Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library.

Feeling Stressed during Exams? The therapy dog will be back in the Library and this time for more sessions.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant) associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on the following dates:

10am- noon on Tuesday, April 29th
Noon- 2pm on Wednesday, April 30th
2pm-4pm on Thursday, May 1st
4pm-6pm on Friday, May 2nd

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Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library-May 17

Participate in yard sale to benefit UAA/APU Consortium Library

Rain or shine, library employees and friends are having a yard sale on the UAA/APU Consortium Library Plaza on Saturday, May 17. At least 10 percent of the total proceeds will benefit the library. Clean out your home closets and join the yard sale (advance notification is required to participate). For more information or to sign up, contact Dawn Harrison at (907) 786-1870 or dmharrison2@uaa.alaska.edu.

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Feb. 20th: Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.”

Think Tank
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Location: UAA Consortium Library Room 307

Guest agency: Catholic Social Services, Susan Bomalaski, Executive Director
Presenting this issue: “Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.”

Think Tank Series –
Each month a different non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and those attending brainstorm solutions for the organization. This month, Catholic Social Services will present an issue they are facing “Serving the homeless: walking the ethical tightrope between compassion and enabling.” Students, faculty, staff, and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!
Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/823834264309071/

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p
907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu
www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage
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Feeling Stressed during Exams? Perhaps a Therapy Dog can Help.

Research suggests that interactions with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; oxytocin (a chemical heavily linked with bonding) and dopamine (a chemical associated with reward and motivation) levels are increased, while lowering cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress.

The Library will have a trained therapy dog ready to help in the main lobby on Thursday December 12th from noon-4pm.

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Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Arc Gallery: ‘Not Quite Black and White,’ photographs by Joe Kashi, Nov. 8–Dec. 13

Location: arc gallery (UAA/APU Consortium Library, First Floor, Entrance Area)
Show dates: Friday, Nov. 8–Friday, Dec. 13
Opening and reception: Friday, Nov. 8, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Joe Kashi presents full color spectrum photos that, although RGB images, hold an overall ambience reminiscent of traditional black and white photographs, primarily due to his choice of subject material and lighting.

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Program prioritization open briefings for faculty and staff, Oct. 2, 3 and 4

Program prioritization open briefings for faculty and staff, Oct. 2, 3 and 4

The Program Prioritization leadership teams would like to invite you to join them at one of these three scheduled briefings. At these briefings, the chairs of both the Academic Task Force and the Support Task Force, as well as Provost Baker and Vice Chancellor Spindle, will share information about where we are in the prioritization process. They will also be available to answer questions raised by faculty and staff.

Briefings will be held in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 on the following days:
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 3–4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 4, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Please plan to attend one of these briefing sessions.
Thank you,
Tara Smith, Mark Fitch, Robert Boeckmann, AcTF tri-chairs
Sandi Culver and Dewain Lee, Support Task Force co-chairs

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“Divination,” a mixed media presentation and installation by Liu Liu


Show: “Divination,” a mixed media presentation and installation by Liu Liu


Location: arc gallery (UAA/APU Consortium Library, First Floor)


Show dates: Sept. 13–Oct. 7

The Chinese character 卜[ bu], is an ideograph that illustrates the cracks on an oracle bone. These cracks can be found on the shoulder blade of an ox, or alternatively, on a tortoise shell (plastron). 卜 is commonly translated in English as divination. The ancient Chinese used the cracks on bones to seek divine consultation to guide their lives just as someone might consult the Delphic Oracle in ancient Greece for advice. The purpose behind these “readings” was to give an individual a chance to achieve a harmonious life. In divination procedures, a bone was marked with encrypted words, a question on one side and drilling pits on the other side, then put into a fire, resulting in cracks at various points for an answer, favorable or unfavorable. Viewed as a chance operation, the actual outcome may have happened or not. No matter what, the intent was to obtain a good outcome.
Artist Liu Liu on the inspiration for the works in this exhibit: “This past year, I have been researching the anatomy and physiology of the human heart by focusing on electrocardiograms (EKG) and how to interpret the electrical impulses of the heart. EKG linear graphing consists of waves that move up and down when the heart’s pulse is recorded. These linear patterns operate metaphorically for me as a kind of electrical ideograph or modern form of divination with their crack-like affinities. From electrical pulses to conceptually stroking the ancient cracks on the oracle bones, I find myself linked to the ancient Chinese diviners. We live in troubled times and my question is: ’Does humankind have a future?’”

