April 16, 2004


The Chancellor Search Committee has narrowed its field of candidates. The first finalist, Stephen G. Wells, visited campus April 12-15 for interviews and open forums. The committee wants your input. Submit a survey to share your thoughts at www.uaf.edu/chancellor/search/. The other finalists will be visiting UAF soon. For more information visit the site listed above or www.uaf.edu/news/.

Chancellor Lind invites you to celebrate UAF's six consecutive NCAA national champion rifle team April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge.

For Your Information

UAF students received more than $600,000 in privately funded scholarships for the 2003-2004 academic year. The seventh annual scholarship breakfast was held April 8 to recognize the donors and the students who received scholarships. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/giving/recipients.html.

The Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center has launched a new website at www.oceanalaska.org. UAF is a partner in OASLC, which is dedicated to understanding and preserving the marine ecosystem connecting Alaska's national parks.

The UAF steel bridge team competed at the Pacific Northwest regional competition April 1 in Oregon. The team took fourth place out of 17 schools.

Doreen Fitzgerald, SNRAS, recently published her first book, Cake: Selected Poems. For more information visit http://esterrepublic.com/cake.html.

The UAF staff council is holding its annual raffle through May 14 to benefit the Carolyn Sampson Memorial Scholarship. For more information contact 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

Shann Jones, CLA, was invited to participate in the 2004 Fairbanks Outdoors Show. Jones will give a talk, "The Essentials of Fly Fishing Tackle Selection," April 16 at 5 p.m. and April 18 at noon in the Carlson Center.

The last day of instruction for spring 2004 is May 3. Final exams will be held May 5-8. Final grades are due May 12.


The UAF Film Club is hosting the 2004 Spring Film Festival April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. The festival will include original movies by UAF students, faculty and staff. Admission is free. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/filmclub/.

UAF's Chinese language and eastern philosophy classes present the Chinese opera film The Legend of White Snake April 18 at 2 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Admission is free. For more information contact Rosalind Kan at 474-0908 or Walter Benesch at 479-2386.

An open forum on UA's core competencies and capabilities related to technology transfer will be held April 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Runcorn Conference Room in the Natural Sciences Facility.

The UA Museum of the North presents "Splendid Isolation: Exploring Diversity in Madagascar" April 22 at 7 p.m. Curator of Mammals Link Olson will discuss recent discoveries of mammalian diversity on the island. Admission is free. For more information call 7505.

Nanook SpringFest takes place April 22-24, and includes many scheduled activites. Volunteer during the SpringFest Service program April 23 from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact 1170 or leadership@uaf.edu.

The annual Authors' Reception takes place April 23 at 4 p.m. on the sixth floor of the Rasmuson Library. Join Chancellor Lind and the library staff in honoring those UAF employees who published books between March 1, 2003 and March 1, 2004.

The visiting writers series presents a reading by Australian poet John Kinsella April 23 and a reading by writers David Lee and Sam Hamill May 2. Both events take place at 7 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North. For more information call 7193.

UAF Day at North Pole takes place April 24 at 11 a.m. in the North Pole Plaza Mall.

Outdoor Adventures has three upcoming trips: rock climbing at Grapefruit Rocks April 24 and spring migration paddles April 25 and May 1. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

Vernon Smith, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for economics, will be in Fairbanks as the guest speaker at the chamber of commerce luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and to present a public lecture at UAF at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on April 27.

Judy Stevenson, UCLA, will give a talk, "Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: South African Women, the African National Congress, History and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission," April 27 at 1 p.m. in 304 Eielson. A reception at the Women's Center in 112 Eielson will follow the talk.

The 2004 Alaska Rural Energy Conference will focus on alternative energy sources including biodiesel, syndiesel, wind and hydroelectric power. The event takes place April 27-29 in Talkeetna. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/aetdl/.

Theatre UAF presents Water Stealers, a sci-fi adventure mixing actors and animation, May 1 at 7 p.m. and May 2 each hour from 1-5 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $5. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/season/.

