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April 10,  2014
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 1-3 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9:00 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.

Reviews of curricular documents follow guidelines in the
UAA Curriclum Handbook (the latest revision is June 2013). The committee identified the issue of duplication of courses across academic units. The Interprofessional Education Committee has a preliminary listing of courses which may be duplicated across academic units. This listing is not complete but is an initial attempt to identify courses where the opportunity for interprofessional education exists. Identifying existing and new courses for interprofessional education will continue during this academic year.

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The Alaska State Council on the Arts Awarded $16,000     

The Alaska State Council on the Arts was awarded a $16,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and National Arts and Disability Center to produce a series of statewide forums in the spring of 2014 to promote careers in the arts for artists with disabilities. The Center for Human Development is the arts council's primary partner in this project, titled "Alaskans Reaching Their Success (ARTS): Employing Creativity."

In April, the Alaska Statewide Career Forum will provide half-day forums in four regions (Kotzebue, Bethel, Fairbanks, and Juneau) that will inform a large full-day forum in Anchorage scheduled for May 12, 2014.
For more information, contact the project coordinator, Danielle Reed, 907-264-6230 or 1(800) 243-2199 (toll free),

Don't Miss the 2014 Full Lives Conference for Direct Support Professionals


The 2014 Full Lives Conference will be held on April 17-18 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. This conference features national and Alaskan experts on key issues that affect direct service staff and the people they support. Presentations are provided on a wide variety of topics, allowing attendees to choose sessions based on their personal and professional interests such as: Promoting Healthy Relationships, Person-centered Best Practices, Honoring Cultural Diversity, Stress Management, Climbing the Career Ladder, and Community Inclusion Strategies.


For more information, and to register online, visit:


Note: Students can receive a discount to attend. Learn how by contacting Raelynn Smith, 907-264-6244,


CHD Consultation Services for the Complex Behavior Collaborative to Expand


For two years, staff and faculty from the Center for Human Development have been actively involved in developing and implementing the state's new program The Complex Behavior Collaborative (CBC). The purpose of this initiative is to provide intensive "behavioral consultation and training services to Alaska service providers and families" so as to prevent the loss of placement, be it to API, a Correction facility, or out-of-state residential program by one or more of their clients or family members. The program is jointly operated by the state DHSS's Division of Behavior Health and the Division for Senior and Disability Services, in cooperation with the AMHTA and several state Boards and Councils.


Statewide results from the FY 14 evaluation demonstrated not only a wide array of sustained positive outcomes for the clients and agencies, but a clearly significant cost savings for the state. As such, funding for the initiative is expected to be increased by at least $50,000 in FY 15. For more information about the program, contact Dr. Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell at


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Mayor Proclaimed April 7-13 National Public Health Week


Thanks to Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan who acknowledged the importance of public health in his official proclamation encouraging all Alaskans to recognize April 7-13, 2014 as National Public Health Week. Also, thank you to all the faculty, students, staff, and community partners who came out to celebrate our shared efforts to assure conditions in which all people can be healthy. Download the MOA Proclamation (pdf).

MPH Alumna Ann Potempa Recognized by the Alaska Journal of Commerce


Congratulations to MPH alumna Ann Potempa (2009)  who was just recognized as one of the 'Top Forty under 40' by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. Each year, the Journal honors the talent and outstanding efforts of individual Alaskans in their professions and in their community involvement. Download the journal article on Ann Potempa (pdf). 


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CNN Series of Articles Addresses Violence Against Women in Alaska


A recent series of articles in February and March by CNN reporter John Sutter explored the issue of violence against women in Alaska. Mr. Sutter interviewed Dr. Andr´┐Ż Rosay, Justice Center Director, and highlighted research on this topic from the Alaska Victimization Survey and other Justice Center reports. Dr. Rosay also participated in a CNN webinar with John Sutter on February 4 about this tragic problem. For more information, visit:

