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July 27, 2017
COH All-College Meeting Draft Agenda Now Available!
The COH All-College and Statewide Health Campuses Meeting will be held Thursday, August 17, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Cuddy Hall. It will take all of us to successfully navigate the next several years to fulfill our vision of "Leading Toward a Healthier Tomorrow." We would like you to Share the Vision ~~ Support the Mission! This All-College and Statewide Health Campuses meeting is a major milestone in this effort, and we really need you as an active member of our team. Mark your calendars now and see you in August! Download the draft agenda (pdf).

Robert McClung Appointed Director of School of Allied Health
We are pleased to announce Robert McClung as the new director of the School of Allied Health. Mr. McClung began his career at UAA in 2005 and became the Radiology Technology Program Director in 2013. He holds associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force in Criminal Justice and Radiology, a BS from Bellevue University, and an MS from La Verne University. He is currently working on a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership. Although his primary focus is teaching first and second year radiology students, he provides continuing education lectures for registered technologists and other healthcare providers throughout the year.
Mr. McClung is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, completing a 24-year career in the US Air Force in 2004. He has been a radiologic technologist since 1992, and holds certifications from the American Registry of Radiologic and the America Heart Association as a BLS Instructor. Mr. McClung is a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, was the President of the Alaska Society of Radiologic Technologists (AKSRT), and is currently the board chair. He was honored in 2017 to be presented with an AKSRT Lifetime Membership.

Gloria Burnett Appointed Director of the Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce
Gloria Burnett, Director of the Alaska Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program, has been appointed director of the Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce. She holds an MS in Instruction, a BA in Psychology, and an Instructional Technology Specialist Certification. Ms. Burnett has been Director of Alaska's AHEC Program for 3 years where her priority has been to strengthen and expand healthcare career promotion and preparation programming. Prior to her current role, she served as the Founder and Director of the Northwest AHEC in Barrow for 3 years before transitioning to the Dean of Students position, both at Ilisagvik College. Ms. Burnett has a keen understanding of healthcare and education in rural Alaska and places great value on community involvement in programming. Read more about Gloria Burnett:
Volunteers Needed for the Junior Health Professions Academy!
The COH is currently recruiting staff and faculty to assist with the 3rd Annual Junior Health Professions Academy, a collaborative effort with the Anchorage School District and Clark Middle School. Volunteers will commit to a two-hour session on one Saturday during the fall and/or spring semesters. Each volunteer will introduce 7th and 8th grade participants to a health career by presenting a one-hour overview followed by a one-hour activity. Topics from the previous years include: AHEC's Introduction to Health Professions, dentistry, primary care physicians, occupational and physical therapy, pain management, and anesthesiology.
The Distinguished Leadership Academies' Kick-off brunch will be held October 7 in the UAA Student Union 9:30 - 11:00 am. The fall learning sessions will commence on October 21 and will continue through the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, ending in December. To sign up, please contact Carey D. Brown in the COH Office of Student Advising and Advocacy at 786-4417 or
Take the Grant Hub Feedback Survey!
Please take a moment to complete the College of Health Grant Hub annual feedback survey by clicking the link below. We value your feedback to improve our processes and assist you more efficiently!
Unit Updates
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Rhonda Johnson Joins New Committee to Address Alaska Native Suicide
Dr. Rhonda Johnson, Professor of Public Health in the Department of Health Sciences, is part of the Administrative Core and Research Steering Committee for a new federally-funded, statewide initiative to build capacity and support community efforts to address high rates of Alaska Native suicide in the northwest and southwest arctic, called the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Resilience Research (ANCHRR). Funding is also provided for graduate students in public health to assist with the effort. To learn more, please contact Dr. Johnson at
Read more about this effort in the Alaska Dispatch News article "UAF gets $4.25 million to address one of Alaska's worst problems: Suicide" (6/20/17, Lisa Demer):
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Human Services Faculty Present in Canadian-Hosted Conference
Jo Ann Bartley, Yvonne Chase, and Lynn Paterna presented a roundtable discussion, entitled "Involving Students in Civic Engagement: Creating Community / University Partnerships." The Biennial Conference of the Society for Community Research & Action (SCRA) was held in Ottawa, Ontario June 21-24 and was hosted by the University of Ottawa in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University.
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Alumni Spotlight: Kelsey Waldorf
Kelsey Waldorf, BA Justice 2013, JD
2017, graduated from University of Colorado Law School in May 2017. She is taking the Colorado bar exam and then traveling before beginning a fellowship in September. While working toward her BA in Justice at UAA, Kelsey was in the University Honors College, a Forty-Ninth State Fellow, and traveled the world as a competitive debater in the Seawolf Debate program. In addition to Justice coursework, she worked as a student researcher on a project with the Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police Department. This September, Kelsey will begin a year-long fellowship as a deputy district attorney in a rural town in southern Colorado. For more information, visit:  
Prof. Ryan Fortson Presents at AYC Summer Leadership Program
Prof. Ryan Fortson , Justice faculty, discussed Alaska Native Rights and Tribal Courts with students participating in the  Anchorage Youth Court's Summer Law & Leadership Program this week. The program, which runs from July 10 to August 4, provides youths entering 9th grade with daily sessions on freedom of speech, criminal justice rights, alternative dispute resolution, mock trials, and field trips to courts, the Anchorage Police Department, and the Alaska State Crime Lab. The goal of the program is to provide students with skills that will help them better advocate for themselves and others and be a force for the change they want to see in the world.
Summer 2017 Alaska Justice Forum Now Available!
The newly redesigned Alaska Justice Forum print and expanded web 2017 summer editions are now available. The Alaska Justice Forum is returning
to a quarterly publication. To make this possible, the Forum is limiting mailed delivery of the print edition and enhancing its web presence with expanded and updated print edition stories as well as articles and content exclusive to the web. Sign up at:  
Upcoming Events/Deadlines
  • Early August - UAFT/UNAC Appointment letters due to faculty
  • August 10 - Leadership team meeting
  • August 14-15 - New faculty orientation
  • August 17 - All-College Meeting, 9 am - 3 pm
  • August 24 - Leadership team meeting
    August 25 - Welcome Back, Promotion and Tenure celebration
  • August 28 - First day of classes, Fall Semester
  • September 4 - Labor Day Holiday
  • September 11 - UNAC Promotion, Tenure, Post-Tenure Reviews, 4th Year Comp files, and Activity Reports due to dean
  • September 14 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 25 - Sabbatical requests due to dean/director
  • September 28 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 16 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 30 - Sabbatical requests due to OAA with Dean's/Director's signature