News Briefs

Former CAS Dean dies

Dr. Wayne C. Miller, Dean for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences (cas) from 1990-1996, died this past week in Tampa, where he lived. Dr. Miller was 67 and had been an advocate of liberal arts and sciences education – helping to raise millions of dollars through faculty grants and research contracts from corporations and foundations. He has an outstanding record in building ties between educational institutions and their communities. He helped develop partnerships between UAA and the M.I.T/Harvard/Mass General Hospital Consortium, Alaska Hospitals, and Alaska native organizations to bring telemedicine to rural Alaska.

Post-communist Ukraine gives foresight to Journalists

Askold Krushelnycky, a London-born Ukrainian journalist, visited UAA’s campus Feb. 27. Krushelnycky, a foreign correspondent for the British newspapers Independent and the Sunday Times, found himself reporting on Ukraine’s recent Orange Revolution.

His stories about his involvement in the revolution centered around the government’s role in the disappearance and murder of journalists, the stuffing of ballot boxes to rig a presidential election, and the attempted assassination of presidential hopeful Viktor Yushchenko, who survived and was eventually elected president of Ukraine.

Krushelnycky encouraged aspiring journalists in attendance to recognize the power of a free press.

BLS presentations on sustainable housing and boarding schools in Alaska

Learn about the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program and hear presentations on sustainable housing and the history of boarding schools in Alaska on Monday, March 3, 6-7 p.m. in SSB 224. An open discussion of culturally responsive teaching techniques follows at 7:15-8:15 p.m.

BLS capstone student and sustainable living advocate Steve Reidel will discuss elements of sustainable building in Alaska and speak about a proposed sustainable eight-unit apartment complex in Spenard.

“Conflicting Values: the political, social, and religious climate that led to the institution of boarding schools for native students in Alaska” is the subject of Trey Drake’s capstone project. Drake’s presentation focuses on the historical context that led to the establishment of boarding schools for Alaska Native students.