November 29, 2004

Cornerstone
For Your Information

Advancement services is a new unit created within the Office of University Advancement and Community Engagement. The unit will provide services for accelerated fund raising and communicating efforts. Kim Davis will oversee the unit, which is comprised of the former development office staff.

UAF's Resilience and Adaptation Program is accepting applications from graduate students who want to enroll in the year-long intensive course of study. Application review begins Feb. 1, 2005; however, applications received after this date will still be considered. For more information visit www.rap.uaf.edu.

Judith Kleinfeld, CLA, recently published Nobody's Perfect! How to Improve Your Life, a book that uses psychological research to back up kitchen-table wisdom on how to deal with what life hands you.

Paul Matheus, Alaska Quaternary Center, co-authored "Pleistocene Brown Bears in the Mid-Continent of North America" and "Rise and Fall of the Beringian Steppe Bison," published in the Nov. 12 and Nov. 26 issues of the journal Science.

Anita Hartmann, CLA, was recently certified as an institutional review board professional by the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals of the Applied Research Ethics National Association.

KUAC-FM begins a new afternoon newscast Dec. 6 to air Monday--Friday at 4:30 p.m. Anchored by Sarah Neal, the program will update listeners on important local stories and preview statewide coverage, which follows on APRN.

UAF is making it easier for students to apply for privately funded scholarships. Incoming students complete a form as part of the application for admission. Personal essays, extra copies of transcripts or letter of recommendation are no longer required for most scholarships. Continuing students have a stand-alone application. In addition, a scholarship coordinator has been added to the staff of the financial aid office.

Photographs by Charles Mason, CLA, were published in the Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 editions of the New York Times.

The UAF Staff Council is looking for volunteers to help with Staff Appreciation Day and the Carolyn Sampson Memorial Scholarship raffle on May 13, 2005 from noon--2 p.m. For more information or to volunteer contact 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

Need information about possible campus closures due to weather or emergency situations? Call 474-7UAF (7823) or visit www.uaf.edu/news/ for updates and information.

The last day of instruction is Dec. 13. Final exams take place Dec. 15--18. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/reg/schedule/prev_finals.html.

Registration for spring 2005 has begun. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/reg/schedule/.

The UAF telephone directory is only as accurate as you make it. If your contact information has changed, please send changes to fyphone@uaf.edu or use the submit changes link found at www.uaf.edu/directory/.

Events

SNRAS and the Graduate School present "Bioterrorisim: An Old Potential, a New Reality," a lecture by D.M. Huber, Purdue University, Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information call 7188.

The UA Museum of the North presents "The Mystery of the Bering Land Bridge," a lecture by author Dan O'Neill Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. A book signing will follow the lecture. For more information call 7505.

Outdoor Adventures organizes several trips during the winter months. Upcoming events include the Angel Creek ski and soak day trip Dec. 4 and the Creamers Field study break ski tour Dec. 11. For more information call 6027 or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

The Design Alaska Family Holiday Celebration Concert featuring the Fairbanks Symphony with the Choir of the North, University Chorus and the Northland Children's Choir, takes place Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information visit www.fairbankssymphony.org.

The Campus Life Master Planning Committee is hosting presentations by consulting firm Brailsford and Dunlavey Dec. 7 and 9 at 1 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge and Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. in Hess Rec. Center to discuss recommendations based on results of last spring's survey of faculty, staff and students.

The UAF Staff Council is holding a public meeting Dec. 10 at 8:45 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden bazaar takes place Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.--4 p.m. in Wood Center. Products related to the garden, LARS and other university departments will be offered. For more information call 6921.

The visiting writers series presents a reading by Fairbanks authors Dan O'Neill and John Luther Adams Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North. For more information call 7193.

Theatre UAF and the Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre present King Island Christmas Dec. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m., Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The production is based on the book by Jean Rogers and inspired by a true story.

Grants and Awards

Joe Hayes, alumni, and Charles Fedullo, CLA, were both named to the Top 40 Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.