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Interested in attending law school?

Pre-law students event, Sept. 20

Friday, Sept. 20, 9–10 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 207B

Are you interested in attending law school? Get advice on mastering the application process from Carolyn Denis, admissions director at Willamette University College of Law, in a presentation titled, “Succeeding in Law School Admissions: How to Write an Effective Personal Statement & Address Problem Areas in Your Law School Application.”

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UAA’s New Athletic Director at the Library- Sept 20

University of Alaska Anchorage Vice Chancellor Bill Spindle on Wednesday announced the hiring of Keith Hackett as the school’s new athletic director.

A university and administrative management executive with 36 years of higher education experience, Hackett comes to the Seawolves after working the past nine years as the senior associate AD for internal affairs at the University of Nevada, where he oversaw the football, track and field/cross country and baseball programs.

“We are very excited to bring Keith Hackett on board as our next AD,” said Spindle. “He’s passionate, knowledgeable and he has a deep commitment to the success of student-athletes, both in the athletic and academic arenas. Through the search process, it was apparent that Keith has a breadth of experience in both higher education and intercollegiate athletics, plus an ability to communicate with the various constituencies–on campus and in the local community–that support Seawolf Athletics.”

Spindle said Hackett will be in Anchorage for an introductory press conference Friday, Sept. 20, at 2:30 p.m. Following the press conference, Seawolf Athletics will host a meet-and-greet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Both events will be in UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307.

Hackett said he is excited to get started at UAA.
“I am both honored and humbled to be the choice of the UAA Athletic Director Search Committee and look forward to meeting our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the entire Anchorage community,” he said. “Our highest priority will always be the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes. We have excellent coaches and programs, and I look forward to assisting them in their quest for excellence in the classroom and on the field of play.”

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities with specific teams, Hackett was involved with donor relations and major gifts, budget, human and physical resource management, and alumni and community relations at Nevada. As a key member of the Wolf Pack’s senior leadership team, he was responsible for oversight of all athletics department capital projects, development of the department’s first athletic facilities master plan and event management for all home contests.

Prior to his time in Reno, Hackett served as executive vice president for special projects and was director of the St. Gregory’s University College for Working Adults in Tulsa, Okla. He also served as executive vice president and provost at St. Gregor’s University in Shawnee, Okla., from 1997-2004. He worked at Oklahoma City University as vice president for admissions and enrollment management/dean of admissions for law, graduate and undergraduate admissions from 1992-97, and as dean of students from 1986-89.
From 1989-92, Hackett was the associate AD at Northern Illinois University, where he oversaw eight Div. I sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.

The native of Nanuet, N.Y., began his college coaching and teaching career at Baker University in Baldwin, Kan., where he was head baseball coach from 1978-83 and assistant football coach from 1977-83. From there, he went on to coach offensive line for the football program at Div. I Memphis from 1983-85.
At UAA, Hackett will take over a program featuring 13 NCAA sports, including Div. I men’s hockey and women’s gymnastics. The Seawolves, who compete primarily at the Div. II level, are riding a string of five straight years in the NACDA Director’s Cup top 50, including the past two seasons in the top 25. UAA’s skiing, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s cross country teams have all produced top-four national finishes since 2008, and the men’s track and field/cross country program has produced five individual NCAA titles.

Hackett earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tarkio (Mo.) College in 1976 and an M.S. in education from the University of Kansas in 1979.

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Fran Ulmer: ‘The Emerging Arctic: Is the United States Ready?’, Oct. 3

Fran Ulmer: ‘The Emerging Arctic: Is the United States Ready?’, Oct. 3

Thursday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Fran Ulmer will be speaking about Arctic exploration and environmental concerns. She was appointed Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission by Barack Obama in March 2011. Ms. Ulmer has a long history of public service, including serving at Lt. Governor of the State of Alaska, the Mayor of Juneau, and Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

This event is sponsored by the UAA Department of Political Science. Questions, please contact Guy Burnett at gfburnett@uaa.alaska.edu.

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