September 28, 2007

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The UA Board of Regents met in Anchorage Sept. 18 - 19. The board approved a 5 percent tuition increase for the next two academic years. It also approved certificates in veterinary science and high latitude range management at UAF. The board's next meeting is Nov. 6 in Fairbanks. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.

The Alaska Nanook rifle team was honored by President Bush at the White House Sept. 21 as the 2007 NCAA national champions. The Nanooks met with the President and presented him with a gift from UAF. Eight other national teams were honored as well.

For Your Information

The UAF Development Office launched a new year of annual giving in September. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/giving/.

Dean and Professor Emeritus Earl Beistline was honored for his contributions to UAF and the Alaska mining industry Sept. 20 with the unveiling of his portrait. The portrait now hangs in the Duckering Building's lobby. Beistline received a degree from UAF in 1939 and served the university for 35 years, until his retirement in 1982.

Katey Walter, INE, was recently featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Walter traveled with a radio crew to the North Slope to show what happens when methane is released from permafrost thawing beneath lakes. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/news/news/20070907181412.html.

Rudy Krejci, professor emeritus of philosophy, gave a lecture on T.G. Masaryk and World Philosophy at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, over the summer.

UAF athletes recently helped build two Fairbanks homes with Habitat for Humanity. This is the third consecutive year the Nanooks have volunteered with Habitat. The Nanooks also hosted the Bigs for a Day event with Big Brothers Big Sisters Sept. 16 at the Patty Center. Little brothers and sisters and their families joined the athletes for an afternoon of games, sports and crafts.

The UA Foundation had one of the best years in its history for fundraising. More than 5,900 people, businesses and foundations made gifts totaling more than $20 million in FY07. Individual giving increased by more than 20 percent.

UA is holding the UA myway video contest in conjunction with the new statewide advertising campaign. Contest winners will receive a one-year tuition scholarship to UA. Five winners will be chosen. For more information visit www.uamyway.net.

Gerhard Kramm, GI, was invited to a meeting of experts in Berlin Nov. 30 to establish a working group on chemical perturbations in the atmosphere.

TVC recently hired Brian Ellingson, formerly of Flint Hills Resources, as program coordinator of its process technology program and Don Bickmeier, formerly of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, as assistant professor of process technology. Loren Rotroff, former fire chief at Eielson Air Force Base, was hired as program coordinator for fire science.

UAF safety and crime statistics are available online at www.uaf.edu/police/.

Events

UAF Engineering Career Week, hosted by Career Services, takes place Oct. 1 - 5. For more information call Alice at 6936 or visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

Theatre UAF presents No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, directed by Ben Coffroth, Oct. 5 - 6 at 8:15 p.m. and Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Tickets cost $15, $12 for seniors, military and UAF employees, $7 for students with ID, and are available at Wood Center or the Theatre UAF box office in the Fine Arts complex. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

The University Women's Association's Fall Recycle Sale is Oct. 6 from noon - 2 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information call 6360.

The Office of Electronic Miniaturization is holding a course on implementing electronic systems in Field-Programmable Gate Array Oct. 8 - 12. It is an introductory course in FPGA and VHSIC Hardware Description Language. For more information contact Tram Lind at 2013 or tram.lind@uaf.edu.

The Cold Climate Homebuilding Techniques workshop takes place Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. The workshop is free and includes a manual with CD. For more information or to register call 6366.

The Museum Saturday Family Program Winter Birds takes place Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. The program is for children age 7 - 12 accompanied by an adult. The cost is $15 per child and registration is required. For more information or to register call 6948.

The UA Museum of the North special exhibit Arctic Transformations runs Oct. 13, 2007 through Jan. 13, 2008. The exhibit showcases the work of Denise and Samuel Wallace, who create jewelry inspired by Denise's Chugach Aleut heritage and Alaska's people, animals and natural environment. This event was organized by the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center.

The Office of Information Technology is hosting training opportunities throughout the semester, including QAdhoc Oct. 17. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/oit/training/.

