{News Briefs}

Advancement vice chancellor named

Steve Lindbeck will serve as vice chancellor for University Advancement starting Aug . 15. Chancellor Elaine Maimon announced the selection July 15. Lindbeck joins UAA from the Anchorage Daily News, where he served as an associate editor for five years. He previously served as executive director of the Alaska Humanities Forum. Lindbeck was selected because his relationship to the Alaska community has been broad and varied. He has served public programs such as the Downtown Anchorage Rotary, Alaska 20/20, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way of Anchorage and the Anchorage Cultural Council. Lindbeck has spent the majority of his professional career in Alaska since graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Chancellor Maimon said Lindbeck’s strategic leadership, community-building initiative, fund raising and communication skills will serve UAA well. The search committee – comprising community, student leaders, faculty and staff from across the UA system — was chaired by Community and Technical College Dean Jan Gehler.

 

Community programs recognized

The Princeton Review, an education services company known nationally for it test-prep courses and college and graduate school admission services, recently named UAA one of the best universities in the nation for community engagement. The list of 81 “colleges with a conscience” also included Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern and Stanford. The Princeton Review selected the schools from among thousands nationwide based on the degree to which they engaged their surrounding communities. Specific university programs highlighted in the review include the Chester Creek Watershed Project, which promotes environmental sustainability, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, the Community Health Nursing Program and the Center for Community Engagement and Learning.

 

Journalism student honored

Michelle B. Loscher, a recent UAA graduate, received an honorable mention from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation in their 2005 scholarship prize contest. Loscher’s Northern Light column “The F word,” which examines the role of faith in the lives of college students, made her one of six finalists chosen from nationwide for the honor. Loscher graduated from UAA in spring 2005 with double degrees in aviation and journalism and public communications. In August, she will leave Northern Light staff to join Anchorage Daily News as an interactive content producer.

 

Compiled by Hannah Guillaume and Jessica Ramsey Golden