{News Briefs}

UA names associate vice president of development

The University of Alaska has named a new associate vice president of development to provide leadership and coordination for UA private fund-raising efforts.

Mary Rutherford assumed the position on Nov. 1. She will work closely with the fund-raising offices at the Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau campuses to help coordinate their efforts across the university system. Rutherford’s position was created with a three-year $500,000 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation as part of a project to increase private donations to the UA system. “Mary has an impressive record with alumni relations, fund-raising and managing capital campaigns,” UA President Mark Hamilton said.

 

Music professor at UAA reaches national audience

Mark Wolbers, University of Alaska Anchorage music professor, was a featured author in the November publication of “Music Educators Journal.” The journal is one of the most widely read journals in music education with approximately 90,000 readers. Wolbers’ article, “Singing in Band Rehearsal,” provides suggestions and strategies for meeting the national standards for arts education in music through the use of voice in band instruction.

 

2009 strategic plan is now available

Faculty, staff, students and supporters of UAA are invited to look at the draft 2009 Strategic Plan proposed by the UA Board of Regents. The Board of Regents will be accepting comments on the plan until Dec. 1. They would like to hear the views of the UAA community regarding the future prospects for UA’s service to Alaska. Take a look at the plan at www.alaska.edu/bor/2009Plan/2009.html.

 

Platinum parking cards available Dec. 2

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It is already time to start thinking about parking for the spring 2003 semester at UAA. Garage Platinum Cards will go on sale at the Parking Services office starting Dec. 2. The Parking Services office is located on the lower level of the Campus Center next to Subway.

 

Free spikies for all UAA employees

The spiky giveaway program will continue this fall. Spikies are slip-on foot traction devices for use on icy surfaces. After the program was started last year the number of slip and fall injuries attributed to icy conditions was cut in half from the previous year. The result was 130 fewer lost workdays and a direct medical cost savings of $100,000. All employees can show their Wolfcards at the Parking Services office in the lower level of the Campus Center next to Subway and receive a free pair of spikies. Spikies are available to all categories of employees including regular, temporary, part-time and student employees. Also, ask for a free high-intensity chemoluminescent light stick.

 

More recycling opportunities on campus

James Liszka’s ethics class and the Recycling Club at UAA have made a collaborative effort to increase recycling opportunities on campus. The ethics class has recently installed two bins in the Learning Resources Center. And the recycling club works with the library and computer labs on campus to recycle. The ethics class hopes to work with the bookstore to provide even more recycling opportunities. “We are all responsible for recycling as we all share the earth and its resources. Therefore, we should all help in the effort to make this world a better place to live and recycle,” Belinda Fryer, a member of the ethics class, said. Students interested in joining the recycling club can contact Randy Wolfenberger at 751-5835 or [email protected]

 

UAA students attend AISES conference

The America Indian Science and Engineering Society’s 24th annual convention met in Oklahoma Nov. 7-10 to promote the advancement of Alaska Native and American Indians in science and technology fields while emphasizing community and traditional values. UAA students and AISES club members Viola Stetpetin, Melissa Vallee and Robert Gransbury were selected to attend, and recently returned to Alaska to share what they learned with local high schools. The UAA chapter of AISES is also starting a newsletter to further promote awareness.

“[AISES] is a network of encouragement that really works,” Stetpetin said.