News Briefs

Spring class schedule is posted online

The Spring 2008 class schedule is now on UAOnline. Printed schedules are planned for release on Nov. 2. Priority registration begins on Nov. 12, and regular registration begins on Nov. 19.

Dean named on Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40

A program recognizing the state’s top professionals younger than age 40 awarded UAA Dean of Students Bruce Schultz as a top 40 under 40. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and Alaska Journal of Commerce give the award. Schultz will be recognized in a special section of the Alaska Journal of Commerce and at an awards luncheon in November.

Memorial for search dogs gets rededicated

The Alaska State Troopers Alaska Search Dog Memorial was rededicated on its 10-year anniversary this month.

A ceremony was held at the trooper headquarters near the university on Tudor Road. The Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs organization joined with others from around the state to recognize the fallen canine heroes.

When the memorial was created in 1997, yellow ribbons were tied to the tree for each search dog that had died up to that time. The rededication of this memorial will honor all of the search dogs that have worked with troopers and have died since 1997. Handlers will hang a yellow ribbon on the memorial tree for each of the former operational search dogs to recognize their efforts to find lost and missing people across Alaska.

Alaska Quarterly review celebrates 25 years

The Alaska Quarterly Review, published by UAA and edited by professor Ronald Spatz, is turning 25.

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AQR’s most recent accolades include a mention in the Sept. 30, 2007, edition of the Sunday New York Times Book Review, where Stephen King described Alaska Quarterly Review as “fresh treasure” in an essay titled, “What Ails the Short Story.” This is not the first time that King has recognized AQR. Previously, King chose a story from AQR as a winner in the O. Henry Prize Stories, and in this year’s “The Best American Short Stories,” two selections from AQR are cited as distinguished stories of the year.

International acclaim focusing on the 25th anniversary has been ongoing. On Oct. 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featured Spatz and AQR on Radio National’s Book Show.

Several 25th anniversary events took place, including two First Friday events in Anchorage and one in Homer. More events may be scheduled in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Other events are being planned for Nome, Sitka, Homer, Palmer and other Alaska communities.