Alaska Native Masks- Dec. 1

Alaska Native Masks
Special guests Sven Haakanson, Alvin Amason, Ann Fienup-Riordan, and Anna Mossolova come together to share their intimate knowledge and study of Alaska Native masks. The nature of masks within expressions of animal symbolism and transformation, and Alaska native mask collections abroad will be discussed . And, at the event, the overall importance of masks within Alaska Native cultures and traditions honored. Introducing the guest speakers will be Maria Shaa Tla Williams, director of Alaska Native Studies at UAA.

Sven Haakanson is former Executive Director of the Alutiiq Museum in Kodiak, Alaska. His book, Giinaquq : Like A Face Sugpiaq Masks of the Kodiak Archipelago features the Alphonse Pinart ceremonial mask collection (1870s ) that is housed at the Château-Musée of Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. He currently teaches at University of Washington, Seattle, and is a curator of Native American exhibit at the Burke Museum.

Renowned artist Alvin Eli Amason is a Sugpiaq Alaskan painter and sculptor. His paintings are on display at the Anchorage International Airport and the U.S. Federal Courthouse Building in Anchorage, and have been exhibited at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, the Alaska State Museum, Anchorage Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Heard Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Northland in Aalborg, Denmark, and the Chateau Museum in Boulogne-sur-mer, France. After spending 17 years as Director of Native Arts program at UAF, he is currently developing a native arts program at UAA.

Cultural Anthropologist Ann Fienup-Riordan is author of more than 20 books and translations including Yup’ik Elders at the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin: Fieldwork Turned on Its Head. Her books Agayuliyararput (Our Way of Making Prayer): The Living Tradition of Yup’ik Masks and Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yupik Science and Survival accompanied museum exhibitions in Alaska and Washington, DC.

Anna Mossolova is a visiting Fulbright student researcher at the UAA Anthropology Department and Alaska Native Studies Program. She has studied Social and Cultural Anthropology at Tallinn University, Estonia and was a visiting PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Her interests include studying Yup’ik mask collections in Europe and Russia and researching Yup’ik mask-making traditions.

This event is sponsored with Alaska Center for the Book and the Anchorage Public Library. UAA Campus Bookstore events are free and open to the public. There is free parking for this event in the Library Lot, Library NE Lot, and the East Garage. For more information contact Rachel Epstein at or 786-4782.
Tue Dec 1, 2015 11:30am – 2pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Seward Lecture: ‘Known Unknowns & Unknown Unknowns: Questions Every Mayor Faces’ with Former Mayor George Wuerch, Nov. 19

Seward Lecture: ‘Known Unknowns & Unknown Unknowns: Questions Every Mayor Faces’ with Former Mayor George Wuerch, Nov. 19

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30–9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Former Mayor of Anchorage (2000-2003) George Wuerch will discuss the many decisions he made while in office.

George Wuerch earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Wuerch served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Wuerch has more than 20 years of post-military business experience ranging from a manager at Northwest Alaskan Gasoline and founder and president of Fluor Daniel Alaska Engineering to vice president of corporate affairs for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Wuerch’s service to the community includes: Executive Committee, Western Council, Boy Scouts of America; chairman of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce; chairman of the United Way Campaign; and chairman of the Anchorage Assembly. He is currently on the Board of Regents for Charter College, on the Board of Advisors for the University of Alaska Anchorage, on the Advisory Board for Providence Hospital and a member of the Anchorage Assembly.

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Meeting Library Needs during Budget Cuts

With the start of this academic year, the Library is facing significant budget reductions. The total budget reduction for FY15 and FY16 is $1,050,853 or about 16% reduction in general funds since FY14.

While there were no layoffs at the Consortium Library, regular positions were eliminated. Three tenure track faculty positions, a web librarian, a reference librarian, and a medical librarian, and one staff position, were vacated because of three retirements and a resignation. One librarian and one staff member volunteered to reduce their schedule to 75% and another librarian took 20 LWOP days over the summer months. The dean’s 7-day furlough also adds to the Library’s reduction in personnel expenditures. In addition to the personnel expenditures, the Library’s acquisitions budget has been reduced by $300,000. To date 25 research databases and other electronic resources and hundreds of print and electronic journals have been identified for cancellation. We will also spend less for new books, travel, and professional development.

