The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:


The UAF Faculty Senate recommends to the Board of Regents that the attached list of individuals be awarded the appropriate UAF degrees pending completion of all University requirements.  [Note:  copy of the list is available in the Governance Office, 312 Signers' Hall.]

       EFFECTIVE:              Immediately

RATIONALE:             These degrees are granted upon recommendation of the program faculty, as verified by the appropriate department head.  As the representative governance group of the faculty, we are making that recommendation.


The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:




WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt is retiring on June 30, 2007 after serving UAF in many roles for 35 years in a manner deserving of the University of Alaska’s greatest admiration and respect; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt has served as Professor of Chemistry from 1972-1990 and as Dean of the College of Natural Sciences (College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics) from 1990-1998; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt was instrumental in planning the building of the Natural Sciences Facility and getting the funding from the State Legislature necessary for the furnishing of the Natural Sciences Facility; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt served as Director of the UA Museum, 1993, and was very supportive of the UA Museum of the North’s expansion project and the fund raising campaign; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt has served as Interim Provost, 1993, and from 1998 to present as Provost demonstrating a commitment to graduate and undergraduate education; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt helped develop UAF 2005 and produced UAF’s Academic Development Plan that resulted in useful and practical guidelines for a variety of endeavors helping establish a basis by which decisions about programs, budget and space assignments are made and helps us to obtain state funding; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt, while Provost, led significant UAF efforts resulting in the 2001 institutional accreditation and the 2006 reaffirmation of accreditation with no subsequent reports, a relatively uncommon event among institutions of higher education; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt has served on various Statewide Committees and other university committees including SAC and the Chancellor's Cabinet representing the interests of UAF faculty to the administration of UAF and statewide; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt has established the Academic Leadership Institute where faculty, staff and administrators spend time studying and talking about academic leadership; and

WHEREAS, The University of the Arctic honored Paul Reichardt for his contributions to the circumpolar organization; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt is currently a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt was recently named the winner of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence in service to the University of Alaska by the UA Foundation, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Foundation; and

WHEREAS, Paul Reichardt has served under three chancellors at UAF, which serves nearly 10,000 students and hundreds of scientists working within multiple, world-class research institutes.  Each one of the chancellors under which Paul Reichardt worked looked to him as a source of inspiration and initiative to move the university forward; and

WHEREAS, The faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, through its Faculty Senate, wish to acknowledge the outstanding contributions to higher education and intellectual development of Paul B. Reichardt, UAF faculty member, dean, and provost; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate acknowledges and proclaims to all that Paul B. Reichardt has rendered outstanding service to the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administration of UAF and to the citizens of Alaska, and hereby expresses its deep appreciation.




The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:




WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served the UAF Faculty Senate in a manner deserving of the UAF Faculty Senate's greatest admiration and respect; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as Senator to the UAF Faculty Senate from 2002-2006 and as a member of the Faculty Affairs Committee from 2002-2004 and as chair from 2004-2005; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as a member of the Administrative Committee from 2004-2005, as Chair of the Administrative Committee and as President-Elect of the UAF Faculty Senate from 2005-2006; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as a member of the UAF Governance Coordinating Committee from 2005-2007; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as a member of the UA Faculty Alliance from 2005-2007, and as chair of the UA Faculty Alliance from 2006-2007 and as a member of the UA Systemwide Governance Council from 2006-2007; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as the chair of the UA Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee in 2006-2007; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil worked with UA Statewide and the Faculty Alliance to formulate a plan for student success at UA; and

WHEREAS, Shirish Patil has served as President of the UAF Faculty Senate from 2006-2007 and has championed collegiality, honesty, integrity, and respectful resolve; and

WHEREAS, The UAF Faculty Senate wishes to acknowledge the outstanding service rendered the faculty and the University by the work of Shirish Patil as he concludes his term as president; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, That the UAF Faculty Senate acknowledges the many contributions of Shirish Patil and expresses its appreciation for his exemplary service.



