April 14, 2006


Joanna Burger, Rutgers University distinguished professor and noted biologist, is the keynote speaker for UAF's 84th commencement ceremony May 14. Burger will also receive an honorary degree. The late Nicholas John Shackleton will receive a posthumous honorary degree. Charles Gray, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner publisher emeritus, will receive a Meritorious Service Award, one of only eight people to receive this honor in UAF's history.

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Two teams of UAF undergraduate math students were given meritorious ratings, the second highest possible, in the 2006 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. UAF's teams placed in the top 20 percent. There were 970 teams competing; 15 received the highest rating and 170 received the meritorious rating.

The Yukon-Koyukuk Center of the CRCD Interior-Aleutians Campus partnered with the city of Galena, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ABS Alaskan to use leftover solar panels and batteries from decommissioned radio sites to generate power for UAF's Galena facility. The panels generate 440 watts of power in full sunlight, and the batteries hold enough power to sustain the lights and furnace for 48 hours of continuous use.

Roxie Dinstel, Julie Cascio and Sonja Koukel, CES, conducted research for a $400,000 USDA study on the nutritional properties of indigenous foods in Alaska. The results confirmed that wild Alaska blueberries and lingonberries have significantly higher levels of antioxidants than commercially grown Lower 48 berries and they retain these levels even after processing into products such as jam or fruit leather.

David Bunzow, Office of Electronic Miniaturization, authored two papers selected for publication in the Fire Protection and Fire Engineers' Journal, a European journal on fire safety.

Dorli McWayne, CLA, has joined the UAF Summer Music Academy administrative team as artistic director. The academy takes place June 17-30 and is open to students in grades 6-12. For more information contact the music department at 7555.

Read how undergraduate research projects help students develop in remarkable ways in the latest UAF online feature story at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/06/snras/.

The UAF Summer Research Academy is offering students in grades 8-12 a chance to live in Denali National Park July 17-28 and explore the Denali Fault Line, site of the 2002 magnitude 7.9 earthquake. Students will test and install instruments to record the earth's vibrations and interpret the data as part of the academy's geophysics module. For more information contact Jeff Drake at 7010 or Sonja Bickford at 6714.

Alaska Sea Grant has published a guide to responsible marine wildlife viewing in the second issue of Alaska Seas and Coasts. You can find the publication online at www.uaf.edu/seagrant/bookstore/seasandcoasts/.

University Relations has developed a new PowerPoint traveling slide show for staff and faculty traveling to other institutions who want to present an overview of UAF. The show summarizes the history and strengths of America's Arctic University. For more information call 7581.

The UA Museum of the North's Museum Café is now open. The café offers espresso drinks, baked goods, sandwiches, salads and sushi weekdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday from noon-4 p.m.

The 9th annual Scholarship and Award Breakfast was held April 11 to recognize scholarship recipients and donors.

The last day of instruction for the 2006 spring semester is May 5. Final exams take place May 8-11.


The Resource Management Society, a UAF student group, presents a panel discussion with the five major declared Alaska gubernatorial candidates April 17 from 7:15-8:15 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

The UAF Northern Region Geriatric Education Center presents Healthy Paths to Successful Aging: The Psychology of Aging, a geriatric behavioral health care conference, April 19 at 8:30 a.m. in the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital McGown Room. Admission is $20 for general public, $5 for seniors, students and staff of sponsoring agencies. To register call the social work department at 7230. For more information call the NRGEC at 456-1380.

The UA Museum of the North presents a lecture, "Avian Influenza in Alaska," by Curator of Birds Kevin Winker April 20 at 7 p.m. The museum is also hosting the special exhibit A New Sense of Wonder through April 30. The exhibit features recent artwork from the Sense of Wonder artist-donors, with Kesler Woodward reprising his role as guest curator.

The UAF Financial Aid Office is hosting I'm Going to College April 21, a program that introduces children from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds to college preparation and financial aid programs to help them attend college. Participants will attend campus orientation and classes, meet with student athletes and enjoy lunch in the Lola Tilly Commons.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting the Invest in Yourself workshop Creating a Four-Year Plan April 20 in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/advising/.

