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UAA Seawolf Weekly, Sept. 14


UAA University of Alaska Anchorage logo UAA Seawolf Weekly titlebar Seawolf Weekly header image 7square.gif 359spacer.gif 8square.gif Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 7square.gif 7square.gif UAA News title graphic 10square.gif UAA seeks nominations by Oct. 14 for naming of campus residential halls Res Hall NamingUAA has long referred to its residential halls as MAC, West Hall, Templewood, East Hall and North Hall. The time has come to choose names for these facilities that better reflect Alaskans' contributions to the fields of research, academic discovery, leadership and governance. We are currently accepting nominations for consideration based on the following criteria:

  • Naming will honor Alaska community members who are no longer living.
  • The naming committee will place emphasis on contributions by distinguished Alaskans and others who have made outstanding contributions to the state, Alaska culture and/or the UAA campuses.

Good examples of potential nominees include: former members of the UA Board of Regents, the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees, advisory boards, alumni, donors, former university presidents, chancellors, faculty and staff of the university who have significantly contributed to the UAA campuses.

UAA will accept nominations through Oct. 14, 2011. Recommendations will then be forwarded to the Chancellor's Cabinet for consideration.
Please limit your submissions to 500 words and submit to AVC Facilities, 3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska 99508. You may also email a submission to afkad@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Community Hero Cathy Dunham honored by the Municipality of Anchorage Congratulations to UAA's Cathy Dunham for being one of four residents selected in Anchorage's 2011 Community Heroes for her heroic volunteerism. Cathy, along with the other three community heros, will be honored at the 4th Annual Safe and Sound Emergency Preparedness Fair, Sept. 17, 2011, at the Loussac Public Library. These Anchorage residents were nominated by members of the public as inspirational heroes during the Who's Your Hero? Contest that ran during the month of August. All four of the Community Heroes and their stories are featured on myhero.com.

Cathy Dunham Ms. Dunham's award will be presented by Lt. Ron Swartz of the University Police Department.

Read Cathy's nomination here.

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Military Friendly Schools 2012

UAA named a 'Military Friendly School' by G.I. Jobs magazine for third consecutive year The University of Alaska Anchorage was designated a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs magazine for the third year in a row. G.I. Jobs announced today that UAA made the magazine's 2012 Military Friendly Schools list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.

Out of UAA's approximately 20,000 students, just over 1,500 are military or veteran students. See UAA's Military Friendly Schools profile here.

Learn more about the selection process here.

Click here to see the complete list of 2012 Military Friendly Schools.

10square.gif Your alt text I Am UAA title graphic 10square.gif Tom & Vicki PackerTom & Vicki Packer
UAA Donors (College of Fellows), UAA Rebounders Booster Club
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Fun Fact: They've traveled to many games Outside to cheer on UAA's basketball teams

If you've been to a UAA athletic event, chances are you've seen Tom and Vicki Packer in the stands, decked out in their green and gold attire, enthusiastically cheering for the Seawolves.

Tom, originally from Ohio, and Vicki, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, started their lives together in Kotzebue in the early '60s. Tom was visiting his sister when he met Vicki, a nurse for the Alaska Native Service/Public Health Service. The couple hit it off and spent the next several years living and working in Bush communities and in Fairbanks before a job transfer brought them to Anchorage in 1975.

Always a sports fanatic, Tom didn't waste any time getting involved with the UAA sports scene after arriving in Anchorage. Tom and Vicki started coming to games in the early '80s and have enjoyed watching basketball, hockey, volleyball and gymnastics over the years. "We're particularly passionate about basketball," Vicki said.

Green and gold to the core, Tom and Vicki consider themselves among the Seawolves' biggest fans.

Read more about the Packers' philanthropic and volunteer spirit.

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Michael Hanley
B.Ed. Elementary Education '91
M.Ed. Educational Leadership '06
Alaska's Commissioner of Education & Early Development
Hometown: Juneau, AK
Fun Fact: Still enjoys a good game of tag

I AM UAA Michael Hanley

"I put a lot of value in connections," says Mike Hanley, Alaska's Commissioner of Education and Early Development (EED). "The value of an education is how it connects you to who you are and where you are. I value UAA because I can see an opportunity for our students within their own state and communities."

