News Briefs

Justice Brooks convicted of assault
Former USUAA vice president Justice Brooks was convicted of assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief after he entered a “no contest” plea to the charges. The prosecution dismissed two other assault charges.

Brooks entered his new plea June 22 and, at a June 28 hearing, his sentence was suspended and he was placed on three years’ probation. During the probation period, Brooks may not make contact with the victim or her family, which includes a ban from UAA when not enrolled in classes. Brooks must also complete a 24-week domestic violence intervention program and anger management class, make restitution to the victim and give up interest in his golf club, which was used to damage the victim’s car in the Jan. 14 incident.

UA advertising nets national awards

University of Alaska’s statewide advertising campaign won six awards in two different national advertising contests.

The council for Advancement and Support of Education, a Washington, D.C.-based organization for people who work in the areas of alumni relations, university communications/marketing and development, recently honored the UA system for the advertising campaign.

UA received a gold medal for the campaign, which included print, television, radio and Web advertising; a silver medal for three television spots; and a silver medal for a single print ad. These awards follow the national Admissions Marketing Awards presented in February, in which the campaign received gold, silver and bronze medals in various categories.

UAA provides degrees to Natives

UAA was recently ranked as one of the top producers of Native American degree recipients across the nation in the “Top 100 Degree Producers” report published in 2007 by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, formerly known as Black Issues in Higher Education.

UAA received several awards for the 2005-2006 school year: seventh place for health professions and related clinical sciences bachelor’s degrees; 16th place for English Language and Literature/Letters; 29th place for engineering bachelor’s degrees; 30th place for total associate degrees; 36th place for education master’s degrees; 41st place for total master’s degrees; and 44th place for total bachelor’s degrees.

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UAA hosts foreign education students

The American Russian Center at UAA is leading the second implementation of the Summer Institute for European Leaders in Education from July 23 to Aug. 23. The program provides young education students from immigrant families living in Europe with the opportunity to learn about the U.S., to become familiar with American pedagogical philosophy, and to learn about teaching techniques for the diverse classroom.

This program was created by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State, which singled out UAA as the top applicant nationwide.

Fulbright Commissions in France, Denmark, Spain and Germany selected 10 participants, age 20 to 27. The participants are all highly motivated students demonstrating leadership through academic work, community involvement and extracurricular activities.

The academic program is led by Abbie Wolfe of the UAA College of Education, and includes volunteer contributions by professionals and academics from many UAA colleges as well as the Anchorage School District. Participants will live on the UAA campus for the first two weeks and then with host families. While in Anchorage, participants will also complete several hours per week of community service at several non-profit organizations in Anchorage. In addition, they will prepare presentations for a public information evening on The New Face of Europe, which will take place on Aug. 20.

SSB opens new restrooms
The new first-floor Social Sciences Building restrooms opened July 27. The second floor should open 10 days later, followed by the third floor. The restrooms across from Starbucks will begin construction July 28.