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UAA Seawolf Weekly 10.26.2011


UAA University of Alaska Anchorage logo UAA Seawolf Weekly titlebar Seawolf Weekly header image 7square.gif 359spacer.gif 8square.gif Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 7square.gif 7square.gif UAA News title graphic 10square.gif Shaping Alaska's Future 2017

President Gamble's initiative to create a new Strategic Direction for the University of Alaska started in earnest this week when the first of a series of planned listening sessions was held at the Eagle River Campus on Monday, Oct. 24. The next one will be in Bristol Bay on Friday, Nov. 4. For a full list of listening sessions, visit the Shaping Alaska's Future website.

Shaping Alaska's Future

The site is the central location for all matters related to the Strategic Direction effort. In addition to the schedule of listening sessions for this fall, you'll also find a short survey to help gather your ideas, reports, background documents and other helpful information. The website will be updated frequently throughout the academic year while the Strategic Direction initiative is underway.

If you have any questions, please "Contact Us": Strategic Direction coordinator, Chas St. George, or Dr. Paula Donson, associate vice president for academic affairs, both of whom participants will also get a chance to meet at listening sessions in the months ahead.

Seawolf debaters make strong showing in prestigious tournament

Seawolf Debate

The UAA Seawolf Debate program made its presence known at the 2011 Hart House Intervarsity debate tournament, hosted by University of Toronto and regarded as one of the most competitive debating tournaments in North America. This year's tournament featured 65 teams from around the U.S. and Canada.

In a historical first for UAA as a Hart House tournament participant, two Seawolf teams advanced to the elimination rounds to compete in a field of 12 teams.

Find out how Seawolf debaters did as teams and individuals.

Marine biology students at the Kachemak Bay Campus assist with whale necropsy

Kachemak Bay Campus studentsExciting things are happening in Homer for students who have chosen to take advantage of the Semester by the Bay program. Marine biology students at UAA's Kenai Peninsula College Kachemak Bay Campus recently assisted in the recovery and necropsy of a whale carcass from Little Tutka Bay, aided in the release of two rehabilitated seals, happened across some lunge feeding humpback whales and participated in Coast Walk International.


Pictures of recent Semester by the Bay adventures

Article in the Homer Tribune: Rare whale washes up in Tutka Bay—Stejneger's beaked whale unusual in inlet

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Tim Gravel
B.B.A. Accounting '90
Owner of Kaladi Brothers Coffee
Hometown: Livermore, CA
Fun Fact: Used to run stats for UAA basketball games

I am UAA: Tim Gravel, accounting 1990

UAA alum Tim Gravel shares a pretty typical story of how he came to live in Alaska: He came up thinking he would be here for a certain period of time (in his case to earn his college degree) and he ended up never leaving. From there, however, his story gets a little less than typical—after all, he is co-owner of one of the largest coffee roasters in the state, Kaladi Brothers Coffee Company.

Let's find out how a guy goes from staples and nail guns to public accounting to being a "Catalyst for the Community" through coffee.

Kelsea Akerelrea
B.S. Nursing '11
Hometown: Scammon Bay and Anchorage, AK
Fun Fact: Owns an Atari and original Nintendo, complete with Duck Hunt

I am UAA: Kelsea Akerelrea, nursing student

Nursing is becoming something of a family tradition for the Akerelreas. When asked how she came to join the Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives in Nursing (RRANN) program at University of Alaska Anchorage, Kelsea says, "My sister is actually a nurse. She said, 'I love my job, come work with me' and I said OK!" Andrea, Kelsea's older sister, is also a RRANN graduate who now works for the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). With one younger brother in Anchorage and a younger sister and brother in Scammon Bay, Kelsea and Andrea have several opportunities to recruit more family members to help meet Alaska's demand for qualified health care providers.

Find out how Kelsea's RRANN education supports her holistic approach to nursing.

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The evolution of television: How TV shapes our lives in the new digital ecosystem

The Evolution of Television with Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye

Since its inception, television has shaped our lives: from our health and relationships to our culture. Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye, assistant professor in UAA's Department of Journalism and Public Communications, presented at the College of Arts and Sciences recent Relevant Research speaker series, tracing how television has evolved and struggled to find its place in the new digital media landscape. She also touched on the latest research findings on television consumption, television's relationship with promotion and how mediated personalities influence our media habits and perceptions of the world.

Listen to her presentation here.

Mapaye was recognized with the Broadcast Education Association's Harwood Outstanding Dissertation award in 2011 as the author of the top broadcasting and electronic media dissertation in the nation. She has received several awards in journalism and in research. She was recently nominated for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Comedian Seaton Smith
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Den

Author David Vann
Friday, Oct. 28
Lecture: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore
: 7:30–9 p.m.
Rasmuson Hall, Room 110

No Big Heads Self Portrait Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m.
Mid-day Reception: Monday, Oct. 31, 1:30-3 p.m.
Showing through Nov. 10
Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Union Gallery

Haunted Halloween Fun Night
Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-7 p.m.
Student Union

Halloween Fright-Fest: 'Throne of Blood'
Sunday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
Cyrano's Theater, 421 D Street

Pre-Occupied: Higher Education, Anger and the Wall Street Protests
Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Consortium Library, Room 307

Photographic Exhibit: 'Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews'
Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 5, 5 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library

UAA Dance Ensemble
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 4–13
Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Sundays, 6 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Harper Studio Theatre, Room 129

University Wind Ensemble Fall Tour 2011
Friday, Nov. 4, 12 p.m., Kenai Central High School Auditorium
Wednesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Service High School Cafeteria
Friday, Nov. 11, 9:30 a.m., South High School Auditorium

Fall Career Expo
Thursday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Union

Veterans Day Remembrance Roll Call readers
Friday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Union Cafeteria

Andrew Bird
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Atwood Concert Hall

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· Undefeated UAA still ranked nationally

· Registe captures bronze at Pan Am Games

· Spikers visit Billings, Seattle Pacific

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· No Big Heads juror Beth Cavener Stichter describes her path as an artist

· UAA professors share details on their new eye-tracking computer authentication process

· Anchorage attorney Troy Nkrumah on Libya and the media blackout

· JPC Professor Joy Chavez Mapaye delivers the 2011 Relevant Research lecture on the future of television

· Dr. Pablo Blesa speaks on social media and the Arab Spring

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Finishing college in four years, instead of five, can save you around $10,000!

That's the difference between taking 15 credits per semester, or just 12 credits. And the difference goes up to close to $62,000 if you're only attending part-time, not to mention the amount of money not earned in the job market while finishing your degree.

The University of Alaska system wants to make sure first-time, full-time bachelor's degree students starting school this spring get off on the right foot.

Stay on TrackUA's "Stay on TRACK" campaign encourages students to do what it takes to finish their degree in four years by following these tactics:

  • Take 15 credits per semester, or 30 credits per year.
  • Choose a major by the third semester and stick with it.
  • Meet with an academic advisor early and often.

Approaching education carefully and thoughtfully, as one would approach any investment, can ensure the maximum payoff for the investor, i.e., the student, both academically and financially.

UA's Stay on TRACK website, is a cornucopia of how-tos and student video testimonials. Also, come to the Student Union on Monday, Oct. 31, for an info session and ice cream social to learn more.

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