The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:




WHEREAS, Larry Roberts has served the university in the UAF Faculty Senate for four years at UAF; and

WHEREAS, Larry Roberts served on the Curricular Affairs Committee during a year with a higher than usual number of motions due to plus-minus grading; and

WHEREAS, Larry Roberts served as a member of the Faculty Development, Assessment and Improvement Committee from 2003-2007, and as chair from 2006-2007; and

WHEREAS, Larry Roberts represents the Faculty Development, Assessment and Improvement Committee on the Faculty Senate Administrative Committee; and

WHEREAS, Larry Roberts worked tirelessly to produce a faculty development conference focused on teaching adult learners for the past two years at minimal cost to participants due to his ability to obtain grant funding; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the UAF Faculty Senate recognizes Larry Roberts as Co-Outstanding Senator of the Year for Academic Year 2006-2007.



The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:

WHEREAS, Marsha Sousa is serving her first term in the UAF Faculty Senate; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Sousa worked with quiet determination and persistence as co-chair of the Curricular Affairs Committee during 2006-2007; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Sousa persisted throughout the year to bring a higher than usual motions (due to plus-minus grading) to the floor of the Faculty Senate; and

WHEREAS, Marsha Sousa represents the Curricular Affairs Committee on the Faculty Senate Administrative Committee; and

WHEREAS, With her knowledge of vocational as well as academic programs, Marsha Sousa has been able to help formulate program proposals that are complete, academically sound, and meet the needs of a wide range of UAF students; now

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, the UAF Faculty Senate recognizes Marsha Sousa as Co-Outstanding Senator of the Year for Academic Year 2006-2007.


The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:


The UAF Faculty Senate moves to delete the Minor in Athletic Coaching.


Executive Summary
Deletion of Athletic Coaching Minor

The Athletic Coaching minor was offered by the Physical Education Dept. in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  When the department was discontinued in the mid-1990s, this minor was left in the catalogue, partly because it was thought that varsity coaches and trainers might want to offer some of the classes and perhaps even the minor.  However, that proved not to be feasible without an academic department.  The current UAF Athletic Director, Forest Karr, has no interest in the program or its classes.  Most have not been offered in at least five years.  The UAF School of Management is exploring a sports management or sports information minor, which is more appropriate to current students' needs and interests.  Deleting this minor is only a matter of cleaning up the catalogue. 


The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:


The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve a Certificate in High Latitude Range Management.   

High Latitude Range Management (HLRM)

The High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) certificate proposes a two year academic program that directly meets the needs of the peoples of the Seward Peninsula region and other rural Alaska regions.  In addition, this program carries out the mission of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Northwest Campus (NWC) by providing a program of college instruction to teach students, who wish to continue their formal education, skills for employability that will assist in economic and community development of the region, while placing special emphasis on using the region’s rich history, to build a sustainable future through higher learning. 

The HLRM program will offer a rural-specific, culturally relevant and accredited Certificate through the College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD).  The HLRM program has developed an entry-level curriculum which will meet the skill needs for rural Alaska communities.  Agency or corporation personnel educated and trained outside the state of Alaska conduct much of the management of natural resources in Rural Alaska.  Many local people have a profound knowledge of the resource base but no formal training in which to participate or contribute to management decisions at the state or federal level.  Students receiving the HLRM certificate will be trained in conventional field-based techniques used by agencies to inventory and monitor high latitude plant and animal populations.  Students will also be trained in the ecological concepts of sustained yield and the manipulations and management of animal populations in northern ecosystems. The HLRM program will also serve as a bridge for students pursuing a science-related associate or baccalaureate program. 



Program title:
High Latitude Range Management (HLRM) Program
Credential level of the program:  Certificate
Admissions requirements and prerequisites:

A HLRM Program Certificate represents the completion of at least 31 credits in the conventional field-based techniques to inventory and monitor northern animal and plant populations combining traditional knowledge with contemporary studies necessary for entry-level natural resource jobs statewide.  The certificate also emphasizes place-based domesticated ungulate husbandry and health, applicable regionally and statewide.  This certificate may also serve as a bridge to a variety of natural science associate and baccalaureate programs

Admission is open to all individuals, especially those employed by or interested in employment with state, federal or tribal agencies or other local entities in rural Alaska which provide natural resources management services. 

