April 5, 2010

Cornerstone

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For Your Information

Morris Palter, CLA, was named director and host of the Focus Day of Percussion at the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention to be held Nov. 10 – 13 in Indianapolis, Ind. Palter's host duties include creating a theme for the day, organizing six different concerts from over 200 proposals, writing an article for the PAS journal and acting as master of ceremonies.

Open Enrollment for UA Choice benefits is April 15 – May 14. During this time employees may change their benefit selections. Statewide Human Resources mailed information last week notifying all benefits-eligible employees of expected changes (PDF), including an increase in employee costs for health coverage.

UAF Parking Services has bicycle lockers for students, faculty and staff to store their bikes and accessories. The lockers help prevent vandalism and theft and protect items from the elements. Lockers are available on West Ridge near the Akasofu Building and on the east side of Gruening Building. Rental rates are $9 a month or $100 a year with a key deposit of $50 that is refunded at the end of the rental agreement (PDF).

The Alaska Space Grant program has information available on the NASA Space Science Student Ambassadors Program. The program encourages undergraduate and graduate students to participate in NASA activities and is an extension of the NASA International Year of Astronomy Student Ambassador Program.

UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning offers more than 300 courses this summer with in-state tuition for everyone. Summer Sessions is paying the tuition for non-native English speakers in its two English language proficiency courses: ENGL F230 offered June 1 – July 2 and ENGL F231 offered July 7 – Aug. 12. Students are responsible for fees and books for the course. For more information call 474-7021.

Tanana Valley Campus's Aviation Maintenance program is the only organization in the nation approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to deliver training via simulcast, as TVC is pioneering this method for training aircraft mechanics. A record 11 locations participated in the March training sessions.

The UA Museum of the North has expanded its family pass program to include Fort Wainwright. Soldiers stationed at Fort Wainwright and their families can check out a pass at the Fort Wainwright Library that admits two adults and up to four children to the museum free of charge. Passes can be checked out for two weeks and must be turned in to the museum when used, or returned to the library if not used. The museum has a similar pass program in place at the Noel Wien Library.

Percussion group Ensemble 64.8 will travel to Indianapolis to perform at the Intermedia Festival April 23 – 25. The Intermedia Festival features a series of unique concerts and events presenting futuristic modes of live performance in the telematic and media arts. Ensemble 64.8 is involved in a large-scale opera production and will premiere six new percussion works composed by Alaskan composer Matthew Burtner.

The Statewide Voice March 2010 edition is available online.

The UAF Staff Council monthly newsletter for April is now available online.

Registration and fee payment for fall 2010 begin Monday, April 5.




 

Events

UA President Mark Hamilton will be a guest speaker at the UAF Faculty Senate meeting Monday, April 5, from 1 – 3 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom.

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of skill workshops including Discover How You Learn Tuesday, April 6, DegreeWorks Thursday, April 8 and Resume Writing Tuesday, April 13. Most workshops take place at 1 p.m. in 409 Gruening. For more information contact the Advising Center at 474-6396 or advising@uaf.edu.

The University Employee Assistance Program provider, ComPsych, hosts webinars on select Wednesdays throughout the year, including Accountability in the Workplace April 7 at 11 a.m. and Personal Finance 101 April 21 at noon. Webinars are 45 minutes long. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

WIN for Alaska is hosting Know Your Numbers Biometric Screenings in March and April. The next screening sessions take place Wednesday, April 7, from noon – 4 p.m. and Monday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., both in Wood Center conference room B, and Wednesday, April 14, from noon – 4 p.m. in the Mather Library in the Akasofu Building.

UAF HR is hosting training on completing adjunct job forms Wednesday, April 7, at 3 p.m.

The Communication for Sustainable Social Change seminar series presents a discussion of Where the Rivers Meet the Sky: A Collaborative Approach to Participatory Development, a book by Timothy Kennedy of the University of Tampa, Wednesday, April 7, from 5 – 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. For more information contact Jordan Lewis, Alaska Native Studies, at 474-5495 or jplewis@alaska.edu.

Eduardo Wilner will give a free public lecture Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Wilner’s lecture will explore author and scientist Richard Dawkins’ book The God Delusion and the position it takes on the collision of science and religion. Wilner’s lecture is sponsored by the Socratic Society, a student group at UAF. The Socratic Society will host Dawkins at UAF this summer.

Ilia Radoslavov, CLA, presents a faculty piano recital Wednesday, April 7, at 8 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free. For more information call 474-7555.

The School of Management presents "New Branding Imperatives" (PDF), a lecture by Kevin Lane Keller, Dartmouth College, Thursday, April 8, from 1 – 2 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium.

