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UAA Seawolf Weekly March 7, 2012


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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UAA forms Military and Veteran Student Task Force

Military Student Task Force

Associate Vice Chancellor Bruce Schultz and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mike Driscoll are pleased to announce the formation of a UAA Military and Veteran Student Task Force. UAA has more than 1,850 active duty military and veteran students enrolled this spring semester, which is the largest number in our history. We are particularly proud that UAA has been designated as a Military Friendly School for the past three years, which places us among only 15 percent of the nation's colleges and universities with such distinction. Clearly, we're headed in the right direction.

The task force will inventory existing services, programs and academic and administrative polices; examine issues affecting UAA's active duty military and veteran students and their dependents; and, guided by best practices and national trends, recommend improvements to services, programs, resources and academic and administrative policies concerning these students.

Find the full list of task force members here.

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Statewide Lemonade Day registration now open

Lemonade Day

Alaska's youth and business owners spanning from Anchorage to Barrow to Ketchikan are gearing up for the second annual Lemonade Day Alaska on May 6, 2012. Online registration kicked off Thursday, March 1, with several additional registration and workshop events scheduled to take place leading up to the May 6 event.
In just one year, Lemonade Day Alaska--which started in Anchorage last year--has grown into a statewide initiative that provides K-12 students the opportunity to learn how to build and operate their own business: the time-honored tradition of running a lemonade stand.

Read more about the program's goals and outcomes and learn how you or your business can get involved.

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Fran Ulmer participates in national ocean and energy panels

Fran Ulmer Arctic Ocean panel

On Feb. 24, Fran Ulmer—UAA's resident scholar on arctic research, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling—participated in a panel hosted by Pew Environmental Group in Washington D.C. on the future of offshore energy in the U.S. Arctic Ocean. More than 70 government officials, academics, nonprofit leaders and reporters attended, and participants described the conversation as honest, substantive and solution-oriented.

A full recap and audio of the event can be found at pewenvironment.org.

Also in D.C. today, March 7, Ulmer is presenting at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership's day-long public meeting "The Science of Ocean, Coastal and Great Lakes Restoration” on a panel discussing "Lessons Learned and Challenges Facing Other National Restoration Efforts."

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Mechanical engineering student to participate in distinguished summer research program

Kaelin EllisSenior mechanical engineering student Kaelin Ellis has been accepted to the Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) at the University of Michigan (UM). Upon completion of the program and acceptance to graduate study at UM, Ellis is guaranteed a five-year Ph.D. fellowship. Acceptance to this competitive program at one of the top engineering graduate programs in the country is an incredible achievement on Ellis' part.

Further information about SROP can be found here.

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University of Hawaii professor to give free lecture about Easter Island

Terry HuntUAA's Resilience and Adaptive Management Group and the Department of Anthropology invite you to attend a free lecture by Easter Island expert, Dr. Terry Hunt, on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum.

Hunt's free lecture, "The statues that walked: Unraveling the mystery of Easter Island," is based on a highly acclaimed book—co-authored by Dr. Lipo—by the same name, and it will outline the evidence for the island's astonishing prehistoric success and explore how and why this most isolated and remarkable culture avoided collapse.

Learn more here.

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University of Alaska Press announces new titles

Three books

From the turn-of-the-20th-century Alaska mail system to the early days of moving crude oil to the mysterious disappearance of one of Alaska's premier artists and pioneers, University of Alaska Press is keeping our state's history alive through three new titles:

Find out what else University of Alaska Press has been working on.

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Alumni/Faculty Spotlight: Sharon Lind
M.B.A. '08
Assistant Professor,
College of Business and Public Policy
Hometown: Kenai, AK
Fun Fact: Her 70-year-old mother is taking Alaska Native Perspectives this semester

I AM UAA Sharon Lind

Twenty-two-years old. Fresh out of Warner Pacific College with a bachelor's degree in business administration. A young Sharon Lind lands her first job with her regional Alaska Native corporation, Aleut Corp.

After five years of running the shareholder's department, she becomes frustrated with the management she sees around her.