Students should have a high school diploma or GED and an interest in science –related fields.  It is strongly recommended that students seeking admission to this program have completed two high school, lab-based science courses preferably in biology, chemistry, or physics. 

Students whose ACT/SAT scores are not high enough to place them into regular college level classes will be required to take the ASSET or COMPASS test and will be placed into the appropriate developmental level course.

To remain in good standing, students must:

a) Maintain an overall 2.0 grade point average
b) Maintain a C grade or better in all required courses

HLRM Certificate Program Outline

1. Complete the general university requirements
2. Complete the general Certificate requirements                                          9 cr

Communication….......................................................................................... 3 cr:

ENGL 111X – Introduction to Academic Writing................................... 3 cr

Computation (complete one of the following)................................................ 3 cr:

MATH 103X – Concepts & Contemp Aps of Math................................ 3 cr or

ABUS 155 – Business Math................................................................... 3 cr

Human Relations (complete one of the following)......................................... 3 cr;

ANTH 100X/SOC 100X – Individual, Society & Culture...................... 3 cr OR

ABUS 154 – Human Relations................................................................. 3 cr

3. Complete the HLRM program requirements                                            22 cr

NRM 101 - Nat. Res. Conservation and Policy................................... 3 cr
BIOL 104X - Natural History of Alaska ………………………......4 cr. OR
BIOL 104 – Natural History of Alaska…………………………..…3 cr. AND
BIOL 104L – Natural History of Alaska Laboratory…………….....1 cr.
HLRM 120 - History of Domesticated Alaskan Ungulates..................... 1 cr
HLRM 130 – Research Field Logistics................................................ 2 cr
HLRM 140 - High Latitude Range Management .................................. 2 cr
HLRM 150 - Alaskan Ungulate Husbandry .......................................... 2 cr
HLRM 160 - Meat Production ............................................................... 2 cr
HLRM 170 - Health Issues in Domestic Herds ..................................... 2 cr.
HLRM 201 – Field Tech. for Range Management .............................. 2 cr
HLRM 205 – Research Methods in Range Management..................... 2 cr

Minimum credits required ..................................................................  31 credits



The UAF Faculty Senate passed the following at its Meeting #144 on May 7, 2007:


The UAF Faculty Senate moves to approve a Certificate in Veterinary Science.   

Veterinary Science Program

Overview: In response to a shortage of trained veterinary paraprofessionals in Alaska, the Interior-Aleutians Campus and the Chukchi Campus supported by the College of Rural and Community Development is proposing the Veterinary Sciences certificate (VTS) consisting of a 37-38 credit certificate program.  This certificate is designed to articulate into a proposed AS degree and a proposed track for individuals to complete requirements to be eligible for the National Veterinary Technician Examination.

Statistics on higher education attainment for Alaskans are troubling.  Only 28% of 9th graders in the state of Alaska enroll in college 4 years later.  Only 18% are still enrolled in their sophomore year and only 6% graduate from college within 6 years (Source: NCES: Common Core Data, IPEDS Residency and Migration, Fall Enrollment, and graduation rate surveys, 2004).  The educational needs in rural Alaska are particularly acute.  Improving these statistics will involve effort on many fronts and one is developing programs that can engage students’ interest before they get to college, encouraging them to stay in school, enroll in college, obtain useful and marketable skills, and perhaps continue towards a 4 year degree.  Veterinary science is a program that can positively affect student engagement and perseverance in all age groups.

Alaska is one of only 7 states that currently have no Veterinary Science (VTS) program.  Currently, there are 108 licensed veterinary technicians (VT) for the 264 licensed veterinarians in the state.  Of the licensed veterinarians, fewer than 10 practice in rural areas resulting in a critical shortage in veterinary care throughout rural Alaska.  This shortage of rural veterinary care holds true nationwide.

The State of Alaska has a great need for individuals trained in veterinary sciences in both rural and urban areas.  To become a licensed VT a person must work for a licensed veterinarian for two years in the capacity as a technician or pass an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) certified training program.  Both require passing a national examination before the license is issued.  In Alaska, the option for experience in lieu of education will be phased out in the year 2010, leaving more formalized veterinary education as the only option for becoming a certified veterinary technician.

