April 4, 2003

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College of Rural Alaska Executive Dean Bernice Joseph was named shareholder of the year by delegates at the Doyon Ltd.Native corporation's annual meeting in March. Joseph shared the award with UAF alumnus Christopher Simon, superintendent of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District.

Florence Roth Thompson, the last surviving member of the class of 1927—the first class to attend UAF for four full years—died at her home in Florida, March 22.

Lady Nanooks basketball head coach Jenny Benson announced she is leaving UAF to spend more time with her family. Benson coached UAF the past nine seasons, leading the Lady Nanooks to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2001. Athletic Director Cory Schwartz said a national search for a women's basketball coach will begin immediately.

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Construction has begun on more than $60 million in projects scheduled to be completed in the next two years. Many of the projects impact West Ridge pedestrian walkways and parking lots. An information exchange about West Ridge construction projects will take place April 8 at 3:30 p.m. in room 215 Elvey Building. Temporary parking has been set up to accommodate staff and visitors to campus. A shuttle bus is available from the Nenana lot across from the Patty Center and by request at 322-4302. For more information visit the "Construction Zone" at www.uaf.edu/news/.

For Your Information

The UAF MPC circulation and parking subcommittee is soliciting public input as part of the UAF campus master plan goal of identifying and making recommendations about circulation and parking needs. The committee will hold public meetings April 7 in Wood Center from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and at the Noel Wien Library from 4:30-7 p.m. For more information contact Shirish Patil at 474-5127 or ffslp@uaf.edu.

UAF has received an electron microscope from the FEI Company of Hillsboro, Ore. This microscope allows researchers to view objects with no previous, and possibly harmful, preparation of the samples. A seminar about the new microscope, "Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy—A New Tool for Research at UAF," is being held April 4 at 3:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Natural Sciences Facility.

UAF's social work degree program was recently reaffirmed for national accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education. The program was given accreditation in 1984 and this is its second reaffirmation.

UAF's Northwest Campus has appointed a new advisory council to assist the campus director in the development of new programs and other activities. The council provides guidance and advice regarding the higher educational needs of the region and the effectiveness of the programs established to meet those needs.

Registration for fall 2003 begins April 7. "Registration Rush"takes place April 8 in Wood Center. Any student who brings a signed registration form will be eligible for priority registration regardless of class standing.

The following UAF faculty have been approved for sabbatical leave during the 2003-2004 academic year: Milo Adkison, James Allen, Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, Godwin Chukwu, Terrence Cole, Linda Curda, Robert Fagen, Alexandra Fitts, Susan Grigg, Michael Hannigan, Eric Heyne, John Hopkins, Oscar Kawagley, Molly Lee, Renee Manfredi, Charles Mason, Gerald McBeath, Victoria Joan Moessner, David Porter, Terry Reilly, Thomas Riccio, Todd Sherman, Linda Tannehill, Thomas Weingartner, Robert Wheeler, Jonathan Wiens and Kevin Winker.

The University of the Arctic has an online field school catalogue. This database lists field excursion courses available to students from UArctic member schools like UAF. For more information visit www.uarctic.org/.

Events

Swing dance lessons, live music and food! Come swing your night away in a transformed Lola Tilly Commons April 4 with swing lessons at 9 p.m. and live music with the Mighty Untouchables at 10 p.m. Free for UAF students with a Polar Express card and $5 for others. For more information, please e-mail richardhallock@hotmail.com.

CSEM is hosting the Science Potpourri April 5 from noon-5 p.m. in the Natural Science Facility. Bring the kids and enjoy free activities including sawing rocks, gold panning and creating slime!

UAF Jazz Fest 2003 kicks off April 10 at noon. Middle and high school bands from around the state along with guest artists will perform at multiple concerts during the fest. For a list of events visit www.uaf.edu/events/. For more information call 7555.

The School of Mineral Engineering is hosting a workshop, "Minerals and Energy Research," April 11 from 8:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The SME annual banquet will take place following the workshop at 6 p.m. in the Princess Lodge with keynote speaker UA Regent Brian Rogers. For more information contact Godwin Chukwu at 5893 or ffgac@uaf.edu.

