Faculty & Staff Newsletter
December 19, 2018
Dean's Message: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Faculty from the University College of Health and Dean Jeff Jessee at the 2018 UAA Fall Graduation ceremony on December 16th at the UAA Alaska Airlines Center.
Some people love this time of year for the holidays. I love it because of Fall Graduation!

Whenever I am in meetings where the topic of discussion revolves around key performance indicators (KPIs) for the College, I think about watching our students' hard work, dedication, and countless hours of effort pay off as they walk across that graduation stage and receive their certificate or diploma from our institution.

Graduation is, after all, the true measure of Student Success.

As Dean, I also know our students don't cross that stage alone. Family, friends, and the tremendous amount of care and effort students receive from College of Health faculty and staff are all part of their educational journey at UAA.

Graduation is also a community event, and we have much to celebrate this year as a College of Health community.

We are making meaningful strides on our path to improve the educational experience for students as we build the capacity of our College to meet Alaska's workforce demand.

In the last 18 months, we have achieved many milestones together.

  • The School of Nursing has grown their acceptance and enrollment by 20% while streamlining their intake process to reduce acceptance wait times. 

  • We've increased our statewide clinical simulation capacity and committed to a continued support structure that allows students to receive their education where they live.

  • We've forged new and innovative public-private partnerships with the healthcare industry, so we have the equipment and funding we need to produce highly-educated, highly-skilled healthcare professionals in Alaska.

  • The Leadership Team has restructured program and research delivery, merging capabilities to make our various Schools, Divisions, and Research units stronger and more versatile.

  • Our umbrella health course, HLTH 151, is working its way through the system as faculty discuss best practices and effective student engagement strategies. The class will help us retain students by providing them with an overview of the 45 certificate and degree programs our College offers.

  • Moreover, our Development, Communications, Human Resources, Compliance, and Finance staff are improving processes and creating efficiencies while ensuring we are engaged with the Alaska community.

I am excited about the new goals and milestones we will achieve together next year!

Thank you for your exceptional work in 2018. I hope you enjoy your time with family, friends, and loved ones this holiday season!

Title IX comments due to UA Leadership by Dec. 31, 2018.
The U.S. Department of Education's (USDOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Title IX was published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 29. The USDOE's 60-day comment period will extend until Monday January 28, 2019.

The proposed rules are being evaluated by the University of Alaska's Legal Team and Title IX experts, who will recommend comments to UA Leadership.

If you have input that you would like UA Leadership to consider as they formulate UA's comments to USDOE, that input should be provided via this FORM as soon as possible, and no later than December 31, 2018.

Final rules, including any changes, will not be in place for some time. In the interim, UA will continue to abide by the Voluntary Resolution Agreement with OCR, and continue to build a safe and respectful culture within the campus community.

If you are interested in reading more about the proposed changes, you can visit the links below.

You can also find information on the Statewide Title IX website.

The comment period closes December 31. 
27 students, 15 individual clinics ... 467 immunizations
UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy students including Janelle Feller (front) and Janelle Solbos, administered 467 immunizations to Alaskans as part of Anchorage Operation Immunization.
UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy students participated in immunization events across Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley this semester, improving Alaskans' health and wellness this winter.

As the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy Program wraps up the season, the program wants to recognize Anchorage Operation Immunization Chair and P2 student Aminda Skan.

Skan dedicated a great deal of time and effort to the project by organizing students and building lasting partnerships with the Anchorage School District, the Assisted Living Traveling Flu clinic, the Mobile Food Bank Flu Clinic, and the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center. 

The last flu clinics are complete, the dust is settling, and Aminda and all of the UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy students have earned a well-deserved rest. 

Well...at least until next semester!
2019 Winter Geriatric Healthcare Series: Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
The University of Washington Northwest Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center (NW GWEC), the UW School of Nursing, and the Seattle Veterans Health Administration Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) are partnering to bring a series of continuing education programs on geriatric health to health professionals in Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. 

Nationally and regionally recognized NW GWEC faculty will present each topic and facilitate discussion. The series will assist providers in developing and enhancing health promotion interventions to prevent disease and postpone further disability for the older adults they serve. This series will give community-based providers working in the field of aging the opportunity to access valuable information without having to travel a great distance.

This series will be online weekly from January 8 - March 12, 2019, on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm - 4: 30 pm Alaska Time via the University of Washington Interactive Virtual Classroom to Western Washington regional hospitals and sites in Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming.

Costs-$10 per session or $60 for entire series
Optional CEU’s available for an additional $45 for the series.
(Retirees, students, and volunteers, that do not need CE credits or attendance certificates, don’t need to register and can attend for Free!)
Register online at the Alaska CACHE at www.akcache.org
For more information about participating or becoming a host site in Alaska contact Alaska AHEC uaa_ahec@alaska.edu 907-786-6591
Medical Laboratory Science Student Wins National Scholarship Award
University of Alaska Program Director Grace Leu Burke and API Scholarship Awardee Courtney Bennetts
Congratulations to University of Alaska Anchorage College of Health student Courtney Bennetts on receiving an American Proficiency Institute Scholarship!

Courtney is one of five students out of more than 300 nationwide applicants, to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API). The API scholarship program enters its 11th year with more than 50 students receiving funds to further their medical laboratory science education.

“Clinical laboratory science has often been regarded as the science behind the medicine and the hero behind the scenes,” explained Courtney. “I think it is an honor to go into a field that offers the challenge of finding that critical piece to a puzzle for the accurate treatment and safety of a patient.”

Grace Leu Burke, MSCLS, MT(ASCP), assistant professor and Interim Program Director for Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, notes that Ms. Bennetts is poised to actively lead the profession after graduation.

The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world, serving more than 20,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital and reference laboratories, physician offices, clinics, and point-of-care testing sites.
College of Health in the News
Dr. Jay Butler and Student Nurses Association President Rachel Tompson were interviewed on December 11th by Liz Raines of KTVA's Daybreak.
UAA Student Nurses Association President Rachel Thomson and Dr. Jay Butler were part of KTVA's Workforce Wednesday. The duo discussed Alaska's projected nursing shortage and the ways in which millennials work differently than the generations before them. Check out the full story on KTVA's Web site .
Employee Wellness Practicum Coordinator Kyra McKay was featured in UAA's Green & Gold. Photo courtesy of James Evans and UAA Advancement.
Check out this great profile of all around #UAAmazing College of Health and HPER employee Kyra McKay in the UAA Green & Gold.
Photo by KNOM
Norton Sound Regional Nurse Recognition ceremony. Photo courtesy of Davis Hovey at KNOM Radio.
KNOM in Nome covered the Norton Sound Region Nurse recognition ceremony in honor of the three new nurses that graduated the program. Listen to the full story here.
A picture of multicolored Christmas ornaments

University paid holidays
(benefited employees)

   December 24
   December 25
   December 31
   January 1

Campus Closure

   December 26
   December 27
   December 28


For the campus closure dates, faculty must use FTO.


For the campus closure dates, staff (benefited) must use either annual leave, leave without pay or personal holiday.

Timesheets for the pay period ending December 22 (R01) must be submitted to your supervisor before 5:00 pm, Thursday, December 20.


Timesheets for the pay period ending December 22 (R01) must be approved by 5:00 pm, Saturday, December 22.

The campus will re-open on Wednesday, January 2.
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