September 16, 2005


UAF Chancellor Steve Jones will speak about his vision for UAF at the 2005 fall Convocation Sept. 29 from 1-2 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. An ice cream social, sponsored by Auxiliary and Business Services, will take place at 12:15 p.m., right outside the auditorium. The convocation will be available via webcast at  . For more information contact Sharon Burke at 7587.

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The Patty Ice Arena is undergoing improvements throughout the year including four new locker rooms, a referee dressing room, new dasher boards and plastic shields, new flooring, dehumidification and water filtration systems. The schedule for recreational skating is at

The retaining wall in front of Butrovich Building is being replaced. This project is expected to last approximately two weeks. Parking in the front of the building will be limited during this construction project. For more information contact Cheri Renson at 5903.

For Your Information

President Hamilton appointed Ted Kassier as senior associate vice president for academic affairs at statewide effective Aug. 15. Kassier previously served as UAA provost and will remain in Anchorage.

Be aware of possible relief donation scams related to the recent tragedy in the Gulf Coast states. If you think you have received a scam e-mail or phone call, contact the UAF Police at 6200 or visit, or

Information about UAF institutional identity, including Chancellor Jones' April memo on the subject, is available online. Download logo files; find information on trademark issues, AA/EO and accreditation statements; and review the web guidelines and an editorial style guide at

The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to become golden heart greeters for the 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives convention being held in Fairbanks Oct. 17-22. Greeters will meet visitors and answer questions. Training will be provided. For more information or to volunteer call 451-1734.

The 2005 UAF Alumni Association Reunion Nanook Traditions: All Fired Up takes place Sept. 29-Oct. 1. This year's distinguished alumnus is William Benitz, 1973. Edward Thomas, 1973, and Elaine Woodruff, 1969, received the Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence; Billie Blanchard, 1989 and 1995, and Charlie Dexter, 1977 and 1983, received Community Service Awards; Scott McCrea, 1994, and Rick Caulfield, 1986, received the University Service Award; and Cathy Persinger, 1979, received the William R. Cashen Service Award. The awards will be presented at a luncheon Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. For more information on reunion activities contact the alumni association at 7081 or

The UAF Police Department would like to remind motorists to observe speed limits approaching the roundabout intersection. Roundabout intersections in the U.S. always flow counterclockwise. Drivers are asked to slow down and yield to traffic already in the circle, turn right and use signals when exiting.

Digital Photographic Services, the library photo lab, has two new services available to the campus community. The lab offers reduced pricing for digital files from slides for Power Point and web presentations and poster printing for poster sessions. For more information call 6344.

Keith Martin was recently hired as the director of technology and engineering at KUAC.

TVC's Culinary Arts Cafe at the Hutchison Institute of Technology is now open for lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Check out the cafe's menu at

Scientists at UAF use the bi-camera observation blimp, commonly referred to as BOB, to take aerial photographs for research purposes. Read about the exploits of BOB in the latest online feature story at

Herb Morgan, Facilities Services manager of custodial services, is retiring after 31 years of service to the university. John Renfro will be interim manager and can be reached at extensions 6772 or 1180.


Poet Robert Wrigley and author Kim Barnes will read from their works Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. A book signing and question/answer session will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase with cash or check only. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 7193.

The Equinox Marathon takes place Sept. 17 with the start at 8 a.m. in the field next to the SRC. For more information contact 452-8351 or

ARSC is hosting Discovery Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the ARSC Discovery Lab with a lecture on general topics followed by open lab time until 7 p.m. The next Discovery Tuesday is Sept. 20. ARSC specialists will be on hand during this time to help users get started in the lab. For more information visit

Chancellor Jones is hosting a women's luncheon sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women, the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Women's Center, Sept. 22 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact Sheri Layral at 7964.

The Far North Conservation Film Festival takes place Sept. 23-24 at 7 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. A children's show featuring Farmer Jason takes place Sept. 24 from 3-5 p.m. For more information visit

Student Activities presents Jason Ringenberg in concert Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. in The Pub. You must be 21 to attend. For more information about Ringenberg visit

Tara Maginnis, theatre department, presents a wearable art exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery Sept. 26-Oct. 7.

Starvation Gulch activities include the Bust-A-Gut comedy show, sponsored by the Student Activities office, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the American Red Cross to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The bonfires will Oct. 1 burn from 10 p.m.-midnight in the Taku parking lot.

Grants and Awards

Sandra Boatwright, INE, was chosen as the first recipient of the National Council of University Research Administrators National Meeting Travel Award. Boatwright will attend the NCURA national meeting in Washington, D.C. Oct. 30-Nov. 3.

The 2005-2006 ARSC Postdoctoral Fellows include John Chappelow from UAF. Each fellow will receive a three-year term appointment and access to ARSC's state-of-the-art computational resources. For more information and names of other fellowship recipients contact Jenn Wagaman at 8662 or or visit


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Pavla Havlova was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Runner of the Week for her winning performance at the second annual Interior Invitational at Birch Hill in Fairbanks Sept. 3. Havlova set a new course record Sept. 10 at the Lynx Invitational held at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

The Nanook volleyball team takes on Seattle University Sept. 17 and Western Oregon Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Patty Center. For more information call 5977 or visit

Nanook hockey kicks off the season with the annual Blue/Gold Scrimmage Oct. 1 at the Patty Center. For more information visit

The UAF Tip Off Club and the UAF basketball program have created a relief fund to aid Armon Whitaker, Nanook basketball player from 2000-2002, and his family who were victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank.


Oct. 7, 2005: Faculty and staff submissions for the Technology Advisory Board competitions for innovative technology and education and departmental/specific-use lab support are due to department head offices. For more information visit

Oct. 14, 2005: Student submissions for the Technology Advisory Board competitions for innovative technology and education and departmental/specific-use lab support are due to ASUAF. For more information visit

Oct. 15, 2005: Applications for Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program are due. Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded, with $2,500 available for the fields of astronomy and vision. For more information visit

Nov. 1, 2005: All proposal materials for the Angus Gavin Migratory Bird Research Grant 2006 field season are due. All UA faculty and graduate students may submit proposals for the grant. For more information visit

Nov. 7, 2005: Application materials for the Harold T. Craven professorship are due. UA faculty in business and finance may apply. For more information visit


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Judge for Yourself

My summer reading included Declining by Degree: Higher Education at Risk, a provocative critique of U.S. higher education edited by Richard Hersh and John Merrow. Vartan Gregorian, former president of Brown University and currently president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, begins his chapter in the book with a line from Richard Sheridan's play, The Critic. Sheridan wrote, "The number of those who go through the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed."

It seems to me that is an excellent thought to ponder as we begin a new academic year. Students need to remember that they're here to learn, not to memorize. Faculty need to remember that assisting students to develop critical thinking is more important than "covering the material." Administrators need to remember that organizational convenience is not the principal consideration upon which we should base policy and procedure.

My point is that those of us within academia--the bastion of independent thought--are indeed susceptible to lazy thinking and uncritical adoption of someone else's ideas or practices. As we begin this semester, let's each take a moment of reflection to rededicate ourselves to the development of the mind, collegial discussion and debate, and the exercise of critical thought.

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