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UAA Seawolf Weekly March 15

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Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012
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First edition of the Military and Veteran Community Services Newsletter published

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The Office of Student Affairs is proud to roll out our first edition of the Military and Veteran Community Services Newsletter (PDF). This newsletter will be produced quarterly and is intended to focus on the military and veteran student body at UAA. Bookmark our site online to easily access current and future newsletters. Enjoy the Spring 2012 edition today!

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University of Alaska Anchorage receives UFA ATTower ATC Training Simulator

ATC-tower-simulatorFrom www.atc-network.com:

"UFA, INC. announced¡­that it successfully completed the installation and commissioning of an ATTower simulator at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). The simulator is installed at the UAA Aviation Technology Division located at the Aviation Technology Center on Merrill Field Airport. The ATTower simulator installation and training activity at UAA was completed to support the spring 2012 semester within just 6 weeks after contract award...

... The Federal Aviation Administration has designated the University of Alaska Anchorage as part of the College Training Initiative program. UAA is one of 33 approved CTI Air Traffic Control schools across the nation and was one of the five original schools approved at the programs beginning. To date, the UAA Air Traffic Control (ATC) program has graduated more than 400 students. UAA students completing the ATC program boast a high graduation rate at the Federal Aviation Administration Academy."

Read the full article here.

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Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) receives national recognition for program engaging students and community in creative expression

KPC English awardJanice Maloney High, associate professor of English, reports that KPC earned a Diana Hacker Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) Award for Outstanding Program in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers. Partnering with the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center, the Interdisciplinary Service-Learning program that earned the award creates formal exhibits that use art and writing to explore community concerns and history. For example, for the first exhibit, "The Heritage Portrait Project," student writers and artists captured the histories of the peninsula's homesteaders. In the second exhibit, "Exploring Perspecitves: The Art and Science of Climate Change," art, science and communications students came together to create works expressing related research and data surrounding climate change. The newest exhibit, "Harvesting the History of Work," is being developed for this spring.

"Overall, the projects have had a broad impact, resulting in community-wide dialogues in forums, special programs and presentations," High writes.

Read more in the latest KPC Connection (PDF)

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Alumni Spotlight: Stephen Trimble
B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies '08
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Fun fact: He owns shares in the 197-acre Gold Cord Mine in Hatcher Pass

I AM UAA Stephen Trimble

Who would have thought designing a degree that was part geology and part fine art would lead to mining business development and seven board appointments? Certainly not Dimond High School grad Stephen Trimble.

Who has noticed that an interdisciplinary degree sure does come in handy for an interdisciplinary career? Most definitely UAA grad Stephen Trimble.

It took him a few years, but with the encouragement and insight of a number of his professors, Stephen combined his talents in art and illustration with his passion for paleontology and geology. The outcome has been a solid foothold in a strong network of mining professionals that spans his years as a student at UAA to his current role as a project manager and mining business lead for URS Corporation in Alaska.

Find out where Stephen has plugged into the community, and what pastime helps him find a work-life balance.

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Student Spotlight: Cristina Gaina
B.A. Economics '11
M.S. Project Management, Class of 2013
Hometown: Chisinau, Republic of Moldova
Fun Fact: Passionate about landscape and close-up photography

I AM UAA Cristina Gaina

UAA graduate student Cristina Gaina's native language is Romanian. While in school she studied French and was part of a Francophone program that included advanced courses in math, biology, chemistry and physics all taught in French. And since her home country of Moldova used to be part of the Soviet Union, Russian quickly became her third language.

"I would love to get out of my comfort zone and learn German or Chinese," she says in clear English. "Speaking multiple languages opens doors and provides opportunities for a deeper understanding of the world's cultural treasures."

Indeed. Since being at UAA, Cristina has tutored French and last spring traveled to Kamchatka, Russia, as an undergraduate researcher with the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP).

Find out what Cristina was investigating in Kamchatka, and learn what issues are important to her as she pursues her master's in project management.

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I LOVE UAA: Jerry Dewhurst

I LOVE UAA Jerry Dewhurst

There are three things in life that Jerry Dewhurst has always prioritized: hockey, education and youth.