The 2004 Grad Bash takes place May 1 at 8 p.m. in the Wood Center Pub. Graduating students are invited to come and enjoy the festivities. For more information call 6438.

UAF is hosting the University of the Arctic Governing Council meeting May 16-19 and the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences May 19-23. For more information visit www.uarctic.org.

UAF summer finance camps teach middle and high school students about basic financial management, types of investments and strategies. The middle school camp will be held June 7-11 and the high school camp June 14-18. For more information contact 6518 or ffjph1@uaf.edu.

The 1st International Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Science Conference takes place June 21-25 in Baltimore. The conference highlights advances in understanding and predicting climate made as a result of CLIVAR, from El Niño to global warming. For more information visit www.clivar2004.org.

The Student Organizations Fair takes place Feb. 7 from 11 a.m.--3 p.m. in Wood Center. Stop by and check out the more than 112 active student and campus clubs.

Grants and Awards

Harper Simmons, IARC, received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award for "A Study of Internal Wave Generation, Evolution and Propagation in a Global Baroclinic Ocean Model." The award is $300,000 over three years.

Jim Ranney, SOM, and Sue McHenry, RSS, are the 2004 ASUAF Outstanding Faculty and Staff award winners.

The 2004 student award winners are: Ryan Long for the Joel Wiegert Award; Rachel Narow and Isabel Cardona, co-recipients of the Marion Frances Boswell Memorial Award; and LaVerne Demientieff for the Gray S. Tilly Memorial Award. For more information on the Student Awards Program visit www.uaf.edu/woodctr/programs/awards/.

Lee DeWilde, a mechanical engineering student scheduled to graduate this spring, is the recipient of the 2004 Provost's Prize.

Jonathan Rosenberg, CLA, is the winner of the 2004 Robert Piacenza Award for Teaching Excellence. The award, given out by students in the UAF Honors Program, includes a $500 travel award.


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Matt Rawlings, UAF rifle team, competed at the 2004 Junior Olympic Championships taking gold in the 10-meter air rifle and silver in the 50-meter three-position smallbore competitions.


April 19, 2004: The Center for Distance Education is hosting iTeach, a summer institute about online course development May 17-21 for 10 UAF faculty. Applications are due by noon, April 19. For more information visit www.distance.uaf.edu/events/iTeach/.

April 23, 2004: The deadline to apply for the Alaska field course offered by the Denali Institute has been extended to April 23. For more information visit www.denaliinstitute.org.

May 4, 2004: Nominations for the Chancellor's Recognition Award and the Outstanding Staff Council Achievement Award are due May 4. For more information contact 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.


campus insights

A spectacular year

Recently, I was asked how I felt after my first complete year as director of athletics at UAF. I have hardly had enough time to catch my breath, but the past 12 months have been nothing short of spectacular. I pointed out:

The rifle team won its sixth consecutive NCAA National Championship and seventh title overall. The team was led by freshman Matt Rawlings who won the NCAA individual smallbore title.

Paced by Sigrid Aas' two individual NCAA titles, the UAF ski team finished tenth at the national championships after finishing as co-champions of the Central Collegiate Skiing Association Regional (all firsts).

The men's basketball team finished 23-7 on the season and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II national tournament. Head Coach Al Sokaitis and junior Brad Oleson were honored by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference as Coach and Player of the Year, respectively (the second consecutive year for Sokaitis).

The Nanook hockey team finished sixth in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season standings, earning home ice in the playoffs. Nanook standouts Aaron Voros, Cam Keith and Felipe Larranaga signed professional contracts after the season.

Mallory Bergstrom highlighted the women's volleyball season. The junior from Bend, Ore. was named All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and earned first-team All-GNAC and All-Pacific Region accolades.

Junior Adrienne Taalak was a spark for the women's basketball team as she led the conference in scoring and was named first-team All-GNAC.

And six Nanook runners earned all-conference honors for the UAF cross country team.

The success of the UAF sports programs this year makes the 2003-2004 campaign a season to remember. With the addition of the women's swimming program, the future of UAF athletics looks bright. All totaled - a fun and exciting year.

UAF: America's Actic University

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