October 27, 2006

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UAF scientists conducted a first-of-its-kind analysis of fifty years of remotely sensed imagery from the 1950s to 2002 that showed a dramatic reduction in the size and number of more than 10,000 ponds in Alaska. The article "Shrinking Ponds in Subarctic Alaska Based on 1950-2002 Remotely Sensed Images" was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research Oct. 10.

United Way has 23 member agencies you can contribute to or you can choose another eligible non-profit agency within Alaska. For more information see this year's contribution form or contact Chris Bennett at 2850 or fncmb2@uaf.edu.

Richard Carr, UAF writing center director, participated in the International Writing Center Association Summer Institute held at Stanford University in July.

TVC, in partnership with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, is offering the Interior Alaska Career Academy, an after-school career exploration program in the energy and construction fields for high school students. Students will earn one UAF/TVC credit for each session completed. For more information contact 2825 or fndmm1@uaf.edu.

Canning Fish in Quart Jars by Kristy Long, CES, was featured in the 5th edition of So Easy to Preserve, by the University of Georgia. For more information on the book visit www.uga.edu/setp/.

CEM graduates Phil Tsunemori, Namit Jaiswal and Prasad Kerkar were profiled in the U.S. Department of Energy publication Fire in the Ice methane hydrates newsletter spring/summer 2006 issue.

UAF has announced the students named to the deans' and chancellor's lists for the summer 2006 semester. View it online at www.uaf.edu/news/honors/summer06.html.

University Marketing and Publications has an updated version of a PowerPoint 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 6281.

Sign up to receive news releases and feature stories via e-mail or submit announcements and story ideas to UAF's online newsroom at www.uaf.edu/news/.

Employee notice, protection for whistleblowers: Any employee may in good faith report to testify before a public agency concerning: a violation of federal, state or local law; a danger to public health or safety; gross mismanagement; a substantial waste of funds or clear abuse of authority; or a matter under investigation by the state. Employee protections and obligations regarding reports of these matters of public concern are fully stated in Alaska statutes 39.90.100 through 39.90.150, which are available for review at UAF University Relations, 201 Eielson Building.

Read about Erin Kelly, the first student to complete a year of classes and go on to the second stage in UAF’s fledgling Peace Corps master’s international program. Kelly is living and working in the largest national park in El Salvador. Check it out at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/07/peacecorps/.

Need a ride? Looking for someone to share transportation costs? Consider carpooling. Try UAF’s online ride matching service. It’s free to students, staff and faculty. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/fs/parkingservices.html.

The last day of class for the fall 2007 semester is Dec. 14. Final exams will be held Dec.17 – 20 and residence halls close Dec.21 at noon.

Need information about possible campus closures due to weather or emergency situations? Call 474-7UAF (7823) or visit www.uaf.edu/news/ for updates and information.

Events

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of skill workshops including Stress Management and Test Anxiety Nov. 2 and Alternative Ways to Earn Credit Nov. 9. All workshops are held in Gruening 409 at 1:05 p.m. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/advising/.

The Bartlett Lecture Series presents a talk by Jonathan Kozol on his book Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Education in America Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 7037 or visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Historical Photograph Reprint Sale takes place Nov. 3-4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Rasmuson Library's Kayak Room. Reproductions of historical Alaskan photos, panoramas and art quality reproductions of many antique and rare maps will be for sale. Prices start at $4. For more information call 6344.

Warren Miller's Off the Grid will be shown Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Admission is charged. This event is a fund-raiser for the Fairbanks Ski Patrol. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

Outdoor Adventures offers several trips throughout the semester including the Denali Snowshoe Trip Nov. 4. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

Celebrate Native American Month in November with Rural Student Services featuring presentations by UAF graduate Shane Derendoff Nov. 7 at 3:30 p.m., Superintendent of Yukon Flats School District Linda Evans Nov. 14 at 2 p.m., inspirational speaker Tracy Monroe Snow Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. and the movie Smoke Signals Nov. 28 at 3:30 p.m. All events take place in the RSS gathering room in the Brooks Building. For more information contact Ginger at 7871.

