UAA Seawolf Weekly
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011 UA President Pat Gamble invites community to participate in strategic direction of "Shaping Alaska's Future"
At the Board of Regents' meeting held Sept. 22–23, the Board affirmed their approach toward setting strategic directions for the University of Alaska System and has summarized the intent in a document entitled "Shaping Alaska's Future: Setting Strategic Directions for the University of Alaska" (PDF).
In his open letter to the UA community, President Gamble writes:
"No matter what role you have at the University of Alaska—staff, students, faculty, alumni or donor—each one of you will have an opportunity to be engaged in the process of change as we move forward step by step. Over the next several months, we will host a variety of listening sessions at different locations across the state, populate a special website, and undertake numerous key meetings all designed to create a statewide dialog that helps us get right to the heart of the issue: 'We are Alaska's colleges and universities—how can we serve you better?' Similarly, we will hold numerous campus meetings for the same purpose...to hear what faculty, staff and students want us to know.
Over the next few months, I hope you'll attend a listening session, offer feedback through the website or social networking that we will establish, or send me an email. What specific academic, student support, or student service needs to be addressed? What changes are we ready for? How should the University of Alaska position itself for the benefit of Alaska's future students?
Thank you for your interest and your support."
For more in the coming months, keep your eyes on Seawolf Weekly and the Strategic Direction page of the UA website.
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Arctic Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Center receives continued funding through September 2014
UAA's Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services (CBHRS) once again was awarded a highly competitive grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue the work of the Arctic Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Center (Arctic FASD RTC). Under the direction of Dr. Christiane Brems, the Arctic FASD RTC has received funding for an additional three years and will continue its work through Sept. 30, 2014.
The Arctic FASD RTC is one of only four such regional training centers in the nation dedicated to providing training and education to health and allied health care professionals and students on the prevention, diagnosis and assessment, and treatment of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs).
Since its inception in October 2008, the Arctic FASD Regional Training Center has provided FASD education and training opportunities to more than 2,000 health and allied health care professionals and students in communities and agencies throughout the state of Alaska.
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2011 Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities recipients announced
A familiar face on UAA's campus, Mike McCormick, assistant director of Student Activities, is the recipient of one of the Governor's Awards for Arts and Humanities (Arts: Business Leadership) for his small business venture, Whistling Swan Productions. Whistling Swan has brought more than 300 artists to Alaska.
Mike was one of 10 outstanding individuals recently selected by Governor Parnell as the 2011 recipients of the Governor's Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The awards will be presented during a dinner event at the Captain Cook Hotel on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, and are sponsored by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the Office of the Governor.
With six awards going to outstanding contributions to the arts and one joint arts and humanities award, the three humanities award recipients demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the enrichment of the civic, intellectual and cultural lives of all Alaskans.
Dr. Katy Sheridan
Hometown: Kasilof, AK
Fun Fact: Has a passion for scientific writing
Dr. Katy Sheridan's time with UAA's WWAMI medical program marked a lot of firsts. Hers was the first WWAMI group to start their studies in Anchorage, in the fall of 1989. She was also the first student to miss class that year—because she was giving birth to her first child.
"The same week I got my acceptance to attend WWAMI, I found out I was pregnant," she says. "Nine months later, my son was born on the Friday a week before finals." And Sheridan didn't miss a beat. Luckily the birth went smoothly and she was able to sit for two finals the following week.
Raised on a dairy farm in Kasilof, Alaska, Sheridan grew up taking care of animals. Through that experience, she decided that she wanted to take care of "life that had a little more buy-in to try and pull through traumatic events. That's really what piqued my interest in medicine and taking care of people," she says. Since then she has pursued a passion for family medicine, from in utero to grave. "I get to do everything; I love it—especially getting to know families as they go through intense aspects of their lives and getting to go through that with them."
Choosing to attend WWAMI for medical school was a perfect fit for Sheridan. "It was a way for me to go to school affordably and still spend a lot of my time in my home state of Alaska," says the mother of four.
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B.A. Theater and Dance '13
Hometown: Eagle River
Fun fact: Wears a kilt to work at T.G.I.Friday's
Bradford Jackson, 23, seems born to the stage.
For one thing, he's deftly tuned to his acting passion. Like a sponge greedily soaking up water, or a wild animal listening keenly for the sounds of danger, Jackson's antennae are constantly up, constantly extracting the essence of some detail he can apply toward shaping himself as an actor.
Today, he's a UAA junior with a declared major in Theatre and a long resume of local, professional stage and film credits. Currently, he plays the role of a language translator, Denton Pinkerstone, deployed to Iraq in "The Language of Trees," running on the UAA Mainstage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23.
But the magnet to stage lights tugged very early, he remembers.
See Bradford Jackson in "The Language of Trees" on the UAA Mainstage Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23. For ticket information, call (907) 786-4TIX or go to www.centertix.net.
Department of History Professor Scott A. Gavorsky's latest essay, "L'Etat comme propriétaire? Schools as Property in Nineteenth-Century France," is included in a new collection entitled Institutions and Power in Nineteenth-Century French Literature and Culture, edited by David Evans and Kate Griffiths. The collection was the result of a conference held at Cambridge University, and is now available from Rodopi Press.
Gavorsky's work examines the creation of the concept of schools as a form of absolute property under French law. Originally designed in 1816 to encourage investment by private groups in public education following the French Revolution and Napoleonic periods, treating schools as the personal property of a founding individual or group created significant problems for the French state in nationalizing education policy for the remainder of the 19th century. Once schools became seen as property, demands of the state to select teachers, set curriculum standards and even close the schools could be resisted by an appeal to the "owner's" property rights. Given that many of these schools operated similarly to modern American charter schools, the French example provides insight into the inadvertent limitations on public policy that are created in an effort to encourage greater private-public partnerships.
Food Cooperative Development in Alaska
Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gorsuch Commons, Conference Room 107
8th Annual Bioneers Conference
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16
Wendy Williamson Auditorium and Rasmuson Hall, Room 101
First Generation College Students: Stories from Multiple Generations
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 5–7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore
The Language of Trees
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 23
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.
Sundays, 3 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Mainstage Theatre
Community Partners Speed Dating
Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30-11 a.m.
Student Union Cafeteria
Relevant Research: The Evolution of Television
Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Room 150
Preserving and Identifying Photographs Workshop
Sat., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307
2011 Mini Medical School Lectures
Every Tuesday thru Oct. 25, 7-9 p.m.
Providence Alaska Medical Center, East Auditorium
Comedian Seaton Smith
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Den
'Flux,' an art installation by Celia Carl Anderson
Showing through Oct. 28
ARC Gallery, Consortium Library
Sket One, graffiti and toy design artist
Showing through Oct. 28
Kimura Gallery, Fine Arts Building
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
Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Atwood Concert Halls
Poets & Writers magazine recently published the stats from a study that focused on full-residency, low-residency and doctoral programs in creative writing on the basis of their popularity, funding, selectivity, fellowship-placement statistics, job-placement statistics and student-to-faculty ratios. To dive into the nitty gritty details, start here.
Posted: October 13, 2011