April 25, 2008

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President Mark Hamilton has appointed Brian Rogers as interim chancellor at UAF. Rogers, a former University of Alaska regent and system vice president, will assume the duties of the position July 1. Rogers will work with outgoing Chancellor Steve Jones and UAF faculty and staff to ensure a smooth transition. Jones recently announced that he's leaving the position after four years to be closer to family in the Lower 48.

Doug Goering was appointed dean of CEM by Provost Susan Henrichs. He has been serving as interim dean since December 2006. Goering joined UAF’s Mechanical Engineering Department in 1989.

Commencement’s keynote speaker May 11 will be Alaska writer laureate and mystery writer John Straley. Other honorary degree recipients at UAF’s 86th commencement ceremonies will be Larry Aumiller, longtime manager of the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary; Native art expert Bill Holm; and Alaska aviator and businessman Richard Wien.

For Your Information

President Hamilton named Fran Ulmer as permanent chancellor for UAA. Ulmer has served as interim chancellor for the last year.

The UA Board of Regents met April 17 – 18 in Ketchikan. They approved seven new programs, including a doctorate in natural resources and sustainability at UAF. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.

Pete Pinney, CES, was appointed interim vice provost for outreach and director of CES. The new position will oversee CES and work to integrate it into the mainstream of the university while providing stronger engagement with research and outreach in communities around the state. Pinney was previously the associate dean of academic affairs for CRCD.

Doc DelCastillo, Athletics and Recreation head hockey coach, resigned effective April 10 to pursue other opportunities. Athletic director Forrest Karr appointed Dallas Ferguson interim head coach.

The 2007 – 2008 English Department writing contests winners include: Farthest North Fiction Contest -- Peter Christian (UAS); Northern Lights Essay Contest -- Kevin Eib (UAF); Harold McCracken Award for Outstanding Writing About Alaska and the North Country -- Lance Twitchell (UAF); Harold McCracken Endowment Poetry Award -- Michael Welsh (UAF); Minnie E. Wells Award in Literary Criticism -- Amanda Jean Babcock (UAF); E.L. Bartlett Prize for Literary Criticism -- Amanda Jean Babcock; and Archie Shiels Freshman Writing Contest -- Todd Vorisek (UAF). For more information contact Julie Rafferty at 7197.

Gwen Holdmann, INE, is the organizational director for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, a new research unit which will be housed in INE. ACEP will investigate energy options for Alaska. For more information contact Holdmann at 5402 or via e-mail at gwen.holdmann@uaf.edu.

A new e-mail phishing scam was reported at colleges across the country. The e-mail message appears to be from the help desk asking for your username and password. If you receive an e-mail like this, delete it.


Anne Foster, CLA, was appointed to the Alaska state historical records advisory board by Gov. Sarah Palin.

Open enrollment for benefits has begun. CDs with information about open enrollment were distributed in the mail. If there are any changes you would like to make to your current benefit plans, all necessary forms and information are included on the CD and are also available at www.alaska.edu/HR/benefits/open_enrollment/. If you prefer to receive a paper copy of open enrollment information or if you have any questions, contact UAF HR at 7700.

UAF, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of Energy partnered in the Arctic Research of the Composition of the Troposphere from Aircraft and Satellites program earlier this month. About 250 scientists participated and several aircraft were used to collect data on the current condition of the Arctic’s atmosphere. More information is available by visiting www.espo.nasa.gov/arctas/; blogs by some of the researchers are located at http://blogs.discovery.com/earth_live_arctas/.

Updates to the UAF telephone directory are due May 20. Proofs are ready for review at www.uaf.edu/directory/proof08/. Please update your information at http://edir.alaska.edu or let your administrative contact know about any changes. Contact the OIT Support Center at 8300 or helpdesk@alaska.edu for assistance.

Daniel Crevensten died Feb. 18 in Bellevue, Wash., at the age of 90. Crevensten served as executive officer of the GI from 1963 – 1975. Contributions in his memory can be made to the GI Associates Endowment Fund. Contact the Development Office at 2619 or online at www.uaf.edu/giving/ to make a donation.

Kate Wynne, marine mammal specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, joined a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists in Ghana for three weeks to train officials and students as fisheries observers. Ghana was the first country to ask for help under a new NOAA observer training mission to enhance international cooperation in fishery management. Wynne is also working with the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Ghana and the Accra Zoo to ensure that samples collected by the observers are properly archived and studied.

Alaska Sea Grant won a gold award for the 2008 Coastal Calendar from the Association for Communication Excellence. The association also awarded Sea Grant silver awards for the Field Guide to Sharks, Skates and Ratfish of Alaska and for the 2008 Tide Tables cover design.

Alaska Sea Grant published a new brochure about Sea Grant and the Marine Advisory Program. For information or to obtain a copy call 6707.

As part of IPY observations K-12 students from Fairbanks, Shageluk and Wasilla exchanged research ideas and interacted with students from Ushuaia, Argentina, as well as with scientists from Alaska, Colorado and Argentina via a pole-to-pole videoconference April 8 and live web chat April 10. The exchanges were part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program. For more information contact Elena Sparrow at 7699 or esparrow@iarc.uaf.edu.

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.

Commencement schedule image

Saturday, May 3
Grad Bash 8 p.m. – Pub
You must be 21 to enter the Pub and a 2008 graduate or guest to attend

Saturday, May 10

Commencement Rehearsal 
10:30 a.m. – Carlson Center

Graduate Picnic
 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Wood Center

Sunday, May 11
Graduation Mass 
10:30 a.m. – Schaible Auditorium

Processional line-up, Carlson Center

12:20 p.m. – Graduates

12:45 p.m. – Faculty and administration
12:45 p.m. – Stage party and honorary degree recipients

Commencement Ceremony

Noon – Carlson Center opens for guests

1:20 p.m. – Academic procession begins

1:30 p.m. – Ceremony begins

Commencement Reception

Immediately following the ceremony in the Carlson Center’s Pioneer Room, sponsored by the Fairbanks Chapter of the UAF Alumni Association.
For more information call University Relations at 7581 or visit www.uaf.edu/commencement/.

