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December 4,  2013
"Disability and Public Health" Course Offered in Summer 2014

The Department of Health Sciences will be offering the distance delivered summer course "Disability and Public Health" (HS A690, 3 cr.). The course will run May 19 - August 2, 2014. For more information, download the course flyer:
Earn Upper Division Credit While Exploring Communication and Health!

Two new courses are available to College of Health students: "Strategic Communication Campaigns II" (JPC A466) and "Special Topics: Health Communication" (COMM A390). For more information, download the course flyer: 
Dr. Chamard to Talk about Crime and Business on KRUA 88.1 FM


Don't miss Dr. Sharon Chamard's interview on "Informania" KRUA 88.1 The Edge with program host Deb the Librarian on Thursday, December 5 at 5:00 PM.Dr. Chamard will discuss:

  • How she developed an interest in the criminal victimization of business
  • Forms of crime against business
  • Her upcoming "Business and Crime" class in the Spring 2014 semester
  • Her plans to do a business victimization survey in downtown Anchorage
For more information, visit:
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee meets Wednesdays, 12-2 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.

Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL)


Calls for mini-grant proposals and community-engaged student assistants for faculty are due by 5 PM on December 6th. Send an email to More information can be found at the CCEL web site:

Opportunity for Faculty

The Kettering Foundation awarded CCEL the opportunity for two faculty members to participate in an 18 month project organizing new work to promote public life. Kettering is a research organization with an interest in and history of working with institutions of higher education around community engagement. The aim is to encourage public deliberation as a means of addressing the challenges faced by communities, and we would agree to use National Issues Forums (NIF) materials and processes for the partnership. Our intention will be to train students to act as facilitators in Dialogues for Public Life, a program the Center will sponsor. Interested faculty should contact Judy Owens-Manley as soon as possible. The agreement will require the following:
  • 2-day workshop - Feb 25-26, 2014
  • 4-day workshop - June 11-14 or 18-21, 2014 (TBD)
  • 2-day workshop - Oct. 7-8, 2014
  • 2-day workshop - Feb 23-24, 2015
In July 2015, a brief reflective report will be expected on the year's work, and we may have the opportunity for a small research grant with Kettering. 
Designation of Community-Engaged Courses
The Community Engagement Task Force is working on a process for designating courses in the Banner system as "community engaged." Any faculty members who believe they are using service learning/community engagement as a pedagogy in their courses, and haven't yet been contacted by the Center, should contact us as soon as possible at 786-4062 or
Center for Human Development (CHD)


Workshop on Friendships and Dating  


Julie Atkinson and Karen Ward conducted a workshop on Friendships and Dating for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the annual conference of the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Chicago.


Tapestry Program Update  


Catie Wheeler and Karen Ward presented a paper on the Tapestry program at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting in Boston.

LEND Update


Karen Ward and LEND directors from four other states presented a session on promising practices for preparing a diverse Maternal and Child Health workforce at the Association on University Center's annual conference in Washington, DC. Jenny Miller facilitated a roundtable with LEND directors addressing the application of distance learning technology in LEND programs. 

Behavioral Health Continuing Education Fall Series Completed

CHD's Trust Training Cooperative successfully completed the Behavioral Health Continuing Education (BH CE) Fall Series tailored for licensed Alaskan behavioral health providers across the state. The series, delivered by videoconference to up to 63 professionals in a session at 11 sites throughout Alaska, addressed training areas of Alaska Native specific cross cultural services, ethics, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. We sincerely appreciate training services contributed by Gunnar Ebbesson, LPC, MAC, of Turning Point Counseling Services, and Mary Johnson, LPC.

The trainings featured a licensed professional, a provider with rural experience, and an Alaska Native Elder as a guiding force on each training team. We are grateful for the wisdom and participation of Elders Marjorie Attla (Koyukon Athabascan) and Elizabeth Fleagle (Inupiaq).

All four trainings received Continuing Education approvals from the National Association of Social Workers, Alaska Psychological Association, the State Board of Licensed Professional Counselor Examiners, the State Board of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners, and the Alaska Commission on Behavioral Health Certification. The 2014 BH CE trainings will occur monthly, beginning February 4, and support behavioral health professionals' CE needs for licensure renewal (such as social workers with license renewal due June 30, 2014).
Department of Health Sciences


MPH Alumni Newsletter Hot off the Press!

