News Briefs

Parking Services holds photo contest

UAA Parking Services is holding a photo contest, and the grand-prize winner will receive a 2008-2009 annual parking permit. Additional winners will receive semester parking permits.

Parking Services seeks digital photos of a UAA landmark or building to be used in the design of the 08-09 UAA parking permit.

Submissions are due April 25. For contest rules and contact info, visit

Campus holds 11th Annual German Day

The 11th Annual German Day was held on campus on April 11. The festivities started in ARTS 150 and ended at Creekside Cafeteria in the Edward Lee Gorsuch Commons. This year’s participants were Bartlett, Chugiak, Dimond, Eagle River, East Anchorage, Service and South Anchorage high schools. More than 100 advanced-level German students and their teachers enjoyed a program that was prepared by the German program of the Department of Languages.

Annual German Day is a recruitment effort as well as an important collaboration between the German teachers in the Anchorage School District and the German program at UAA.

Health Center director retires

Mary Anne Wilson, director of the Student Health and Counseling Center, brought 22 years of nursing experience with her when she joined the Student Health Center in 1996 as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. She became the Student Health and Counseling Center Director in 2003 and, together with the Center’s staff, she has transformed the delivery of health care and wellness education for the UAA community.

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Under Wilson’s leadership, the Center has provided more than 45,000 patient visits serving a comprehensive variety of health service needs. One of Mary Anne’s passions is keeping abreast of cutting edge health care technology and finding creative ways to keep the cost of on-campus health care services for students at a minimum without compromising quality of care or service. Her most recent innovation is the implementation of electronic medical records.

A retirement celebration was held on April 14 in the Student Union Den to honor Wilson’s significant service to the campus.

Social work professor wins 2008 Selkregg Award

The Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award supports faculty to develop community-based, applied research and course-based service-learning projects. The award seeks to encourage, reward and inspire faculty at UAA to creatively engage their students in learning and research that equally benefits the students and the community at large.

Kathi Trawver, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is the 2008 winner of the Selkregg Community Engagement and Service Learning Award. Trawver will be working on Project Homeless Connect, a recently developed national model that utilizes a community collaboration to provide one-day, one-stop events designed to provide direct access to housing, services and hospitality in a one-stop model to the homeless.

UAA celebrates Alaska’s 50th anniversary

UAA hosted the Student Constitutional Convention “Once in a Decade” on April 11 and April 12 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska’s statehood. For two days, more than 70 student delegates came together to discuss the numerous accomplishments of early leaders in our state and to consider whether, 50 years later, our constitution needs revising.

Guided by experts and scholars, student delegates considered six topics: political rights and immunities; constitutionalizing public services; structural changes to governmental offices and institutions; financial controls; election process controls; and constitutional processes.

On April 12, at the last of three plenary sessions, delegates passed resolutions proposing amendments to the Alaska Constitution. These recommendations, along with a summary of the convention, will be printed and widely distributed to Gov. Sarah Palin, UA President Mark Hamilton and members of the UA Board of Regents, members of the Alaska Legislature, the Alaska Supreme Court and select Alaska civic leaders. The recommendations will also be posted online at for general reference.

Faculty and staff from the UAA’s history and political science departments, the Justice Center, and the 49th State Fellows Program of the UAA Honors College worked together to coordinate the Student Constitutional Convention. The convention is generously supported by a “We the People” grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum and ConocoPhillips.