"Someone out of the blue said to me one day: stop complaining and do something about it!" says the Kenai, Alaska, native. "So I did. I ran for the board of directors."

One problem. Aleut had a policy that a board member couldn't be in a management position while serving on the board, so Sharon had to make the tough decision to step down from her first "real" job and only get paid for board and business meetings. She did just that and ended up staying on the board for next 17 years.

Follow Sharon as she shares her path from Aleut to UAA.

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Alumni/Faculty Spotlight: Josie Wilson
M.B.A. '09
Assistant Professor,
College of Business and Public Policy
Hometown: Orange County, CA
Fun Facts: Loves swing dancing and is tri-lingual in English, Spanish and American Sign Language

I AM UAA Josie Wilson

When Josie Wilson was a little girl, instead of playing "school," she played "professor." Even at a very young age, she knew that some day she wanted to be "Dr. Josie," with academic credentials to her name that reflected her passion for teaching and learning.

"I like to create," she says. "I just love providing opportunities for people to learn and engage and be equipped, whether it's in the academic setting, in the private sector or even at my church. That's very much a part of who I am."

Josie moved to Anchorage in 2003 from Southern California with a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Chapman University. Coming to Alaska on a one-year contract through ARAMARK Corporation as a location manager and marketing specialist for UAA's Creekside Commons dining program, Josie—as is typical of most transplants— says, "I ended up staying longer than expected."

One year has turned into almost a decade.

See how far Josie has come over the last 10 years in connecting with her community, furthering her education and working toward her childhood dream.

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Hmong refugees adapt traditional Asian farming to Alaska realities

Hmong research

UAA master's student Margaret Brady recently studied Alaska Hmong refugees for her thesis in anthropology. Working one-on-one with individuals from Anchorage's Hmong population, she was specifically interested in how they have adapted their culturally rich gardening practices to the realities of Alaska's climate and wildlife. Brady defended her resulting 200-page master's thesis, which included 15 formal interviews with members of the Hmong community, in late October 2011.

Find out what Brady learned in the full Anchorage Daily News story.

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Cancer Prevention and Recovery Lecture Series with Dr. Lyn Freeman
Wednesday, March 7, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

'Being Canadian: Race, Identity and Citizenship'
Thursday, March 8, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

Pacific Rim Conference on Literature and Rhetoric
Friday and Saturday, March 9–10, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

Administration/Humanities Building, Room 101

Entrepreneurial Edge: free talk on Performance Metrics
Friday, March 23, 3–5:15 p.m.
Rasmuson Hall

Traditional Irish Music by Mick Moloney and Dana Lyn
Friday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Building, Room 150

2012 Alaska PreMed Summit
Saturday, March 24,
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Rasmuson Hall

Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland
Thursday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.

Student Union, The Den

Dental Days at UAA
Friday, March 30,
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 31,
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Allied Health Sciences Building, Dental Clinic, Suite 124

Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium
Friday, April 13, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Gorsuch Commons, Rooms 106, 107 and Grand Hallway

Comedian Eddie Izzard
Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Wendy Williamson Auditorium

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· Rohde chosen West Region Player of Year

· Seawolf pair earn all-region honors

· Big Ten foe visits for gymnsatics finales

· ’Wolves take on Gophers in First Round

· #16 Seawolf men make 16th NCAA appearance

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· 2012 Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series - 'Performing Consent: Ethics, Engaged Ethnography in Downtown eastside Vancouver'

· Polaris Shakespeare Lecture with Barry Kraft, 'Shakespeare's Shifting POV'

· How healthy is our Social Contract, as defined by the U.S. Constitution?

· Climate Changes: Alaska, the Arctic and our Global Environment

· 'X-tended Reality: Sensors, Spatial Temporal Analytics, Behavior Modeling, and Game Platforms' with Dr. George Kamberov

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Mat-Su College is hosting the Mat-Su Valley 2012 Employer EXPO

On Tuesday, March 13, Mat-Su College is hosting the Mat-Su Valley 2012 Employer EXPO. There will be workshops for both job seekers and employers. Bring your resume and dress for a potential interview.

Mat-Su Career EXPO

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