The Winter 2013-14 issue of the MPH Alumni Newsletter is now available online:

This issue includes: an interview with Alice Rarig, PhD, MPH, recently named honorary member of UAA's Gamma Iota Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health; MPH alumni profiles and updates; the Healthy Alaskans 2020's 25 Leading Health Indicators; information on the newest Delta Omega Inductees; and more!  
Justice Center


Dr. Everett and Prof. Periman Discuss Critical Thinking at CAFE Program


Dr. Ron Everett, Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice faculty, and Dr. Ghulam Bham, School of Engineering, were the panelists at the November 1st Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) program, "Developing and Assessing Critical Thinking in Face to Face and Online Classrooms." This program highlighted information presented at the 2013 Lilly West Conference on College and University Teaching about how faculty can develop and assess student critical thinking in face to face and online classrooms. The use of authentic assignments fosters deeper and more connected student learning. The final segment focused on how these principles can be applied in Engineering programs. For more information, visit:


Dr. Chamard Elected Co-lead of the UAA UPD Auxiliary Emergency Team   


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, was elected in October to a two-year position as co-lead of the UAA UPD Auxiliary Emergency Team. She has been a member of the team since its creation in 2007. The auxiliary team trains monthly during the academic year in areas such as traffic and crowd control, infectious disease control, handling of hazardous materials, pet rescue and shelter during disasters, radio communications, and search and rescue. For more information, visit: 


Justice Faculty Present at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting


Justice faculty presented on a variety of topics at the recent American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting in Atlanta November 20-23, 2013. The theme was "Expanding the Core: Neglected Crimes, Groups, Causes and Policy Approaches." The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. Visit the Justice Center blog spot for a list of faculty presentations: 

Justice Center Participates in UAA Preview Days for High School Students   


Justice faculty Prof. Deb Periman, J.D. and Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D. met with high school students at the November 1st UAA Preview Days at the Student Union. Preview Days is designed for high school juniors and seniors and their guests, and offers them the opportunity to experience first-hand all UAA has to offer. Students and their guests attend a mock class and workshops on admissions and financial aid, and speak with current students about campus life and with UAA faculty about academic programs. For more information, visit: 


Dr. Rosay Invited to Present at 2013 Violence Prevention Summit in Juneau

Dr. Andr´┐Ż Rosay, Justice Center Director, has been invited to present at the upcoming 2013 Prevention Summit "Putting Prevention to Work-Alaskan Communities in Action" in Juneau December 3-5. The program focuses on the prevention of domestic and sexual violence and is sponsored by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). Dr. Rosay and Michelle DeWitt, Executive Director of Bethel Community Services Foundation, will be presenting "Introduction to Data Collection." 

The goal of the 2013 Prevention Summit is to support the growth of local community primary prevention work. For more information, contact Emily Fairbanks at 907-334-4515 or Or visit:  


Justice Faculty Presentations Now Available on iTunesU!


Podcasts of presentations made at UAA Campus Bookstore events by Dr. Troy Payne, Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., and Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D. are now available on the bookstore iTunes podcast page. For more information about these podcasts, visit 


Dr. Steve Langdon speaks at Tribal Courts Class


Dr. Steve Langdon, UAA Anthropology Dept. Chair, spoke to Dr. Ryan Fortson's JUST/LEGL A485 Tribal Courts class on November 1 about the history of the Dena'ina people in Southcentral Alaska and the major laws and legislation affecting Alaska Natives. Working with James Fall and UAA graduate Aaron Leggett (Dena'ina tribal member), Dr. Langdon has worked to establish recognition of Dena'ina place names and events. Dr. Langdon began working on this project in 2005. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Langdon at 786-6848 or Or visit:

Tribal Court Judge David Voluck Discusses Indian Country, Tribal Courts, and Native Law


Tribal Judge David Voluck spoke on November 18 about "The Resurgence of Tribal Courts: A Tribal Judge's Perspective" at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Judge Voluck is an attorney in Sitka, and in 2008 was appointed Chief Judge of the Sitka Tribal Court. Judges from Kenaitze Indian Tribe Tribal Court also attended the event and participated in the question and answer session.

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UAA Justice Graduate from Mongolia Now Working for Mongolia Ministry of Justice


Munkh-Erdene Tsend-Ochir (Justice '13/Paralegal Certificate '13) came to UAA from Mongolia where he had earned a Bachelor's of Law degree in 2003 and worked as a defense lawyer. He journeyed to the U.S. to improve his English and to expand his experience and knowledge in the field of justice--with the goal of putting his skills to use in his home country. After receiving a Justice degree, Munkh returned to Mongolia and is now serving as the Officer of Foreign Relations and Cooperation for the Ministry of Justice. He recently wrote to his former Justice faculty advisor Dr. Allan Barnes expressing his gratitude for all he learned while at UAA, and wishing Happy Holidays to the UAA community. Read more about Munkh: 

School of Social Work


The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) has been awarded a new grant in the amount of $118, 075 to support an integrated, early childhood system of care and mental health services for young children.  CWA will 1) establish a Learning Network for Head Start mental health consultants and their grantees, 2) support the development of an "Alaskan Model" for Head Start consultation, and 3) assist with the development of local "systems of care" to mitigate the effect of toxic stress and trauma.



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • December 5 - UAFT P & T files due to Dean's office
  • December 25-January 3 - Christmas & New Year's holiday
  • January 6 - UNAC P & T files due to Provost
  • January 13 - Spring semester begins

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