Mike is the leader of the governance organization for the state's preschool-12 education system. The EED evaluates and supports comprehensive student and school educational standards statewide. He works with fifty-three school districts and over 500 individual schools; state museums and libraries; and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Professional Teaching Practices Commission, and State Council on the Arts.  As commissioner, Mike represents the educational needs of the state to Alaska legislators, the governor and other educational leaders throughout the nation. He's also a proud alum of the College of Education at UAA.

Mike's main objective is to adequately prepare students for a successful future. "It is our moral imperative," Mike says "to keep that focus in mind as conversations and ideas get sidetracked to how our movement forward affects others more than our kids. I am excited about introducing new standards into our state and the corresponding support systems that will help us take our kids farther than we have in the past."

Find out more about Mike and his plan for community-supported education.

10square.gif Your alt text Research at UAA title graphic 10square.gif Cultural education research at the College of Education

Professor Tim JesterDr. Tim Jester (right) of UAA's College of Education is wrapping up a four-year (2007-2011) research project titled "Intercultural Field Experiences in Alaska Native Village Schools." The study is examining the cross-cultural field experiences of 73 pre-service teachers and the results will be used as a way to prepare teachers in Alaska to teach indigenous students and a growing diverse student population. Data collection was completed in spring 2011 and manuscripts are in development.

This summer, Dr. Jester also received a Policy Study Grant that was awarded by the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) for a project titled "Alaska Multicultural Education Course and Teacher Certification Policy." The policy implementation study will examine Alaska's requirement for teachers to complete an approved course in multicultural education for initial teacher certification. Work will be completed by summer 2012.

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Nazi Racial Warfare and the German Invasion of the Soviet Union
Friday, Sept. 16, 7-9 p.m.
Rasmuson Hall, Room 101

Teaching the Holocaust
Saturday, Sept. 17
8:14 a.m.-4 p.m.
UAA Admin Building, Room 145

'Flux,' an art installation by Celia Carl Anderson
Opening: Sept. 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
ARC Gallery, Consortium Library
Showing through Oct. 28

Eye Tracking Technology and its Applications in Information Security
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m.
UAA Campus Bookstore

'Brush,' a drawing project by Heidi Jensen
Showing through Sept. 23
Kimura Gallery, Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor

Banff Mountain Film Festival's Radical Reels
Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
Wendy Williamson Auditorium

18th Annual A Cappella Festivella
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Wendy Williamson Auditorium

Preserving and Identifying Photographs Workshop
Sat., Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

UAA/APU Consortium Library, 3rd Floor, Room 307

10square.gif Your alt text UAA Athletics title graphic 10square.gif · 2011 Kendall Hockey Classic gets underway

· Spikers travel north to battle Nanooks

· Matthisen helps Seawolves sweep Saints

· Seawolves sweep Big Wave Invitational

· Seawolves usher in new arena

10square.gif Your alt text Recent UAA Podcasts title graphic 10square.gif · Climate Ethics Conference: Philosopher Chrisoula Andreou on how procrastination can interfere with our environmental intentions

· Climate Ethics Conference: Philosopher Bryan Norton on devising an environmental decision-making process that brings all interests to the table

· Climate Ethics Conference: Philosopher Clark Wolf on being accountable for our environmental debt

· 'Regulating Offshore Oil and Gas Activity Around the Arctic' with special guest Betsy Baker

· Arborist James Urban discusses a new zone for trees, the 'urban forest'

10square.gif Your alt text Did You Know title graphic 10square.gif You can rent the UAA Student Union on the weekends!

The Student Union Den is ideal for banquets, weddings, receptions, meetings and many other special events. The Den works with you to determine all your needs and coordinates the necessary services required (i.e., personnel, audio visual, etc.). For more information about the Student Union or to make a reservation, contact Dana Sample, Student Union Operations Coordinator, at (907) 786-1896 or visit the Student Union and Commuter Student Services website to complete your reservation form.

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