March 15, 2007

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The Nanook rifle team

won a ninth national title at the NCAA rifle championships held March 9-11 in the Patty Center. UAF shooters took first place with a commanding 18-point lead over second place Army. The team also had six members named All-Americans. Fairbanks showed its support for the Nanooks with more than 900 tickets being sold, a record crowd for a collegiate rifle event. For more information visit www.alaskananooks.com.

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Poker Flat Research Range launched the final rocket of the 2007 season Feb. 27. The rocket carried the correlations of high-frequencies and auroral roar measurements instruments to study radio frequencies produced by the aurora.

Pramod Karulkar, OEM, was an invited speaker at NASA in Greenbelt, Md. Karulkar presented a lecture on "Chip Scale Packaging and Three Dimensional Electronics for Space Applications."

Alaska Volcano Observatory employees contributed to an article for the journal Science describing research that shows lightning is a good indicator of volcanic activity. Research used for the article was collected during the January 2006 eruption of Mount Augustine.

Milo Adkison, SFOS, spoke at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Francisco in February. Adkison spoke about the need for quality data to accurately assess the health and population of various fisheries.

UAF is gearing up for the American Heart Walk May 19. Many university teams are already engaged in this community-wide effort. If you would like to join an existing team, form a new team or make a contribution, visit the American Heart Walk Fairbanks website at www.heartwalk.kintera.org/fairbanksak/.

Read about how Bristol Bay Campus unlocks opportunities and helps local students succeed in the latest online feature story at www.uaf.edu/news/featured/07/bbc/.

Dave Atkinson, IARC, was featured in an article about coastal erosion published in Alaska Business Monthly.

Terry Chapin, IAB, co-authored "Interactions and Linkages among Ecosystems during Landscape Evolution" in the March issue of the journal Bioscience.

Michael Krauss, professor emeritus, spoke during a session on the dynamics of extinction of language at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in San Francisco in February.

Brandon Newbould, music graduate student in trombone, is a featured soloist on the CD Progressions by the Messiah College Wind and Symphonic Winds Ensembles.

Facilities Services has begun installing parking permit kiosks at the Thompson Drive pullout and the Nenana, Taku and U Park parking lots to allow easy purchase of short-term parking permits.

The last day for faculty- and student-initiated withdrawals is March 23. For more information visit the academic calendar at www.uaf.edu/catalog/.

Events

UAF is celebrating the International Polar Year with a ceremony and reception to mark the beginning of IPY at UAF, along with a lecture by Dava Sobel, author of The Planets, Galileo's Daughter and Longitude March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 5479 or visit www.uaf.edu/ipy/.

The Office of Information Technology is hosting training opportunities throughout the semester, including QAdhoc March 20, MS Access 2 and Banner Navigation March 22, Roxen Page Designer March 27 and MS Excel 2 March 28. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/oit/training/.

March is Women's History Month. The UAF Women's Center and other UAF departments are hosting several events to celebrate including: "Famous to Forgotten: The Legacy of Ella Flagg Young, Foremost Educator of the 20th Century" by Jackie Blunt March 21 at 6 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom; "The Power of Women's Words: Saga Iceland" by David Koester, CLA, March 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Eielson room 304; a reading by Gerri Brightwell from her latest novel The Dark Lantern, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge; a concert by BeJae Fleming featuring Jackie Blunt March 24 at 8 p.m. in The Pub; and Celebrating Women Who Make a Difference featuring Rosalind Kan March 29 at 1 p.m. in Wood Center. For more information contact 6360 or fywoc@uaf.edu.

The UA Museum of the North presents "The Little Things that Run the World" by Derek Sikes, museum, March 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/museum/.

The UAF Staff Council will hold a public meeting March 23 at 8:45 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Part of the meeting will be a Parliamentary Procedures training workshop. For more information contact Jeff at 7056 or jeff.stepp@uaf.edu.

The Student Drama Association presents Winter Shorts featuring Power Lunch by Alan Ball and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley March 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8:15 p.m. and April 1 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Lab Theatre in the Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are available at the Wood Center or at the door and are $3 for students, $5 for UAF employees, alumni, military and seniors and $6 general admission. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

The UA Museum of the North presents the two-part Saturday family program Rocket Science-Advanced. For children ages 7-14, accompanied by an adult. Admission is $30 and registration is required. For more information or to register call 6948.

The UAF Opera Workshop presents Motzart's The Impresario, staring Vanessa Cox, Dorothry Freeman-Wittig, Dean Shannon, Walter Fourie and Steve Mitchell, March 24 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $5. For more information call 7555.

The Department of English Research Colloquium presents "Hollywood and the Idea of North" by Leonard Kamerling, museum, March 29 from 1-2 p.m. in Gruening 408.

The UAF Steel Drums group present a concert directed by UAF music student Christopher Lubken, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the West Valley Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

Career Services is hosting Career Expo 2007 March 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Wood Center. Employers will be recruiting for internships and employment from a variety of fields. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

The UAF Staff Longevity Awards ceremony takes place March 30 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/uafhr/.

The Great Cover Up, a Literacy Council fund raiser, takes place March 31 at 8 p.m. in The Pub. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Wild Boar Forest, a Chinese opera film presented by UAF's Chinese language, eastern philosophy and Asian studies departments, will be shown April 1 at 1:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Admission is free. For more information contact Rosalind Kan at 474-0908, Walter Benesch at 479-2386 or Karen Callahan at 6507.

Grants and Awards

The UAF Department of Music had several students competing at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Classical Competition 2007 held in Anchorage March 3. Janene Mickel placed first in the College division, Vanessa Cox took first and Gwendolyn Brazier placed second in the Lower Avocational division and Walter Fourie took first in the Upper Avocational division.

The Keith B. Mather Library's brochure won second place in the Alaska Library Association's library brochure contest.

Mary Matthews, Center for Health and Counseling, won the Blueline Press competition for her poetry chapbook The Judge of Ice.

Deadlines

March 19, 2007: Nominations for the Staff Make Students Count award are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staffcouncil.html.

March 20, 2007: Proposals for the People's Endowment grants are due. For more information contact 6402 or fygive@uaf.edu.

April 1, 2007: Nominations for the 2007-2008 George and Miné Mikami Scholarship are due. For more information e-mail scholarships@uaf.edu.

 

campus insights

The Early Warning Committee

Retention of students is one of the most important challenges that we face as a university. One method to help retention is to identify students early in the semester who are struggling, whether inside the classroom, outside the classroom or both. We have formed the Early Warning Committee so that members of our university community can work together to address the individual needs of students. Based on promising practices at other universities and incorporating a wide spectrum of staff members, the Early Warning Committee seeks to assist students whose academic, personal or financial circumstances appear to be affecting their ability to complete their educational aspirations.

Faculty and staff refer students to the committee, and the committee then contacts the students to identify their individual needs. These needs are then discussed and an action plan is determined. A member of the committee follows through with the student to ensure a successful outcome. Confidentiality is critical to success and the program strictly adheres to FERPA guidelines.

Since the program started in January, the committee has already received more than 30 referrals. This exceeds the first-year benchmarks of several comparison programs at other universities and is an indication of its initial success. It is also a testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff.

Please join us in helping ensure individual student success at UAF. If you are interested in helping an individual student, refer that student to the committee by contacting Tim Lower by phone at 1848, by e-mail at fntal3@uaf.edu or by submitting the referral online by visiting www.uaf.edu/ses/ and clicking on the Early Warning Committee link.




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