Statewide Student and Enrollment Services is hosting a training session, Rights, Are We Protecting Them?, by FERPA expert Pinhas Friedenberg Oct. 23 from 1 - 4 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact Mary Gower at 8145 or mary.gower@alaska.edu.

Visit UAF's online calendar at www.uaf.edu/events/ for information on UAF events or to publicize an event.

Grants and Awards

Gerald Mohatt, CANHR and IAB, was awarded the 2007 Distinguished Career Contribution to Research Award in August by the American Psychological Association.

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research received a nearly $11 million Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will extend over five years.

Alison Meadow, doctoral student in anthropology, was awarded a grant of more than $12,000 by the National Science Foundation to support her dissertation research on food system localization and community sustainability.

The 2007 Alumni awards were presented at the alumni luncheon Sept. 21: Bill Stroecker received the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Kelly Drew and Thaddeus Dumas received the Alumni Achievement Awards for Business and Professional Excellence; Sue McHenry, RSS, received the Alumni Achievement Award for University Support; Marvilla Davis received the Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support; and Nevada Bovee received the William R. Cashen Service Award. The new Lenhart J.H. Grothe Resources award, which honors a deceased alumnus who has made significant contributions to the fields of resource, mining or agriculture, was awarded for the first time to Lenhart Grothe.

Bert Boyer, CANRH and IAB, received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Nanook women's volleyball faces off with St. Martin's Oct. 4 at 7 p.m., Western Oregon Oct. 6 at 3 p.m., Central Washington Oct. 11 and Western Washington Oct. 13, both at 7 p.m. All games are played in the Patty Center gym.

Nanook swimming's Blue and Gold meet takes place Oct. 6 at noon in the Patty Center pool. For more information visit www.alaskananooks.com.

Nanook hockey hosts the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in an exhibition game Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Carlson Center.

The Nanook rifle team takes on Tennessee Martin Oct. 13 - 14 at 8 a.m. in the Patty Center E.F. Horton Rifle Range.

Deadlines

Oct. 3, 2007: Summer Sessions 2008 department course proposals are due. For more information call 7021.

Oct. 15, 2007: All application materials for December 2007 graduation are due. Applications can be found at www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/graduation.pdf. For more information call 7523.

Oct. 15, 2007: Applications for the Doug Schamel Memorial Fund are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/outreach/clearinghouse/.

Nov. 7, 2007: Proposals for the Harold T. Craven Professorship are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/foundation/grantsandawards/.

Nov. 15, 2007: Applications for the Angus Gavin Migratory Bird Research Grant for the 2008 field season are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/foundation/grantsandawards/.

Dec. 1, 2007: Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/foundation/grantsandawards/.




campus insights

Improving Campus

It's great to start another academic year with the energy and excitement of faculty and students returning with stories of research, trips and experiences. We worked hard over the summer to upgrade facilities and services to serve you better. The Wood Center dining area was overhauled, its first in 17 years. Taco Bell and Samurai Sam will surely be hits once they are fully open in a few weeks. A new elevator entrance to the Patty Center offers access for folks with mobility issues. Other changes don't show as much, but university staff and contractors also repaired leaks, improved lighting, cleaned up stained grout, provided better fire lanes, fixed sidewalks, added signs to improve safety and eliminated tripping hazards.

We're also working to increase our “greenness” by putting in solar panels, increasing insulation R-factors with every renovation, and removing hazards and pollution-creating elements, among other enhancements. Our first annual sustainability report will show the many ways academic units and administration are working to reduce our impact on the planet.

I think the campus looks great -- and if everyone would help it could be even better. This is the perfect time to remind folks to take care of our campus. Everyone can make a contribution -- by picking up trash, pulling a weed or two, or wiping off a table when departing. We should all report or stop those who push statues off pedestals, paint graffiti or otherwise damage our campus. We will be able to fund more upgrades and improvements if we need to make fewer repairs -- so let's make this a banner year for caring for our campus.




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