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January 12, 2017
Pick. Click. Give. to UAA!
Don't forget to show your love for UAA when you apply for your PFD this month! Pick. Click. Give. to UAA and help students seize opportunity, pursue their passions, and accomplish big things in the state of Alaska. Your simple act of kindness has the power to make a large impact!
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You Are Invited to the Office of Student Advising & Advocacy Open House, January 25!
In December, the College of Health Office of Student Advising and Advocacy moved within the Professional Studies Building (PSB) to Suite 105 near the elevators. Please drop by on Wednesday, January 25th between 1-4 pm. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome! For more information, contact Carey Brown, or 907-786-4417. 
COH Curriculum Committee Meets Wednesdays

For the Fall 2016 semester, the COH Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm. Submissions need to be in the CIM system ready for committee review by 9 am Monday the week prior. Contact Harriet Paule,, with questions and to co-ordinate pre-review of submissions prior to starting CIM workflow processing.

Unit Updates
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IPE Grand Rounds Event to Take Place March 3
The College of Health Interprofessional Education Working Group is proud to announce an IPE Grand Rounds Event to be held Friday, March 3 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the UAA Student Union South Cafeteria. The Grand Rounds is an interactive experience investigating a diabetes study with peers, faculty, and healthcare providers. Please share this amazing opportunity with your students and consider offering extra credit to students who attend. Interprofessional competencies are essential for successful preparation in clinical practice. Help get your students the skills they need to succeed! Pre-registration is available at Download a flyer (pdf).
Dates Set for Upcoming PATH Programs
Last year, Alaska's AHEC introduced the Preparing Alaskans for Training in Health (PATH) programs to encourage Alaskans of all ages to consider healthcare as a profession. PATH is divided between two interest-group areas:
  1. PATH Camps target youth currently enrolled in grades 6-12 or recently graduated from high school
  2. PATH Academies reach out to adults and youth who are not currently enrolled in school
Scheduling for PATH Academies is still underway, but the first series will be offered exclusively for Alaska Military Youth Academy cadets. Upcoming PATH camps will be held in Anchorage and Palmer (March 13-18), Ketchikan (June 4-10), Nome (June 11-17), Bethel (June 18-24), and Barrow (Dates TBD).
All PATH activities feature hands-on learning, combined with lecture and the opportunity to meet professionals in a variety of healthcare fields. Some camps and academies offer credentials or academic credit at the collegiate level. For more information, and to apply, visit:
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Suicide Prevention: A University Partnership between Multiple Statewide Partners and the Alaska Training Cooperative

Between 2013-2016, the Alaska Training Cooperative (AKTC), North Star Behavioral Health, Division of Juvenile Justice, AK Child and Family, Mat-Su Schools, Anchorage Schools, Cook Inlet Tribal Conference, and the Tanana Chief's Conference (TCC) worked together on suicide prevention and intervention efforts by training professional staff, health aides, community members, and first responders using the evidenced-based curriculum, "Question, Persuade, and Refer." This three-year collaborative effort resulted in the training of over 11,000 Alaskans about suicide and how to intervene when someone is at risk.
The AKTC is a training branch of the Center for Human Development (CHD), coordinating accessible opportunities for professionals working with Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority beneficiaries statewide.
AKTC Funder: State of Alaska Department of Behavioral Health; Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority
AK GILD Recruiting Faculty in Summer 2017

The AK GILD (Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development) program at CHD is recruiting for Health and Behavioral Health faculty interested in a 1-credit summer assignment with a focus on geriatrics and person-centered care. Approximately 100 hours are required: 16 hours on-site at the Nuka System of Care, at least 4 hours of didactic learning, and 40 hours for curriculum revisions and/or formal presentation preparation to incorporate geriatrics content into existing program curriculum. Also included is resource support for curriculum redesign and attendance at the June 2017 Alaska Nuka System of Care conference. Travel is covered for those outside the Anchorage/Mat-Su region. Dates are May 19 - July 1, 2017 for program activities, and Sept 15, 2017 for program completion. The Southcentral Foundation Nuka conference is June 19-23, 2017. In-person activities are mandatory.
Hurry, space is limited! To apply, contact: Rosellen Rosich, 907-264-6232 or, or Sheila Shinn, 907-264-6251 or
School of Pharmacy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Pharmacy Class Fundraises for the Homeless
The first class of the UAA/ISU College of Pharmacy program, led by Janelle Solbos, held a fundraiser to help the Anchorage homeless population this holiday season. Decorated boxes were placed around the PSB building asking for personal hygiene products (unopened containers of shampoo, toothpaste, body wash, etc.), and donations were dropped off at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. Thank you to everyone who donated!
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The Summer/Fall 2016 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum has been released. It includes articles on the Recover Alaska initiative to address alcohol-related problems, therapeutic courts in Alaska, findings from an analysis of felony sentencing patterns, and outcomes of the Teens Acting Against Violence (TAAV) program in Bethel. Download this issue at:  
Senate Bill 91 Program Video Now Available
On December 8, 2016, the Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club co-sponsored a public education event on the criminal justice reforms included in Senate Bill 91. Panelists included Jeff Jessee, Lt. Kris Sell, Barbara Dunham, Geri Fox, Dr. Araceli Valle, and Dr. Troy Payne. The approximately 2-hour video of the program is now available on the Justice Center web site and on its YouTube channel. For more information, visit: .


Mock Oral Arguments Held in Legal Studies Course
Prof. Ryan Fortson held mock oral arguments in his LEGL A487 course titled "Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes." Students prepared written briefs and oral arguments for three hypothetical cases for simulated trial court motion practice. Their arguments were presented before US District Court Magistrate Judge Kevin McCoy who rendered a decision after each case was presented.


Dr. Myrstol Presents at Undergraduate Research Forum
Dr. Brad Myrstol presented at the November 30 Undergraduate Research Forum coordinated by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship, a division of the UAA University Honors College, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) BUILD EXITO Program.
Legal Studies Alumni Update: Simona Gerdts
Simona Gerdts,   BA Justice '14, Legal Studies Minor, is Operations Support Specialist for the US District Court - Northern District of Texas in Wichita Falls. She is also the appeals clerk for this division, and acts as the liaison between the US District Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • January 16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • January 26 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 1 - Emeritus applications due to OAA
  • February 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • February 23 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean
  • March 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • March 15 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA