October 31, 2003


James Ruppert, CRA, has been named a president's professor of Alaska Native Studies and culture. Ruppert has been at UAF since 1988 and has served for 14 years as the faculty advisor for the Festival of Native Arts.

Margaret "Mardy" Murie, the first woman to graduate from the University of Alaska, died Oct. 19 at the age of 101. Murie spent most of her life working on conservation efforts. For more information about Murie visit http://www.muriecenter.org.

The online project,"A Chilling Effect? Alaska's Heartland Reacts to the Patriot Act," created by UAF journalism students Tom Delaune and Curt Merrill, has been chosen as a finalist in the creative use of medium category for independent websites in the Online Journalism Awards of the Online News Association. Delaune and Merrill are the only students in the list of finalists, chosen from more than 800 entries. To view the project visit http://www.uaf.edu/extreme. The winners will be announced at the ONA national conference Nov. 15. For more information visit http://www.journalists.org.


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Construction continues in many areas of campus, so watch for signs and new traffic patterns. Alumni Drive is expected to reopen to outbound traffic on Nov. 3. The West Ridge plaza road has become one-way east to west and there is no parking along the road. Additional decal-only parking has been opened north of the museum, across Sheenjek Drive.

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. It will take three minutes longer to ride the shuttle bus from the parking lots to Wood Center.

For Your Information

The International Arctic Research Center has received a second three-year funding term of $15 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a variety of research projects related to climate change.

The Arctic Energy Technology Development Laboratory recently received a one-kilowatt proton exchange membrane fuel cell and will conduct tests to determine the cell's life span. The results will help determine the unit's usefulness as a power source for rural areas.

The Rasmuson Library has a new microform copy service. Drop off your film or fiche at the circulation desk for paper or electronic copies. There is no charge for up to 100 pages and the process takes three days. For more information call 7481.

The Academic Advising Center's training program was recognized as an exemplary practice and included in the National Academic Advising Association's publication Advisor Training: Exemplary Practices in the Development of Advisor Skills.

The UA Board of Regents will hold a budget meeting in Fairbanks on Nov. 5 from 4-9 p.m. and Nov. 6 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information call 7908 or visit http://www.alaska.edu/bor/.

The UAF Faculty Senate has a new look to its newsletter. The Senate News is only available online. Read the latest copy at http://www.uaf.edu/uafgov/faculty.

Geophysical Institute faculty, staff and student volunteers are designing and building a self-driving robotic car named the Arctic Tortoise to race in the DARPA Grand Challenge from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. For more information visit http://www.gi.alaska.edu/DGC/.

The Hutlee'/Umyuarchdelee Project, managed through the UAF Interior-Aleutians and Bristol Bay Campuses and funded by the National Science Foundation, helps students from rural Alaska strengthen their science and math skills. For more information visit http://www.uaf.edu/news/.

Yelena Matusevich, CLA, was recently interviewed by Radio France about UAF's French program for a show about Alaska, scheduled to air in July 2004.

Frances McCaleb, a senior music major accompanied by pianist Trudi Harris, will perform in the premiere of Robert Bradshaw's Sonata for Trumpet and Strings at a senior recital Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Musicians from all 50 states will perform the piece throughout the month of November.

The School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences has a new newsletter, Discover SFOS. View it online at http://www.sfos.uaf.edu.

The UAF Alumni Association is selling fresh holiday wreaths for $20. The wreaths are available with a plaid or velvet bow for an extra $5. Orders must be placed by Nov. 15. For more information contact 7081 or fyalum@uaf.edu.

Registration and fee payment for spring 2004 begins Nov. 17.

The two UAF employees named Mary Matthews would like to remind faculty and staff of their distinction. Mary K. Matthews (7043) is the disability services coordinator and Mary H. Matthews (2644) works in student support services,.


The University Women's Association Holiday Bazaar will be held Nov. 1-2 in Wood Center.

"Alaska Native Writers: Strengthening the Spirit," a panel discussion featuring Velma Wallis, Jan Harper Haines and Loretta Outwater Cox, takes place Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. A book signing, sponsored by the UAF Bookstore, will follow the discussion. For more information contact Jennie Witter at 6511.

UAF's Veterans Day ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. in the UA Museum lobby. For more information call 6438.

Leadership seminars for fall 2003 include "The Art of Being a Leader" by Brian Rogers on Nov. 13, "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.

The UA Museum presents "Wildfire in Interior Alaska," a lecture by Alaska Department of Fish and Game Management Coordinator Dale Haggstrom Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The event is free. For more information call 7505.

Warren Miller's Journey will be shown Nov. 14-15 at 6 and 9 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Admission is $7 for students and $10 for others. For more information call 6027 or visit http://www.warrenmiller.com.

Military Appreciation Day at the UA Museum is Nov. 15 from noon-5 p.m. Come explore the galleries, visit with Alaska Native artists and enjoy hands-on activities for kids. The event is free and sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank Alaska.

UAF Trails Day is Nov. 15. If snow conditions permit, come check out UAF's trail system with free ski lessons and ski rentals. For more information call 6027.

Grants and Awards

Terry Dickey, UA Museum, recently received the 2003 Award for Excellence in the Museum Profession from Museums Alaska.

The College of Rural Alaska recently received $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Alaska Native Education program for early childhood education programs in Alaska. Also, the Bristol Bay, Kuskokwim and Northwest Campuses received $2.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of University Partnership programs to help communities in their areas with educational and economic development.

The UA Museum's education department received a $150,000 grant to support the Integrated Object-Library Network project from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.


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Nanook fans will want to mark their calendars for these upcoming games: the volleyball team faces off against St. Martin's Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Central Washington Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Patty Gym; the hockey team takes on Western Michigan Nov. 7-8 at 7 p.m. in the Carlson Center; and the women's basketball team takes on Christian Heritage Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Patty Gym. For more information call 7205 or visit www.gonanooks.com.


campus insights

Focus on Students

Each year brings a new group of students to the university with new ideas, new energies and new issues. All are here to learn, and while the primary focus of learning takes place in the classroom, there is a considerable value on out-of-classroom experiences as well. Retention research has repeatedly shown that students who make connections with faculty, staff and other students through a variety of campus activities are much more likely to stay in school and graduate.

Staff members with Student Affairs work with students to provide connections, opportunities and resources. Students are encouraged to assume leadership positions on campus by becoming a residence assistant, orientation leader, ASUAF senator or executive staff member, club or organization officer, intern or building manager.

There are opportunities for students as they first enter the university through programs sponsored by New Student Orientation, as well as through various clubs, organizations and academic departments. As students complete their orientation experience and settle into the university, the efforts don't stop. More than 100 campus clubs and organizations span a wide range of interests.

During the last academic year, Student Activities sponsored 63 events in addition to activities held in the Pub. More than 2,300 people participated in outdoor adventure programs. Residence Life provided approximately 800 educational and social programs. The Office of Multicultural Affairs offered a variety of programs in addition to working with individual students on a number of issues. The Center for Health and Counseling provided nearly 1,400 personal counseling sessions in addition to a variety of educational sessions. They also treated 3,300 patients, not including the recent flu shots. Disability Services coordinated services for approximately 70 students. More than 900 people attended career workshops sponsored by Career Services. In addition, more than 1,100 students and alumni participated in the Career Expo and Visitor Industry Job Fair with approximately 130 employers recruiting on campus. And approximately 100 students participated in Upward Bound Classic and Math/Science programs during the summer with 160 students participating in the two programs during the school year.

These numbers don't, by any means, paint the whole picture, but they do give you an idea of some of the direct impact Student Affairs staff have with our students during the course of the year.

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