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May 22,  2014

Faculty Senate Committees Need Representatives 


Several Faculty Senate committees do not have College of Health representatives. These include: Undergraduate Academic Board, Institutional & Unit leadership Review committee, Budget Planning and Facilities Advisory Board, Community Campus, and Nominations & Elections. When your faculty reconvenes in the fall, please announce these vacancies so the COH can be fully represented on Faculty Senate Committees. Note, the UAB position is elected, and an election will take place early in the fall. Faculty can join the remainder of the committees by simply expressing their interests to the Governance Office.

Bill Hogan Now Third Senior Most UAA Dean  

With the resignation of the Dean of the School of Education, the departure of the Dean of the Community and Technical College, and other changes, Dean Hogan is now the third most senior Dean at UAA. The two most senior Deans are Steve Rollins in the Library and John Stalvey in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Justice Majors Nominated for Victims for Justice Award in "UAA Says NO MORE" Campaign 

Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, Justice majors/Legal Studies minors, were nominated for a Victims for Justice "Media Award" for their work initiating and coordinating the "UAA Says NO MORE"  campaign against domestic violence and sexual assault. The Media Award recognizes a person or organization contributing to awareness and understanding of victims in the media. Winners in all six categories were announced on May 3 at the Dena'ina Center.(Note: Don Megga of KFAT 92.9 won the "Media Award.") For more information, visit:  

APD Officer and Justice Major Jonathan Butler Awarded Medal of Valor    


On Police Memorial Day (May 9), Anchorage Police Department Officer Jonathan Butler, a Justice major, and two colleagues, Officer Matthew Barth and Officer Eric Christian, were presented medals of valor. When a small aircraft crashed on August 24, 2013 at Merrill Field Airport, the officers and a civilian, John Lameroux, ran to the burning aircraft to extinguish the flames and extricate two occupants. A medal of valor is awarded to a police officer for an exceptionally courageous act where the officer had prior knowledge of the physical risk and dangers involved. Tragically, the occupants did not survive, but the officers and the civilian worked heroically to rescue the individuals from a volatile and dangerous event. For more information, visit:


Dr. Rivera Presented at Alaska Court System Minor Consuming Alcohol Conference     


Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, co-presented with L. Diane Casto, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, at the April 4 Minor Consuming Alcohol (MCA) Conference sponsored by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and the Minor Consuming Alcohol Subcommittee of the Alaska Supreme Court's Fairness, Diversity, and Equality Committee. The conference was organized in response to concern about MCA cases and underage drinking in Alaska. Dr. Rivera and Ms. Casto presented "Research, Evaluation, and Related Efforts." Dr. Ryan Fortson, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, also prepared materials on "Tribal Courts and Minor Consuming Alcohol Cases: Researching Recidivism and Responsiveness." For more information, visit:


Dr. Chamard Elected to Position of 2nd Vice President of Faculty Senate  


Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, was elected to the position of Second Vice President of the UAA Faculty Senate for 2014-2015. The duties of the Second Vice President are to assist the President and First Vice President, chair the Nominations and Elections Committee, and serve as the representative of the Faculty Senate on the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAF�) Advisory Board. Dr. Chamard was a Senator in the UAA Faculty Senate representing the College of Health from 2012 to 2014, during which time she was also a member and chair of the Budget, Planning, and Facilities Advisory Committee. For more information, visit:


Prof. Periman Highlighted in Willamette Lawyer, Alumni Magazine of Willamette University College of Law  


Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, is highlighted in the Willamette University College of Law alumni magazine Willamette Lawyer's Spring 2014 issue titled Northern Lights: Alumni and Students Shine in Alaska. The article "Educating Alaskans: Willamette Law Launches 3+3 Program Partnership with University of Alaska" describes Prof. Periman's work to develop the 3+3 partnership with Willamette. "3+3" refers to 3 years of undergraduate credits plus 3 years of law school. Through this partnership with Willamette, UAA students from any major who have completed their required credits, may apply for admission to Willamette University College of Law. For more information, visit:


Justice Faculty Serve as Evaluators for the 2014 Student Showcase 


Dr. Allan Barnes, Dr. Ron Everett, Dr. Troy Payne, and Dr. Cory R. Lepage, Justice faculty, served as evaluators for the 30th Annual UAA 2014 Student Showcase Conference. The UAA Student Showcase Conference highlights the extraordinary work of students throughout the UAA system. Students submit their best work, and an anonymous review is done by a faculty member of the submission discipline. Then the highest marks are presented at the conference, and distinguished community members are invited to the conference to evaluate, critique, and comment on the students' works. For more information, and a list of showcase winners, visit: 


Prof. Fortson Presents Renting 101 "A Renter's Workshop for Students"    


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, presented Renting 101 "A Renter's Workshop for Students" on Tuesday, April 22 at the Student Union. The program was a joint presentation of the UAA Justice Center and UAA Student Union & Commuter Student Services. The program covered the basics of renting an apartment. Prof. Fortson is a lawyer and the author of A College Student's Guide to Landlord/Tenant Relations in Alaska.For more information, visit:



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