The Fairbanks Symphony Association is hosting the "Beat Beethoven 5K Fundraising Run" April 12 at 10 a.m. If you can finish the race before the music ends, you win a voucher for a ticket to any association concert. For more information or to register call 5733.

The UAF Women's Art Group presents the second annual "Art of Survival" at the Well Street Art Company April 12 at 6 p.m. The event provides a safe forum for survivors of sexual assault and abuse to express themselves. For more information contact Allison Wing at 479-4588 or womensartgroup@hotmail.com.

The UA Museum's 18th annual Chocolate Bash, "Chocolate Art in the Golden Heart," is April 12 at 7:30 p.m. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. The next bash will be held in the museum's new wing in 2006, so don't miss this year! For more information call 7505.

UAF's Chinese language and eastern philosophy classes present the Chinese opera The Wild Boar Forest from the novel Outlaws of the Marsh with a line-by-line English translation April 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact Rosalind Kan at 474-0908 or Walter Benesch at 479-2386.

The UAF Men's Basketball Tip-Off Club is hosting an awards dinner and social event April 16 at the Chena River Convention Center with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. To purchase tickets call 590-2578. If you are interested in sponsoring a player contact Mike Kelliher at 456-2222 or George Bell at 456-4716.

The UAF Leadership in Action seminar series presents "Lessons for Leadership" by Al Sokaitis April 17 from 1-2 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. To watch the webcast visit www.uaf.edu/news/. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/gradsch/guestbook/events.html.

UAF is hosting the "Self-governance in Nunavut: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives" forum April 17-18 . For more information contact Amy Lovecraft at 2688 or ffall@uaf.edu.

Theatre UAF presents Don Juan April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8:15 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for alumni, faculty, staff, seniors or military, and $5 for students and children. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

The UA Museum's Saturday Family Program presents "Rubber-band Powered Airplanes," a two-part program, April 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-noon. The program is for ages 7-12 accompanied by an adult. Admission is $28. For more information or reservations call 6948.

 

The UA Museum recently received a $697,211 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to relocate items from its archaeology, ethnology and history collections during the construction of the new wing and to purchase new storage systems.

Michael Schuldiner, CLA, has received a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany to develop a Holocaust course for K-12 educators to be held this summer. The grant provides scholarships for tuition and books for eight teachers to take the course.

 

April 7, 2003 : Deadline to submit books for the 2003 Authors' Reception. All UAF faculty and staff authors who have published a book from March 1, 2002-March 1, 2003 are asked to forward a copy along with a brief description to Paul McCarthy at the library. For more information call 7224.

April 15, 2003: Deadline for selecting two faculty members and one non-graduating student to serve as commencement parade marshals. Submit names to the registrar at 6244 or fyregis@uaf.edu.

 

campus insights

Reallocation: A new era in budgeting at UA

In fiscal year 2004 that begins July 1, there will be a fundamental change in the way we budget at UAF and elsewhere in the UA system.

In the past we have practiced "increment/decrement" budgeting. In good years all units maintained their base budgets and some (or all) units received incremental funds. In bad years, all (or most) units shared the pain by taking budget reductions.

The new era will be characterized by "reallocation" of a portion of each unit's base budget in good years as well as bad. The advantages of this system are that on an annual basis it provides a source of funds for addressing high priority needs, and it forces the reduction and elimination of inefficient or unnecessary programs and services. Its disadvantages are that it imposes change upon us (and generally we're uncomfortable with that), and it can lead to divisive debate and decision-making if the "rules of the game" are not well-defined.

As we move toward this new budgeting system we must each be committed to fulfilling our roles in the development, communication and implementation of each year's plan. You can start by examining the options and proposals (copies are available from your dean or director) for FY04 that are now under discussion and by providing advice and suggestions to myself and other administrators who must have an FY04 plan in place by the end of April.
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