June 10, 2005


Richard Caulfield has been named director of TVC. Caulfield has served as TVC's interim director since September 2004. Caulfield was the commencement speaker for Hutchison High School's inaugural graduation in May.

The UA Board of Regents meeting in Fairbanks, planned for June 8--9, has been rescheduled to June 21--22. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.

Mary Ciuniq Pete was recently named director of the Kuskokwim Campus. Pete earned a master's degree from UAF in cultural anthropology in 1984 and has served as the director of the subsistence division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game since 1996. She will begin her duties July 11.

Beth Bruder of the Bristol Bay Campus is the 2005 recipient of the Chancellor's Recognition Award. Bruder has served as the admissions and records coordinator at Bristol Bay Campus since 1990.

Michelle Combellick died May 21 after more than 2 years battling cancer. Combellick was instrumental in developing the LIFE (Let's Include Fitness Everyday) wellness program. Donations to the LIFE program in her memory can be made by calling 6402 or visit www.uaf.edu/giving/.

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Improvements to the chilled water distribution on lower campus require installation of pipes along the north edge of Bunnell. Work is scheduled for June 1--20. Be aware there will be limited access to Signers' parking lot and new traffic patterns during construction.

For Your Information

UA Human Resources is working on projects to improve service and streamline processes. A new web-based recruitment and application process will come online July 1. Training will be offered throughout the summer and early fall. For more information on this and other projects visit www.alaska.edu/hr/hractivities/ or call UAF HR at 7700.

Larry Hinzman, Water and Environmental Research Center, along with researchers from SUNY and UCLA, published Disappearing Arctic Lakes in the June 3 issue of the journal Science.

Libby Casey, KUAC, wrote and produced a story on Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Kinchen, Alaska's first casualty in Iraq, that aired on National Public Radio's All Things Considered on May 12.

Michael West, John Sánchez and Stephen McNutt, all of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, authored a paper about how the Sumatra earthquake affected Mount Wrangell, which was published May 20 in the journal Science.

UAF safety and crime statistics are available online at www.uaf.edu/police/crime.html.

Provost Reichardt announced the formation of the Department of Computer Science within CNSM in May. The new department offers bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science and a master's of software engineering. Mitch Roth is the department chair.

Victoria Foote, CRA, was invited to join the Surgeon General's Regional Round Table Discussion on Women's Mental Health held in San Francisco in March.

UAF's Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management Department recently installed automated external defibrillators in the SRC, Butrovich Building and at Poker Flat Research Range to increase individual chances of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest.

Carol E. Lewis, SNRAS, was voted chair-elect of the Western Academic Program Directors Association.

Read how one UAF music student makes the best of the choices he's offered in the latest online feature story at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/05/plucker/.

Summer and fall 2005 course site requests for Blackboard are now being accepted. For more information contact Larisa Brunsdon at 5988 or support@classes.uaf.edu.

A 2005 on-campus summer activity calendar is available from Summer Sessions at www.uaf.edu/summer/. Check out the movies, lectures, tours and more happening on campus this summer.

Most UAF offices will be closed July 4--5 in observance of Independence Day.


IAB and the UA Museum of the North are hosting Evolution 2005, the annual conference of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists and the American Society of Naturalists June 10--14.

Radio host Bob Edwards presents a free public lecture about Edward R. Murrow's major stories, including the Blitz, bombing raids over Berlin and the liberation of Buchenwald, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

Oliver Sacks presents "Journey into Wonder: Reflections on a Chemical Boyhood" June 16 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. For more information contact Marlys at 6287.

The UAF Summer Music Academy begins June 18 for young musicians in grades 6--12. For more information call 7555.

The UAF Summer Visual Arts Academy begins June 20 for students in grades 6--12. Participants will study ceramics, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, native arts carving and more. For more information call 7530 or visit www.art.uaf.edu/artacademy/.

The 5th annual Goodies in the Garden, Desserted Island, is scheduled for July 12 from 6:30 p.m.--8 p.m. This annual fund-raiser is held by the College of Fellows in the Georgeson Botanical Garden. For more information call Amanda at 6631.

