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January 22,  2015
UAA Selected for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

"The UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning announces that UAA is one of a select group of colleges and universities to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. UAA was one of only 74 institutions to receive the initial designation in 2006; 361 campuses now have this important designation in total across the United States..." Read more in the Green & Gold News (January 7, 2015).

DNP Program Approved


Following a successful review by the Board of Regents, the proposed Doctorate in Nursing Practice has been submitted to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for final approval. The Commission has approximately 90 days to respond to our prospectus. This timing may be affected by their workload and the holidays. Advertising and recruitment for the DNP program will wait until we have received final approval from the NWCCU.


Unit Updates
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CHD LEND Recruitment Begins January 28 for the 2015-16 Cohort


Do you have graduate students who might be interested in becoming leaders in the field of developmental disabilities and /or Autism Spectrum Disorder? Do you know graduate students who want to gain skills and make connections in Alaska in her/his field? If so, please share this information!

Alaska LEND Without Walls provides graduate-level inter-disciplinary leadership training for individuals who have a commitment to providing family-centered coordinated systems of health care and related services. The program aims to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents who have or who are at risk for developing autism and other developmental disabilities. Completion of the training program results in a workforce credential and includes a stipend.

Graduate students and practicing professionals in the fields of nursing, public health, social work, psychology, special education, early childhood (0-5 years), education (K-12), speech language pathology, occupational therapy, or medicine are invited to apply. We are also recruiting parents and family members of children with a developmental disability. Applications will be accepted January 28 -March 31 for the 2015-2016 Alaska LEND Without Walls Program. For more information, and to complete an application, visit


7th Annual We Are All Elders in Training Summit 


The Trust Training Cooperative (TTC) will be offering the We Are All Elders in Training Summit, Inspired Aging; Limitless Opportunities to give Elders, Seniors, and Pioneers an environment and forum where they can be listened to, learned from, and honored for the wisdom and life learning they possess. Elders will share their life experiences and strategies for aging and well-being. Please JOIN US for group discussions, closing circles, and an opportunity to address the issues of aging and mental health for our Elders.


March 3 & 4, 2015 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm)

Raven Landing Community Center, 

1222 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK


For more information, and to register, visit the TTC web site.


Friendships & Dating Program Continues to Grow and Gain Recognition!


CHD's Friendships & Dating Program for adults with developmental disabilities extends beyond Alaska. In January 2015, CHD held another train-the-trainer event for this program. Over 20 people from community service agencies participated in the training. Participants represented Alaskan agencies in Anchorage, Homer, and the Mat-Su Valley. The Friendships & Dating Program is beginning to gain recognition outside of Alaska; participants included individuals from Wyoming and New Mexico. This program teaches teens and adults with intellectual and related developmental disabilities how to develop and maintain healthy relationships and prevent interpersonal violence. For more information, contact Julie Atkinson at  

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The Department Welcomes Travis Hedwig!


The Department of Health Sciences would like to welcome Dr. Travis Hedwig to our faculty! He is a cultural, medical, and applied anthropologist who comes to us from the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies where he worked as a post-doctoral research fellow.  


Dr. Hedwig received a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology (minor in music) from Plattsburgh State University in 2001, a Master's degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006, and a PhD in Medical Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2013. 


Dr. Hedwig has been doing research in both rural and urban Alaskan communities since 1999. His primary research interests involve impairment /disability and health inequality at the intersections of gender, race, class, and culture. Past research experiences include a study of social and cultural constructions of disability and community inclusion for North Slope I�upiat and the health service delivery structures that constrain health choices and outcomes for individuals, families, and communities.  


Dr. Hedwig is excited to be on board as a faculty member in Health Sciences and looks forward to engaging students through teaching, research, and community service.


Justice Center  - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

UAA-Willamette Law School Partnership Story Ranks in Top 10 Viewed on UAA Website   


"UAA and Willamette University College of Law partner to offer accelerated '3+3 program'" was one of the top 10 stories viewed on the UAA website in 2014. UAA and the Willamette University College of Law signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a 3+3 program allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years, rather than the usual seven. Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator at the UAA Justice Center, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and is UAA's point of contact for program advising. For more information, visit:



In August 2014, Prof. Jim Wolfe, adjunct faculty in the Justice Center, presented on "Photographing and Casting Snow Impression Evidence" at the 99th International Association of Identification (IAI) Educational Conference in Minneapolis. Prof. Wolfe is a former forensic scientist with the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, and is currently a forensic consultant and trainer. He teaches JUST 255 Criminal Investigation and JUST 310 Introduction to Forensic Science at the Justice Center. For more information, visit:



Dr. Ron Everett, Justice faculty, was interviewed by the Alaska Dispatch News about the increase in the number of women who are incarcerated in the Alaska correctional system. In "With more Alaska women incarcerated than ever, some moved to men's jail" (Michelle Theriault Boots, 1/10/15), Dr. Everett noted that women are most often incarcerated for drug and property offenses, and that the severity of the punishment for drug offenses has increased over time. Dr. Everett's research focuses on corrections and racial/ethnic bias in sentencing. For more information, visit:


January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!


The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), US Department of Justice, encourages everyone to join in the observation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month this January. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons or modern-day slavery, is a crime that involves the exploitation of a person for the purpose of compelled sex or labor. Victims of human trafficking come from all walks of life. Anyone can be a victim--regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, education level, or citizenship status. For more information, visit:


USA Today Article References Alaska Victimization Survey Research


Research from the 2010 statewide Alaska Victimization Survey was noted in the recent USA Today article "The most dangerous states in America" (Alexander Kent & Thomas C. Frohlich, 1/3/15). The Alaska Victimization Survey is conducted annually by the State of Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. The survey provides estimates on intimate partner violence and sexual violence experienced by adult women in Alaska. For more information, visit: .


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • February 13 - Emeritus applications due to OAA
  • March 3 - UNAC workloads due to unit director/chair

  • March 9-13 - Spring break 

  • March 13 - Spring break holiday

  • March 16 - Fall 2014 sabbatical reports due to OAA 

  • March 16 - Faculty development & research travel grants applications due to OAA*

  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to dean 

  • April 16 - UNAC term faculty's AAR w/self-evaluation & CV due to director/chair w/cc to dean

  • May 3 - Commencement 

  • May 4 - UNAC workloads due from dean to faculty

  • May 8 - UNAC workloads due to OAA* 

  • May 9 - UNAC notification to dean from faculty planning to stand for P&T w/list of external reviewers

  • May 25 - Memorial Day holiday


    *Note: dates to be established for when these items are due to the dean's office.

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