February 3, 2006


The Creating Alaska Symposium celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Constitutional Convention Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. The symposium is free and open to the public.

KUAC TV premieres The 49th Star, a documentary about the Alaska Constitution and the statehood campaign Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

A study by the McDowell Group shows that nine out of 10 Alaskan parents of school-age children say they would encourage their kids to attend a UA college. Also, the majority of Alaska residents believe state funding for UA should be increased. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/pres/.

The UA College Savings Plan recently hit the $2 billion mark in assets held in trust for college-bound students. For more information about the plan and investing for college visit www.uacollegesavings.com.

UAF ROTC cadets Christopher Eby, Jessie Janes, Linda Tomisser, Kevin Wehner and Erik Peterson were selected as distinguished military graduates for the 2005-2006 academic year. They were ranked in the top 20 percent of the nation's young military leaders.

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Contractors are installing a new fire sprinkler and fire alarm system in the Irving I Building. The project is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 1.

For Your Information

Lee Haugen, CRCD, has been named director of the Northwest Campus in Nome. Haugen has served as a faculty member at UAF for 20 years.

David Lentz Jr. has accepted the position of extension 4-H/land resources agent for CES in Juneau.

Hans Nielsen, GI, and graduate student Takashi Kammae participated in the NASA hypervelocity re-entry campaign for the Stardust sample return capsule Jan. 15. They monitored the capsule's ablative heat shield during re-entry.

Rich Siefert, CES, was a featured guest on Alaska Public Radio's Talk of Alaska in January. Siefert discussed energy-related topics. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/ces/absn.html.

The UAF and UArctic Office for International Polar Year Education and Outreach has a new website. Check it out at www.uaf.edu/ipy/.

TVC's Center for Professional Development and Continuing Education is offering a variety of community interest and professional development courses during the spring 2006 semester. Check out the courses offered online at www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/Prodev/.

The Office of Admissions thanks all the UAF faculty members who welcomed visiting students to their classrooms and met with them personally for their contribution to UAF's recruiting efforts.

Rasmuson Library is hosting a display for Black History Month showcasing the civil rights movement, important court cases and famous African Americans. The display is located on the fourth floor and will remain through the end of February.

Campus Massage is offering massage therapy as part of the UAF LIFE program, including Swedish, deep tissue, clinical sports and hot stone massage. Office hours are Tuesday-Friday from 2-7 p.m. For more information or an appointment, call 6806. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/uaflife/.

Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management urges cell phone users to enter an ICE number into their call list. ICE, which stands for in case of emergency, allows emergency personnel to contact the person you want called if you are involved in an emergency.

Marilyn Romano

has been named the next

Top of the World Classic

committee chair. Romano will take over from George Roderick when he retires.


The IAB Life Sciences Seminar Series presents "Exploring Roles by Dispersal and Share Characteristics in Local Population Dynamics" by Andre Breton, postdoctoral fellow at SFOS, Feb. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in 214 Elvey. For more information call 7640.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs presents visiting guest artist Maputo Mensah, a master African dance teacher from Ghana. Mensah will be in Fairbanks Feb. 6-10 offering classes, workshops, lectures and demonstrations at UAF. For more information call 7300.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of Invest in Yourself workshops including Note Taking Feb. 7 and Test Taking Feb. 14 in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/advising/.

The Science for Alaska Lecture Series, presented by the GI, takes place Tuesdays through Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Westmark Gold Room. Lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming topics include "Recreating the World of Alaska's Dinosaurs" by Paul McCarthy, GI, on Feb. 7 and "Seals on Thin Ice: An Effect of Climate Change" by Brendan Kelly, UAS vice provost for research, Feb. 14. For more information call 7942 or visit www.scienceforalaska.com.

UAF Career Services presents a recruiting event for Wilder Construction with an information session Feb. 9 in *Duckering 252 at 1 p.m.*. Interviews will be held Feb. 10. (please note location and time change)

UAF's Master Planning Committee holds regular meetings that are open to the public. The next meeting is Feb. 16 from 9-11 a.m. in the Chancellor's Conference Room. For more information contact the MPC chair Rick Caulfield at 2850 or ffrac@uaf.edu or visit www.uaf.edu/mastplan/.

The Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series presents a reading by Alaska State Writer Laureate Jerah Chadwick Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information call 7193.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Japanese studies presents free Japanese movies Feb. 23, March 30 and April 27 from 7-9:30 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information call 7300.

The UA Museum of the North is 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.

Grants and Awards

Debasmita Misra, CEM, received the EPSCoR Young Investigators First award, a total of $49,785, to research "Water, Energy and Vegetation Dynamics in Non-sorted Circle Ecosystems."

Don Kauss, CLA, received $1,000 from the Alaska State Council on the Arts to support his solo show in Phoenix in January.

Flint Hills Resources Alaska recently gave $101,000 to UAF to fund undergraduate research, student scholarships, needs-based tuition grants and an energy civilization research project.

The Pollock Conservation Cooperative gave $190,000 to the PCC Research Center at SFOS, bringing the PCC's total donations to UAF and SFOS to over $6 million.

Associated General Contractors of Alaska gave $25,000 to create the endowed AGC Scholarship for engineering students.

Greg Helms gave $25,000 to establish the Roy Ruble and Paula Sawyer Memorial Scholarship for UAF students pursing a career in special education.

Doug Reynolds, SOM, received the UA Foundation's Harold T. Caven Professorship. The two-year professorship includes a $20,000 award.


Feb. 7, 2006: Nominations for emeriti are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/provost/.

Feb. 15, 2006: All application materials and fees for May 2006 graduation are due. Applications can be found at www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/graduation.pdf. For more information call 7523.

Feb. 15, 2006: Nominations for the Marion Francis Boswell Award, the Joel Wiegert Award and the Gray S. Tilly Memorial Award are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/woodcenter/programs/awards/.

Feb. 15, 2006: Applications for the UA Foundation privately funded scholarships are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Feb. 15, 2006: Applications for scholarships for students planning to attend any UAF campus during the 2006-2007 academic year are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/finaid/.

Feb. 17, 2006: Nominations for the Usibelli Teaching, Research and Service awards are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/provost/.

Feb. 17, 2006: Proposals for the TAB competition are due from faculty and staff to department heads. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/tab/.

campus insights

Changing of the Guard

I have been at UAF since 1972, and I can't imagine a better place for me to have spent my professional life. I have achieved some satisfying accomplishments and had many enjoyable experiences. I've made lots of good friends and I've been part of a wonderful institution as it has grown and matured. However, it's now time for me to plan the next stage of my life.

My intent is to retire in summer or early fall of 2007. I am announcing my plan at this time so that Chancellor Jones has plenty of time to consult with others about the details of the future structure of the provost's position and to appoint a search committee in time to catch the beginning of the 2006-2007 recruiting cycle. I anticipate that will allow us to recruit UAF's next provost in time for him or her to be in place for the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year.

There is a lot to do before the transition to the next provost. Several things immediately come to mind. Once the new strategic plan, UAF 2010, is in place we will have to re-examine our academic priorities. We will continue to develop strategies and actions related to enrollment management and performance based budgeting. Next fall we will go through the process of reaffirmation of institutional accreditation (five year review). It will be a busy time and I look forward to working with all of you as we endeavor to continuously improve UAF to better serve our students.

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