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UAS Sitka Welcomes it's new Student Accounts Technician
We are proud to welcome the Student Accounts Technician, Heather Albertson. "I worked for the Sitka campus 10 years ago and I'm glad to be part of the team again. I enjoy spending time with my family and diy (do it yourself) craft projects. I'm two classes away from getting my Associates in Business Administration which I'm hoping to get done within the next year."
UAS Sitka Welcomes it's new Administrative Assistant
The UAS Sitka Campus is proud to welcome the new administrative assistant, Vena Talea Stough. Vena Talea Stough was born and raised in Wrangell, AK and moved to Sitka in 2012 to attend the University of Alaska Sitka campus. She graduated from the Fishery Technician program with her A.A.S. in 2014 as well as from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program with her B.L.A. in social sciences in April of 2016. She now is our newest member of staff as the administrative assistant. She enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and spending time with her Labrador Sukoi. She is excited to be a product of the University and hopes to use her skill set to assist in the daily functions of the University.
UAS Sitka Welcomes Another Winter Fellow
The UAS Sitka Campus is proud to welcome another Sitka Winter Fellow, Michelle Parke. Michelle was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and moved out to Ithaca, NY to attend Cornell University. She shares, "I graduated in 2015 with a degree in the biological sciences. I enjoy surfing, kayaking, hiking, and playing sports. I will be working with faculty assisting on projects. I am excited for my time here in Sitka and hope to make an impact here at UAS." If you bump into her around campus or around town please give her a warm Sitka welcome!
UAS Sitka Welcomes the new Winter Fellows
The UAS Sitka campus is proud to welcome the Sitka Winter Fellows; Caroline Zhang, Wesley Yiin, and Meredith Redick. Caroline is originally from Carmel, Indiana. She studied history and literature at Harvard College, where she was involved in social justice and journalism. She loves baking, photography, and British accents. She is a writing & math tutor. Wesley is a Yale graduate from New Jersey. He is interested in popular culture, race and ethnic studies, and where they intersect. In his free time, he watches a lot of movies and TV, and he tries to keep up with current events. He is a writing & math tutor. Meredith is a Yale graduate from St. Louis, Missouri. She enjoys singing, hiking, and science journalism. She is a science tutor.
This year, UAS Sitka is proud to announce its participation in Pick. Click. Give., a program that allows Alaskans to share their Permanent Fund Dividend with causes they care about. We hope you will consider investing in the future of the University of Alaska system. The Sitka Campus, a center for distance education, career training, and community outreach, serves as a primary resource for learning opportunities in Southeast Alaska.
UAS Sitka adjunct professor, John Straley, sat for an interview with the Juneau Empire on Wednesday, November 11. The Sitka-based writer is quoted as saying, "For me, everything starts with writing about place." The UAS Sitka Campus is pleased to have John teaching with this approach in the Spring for HUM S120 Sense of Place: AK and Beyond.
The Outreach Coordinators for the UAS Sitka Fisheries Technology program gather today and tomorrow in Sitka for training on how best to serve the booming Alaskan appetite for fisheries careers. After a busy morning of presentations and discussion, these enthusiastic spokespeople pause on their way to Monday's lunch.
Thanks to the UAS Title III staff and Student Success Center, the UAS Sitka website now boasts a Virtual Tour. The get-acquainted app shows prospective students what they can expect when studying with UAS Sitka ... not only views of the Sitka facilities but also "you are there" videos and photos of each program and its many instructional manifestations... classrooms, labs, field studies, and remote locations where learning takes place. Special thanks to Mary Purvis, Title III program supervisor, Sarah Pies Mahoskey, and Chris Washko for their role in bringing this ambitious project to fruition in a few short weeks. To view the tour, go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka and click the Virtual Tour link that appears. If you are on a mobile phone, the best viewing experience will occur if you download the free app that will present itself to you.
Dr Paula Martin
The Sitka Campus is pleased to announce that Dr. Paula Martin will become our new Campus Director. Currently, Dr. Martin serves as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College. She earned her PhD at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in entomology in 1993. She taught at Emory University, where she led its Human and Natural Ecology program. Paula then accepted an opportunity to create a new department, Environmental Science and Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. This department grew rapidly, and Dr. Martin augmented her experience as full Professor by becoming Assistant Provost at Juniata. According to UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield, “I am most impressed with Paula’s skill set as she steps into the Sitka Campus directorship. She has been instrumental in the success of providing online and hybrid courses. She has special interests in community campus and higher education administration, and sustainability. I am sure she will be a perfect fit in Sitka!”
The UAS Sitka Fisheries Technology program has been busily putting all of its lectures for its flagship course onto an iPad! Introduction to Fisheries of Alaska will be available starting September 1 for anyone who wants to take this 3-credit course without the constraints of internet access or visiting a face to face class. We will provide the waterproof iPad but you will need to ask for instructor approval from Program Director Reid Brewer. Click the headline to check out the video on our YouTube page.
Rick Caulfield named new UAS Chancellor
Provost Rick Caulfield has been named UAS Chancellor by UA President Pat Gamble. He will assume his new duties when Chancellor John Pugh steps down at the end of May. Dr. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic. A 40-year Alaska resident, Dr. Caulfield has combined academic and professional interests with experiences in commercial fishing, flying, sailing, home construction, dog mushing, hunting, recreational fishing, and other outdoor pursuits. Dr. Caulfield earned a PhD in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and BA and BS degrees in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
At this year's Sitka Campus Graduation, noted Tlingit artist Teri Rofkar delivered the Commencement Address and received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. In this photo, captured by Owen Kindig and James Poulson, Teri receives the hood which academic tradition has chosen to symbolize its highest honor, placed upon her shoulders by retiring UAS Chancellor John Pugh, and Regent Dale Anderson, as Regent Courtney Enright looks on.
100% of UAS CNA students pass State certification test
UAS Sitka is happy to announce that 100% of the fall class of UAS Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) students passed their final test, and then passed the Alaska State Certification Exam. It is not uncommon for states to report CNA failure rates of between 20% and 40%. At UAS Sitka Campus, we take great satisfaction in helping our students beat those odds. Confidence is key. By building their confidence, our faculty and Student Success Center work to help them be successful in their education and their life. The next cohort of CNA students began their 15-week course last week.
Check out UAS Sitka's Facebook page for daily updates on herring fish body development as it is happening at the HPR Recreation Area.
Spring classes started the week of January 13, and our instructional support department has been busy shipping boxes to our many eLearning students. Home labs and microscopes are one reason our online technical courses are so effective. Watch the video on our Online Course page! (link from the headline of this story)