{News Briefs}

Liszka appointed to be interim vice provost

Last week, the Office of Academic Affairs and provost for research and graduate studies Ted Kassier announced James J. Liszka will fill in as vice provost while the department searches for a permanent replacement. “I know his work will ensure that we do not lose the momentum already achieved in the area of sponsored research support and will enable a smooth transition for our new appointee,” Kassier said in an e-mail. Liszka is currently interim director of graduate programs and a philosophy professor at UAA. He has worked at UAA for 25 years.

New webworm is disguised as tsunami relief

According to the anti-virus Web site Sophos, a new e-mail scam has entered the Web disguised as letters asking for aid following the tsunami disaster in Asia. Sophos reports the e-mail comes in the form of a letter from a supposed merchant in Thailand asking for help as his family was lost in the disaster. E-mail users are advised to simply delete the e-mail rather than open it.

Student government work on giving discounts

USUAA approved $3,000 more from student government’s contingency fund for the Student Discount Program. USUAA already gave $1,500 to the program last semester. Vice president Michael Blanton said the additional funds were necessary for attaching the card to a letter from USUAA and mailing the cards out. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Elizabeth Percak-Dennett, presented the bill Friday with the intent to waive a series of three bylaws so UAA General Support Services could print the cards by Friday, Jan. 28. Votes on the waivers and the bill itself were passed with three dissenting votes.