November 14, 2003


UA and the Alaska Community College Federation of Teachers have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract. The agreement is subject to ratification by union members and the UA Board of Regents.

The Arctic Region Supercomputing Center recently installed a new Cray X1 called Klondike. The X1 is only the sixth of its kind to be installed anywhere in the world. It's equipped with 128 nodes, each with four processors; 512 gigabytes of main memory and 21 terabytes of disk space. Test runs on Klondike suggest it's capable of performing 100 times better than previous Cray computers. For more information visit

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The UAF Center for Nanosensor Technology is making headway on developing a "clean room" in the Natural Sciences Facility. A climate-control unit was airlifted to the roof via helicopter in late October, and officials hope to begin prototype production in the facility early in 2004.

Angayuquq Oscar Kawagley, CRA, is the voice of the Yupik-speaking "Inuit narrator" in the Walt Disney animated film Brother Bear recently released in theaters around the country.

The Division of Computing and Communication is planning the replacement and upgrade of the Aurora mail server and the Zorba web server. The new Aurora will be strictly a mail server and will only support Internet Mail Access Protocol (IMAP). Post Office Protocol (POP) will not be supported. The old Aurora will be renamed Nanook and will support the statistics programs and compilers. Zorba will be upgraded to support XML and a shopping cart.

The Rasmuson Library catalog now allows users to renew materials and check accounts online. To set up your account and PIN, contact 7481.

Daphne Hofschulte and Dianne Coursey, SOE, along with Karen Peterson and Tony Gasbarro, CES, are traveling to San Salvador, El Salvador to present a 15-day intensive workshop to 12 Salvadoran high school teachers to improve their capability to teach English.

KUAC/AlaskaONE TV will broadcast a locally produced series, Inside Alaska, exploring the uniqueness of Alaskan life through a variety of topics affecting people living in the far north. This is an eight-part series of half-hour programs. For more information visit

Anupma Prakash, CSEM, recently received funding from the NASA-sponsored Earth System Science Education for the 21st Century program to offer a new "Introduction to Geoinformatics" interdisciplinary undergraduate course at UAF.

The UAF telephone directory is only as accurate as you make it. Check your listing online at If your contact information has changed, please use the submit changes link found on the website or send changes to

Environmental Health and Safety and Risk Management has changed its e-mail from to The department staff also reminds you to be aware of icy conditions. They can provide shoe/boot traction devices for normal footwear. For more information call 5413.

UAF's Experts Guide 2003-2004 edition is out and available online at

Need help publicizing your event? Visit the University Relations Publicity Guide online. It's designed to help UAF departments submit information about special events and announcements to campus and local media. For more information visit


The UAF Bookstore's annual 12 Days of Christmas Holiday Sale is going on now through Nov. 26. Each day a different category of merchandise will be reduced 20 percent. For more information call 6858.

"Different Day: A Culture History of Hydaburg," a lecture by Kirk Dombrowski, a specialist on the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act from the City University of New York, will be held Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in room 304 Eielson.

The Fairbanks Symphony Ball takes place Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Princess Riverside Lodge. Join in the fun with live ballroom and swing dance music. Tickets are $40 and available at Hoitt's Music, the Owl Tree, InStyle, Cynde's Boutique or by phone at 5733. For more information visit

The Geophysical Institute presents "Europa's Oceanic, Surface and Atmospheric Interactions with the Jovian Magnetosphere" by John Cooper, NASA, Nov. 17 at 3:45 p.m. in the Elvey Auditorium.

The annual Wood Center lost and found sale will be held Nov. 18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact the front desk at 7034.

Leadership seminars for fall 2003 include "Women Leaders in History, Lessons for the Present" by Susan Henrichs on Nov. 18 and "Leading a Research Institute by Staying Focused on a Moving Target" by Roger Smith on Dec. 2. All seminars are from 1-2 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

November is Avalanche Awareness Month. Join Outdoor Adventures for an avalanche awareness slideshow Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information contact 6027 or

The Visiting Writers series presents a reading by Alaskan authors Richard Nelson and John Straley Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North. A book signing will follow the reading. For more information call 7193.

The UA Museum of the North's holiday store sale is Nov. 28-Dec. 24. All store merchandise is on sale 10 percent, with hand made baskets by Alaska Native artists 20 percent off.

Grants and Awards

The UA Museum of the North recently received a $445,732 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Opportunities Program. This grant will support the development of MoliNet, the Integrated Object-Library Network project. A $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences will be used to make multimedia resources available to museum and library users throughout Alaska.

KUAC FM/TV won six Goldie Awards at the Alaska Broadcasters Association's annual convention. KUAC's Goldies were in the following categories: Radio News Story, Radio Sports News Story, Radio Breaking News Story, TV Public Affairs Program, TV Promotional Package, TV Uniquely Alaskan Program. For more information visit

KSUA won 10 Goldie Awards at the Alaska Broadcasters Association's annual convention in October. KSUA's Goldies were in the following categories: Best Web Site, Best Promotional Item, Best Specialty Programming, Best Spot Never Aired, Best Promotional Announcement-Single, Best Promotional Announcement-Series, Best Public Affairs Program, Most Uniquely Alaskan Program, Best Live Sports Event, Best Radio Commercial.

Sara Speziale, Wood Center, recently received the Student Leader Initiative Award at the 2003 Association of College Union International conference.

Denise May, rural development student, was awarded the 2003 Alaska Federation of Natives President's Award for Small Business for demonstrating success in improving economic opportunity in service to her community.

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The 2003 BP Top of the World Classic tips off Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Carlson Center. Come and root for the Nanooks to defend last year's title. For more information visit

The 2003 Mt. McKinley Bank North Star Invitational takes place Nov. 28 - 29 at the Patty Gym. For more information call 7205 or visit


Nov. 28, 2003: The Associated Students of Business is seeking nominations for its 28th annual business leader awards. Nominations are being accepted through Nov. 28. For more information contact 6491 or or visit

Dec. 1, 2003: Nominations for the 2004 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due by Dec. 1. For more information call 7015 or visit

campus insights

Rural Alaska Honors Institute celebrates 21 years at UAF

The College of Rural Alaska inherited the Rural Alaska Honors Institute in 2001. RAHI was developed in 1982 from a desire of Native legislators and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) to address the needs of Native and rural students. AFN was concerned with the university's role in addressing the needs of Alaska Native students and sought to build a solid bridging program where they would be successful.

Twenty years later we are reaping the benefits from this intensive college preparatory program. After applying for acceptance into a rigorous college prep program, students from many rural communities commit to six weeks of intensive university courses including study skills, writing, pre-calculus, chemistry, computer programming, web design and Alaska Native art studio. Students experience dormitory life, demanding course schedules and deadlines. They also are provided time to get to know each other on a personal level and participate in camp outings, running events and social gatherings.

According to director Jim Kowalsky, over the last 20 years RAHI has helped 946 rural and Alaska Native students sharpen their academic skills and prepare them for success in college and the workforce. RAHI graduates have earned 229 academic degrees ranging from associate to doctoral, and are practicing lawyers, engineers, nurses, teachers and more.

RAHI graduates recently sponsored a reunion in Anchorage. More than 100 past participants attended the first annual event. After spending time visiting and catching up with each other, they spent time brainstorming and developing ideas on how the program could be strengthened. Most agreed that the program is solid, but they came up with ideas to raise scholarship funds and create networking circles for things such as legislative issues, parenting and student support. We can be assured that we've done a tremendous job and have been successful when we have students coming back to us to ask what they can do to help make things better.

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