Alaskan students who want to receive a paraprofessional veterinary education face serious barriers, the most critical of which is the lack of training available in the state.  To become trained in veterinary sciences currently, a student must be admitted to and attend an out-of-state program, as well as pay out-of-state tuition costs.  A multi-year absence from Alaska could also result in a student not returning to the state for employment.

In the absence of trained veterinary care in rural Alaska, primary and crisis care for animals has come from a variety of sources, including local dog mushers or other animal enthusiasts and village based health care workers.  These rural residents already have life-skills in animal and or human care and would like to formalize these skills.  When even these informal options are unavailable injured and sick animals are most often disposed of by local law enforcement, if available or by the owner themselves.  Formal training in veterinary science would allow rural communities to practically and humanely deal with animal health issues.

In the alternative food production arena, the shortage of adequate rural veterinary care has affected the ability of interested people to have successful large animal or poultry farming operations.  Such production operations may involve cattle, swine, sheep, goat, reindeer, bison, musk oxen, and poultry.  These producers ideally would have access to individuals with the skill to help appropriately manage disease, nutrition and husbandry issues.

Additional roles of students trained in the veterinary field are identification and management of public health issues.  These may include zoonotic diseases including rabies education and prevention, animal disease recognition and education, water and food quality testing, and meat and seafood inspection.

The Veterinary Science program (VTS) will offer a core certificate from which the student can articulate to a proposed A.S. degree in Veterinary Science and expand into different learning tracks.  These tracks include a veterinary technician track and a veterinary medical illustration track.  The veterinary technician track has been designed to fulfill the needs for AVMA accreditation.

Other employment and educational fields can be entered from this program.  The program will provide a strong educational starting point for students interested in entering an undergraduate program, veterinary college or becoming a veterinary medical illustrator.  An added application of this program is in tribal resource management.  Here the individual trained in the veterinary sciences could provide assistance to Alaskan Native corporations, in regards to public and animal health.

This program will be a rural oriented program that may be adapted for urban delivery.  The rural orientation will be reflected in the distance delivery methods of courses and the types of information included.  For example, information about animal adaptations to cold climates and remote areas as well as the unique history of animal/human relations in rural Alaska would be included.  Regarding urban orientation of the program, information about small animals such as those seen in typical urban and suburban small animal general practices would be included.  The core of the program in any area will be basic veterinary knowledge and skills.  Students from this program should be able to transfer their knowledge to different environments.

Realizing that students entering this program are at many different levels, it is predicted that the course work to completion for the Veterinary Science certificate will take approximately 2 to 5 years.  It is expected that highly motivated students will complete this within the 2 year time frame.  Time to completion is obviously dependent on many factors a student may have, such as number of classes taken per term, job, work and family commitments.  Classes will be delivered primarily by distance education, as well as face to face and intensive 2-4 day laboratories and practica at central locations.

Objectives of the VTS certificate program:

1. To prepare a group of educated Alaskans that meet current life-skill and workforce needs in veterinary sciences, focusing on the rural worker.

2. To contribute to our vocational educated Alaskan workforce by providing a program that links work-based skills and hands-on learning to postsecondary education, particularly in rural Alaska in keeping with the university mission.

3. To provide a career ladder beyond entry-level to an underemployed rural workforce.

4. To provide an education ladder beyond the certificate by providing a pathway leading to additional degrees and educational tracks.


Proposed Catalog Description

College of Rural and Community Development
Interior-Aleutians Campus (907) 474-5439
Chukchi Campus (907) 442-3400

Veterinary Science Certificate:

Training in veterinary science and medicine provides a strong base for careers in farming, dog mushing, wildlife management, public health, tribal resource management, environmental health, veterinary technology and as a veterinarian.

Incorporated into these courses are information and training for work with domestic small animals, domestic farm animals, reindeer, bison and musk ox.  Certificate graduates are prepared to continue on in learning tracks for veterinary technology, public health, wildlife management, veterinary medical illustration, veterinary medicine and other science related fields.

Program Outline and Course Descriptions

Veterinary Science (VTS) Certificate