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April 24,  2014

Advising & Advocacy Awarded Student Choice Award   

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The College of Health Office of Advising and Advocacy was recently awarded the Student Choice Award for the Fall 2013 semester. The award, which highlights quality academic advising practices, was presented to the center by Dr. Bruce Schultz, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. The results determining the awardees of Student Choice Awards is derived from assessments taken of first and second year student experiences at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Bartlett High Visited Health Programs 

On April 11, 2014, fifty students from Bartlett High School's Health Academy visited four School of Health programs. They learned about careers in Dental Hygiene, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Human Services. Lynda Hernandez, Lee Ann Carrothers, Lynn Paterna, and Ira Rosnel presented information about the careers and degree programs. In addition, Danielle Dixon discussed applying to University of Alaska Anchorage and advising services available to help the students chose courses in their chosen degree. The Bartlett students and teachers reported that they thoroughly enjoyed the tours and information. They hope to bring more students next fall to visit and tour School of Health Programs. 


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.

Unit Updates
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MPH Program Summer Courses  Available 


The Master of Public Health program will be offering a variety of courses this summer, including one core course and seven electives. For a complete list of courses, download a flyer.


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Prof. Periman Presents on Student Assessment and Data Collection at Lilly-West Conference 


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Justice Center faculty, presented at the 26th Annual Lilly-West Conference on College and University Teaching held in February in California. Her presentation, "Data Collection Demystified: Simple Strategies for Integrating Assessment Tools into Your Teaching," was geared to faculty who are non-specialists in quantitative data analysis. The session was a collaborative discussion of the newest and/or easiest strategies for using online tools to collect assessment data on students' progress toward course or program outcomes. For more information, visit:    


Podcast of March 19 Domestic Violence Program NO MORE Silence in the Dark Now on Justice Center Website


The podcast of the March 19 event "NO MORE Silence in the Dark" about domestic violence and sexual assault is now on the Justice Center website. For more information, visit:   


Dr. Chamard Discusses Homelessness and Affordable Housing at UAA Urban in Alaska Conference


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, was a panelist at the 2nd Annual Urban in Alaska Conference: A Creative Placemaking Initiative, on March 28 in the UAA Student Union Cafeteria. "Social Issues in Anchorage: Informing Design" was the panel theme, and Dr. Chamard and Dr. Susan Bomalaski, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services  held a "conversation" on homelessness and affordable housing, and the relationship to design and use of public spaces. For more information, visit:  


Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society Welcomes 17 New Members


Seventeen Justice majors were inducted as members of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Omega Xi Chapter, on Thursday, March 27 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Family and friends attended the ceremony, followed by a reception. To be selected for this honor, each student had to maintain a 3.2 overall cumulative GPA and 3.2 GPA in their Justice major. For more information, and for a list of inductees, visit:  

Justice Club Visits Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

Members of the
UAA Justice Club visited Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on Saturday, April 12. Probation Officer Bruce Ronchetti coordinated the program for the students. For more information, visit:

Dr. Chamard Joins Data Group for Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness

Dr. Sharon Chamard
, Justice Faculty, recently joined the newly-formed Data Group of the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (ACH). The group, which also includes Dr. Kathi Trawver, UAA School of Social Work, is tasked with scanning available and currently-collected data to determine what is there, the quality of the data, and what is missing
. For more information, visit:
Data Available on Arrests for Violent Crimes in Alaska, 1980-2012

most recent issue of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Fact Sheet
presents data for 1980-2012 on violent crime arrests in Alaska. For more information, visit:

Justice Alum Justin Johnson Makes National Hockey League Debut

Justice Alum
Justin Johnson, BA '08, recently made his debut with the National Hockey League. Read more about his story: "After the longest of journeys, Anchorage's Justin Johnson arrived in the NHL to fulfill his dream," by Doyle Woody, Anchorage Daily News, April 11, 2014. For more information, visit:

Alaska Statistical Analysis Center Fact Sheets Noted in National SAC Publication Digest

Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Fact Sheet articles by Dr. Brad Myrstol, AJSAC Director, have been included in the SAC Publication Digest covering January - June 2013.
For more information, and to download these fact sheets, visit:

Justice Faculty Present on Embedding Information Literacy in Courses

Dr. Marny Rivera
and Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Justice faculty, recently presented the results of embedding information literacy into a course to increase students' understanding of technology. The faculty members had each received a Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) Information Literacy minigrant to assist them in revising a course to be taught in the 2013-2014 academic year with the goal of embedding the use of technology resources. For more information, visit:

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Results Available from the COH Interdisciplinary Study on Substance Use/Abuse and SBIRT Implementation in Alaska Research Grant

The COH Interdisciplinary SBIRT research project completed by the Interprofessional Simulation Committee (ISC) recently compiled the data obtained during this multi-layered research study. The following four objectives were identified in the study:

  1. Increase knowledge about substance use disorders (SUD) prevalence and treatment in Alaska.
  2. Create a stimulating interdisciplinary learning opportunity that reflects current evidence-based practices addressing substance misuse and dependence.
  3. This study will particularly address two objectives of the larger Arctic-SBIRT efforts:a) disseminate SBIRT education to expand the reach of SBIRT curricula to a broader number of disciplines and b) disseminate SBIRT-related stories to increase adoption of SBIRT in clinical settings, by participating in interdisciplinary learning teams throughout the simulation and training. 
  4. Provide students opportunity to gain knowledge and training using standardized screening tools, motivational interviewing, referral to treatment, (SBIRT) and understand the ethical dilemmas that can arise in the SBIRT intervention.
For more information, contact Marianne Murray MSN, RN at or 907-786-4541.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • May 2 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 3 - Hooding Ceremony 
  • May 4 - Commencement
  • May 9 - COH Research Matters Workshop
  • 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  

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