Events
Theatre UAF presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead April 25 – 26 at 8:15 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Salisbury Theatre. Admission is $15; $12 for UAF staff and faculty, military and seniors; and $7 for UAF students. For more information call 7751.

The Sustainable Campus Task Force will sponsor a sustainable living tour of Fairbanks April 27. Meet at the Patty Center parking lot at 10 a.m.; the tour will last throughout the afternoon. For more information contact the task force at 6037 or fbsctf@uaf.edu, or visit www.vortexforces.com/sctf/.

The UAF Brass Ensembles present a recital April 30 at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. General admission is $5. For more information call 7555.

The UAF Percussion Ensemble 64.8
directed by Morris Palter presents a concert May 1 at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military; children under 12 may attend for free. For more information call 7555.

The Wood Center’s lost and found sale will take place May 2 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information call 7034.

ARSC will hold an open house about the faculty camp summer workshops May 2 at 1 p.m. in 010 WRRB. Subjects covered during the summer camp will include managing extremely large volumes of data, how to run simulations and how to visualize data in 3-D. For more information contact Tom Logan at 8624 or logan@arsc.edu.

The UAF Wind Symphony presents a concert under the direction of Karen Gustafson May 2 at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military; children under 12 may attend for free. For more information call 7555.

The Cello Choir
presents a spring recital under the direction of Minna Rose Chung May 3 at 4 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 7555.

The University Chorus spring concert under the direction of Jaunelle Celaire takes place May 3 at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military; children under 12 may attend for free. For more information call 7555.

The UAF Jazz Band presents a concert under the direction of Daniel O. Cathey May 4 at 4 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and military; children under 12 may attend for free. For more information call 7555.

The Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Award recipients for 2008 will be honored at a reception May 5 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in Wood Center conference rooms C and D. The Outstanding Faculty Senator of the Year and 2008 emeriti will also be honored. For more information contact Sarah Lewis at 5178 or fnskl@uaf.edu.

The UA Museum of the North and UAF International Polar Year Outreach Office welcome the Polar-Palooza national tour to Fairbanks May 8 – 10. The event features multimedia presentation, "Stories from a Changing Planet," May 9 at 7 p.m. at the West Valley High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. Call 7505 for more information.

The Office of Information Technology hosts training opportunities throughout the year, including Introduction to Blackboard May 6 and Roxen UAF May 15. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/oit/training/.

Rasmuson Library and the Alaska Coffee Roasting Co. are  sponsoring  a free cookie break the first two days of finals, May 7 and 8, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Students are invited to stop by for coffee, cookies and muffins on the main level of Rasmuson Library.

The UAF Staff Council hosts the annual Staff Appreciation Day ice cream social May 22 from noon – 2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. For more information contact Lynette Washington at 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

David Mollett, CLA, presents “Landscape Painting in the Eastern Alaska Brooks Range” May 28 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information contact Summer Sessions at 7021 or summer@uaf.edu.
Grants and Awards
Spring 2008 Exceptional Student Employee Award recipients were Blaine DeWalt, Katherine Johnson, Larae Minteer and Stephanie Standley. Eighteen students were nominated for the award. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/career/.

The UA Museum of the North’s newest corporate partner is BP, which donated $25,000 to sponsor the museum’s annual open house. For more information contact Julie Estey at 6443.

Larry Duffy, CNSM and Graduate School, and Gary Laursen, CNSM, each received a $15,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Partners in Science program. Duffy will partner with Wendy Ehnert of Lathrop High School and Laursen with Wayne A. Woodgate at Marshall School in Marshall, Alaska. The program provides high school science teachers opportunities to work at the cutting edge of science. For more information contact Amie Pappas at 6714 or fnadp@uaf.edu.

English Department graduate student James Harris won a scholarship to the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Harris was one of 18 chosen for the scholarship out of more than 350 applicants. For more information call 7193.

English Department graduate student Bryr Ludington received an honorable mention from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Journal Award for her nonfiction piece “In Tooth and Claw.” Candidates for the award are nominated by college-level English departments nationwide. For more information call 7193.

John Keller and Todd Gouin, CNSM, received a $150,000 grant from the NSF division of undergraduate education for purchase of a new gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer. Chemistry students will be able to use the instrument to analyze samples beginning this summer. More information is available by visiting www.uaf.edu/chem/CCLI-2007/.

Don Kramer, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agent, was awarded the Elizabeth Stier Humanitarian Achievement Award for outreach work across Alaska from the Institute of Food Technologists in March. He was also made an IFT Fellow in recognition of leadership and service, and the Minnesota section of IFT presented Kramer with the 2008 Macy Award for outstanding food technology transfer or cooperation between scientists. For more information call 907-322-8730.

SFOS received more than $500,000 from the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center for eight projects studying Alaska’s marine ecosystems. For more information call 907-322-8730.

The Interior-Aleutians Campus will receive $1 million over the next three years for nutrition education in rural Alaska from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Research Initiative. The Troth Yeddha’ Nutrition Program combines education and outreach to improve the health of rural and Alaska Native peoples.

Natural resources management major Marita Tolson received the $5,000 Morris K. Udall Foundation Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Merit Award for 2008. For more information contact Jim Gladden, SNRAS, at 5418 or ffjng@uaf.edu.

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