May 2, 2003


The Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Award winners for 2003 are: Rainer Newberry, CSEM, for teaching; Keith Echelmeyer, CSEM, for research; and Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, CLA, for service. The winners will be honored at a reception in Wood Center conference rooms C and D on May 5 at 4:30 p.m. Faculty Senator of the Year Ron Illingworth, CRA, and the outgoing faculty senate will also be honored.

The UA Board of Regents recently approved UAF's request for the addition of new certificate and associate degree education programs to address requirements of the new No Child Left Behind federal law. In other action, UAF student regent Derek Miller received a resolution of appreciation, and the board approved the Biological and Computational Sciences Facility parking lot project and a revision to the student employee salary schedule. For more information visit

The Division of Computing and Communications is phasing out the Kerberos dial-up system. The new Radius system will provide improvements such as 56k capacity. Current Kerberos users need to have their accounts converted to the new system between May 15-31. For more information contact 6564 or

UAF's student steel bridge team took first place at the regional competition in Boise, Idaho on April 26, winning five of the seven categories. Next, the team will represent UAF at the nationals to be held in San Diego in late May.

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Ice lenses and voids on the West Ridge Research Building project have been removed outside the building footprint and excavation is complete. Backfill and compaction should be completed this week and contractors will begin foundation work. All contractors have been given final exam schedules and asked to minimize disturbances whenever possible. For more information visit


Saturday, May 10
Commencement rehearsal
10:30 a.m.-Carlson Center
Graduate Picnic
Noon-2 p.m.-in front of the SRC

Sunday, May 11
Graduation Sunday Mass
10:30 a.m.-Schaible Auditorium
Processional line-up, Carlson Center
12:20 p.m.-Graduates
12:45 p.m.-Faculty and administration
12:45 p.m.-Stage party & honorary degree recipients
Commencement Ceremony
Noon-Carlson Center opens for guest seating
1:20 p.m.-Academic procession begins
1:30 p.m.-Ceremony begins
Commencement Reception
Immediately following the ceremony in the Carlson Center's Pioneer Room, sponsored by the Fairbanks Chapter of the UAF Alumni Association.

For more information call University Relations at 7581 or visit

For Your Information

The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies is hosting visiting Russian scholar Rouslan Khairoulline, a professor with the Department of Social Pedagogy, Academy of Social Work at Moscow State Social University. Khairoulline will be at UAF until May 18 and can be reached at 1902 or

Statewide Office of Human Resources has an electronic newsletter for the UA2000 health care benefits plan. UA2000 News has information about health care issues and answers to questions about coverage and use of benefits. It's online at Send suggestions, questions and comments about the newsletter to

The National Research Council has published the report Decline of the Steller Sea Lion in Alaska Waters: Untangling Food Webs and Fishing Nets. For more information visit

The first Japanese speech contest held in Alaska took place April 19, organized by Yoko Collier-Sanuki, CLA. UAF will host the first statewide Japanese speech contest in spring 2004 under a grant from the Japan Foundation.

The last day of instruction for the spring 2003 semester is May 5. Final exams are scheduled May 7-10. Grades are due to the registrar's office May 14.


The ceramics, printmaking and painting sale takes place May 2 from noon-6 p.m. in rooms 415 and 405 of the Fine Arts Complex.

The UA Museum's final Saturday family program of the semester, Strictly for the Birds, is being held May 3 from 10 a.m.- noon. The program is free and geared for children between the ages of 7-12, accompanied by an adult. For more information or reservations call 6948.

The University Women's Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a reception for its members May 4 from 1:30-4 p.m. at Desserts First, 412 5th Ave. Reservations are required and the cost is $10. For more information or reservations call 479-2864.

CSEM is hosting a graduation barbecue and annual awards presentation for students, faculty and staff May 9 at noon on the front lawn of the Natural Sciences Facility. For more information contact Patty Fisher at 1867 or

The Fairbanks Flutists , under the direction of Dorli McWayne (CLA), are holding their annual concert May 11 at 4 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church on Cushman Street. For more information call the music department at 7555 or Dorli McWayne at 479-6701.

A staff tour of the Poker Flat Rocket Range , sponsored by the UAF Advocacy Committee and the governance office, takes place May 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes transportation and a box lunch. For more information contact Sarah Comstock at 7317 or

The 2003 Grad Bash is May 3 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Wood Center Pub.


Catherine Hanks , GI, Sarah Fowell, CSEM, and Jim Kowalsky, RAHI, were recently awarded nearly $460,000 by the National Science Foundation to encourage Alaska Native students' involvement in the geosciences. The grant will fund RAHI courses in geology, a rural-based field course and several internships and scholarships.

The UAF Army ROTC unit has been recognized as one of the top 15 percent of Cadet Command's 270 units during the 2001-2002 academic year. UAF Cadet Battalion Commander James Price was named the top cadet at UAF and joined U.S. government officials at a national security seminar in Lexington, Va. April 15-18.

Jim Gladden , CLA, has received a grant of $88,000 from the National Science Foundation to study ways of reducing conflict between local communities and environmental groups over managing Arctic wilderness areas.

Andrea Lloyd , a 1993 graduate of UAF, has been awarded the 2003 Perkins Award for Excellence in Teaching by Middlebury College in Vermont.


Grants and Awards

The 2003 BP Top of the World Classic tournament field has been set. Joining UAF Nov. 20-23 at the Carlson Center will be teams from Texas San Antonio, Binghamton, Idaho State, Rice, Washington State and the Virginia Military Institute.

Matt Emmons , rifle team, and Sigrid Aas, cross country running and skiing, were named UAF's student athletes of the year for 2002-03. The awards are based on the athletes' performances in athletic competition and in the classroom.


May 15, 2003 : Deadline to submit nominations for the Staff Council president-elect. Written nominations are due by 3 p.m. to the UAF Governance Office. Verbal and late nominations will be accepted at the Staff Council meeting May 16. For more information contact DeShana York at or Rory O'Neill at


campus insights

Appreciate UAF

What a wonderful time of year! The sun is out, the snow is melting, the light is coming back, and we are approaching our most cherished time of year--commencement for our graduates. At times it seems difficult, if not impossible, to slow down long enough to appreciate the many fine people we have had the opportunity to work with this academic year.

As the year comes to a close, take a brief pause in your hectic schedules to stop, remember and reflect on all the great things there are about being part of a thriving learning community dedicated to broadening our understanding in a huge variety of fields. Education is vital to our progress as a society in virtually any endeavor in which we choose to be involved. All of us are in this educational enterprise together, and through our integrated efforts we create a climate of success and achievement for our widely varied constituencies. Recognize the wonderful people you are fortunate enough to work with; students, faculty, staff and community members. It takes all of these groups and their unique contributions to make UAF the special environment we are all privileged enough to be a part of. Most importantly, take the time to congratulate our students for their achievement.

Last but not least, appreciate your own contribution to the success story of UAF. Too often we forget or overlook our own personal critical role in contributing to the university's success. It takes special efforts by everyone involved to make our campus community the vibrant, exciting place where we all are privileged to work.

UAF: America's Actic University

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