June 6, 2008


Deanna Dieringer has been named director of Financial Aid and will begin her duties June 9. Tim Stickel will serve as acting registrar.

Lael Oldmixon has been named interim director of Admissions and will being her duties June 9.

For Your Information
Russ Hopcroft, Rolf Gradinger, Bodil Bluhm and Katrin Iken, all SFOS, have leadership roles in the Census of Marine Life, a worldwide effort to catalog all sea life. The census was named one of the six most important experiments in the world by Discover magazine.

Jerry McBeath and Mary Ehrlander, CLA, along with former UAF professor Maria Elena Reyes, co-authored the book Education Reform in the American States recently published by Information Age Publishing.

The Alaska Climate Research Center has received the status of a recognized state climate office by the American Association of State Climatologists. ACRC is the first office in Alaska to receive this designation.

Jamie Smith, CLA, has published two new cartoon collections, Freeze-Frame: It's Gonna Be a Long Winter and Nuggets

Gerri Brightwell, CLA, recently published a novel, The Dark Lantern. The book is a literary thriller set in 19th-century Victorian London.

Paula Cullenberg has been appointed interim director for Alaska Sea Grant. Cullenberg takes over for Brian Allee, who retired May 30.

Debra Chapman is the new executive officer of the GI. Chapman previously served as executive officer at TVC. She took over for Jan Dalrymple, who retired after serving more than 22 years at the GI.

Rob Spangler, Ph.D. fisheries student, and alumna Beth Kitto Spangler have been appointed to the NOAA Fisheries Biological Review Team for eulachon, a small anadromous fish.

Libby Casey, KUAC, is the new Washington, D.C., correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Casey replaces Joel Southern.

UAF teams raised more than $37,000 for the American Heart Association during the 2008 Fairbanks Heart Walk.

The 26th annual Rural Alaska Honors Institute recently welcomed 48 high school students to UAF. The students will spend six weeks taking courses and living on campus. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/rahi/.

Bicycle lockers are available for rent from Parking Services. Lockers are located on West Ridge near the Akasofu Building and near the Gruening Building. For more information call 2749, e-mail fypark1@uaf.edu or visit www.uaf.edu/fs/parkingbicycles.html.

The UA Museum of the North's summer hours are 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily through Sept. 15. The museum offers two shows, Dynamic Aurora at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Winter at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information call 7505 or visit www.uaf.edu/museum/.
Under Construction
Facilities Services has begun work on the Fine Arts Complex code corrections. The estimated completion date for this project is December 2008. The Fine Arts parking lot will be closed for the duration of the project. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/fs/currentprojects.html.

The UA Museum of the North presents the 10th annual TOTE Family Fun Fest June 8 from noon – 4 p.m. at the big top tent on the museum lawn. There will be hands-on activities for kids of all ages and a visit by Curious George. Admission is $3 per child. For more information call 7505.

The UAF Summer Music Academy faculty and students present a concert hour weekdays, June 9 – 19 at 1 p.m., in Davis Concert Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The Office of Information Technology hosts training opportunities throughout the year, including Roxen UAF June 11 and July 8, Moving up to MS Excel 2007 June 24, QAdhoc June 25, Banner Navigation June 26, and Moving up to MS Word 2007 July 1. For more information or to register visit www.uaf.edu/oit/training/.

The Discovering Alaska lecture series, hosted by UAF Summer Sessions, takes place Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium through Aug. 13. The series includes "Painting in the North" by Kesler Woodward June 11, "The Poet's North" by Derick Burleson June 18, "Alaska's Amazing Avifauna (Birds)" by Susan Sharbaugh June 25 and "Geographies of the Land and of the Heart" by Peggy Shumaker July 2. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

The 2nd annual Alaska Book Festival takes place June 12 – 14. The festival is a celebration with authors who write books about Alaska, and kicks off with "Fish Worship is Not Wrong, or How I Became a Scientific Surrealist Alaskan" by Ray Troll June 12 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information about festival events call 7021 or visit www.uaf.edu/bookfestival/.

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring summer trips including Whitewater Raft and Hike June 14, Rock Climbing June 15, a beginner rock climbing class June 17 – 29, Chena River Raft June 18, Fairbanks by Canoe June 25, Delta Range Backpacking June 26 – 29, Angel Rocks Dinner Hike June 27 and Brooks Range Hike July 2 – 7. For more information call 6027, e-mail fywild@uaf.edu or visit www.uaf.edu/outdoor/.

UAF Summer Sessions hosts free movie nights this summer with Projecting World Cultures: Japanese, Russian and Hispanic Film Tuesdays at 6 p.m., with Pan's Labyrinth June 10, Volver June 17, Twilight Samurai June 24 and Shall We Dance? July 1; Reel History -- Documenting Alaska Thursdays at 7 p.m., with Platinum Dreams and Reindeer Queen: The Story of Sinrock Mary June 19 and Source of Life – Claire Fejes: An Alaskan Artist June 26; and Summer Sessions Cinema Mondays at 7 p.m., with The First Amendment Project June 16, First Descent June 23, Caddyshack June 30 and Monty Python and the Holy Grail July 7. All movies will be shown in Schaible Auditorium. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/.

