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Volunteer theater needed for Celebration of Change

2001 Celebration of Change is looking for performers and volunteers for the annual performance event that will showcase the talent of the Alaska women's community. Volunteers are needed for organization, stage crew, dance setup, ushers, cleanup, publicity, and other various tasks. Performers from a range of comedy, music, dance, drama, and any other form of expression are desired. The application deadline for performers is Thursday, March 15. The performance is scheduled to be on Saturday, April 14, at the UAA Arts Building, Room 150.

Tickets for the event will be $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Performers and volunteers will receive one complimentary ticket each. For more information, call 566-3783 or e-mail [email protected] The next meeting will be Sunday Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.; call for directions.


Mystery lovers' weekend opportunity

All right, mystery and crime fiction novel writers and fans, starting Feb. 15 and ending Feb. 18, the Left Coast Crime 2001 Mystery Fan and Writers Convention will be held at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel.

The conference will feature several authors, such as Michael Connelly, Diana Gabaldon, Peter Robinson, S.J. Rozan, J.A. Jance, C.J. Songer, Sue Henry, Kate Grilley, and Elizabeth Gunn.

The fun-filled weekend will include lunch, author panels, book signings, informal gatherings, a benefit auction, and a concert by the international band Pamyua. Registration is $165 dollars and APU is offering students 1.5 undergraduate credit for an additional $55 for attending the conference. For more information, visit www.LCC2001.com.


Visit the Amazon rainforest

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Green Tracks, an ecotourism company, is looking for individuals with an interest in wildlife, natural history and adventure to participate in one of several riverboat expeditions into the Amazon rainforest of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve in Peru this summer.

Ecotourism claims an enriched travel experience that educates the traveler about natural history while protecting the environment and gives lectures only on request.

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Small-group expeditions will be guided by a leading naturalist on small boat rides across the Amazon and on backpack trips through the rainforest. The summer trips are open to anyone feeling daring, adventurous, and has a desire to expand their horizons. The cost is $1,869, not including airfare, and group discounts are available for six or more people. For dates and more information, call 1-800-966-6539 or visit www.greentracks.com.


TRAAK awards for excellence seeks nominations           

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Third Annual Governor's Trails and Recreational Access for Alaska (TRAAK) Awards for Excellence. Awards honor Alaska individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies working to develop or improve trails and recreational access whose efforts have made a major impact on their community or state.

The goal of TRAAK is to recognize the efforts of those trying to maintain as a pleasant place to live and recreate.

Nomination letters can be sent and flyers obtained by writing to the TRAAK Citizens Advisory Board, c/o Alaska DOT & PF, 3132 Channel Drive, Suite 200, Juneau, Alaska 99801-7898 or by calling (907) 465-4070. Letters must be postmarked by Friday, March 30. Brochures can also be obtained by visiting the Governor's TRAAK Awards for Excellence at www.dot.state.ak.us/traak and clicking on the “News and Events” link. Gov. Tony Knowles will announce the award winners on Alaska Trails Day: Saturday, June 2.


Senate passes basketball, avalanche bills

The Alaska Senate unanimously passed three measures, including the first bill to pass out of the current legislature.

 Senate Joint Resolution 5 urges the National Collegiate Athletic Association to preserve preseason basketball tournaments around the nation, such as the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage and the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks.

Senate Bill 10 extends the expiration date of the Board of Public Accountancy for four years to Jane 30, 2005. A small board provides public protection from fraudulent or incompetent accounting advice by overseeing the licensing of public accountants and certified public accountants (CPA) practicing in the Alaska.

Another of the passed bills was Senate Concurrent Resolution 1 that designates November as Avalanche Awareness Month.

All three measures move to the House for consideration.


UAA's re-accreditation process proves successful

The Northwest Association of School and Colleges' Commission on Colleges has re-affirmed UAA's accreditation for another 10 years. All accredited universities must go through a review process of their programs every 10 years to make sure they meet required standards of excellence. UAA was commended for having high levels of morale and energy on campus, excellent community partnership, good residence halls and dining facilities, progress in library improvement and successful Honors and UA Scholars programs.

It was suggested that UAA look into the issue of development to provide more laboratory space. Chancellor Lee Gorsuch said that it is UAA's main request to the legislature to address this particular issue.


Do you have the junkiest dorm room in America?

 The web site vaultcracker.com seeks to reward college students for their dirty dorm rooms in The “Junkiest Dorm Room in America Contest.” Vaultcracker offers $300 dollars for the junkiest dorm in the country and $100 for the second junkiest every year.

The contest is only open to students that are enrolled full time in college or at a university in the United States. Those interested need to fill out the registration form on the web site and reply to the e-mail vaultcracker.com sends after registration.

The deadline for entering the contest is Feb. 16. The site will announce winners of the contest on Feb. 23. E-mail questions to [email protected]