Veronica Plumb, TVC, was recently awarded the 2004 President's Award from the Fairbanks Association for the Education of Young Children for her years of outstanding work with children and families.

Jerah Chadwick, Aleutian Pribilof Center, was appointed State Writer Laureate through 2006 by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

KUAC won five Goldie Awards for radio sports, radio breaking news, radio public affairs, TV public affairs and TV promotional items at the 2004 Alaska Broadcaster Association's annual convention. For more information visit www.akbroadcasters.org.

KUAC-FM received a $80,000 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to convert its current FM service from analog to digital.

KSUA won 13 of the 18 Goldie Awards categories in the student competition at the 2004 Alaska Broadcaster Association's annual convention. KSUA has won 43 Goldies over the last four years. For more information visit www.akbroadcasters.org.

The Interior-Aleutians Campus won a five-year, $500,000 award for the bridge to Troth Yeddha' project from the U.S. Department of Education. IAC also received a three-year, $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the partners in progress: construction trade training and experience for rural alaska villages project.

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Mallory Bergstrom and Danielle Hitzeman, Nanook volleyball, were named to the GNAC All-Conference volleyball team. Bergstrom, in her second year on the team, was unanimously named to the first team and Hitzeman made the second team.

UAF men's basketball takes on Humboldt State Dec. 2 and Western Oregon Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Patty Center Gym.

Nanook hockey faces off with Northern Michigan Dec. 10--11 at 7 p.m. in the Carlson Center. For more information visit www.gonanooks.com.

The University of Central Florida won the 2004 BP Top of the World Classic.

Deadlines

Dec. 1, 2004: The People's Endowment funds for 2004--2005 are now available. Grants from this endowment are to be used for a special project or to fill a critical need at UAF and have a maximum award of $5,000. For more information contact the development office at 6726 or fygive@uaf.edu.

Dec. 1, 2004: The UA Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2005 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Dec. 3, 2004: Election ballots for odd-numered units are due to staff council. If you received a ballot without a return envelope, please follow the return instructions then fold your ballot and staple or tape to secure it. For more information call 7056.

Jan. 7, 2005: Alaska One is seeking entries for its poster design contest. To enter you must be an Alaska resident and the work must have been completed in the last five years. For more information call 1890.

Feb. 4, 2005: The Integrative Graduate Research and Education Traineeship (IGERT) is accepting proposals for its 8th annual competition. For more information visit www.nsf.gov/pubs/2005/nsf05517/nsf05517.htm.

Feb. 15, 2005: The UA Foundation is accepting applications for privately funded scholarships for the 2005--2006 academic year. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

 

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Nothing brought the concept of "from every village they come" to mind more than the student panel held in conjunction with the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Native Education's reception to welcome Steve and Judy Jones October 12th. I chair this committee formed in 1992 at the request of Alaska Native students.

The panel included students from Anaktuvak Pass, Chevak, St. Mary's, Hoonah and Anchorage. The comments the students shared with Chancellor Jones, his wife and the 200 guests were indicative of many of the students that the CRA and UAF serve across Alaska.

The college experience for many of the students from rural Alaska includes entire family commitments--from financial resources to moral support. One student on the panel expressed it best when she said, "When I finally graduated--and I was the first to graduate with a bachelor's degree in my village--I didn't graduate for myself or even for my family. My graduation was for my entire village."

The chancellor made a few comments after the students finished speaking. He was moved by the real stories from the students and learning what was involved in the UAF experience for them and their families. He has made a commitment to visit as many rural locations as possible within the coming year.

UAF represents many things to many people. Students from around the world, from villages in every corner of the globe, choose UAF for their college experience. Students, from rural villages to our most populated cities, are able to access higher education through the College of Rural Alaska.

It is as the late traditional Chief Peter John stated when he shared the meaning of the Athabaskan name for the hill that UAF sits on today, Troth Yeddha', a meeting place. People from all over the world come to the university to go to school and teach. We have something in common, something all American people can share. CRA is proud to serve the students across the state through its community campuses and statewide programs.

UAF: America's Actic University

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