March 4, 2005

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The UA Museum of the North is closed to visitors through April 28 to accommodate renovations to the Gallery of Alaska. Administrative and curatorial offices will remain open. For more information call 7505.

For Your Information

The Board of Regents met Feb. 16-17 in Juneau. The board approved the addition of a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering at UAF, an increase in total project costs for the UA Museum of the North expansion and the schematic design for the UAF utilities central chiller project. The regents next meet April 13-14 in Bethel.

Meet 2004 Olympic medalists and UAF alumni Matt Emmons and Dan Jordan at a dinner to benefit the Nanook rifle team! Meet the athletes March 22 at 6-6:45 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. in the Westmark Hotel Gold Room. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door and may be purchased at the Patty Center ticket office or by calling 5977.

Cooperative Extension Service is celebrating 75 years of providing education to Alaskans with events at offices throughout the state. CES provides informal education services to more than 60,000 Alaskans annually through offices, workshops, seminars, personal consultations and publications.

The UA College Savings Plan sponsored the Jr. Iditarod and awarded $11,000 in scholarships to finishers of the race, which will be invested in the College Savings Plan accounts. The first place finisher received $5,000, second place $2,500 and third place $1,500. Other awards included $1,000 each for sportsmanship and humanitarianism.

The twelfth annual Science Potpourri, the CNSM open house, is being held April 9 in the Natural Sciences Facility. If you would like to participate by offering hands-on science activities for kids contact Marlys at 6287 or Jeff at 7010.

TVC is offering classes on Arabic language, customs and culture to soldiers at Ft. Wainwright who may be deployed to Iraq this year. The three-credit class covers many topics including greetings and courtesy expressions and how to converse with the enemy if captured.

Gordon Kruse, SFOS, was recently elected chair of the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

The social work department has been accepted as one of 10 programs to participate in the Curriculum Development Institutes for the National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.

The Faculty Senate has distributed a survey of faculty work life to all full-time faculty. The senate is researching faculty satisfaction with the quality of work life at UAF and is asking faculty to complete and return the surveys quickly. For more information or if you have questions about the survey contact Carol Gold at 6509 or Jane Weber at 5356.

The UAF Women's Center is asking for volunteers to help staff tables in Wood Center throughout March for Women's History Month. For more information or to volunteer call the center at 6360.

SFOS researchers Bodil Bluhm, Russ Hopcroft, Rolf Gradinger, Katrin Iken, Gerry Plumley and Terry Whitledge, along with graduate students Casey Debenham and Sang Lee, are all lead or co-authors of research results published in the February 2005 issue of the journal Polar Biology.

Gerhard Kramm, GI, joined the editorial board of the Journal of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.

The Power and Pride from Within employee campaign for 2005 runs through March. Last year more than 19 percent of employees gave a gift to benefit UAF for a total of more than $150,000.

The TVC Golden Heart Academy, a two-day customer service training program, will be held March 16-17, with future programs dates in April and May.

The UAF Staff Council and the city of North Pole are sponsoring UAF Day at North Pole April 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the North Pole Plaza Mall. Departments interested in participating should contact Scott McCrea at 2857 or

The UA Office of Public Affairs has new phone numbers. The main office number is 8100 and the fax number is 8101. Personnel in the office also have new phone numbers. Look them up at

UAF parking services is now offering bicycle locker rentals. Lockers are located on West Ridge by IARC and at the Gruening Building. Rates are $9 per month or $100 annually with a $50 key deposit required. For more information call 2749, e-mail or stop by 111 Eielson.

Nicole Molders, GI, wrote several chapters recently published in Coupled Models for the Hydrological Cycle.

The last day for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawal, where a W appears on the academic record, is March 21.


The IAB Life Sciences Seminar Series presents "Adaptive Divergence Across Altitudinal Gradients in Deer Mice" by Jay Storz, San Francisco State University, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. in 214 Elvey. For more information call 7640.