The IBEW Nanook Fund Golf Scramble takes place June 20 at the North Star Golf Club. Teams of four can register for $600, and individuals for $160. The entry deadline is June 18. For more information contact Ruth Olsen at 6814 or visit www.alaskananooks.com.

The UAF science calendar lists the Workshop on Sustainability in the North and Norwegian – U.S. IPY Traverse taking place June 20. For more information visit www.cgc.uaf.edu/calendar.html.

The UAF Summer Music Academy presents concerts June 20 with choirs at 2:30 p.m., jazz bands at 4 p.m. and academy bands at 7 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information call 7555.

The Beluga Nights Summer Concert series presents the Jammin' Salmon Dixieland Band June 29 at 6 p.m. in Beluga Field near the SRC. For more information call 6026 or visit www.uaf.edu/activity/.

The Ninth International Conference on Permafrost, hosted by UAF and IPY, takes place June 29 – July 3. For more information visit www.nicop.org.

The 2008 Dynamics of Complex Systems: Common Threads conference takes place Aug. 6 – 8. The registration deadline is June 20. For more information contact Karina Possenti at 5151 or visit http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu.

Ice Cream Thursdays, hosted by Student Activities, take place through Aug. 14 from noon – 2 p.m. outside Wood Center. Each scoop is $1.

The UA Museum of the North presents "Hunting and Trapping in Alaska's Interior: Our Stories, Our Lives," a new exhibit running through Nov. 30. The exhibit gives museum visitors insight into Alaska lifestyles that have supported families for thousands of years and continue to be part of the culture today. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/museum/.

Grants and Awards
UAF's Coastal Marine Institute received the Cooperative Conservation Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior. The award recognizes the partnership between CMI and the department's Minerals Management Service.

Amy Tidwell, INE, received the 2008 Ph.D. Dissertation Award in the field of natural science and engineering from the Universities Council on Water Resources for her dissertation titled “Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on River Basin Management: A New Method with Application to the Nile River.”

Alaska Sea Grant's 2008 IPY Coastal Calendar won the third-place Award of Excellence in the calendar category and the Field Guide to Sharks, Skates and Ratfish of Alaska won the first-place Award of Excellence in the books more than 50 pages category from the National Association of Government Communicators Blue Pencil publications competition.

Don Kramer, MAP, received the Elizabeth Stier Humanitarian Achievement Award from the Institute of Food Technologists. Kramer was also made an IFT Fellow.

Marita Tolson, undergraduate student in natural resources management, is one of 80 students throughout the nation to be awarded the 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholarship.

Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, retired associate professor of education, was awarded the Mike Charleston Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education. The award is presented annually to an individual who has dedicated a substantial portion of his or her professional career to the study of indigenous education.

The UAF Students in Free Enterprise team won the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Seattle, Wash., on April 4. SIFE is a nonprofit organization that aims to create economic opportunities in communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.

Lisa Kamin, Katie Palof, Cindy Tribuzio and Joel Webb, all SFOS students, won four of the six awards for best student presentations and posters at the 2008 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

Jing Zhang, CEM, received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to attend the NSF Summer
Institute on Nanomechanics, Nanomaterials, and Micro/Nanomanufacturing at Northwestern University June 23 – 26.

Alaska Airlines made a $100,000 gift to create the Richard and Sally Wien Scholarship in honor of Richard Wien’s retirement from Alaska Air Group.
Dr. Cary Keller, owner of Sportsmedicine Fairbanks, was honored with the creation of a scholarship fund at UAF named in his honor. The fund was created by Ryan Muspratt, a Nanook hockey team member who was treated by Keller. The fund will support UAF student-athletes who demonstrate perseverance, achievement and ability.
The Milner Marketing Scholarship for SOM students was established with a $5,000 gift and pledge by Laura Milner in celebration of her retirement after more than 20 years at UAF.
Fugro Pelagos Inc. gave $5,000 to support the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a marine competition for high school students from around the country. SFOS hosted the event in Seward this year, the first time it was held in Alaska.
Great Northwest Inc. donated $3,000 to help sponsor the UAF team at the 2008 ASCE Steel Bridge Competition in Gainesville, Fla.
Prince William Sound Science Center donated $23,000 in support of the ACT workshops sponsored by Marine Research, Training and Technology.
Teck Cominco will make a gift of $30,000 to provide annual scholarships to UAF engineering students as well as CNSM students enrolled in geosciences courses. A summer internship at either Red Dog Mine or Pogo Mine may also be offered to recipients.
Former Nanook rifle teammates Jamie Beyerle and Matt Emmons will both compete for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games Aug. 8 – 24 in Beijing, China. Beyerle will compete in women's three-position smallbore rifle and Emmons in men's three-position and prone rifle.

Dallas Ferguson was named head coach for the Nanook hockey team. Ferguson served as interim head coach since mid-April and was the assistant coach for the past four years.

June 10, 2008: Applications for the 2008 Complex Systems Summer School are due. The summer school will be held Aug. 3 – 5. For more information contact Karina Possenti at 5151 or visit http://ffden-2.phys.uaf.edu.

June 23, 2008: Submissions for the next issue of the Cornerstone are due by noon. The issue will be published July 2 due to the July 4 holiday.

Aug. 11, 2008: 2008 – 2009 parking decal renewal forms are due in order to be included in the decal mail-out. For more information call 7275.

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