April 18, 2003

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David Woodall , dean of CSEM, has accepted the position of provost at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Woodall plans to leave UAF and begin his duties at OIT on July 1.

Chancellor Lind will host a reception for UAF's 2003 NCAA Championship rifle team April 23 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. UAF shooters broke several NCAA records at this year's championship. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/athletic/.

An open forum on the FY04 budget will take place April 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For information on the FY04 budget revenue and commitment projections or to submit feedback online visit www.uaf.edu/chancellor/summit/.

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An information exchange about West Ridge construction will be held April 24 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the Natural Sciences Facility.

UAF's construction season is well underway. The eastbound lane of Alumni Drive is expected to be closed May-September for the powerplant code correction projects. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/.

The Wood Center Pub , UAF Alumni Association and ASUAF are asking for help to supply funds and food for the 2003 Grad Bash being held in the Pub May 3 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. For more information contact Jeri Maxwell at 7805, Joe Hayes at 7081 or Derek Miller at 7355.

Jeremy Johnson, a political science major, has been selected as the student speaker for the 2003 commencement ceremony.

Chancellor and Mrs. Lind will host a picnic for UAF graduates and their guests on May 10 from noon-2 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center following the graduation rehearsal at the Carlson Center. For a complete list of commencement activities visit www.uaf.edu/univrel/commencement/.

For Your Information

The UA Board of Regents is meeting in Kenai April 17-18. Read the meeting agenda at www.alaska.edu/bor/.

The Circulation and Parking Subcommittee is extending a campus parking survey through April 29. The subcommittee is soliciting public input as part of the UAF Campus Master Plan goal of identifying and making recommendations about circulation and parking needs, and seeks information from students, faculty and staff. To participate in the survey visit www.uaf.edu/mastplan/survey.

National Student Employment Week runs through April 19. If you haven't already, take a moment to acknowledge the hard work of student employees at UAF.

Scientists at Poker Flat Research Range have recovered remnants from a rocket that fell short of its projected altitude due to improper thrust during a launch on March 27. The remnants will be studied to determine what caused the failure.

The Fairbanks Flutists ensemble has been chosen to perform at the National Flute Association's annual convention in Las Vegas Aug. 7-10. The ensemble will present winning flute choir compositions for 2003.

Leslie Gordon, SOE, Douglas Schamel, CSEM and SOE, and Elena Sparrow, SNRAS, have been appointed by the Alaska commissioner of education and early development to serve on a committee to assess the K-12 Alaska State Science Standards.

Dennis Stephens, Rasmuson Library, is the author of Being a Librarian, a one-act play that was produced at Cornell University in February. The play is based on an 1890 article by librarian and outdoor writer Horace Kephart.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management is asking for your help to make the campus a safer place for everyone. If you notice an unsafe condition on campus, please report it through the online form at www.uaf.edu/safety/.

The UA Press offers UA faculty, staff and students a 10 percent discount on all their books. Stop by 104 Eielson to check out the selection.

Events

The UA Museum's Saturday family program presents "Rubberband Powered Airplanes," in two parts, April 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is geared for children between the ages of 7-12 accompanied by an adult, and costs $28. For more information or reservations call 6948.

UAF Day at North Pole takes place April 19 from noon-4 p.m. at the North Pole Plaza mall. This event is sponsored by the Advocacy Committee of the UAF Staff Council and the City of North Pole and held in conjunction with "A Taste of North Pole." Stop by, check out the displays and sample food from local restaurants.

The Future of Alaska's Salmon Returns, a workshop by the Tools for the Salmon Industry Initiative by the University of Alaska, Alaska Sea Grant and WashingtonSea Grant, gets started April 21 at 8:30 a.m. in Anchorage at the UAA Commons room 206. For more information call (907) 274-9691 or visit www.sfos.uaf.edu/salmontools/.

The first annual UAF Eco-festival takes place April 22 from noon-5 p.m. in Constitution Plaza to celebrate Earth Day with workshops, presentations and information from the Sustainable Campus Task Force. For more information contact 457-8100 or fbsctf@uaf.edu.

The TVC Office Management class is hosting an open house April 23 from 3-5 p.m. in room 201 of the Downtown Center to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day.

The Nanook student leadership awards ceremony is scheduled for April 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hess Rec Center. Chancellor Lind and Don Foley will make the presentations.

The UA Museum is hosting the lecture "Migratory Birds by the Millions" April 24 at 7 p.m. Curator Kevin Winker will talk about the museum's research on migrant birds both in Alaska and in their southern wintering grounds.

All Campus Day is April 25. Campus clean-up is scheduled from 10 a.m.-noon. Student Activities is asking students, faculty and staff to help make this a great clean-up and will be hiding special golden cans that can be redeemed for prizes. For more information call 6029.

The ARSC Discovery Lab open house is coming up April 25 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in room 375C of the Rasmuson Library. The event is open to UAF faculty, staff and students.

The Authors' Reception, honoring UAF faculty and staff who have authored books from March 1, 2002-March 1, 2003, takes place April 25 from 4-5 p.m. on level 6 of the Rasmuson Library. For more information call 7224.

Broken Word, the dynamic duo of Big Poppa E and Hilary Thomas, will perform as part of UAF's Meltdown celebration April 25 in the Pub (you must be 21 to enter) and April 26 in the Hess Rec Center. Both shows are at 8 p.m. and cost $3 for UAF students and $5 for others. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Pops Concert with the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra presents pop standards, light classics and Broadway favorites performed May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students, seniors or military and $10 for children 12 and under.

Kara Nance , CSEM, recently received a $862,746 grant from the NASA Advanced Information Systems Technology Program to develop an intelligent dataset identification, assimilation, collection and transformation system. The grant is one of six awarded and will provide research positions for students, faculty and staff at UAF.

Anna Berge, CLA and ANLC, has been awarded a $144,060 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to process and create access to field notes, correspondence, publications and other materials that document 20 Alaska Native languages.

campus insights

UAF's Military Community

Military installations in the Interior are a vital part of the UAF community. We employ and educate a number of part-time and full-time Guard, Reserve and active duty service men and women, as well as many of their spouses, friends and other family members. The Department of Defense recently announced that the total number of Reserve and National Guard on active duty was nearing 200,000.

As I write this, U.S. troops are just entering Baghdad. Whether you support military action in Iraq or not, I believe everyone generally agrees that our first concern must be the well-being of our service men and women. For those Reservists called to duty, their concerns may include not only their safety, but also if they will have jobs to come back to, whether their supervisors will be understanding of their service commitment, and the status of their health and other benefits. For those who are students, concerns include the interruption of their studies and the impact on their finances and educational goals.

The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, was established to promote better cooperation and understanding between Reserve service members and their civilian employers. Working in partnership with ESGR, UAF Human Resources assists supervisors in understanding our employees' military obligations and assists in resolving conflicts arising from military commitments. I encourage you to make early contact with human resources if you have questions related to UAF employment and military service.

In these troubling times we need to stay committed to offering the best educational and employment opportunities possible. We do this by providing an open environment where personal convictions are free to flourish, yet the sacrifices of our service men and women can be recognized with respect and gratitude. In the final analysis we all want the same things: freedom for ourselves, our families and neighbors, and peace in which we can live, learn and work.

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