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News Briefs: People and Programs at UAF


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 24, 2010


Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. program produces first graduate
Last fall, Sarah Dewane made history by becoming the first graduate of the joint University of Alaska Fairbanks and University of Alaska Anchorage Clinical-Community Psychology doctoral program. The program’s courses are co-taught by faculty members at both UAF and UAA campuses. Students can take courses in either Fairbanks or Anchorage while working toward a doctorate from UAF. The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved the program in the summer of 2005 and admitted its first cohort of students in 2006.

Students named to national honor band
Four University of Alaska Fairbanks music students been selected to perform in the College Band Directors National Association’s Small College Intercollegiate Honor Band at their national conference to be held in March 2011. Hadassah Silveira (bassoon), Ben Cobb (bass trombone) and Amber Hess (horn) have all won positions, while Kellen Baker (euphonium) is an alternate. The students will rehearse and perform during the conference with approximately 80 other student musicians from across the United States and Canada. Karen Gustafson, director of the UAF Wind Symphony and chair for Alaska in the CBDNA, will attend the conference with the students.

Ohio rancher makes donation to Reindeer Research Program
Reindeer rancher Ron Disher of Waterville, Ohio, has donated $5,000 to the Reindeer Research Program at UAF. This is the start of a five-year commitment Disher has made to the program. He has also challenged members of the Reindeer Owners and Breeders Association to donate to the program and will match their contributions. UAF's Reindeer Research Program is dedicated to the development and promotion of the reindeer industry in Alaska. The research focuses on meat science, range management, nutrition and animal health.

Annual giving coordinator honored as ‘Rising Star’
Megan Damario, UAF‘s annual giving coordinator and UAF alumna has received the District VIII Rising Start Award in Philanthropy from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Damario will accept the award at the CASE District VII annual advancement meeting in Vancouver in February. The Rising Star Awards recognize advancement professionals with seven or fewer years of experience whose accomplishments distinguish them as possible future leaders in the profession.

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