Music at One, free recitals by UAF music students, take place throughout the semester on Thursdays from 1 – 2 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. The next recital will be April 8. Admission is free. For more information call 474-7555.

Foreign Languages Fiesta, hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, takes place Thursday, April 8, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to this international potluck. For more information contact the department at 474-7396 or faforei@uaf.edu.

The Resilience and Adaptation Program's Applications of Sustainability Science in Alaska: Issues and Opportunities workshop takes place Friday, April 9, from noon – 5 p.m. in the Rural Student Services Gathering Room.

The first annual Campus Research Day
will take place Friday, April 9, from noon – 3 p.m. More than 20 labs across campus will be open for demos and tours. There will also be undergraduate and graduate poster sessions available for viewing all day in the Reichardt building, and an undergraduate research symposium beginning at 2 p.m. in Elvey auditorium. An awards ceremony and keynote address titled "Venus: Earth’s Mysterious Sister" by Vice Chancellor Buck Sharpton will take place at 6 p.m. in Schaible auditorium.

The Percussion Arts Society's Alaska Day of Percussion, hosted by Morris Palter, CLA, and sponsored by the Department of Music, takes place Friday, April 9, from 6 – 11 p.m. and Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Admission is $30 for a two-day pass, $20 for a one-day pass. PAS member rates are $20 for a two-day pass and $15 for a one-day pass; single concert tickets are $10. For more information call 474-1873.

The Science Potpourri, the College of Natural Science and Mathematics' annual open house, takes place Saturday, April 10, from noon – 3 p.m. in the Reichardt Building. Participants of all ages can slice a rock in two, create a flood in a miniature Monopoly town, learn to make slime, investigate mystery beads and watch a robot in action. The Science Potpourri is free and open to the public. Free parking is available behind the Reichardt Building.

Cooperative Extension Service presents the Cold Climate Home-Building Techniques Workshop taught by Richard Seifert, CES, Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Schaible Auditorium. Admission is free, but registration is required. Participants will receive a manual with CD. For more information or to register call 474-6366.

The 16th annual Beat Beethoven 5K race, sponsored by the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra, starts at the Patty Center Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. For more information call 474-5733 .

A Passport to Chocolate
, the 2010 UA Museum of the North Chocolate Bash, takes place Saturday, April 10, from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information call 474-7505.

Discover UAF: UA Scholars Program, hosted by the Office of Admissions, takes place Saturday, April 17. Discover UAF is an open house for high school juniors and seniors designed to showcase the university. Registration is required, but the event is free.

The UAF Staff Council presents a brown bag lunch discussion "Staff Health Care and Open Enrollment" (PDF) with Mike Humphrey, director of benefits, Thursday, April 22, from noon – 1 p.m. in Wood Center Conference Rooms E and F. A teleconference options is available, check the PDF for more details. For more information contact Nichole Kloepfer at 474-7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

The Earth Day Fair, hosted by the Sustainable Campus Task Force, takes place Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the Lola Tilly Commons upper deck. There will be activities for all ages, informational booths, live music and free food. For more information e-mail sctfuaf@gmail.com.

Check out the UAF Weekly Science Calendar, sponsored by the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research, for science-related events at UAF.

Visit UAF's online calendar
for information on UAF events or to publicize an event.




 

Grants and Awards

The School of Management will be presented with a certificate and DVD collection of lectures by national scholars on adult learning and teaching in honor of the late Susan Herman. Herman was posthumously awarded the first Gretchen T. Bersch annual award for Adult Lifelong Learning and Teaching.

The School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences has named its outstanding students for the school year: Taylor Beard, High Latitude Agriculture; Charles Caster, Resources Management; Cassie Wohlgemuth, Forest Sciences; and Matthew Balazs, UA Geography Program.

Rossignol USA has given the Alaska Nanooks men's and women's skiing program $9,000 worth of equipment.




 

Deadlines

April 16: Applications for the University Women's Association scholarships are due. For more information e-mail acrunstadler@yahoo.com.

April 16 : Nominations for the George and Mine Mikami Scholarship for the 2010 – 2011 academic year are due to the UAF Financial Aid Office. Nominations must be submitted by faculty members. Two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2010 – 2011 school year.

May 5: Applications for the UA Museum of the North 2010 Artisan Expo and Sale are due. Artists working in all media and living in Alaska or the circumpolar North are welcome to apply.

May 7
: Nominations (PDF) for UAF Staff Council vice president are due.

June 4
: Abstracts submissions for the 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystems-based Fisheries Management, are due.



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