October 17, 2003

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UAF's opening student enrollment for fall 2003 is up more than 7 percent at the Fairbanks and TVC campuses, resulting in one of the highest opening enrollments in the university's history. Student credit hours are up 14 percent across all UAF campuses.

UAF has a new recorded hotline. For information about holiday campus closures or emergencies call 474-7UAF (7823).

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Taku Drive will close permanently to incoming, up-hill traffic Nov. 3 due to safety issues with pedestrians and vehicles. Barricades and pole markers will be placed from Ballaine parking lot to Tanana Loop. The shuttle bus route will change, adding three minutes to the route from the parking lots to Wood Center.

Construction continues in many areas of campus, so watch for signs and new traffic patterns. The West Ridge mall area and Sheenjek parking lot are open. Alumni Drive is expected to reopen to outbound traffic on Nov. 3. Construction on the roundabout for Tanana Loop continues through October. The area between the roundabout and railroad will be under construction throughout the winter. Haul units will be present on Tanana Loop East and the Farm Road during this time. Some delays will occur with flaggers present.

For Your Information

Owners of Aurora e-mail accounts are being asked to purge their in boxes and reduce how often their accounts are checked to no more than once every 10 minutes as ways to combat ongoing problems and delays with the network. More information will be forthcoming from DC&C as it becomes available.

The Alaska Native Language Center recently published two books with CDs. Ungipaghaghlanga: Let Me Tell a Story includes 35 ancient Yupik stories that clearly illustrate the linguistic and cultural heritage the Siberian Yupiks share with relatives on St. Lawrence Island. Tanacross Athabascan Phrases and Conversations, by Irene Solomon Arnold, ANLC, is the third volume in a series aimed at helping students and visitors gain an introduction to an Alaska Native language. To hear an excerpt from the CDs visit www.uaf.edu/news. For more information call 7874.

Summer Sessions recently received the Exemplary Program Award for its Weekend Focus program and was first runner-up for the Best Overall Catalog at the 57th annual Western Association of Summer Sessions Administrators conference.

Staff Council has begun the nomination process for representatives and alternates for even-numbered units. Nominations are due Oct. 27 to 312 Signers' Hall. For more information contact Lynette Washington at 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

The Tanana Valley Campus is helping to prepare Alaskans for Alaska's jobs through workforce development. Chancellor Lind and TVC Director Jake Poole discussed the university's role in workforce development with the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce at its general membership luncheon Oct. 14. For more information on workforce development read the feature story on the newsroom at www.uaf.edu/news/.

Don Button, IMS, was invited to the symposium on Marine Microbes and Extremophiles to present a technical paper as part of the combined 6th International Conference on Marine Biotechnology and the 5th Asia Pacific Marine Biotechnology Conference.

The Center for Health and Counseling is giving free flu shots to UAF faculty, staff and students. For times and locations call 7043.

UAF will be closed for the holidays Dec. 29-31. Employees are required to take annual leave or leave without pay during that time. Any exceptions for essential services must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate dean or director.

Events

October is national safety month. The UAF police and fire departments have booths in Wood Center on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. throughout the month.

The Teton Gravity Research film High Life is being shown Oct. 17-18 at 8 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information call Student Activities at 6026.

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is Oct. 19-25. Events will be held each day. For more infomration call 7043.

Banner early warning reports training takes place Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. in Eielson 116. For more information call 6396 or visit www.uaf.edu/advising/ew_reports.

Pianist Shari Raynor is giving a recital Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Raynor will join the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in opening its 46th season Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Both events are being held in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information visit www.fairbankssymphony.org.

The Institutional Climate Forum, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, takes place Oct. 28 and Dec. 2 from 1-3 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact LaJuana Williams at 7300.

The Center for Distance Education and Independent Learning is holding an open house Oct. 29 from 3-6 p.m. Stop in, check out the new location at 3352 College Road, suite A, and join in the food and fun. For more information contact 5129 or distance@uaf.edu.