Grants and Awards

Wanda Martin, enrollment management and academic advising, was selected as the 2005 recipient of the Gail Rola Memorial Award from the National Academic Advising Association.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska launched a four-year partnership with the UA Museum of the North with a $150,000 donation. Flint Hills will serve as the corporate sponsor of the museum's school tour programs through the 2008--2009 school year and will support the earth sciences lab.

UAF's facilities services department was awarded the 2004 Governor's Safety Award of Excellence. This is the second consecutive year the department has received the award, which was presented by Gov.Murkowski at the Governor's Safety Conference held March 14 in Anchorage.

Bob Wheeler, CES, received two bronze awards in recognition of outstanding educational communications from the National Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals.

KUAC TV 9 has been nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter. The 42nd annual Northwest Regional Emmy Awards ceremony will be held June 25 at the Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle.

UAF's steel bridge team took sixth place at the national student steel bridge competition held May 27--28 in Orlando, Fla.

The Academic Advising Center congratulates the 2004--2005 Faculty Advising Award recipients: Uma Bhatt, CNSM; Roy Bird, CLA; Tom Clausen, CNSM; Mike Daku, CLA; Debendra Das, CEM; Larry Duffy, CNSM; Dani Raap, CLA; and Jane Weber, CRA.

The Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP) club was chosen as the 2005 recipient of the student organization awards for organizational leadership, community service and academic achievement.

TVC is the 2005 recipient of the Family Friendly Workplace Award from the Fairbanks North Star Borough Early Childhood Development Commission. TVC is one of seven Fairbanks agencies and businesses recognized for efforts in helping employees balance work and family responsibilities.

KUAC staff members won several awards at the Society for Professional Journalism Region 10 conference held May 7. Aaron Elterman, Michael Letzring and Robert Hannon won for Vital Signs in the feature photojournalism category; Elterman and Suzette Holman received an award for Traveling Middle School in the documentary category; Libby Casey won for her Yukon Quest coverage in sports; Sarah Neal and Dan Bross both received awards in the investigative journalism category; and Bross received an award for his Pogo Mine piece in the spot news category.


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UAF and Alumni Begin a New Chapter

On May 15 more than 1,010 UAF graduates entered another chapter in their lives--they became UAF alumni. As new alumni, they are joining the other 22,822 alums that are the only permanent part of our university. Faculty and staff come and go, programs and classes come and go; but once you graduate from UAF, you are always an alumni. Alumni are an integral and important part of UAF, and always have been.

On July 1, UAF and our alumni will enter into a new chapter. Early last month, after many months of hard work and commitment, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and UAF agreed to strengthen our relationship. A new Alumni Relations group within UAF's Office of University Advancement and Community Engagement will assume responsibility for alumni outreach. For the past ten years the Alumni Association has been handling this important job for UAF. The alumni board and UAF agreed that the connection with the alumni should be a university responsibility and that the association should be a partner in this effort. This commitment by the Alumni Association and UAF is a milestone in the revitalization of our efforts in advancing UAF.

UAF has already begun a major effort to reconnect and communicate with our alumni. We want our alumni to know how great their university is doing, the opportunities they have as alumni and the importance of their involvement in their alma mater. The alumni relations office has worked very hard with the advancement services staff to update the database to ensure we can make contact with our alumni. We have met with many alumni around the country as part of our efforts to reach out and touch past students who have not communicated with their alma mater for many years. Alumni relations and university relations are looking at better ways to communicate with our alumni more often, including a redesign of the Alumnus newsletter and valuable website additions. We will be developing a survey to ask our alumni for their ideas and opinions of how UAF is doing. Alumni have been invited to participate in various university councils and committees such as the Strategic Planning Group and the Chancellor's Board of Visitors. The alumni office is looking at new alumni events and activities to increase the value and involvement of our alumni in UAF.

As UAF and the Alumni Association begin this new chapter, we will be working diligently together to make sure our alumni and friends are involved and connected with their alma mater.

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