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August 6, 2015
Unit Updates
Center for Community Engagement & Learning - -

Designation of Courses for Community Engagement/ Service Learning


Don't forget the August 21st deadline for spring proofs and "re-designating" courses for community-engaged or service-learning. Faculty decides each semester which courses to designate as engaged courses, and this should be entered on the Schedule Proof forms, which are usually completed by administrative support staff. Please remind your faculty and staff who will be responsible for doing this. There is a list of courses already designated on our website:


Think Tanks


Build student participation in monthly Think Tank sessions into your syllabus and attend yourself! A non-profit community partner presents a challenge or issue, and then student, faculty, and community attendees brainstorm solutions together.  


9/10/15 - Food Bank of Alaska

10/1/15 - Anchorage Public Library

11/5/15 - STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)


Save the Date

  • 10/23/15 - Faculty Development Workshop on "Community Engaged Courses & Projects."
  • 11/6/15 - Attend our annual Community Engagement Conference with your students, featuring presentations of community-engaged projects and community connections, 9 am - 2 pm.

Funding Opportunities

  • Apply for a Faculty Mini-grant for Community-Engaged Research or Project. ~$2,000, proposal deadline 8/21 for fall, available on website
  • Apply for a Community-Engaged Student Assistant (CESA) to support you in your community-engaged projects or courses. Proposal deadline 8/21 for fall, available on website.
  • Develop an idea for the annual Selkregg Community Engagement & Service-Learning Award of $5,000. RFP to be announced early Spring 2016.


  • Technical assistance is available to assist you in creating, implementing, or assessing community-engaged courses and managing community-based projects. Contact the CCEL Director, Judy Owens-Manley, at or 786-4087.
  • Community-Campus Connections: an online tool to facilitate connections between community, faculty, and students. Browse or post opportunities for volunteers, internships, research projects, and more. Find on our website.
  • Visit our Lending Library of community-engaged service and research materials online or in our offices.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities and have questions, please give us a call at 786-4062 or email at We would love to hear about your ideas or interest in community-engaged learning and research at UAA. 


Center for Human Development - - - - - - - - - - - -
COH Researchers Team Up to Conduct Community-Based Research Targeting Youth

The research team at the Center for Human Development--in collaboration with College of Health researchers from the Justice Cente r, Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services, and the Department of Health Sciences--is currently training key community members in conducting community-based, action-oriented research. Trainings include such topics as research ethics, data collection, and analysis. Community members involved in the project are obtaining their Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certificates and participating in data collection and analysis activities. The project with the Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions, which includes members from the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition, Spirit of Youth, Alaska Injury and Prevention Center, and Healthy Voices Healthy Choices, seeks to develop community capacity to address health issues of concern among our youth, including mental health, substance use, suicide, and related risk and protective factors. Data collected as a result of focus groups and key informant interviews will be used to develop community-based interventions targeted towards youth in Anchorage.

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

John Reilly Retires!   


This August, after many years of service to UAA, John Reilly is retiring. John was the Alaska Clinical Coordinator for MEDEX from 2002 - 2009 and has been Associate Director since 2009. He has a joint appointment at UW and UAA and was instrumental in establishing our Alaska MEDEX campus and fostering the successful collaboration between the two universities. John will continue to teach MEDEX students on a part-time schedule, after a well-deserved trip to Europe.


Anchorage MEDEX Program to Graduate Students


MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program proudly announces the graduation of the Anchorage class of 2015. Our Anchorage Class 5 will graduate 22 students from the 27 month certificate program. For many degrees, graduation is the end, but for our PAs it is just the next step. After graduation, students will then be qualified to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and become nationally recognized. Please join us August 13 at 1 pm in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium to celebrate their talents, dedication, and hard work.


Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Dr. Payne Interviewed on New Proposal for Police Presence in Downtown Bars Area


Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was interviewed for a recent article in the Alaska Dispatch News about a proposal by bar owners downtown to pay for additional Anchorage Police Department (APD) officers to patrol during weekend bar-break hours. The proposal has not been finalized, but would involve an agreement between APD and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. According to Dr. Payne, "Using the police department as a middleman would better avoid potential ethical problems associated with bar owners directly employing off-duty police officers as security guards, as is allowed in some jurisdictions elsewhere." For more information, visit:

Justice Alumni Updates


Simona Gerdts, BA, Justice '14 with a minor in Legal Studies, has been accepted to the MSW program at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Social Work. Her area of concentration will be Community Organization Planning & Administration (COPA). Since graduating, Simona has been working in the legal field as a paralegal while living in North Dakota.


Ezekiel Kaufman, BA, Justice '12, has been accepted into the PhD in Criminology program at Pennsylvania State University. Since graduating from UAA, Zeke has worked as a research analyst for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Senior and Disabilities Services. For more information, visit:


Dr. Chamard Participates in Poster Session at ECCA Conference


In June, Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, participated in a poster session at the 2015 Environmental Crime and Criminal Analysis (ECCA) Conference in New Zealand. Her poster focused on "Community Attitudes About Late Night Safety." ECCA is an annual, invitation-only symposium attended by an international group of researchers and practitioners engaged in situational crime prevention, intelligence-led policing, and problem-oriented policing. For more information, visit:


Justice Alum Tapped for Director of Muni's Office of Equal Opportunity


In June, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz appointed Heather MacAlpine, BA, Justice cum laude '12, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity for the Municipality of Anchorage. Heather was formerly the Associate City Ombudsman. For more information, visit: 


Don't Miss the Justice Center Booth at the 2015 Campus Kickoff, Saturday, August 22


On Saturday, August 22, following the Convocation at the Wendy Williamson, the 2015 Campus Kickoff will begin at 5 pm on the Cuddy Quad. Faculty members will be at the Justice Center booth to speak with students about our courses and career options in Justice and in Legal Studies. This year's Campus Kickoff features food, information booths, prizes, and live entertainment. Don't miss DJ Pleas and comedian TJ Miller! For more information, visit: 



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • August 10-11 - New faculty orientation
  • August 24 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 7 - Labor Day holiday
  • October 23 - Faculty development day
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday