Webinar: ‘Effective academic advising for first-year students: a critical foundation for success,’ July 10

Webinar: ‘Effective academic advising for first-year students: a critical foundation for success,’ July 10

Tuesday, July 10, 9 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 302A

This webinar, based on the recent work of Betsy Barefoot, Ph.D., will explore the integral role advising plays in the success of first-year and undecided students and suggest effective practices to improve the persistence of today’s increasingly diverse population of students entering college. Participants will learn how to define student success broadly, looking at and beyond issues of academic performance and retention. Participants will also look closely at the best practices for promoting success among several unique subgroups of students. Participants will leave with tools to create effective policies and practices at their own institutions.
Community campuses are welcome to call in, but must R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 6, by calling (907) 786-4506.

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Commencement Polaris Lecture: ‘Conserving Liberty’ with Mark Blitz-May 4

Commencement Polaris Lecture: ‘Conserving Liberty’ with Mark Blitz

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Lewis Haines Meeting Room, Room 307

The last Polaris Lecture of the term, the Commencement Polaris Lecture, will be held on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis E. Haines Meeting Room, Room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The lecturer is Mark N. Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and director of the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. He served during the Reagan administration as associate director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has been vice president of the Hudson Institute and has taught political theory at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of “Conserving Liberty,” “Plato’s Political Philosophy,” “Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life,” “Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’ and the Possibility of Political Philosophy” and is co-editor (with William Kristol) of “Educating the Prince.”

Professor Blitz’s lecture title is “Conserving Liberty” and addresses the question of how we can preserve and advance individual liberty in the United States in the face of the intellectual, moral, and political challenges that it faces. This talk will focus on the grounding of our individual liberty in natural rights, and the links, weak and strong, among liberty, good character, effective social institutions and self-government.

You can listen to podcasts of previous Polaris Lectures by visitng the UAA podcast feed.

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‘Climate Change and the Frontiers of Ethics’ with Dale Jamieson, April 20

‘Climate Change and the Frontiers of Ethics’ with Dale Jamieson

Friday, April 20, 7-9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Professor Dale Jamieson, director of Environmental Studies at New York University will deliver the keynote address of the 7th Annual UAA Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Jamieson is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature.

For more information, visit the Philosophy Department website.

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The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

A kaleidoscope can be defined as “a tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by bits of colored glass at one end of the tube.” Invented in the early 1880s, kaleidoscopes enjoyed a rapid evolution for a century, largely at the hands of scientific instrument-makers. More recently, they were rediscovered by talented artists, who have explored the art form using different mirror systems, object chambers and sculptural forms.

The Consortium Library’s kaleidoscope was donated by Trevor and Sally Bremner, whose guests from down-under last summer, discovered a wave kaleidoscope in a local gallery. Trevor and Sally decided that such interactive art would be a perfect addition to the Library.

UAA Facilities was asked to build a custom stand for the kaleidoscope and they did a skillful job in constructing a wooden pedestal. Installed near the circulation desk, the Library’s new wave kaleidoscope has four tubes for viewing so more people can enjoy the magic. It was designed by Will Smith, an innovative California artist who studied oceanography and fine arts at American River College in Sacramento, and went on to combine his passions in his KaleidoWave© series of kaleidoscopes. Will has taken special care to incorporate UAA’s colors into the decorative glass plate that floats atop the fountain. Will Smith reportedly is very pleased that his kaleidoscope was placed in such a public, much visited space.

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Climate Change: A Public Conversation

Climate Change: A Public Conversation
When: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:30 AM – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:00 PM

Where: Library 307

‘Climate Change: A Public Conversation,’

Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Everyone is welcome to attend “Climate Change: A Public Conversation,” as UAA students and faculty discuss the ethical issues related to climate change and the impacts on health, food security and environmental and social justice. Refreshments served.

Event sponsored by the UAA Department of Philosophy in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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$$ added to Digital Pipeline Grant for Live Homework Help (sled.alaska.edu)

The Alaska State Library awarded an additional $52,500 to the Consortium Library’s Digital Pipeline grant bringing the total amount to $ 140,340. The reason for the additional funding is to pay for the surge in demand for the Live Homework Help service. Between July 2011 and January 2012, 9921 online tutoring sessions were conducted. Most of the tutoring sessions were for algebra I and algebra II and 41% were for college courses. This level of service represents an increase of 63% over the same time last year. The Live Homework Help program consistently receives high marks from the students.

Is this service helping you improve your grades? 92% yes
Is this service helping you complete your homework assignments? 96% yes
Is this service helping you be more confident about your school work? 93% yes
Would you recommend this service to a friend? 97% yes
Is this service helping you study for school? 97% yes
Are you glad your organization offers this service? 98% yes

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Criminal Justice Month Speaker David Kaczynski: ‘My Personal Story,’ March 1

Criminal Justice Month Speaker David Kaczynski: ‘My Personal Story,’ March 1
Thursday, March 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

David Kaczynski, bother of the so-called “Unabomber” will launch UAA’s recognition of National Criminal Justice Month with “My Personal Story.”

Kaczynski will share his personal story of growing up with his brother, Ted. David is the executive director for New Yorkers for Alternatives to the Death Penalty and is a frequent lecturer and published author and poet.

Event co-sponsored by the Justice Center, UAA Justice Club and Alaskans Against the Death Penalty.

For other National Criminal Justice Month events on campus during the month of March, please see the Justice Center blog. All events are free and open to UAA students, faculty, staff and the public and will be held in LIB 307.

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Polaris Lecture: ‘The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,’ Feb. 12

Polaris Lecture: ‘The Statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln: A Reappraisal,
Sunday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming Lincoln Polaris Lecture with guest speaker, Professor Forrest A. Nabors.

Few Americans exceed Abraham Lincoln in popular esteem. But how great was he? In commemoration of Lincoln’s birthday, Prof. Nabors will explain why Lincoln achieved even more for liberty than is generally understood.

About the speaker:
Professor Nabors joined the political science faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage in August 2011. He has taught American government and political philosophy at Oregon State University and at University of Oregon, where he also completed his doctorate in 2011. He currently is writing a book about American political development through post-Civil War Reconstruction.

The Polaris Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Forty-Ninth State Fellows Program, University Honors Society and the Polaris Society.

Parking in the lots adjacent to the library is free on Sundays.

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Archives Rocks on Social Media

Assistant Professor Megan Friedel is a member of the Library Archives and Special Collections Department. Her recent blog entry on some of the history of Hatcher Pass was reprinted on the Adventure Journal website.


She also reports this topic was on Twitter including a retweet by the indie band Portugal. The Man, which is a group of Alaskan musicians who are currently very popular. And that is not all….reportedly Death Cab for Cutie also used a photo provided by Archives.

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“The U.S. should adopt a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate personhood.”- Feb 2

PUBLIC POLICY DEBATE: “The U.S. should adopt a Constitutional Amendment banning corporate personhood.”

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm LIB 307

Free of charge and open to the public
Featuring the award-winning UAA Speech and Debate Team, a faculty response panel, and a facilitated public discussion.

This event is part of a series of debates and discussions sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the Anchorage community access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future. Previous forums have addressed the Patriot Act; U.S. energy policy; state support for rural villages in Alaska; presidential campaigns; the Iraq war; and more.

For information: aner@uaa.alaska.edu or 786-4605

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