May 13, 2005
Art Buswell, former UA administrator and agriculture professor, died May 4 at the age of 83. Buswell gave 20 years of service to UA and continued to volunteer with the UAF College of Fellows, Friends of the Museum and the UA Foundation Board of Trustees.
The School of Education received national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) following a site visit last fall and review by the Unit Accreditation Board at its meeting in March.
Renovations to the UA Museum of the North's Gallery of Alaska are complete. The museum will reopen to visitors May 14 from 9 a.m--7 p.m. daily through Sept. 30. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/museum/.
TVC offered classes this spring on Arabic language, customs and culture to soldiers at Ft. Wainwright who will be deployed to Iraq. Check out more information in the online newsroom at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/05/arabic/.
The Strategic Planning Committee is asking for feedback from stakeholders for the development of a SWOT analysis. Please visit www.uaf.edu/strategic/ and respond to a short list of questions.
UAF's north campus area is ready for use this summer under the 2004 adopted management plan. Please be aware of sensitive areas for wildlife and research. Watch for posted guidelines, contact information and maps at trail heads. For more information about use of the trails contact Luke Hopkins at 2648 or visit www.uaf.edu/mastplan/northcampus/.
The Alaska and Polar Regions Collections of the Rasmuson Library were recently accepted as a member of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress. Members serve as repositories for congressional archival papers and offer public programs related to the holdings.
Marilyn Smith, UAF senior and student support services participant, attended a two-day TRIO Senate Briefing in April in Washington D.C. For more information about SSS and TRIO visit www.uaf.edu/sssp/.
Wood Center summer hours from May 16--Aug. 27 are Monday--Friday 7:30 a.m.--5:30 p.m., closed on Saturday and Sunday, as well as on holidays.
The Deck cyber cafe, a collaboration between Summer Sessions and Dining Services, opens May 21--Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. --7 p.m. in the upper Lola Tilly Commons. The cafe will feature North Pole coffee, a casual menu, wireless access, board games, community information and more. For more information contact Ashlyn at 7021.
Most campus offices will be closed May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
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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.
The Staff Appreciation Day Ice Cream Social and Carolyn Sampson Memorial Scholarship Raffle will be May 13 from noon--2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge.
UAF's 83rd graduation ceremony will be held at the Carlson Center May 15. The procession will begin at 1:20 p.m. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/commencement/.
Outdoor Days, coordinated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management, takes place on campus May 17--19 for sixth grade classes from local schools. Students will participate in hands-on lessons and games in biology, geology, archeology, recreation and natural resource management.
Help LARS celebrate the birth of the new spring calves May 21 from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. Visitors will get close-up look at caribou, reindeer and muskoxen mothers with their babies. A free shuttle will provide rides from Taku parking lot.
The Georgeson Botanical Garden's annual spring plant sale will be May 21 from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. For more information call Jan Hanscom at 6921.
The 11th annual campus flower planting, sponsored by the College of Fellows, starts at 9 a.m. May 25. Bring gardening gloves and tools, and join other volunteers in planting flowers around campus. For more information call 6631 or visit www.uaf.edu/giving/.
The Office of Electronic Miniaturization is hosting a Microsensor Systems Program Management Review conference June 1--2 at the Westmark hotel. For more information call 2013.
The Nanook Scholarship Golf Scramble, sponsored by the IBEW Local 1547, takes place June 3. The scramble is one of the most important annual fund-raising events for the Department of Athletics. For more information or to register to play, call 6814.
The UA Museum of the North's seventh annual TOTE Family Fun Fest takes place June 12 from 1--5 p.m. in the big top tent behind the museum with a scavenger hunt in the Gallery of Alaska. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 7--17 and free for kids six and under. For more information call 7505.
KUAC volunteers log in nearly 4,500 hours per year. With a volunteer estimated hourly wage at $17.19, this equates to a gift of time with an actual dollar amount of more than $77,000.
Toby Stoeber, sophomore accounting major, was selected as the Emerging Leader Scholarship recipient for the spring 2005 semester. Stoeber juggles his student responsibilities with work as a student assistant in the Provost's Office, being a member of the Honors Program and treasurer for the Associated Students of Business organization.
Sine Anahita, CLA, received one of five grants awarded by the Midwest Sociological Society's Scholarship Development Committee to support her research on "Scientific Imperialism and the Commodification of the Aurora Borealis."
John Craven, GI and CNSM, along with Miguel Larsen of Clemson University, were awarded more than $1.3 million from NASA for their proposal "HEX 2: Investigations of Mesoscale Drivers for Vertical and Horizontal Winds in the High-Latitude Lower Thermosphere." They will launch four rockets from the Poker Flat Research Range in early 2007.
Rural Student Services has recognized four UAF employees for their efforts in making UAF an educational center for Alaska Natives: Kelly Drew, IAB and CNSM; Sue Hills, INBRE; Jann Laiti, SOE; and Libby Eddy, Admissions.
Quinn Reinhard and Matt Reinhard, third and first grade students at Anne Wien Elementary, won the UAF Athletics Good Sports poster contest.
The BP Top of the World Classic field is nearly set. Six teams have been chosen to participate so far: UAF, Southern Mississippi, San Diego State, Montana State, Illinois-Chicago and Kennesaw State. Two more teams will round out the field of eight to play in the classic in November.
UAF swimming added recruits Samantha Zinsli of Kennewick, Wash. and Rebecca George of Mukilteo, Wash. to bring the total to seven joining the Nanooks next season.
Practice Makes Perfect
Universities across the country, including UAF, have been forced to deal with the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and conventional terrorism. The best way to be prepared for these types of emergency situations is to anticipate them and make sure all emergency responders are able to perform in times of crisis. Earlier this year, the University Fire and UAF Police Departments participated in a three-day exercise with the 103rd Civil Support Team out of Fort Richardson, allowing both departments to train in responding to the unlikely event of terrorist activity on campus.
As part of this training, university fire and police departments, along with the civil support team, responded to a hypothetical incident on campus where two labs used to manufacture dangerous chemical agents had been "found" in an abandoned building. UAF was able to practice responding to this type of event and learn how to cooperate with state and federal agencies for any future emergencies.
This summer, UAF will participate in another large-scale training exercise taking place in various locations throughout the state. The Aug. 18 drill, in cooperation with the 101st Civil Support Team from Idaho, will require responses from university fire and police, include a full day of mock events and victims, and necessitate multiple types of emergency response. In order to make this as realistic as possible, the University Fire and UAF Police Departments request that as many administrators as possible note this date and plan to be on campus to participate. In addition, there will be a discussion following the exercise for administrators to answer questions regarding crisis recovery plans and improvements for the future.
These exercises are a great opportunity for UAF. The fire and police departments' regular participation in realistic hands-on training helps all involved to do the best possible job in responding to any type of real emergency. With campus-wide events, deans, directors and university administration also get an opportunity to practice an effective response if it ever becomes necessary. Only by rehearsing and making decisions during simulated disasters will UAF be ready for the real thing.
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