Marvilla Davis and Friends present a vocal music recital March 6 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information call 7555.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of Invest in Yourself workshops including: Test Taking, March 8 and Time Management, March 10. All workshops will be held at 1 p.m. in Gruening 409. For more information call 6396.

The UA Museum of the North presents 'Raven's Tails and Polar Bears," a free lecture by Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Park Bear Gallery. The 2005 chocolate bash, Sparkle and Shine: A Chocolate Skyline, takes place April 2 at the TVC Center, 604 Barnette Street. Tickets are $50 and you must be 21 to attend. For more information call 7505.

The UAF Career Expo 2005 will be held March 23-24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Wood Center.

Grants and Awards

CES's spelling team, the Superior Hardwords, sponsored by Superior Hardwoods, won the Literacy Council of Alaska's 2005 Biz Bee spelling contest and fund-raiser.

Key Bank gave $52,500 to fund workforce development scholarships; upgrade training equipment in emergency services, health, business and information technology programs at TVC; and to provide funding for the scholarship office within the Office of Financial Aid.

People's Endowment grants were awarded to Jaunelle Celaire, CLA, $3,000; Yoko Collier-Sanuki, CLA, $2,500; Coral Howe, LARS, $3,500; and Thomas Walker, ASUAF, $3,500.


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Nanook hockey takes on UAA in the final series of the Governor's Cup March 4-5 at 7 p.m. in the Carlson Center.

UAF women's basketball faces Central Washington University March 5 at 3 p.m. in Patty gym.


March 4, 2005: Submissions for the Technology Advisory Board competitions for innovative technology and education, and departmental/specific-use lab support are due.

March 10, 2005: Nominations for the 2005 Make Students Count Awards are due to the UAF governance office. For more information call 7964.

March 11, 2005: The deadline for commencement faculty robe rental is March 11. If purchasing a gown, do so now as it takes approximately eight weeks to tailor custom regalia. Commencement is May 15. For more information contact Jennifer Vetsch at or 6212.

March 11, 2005: Entries for the English department writing contests are due. For more information contact 7197 or

March 25, 2005: Applications for iTeach 2005 are due. The one-week seminar takes place May 23-27.

April 11, 2005: Proposals for the 2005 Geist Fund are due. For more information contact Daniel Odess at 6945 or


campus insights

Community Engagement

Is UAF involved in the community? Yes. As a land grant university we have a three-part mission: teaching, research and public service. The teaching and research parts are fairly easy to identify. Public service, or community engagement, may be a little less evident because it's conducted in so many different ways. Our university is engaged in the community every day, in many areas from the sciences to the arts.

There are many formal engagement programs at UAF whose mission is outreach and community engagement. Cooperative Extension Service has faculty and staff providing education on a myriad of subjects including master gardening, safe food preparation, 4-H activities and home building energy conservation. The Marine Advisory Program is involved in fisheries and ocean monitoring, and recently assisted with response to the oil spill in Scan Bay. These programs are engaging the state community with their offices throughout Alaska.

Nearly every UAF unit is involved in outreach as part of their mission, and many of the engagement activities include involvement with area schools. Hundreds of school kids tour the exhibits at the UA Museum of the North each year. UAF scientists visit local schools and engage budding scientists in research programs. Brian Barnes and the super-cooled ground squirrels make quite an impression. Many of our faculty and staff assist with the science fairs in the schools, and history week provides middle and high school students a means to showcase their work. These activities are just a small sampling of our K-12 outreach.

Through the Geophysical Institute's "Science for Alaska" lecture series Alaskans in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau fill lecture halls to learn more about research across the state. The public enjoys art exhibits, concerts, theater productions and world-class intercollegiate athletic competitions put on by UAF. Our computer science and business students and faculty solve problems for local businesses and organizations.

UAF is engaged, and we are looking at more opportunities to increase our engagement. We want to partner with communities to identify issues, assist in solving these issues and learn from each other as we find solutions. Community engagement will help ensure that both campus and community are stronger.

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