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September  18,  2014
One Health Seminar Series Schedule Available

The One Health Seminar Series (video conference) will take place through the months of September and October on Mondays at 4:30 PM in the Healthy Communities Building, conference room 410. Download a list of the seminars and contacts (pdf). Sponsored by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  


Share a Table at the 2014 Elders and Youth Conference


The 2014 AFN Elders and Youth Conference will take place October 20-22 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. The theme "Get Up! Stand Up!" focuses on growing the voice and spirit of youth and Elders as critical leaders in communities. It calls to inspire participants to utilize Native knowledge, cultures, and values. This is a movement to strengthen advocacy for one another, empower collective voice, and celebrate the vibrancy of indigenous peoples.


The Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RANN) and Alaska Nurses Association-Diversity Committee will have an exhibit table to showcase their programs. The conference will provide one 6-foot table and two chairs for the event on Monday and Tuesday, 8am-5pm, and Wednesday, 8am-11:30am. Please contact Rebecca Dreier at 907-786-4714 or if you are interested in sharing a table display space and staffing the table.

Protection of Minors Training Offered


Praesidium, Inc., working with the UA system, will conduct two trainings on the protection of minors selection and screening at UAA this Friday, September 19 in Rasmuson 101. The first training takes place at 9am-11am and the second at 1pm-3pm. This training is for individuals who are involved in hiring people who will have access to minors, and will provide effective screening and selection methods. Praesidium, Inc. has been working with the University of Alaska system to develop policy and regulation, as well as training, compliance, and reporting systems that will help the university to ensure a safe environment for those minors who participate in programs, events, and activities throughout all campuses.


Unit Updates
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Faculty Mini-grants Awarded
Congratulations to the following Fall 2014 faculty mini-grant recipients: Amanda Walch, Nutrition & Dietetics; Patrick Cunningham, Social Work; Bree Kessler, Health Sciences; Caroline Wilson, Biological Sciences; Dan Anteau, Theatre & Dance; and Kathryn Ohle, Early Childhood Education.


Recipients of the CESAs Announced


Congratulations to the following recipients of the Fall 2014 Community-Engaged Student Assistants (CESAs): Dorn Van Dommelen for his course GEOG/INTL 101; Kimberly Pace, Political Science, for Model UN; Amanda Walch, Dietetics and Nutrition for Alaska Native Food Security; Karen Roth, Early Childhood Education for Creative Activities Fair; Caroline Wilson, Biological Sciences, Brain Bee; Hattie Harvey, Early Childhood Education, Anchorage Kindergarten Ready Network; Gabe Garcia, Public Health, Start the Conversation; Donna Aguiniga, Social Work & Stephanie Bauer, Philosophy, Dialogues for Public Life; and Dan Anteau, Theatre, ASD Drama Partnership. 


Mark Your Calendars for the 4th Annual ENGAGE Week


ENGAGE Week 2014, with a theme of "A Welcoming Community," will take place November 3-7. It will include community-engagement activities and presentations each day during the week at noon and late afternoon or early evening. Jeff Hou, a professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, will be a keynote speaker on Monday, November 3 at 6pm and will also lead a workshop in the community on Saturday, November 1. Hou teaches urbanism, city design, and design activism at UW. For more information about Jeff Hou, visit:


Anchorage Becomes a "Welcoming City" 


CCEL was instrumental in having the municipality of Anchorage join a national initiative to be a "Welcoming City." On September 9, the Anchorage Assembly passed a resolution that resolves "That the Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska is a member of the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, and supports the Municipal Ombudsman's Office and community partners in their work to act as a resource for intercultural awareness, education, and celebration among all Anchorage residents." The CCEL director accepted the resolution, along with the Ombudsman's Office, the Equal Rights Commission, and the Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services program. 


Community Engagement Task Force Update


The Community Engagement Task Force (12 faculty) was re-appointed by the Provost for the 2014-15 academic year and is chaired by Deb Periman in the Justice Center. Nancy Nix in the Department of Health Sciences is also on the Task Force.


Faculty Meeting on Scholarship Learning Group


Faculty from the Faculty Intensive for Community Engagement last June are meeting this year for a Scholarship of Teaching & Learning group focused on the scholarship of engagement in teaching engaged courses. Diane Erickson and Judy Owens-Manley are co-leading this more specialized Making Learning Visible initiative. 


Think Tank Meets on October 9


Our Think Tank will meet in LIB 307 on October 9, Thursday, from 1-2:15pm. We will focus on the following question from United Way: What could community members do to spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce? Faculty, staff, students, and community members are welcome for brainstorming. Moose's Tooth pizza will be served! Download a flyer (pdf).

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MPH Program Has Successful CEPH Site Visit


The UAA graduate program in public health (MPH) had a successful re-accreditation site visit from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Sept 11-12, 2014. Thanks to all who participated and supported this effort!

UAA MPH students Chris Nelson
and Arlene Patuc participated with
many others in the re-accreditation
site visit from the CEPH.


