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April 2, 2015
Motivational Interviewing Training with Kathleen Garrett, MA, CTTS


Don't miss this opportunity to train with Kathleen Garrett, April 28-29, 2015 in Anchorage, AK. Attendees will gain tools for assessing and motivating positive behavior change for health. For more information and to register, visit:


Mini-Grants Available for Research on Women's Issues


The College of Health is offering the opportunity for faculty to obtain a $5,000 mini-grant to study issues relevant to women. Three mini-grants are available. This is a great opportunity for new or established researchers to obtain seed money for a small scale project that may provide the basis for a larger study and application for outside funding. Submit proposals electronically to The deadline is 5 pm, May 1, 2015. For more information, download an information sheet (pdf).


CASE Registration Closes May 1st!

  College of Health graduate students are invited to attend the Collaborative Arctic Seminar in Epidemiology (CASE) August 3-7 in Yellowknife, NWT. The main goal of this summer school is to prepare young scientists for the challenges of conducting science in the High North. A few slots are still available, but act soon! Registration closes May 1, 2015. For more information, visit: Or Contact Dr. Rhonda Johnson,  

Call for Presentations! -- 2015 National Prevention Research Conference

The State of Alaska, DHSS, Division of Behavioral Health is a tri-state sponsor of the upcoming annual National Prevention Network Prevention Research Conference scheduled for November 17-19 in Seattle, Washington. The theme is "Prevention Research to Practice in a Changing Environment." The conference will provide ideas, examples, and strategies proven to achieve positive outcomes in substance abuse prevention. Proposals are due Monday, May 4. For more information, and to fill out an application, visit: 
COH Curriculum Committee to Meet Wednesdays


The COH Curriculum Committee will hold its regular meeting on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9am, the week prior to the meeting. Submit electronic files in Word format to Harriet Paule ( To assist you in submitting materials to the curriculum committee, download the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 14/15" (doc).

Unit Updates
Center for Human Development  - - - - - - - - - - -
"Building the Wall of Resistance to Suicide" at the TCC Health Fair


The Center for Human Development's Trust Training Cooperative (TTC) Fairbanks Office was invited to participate in the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) Annual Convention Health Fair. The convention brings together tribal leadership, interested community members, and Elders from 39 villages throughout an area of 235,000 square miles of interior Alaska. This year, TCC's Health Fair theme was "Healthier Together," emphasizing interactive organization tables and the very p opular Health Fair Bingo. The CHD TTC table was hosted
In front of the "Wall of Resistance to Suicide."
by Sarah McConnell, LCSW, Behavioral Health Training Coordinator , and Elizabeth Fleagle, Inupiaq Elder and frequent member of TTC Training Teams . Their activity invited people to shar e their thoughts on what helps to prevent suicide by "Building the Wall of Resistance to Suicide," resulting in over 350 responses from Health Fair participants.

Good News for Alaska in Improving the Mental Health of Our Youth


Alaska is a recent recipient of Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) support. It is expected to expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth, provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults, and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues with appropriate services.


Project AWARE will include trainings in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. The Department of Education will be working with the Trust Training Cooperative (TTC) to deliver the training. The TTC is part of the Center for Human Development and has been delivering the Adult Mental Health First Aid training around the state since 2011. For more information, contact Jill Ramsey, or 907-264-6228; or Wendi Shackelford, or 907-264-6224.


Department of Health Sciences - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Come help us celebrate a week of public health awareness! Sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences. 


Saturday, April 4  

Mayoral "Walk and Talk" Forum

10 am - 11:30 am


Monday, April 6

"No Matter The Weather" Walk

Noon - 1 pm


Tuesday, April 7

UAA Spring Food Summit

11:30 am - 1 pm, located in the Student Union


Wednesday, April 8

"No Matter The Weather" Walk

Noon - 1 pm 


Friday, April 10

Movie - "The Anonymous People"

4:30 pm, UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 117


For more information about these events, download a flyer (pdf).

Department of Human Services  - - - - - - - - - - -
Ira Rosnel Celebrated as Influential Person


Ira Rosnel was named as an influential person by a first or second year student at UAA. He was celebrated as a difference maker at a reception on March 25th. 

Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Grant Awarded to Conduct Survey on Attitudes about Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Dr. Cory R. Lepage and Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, were recently awarded a grant by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) to conduct a statewide survey to obtain valid and reliable estimates of knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about sexual assault and domestic violence. This Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs (KAB) Survey will be sent to adult men and women in Alaska. A final report on the data collected from the survey will be submitted to CDVSA later this spring. For more information, visit:


New Look for Justice Center Landing Page


The Justice Center website landing page has a brand new look, with information for current, former, and future students! The new design includes an Events & Deadlines Calendar for easy reference, and links to DegreeWorks and Blackboard. Visit the Justice Center home page:


Prof. Periman and Dr. Payne Meet with Residence Hall Students for "Dining With the Deans"


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty and Director of the Crime Mapping Center, joined other deans, directors, and administrators at a special "Dining with the Deans" event for residence hall students in the Gorsuch Commons. "Dining with the Deans" was sponsored by the UAA Department of Residence Life, and was designed to be casual and to encourage building a positive connection between students and administrators.  For more information, visit:


Prof. Brandeis Hosts Law Careers Panel for Intro to Law Class

Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, organized a law careers panel "Working in the Legal Profession" for his LEGL 101 Introduction to Law classes. On March 18, local attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals who work in politics and government presented information on entering the legal profession, required academic credentials, tips for applying for jobs, what their particular positions entail, and critical skills needed for a successful legal career.  Students then participated in a lively question and answer session with the panelists. For more information, visit:



Alaska State Trooper Recruiter Sgt. Luis Nieves Visits Justice Student

Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center faculty, invited Alaska State Trooper recruiter Sgt. Luis Nieves to speak to his JUST 110 Intro to Justice class on March 18 and 19 about careers in law enforcement. Sgt. Nieves is the recruiter for all of the law enforcement entities under the Alaska Department of Public Safety. He encouraged students to think about entering a career that would allow them to be part of the solution to community problems. He outlined the benefits and challenges of law enforcement. "We aren't looking for saints; we are looking for honest people." He also highlighted the need to keep a balance in one's life, especially when working in law enforcement. For more information, visit:

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Social Work Students Engage in Service Learning to Address Youth Homelessness

Drs. Donna Aguiniga and Pam Bowers in the School of Social Work were awarded a CCEL grant to implement a service learning project in the two sections of their SWK 331 course "Social Work Practice II: Communities and Organizations." Each class partnered with a local agency to implement the macro focused projects. Dr. Aguiniga's class partnered with Covenant House and Dr. Bowers' class partnered with Identity Inc. Students in each section broke into three groups: 1) Community Forum, 2) Fundraising, and 3) Advocacy Campaign.


1) Community Forums:

Students in both classes were trained by Dr. Aguiniga on how to moderate and plan a community forum using the National Issues Forum (NIF) style. The forums focused on different aspects of homelessness.  


Dr. Bowers' community forum took place on March 31st, focusing on LGBTQ young adult homelessness (see story "Forum Addresses Challenges..." below).  


Dr. Aguiniga's students will facilitate a community forum on youth homelessness in Anchorage on April 15th from 6-8 pm. The event will take place at the Covenant House. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). 


2) Fundraising Events: Based on feedback from directors at the partnering agencies, students in each class planned the following fundraisers.


A rummage sale will be held Friday, April 3, 4-8 pm at the old Covenant House location. All proceeds will benefit the Covenant House. They are still accepting donations! For more information, download a flyer (pdf).


A variety show/drag show will be held Saturday, April 11, 9 pm - 2 am at Mad Myrna's. It will benefit Identity Inc. as they create a new homeless youth coordinator position for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults. $5 of the $8 cover charge will be donated to Identity Inc, as well as all tips from the volunteer performers. For more information, download a flyer (pdf).


3) Advocacy Campaigns: Students in both classes identified current trends/prevalence of homelessness for youth, and for LGBTQ young adults. They planned and are currently implementing advocacy campaigns to bring awareness to the issues identified as most pressing. Messages are being delivered via posters and flyers, social media, and PSAs, which will be aired on local radio stations in April. A short video will also be distributed via Facebook and YouTube. It includes an interview of a community member who was homeless as a youth. "Follow" and "Like" our campaigns:


For Homeless Youth AK:



For Project Visibility AK:



Forum Addresses Challenges Faced by LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth


On March 31st, Dr. Pam Bowers' course "Social Work Practice II: Communities and Organizations" partnered with Identity Inc. to host a community forum on LGBTQ young adult homelessness. Using a National Issues Forum style, participants discussed options to improve safety and acceptance of youth who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and are experiencing homelessness.


Students from Dr. Bowers' class: (l-r) Kim Orange,
Henri Galles, William R. Boyles, and Nikita Nicol-Lynn

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to dean 

  • April 16 - UNAC term faculty's AAR w/self-evaluation & CV due to director/chair w/cc to dean

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.