March 29, 2010


The faculty and staff newsletter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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UAF Marketing and Communications is seeking your feedback about communication efforts at UAF. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to complete an internal communications survey. Once you've completed the survey you'll be directed to an informational page within the Marketing and Communications website with a wide range of communication tools and useful checklists. The survey closes Wednesday, March 31, at 5 p.m.

WIN for Alaska presents the Personal Wellness Profile for those enrolled in the UA health plan. The profile is a brief, online questionnaire that helps identify possible health risks and provides an immediate report to help you lower risks in problem areas. The results are yours and a $100 incentive is offered to participate. The questionnaire will be available Thursday, April 1.

The UA Health in Action program Get the Point, run by WIN for Alaska, began in February. Participate in Get the Point and earn $50 when you enter your biometric data, earn another $50 if you reach the Tier 1 goal level. If you are not participating in Get the Point, but are a member of a gym, you can receive a $100 reimbursement by mailing in proof of your 2010 gym membership and the Health Club Reimbursement Form (doc). Biometric data entry and completion of Tier 1 must be done by Friday, April 30, to earn each $50 incentive. You may receive the incentives or health club reimbursement, but not both.

The UA advocacy website provides information about legislation and state relations regarding UA.

The UA Museum of the North and the College of Natural Science and Mathematics are recruiting graduate students with research experience in the natural sciences for a new fellowship program, Changing Alaska Science Education. The 12-month GK-12 fellowships will partner graduate students with K-12 teachers. Preference will be given to those with research experience dealing with climate change. Applications are due April 5 to For more information contact Rich Boone at 474-7682 or, or Laura Conner at 474-6950 or

UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning offers more than 300 courses this summer with in-state tuition for everyone. For more information call 474-7021.

The UAF Family Preschool Playgroup for children ages 1 – 4 meets every Wednesday from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center. No commitment is required and drop-ins are welcome, but children must have a parent present. The group is free but you need an SRC membership to participate.

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



The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents Alexander Pushkin as a Mirror of Russian Literature, a lecture and readings of translations of Pushkin's works by Julian Henry Lowenfeld, Monday, March 29, at 5 p.m. in the Foreign Languages Lab, 609 Gruening.

The Academic Advising Center
is hosting a series of skills workshops including Grad School and Pre-Professional Info, Tuesday, March 30, and Discover How You Learn, Tuesday, April 6. Most workshops take place at 1:05 p.m. in 409 Gruening. For more information contact the Advising Center at 474-6396 or

The UAF Toast of Alaska Toastmasters Club
holds meetings Tuesdays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in 201 O'Neill. The next meeting is March 30. For more information contact

The UAF Student Job Fair
takes place Wednesday, March 31, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Wood Center. UAF departments will be hiring for summer and fall job openings. For more information call 474-7596.

The Alaska EPSCoR dessert discussions seminar series
presents "Stunning Slides and Prefect Poise: Crafting Understandable and Memorable Public Presentations" Wednesday, March 31, from 1 – 2 p.m. in 401 IARC. The panel discussion will be videoconferenced to Anchorage and Juneau. For more information contact Pips Veazey at 474-5989 or or Tom Moran at 474-5581 or

WIN for Alaska
is hosting Know Your Numbers Biometric Screenings in March and April. The next screening sessions take place Wednesday, March 31, from 1 – 4 p.m. in 109-C Butrovich; Friday, April 2, from 2 – 6 p.m. in 112 Patty Center; and Wednesday, April 7, from noon – 4 p.m. in Wood Center conference room B.

Student and Enrollment Services
presents "The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State," a free public lecture by Jonathan Adelman, University of Denver, Wednesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. in 201 Reichardt Building.

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 1. Admission is free. For more information call 474-7555.

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 – 60 minutes long. For more information call Anne Sakumoto at 786-1432.

The Northern Leadership Center
, along with the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, presents a two-day workshop, Fierce Conversations by Jerry Covey, Tuesday – Wednesday, April 6 – 7, at the Westmark Hotel. Registration is $199 per person before March 31, and $225 after March 31. For more information contact Sheri Layral at 474-5942 or

UAF's Math in a Cultural Context
program will host an April First Friday event with displays of books and materials, a chance to meet Yup'ik collaborators and an exhibit featuring the artwork of Putt Clark. The Math in a Cultural Context modules incorporate math into cultural activities such as berry picking, sewing parkas and star navigation. The First Friday event takes place April 2 from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Bowers Building, 2175 S. University Ave., Suite 101. For more information call 474-6996.

A 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

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.

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.

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.

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
registration is now available online. The festival takes place July 18 – Aug. 1. For more information call 474-8869.

The 7th International Stable Isotopes Conference
takes place at UAF Aug. 9 – 13. Abstracts are due Thursday, April 8, and registration is due Tuesday, June 8.

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 estate of alumnus Calvin J. Lensink made a donation of $650,000 to support graduate students and research focusing on wildlife management and ecology. The Lensink endowment is the largest private gift in the history of UAF's wildlife biology program.

The Academic Advising Center announced the recipients of the 2009 – 2010 Feist/Schamel Outstanding Undergraduate Faculty Advisor Award: George Guthridge, College of Rural and Community Development; Debbie Moses, CRCD; Michael Nakoneczny, College of Liberal Arts; and Jing Zhang, College of Engineering and Mines .

Nancy Graff, North Pole 4-H leader in the Tanana 4-H District, received the Western Region 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award during the Western Regional Leaders' Forum March 11 – 14 in Albuquerque, N.M.  The award recognizes the top 4-H volunteer with less than 10 years of service.


Three Alaska Nanook hockey players were recognized at the Central Collegiate Hockey Association awards banquet. Andy Taranto received CCHA's Rookie of the Year award. Taranto is the first player in Nanook history to receive this award. Dion Knelsen was named CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also received the Mike and Marian Ilitch Humanitarian Award. Knelsen is the first Nanook to receive the CCHA Humanitarian award. Scott Greenham was named the Alaska Nanook's Perani Cup point winner for the 2009 – 2010 season.

The Nanook hockey team played in the NCAA Northeast Regional March 27. The Nanooks faced Boston College and lost 3-1.



March 31: Nominations (PDF) for the Chancellor's Diversity Award (PDF) are due. For more information contact Ginny Tschanz at or Abel Bult-Ito at

April 2
: Nominations for honorary degrees for Commencement 2011 are due.

April 2: Applications for graduation with leadership honors are due.

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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