September 21, 2001


ASUAF , under the leadership of Derek Miller, organized a campus vigil following the multiple, coordinated attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which claimed the lives of countless victims in the northeastern United States. The non-denominational gathering at Wood Center focused on respect, unity and peace. After brief remarks by Miller, UA President Mark Hamilton, UAF Chancellor Marshall Lind, United Campus Ministry representative David Moore and Father Gerald Ornowski, participants adjourned for quiet reflection and the lighting of candles at Constitution Park. On Sept. 14, UAF joined the rest of the nation in a day of remembrance by playing the bells of the Carillon over the noon hour.

The following events have been postponed or cancelled due to the recent national tragedy:

  • The board of regents meeting scheduled for Sept. 13 - 14 in Anchorage. For more information call 7908.
  • The Graduate School's Open Forum to discuss the graduate student organization. For more information call 7464.
  • The 52nd AAAS Arctic Science conference. For more information visit
  • The Great Northwest Athletic Conference athletic events including UAF volleyball away games. For more information call GNAC at 509-962-2575 or UAF Athletics at 7205.

The new sidewalk from the Taku parking lot is open to pedestrian use and the new entrance into the parking lot is complete. Handrails along the sidewalk and benches are scheduled to be installed by the end of September. A new bus shelter for this parking lot is currently being designed.

For Your Information

UAF is ranked fifth in the nation for the highest portion of classes with fewer than 20 students in the U.S. News & World Report 2001 college rankings for national universities: doctoral. UAF is the only public university listed in the top 10.

Gov. Tony Knowles recently proclaimed September as “College Savings Month,” urging Alaskans to plan ahead for education costs and supporting the UA College Savings Plan. For more information about the plan call 1-866-277-5927 or visit

The University Fire Department has received a second Community Fire Assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The $130,000 grant will be used to purchase new air packs for university fire fighters.

UAF safety statistics are printed in brochures available at Wood Center, the UAF Police Department, University Relations or online at

Adam Chavarria, the associate director of the White House office on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will visit UAF on Sept. 21. Chavarria is responsible for insuring that the Department of Education and all relevant federal agencies are promoting the participation of Hispanic Americans in all federal education programs. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a luncheon for Chavarria at noon on Sept. 21 in the Wood Center Memorial Conference Room. For more information call 7300.

The Statewide Office of Human Resources announced the appointment of Jeannine Senechal as the new director of compensation. Senechal is currently the associate director of the Human Resources Administration at the University of Washington.

The UA Press recently relocated to 104 Eielson Building. Its office hours are
8 a.m - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. Stop by and browse the collection of UA Press publications including three recently published titles: "Changing Tracks: Predators and Politics in Mt. McKinley National Park," "Abandoned: The Story of the Greely Arctic Expedition 1881 - 1884" and "Banking on Alaska: The Story of the National Bank of Alaska."

The new UAF telephone directory will soon be available. While the directory is published once a year, the online directory is updated when new information is submitted. Please help to keep the online directory current by submitting any personnel changes using the online change form at or directly to

James Ruppert, CLA, and Jack Bernet, CLA emeritus, recently published "Our Voices: Native Stories from Alaska and the Yukon" representing the work of 20 Native storytellers and writers from various Athabascan groups. For more information visit

The TVC Law Enforcement Academy has graduated its first class of 19 students. Each student completed 450 hours of training and education in a variety of topics allowing them to receive the Alaska Police Standards Certification. TVC will be holding another academy during the spring 2002 semester. For more information contact John Myers at 2703.

UAF Codes and Safety reminds everyone that wearing a seatbelt while driving university vehicles is not only university policy but also state law. Be safe and buckle up!

University Relations has a Publicity Guide that can help publicize your campus event. Learn how to promote your special UAF activity for free using UAF’s web calendar, electronic bulletin boards and other local outlets. Call 7581 to request a copy.


The UAF Small Business Development Center presents: "How to Write a Business Plan" Sept. 25, "Designing a Brochure" Sept. 27 and "Marketing Your Small Business" Oct. 4. All courses take place from 6 - 9 p.m. and have a $25 fee. For more information or to register call 456-7232.

Project Jukebox allows the public to access nearly 400 hours of Alaska oral history recordings, maps, photos and other materials through an interactive multimedia computer system. A demonstration of this system will be held Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. on the main floor of the Rasmuson Library. For more information call Bill Schneider at 6672.

UAF Staff Council is hosting a New Staff Orientation Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. - noon in the Wood Center Memorial Conference Room. For more information contact Scott McCrea at 1157 or

The Department of Alaska Native Studies is sponsoring a Wordcraft Circle Gathering of Native Writers and Storytellers on Oct. 6. Registration is $5 and is open to the public. For more information call 7181 or visit

KUAC FM is seeking volunteers to help answer phones during its fall campaign
Oct. 13 - 21. Individuals or groups are welcome. For more information or to volunteer call 5036.

Pulitzer prize winning author N. Scott Momaday is a visiting instructor at UAF this fall and will read from his works on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom. The reading is free and open to the public.

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Matt Emmons, UAF rifle, finished fifth in prone rifle competition at the 2001 World Cup Finals held in Munich, Germany.

Sigrid Aas, UAF cross-country running, was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Runner of the Week after winning the Birch Hill Invitational women’s 5k race in 19 minutes 40 seconds. She beat that performance by winning the Palmer Invitational the following week in 19 minutes 13 seconds.

Sept. 21, 2001 : Deadline for faculty and staff to submit an electronic copy of their proposal to the Technology Advisory Board. The TAB is accepting proposals for the Innovative Technology and Education and the Departmental/Specific Use Lab Support grants. Students may also submit proposals with a deadline of Sept. 28. For more information visit or contact Kathy Mosca at 7113 or

Oct. 15, 2001: Deadline to apply for December graduation. Applications and fees are due by the close of business on Oct. 15 for anyone expecting to graduate in December. Forms are available at the Registrar’s Office or online at For more information call 7253.

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Site Visit and Open Assembly

The self-study process for reaffirmation of UAF’s institutional accreditation with the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges is drawing to a close. The UAF community is invited to a presentation of preliminary findings by the accreditation site visit evaluation team Oct. 10 at 11:30 a.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom. The open assembly will be audioconferenced and limited access will be available on the web. For information on audioconference or web access, contact Hild Peters at A reception will follow to mix and mingle and view the exhibits on display for the accreditation site visit.

Robert A. Hoover, president of the University of Idaho, chairs the site visit team. Members of the team have started contacting faculty and staff already, so please respond promptly and openly to their questions. If you don’t know the answers, help the evaluators find someone who can answer their questions.

One or two members of the site visit team will visit rural campuses Oct. 3-5 and the entire 12-member team will visit Fairbanks Oct. 8-10 to meet with administrators, students, staff and faculty. To prepare for the site visit, faculty and staff are encouraged to display student and faculty work in hallways and common areas and discuss the site visit within your department.

After the site visit, the evaluation team will write a report, which the commission will review before deciding upon reaffirmation of UAF’s accreditation at a December meeting.

For more information on UAF’s accreditation with the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges or to review UAF’s self-study, visit


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