While the budget situation is certainly very challenging, it has not stopped the Library from responding to the needs of the university communities by moving ahead in certain areas. In response to student demand, five new group study rooms are being constructed on the second floor and should be available by October. Planning also continues for the new North Entrance. This project includes creating six handicap parking spots, a card swipe reader for the after hours study facility, a camera and book security system, a circulation desk, landscaping and an arctic entryway with an outside canopy. If everything goes as expected, the Library’s second entrance will open in June 2016.

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‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Think Tank Series: ‘How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?’ Oct. 1

Thursday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Anchorage Public Library
Topic: How can adults in our community get the tech skills they need?

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.

The Anchorage Public Library provides many resources and adult services. One major focus is on digital literacy for adults in our community. How can we close the gap and help adults who aren’t so tech savvy catch up as virtually every critical service has moved online? How can we help adults gain technology skills that will help them get or keep a job? How can we educate adults so they don’t fall prey to online scams? How can we help community members wade through internet resources to get reliable information as opposed to unreliable or misinformation?

Students, faculty, staff and community members–join us to assist the Anchorage Public Library and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza will be provided by Moose’s Tooth.

Parking Note: Free parking for this event is available in the Library Lot and the East (CPISB) Garage. Please allow extra time to find parking.

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Winter Bear Project Sept 14, 18-19

The Southcentral Foundation and Alaska Humanities Forum are cosponsoring a week of events related to Anne Hanley’s play, “The Winter Bear.” This show, about a troubled village kid set straight by an elder, also debuted at Cyrano’s and has since toured widely. “The Winter Bear Project” includes a discussion with the playwright and poet Stephen Bolen at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 in room 307 of UAA/APU Consortium Library, a screening of a documentary about the play at 5:30 p.m. at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and two productions of the play at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at Alaska Pacific University’s Grant Hall.

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Friday, April 24th, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

You are invited to join the Center for Community Engagement & Learning at our annual forum to recognize the civic engagement achievements from the past year.

The Community Engagement Forum features awards to students and faculty and highlights of our community partnerships, including the presentation of the 2015 Selkregg Community Engagement & Service Learning Award and Dr. Alex Hills Engineering & Civic Engagement Award.

The poster session is an opportunity to talk to Community Engaged Student Assistants about their faculty-community partner projects. Be sure to arrive early, you won’t want to miss it!

11:00 a.m. Student Poster Session | 12:00 p.m. Luncheon Program Begins

Please RSVP by April 20 RSVP online ( or by contacting CCEL.

Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

HERS Women’s Leadership Network information sessions scheduled for Oct. 14 and 21

The UAA Chancellor’s Cabinet and the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network announce the application process to represent UAA at the Bryn Mawr or Denver HERS Summer Institute for women leaders in higher education. The deadline to apply is Nov. 13, 2014. Visit the HERS website for more information.

Informational sessions will be held:
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3–4 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10–11 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

The sessions will cover:

A brief introduction to the HERS Summer Institutes;
Experiences of recent participants;
The UAA internal application process; and
The vision of the UAA HERS Women’s Leadership Network.
Community campuses:
Please contact Kaytlyn Church at by Oct. 10 to set up a video link.

For questions:
Please contact Vice Provost Susan Kalina (, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dewain Lee ( or Associate Dean Hilary Seitz (

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“North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”-Oct 16

Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the U.S. State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the upcoming Alaska Law Review symposium – “North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska’s Emerging Frontiers.”

Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote.

William Hensley
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library LIB 307
Cost: FREE
Parking: Free in the large lot by the Alaska Airlines Center – across the street from the Library.

Rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic present challenges to Alaska’s leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts. This symposium starts a conversation about these issues.

Panel topics include:
“Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North”
“Managing the Multinational Development of the Arctic North”
“Regulatory Oversight of Alaska’s Arctic Shores”
Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
Mike Levine, Oceana
Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North

The Alaska Law Review is published by Duke University School of Law for the Alaska Bar Association.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center. Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event.

The Alaska Bar Association has approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.

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How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?-Oct 9

Think Tank Series: an interactive community engagement experience

Thursday, October 9
1:00-2:15 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library, Room 307

Guest agency: Housing Anchorage (a collaboration that includes: Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, the Anchorage Community Development Authority, Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Rasmuson Foundation and United Way of Anchorage)

Topic: How can we spur housing development in Anchorage that is affordable to our workforce?

A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
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.
Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

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