November 11, 2005


The UA Board of Regents unanimously approved the UA budget request for the FY07 fiscal year. The operating budget totals $790 million, a 10.6 percent increase from FY06, and the capital budget totals $331 million. The board adopted a two-tiered capital budget, singling out the highest priority needs for maintaining existing facilities and equipment at $98.3 million as most important, with new construction and other capital initiatives as the next priority. The board also approved seeking a current year supplemental appropriation for $3.3 million due to high fuel costs and $15.4 million for unfunded Public Employee Retirement System liability. The regents next meet Dec. 7-8 in Anchorage. For more information visit

The Strategic Planning Committee is soliciting comments on the draft Strategic Plan 2010 through Nov. 28. The final plan is expected to be forwarded to Chancellor Jones Dec. 15. For more information visit

For Your Information

Martin Jeffries, GI, has been appointed director of the UAF Office for International Polar Year Education and Outreach. IPY will be 2007-2008. For more information on IPY visit

The University Chorus, directed by Jaunelle Celaire, CLA, has been accepted to participate in the Carnegie Hall Concert Residency Program in April 2006.

Facilities Services asks that you call 7000 for all work requests. Calling the shops directly may cause delays in response time.

Scientists collected roughly 4,500 samples from migratory wildfowl this summer as part of a project at IAB to assess the likelihood that the H5N1 Asian flu virus is present in Alaska. Read about their findings in the latest UAF online feature story at

Larry Hinzman, WERC, was lead author on a paper discussing Arctic climate change and its effect on nearly every aspect of life in the North published in the October issue of the journal Climatic Change. The paper is the result of decades of research by dozens of scientists in multiple disciplines.

Robert Briggs has joined CDE as a visiting senior researcher for the 2005-2006 academic year.

Bering Strait Neighbors, an exhibit of drawings by Chukchi and Yup'ik children from Chukotka, is on display in Rasmuson Library, on the main floor by the reference desk. The exhibit includes Chukotkan walrus tusk engravings and other artifacts on loan from Patty Gray, CLA, and the UA Museum of the North.

Shann Paul Jones, TVC, was invited to present Joining Physics and Phys. Ed. Through Fly Casting at the Alaska Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Dance annual convention Nov. 11-12 in Anchorage.

Larry Roberts, CRCD, received national certification as a prior learning assessor.

CRCD's Rural Human Services program was recognized as one of 10 Effective Practices and Models in Communities of Color by the First Nations Behavioral Health Association.

The Financial Aid Office announces the availability of scholarships for students planning to attend any UAF campus during the 2006-2007 academic year. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2006. For more information visit

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The UA Museum of the North's store is holding a holiday sale Nov. 25-Dec. 24. Alaska Native baskets will be 20 percent off and all other merchandise, including books and jewelry, will be 10 percent off.

Registration and fee payment for spring 2006 begin Nov. 21. For information visit after Nov. 14.

Most UAF offices will be closed Nov. 24-25 in observance of Thanksgiving.


The Office of Information Technology is hosting an open house in the Bunnell 319 multimedia lab Nov. 11 from 1-4 p.m. The lab is open to all students, staff and faculty and has high performance machines for video editing, animation and digital work. For more information contact 5292 or

The IAB Life Sciences Seminar Series presents "Diabetes in Alaska Native People: Changing Environment, Changing Health" by Julien Naylor, Alaska Area Diabetes Program, Nov. 11; and "The Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) of Chickens and Other Birds" by Sandra Ewald, Auburn University, Nov. 18, both at 3:30 p.m. in Elvey 214. For more information visit

The UA Museum of the North's Military Appreciation Day takes place Nov. 12 from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free. Come explore the galleries, visit with Alaska Native artists and enjoy hands-on activities for kids. For more information call 7505.

