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This Leadership Team Newsletter is published every two weeks by the Dean's Office in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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December 17, 2015
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays

The COH Curriculum Committee holds its regular meetings on Wednesdays, 2:50 pm - 4:20 pm in PSB 122C. The deadline for submission of materials for committee review is Monday at 9 am, the week prior to the meeting.

The COH Curriculum Committee adopted new procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions through the electronic CIM curriculum software implemented this fall. Faculty working on curriculum development should refer to the new procedures in the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 15/16" (doc)
. For additional assistance, please confer with your representative or with committee admin, Harriet Paule ( / 786-4852). 

For information on the CIM software, please visit: Or contact the CIM Support Team: Michael Smith, / 786-1555 or Gianna Niva, / 786-4606
Unit Updates
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Co ngratulations to the Fall 2015 Bachelor of Science in Health Science (BSHS) Graduates!
(left) Corrie Whitmore, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, BSHS Coordinator and (far back right) Travis Hedwig, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences with the 10 BSHS graduates.
Pat Hensch Retires
Pat Hensch started her career as a medical technician in Minnesota, but relocated to Bethel, Alaska. She was then accepted into the MEDEX class 19. Upon graduation, Pat returned to Bethel and worked on expanding health care options in the Y-K Delta. She became the clinical coordinator for the MEDEX NW PA Program, working countless hours on establishing rotation sites for students. Now it's time for Pat to start the retirement phase of her career, where she will travel to new places and make new friends! Next time someone asks where Pat is, we can say "she's gone walkabout" (since her first trip is to Australia!).
Congratulations Fall 2015 MPH Graduates!

Physical Therapist Assistant Program - - - - - -
PTA Program Charter Class Graduates First Students!
The first graduating class of the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Program received their diplomas on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Congratulations PTA Class of 2015!

(l-r, center front row) Barbara Yeagley; Jaimie Burke / (second row) Terese Anderson, Term Assistant Professor and ACCE; Michael Zinsli; Joshua Campbell; Riannon Frebel; Seth Arnold; Emily Watson / (back row center) Kendra Piaskowski; LeeAnne Carrothers, Term Assistant Professor & Program Director; Angela Amalfitano. (Not pictured: Lacy Barkel and Nemzy Rios).
PTA Program Receives Accreditation
The PTA Program received accreditation on November 25, 2015 for five years. Congratulations to the program!
School of Social Work - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Dr. Dallas Allen to Attend Meeting on Infant Toddler Research  

Mary Dallas Allen, Associate Professor of Social Work, will be attending the annual meeting of the Network of Infant/Toddler Researchers on January 7-8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The meeting is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families.
Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Prof. Brandeis Interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about Proposed Spice Ordinance
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD , Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News about the proposed municipal ordinance controlling the synthetic cannabinoid called spice. His comments aired on the 6 pm and 11 pm broadcasts on November 10, 2015. For more information, visit:
Alumni Spotlight: Jerod Perron

Jerod Perron
, BA Justice '05, was a Juvenile Justice Officer II at McLaughlin for 8 years, but left that position in 2014. Currently he is a Protective Services Specialist III with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, Adult Protective Services. For more information, visit:
Justice Grad Selected as Commencement Speaker for December 2015 Ceremony
Ruddy Abam, Justice BA '15, was selected as the commencement speaker for the December 2015 commencement ceremony. Ruddy graduated from the Honors College. Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, was her honors thesis advisor. Under the guidance of Dr. Lepage, Ruddy explored community-based prevention strategies that inhibit youth susceptibility to crime and juvenile delinquency. For more information, visit:


Justice Alumni Update: Donte Powell
Donte Powell , BA Justice '14, was recently promoted to Intake and Outreach Coordinator for the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission (AERC), Municipality of Anchorage. He began his work for the AERC as the Docket Clerk/Senior Office Associate.
Justice Alumni Update: Abigail Kean

Abigail Kean
, BA Justice Cum Laude '15, recently joined the Anchorage law firm of Foley, Foley & Pearson as a receptionist. In January, she will be moving into the executive legal assistant position with the firm.
Congrats to Our December 2015 Justice and Legal Studies Grads!

Twenty-one graduates from the Justice Center celebrated their commencement on December 13, 2015. The Justice Center faculty and staff congratulate all of our graduates and wish them every success going forward!

Justice and Legal Studies faculty at the 2015 December commencement.
Prof. Brandeis Interviewed By KTVA Channel 11 News about Fairbanks 4
Prof. Jason Brandeis, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was recently interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News about the Fairbanks 4 case. His comments were broadcast on December 10, 2015. For more information, visit:

Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • December 24-25 - Christmas Holiday
  • Dec 31-Jan 1 - New Year Holiday
  • December 26-30 - Winter Holiday (campus closed)
  • January 18 - Civil Rights Day
  • March 14-19 - Spring Break (No classes)