January 20, 2006

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The Board of Regents unanimously approved the Occupational Endorsement and Workforce Credential tracks at UAF at its December meeting. The board also approved establishment of the Alaska University Transportation Center and the Arctic Engineering Research Center, both to be headquartered at UAF in CEM, board officers were elected and formal approval for the State Virology Lab project was granted. The board is holding its annual retreat Jan. 20-21 in Anchorage and its next meeting is Feb. 15-16 in Juneau.

The Committee on the Status of Women will host three open forums on findings from the UAF faculty work life study: Jan. 24, 1-2:30 p.m., Runcorn Conference Room; Feb. 9, 5-6 p.m. in TVC Room 307; Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Chancellor's Conference Room. Contact Sheri at 7964 for more information.

Read how the GI is working to provide 1,700 students from Northwestern Alaska with the math, science and technology skills they need to better understand their changing surroundings in the latest UAF online feature story at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/06/acmp/.

Curt Madison and Bob Briggs, CDE, will edit a special edition of the Information Technology and Development journal published by Wiley and Sons. A call for papers has been issued. For more information contact Curt Madison at 5197.

Victoria Foote has been named director of CRCD health programs. Foote will lead the program and develop plans to respond to statewide training needs in the allied and behavioral health fields.

Forrest Karr has been named director of athletics and campus recreation. Karr served as interim director since July 2005.

Melissa McGinty is the new associate registrar for certification and graduation. McGinty takes over for Gayle Gregory who retired in December after 24 years at UAF.

Nathan George, Alaska INBRE, received national certification as a research administrator from the Research Administrators Certification Council.

Rudy Krejci, professor emeritus of philosophy, is the subject of a documentary shot recently by a Czech film unit and director Martin Strouhal.

Shann Paul Jones, TVC and Summer Sessions, published "Chatanika River, AK" in the Winter 2006 issue of Northwest Fly Fishing. The article highlighted Interior Alaska's sports fishing and gold panning.

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UAF has a tradition of giving. UAF has given more than $36,000 towards this year's goal of $85,000. For more information about United Way of the Tanana Valley, visit www.unitedwaytv.com. For more information about UAF's United Way campaign, contact Chris Bennett at 2850 or fncmb2@uaf.edu.

Events

Rob Corddry from Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will speak at UAF Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Corddry will discuss the behind-the-scenes action of the Daily Show. Tickets are $10 for UAF affiliates and $15 general admission and can be purchased at the Wood Center Front Desk or Hoitt's.

Career Services is hosting the Student Job and Volunteer Fair Jan. 24-25 in Wood Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information call 7596 or visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

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 "Warmer Climate, Thawing Permafrost: What will Happen to Alaska's Water?" by Larry Hinzman, WERC, on Jan. 24 and "Mirror Images: Exploring Auroras at Each of the Poles" by Hans Nielsen, GI Jan. 31. For more information call 7942.

"Bringing Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream to Life Through Service," with introductory speaker Edna McClain and keynote speaker Eric Love, takes place Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the Chancellor's Campus Diversity Action Committee, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Equal Opportunity and the Leadership Program.

The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra presents violist Daniel Avshalomov in recital Jan. 26 and with the Arctic Chamber Orchestra in concert Jan. 28, both at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information visit www.fairbankssymphony.org.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring spring semester trips including dog mushing Feb. 4 and a ski trip/ride to Moose Mountain Feb. 5. For more information call 6027 or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of Invest in Yourself workshops including Time Management Jan. 31 in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/advising/.

Career Services is hosting the Visitor Industry Transportation Recruitment Feb. 1-2 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. For more information call 7596 or visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

The UAF English Department's Colloquium Series begins Feb. 2 from 1-2 p.m. in Gruening 405 with "Three Reasons Why We Should Teach the Works of Velma Wallis," a talk by Jim Ruppert, CLA.

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 based on the Alaska Constitution and the statehood campaign Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

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 1st annual Conference on Teaching the Adult Learner, hosted by UAF and CRCD's health programs, takes place March 2-4. The conference is free and registration is limited. For more information contract Larry at 2056 or fflnr@uaf.edu or Bambi at 2050 or fnbnn@uaf.edu.

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

President Hamilton received $2.28 million from BP and $2.5 million from ConocoPhillips as donations to the UA Foundation under the charter agreement with the state. This brings BP's total donations to $11 million and ConocoPhillips to $11.8 million.

Claudia Clark, KUAC, is one of two national winners of a 2006 National Educational Telecommunications Associations Richard E. Ottinger Scholarship. Clark will be attending the national conference in Houston to present Alaska public broadcasting.

Stephen Jewett, SFOS, has been selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialists project in Chile at the Catholic University of the North during 2006.

Deadlines

Jan. 25, 2006: Paper proposals for UAF Internet2 Day are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/i2day/.

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

Feb. 24, 2006: Proposals for the TAB competition are due from students to ASUAF. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/tab/.

Feb. 24, 2006: Applications for the 2006 Global Change Student Research grant competition are due. The guidelines for the 2006 competition have been revised significantly from previous years. For more information call 5415 or 5818 or visit www.cgc.uaf.edu.

 

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Our Voices

A recent McDowell survey found that 97 percent of Alaskans polled feel that the university is important or very important to the future of our state; the numbers are even higher in the Interior and across rural Alaska. Over half of Alaska's adults have taken classes at the university and the vast majority are satisfied or very satisfied with their experience.

This is great news--people know and appreciate the value of education and the role it plays in life.

More good news is that our state economy is up--Governor Murkowski hailed this news in his "State of the State" speech to the Legislature Jan. 10. Employment in many sectors is strong and growing.

We all know that higher oil prices are exacting a toll, but one of the results is a silver lining for Alaskans. The state is experiencing a major financial windfall. However, a quick look back to 2002 provides a sobering reminder of our usual reality of expenditures exceeding revenues by $800 million in some years.

Alaska's question for the day is: What should we do with that money? Should we save it for a "rainy day?" Should we fund capital projects? What about energy subsidies? Should the state share in the ownership of the proposed gas line?

What about education? There probably isn't an Alaskan who doesn't concur that education is key to economic vitality, to personal development and to a strong and healthy state. Organizations lobbying in Juneau advocate for their group's top priorities--in almost every case, they would list education among them. But when it comes down to their final pitch, education is seldom first or second priority. Our voices, advocating for higher education, must be heard.

The Legislature wants to hear from you. They will be struggling with how to spend the surplus wisely in a pivotal election year. Ours is probably one of the few states in the union where you can actually talk to your legislators and know your voice will be heard.

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Alaska Constitution, realize that you can influence and help shape our state's future. Take the lead--get active!
For ways you can get involved with advocating for the university, keep your eye on www.alaska.edu/state.

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