The Site Visit Team will be sending their official report in ~8 weeks, but in the exit interview, they made it clear their official assessment is that the program met (or met with 

commentary) all criteria, and thus our graduate program is compliant with all relevant CEPH criteria. This is the best possible outcome of the site visit! 


We will have our final re-accreditation decision by July 2015. In the meantime, we will retain our full-accreditation status until that official decision. After initial accreditation, the typical accreditation term is seven years, so it should be several more years before our next site visit, although we will continue with regular reporting to CEPH.


Positions Available in Infectious Disease Surveillance & Emerging Viruses


The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking current students in health, environmental, or biological sciences, or in bioengineering, to contribute to research in infectious disease surveillance. Candidates will gain real-world experience in zoonotic infectious diseases. Research credit may be arranged as appropriate. Recent graduates (BS/MS/MPH) will also be considered. The following three positions are available: Infectious Disease Surveillance, Diagnostics of Emerging Pathogens, and Antiviral Immune Responses. For more information, download a flyer (pdf). Or contact Dr. Eric Bortz:

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Justice Center Participates in Program for Anchorage Secondary School Social Studies Teachers


Prof. Ryan Fortson, JD, and Prof. Kristen Knudsen, JD, Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, participated in the "Justice for All Social Studies Secondary Field Trip" on August 15. About 40 secondary school social studies teachers from Anchorage toured the Supreme Court courtroom, met and heard from Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe, and listened to a panel of judges. The group also observed Wellness Court where Judge David Wallace presided, and met with volunteer attorneys as part of the Attorney Connect program. Through the Attorney Connect program, Prof. Kristen Knudsen will be the liaison to alternative schools in the Anchorage School District. As part of the Attorney Connect agenda, Prof. Fortson made a presentation to the teachers about the Alaska Youth Law Guide. For more information, visit:


Justice Center Hosted Reception to Celebrate UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 Program


The UAA Justice Center hosted a reception on September 11 to celebrate the new UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 Program. UAA and Willamette University College of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a 3+3 program allowing students to complete a bachelor's degree and a law degree in 6 years, rather than the usual 7. Prof. Deb Periman, JD, Legal Studies Program Coordinator at the UAA Justice Center, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and will be UAA's point of contact for program advising. For more information, visit:


Justice Major Receives 3rd $1,000 Law Enforcement Scholarship 

Justice major Lena Illig received a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) college scholarship for the third year in a row. She is featured in the August 19 UAA electronic newsletter, Green & Gold Digest. Lena's goal is to become an Alaska State Trooper and ultimately work for the FBI. The LEEP scholarship is presented to students interested in pursuing a career in public safety and all of its related fields. For more information, visit:


Save the Date! 6th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair Takes Place October 22


Are you interested in an exciting career in law enforcement, but don't know who to ask, where to start, or what to do? Come to the Recruitment Fair! Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), is the faculty advisor.  

Date: Wednesday, October 2

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where: UAA Student Union, Upper Level  next to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Parking is free. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, visit:


Dr. Barnes Participates in First-Year Faculty Social Event for UAA Students

Dr. Allan Barnes
, Justice faculty, and nearly 20 other UAA faculty and staff members met with first-year students on September 3 at the "First-Year Faculty Social." The social gave first-year students living on campus the opportunity to engage with faculty members teaching fall semester 100-level courses that are part of the general education requirements (GERs) for the university. For more information, visit:
Dr. Blumenstein Interviewed by Fox/4 News About Violence Against Women in Alaska
Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, was interviewed by Fox/4 News about the high rate of violence against women in Alaska. View the interview online: "Examining the murder of Alaskan women" (Jessica Gruenling, Fox/4 News, Sep 11, 2014). For more information, visit:

Dr. Payne Interviewed by Alaska Dispatch About Economics of Marijuana
Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, was interviewed about the economics of marijuana by Suzanna Caldwell of the Alaska Dispatch News. He commented on the lack of economic data and statistics on legal recreational use of marijuana, and the difficulty in drawing comparisons from other states at this time. Read the article online:"With no official forecast planned, revenue from Alaska marijuana taxes is anyone's guess" (Suzanna Caldwell, Alaska Dispatch News, September 11, 2014). For more information, visit:

Justice Alum Simona Gerdts Presents at Webinar for
Simona Gerdts, BA Justice '14, will present at a webinar on September 17 at 1pm for NOMORE is a nationwide effort to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, BA Justice '14, were the co-founders of UAA NO MORE during the Spring 2014 semester. The UAA NOMORE campaign will be featured during the webinar as an example to inspire others at colleges and universities across the nation. Register for the webinar online. For more information, visit:



Upcoming Events/Deadlines

  • September 25 - Leadership team meeting
  • September 29 - UAFT promotion and tenure, annual retention files due to Dean UAFT/UNAC sabbatical requests due to Dean
  • September 29 - October 1 - Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness Annual Conference (Juneau, AK)
  • October 9 - Leadership team meeting
  • October 15 - Faculty development and research/travel grants due to OAA*
  • October 23 - Leadership team meeting

NOTE: Dates will be established for when these items are due in the Dean's office prior to being forwarded to OAA

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