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UA Regents meeting in Sitka highlights fisheries, art and distance delivery


SITKA— The University of Alaska Board of Regents concluded a two-day
meeting at the University of Alaska Sitka Campus on a strong note
after two days filled with fisheries and maritime information,
testimonies on the impact of the campus on the community and a fond
farewell to Mari Freitag, student regent.

During public testimony Sitka residents, students and faculty
testified in support of the varied programs offered through campus
involving the fisheries and maritime industry, arts, construction and
health care. Many who testified offered personal thoughts and stories
about the impact of the local campus to the town and region of about
9,000 residents.

General Manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture
Association Steve Reifenstuhl spoke passionately about a career field
he has spent his life working in.  “The fisheries, seafood, and
maritime industries, with over 70,000 jobs, offer our children and
citizens an exciting career path. With the right education, this
career path can be a lucrative one—whether in reefer repair or
fisheries research. I believe we can tell this story in a way that
will invite greater participation within Alaska.”

“The success of our faculty in high-tech distance instruction is
leading the way for the whole UA family,” said Campus Director, Jeff
Johnston.  “New programs in fisheries management and law enforcement
synthesize best practices and meet critical statewide needs. The Sitka
Campus has emerged as a healthcare education magnet and with regional
partners, a practical center for promoting economic development and
environmental research.”

The board approved formal project approvals for the University of
Alaska Anchorage Health Campus Pedestrian Bridge; a project change
request on UAA’s MAC Housing Renewal; a project change request for
UAF’s Margaret Murie Life Sciences Research and Teaching Facility;
adoption of a UAS Campus Master Plan; approval of a revision to
Regents’ Policy 05.12.040 on Capital Project Development; and an audit
department name change.

The decision on whether to increase tuition for Fairbanks students
enrolled in business management courses was postponed to next meeting,
which will be held in Fairbanks on June 6-7, 2013. The proposal to
introduce “differential tuition” for University of Alaska Fairbanks
School of Management was made to address projected budget shortfalls
in the department.

Student Regent Mari Freitag enjoyed her last meeting with the board
and received a resolution of appreciation outlining her life and
college career. The regents also stood in standing applause in
recognition of her outstanding efforts in representation of the UA
student body.
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