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Mitchell promoted to assistant dean of Honors College

The University Honors College has announced that Marian Mitchell has been promoted to assistant dean of the College. In her new role, Mitchell’s expanded portfolio includes advising, assessment and curricular affairs, and finance and budget, said Ronald Spatz, dean of the University Honors College.

A member of the Honors administrative team since 2001, first as its assistant director, then associate director, Mitchell received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contributions to Students, as well as the University of Alaska president’s “Make Students Count” award for outstanding service to students in 2004. Mitchell has been employed at UAA since 1992 in various administrative capacities.

Mitchell earned a Masters of Arts in English from the University of Oregon, where she studied women’s literature and taught freshman composition. She also has a Master of Business Administration from UAA.

Abstracts and descriptions requested for symposium

The Graduate Student Association is accepting abstracts and descriptions of projects for the 2008 UAA Graduate Studies and Research Symposium. The symposium will be held on Thursday, March 27, in the Student Union cafeteria. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight the advanced studies and projects conducted at UAA by students and faculty; it’s an opportunity to share work with the UAA and Anchorage communities. Students from all schools and colleges within UAA are encouraged to present their work. Every reasonable effort will be made to include presentations from each discipline. For more information, visit

Leadership honors applications available

Student Life and Leadership is currently accepting applications for the 2008 Leadership Honors.

Leadership Honors are awarded to individuals upon graduation in order to recognize and honor their leadership contributions to UAA while maintaining academic excellence. Leadership activities enhance the educational mission of UAA, but more importantly, they offer other students the opportunity to grow and excel. Involvement promotes individual and collective growth, thereby enhancing student life at UAA. Recipients of UAA Leadership Honors will have a permanent notation of the award on their transcripts and be commemorated at the spring Commencement ceremony.

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Applicants must apply in the same semester they are graduating, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and have been involved in leadership activities at UAA for at least four semesters.

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