The UA Museum is hosting free trick-or-treating for children age 12 and under with an adult Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

The 2003 Ski Fest takes place Nov. 1 from 6-10 p.m. at the SRC, with dinner and entertainment. This event is a fundraiser for the UAF Nordic Ski Team Booster Club and a membership drive for the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks. For more information call 6802.

Mezzo-soprano opera star Vivica Genaux will perform Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Tickets are $28 for adults, $23 for students and are on sale now at Hoitt's Music, Safeway or by calling 1-800-478-7328. This event is sponsored by the Fairbanks Concert Association, the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Festival and the UAF Music Department.

Grants and Awards

Hsing Kuang Lin, SME, and two industry colleagues were named the 2003 Taggart Award winners for their paper "Recovering Gold from Carbon Fines by a Gold Transfer Process."

William Schneider, Rasmuson Library, recently received the Contributor to Alaska History award from the Alaska Historical Society in recognition of more than 30 years of promoting and preserving Alaska's history.

The UA Museum's education department has received two grants to make the museum's collections more accessible using the Internet and multimedia technology. A total of $455,732 is from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Opportunities program and $149,824 comes from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Jennifer Benning, Evan Kane and Neil D'Cunha, all UAF graduate students, each received a two-year, $65,000 fellowship from the Inland Northwest Research Alliance Subsurface Research Institute.

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The Nanook hockey team faces off against Ferris State Oct. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. at the Carlson Center. For more information call 7205 or visit www.gonanooks.com.

The UAF volleyball team takes on Humboldt State Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and Western Oregon Oct. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Patty Gym. For more information call 7205 or visit www.gonanooks.com.

Deadlines

Nov. 7, 2003: Proposals for the Harold T. Caven Professorship are being accepted from UA faculty members in business and finance, and are due Nov. 7. The professorship is for a two-year appointment with $10,000 each year. For more information contact the UA Foundation at 7687 or sdnfd@alaska.edu or visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Dec. 12, 2003: The University of Pittsburgh and UAF have reached an agreement for two UAF students to participate in UP's Yellowstone Field Course with all course-related expenses provided by the institutions. The course is based at a ranch near Cody, Wyo., adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, and the deadline for applications is Dec. 12. For more information contact Ray Highsmith at 5870 or highsmith@guru.uaf.edu or visit www.westnurc.uaf.edu/yellowstone.html.

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Workforce Development

Mention the fact that UAF plays an important role in workforce development in Alaska, and many faculty will bemoan that it means we are moving further away from providing a traditional collegiate experience where intellectual enlightenment and liberal education lead the way. In my view, that couldn't be further from the truth. While it is true that UAF, and TVC in particular, are helping students develop hard skills in a variety of career fields such as health, information technology, aviation maintenance and applied business; it is also true that such skills represent only 50 percent of what employers are looking for.

The other 50 percent comes from what industry refers to as "soft skills," those skills that relate to personal, interpersonal and attitude development. The Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium breaks down the soft skills that Alaskan employers expect from potential employees into three main areas: skills and competencies, which include reading, writing, speaking, listening, problem solving and applying what is learned; work attitudes, which include respecting others, willingness to earn a reward, responsibility and discipline and being a good team member; work values, which include honesty and integrity, good attendance, accuracy of work, accepting advice and criticism, and pride and productivity in work.

Where are those workforce development skills learned? They are learned through our core curriculum, whether it be the English 111 class that helps improve reading and writing skills, the Communication 141 class that teaches speaking and team building skills, or the Art 200X class that helps develop creative skills. Most of the other soft skills mentioned above such as attendance, accuracy, and pride and productivity, can and should be found in virtually every class UAF offers.

When we talk about the university being the economic engine for the state of Alaska, we are not just talking about producing graduates who can fix the engine. We are talking about producing graduates who can understand and analyze how and why the engine works, who can develop options when the engine cannot be fixed and who can work with and communicate with others on how best to keep the engine going. Workforce development, as it relates to higher education, is something that each and every one of us at UAF is involved in, and its success is evident at commencement when students walk off the stage with their diploma in one hand and a job acceptance letter in the other.

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