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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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July 31,  2013
All-College Meeting
The COH All-College meeting will be on August 19, 2013 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Activities include a welcome, workshops for faculty and staff, a BBQ, door prizes, and tours.

A special feature of this year's meeting will be To Tell the Truth - the College of Health, Episode 1.  We need your help with this exciting and entertaining game.  Please see the save-the-date flyer for more information.
Academic Assessment Seminar
You are invited to attend the UAA Academic Assessment Seminar on September 13th, 2013 in the Student Union Den. This will be a seminar and discussion where we will engage faculty expertise regarding General Education Requirement assessment at UAA, learn more about national perspectives on assessment, and showcase some of UAA's own college and program assessment practices.  Keynote speaker Robert Mundhenk will talk about how important it is to connect assessment with learning.

An RSVP is required to allow us to accommodate everyone at the Keynote Address. Participants can register for and attend some or all of the sessions.  Please visit the AAC's website at www.uaa.alaska.edu/governance/academic_assessment_committee to view the full agenda and to RSVP.
The UA Foundation and Its Partnership with UA
August 22nd, 2013
Are you familiar with all the ways in which the UA Foundation and campus development teams partner to seek, secure and steward private gifts to UA?
The UA Foundation, in partnership with UAA and UAF development staff, is offering a comprehensive day-long seminar at at UAA on August 22nd, to help answer all your questions about how the campuses and the Foundation work together to promote private giving to UA and ensure that donors' wishes are honored. ALL university staff members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

After an introductory "How the Foundation Partners with the Campus Community" discussion, members of the foundation and UAA or UAF development teams will lead discussions on such topics as stewardship, scholarships, fundraising support, and prospect research and management. The afternoon session will focus on gift acceptance and spending - everything from special events, endowments and memorial funds to grants vs. gifts, real estate and restricted gifts. Not only informative, it will be an opportunity to meet and greet and learn more about how we can partner to promote successful private fundraising for UA.
Please RSVP for either date/campus by visiting our sign-up page at http://www.alaska.edu/foundation/rsvp-for-training/
Questions? Email found.help@alaska.edu.
MBA Leadership Electives
Rashmi Prasad, Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) has indicated that the MBA program will be offering two new electives in leadership:  Leading Performance and Coaching & Change Leadership and Facilitation.  Further information about these courses will be coming from Professor Frank Jeffries.  CBPP is interested in knowing the level of appeal for these courses amongst COH graduate students.  Please respond directly to Professor Jeffries.
Unit Updates
Justice Center
  • The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has released, "Alaska Trial Court Case Filing Statistics, 2005-2012," issue 13-04 in the Fact Sheet publication series. This issue presents data on cases filed in Alaska's trial courts (Superior Court and District Court) during state fiscal years 2005-2012. Data were extracted from Alaska Court System annual statistical reports. The report examines data on case filings, caseloads, and types of cases filed in Superior and District courts. The Fact Sheet is authored by Ryan Fortson, Ph.D., J.D. , Justice Center faculty, and Brad A. Myrstol, Ph.D., director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).

  •  Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Justice faculty, authored a Compass piece in the Anchorage Daily News on July 17, titled "Alaska's poor need legal help in civil cases." In this article, Prof. Fortson notes that while attorneys are provided by the state for individuals with even minor criminal offenses, "[a]pproximately one half of low-income households will be faced with the need for civil legal assistance each year ... around 85,000 Alaskans."

  • Dr. Andr´┐Ż Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, were interviewed by KTUU Channel 2 News regarding a recent Alaska Justice Forum article titled, "Trends in Juvenile Delinquency, School Suspensions, and Expulsions." Their comments aired on July 17 in a segment by Abby Hancock titled, "UAA Study Highlights Remarkable Decline in Juvenile Delinquency."  Click here for a full copy of the article, "Trends in Juvenile Delinquency, School Suspensions, and Expulsions." 

  • The National Inventory of Collateral Consequences of Conviction (NICCC) Project recently completed its inventory of Alaska statutes and regulations and found that 492 of these create collateral consequences for offender reentry in our state. Additional states are being added to the inventory, and project completion is scheduled for April 2014. The Collateral Consequences Work Group, chaired by former Alaska Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez, will analyze the results of the Alaska inventory, report on the findings, and develop a set of recommendations to make the restrictions more compatible with public safety. Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice faculty, is a member of the Work Group. Her article, "The Hidden Impact of a Criminal Conviction: A Brief Overview of Collateral Consequences in Alaska" (2007) is included in the Bibliography/Resources List on the NICCC website. 

School of Social Work
  • The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) received a grant of $42,902 from the State of Alaska to provide training and technical assistance to Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) and their Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs).  The goals of the project are to increase their capacities to meet the needs of children who have been maltreated as well as their families.
  • Susan LaBelle (BSW 1985, MSW 1997) has won the UAA Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award 
Della Keats a
The Della Keats Health Sciences Program is a WWAMI School of Medical Education sponsored residential summer program for high school students, with funding from a variety of sources.  Summer 2013 proved to be an exciting year for the program, as the class was very diverse in terms of student background, language, culture and ethnicity. There were thirteen Alaska Native students with 50% of them from rural communities. Ten students spoke other languages ranging from Hmong, Korean, Neur, Spanish, Samoan, Tagalog, Yup'ik to Wolof and were originally from places like Thailand, Korea, Africa, South and Central America, Samoa, and rural Alaska. The Alaska Native Community Advancement in Psychology (ANCAP) program joined the Della Keats Program as a natural program extension with a focus on mental health. Three Alaska Native students from rural Alaska were recruited for its opening year.

Congratulations to the successful students, and to the Della Keats Leadership Team:  Co-Directors, Dr. Ian van Tets and Dr. Rene Contreras; Program Coordinator Cassandra Dale; and ANCAP Director, Dr. EJ David.

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • August 1 -- UAFT/UNAC appointment letters to faculty
  • August 12 & 13 -- New faculty orientation
  • August 19 -- COH All College Meeting (8:30-2:30)
  • August 22 -- UA Foundation training (see above) 
  • August 24 -- Freshman convocation
  • September 2 -- Labor day holiday
  • September 6 -- Interdisciplinary RFA due to Associate Dean for Research 
  • September 10 -- UNAC P & T files due to Dean
  • September 10 -- Sabbatical reports due to Dean
  • September 13 -- Academic assessment seminar (see above) 
  • September 16 -- Sabbatical reports due to OAA
  • September 16 -- UAFT workloads due to OAA
  • September 16 -- Activity reports due (with CVs) to OAA
  • September 16 -- Appointment letters due to OAA
  • September 27 -- UAFT P & T files due to Dean
  • September 27 -- Sabbatical requests due to Dean
  • October 5 -- Making strides against breast cancer walk

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