{News Briefs}

First lady likes UAA’s LitSite

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s “Litsite Alaska” has attracted attention from first lady Laura Bush. The Website is devoted to promoting literacy. In a formal greeting from the White House posted online, Bush calls the site “an outstanding Web community for families, teachers and Alaskans of all ages.”

LitSite Alaska has been featured in local and national media including; The Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today and School Library Journal. Bush’s letter and the Web site can be found at: litsite.uaa.alaska.edu/bush.html


New library addition open

The Consortium Library will be operating in the new building while the old structure is renovated.

The process is expected to take 10 months. Students are invited to meet at the circulation desk at the new North entrance to take a guided tour of the facility August 25 – 29 and September 3 – 5. No appointment is necessary.


UAA vice-chancellor announces resignation

Cynthia Matson has announced that she will resign as UAA’s vice-chancellor of administrative services, effective March 2004. She has accepted the post of vice-president for administration and chief financial officer at California State University at Fresno.

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Matson has served as UAA vice-chancellor since 1993. She will remain in office until next year, departing at the same time as Chancellor Edward Gorsuch.


UAA receives grant for Geriatric Education Center

A $2 million grant from the Federal Health Resources and Service Administration will help fund the new Alaska Geriatric Education Center.

The center will be located at UAA, with satellite locations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the University of Alaska Southeast’s Sitka campus.

The center will work in partnership with the University of Washington and the University of Southern California to help Alaska healthcare providers cope with a surge in the number of elderly expected in the years ahead.