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March 13,  2014
Curriculum Committee

The College Curriculum Committee will meet Wednesdays, 1-3 PM in PSB 213. Submission deadlines for committee review are 9:00 AM Mondays, the week prior to
the committee's review.

Reviews of curricular documents follow guidelines in the
UAA Curriclum Handbook (the latest revision is June 2013). The committee identified the issue of duplication of courses across academic units. The Interprofessional Education Committee has a preliminary listing of courses which may be duplicated across academic units. This listing is not complete but is an initial attempt to identify courses where the opportunity for interprofessional education exists. Identifying existing and new courses for interprofessional education will continue during this academic year.

Unit Updates
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Justice Major is Legislative Intern for Representative Guttenberg of Fairbankss


Ruddy Abam, a Justice major and a junior at UAA, was selected to work during the 2014 Alaska legislative session as a legislative aide to Representative David Guttenberg (D) of Fairbanks. From Cameroon, Africa, Ruddy chose to study the judicial system of the United States, and jumped at the chance to apply for the internship in Juneau. She saw this as an opportunity to learn first-hand how the legislature functions and laws are made. For more information, visit:

Core Grammar for Lawyers Online Tool Now Integrated into Legal Studies Program


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator, recently announced that "Core Grammar for Lawyers" is now part of the curriculum for UAA Legal Studies students enrolled in Legal Studies 215 and will be required for the Legal Studies Senior Seminar. Core Grammar for Lawyers (CGL) is an online, subscription-based, self-directed learning program that helps law, pre-law, and paralegal students, as well as practicing lawyers and paralegals, develop the grammar and punctuation skills critical to successful legal writing. For more information, visit:


Brooke Gladstone Talks to Justice Students about Biases in Journalism


Brooke Gladstone, host and editor of NPR's "On the Media," spoke to students in Dr. Ron Everett's Justice Theory and Policy Analysis class and Prof. Deb Periman's Legal Ethics class on February 26, as part of her visit to Alaska for UAA/APU Books of the Year. She discussed her book, The Influencing Machine, which was chosen as one of the UAA/APU Books of the Year for 2013-2014. She also focused on the need to think critically when reading media reports on issues related to justice and the legal system. For more information, visit:

Prof. Fortson Writes UAA Student Guide to Landlord/Tenant Law


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Justice faculty, wrote A College Student's Guide to Landlord/Tenant Relations in Alaska to help UAA students who are looking to rent an apartment. The guide covers: renting an apartment, leases and subleases, living in the apartment, problems with the apartment, landlord powers, evictions, moving out, and public housing. For more information, visit:


Over 200 Attend Marijuana Law and Policy Event


Over 200 students, faculty, and members of the public attended the March 5 event "Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion on Marijuana Law and Policy" sponsored the UAA Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club. This program is part of 2014 National Criminal Justice Month and is scheduled to air on KSKA Public Radio "Addressing Alaskans" on Tuesday, March 11 at 2 PM and 9 PM. For more information, visit:

Prof. Fortson Volunteers at Statewide Mock Trial Competition for High School Students


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Justice faculty, is the State Coordinator for the Alaska High School Mock Trial Competition. At this year's 25th annual competition, he was one of 70 judges, lawyers, and non-lawyer volunteers for the event held in Anchorage at the Boney Courthouse on February 27 - March 1. Preliminary rounds are judged by attorneys from the Anchorage legal community, and the semifinals and finals are judged by sitting and retired judges from the Alaska and Federal Court Systems. Nearly 50 students from 7 schools in Anchorage, Sitka, North Pole, and Wasilla participated. For more information, visit:

Save the Date! March 19 Panel Discussion on Reducing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault


As a precursor to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the Alpha Phi Sigma, UAA Omega Chi Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the UAA Justice Center are presenting a panel discussion on reducing domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. The event is part of the "NO MORE" national campaign to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. The week of March 17 is National "No More" Week and marks the one-year anniversary of this campaign. 


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307   

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Video of March 5 Marijuana Law and Policy Discussion Now on Justice Center Website


The video "Time to Legalize? A Public Discussion of Marijuana Law and Policy" is now on the Justice Center website. The live program of panelists was held March 5, 2014 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium. This program is part of 2014 National Criminal Justice Month. The event was sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the UAA Justice Club. The event page for this program also includes information on the ballot initiative regarding the legalization of marijuana in Alaska and a list of media mentions. For more information, visit:


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Five-Year Grant Awarded to Recruit Students for Employment with OCS    

The School of Social Work, in cooperation with the BSW program at UAF and the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services (OCS), was awarded a five-year grant to recruit students for employment with OCS. The grant is targeted to BSW students and is designed to increase retention of OCS employees in bush Alaska. Most of the funds are devoted to student scholarships, but funds are also provided for mentors and curriculum enhancement. The award is for about $145,000 each year for five years. Randy Magen is the Principle Investigator on the project.


Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • March 13 - Leadership team meeting 
  • March 17 - UAFT & UNAC sabbatical reports / faculty development and research travel grant applications due to OAA
  • March 26 - UAFT & UNAC non-renewal notices to faculty with 3-6 years of service
  • March 27 - Leadership team meeting 
  • April 3 - UNAC workloads due to Dean
  • May 2 - UNAC workload due to faculty
  • May 4 - Commencement
  • May 10 - UNAC workloads due to OAA; UNAC promotion and tenure notices to Dean; UAFT non-renewal notices for term 1-2 year term faculty

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