"I was a teacher for 12 years before coming to Alaska," says the 72-year-old native of Minnesota. "I'm also an old hockey curmudgeon¡ªI grew up on the ice and played one year of college hockey at Bemidji State a thousand years ago."

After moving to Anchorage in 1975 and switching careers to real estate, Jerry couldn't help but be drawn to the hockey scene at the local university campus. Pretty soon he became more and more involved as a volunteer for the Blueliners, the Seawolf hockey booster club. And after a decade-plus of service, his habit of supporting UAA's student-athletes has spilled over onto the Seawolf Athletic Association Advisory Board as well.

"I have always enjoyed the college atmosphere," he says. "I've always had a passion for education and I am so proud to be involved, working toward helping the kids here have a good experience."

Learn more about Jerry's activities with the Blueliners and how many alumna he counts among his family.

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New book examines Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend

Permanent Fund Dividend bookScott Goldsmith, professor of economics at ISER, is one of the authors of a new book, Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend, describing the history of the dividend and examining whether this unique Alaska program could be a successful model in other places. Dr. Goldsmith's chapter describes the economic and social impacts of the dividend on Alaska.

In conjunction with the book's release, Goldsmith was one of four guests on KSKA's Hometown, Alaska earlier this month to discuss "this amazing Alaskan invention¡­and why it is attracting admirers you might not expect¡­"

Listen to Goldsmith's comments on KSKA.

Published by Palgrave MacMillan, Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend can be found here.

And don't forget that March 31 is the deadline to apply for your 2012 PFD, and with that to donate to higher education through the Pick.Click.Give. campaign. This year ExxonMobil is matching gifts up to $100,000 to any of the campuses of the University of Alaska, Ilisagvik College and Alaska Pacific University.

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'The Common Good: A Symposium'
Monday, March 19, 7¨C9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

'When Is Philanthropy Immoral?' A Community Conversation
Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.6¦5
Fine Arts Building, Room 150

Free lecture by Easter Island expert Dr. Terry Hunt
Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street

'Bitter Medicine: Case Studies of the Complexities Encountered in Global Health'
Friday, March 23, 4¨C5:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Entrepreneurial Edge: free talk on Performance Metrics
Friday, March 23, 3¨C5:15 p.m.
Rasmuson Hall

Traditional Irish Music by Mick Moloney and Dana Lyn
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.6¦5
Fine Arts Building, Room 150

2012 Alaska PreMed Summit
Saturday, March 24,
9 a.m.¨C3 p.m.6¦5
Rasmuson Hall

Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.6¦5
Student Union, The Den

Dental Days at UAA
Friday, March 30,
8:30 a.m.¨C4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31,
8:30 a.m.¨C4:30 p.m.

Allied Health Sciences Building, Dental Clinic, Suite 124

Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium
Friday, April 13, 9 a.m.¨C5 p.m.
Gorsuch Commons,
Rooms 106, 107 and Grand Hallway

Heifer International Club Barn Dance
Saturday, April 21, 7¨C11 p.m.6¦5
Wendler Middle School, Multipurpose Room,
2905 Lake Otis Parkway

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· UAA embarks on busy week in California

· Wilt, Parker collect GNAC weekly honors

· Seawolves are Best in West again!

· UAA, UCSD meet in title tilt

· Cook, Seawolves soar in loss to MSU

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· Canadian socologist Carl James, 'Being Canadian: Race, Identity and Citizenship'

· Cornell's Dr. Christopher Clark on 'Whales and Acoustics in the Marine Environment'

· 7th Annual Cabin Fever Debates, Championship Round 2012

· Carolyn Turgeon presents 'The Next Full Moon'

· David Kaczinski, brother of the 'Unabomber,' shares his family story

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The Alaska Native American Business Enterprise Center (AK NABEC) just opened on UAA's campus last month.

AK NABEC, funded by the Minority Business Development Agency and partnering with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development , will be working with the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development to increase opportunity for UAA faculty, students, programs and research to better serve the economic development of our state.

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