UAF Natural Resources Natural Sciences Career Day takes place Nov.8 in the Natural Sciences Facility from 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Federal, state and private employers will be on hand to discuss employment and internship opportunities. For more information call 7596 or visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

The UA Museum of the North is hosting a museum members reception to meet artist Robert Glenn Ketchum, whose works are featured in the museum's current special exhibit, Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. You must be a museum member to attend, or join at the door. For more information call 6443. The museum is hosting a lecture and book signing by Ketchum Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 7505.

Military Appreciation Day, hosted by the UA Museum of the North, is Nov. 11 from noon-5 p.m. Come out to enjoy the museum's galleries and visit with Alaska Native artists. This is event is supported by Wells Fargo. Admission is free.

The Margaret Mead Film Festival takes place Nov. 13-18 at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The festival, produced by the American Museum of Natural History, presents some of the world's premiere independent cultural documentaries. Admission is $2 for UAF students and $5 general admission. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The museum Saturday Family Program Traces from the Past takes place Nov. 18 at 9a.m. The program is for children age 7-12 accompanied by an adult and includes examining artifacts, learning about the work of the archaeology staff and making your own artifact. The cost is $15 per child and registration is required. For more information or to register call 6948.

Grants and Awards

Summer Sessions won the Best Website Award for Best Practices and Design, Best Catalog: One-Two Color Separation and the Gary Award for Best Overall Marketing at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators held Oct. 9-13 in Boise, Idaho.

Joe Galbraith, physics and GI graduate student, received a Northrop-Grumman Corporation Industrial Program Award of $5,000 to augment his research in low-frequency acoustics.

Deadlines

Nov. 1, 2006: All proposal materials for the Angus Gavin Migratory Bird Research Grant 2007 field season are due. Any UA faculty member or graduate student may submit proposals for the grant. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Nov. 15, 2006: All application materials and fees for December 2006 graduation are due. The application fee is $50. Applications can be found at www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/. For more information call 7523.

Dec. 1, 2006: Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Feb. 15, 2007: Applications for the UA Foundation privately funded scholarships are due. Scholarships are available to students attending any UA campus. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

campus insights

Admission Standards

Our experience is that student success at the baccalaureate level and beyond is strongly correlated with demonstrated ability to meet certain minimum admission standards. This experience is supported by recent studies of student retention and graduation rates. Presently at UAF nearly 73 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen admitted to baccalaureate programs are retained to the second year, and just 26 percent graduate within 6 years. The statistics for the 30 percent of students with an entering high school GPA below 3.0 and composite ACT scores less than or equal to 18 (or SAT less than or equal to 870) are more troubling: only 50 percent are retained to the second year and only 6 percent graduate within six years. UAF freshman retention and six-year graduation rates are lower than those of many of its peers. Nine comparable Western institutions have a median freshman retention rate of 75 percent and an average six-year graduation rate of 48 percent.

As a result of this information a committee of faculty and staff has recommended that the university raise the admissions standards to baccalaureate programs beginning in fall 2008. In setting these admission standards the university is also developing a baccalaureate intended program which will provide students with the course work necessary for preparing for college.

The changes in admission standards do not preclude students from enrolling in courses at UAF, but will help to identify students early in their academic careers who may be unprepared for the challenges of baccalaureate course work. UAF is developing additional testing, advising and instruction to help students reach their academic goals. Students who do not meet the baccalaureate admission standards should talk to a UAF academic advisor to discuss their goals and develop a course work plan to meet those goals.

There are three ways to enter a bachelor's degree program:

  1. Complete an associate degree or certificate
  2. Complete pre-major requirements
  3. Meet bachelor's degree admission requirements

Students seeking admission to baccalaureate programs as of fall 2008 must:

  • have a high school diploma.
  • have passed the 16-credit high school core curriculum with a GPA of 2.5
  • submit results of the ACT (preferred) or SAT exam taken within the last two years
  • have an overall high school GPA of at least 3.0, or
  • overall high school GPA of at least 2.5 and ACT score of at least 18 or SAT
    score of at least 1290.

To meet pre-major requirements, students must complete, with a GPA of at least 2.0, 14 UAF credits at the 100-level or above, nine of which must satisfy baccalaureate degree requirements.

To meet admission requirements for associate degree and certificate programs, students must be 18 years or older or have a high school diploma or GED.

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