February 20, 2004
The UA Board of Regents met in Juneau Feb. 18–20. The agenda included approval of the revised biological and computational sciences central animal facility, the name change for Hutchison Career Center to the Hutchison Institute of Technology and a naming opportunity for the glass recycling area in the Taku parking lot. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.
David Newman, CSEM, along with colleagues from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for developing a computer model that predicts the probability an electrical network will have a catastrophic blackout as one of the top achievements in the fusion energy sciences in 2003.
UAF and the Peace Corps recently signed a memorandum of cooperation to become partners in the Peace Corps’ master’s international program. To participate, students must be accepted by both the Peace Corps and a graduate program in CRA or SNRAS.
TVC and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District have entered into a partnership to offer classes and workshops to help local high school students prepare for and pass the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. This spring, TVC offered five-week math and reading classes and a workshop entitled “How to Take a Test.”
Wanda Martin has been appointed associate dean of enrollment management. Martin will continue to oversee the Academic Advising Center. Enrollment management offices in Fairbanks are now open from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. including the registrar, admissions, financial aid, academic advising, student support services and the dean’s office.
Power and Pride From Within, UAF’s inaugural employee giving campaign, begins in March. It’s an opportunity to show the legislature and other funding agencies that pride in UAF begins on the inside. Watch for contribution forms or give online at www.uaf.edu/giving/pride/. For more information contact the Development Office at 6402.
The following UAF faculty have been approved for sabbatical leave during the 2004-2005 academic year: Peregrine Barboza, Kathleen Butler-Hopkins, Wendy Croskrey, Chris Hartman, John Hopkins, Nicholas Hughes, Jonah Lee, Hong Liang, Tamara Lincoln, Bret Luick, Yelena Matusevich, Joy Morrison, Maribeth Murray, Brenda Norcross, William Simpson, Richard Steiner, Norm Swazo, Dana Thomas and Wesley Wallace.
Susan Grigg, Rasmuson Library, was elected to the board of the Alaska Historical Society and appointed by Gov. Murkowski to the Alaska State Historical Records Advisory Board.
UAF safety and crime statistics are available online at www.uaf.edu/police/crime.html.
George Divoky, IAB, was featured on Earth and Sky radio show Feb. 16–17 for his research on the black guillemot population on Cooper Island in the Arctic Ocean. For more information visit www.earthsky.org.
ASUAF has opened a glass recycling center in Taku parking lot. The glass is collected and transported to Anchorage for processing. For more information contact 6037.
Employee notice, protection for whistleblowers: Any employee may in good faith report to testify before a public agency concerning: a violation of federal, state or local law; a danger to public health or safety; gross mismanagement; a substantial waste of funds or clear abuse of authority; or a matter under investigation by the state. Employee protections and obligations regarding reports of these matters of public concern are fully stated in Alaska statutes 39.90.100 through 39.90.150, which are available for review at UAF University Relations, 201 Eielson Building.
Margaret Murie: A Celebration of Life is being held Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall to honor the memory of UAF’s first female graduate.
The 31st annual Festival of Native Arts is being held Feb. 26–27 from 6 p.m.–midnight in the Davis Concert Hall and the Great Hall. This year the festival is dedicated to Chancellor and Mrs. Lind. For more information contact 6889 or 7181, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.geocities.com/festivalofnativearts/.
UAF TRIO day is Feb. 26 with an awards ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. The event commemorates accomplishments of the federally funded education support programs known collectively as TRIO.
The UA Museum of the North’s Saturday Family Program Ice Carving 101 takes placeFeb. 28 from 10 a.m.–noon. Create your own ice sculpture with ice, tools and hot chocolate provided. This event is open to those age 7 and up, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $25 and reservations are required. For more information call 6948.
The UAF Leadership seminar series presents “My Leadership Lessons Learned” by Craig Dorman March 2 at 1 p.m. in Wood Center Conference Rooms C and D. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/gradsch/guestbook/calendar.html.
The Visiting Writer series presents a reading by essayist Gretel Ehrlich March 8 at 7 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the free event. For more information call 7193.
Career Services is sponsoring the Career Expo March 24–25 in Wood Center. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/career/.
The 2004 Alaska Rural Energy Conference, hosted by UAF’s Arctic Energy Technology Development Lab, the Alaska Energy Authority and the U.S. Department of Energy, takes place April 27–29 in Talkeetna. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/aetdl/.
Shirish Patil and Abhijit Dandekar, SME, are co-authors of a paper about natural gas hydrates on the North Slope, which received the second place President’s Certificate for Excellence in Presentation (posters) from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Katey Walter, a biology and wildlife graduate student, received an Outstanding Student Paper Award from the American Geophysical Union for her presentation at the AGU’s 2003 fall meeting.
Feb. 23, 2004: Nominations for the Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service awards are due. For more information call 5178 or visit www.uaf.edu/provost/.
March 1, 2004: Applications for the Center for Alaska Native Health Research pilot research awards are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/canhr/.
March 26, 2004: Nominations for the ACCFT Academic Freedom Awards are due. For more information visit www.accft.org.
March 31, 2004: Exceptional student employee award nominations are due. For more information or to submit a nomination contact Patti Picha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 1, 2004: Abstracts for oral or poster presentations for the 22nd Wakefield Fisheries Symposium Sea Lions of the World: Conservation and Research in the 21st Century are due. For more information call 6701 or visit www.uaf.edu/seagrant/conferences/.
April 22, 2004: Proposals for the National Science Foundation’s Study of the Northern Alaska Coastal System are due. For more information visit www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04545/nsf04545.htm.
The Four A's
If you’re like me, it’s easy to become professionally focused on the opportunities and challenges at UAF but, in the process, lose sight of a broader perspective on higher education. Through my recent work with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, I’ve had an opportunity to hear and think about contemporary issues surrounding higher education on the national scene. I can summarize my conclusions with what I call the Four A’s.
Access: The public expects us to serve an increasing number of students who have increasingly diverse life situations, motivations and interests. The impacts are enormous and affect things ranging from admissions and transfer policies to class schedules and pedagogy.
Affordability: While tuition increases are in the spotlight, concerns extend to mandatory fees, the cost of daycare, grants and loans and the availability of classes required for program completion.
Assessment: Faculty are familiar with outcomes assessment, and they recognize that while it can be valuable, it can also become a time sink that detracts from more valuable work. It’s now clear that formal assessment will be applied to all areas of effort within the university, and it will become increasingly important to devise and implement efficient, useful assessment processes.
Accountability: The public expects us to be accountable for our use of public funds, and we are being asked to clearly demonstrate that we use them wisely. We must be able to demonstrate not just that we efficiently provide a high quality education; we must also provide convincing arguments for the wisdom of investing public funds in research and public service.
I suspect that none of this is new. However, the present political climate and the increased necessity for post-secondary education in the workplace have combined to make the concerns more evident. We must be sure that we respond in appropriate ways and that we are prepared to explain and defend our responses.
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