Dr. Chamard Awarded Mini-grant for Public Safety Project in Downtown Anchorage


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, was recently awarded a UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning mini-grant. This Spring 2014 community-engaged project "Late Night Public Safety in Downtown Anchorage" involves research to be completed by students in Dr. Chamard's JUST 490 Business and Crime class. They will research violence associated with "bar break" -- the time when the majority of bars close and patrons leave the establishments in large numbers. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership Ltd. is a partner in this research effort. Results of the project will be presented to stakeholders in early May. All mini-grant recipients will present their research results at the annual Community Engagement Forum in April. For more information, visit:


Fact Sheet on Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the US and Alaska, 1985-2012 Released


The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) released the fact sheet "Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the US and Alaska, 1985-2012," which presents national and statewide statistics from the Alaska Department of Public Safety's Crime in Alaska report and the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports program on the use of firearms in the commission of three violent crimes in the U.S. and Alaska from 1985 to 2012: 1) homicide (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter), 2) robbery, and 3) aggravated assault. For more information, visit:


KTUU Ch 2 News Interviews Researcher Khristy Parker about Violent Crime in Alaska and US


Khristy Parker, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) researcher, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the AJSAC Fact Sheet "Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the US and Alaska, 1985-2012." For more information, and to listen to the interview, visit:

Dr. Chamard Presents Workshop on Public Safety and Public Spaces at Community Council Leadership Training


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, presented a workshop on "Public Safety/Public Spaces" at an all-day Community Council Leadership Training program on March 1, 2014 at the BP Energy Center. The training, sponsored by the Anchorage Assembly and the Municipality of Anchorage Ombudsman's Office, was directed at presidents, vice-presidents, and other leaders of the 38 community councils in Anchorage. For more information, visit:  


Prof. Knudsen Speaks About Affordable Care Act to UAA Institute for Healthcare Improvement


Prof. Kristin Knudsen, Justice Center faculty, and Joan Fisher, Lead Navigator at United Way of Anchorage, co-presented on the Affordable Care Act to health sciences students in the UAA Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) on March 28. The session included discussion of the website, insurance options, important provisions beyond insurance, legal history of the Act, and legal and policy implications of the Act. Dr. Heidi Mannion is the faculty advisor for this group. For more information, visit:

Justice Major Awarded $20,000 Scholarship


Lena Illig, Justice major, was awarded a $20,000 scholarship from the National Guard Youth Foundation and was named a Youth ChalleNGe Ambassador. In February, Lena spoke to members of Congress at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., and described how her experience attending the Alaska Youth Military Academy gave her a "second chance in life." Lena's goal is to become an Alaska State Trooper. She credits the Alaska Youth Military Academy with helping her get back on track and into college. For more information, visit:


March 19 Panel Discussion on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault "NO MORE" Campaign a Huge Success


Over 150 people attended the March 19 "NO MORE Silence in the Dark" panel discussion on domestic violence and sexual assault held at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The program was sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and Alpha Phi Sigma, Omega Xi chapter, national criminal justice honor society. Senior Justice majors/Legal Studies minors Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer planned and coordinated this event as part of their capstone project through the UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL). The hope is to make the "No More" campaign an annual event at UAA. For more information, visit:

UAA Student Returns to Her Village to Teach Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention


Sarah Anderson, a Native Aleut and UAA student, is making a visit to her home village of Port Heiden to talk to the youth in the village about domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Sarah is a survivor of sexual assault and was motivated to share her story. In response to her request for assistance with this effort, the Native Council of Port Heiden awarded her a grant. While at Port Heiden, Sarah is also coordinating a "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event and is taking 10 pairs of donated high heels for participants to wear. For more information, visit:


"NO MORE at UAA" Campaign Gains Momentum on and off Campus


The "NO MORE at UAA" campaign which began the week of March 17 as a precursor to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April continues to gain momentum on and off campus. The "NO MORE" campaign at UAA co-branded with the "NO MORE" national campaign to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. UAA students and faculty involved in the "NO MORE at UAA" campaign participated in the Choose Respect March in Anchorage on March 27, 2014. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • May 2 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 4 - Commencement
  • May 10 - UNAC workloads due to OAA; UNAC promotion and tenure notices to Dean; UAFT non-renewal notices for term 1-2 year term faculty
  • April 24 - Leadership Team Meeting (10 AM) 
  • May 3 - Hooding Ceremony
  • May 9 - COH Research Matters Workshop

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