTN), an organization which assists universities and colleges to promote the use of open textbooks and practices.

July 18, 2019

Accreditation Renewed For University of Alaska Southeast
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is pleased to announce that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has reaffirmed its accreditation.

June 14, 2019

UAS Named Most LGBTQ-Friendly College in Alaska for 2019
For 2019, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has been named as the top LGBTQ-Friendly School for Alaska by the Campus Pride Index.

June 6, 2019

UAS Students Learn to Use Drones for Environmental Research
The class was funded through AK CASC’s Suicide Basin outburst flood project and offered through UAS

May 30, 2019

UAS Celebrates Student Success
Chancellor’s and Dean’s Lists — Spring 2019 Semester

May 23, 2019

UAS and Juneau School District Renew Partnership Focusing on Student Success
Under the agreement, UAS will also welcome JSD students who are ready for advanced classes to earn dual enrollment credit; earning both high school and college credits.

April 24, 2019

UAS Honors Community Members at 2019 Commencement Ceremonies
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) uses the occasion of Student Commencement each year to recognize individuals in our community who’ve offered outstanding service to the university, the state of Alaska, or Southeast communities.

April 18, 2019

University of Alaska Southeast Commencement 2019
On the first weekend in May, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) will celebrate student achievement and success at commencement activities on its three campuses in Sitka, Ketchikan, and Juneau.

April 10, 2019

UAS Receives Alaska Humanities Forum Grant to Create Tlingit Language Radio Broadcasts
Over the course of a year, this grant will release a series of video and audio clips that feature fluent elders giving sample sentences using a word of the week

April 8, 2019

UAS Announces Awards for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
Student projects will be highlighted during the URECA Symposium, which occurs during National Undergraduate Research Week.

April 8, 2019

UAS Outdoor Studies Offers Avalanche Processes and Leadership Course
The course provides an excellent balance of academic knowledge and practical field experience.

March 27, 2019

Holland America Line/Princess Cruises renews investment in STEM education for UAS students from Southeast and rural Alaska
Holland America Line and Princess Cruises recently contributed $35,000 to provide scholarships for students from rural Alaska attending UAS and pursuing programs related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

March 19, 2019

UAS and JWAC Host World Affairs Forum 2019 — Modern Journalism: The Role of News Media in a Changing World
This month, the Juneau World Affairs Council (JWAC) is presenting its annual World Affairs Forum at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). This year’s theme is “Modern Journalism: The Role of News Media in a Changing World.”

March 6, 2019

UAS 17th Annual Oratory Student Showcase Highlights Alaska Native Languages
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Juneau campus celebrated its 17th Annual Oratory Showcase on March 2, 2019, on the Auke Lake campus.

March 5, 2019

UAS Renews Partnership with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) has renewed its partnership with the nationally-renowned Perseverance Theatre in Juneau through June 2020.

UAS to Host Conference for Future Teachers March 7-9
EDUCATORS RISING offers high school students the opportunity to explore education careers and encourages them to become teachers.

Juneau High School Graduates Show Increased Success at University of Alaska
Over the past five years, Juneau high school graduates have increasingly demonstrated that they are ‘college-ready’ — able to succeed in college-level math and English classes without any developmental classes.

How Safe is Our Shellfish? UAS Student and Faculty Research Novel Toxin Testing
Student Shane Bennett has been working with Professor Matthew Pawlus at the University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan to explore alternatives to current shellfish toxin testing methods.

Special UAS Scholarship Focuses On Southeast Students Who’ve Overcome Challenges
For the third year in a row, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is offering the UAS Verna Carrigan Promise Scholarship for talented Southeast Alaska high school seniors planning to attend UAS’ Juneau Campus full-time in the fall.