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December 3, 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 has adopted new procedures for accepting and processing curriculum submissions through the electronic CIM curriculum software implemented this fall by UAA. Faculty working on any aspect of curriculum development (additions/changes/deletions at the program or course level) should refer to the new procedures in the "COH Faculty Curriculum Submission Guide AY 15/16" (doc)
. If additional assistance is needed, please confer with your representative to the college's curriculum committee or the committee's admin, Harriet Paule ( / 786-4852 ). 

More information regarding the CIM software is available at: or by contacting the CIM Support Team in the Registrar's Office: Michael Smith, / 786-1555 or Gianna Niva, / 786-4606
Unit Updates
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RFPs Available for Student and Faculty Mini-Grants
RFPs are out for Community-Engaged Student Assistants and Faculty Mini-Grants. Both are due on Friday, December 11--the mini-grant applications by noon and the CESA applications by 5 pm. Access RFPs at or check faculty listserv announcements. Faculty mini-grants are available for up to $2,000 and are reviewed by committee. CESAs can support faculty with a course, research project, or creative activity that is community-engaged.
Second Bridge Award is Open to Student Applicants
The Second Bridge Award is now open to student applicants. The deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016. Students are invited to design a learning and developing experience for themselves that addresses a community need based on the theme "Oh, the places you'll go!" In the past, students have gone to Guatemala, Nepal, and rural Alaska. The award is for up to $2,000. The Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award is due the same day and provides a student or group of students with $2500 for an engineering project for the public good. Please encourage students to apply and to contact the Center to discuss ideas. For more information, visit:
Urban & Rural in Alaska Conference a Success
The November 6th Urban & Rural in Alaska conference was very well attended, with a keynote address by Mara Kimmel on "Our Collaborative Impact." In addition to morning breakout sessions, nearly 25 faculty gave "Rapid Fire Community Engagement" summaries of their teaching, research, and creative activity. An afternoon workshop on facilitating public dialogue resulted in 14 faculty, staff, and community members receiving certificates in beginning public facilitation skills.
CEL Class Awards Grants to Local Organizations
The CEL A392 Advanced Civic Engagement class recently awarded $2500 to four different community organizations: AWAIC, STAR, Children's Lunchbox, and Mountain View Boys & Girls Club. Students in the class had $10,000 to award to 4 different agencies, and they learned about philanthropy, non-profits, and state and local issues before reviewing proposals written by Angela Andersen's ENGL 212 Technical Writing class (Summer 2015). The funding was given by the Learning by Giving Foundation with a local match contributed in part by the Foraker Group and the Atwood Foundation. Several foundations and community organizations contributed to this project as guest speakers, including the UA Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and Foraker.
New Minor in Civic & Community Engagement Being Proposed
The Certificate in Civic Engagement is being proposed as an 18 credit Minor in Civic & Community Engagement as a change from a 30 credit certificate. Three CEL courses will be required, the first of which (Introduction to Civic Engagement) is a social science GER. Nine additional credits will be comprised of CEL courses designated as CE or SL. In addition, students completing a practicum or internship in their discipline with a civic focus may request this substitute for the required Civic Engagement Internship.

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Karen Ward Presents at Disabilities Conference
Karen Ward and colleagues from Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and the Virgin Islands presented a session "Introduction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Home and Community Based Service System" at the 2015 Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual conference.
Be a Part of the Association of Un iversity Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The Center for Human Development is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD); every state and territory in the United States has at least one UCEDD. Three major networks make up the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD):
  • 67 UCEDDs (pronounced "You Saids")
  • 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Programs
  • 15 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRC)
This national network includes thousands of personnel and trainees, and leverages millions of dollars in government and private funding to foster accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. Currently, one of the network's five top priorities is to "Champion and model diversity, equity, and inclusion." Please contact CHD staff Rebekah Moras to set up a presentation about our center and to learn more about a career in our network. Email:; Phone: (907) 264-6250. Download the AUCD Strategic Map: 
Rain Van Den Berg Presents on Using ePortfolios in PacWest LEND Training Programs
Rain Van Den Berg, Training Coordinator for the Alaska LEND without Walls, presented a poster at the 2015 AUCD Conference in Washington D.C. on the Use of ePortfolios in the PacWest LEND Training Programs (additional poster authors included Judith Holt, Richard Kiefer-O'Donnell, Jenny Miller, and Paul Wasko). As part of the broader ePortfolio effort at UAA, LEND developed an ePortfolio that other LEND programs are considering as a model. The poster explained the differences between how the LEND Program uses Blackboard vs. the ePortfolio, and explored how to maximize the strengths of each in the graduate level training program. The poster was developed as part of an ongoing partnership with the Utah LEND and other LEND programs in the Pac West Regional LEND Consortium.

