News Briefs

Debate team discusses Pebble Mine development

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence invites the public to take part in a debate and discussion: “Should the State of Alaska permit the development of Pebble Mine?” The award-winning Seawolf Debate Team will lay out the issues on this important topic on March 27. A panel of faculty respondents will be available to take questions and provide comments, and a public discussion will follow the debate. This event is part of a series of debates sponsored by UAA since 2003 to provide forums for Alaskans to participate in discussions of politics and issues affecting their future. For more information, call 786-4605. The debate will be held in Consortium Library Room 307 at 7 p.m.

Career Fair offers potential employment for job seekers

More than 100 recruiters will participate in the 2008 City-wide Career and Job Fair, held at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 28.

Openings will include full-time and part-time positions, internships, and seasonal summer opportunities in a wide variety of fields for all levels of employment in one setting. Participating employers will include Target, BP Exploration Alaska, Alyeska Resort, ACS, GCI, the Arc of Anchorage, Princess Tours, Southcentral Foundation and Spenard Builders Supply.

Door prizes and concessions will also be offered at the fair. Parking will be free for all attendees.

Consortium Library Web site honored by national library group

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The UAA/APU Consortium Library’s Web site was recently chosen “College Library Web site of the Month” for March 2008 by the Association of College and Research Libraries, according to an official of the ACRL’s College Library Section.

The CLS “recognizes that a library’s Web site, in addition to enhancing access to a library’s resources and services, serves in general as a major means of communicating with current and future users,” Mike Thompson, chair of the CLS Communication Committee, wrote in a message to Stephen J. Rollins, Consortium Library dean.

Thompson’s committee features one or two college sites each month that, in the members’ view, have noteworthy contents, features, designs and other elements, he told Rollins.

Selected sites are listed on the CLS’s site along with the reasons for being chosen. The hope, Thompson said, is that the CLS is giving the entire library community a convenient compilation of sites to be used by others “to gain insights and inspiration to enhance their own library’s online presence.”

The CLS’s Site of the Month – – offers a review of the Consortium Library’s site and those of past winners.

Biology professor’s topic chosen to inaugurate series

Jocelyn Krebs, an associate professor in UAA’s Department of Biological Sciences, was selected as the first speaker in the new Discovery Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. She will present her topic, “This Frog Has No Brain: Using Frogs to Understand Human Developmental Disorders.”

Krebs’s inaugural April 3 talk comes with a $1,000 stipend.