The UAF Women's Center invites you to participate in the 2006 Take Back the Night march, sponsored by the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, April 21 at 7 p.m. starting at 726 26th Ave. For more information call Kate at 452-2293.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring spring semester and summer trips including Spring Migration Paddles II and III April 23 and 28, Denali Mountain Bike trip April 29 and Rock Climbing April 30. For more information call 6027 or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

The Festival of Native Arts presents the Kahurangi Maori Dance Theatre of New Zealand April 24-25 at 7 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 with a UA id and $15 for children. Proceeds will benefit the 2007 festival.

SpringFest 2006 is April 27-29. Several activities will take place including a kickoff barbecue at Wood Center Plaza April 27 at noon; SpringFest service, an on-campus community service opportunity at 9:30 a.m. and the mud volleyball tournament at noon April 28; and the SpringFest field day April 29 at 2 p.m. For more information and a list of activities visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

Lillian Corti, CLA, presents "The Witchcraze and the Holocaust in I Tituba, Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Conde," the final talk of the Department of English Research Colloquium Series, April 27 from 1-2 p.m. in Gruening 405. Corti also presented the paper at the American Comparative Literature Association's annual conference in March.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Japanese studies program present Water Boys, a free Japanese movie with English subtitles April 27 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information call 7393.

The 31st annual Alaska Future Farmers of American State Conference, Alaska's premier conference for youth in agriculture and natural resource education, hosted by SNRAS, takes place April 26-29, with participants on campus April 28-29. For more information call Priscilla Rice at 6916 or visit www.alaskaffa.org.

The Interior Alaska Youth in Transition Project presents Disability Services in Alaska: A Parent Academy April 29 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the TVC Center. Parents will be able to talk with more than 30 agencies and organizations as well as attend workshops throughout the day. For more information contact Laura Vines at 451-5904.

The Fairbanks Choral Arts Orchestra present Brahms' Requiem April 29 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 adults and $5 students, seniors and military.

The UA Museum of the North presents the opening of the Rose Berry Art Gallery May 1. The gallery will interpret art as an expression of the Alaska experience.


April 17, 2006: Faculty and staff authors who published a book between March 1, 2005 and March 1, 2006 are invited to submit them for the 2006 Authors' Reception, hosted by Chancellor Jones and the Rasmuson Library, to be held April 28 at 4 p.m. on level six of the library. For more information and submission guidelines call 7224.

April 21, 2006: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff Council Achievement Award are due. For more information call 7056 or e-mail fystaff@uaf.edu.

April 21, 2006: Nominations for the 2005-2006 Feist/Schamel Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/advising/.

April 24, 2006: Nominations for the Chancellor's Staff and Supervisory Recognition awards are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staff/chancellor-recognition/.

May 12, 2006: Nominations for Staff Council president-elect are due. For more information call 7506 or e-mail fystaff@uaf.edu.


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Accreditation Again?

It seems like it was just yesterday when we took a collective deep breath and then celebrated UAF's reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. However, accreditation is not an act, it is a process--a process of continuous improvement. Part of that process is an "interim report" required of each institution at the halfway point of the ten-year period between full-scale reviews. We will reach that point next fall, and we have begun preparing our interim report.

A committee of nine faculty, staff and administrators, under the chairmanship of Godwin Chukwu, has set up six working groups to address the nine accreditation standards and the eight recommendations from our last full-scale review. We will be examining our progress on the recommendations as well as other significant changes at UAF since 2001. The committee's work for this semester is focused on gathering the necessary information and producing a detailed outline for each section of the report. The report will be drafted over the summer, and a version for review by the entire UAF community will be available by late August. After comments and suggestions have been addressed, a final report will be submitted to the commission approximately a month before a site visit scheduled for mid-to late-October.

I look forward to seeing how we think we've done in addressing the issues, ranging from outcomes assessment to faculty compensation, raised in the full scale review. I hope each of you share my interest. I encourage all of you to review drafts of the report as they become available and to apprise the committee of your views about UAF's progress and remaining challenges.

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