March 16, 2006


UAF is hosting Internet2 Day March 23 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Great Hall. The day will include a keynote address by Internet2 President and CEO Doug Van Houweling and breakout sessions hosted by international and local presenters. The day finishes with a concert, Music and Dance on Internet2, featuring UAF, the New World Symphony in Miami, the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles, and Ian Bousfield, principle trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic. For more information visit

The UAF rifle team won the 2006 NCAA National Championship, its eighth national championship and seventh in eight years, March 11-12. Senior Jamie Beyerle finished second in the individual air rifle and was named to the NRA first team All-Americans in the smallbore and air rifle. Team members Matt Rawlings and Christian Lejon were also named to the first team All-Americans for smallbore, with Matthias Dierolf named to the second team. Rawlings and Dierolf were named to the first team All-Americans for air rifle, with Lejon being named to the second team.

The University Fire Department will practice firefighting skills as part of controlled burns scheduled to take place on campus March 16, 18 and 19. Three houses will be burned, one on Chandalar Drive, one on Colville Street and one on Chatnika Drive, two of which will be live fire-training exercises. Traffic near the fires will be limited to neighborhood residents.

Keith Criddle, Utah State University and former professor of economics at UAF, has been named to the Ted Stevens Distinguished Professorship of Marine Policy. The position, headquartered in Juneau, provides leadership in marine policy with emphasis on the North Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, and the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

For Your Information

The Rasmuson Library Alaska and Polar Regions Collection has loaned two rare maps included in the exhibit, The Princess and the Patriot: Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin, and the Age of Enlightenment, at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. The exhibit runs through Dec. 31 as part of Philadelphia's tribute to Franklin in celebration of his 300th birthday.

The UAF Staff Council Advocacy Committee and the Office of Advancement and Community Engagement are looking for university departments to participate in the fourth annual UAF Day at North Pole. The event takes place April 22 at the North Pole Plaza Mall from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information contact Scott McCrea at 7905 or

Michele Hébert, CES, is working with several state and federal agencies to develop an Alaska invasive species council to deal with the problem of invasive non-native plants in Alaska. Invasive plants are a growing problem in Alaska, and cost about $34 billion annually to combat in the U.S.

Read about the Rainey-Skarland cabin, a relic of an earlier time tucked away but not forgotten on the UAF campus, in the latest online feature story at

Harmonie Thomas, UAF English student, will present "Woman Ideal and Women Whore: The Social Consequences of Both" at the 2006 Sigma Tau Delta convention in Portland, Ore. March 31.

The Office of Electronic Miniaturization received a $117,000 contract from the International Foundation for Science, Health and Environment in Los Angeles for the development of a miniature electronic device.

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 presents several research and funding opportunities. For more information visit and


Ken Deffeyes, geologist and Princeton professor emeritus, will give a lecture "Beyond Oil-The View from Hubbert's Peak" March 21 from 7-9 p.m. in the Salisbury Theater.

TVC is hosting an informational meeting about its Fast Track Training program March 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hutchison Institute of Technology. For more information contact Kathy Helfrick at 2832 or visit

Leela Gilday presents a free public performance March 24 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Gilday, a singer and songwriter from the Dene Nation, explores her roots as a modern urban Indian.

The Opera Workshop class, directed by John Hopkins, CLA, is holding a spring performance March 25 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

Daniel Oliver, CLA, and the Alaska Chamber Players present a spring recital March 26 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of Invest in Yourself workshops including Credit for Prior Learning March 28 and Test Taking March 30 in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit

Pulitzer-prize-winning author Jared Diamond will speak on his best-seller Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, March 28 at 6 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. This event is sponsored by the UAF integrated geography program and is free and open to the public.

Career Services is hosting Career Expo 2006 March 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Wood Center. For more information call 7956 or visit

Glenn White, CLA, and Barney McClure present a recital with White on saxophone and McClure on piano March 29 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Terry Reilly, CLA, is giving a talk on "Approaches to Teaching and Researching Early Modern English Law and Literature" March 30 from 1-2 p.m. in Gruening 405 as part of the Department of English Research Colloquium.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Foreign Languages present a free showing of Twenty-four eyes, a Japanese movie with English subtitles, March 30 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

The Midnight Sun Visiting Writers series presents a reading by poet Edward Hirsch March 31 at 7 p.m. in the UA Museum of the North. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 7193 or visit

Januelle Celaire, CLA, presents a faculty voice recital April 1 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The Legend of White Snake, a film of a traditional Chinese opera, will be shown April 2 at 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the departments of Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy and Women's Studies. For more information contact Rosalind Kan at 474-0908 or Walter Benesch at 479-2386.

The UA Museum of the North presents Chocolate Knights and Northern Lights Chocolate Bash April 8 at 7:30 p.m. Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first chocolate bash and the first bash to be held in the new wing. Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door, and you must be 21 or older to attend. For more information or reservations call 7505.

Grants and Awards

Da-ka-xeen Mehner, UAF fine arts student, won the Juror's Choice Award in the Alaska Positive 2006 juried photographic exhibition.

UAF has announced the students named to the deans' and chancellor's lists for the fall 2005 semester. Check out our outstanding students at


April 1, 2006: Nominations for the UAF Student Organization and Greek Life Awards are due. For more information visit

April 1, 2006: Applications for graduation with leadership honors are due. For more information visit

April 4, 2006: Abstracts for oral or poster presentations for the 24th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium: Resiliency of Gadid Stocks to Fishing and Climate Change are due. For more information visit

April 14, 2006: Applications for the 2006 Alaska EPSCoR Undergraduate Student Research awards are due. For more information visit

April 21, 2006: Nominations for the Outstanding Staff Council Achievement Award and the Chancellor's Staff and Supervisory Recognition Award are due. For more information call 7056 or e-mail


campus insights

Alternative Spring Break

Spring Break is typically quiet on campus with most of UAF's students and faculty gone, many off relaxing somewhere getting ready for that big end of the semester push. When we think about spring break it conjures up all sorts of images--scenes that we have seen on TV or experienced personally, or perhaps images of sunny warm beaches with thousands of college students partying. For many students however, the party atmosphere of the beach is not attractive. Over the past decade a growing number of colleges are helping provide students with service opportunities as an alternative way to spend spring break.

This year UAF joins in by offering its first ever alternative spring break. A team of 11 students led by Brandon Ilgen and Danielle Ryder, along with Leadership Program Coordinator JJ Boggs and Susan Herman, SOM, will travel to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. The group will spend a week doing volunteer service and participating in leadership development activities. The students will experience a variety of volunteer opportunities including habitat restoration, invasive species removal, Giant Redwood nursery work, and trail maintenance and historical garden restoration on Alcatraz.

Funding for the alternative spring break trip comes from a variety of sources including private donors, the Alumni Association and fundraising activities conducted by participating students. One of the most successful fundraising efforts for this travel team was Winter Carnival. The students teamed up with Winter Carnival and Residence Life to put on the wildly successful Bling, Blang, Glam fundraiser dance. The dance was a huge success, drawing over 250 students and enriching the student life experience here at UAF.

The dance, and other types of student involvement activities, work to inform the public and push the reach of the group beyond the students directly involved and the trip itself to helping and benefiting those around them. This pays huge dividends for the larger UAF community. These activities and efforts help students develop as a team, learning to work together, and trusting and encouraging one another in their efforts. For many students, participation in such a close working team is a new experience. Our hope is that we will be able to provide all interested students with similar opportunities in the future. Helping others within Alaska and across the world is a fun and rewarding way to spend spring break.

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