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MEDEX Providing Healthcare for Alaska's Homeless
Each winter quarter, the current didactic students in the MEDEX PA Program put on a health fair for the homeless citizens in our community. Working with the Brother Francis Shelter and Alaska Health Fair, Inc., PA students help as many individuals as possible with medical screenings and basic health information. This is an opportunity for students to get hands-on with one of Anchorage's most unserved populations--one of the MEDEX program's main focus (the other being primary care). To read more about what students are doing, please visit their gofundme site:  
UAA's Smoke and Tobacoo-Free Policy Joins Forces with the Great American Smokeout
On November 19th, 2015, University of Alaska Anchorage celebrated the beginning of the implementation of the smoke and tobacco-free policy and the Great American Smokeout. The Great American Smokeout is a national event that encourages tobacco-users to quit for a day in order to promote a culture of health. The celebration brought attention to famous places that are already smoke or tobacco-free, including Maui, Times Square, and San Francisco. Students were able to engage with the sets and learn more about the policy. UAA joins more than 1600 other campuses that have gone smoke and/or tobacco-free.


(l (l-r) Valeria Delgado, Yesenia Camarena, and Gabriel Garcia
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The Justice Center Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary: 1975-2015
As 2015 draws to a close, the Justice Center celebrates forty years of leadership in civil and criminal justice education in Alaska, and in research on justice issues in rural and urban Alaska. The Justice Center was established by the Alaska State Legislature in 1975. Over the past four decades, faculty and research staff have contributed to studies ranging from the revision of the Alaska Criminal Code to the development of the master plan for corrections. After 40 years of service, the Justice Center reaffirms its vision to lead Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society. For more information, visit:
Justice Center Faculty Present at American Society of Criminology

In November, Drs. Allan Barnes, Cory Lepage, André Rosay, Troy Payne, Jason Brandeis, Brad Myrstol, and Lindsey Blumenstein
gavee presentations at the 71st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology in Washington, DC. Daniel Reinhard (Justice BA '14) also presented with Dr. Payne about problem complexity in urban areas. This year's conference theme was "The Politics of Crime & Justice." Justice Center faculty gave nine presentations on topics including violence and sexual assault, spatial patterns of crime, pre-trial diversion, domestic violence, marijuana legalization in Alaska, and classroom teaching methods. For more information, visit: .

(l-r) Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Dr. André Rosay, Dr. Brad Myrstol, and Ingrid Johnson  

The Justice Center Welcomes Walt Monegan as Interim Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Corrections

(l to r) Walt Monegan and Dr. Allan Barnes
Walter Monegan III was recently named Interim Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Corrections by Governor Bill Walker. The department oversees the confinement of inmates living in correctional facilities, halfway houses, and community jails across Alaska. Walt Monegan brings to this new role more than 40 years of experience in Alaska's public safety and criminal justice sectors. Throughout that time, he has worked closely with the Justice Center, most recently as a member of its Tribal Courts Advisory Committee.  
Alaska Victimization Survey Update

More than 10,000 women in Alaska participated in the Alaska Victimization Survey. This annual survey started in 2010 with funding from the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The statewide survey was conducted in 2010, with regional surveys conducted from 2011 to 2014 (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Bristol Bay, Kodiak, Yukon-Kuskokwim, Matanuska-Susitna, Kenai, Ketchikan, Nome, Sitka, North Slope, and Aleutians). For these results, visit: . A new statewide survey was conducted in 2015 and results will be released during the 2016 legislative session. To date, results from the Alaska Victimization Survey have been cited more than 275 times in the media, most recently by Senator Dan Sullivan (Alaska Dispatch News, November 15, 2015): .

Dr. Rivera Publishes Article in Child Welfare Journal
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, recently published an article in Child Welfare Journal , a publication of the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). The article is titled "Rethinking child welfare to keep families safe and together: Effective housing-based supports to reduce child trauma, maltreatment recidivism, and re-entry to foster care," by Dr. Marny Rivera and Dr. Rita Sullivan, September 2015. For more information, visit: . 
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  • 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)