The Alaska Chamber Players present a fall recital Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

International Education Week takes place Nov. 14-19. Student Activities is sponsoring events including the American Museum of Natural History's Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival Nov. 14-19 at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom, co-sponsored by the UA Museum of the North. Admission is $2 with a Polar Express Card and $5 general admission. For more information about this and other events visit

The UAF Staff Council is hosting a public meeting Nov. 16 at 8:45 a.m. in Wood Center Conference Rooms C and D. For more information call 6590.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of Invest in Yourself workshops including Career Choices Nov. 17 in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit

Karen Gustafson, Jane Aspnes and James Bicigo, all CLA, present a faculty recital Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

Think snow! UAF Trails Day has been rescheduled for December 3. Join Outdoor Adventures for free lessons and ski rentals and enjoy the UAF trails. For more information contact 6027 or, or visit

The Darwin Society and the Socratic Society are co-sponsors of the lecture "Faith and Reason: The Two Wings of Knowledge by Which the Intellect Ascends" by Glenn Juday, SNRAS, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information visit

Grants and Awards

TVC has received a partnership grant for $1.99 million over three years from the U.S. Department of Labor to strengthen training in Interior Alaska's energy, construction, mining and power generation industries. Partners include the Fairbanks school district, Operating Engineers Local 302, the Interior Alaska Regional Council and the Alaska Job Center.

Siemens Building Technologies donated $22,000 in support of the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program.

TVC received $122,000 from the Alaska Department of Labor to develop a Perkins Postsecondary Career-Technical Education Strategic Plan for 2006-2009.

Daniel Odess, UA Museum of the North, was awarded $163,000 to support the conservation and archival rehousing of the museum's archaeological collection from Saint Lawrence Island by the Save America's Treasures program.

John Haines, CLA, received the first Wilderness Writing Award from the WILD Foundation for his work relating to wild nature, the environment and the land at the 8th World Wilderness Congress held Sept. 30-Oct. 6 in Anchorage.

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The 10th annual BP Top of the World Classic takes place Nov. 17-20 at the Carlson Center. Teams this year include UAF, Southern Mississippi, San Diego State, Montana State, Illinois-Chicago, Kennesaw State, Lamar University and the University of Denver. For more information visit

Nanook hockey faces off with Northern Michigan Nov. 25-26 at 7 p.m. in the Carlson Center.

The UAF swim team finished third at the Pacific Invitational Oct. 28-29 in Stockton, Calif. The team's next meet is Nov. 17 at the Speedo Cup in Long Beach, Calif. For more information visit


Dec. 1, 2005: Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due. For more information visit

Dec. 1, 2005: Applications for graduation with leadership honors are due for December graduation. For more information visit

campus insights

Community Driven Education

According to the 2005 UA in Review, the College of Rural and Community Development accounts for 57 percent of the head count for UAF. This is the highest percent of students from community campuses for any of the MAU's. UAS community campuses account for 37 percent of its head count and UAA's community campuses account for 28 percent of its head count. Of the 57 percent in CRCD, roughly half the head count is provided by the community campuses outside of Fairbanks, CRCD Fairbanks-based programs and an increasing number through the Center for Distance Education. TVC accounts for the remaining half.

CRCD students come from all areas of the state. It is not uncommon for our Kotzebue-based faculty to teach students from Barrow to Unalaska and Tok to Hooper Bay. An increasing number of faculty are taking advantage of the newest technology in offering courses statewide, and in some cases worldwide, through the Center for Distance Education. CRCD is committed to "service at the point of need." No matter where our students are located, they deserve the best quality services.

Not all CRCD campuses have the same program offerings, so it is our challenge to assure that students have many learning opportunities, both credit and noncredit, available to them based on their interests and workforce needs. CRCD works with TVC, UAS and UAA campuses to outsource as many programs as is feasible. Some of the programs we successfully outsourced include Health Care Reimbursement, Certified Nursing Assistant, Auto/Diesel Technology, and Nursing and Process Technology. It takes cooperative agreements and dedication by directors, faculty and staff within CRCD, and across the MAU's, to provide a "community driven" education to many parts of the state.

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