Learn how the Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web helps Anchorage’s homeless. Listen to Informania, Thurs. at 5pm, on 88.1FM or www.kruaradio.org.

UAA Masters in Social Work graduate, and Clinician for the Center for Human Development and Center for Psychosocial Development, Summer Lefebvre, has been involved in researching and helping homeless residents of Anchorage.  On this edition of Informania, she discusses the Alaska Mental Health Consumer Web (AMHC), an organization that helps homeless people in Anchorage find the help that they need to recover from mental health and addiction challenges, and to pursue a productive, stable life.

In addition to working as a clinician at AMHC, Summer has also been involved with city-wide efforts to research, identify  and help the most vulnerable homeless people (those with cancer, or the elderly), and is helping to plan and promote the January 2013 Project Homeless Connect.  Sponsored by the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, Project Homeless Connect will bring together multiple resources and services for homeless citizens in one location so that they can get the help that they need during the cold of winter!  Watch this Project Connect video to learn more.  Volunteers are needed!

This Informania interview was recorded on KRUA 88.1 FM, Monday, July 29, at 9am, and will be replayed on Thursday, August 1 at 5pm, or via livestream at www.kruaradio.org.  It will also be available as a podcast after the broadcast.  Listen and learn!

What Library work is available for students? What’s a Reserve Collection? Hear answers to these questions and discover what it takes to become a librarian on the next Informania!

Monday, July 15, at 9am on KRUA, 88.1FM, Deb the Librarian interviews Kristi Powell, Student Worker Supervisor/Reserves Manager at the Consortium Library.  Can’t catch the broadcast of Informania on Monday?  Tune in on Thursday at 5pm to hear a replay of the interview, or check www.kruaradio.org for the podcast.  Listen and learn!

Learn about New Student Orientation and Academic and Multicultural Services at UAA on the next Informania, Thursday at 5pm, on KRUA 88.1.

On June 17, Deb the Librarian interviewed Theresa Lyons, Interim Director of  UAA’s Academic and Multicultural Services, and Director New Student Orientation on Informania.  This interview will be replayed on Thursday, June 20, 5pm-6pm, and will be available as a podcast soon after.

New Student Orientation = HOWL Days!

What is New Student Orientation?  New Student Orientation, otherwise known as Howl Days, is a one-day opportunity for new students to become familiar with services, opportunities, and advisers at UAA.  There is an online orientation, but in-person attendance is recommended for students transitioning between high school and college, and other in-coming students that have never attended classes at a university before.  When Theresa Lyons began leading these orientations about seven years ago, approximately 500 students attended.  Today, approximately 1000 students attend, and  this number is expected to increase.  Because it has been shown that students who have attended orientations are more likely to stay on track to graduation, there is the possibility that New Student Orientation will become mandatory at UAA.  For now, it is simply a great opportunity to get informed, inspired, and connected as a new student at UAA.  Students who go through New Student Orientation, also have the opportunity to participate in service learning (volunteer) opportunities.  All around, it is a worthwhile decision for new students to register for, and attend a New Student Orientation at UAA.

Who are the Wolf Pack Leaders at New Student Orientation?  They are successful, enthusiastic UAA students who have been trained in the wealth of information and leadership skills required to lead groups of students during Howl Days.  Are you interested in becoming a Wolf Pack Leader?  These student job opportunities are posted on uakjobs.com around March.  There are many other student jobs posted at uakjobs as well, so if you are interested in getting a job as a student at UAA, check it out!

UAA’s Academic and Multicultural Student Services

Theresa Lyons shared an abundance of information about the many departments that support student success at UAA.  Following are the departments discussed on Informania, with links to their web pages:

UAA has been responsive to student’s needs, both academically and socially, by increasing the opportunity for, and awareness of the incredible services offered through these departments!  In fact, Student Affairs is organizing a third division to increase support for first-year students, and help students overall achieve success in their academic endeavors.  Theresa shared that Dr. Lacy Karpillo is the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Access, Advising & Transition, and will oversee this division.  Meet the rest of the Student Affairs Team and discover the many resources available to students, staff, and faculty from the Student Affairs Team web site.
Songs played on today’s Informania show included:  Information, by Dredg, and That’s What Friends Are For, by Dionne Warwick.