“The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29

Sept. 29: UAS Professor Emeritus Clive Thomas discusses the politics of cutting Alaska’s budget

Guest lecturer Clive Thomas will present “The Politics of Cutting Alaska State Budget: Fallacies and Realities” on Thursday, Sept. 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

A common demand by many Alaskans and some first-time candidates for state office is that the state budget needs to be cut, largely because of wasted money and inefficiencies. This presentation shows that, contrary to common belief, while budgets can be cut in the short term, as they were in the 2016 legislative session, the trend in the long term is for larger budgets. This explanation is based on the realities of what makes up the state budget, constituent pressure on politicians, and the lack of an organized and sustained political force promoting long-term budget reductions.

Clive Thomas, who taught political science in Juneau for thirty years, is editor of a book just published by the University of Alaska Press, Alaska Politics and Public Policy: The Dynamics of Beliefs, Institutions, Personalities and Power. He is now a senior fellow at the Foley Institute of Politics at Washington State University.

This event is part of the Seward Lecture Series, hosted by the UAA Political Science Department.

Note: Clive Thomas will also speak on “Alaska and the World: Past, Present and Future” at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m.

UA is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline. Wednesday, Sept. 28

‘UA is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline.’ Attend the debate Sept. 28

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7-9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

UAA Seawolf Debate and the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence will discuss the motion: “The University of Alaska is a better investment for the state of Alaska than a gas pipeline.”

The free and open-to-the-public event features award-winning Seawolf Debate, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

UAA faculty panelists include:

Jackie Cason, English
Bob Loeffler, Institute for Social and Economic Research
Steve Haycox, History (Emeritus)

Population and Economic Data Workshop- Oct. 18

On October 18, 2016, the Consortium Library will be hosting the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and the U.S. Census Bureau’s fifth annual Population and Economic Data Workshop.

The event will feature speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Alaska Department of Labor, the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, and the UAA Institute for Social and Economic Research. There will be sessions throughout the day, and you can attend as many or as few sessions as you’re able. Topics include:

Economic data
Population data
Community-level data
Geographic data
Data tools for grant writers
Census Bureau programs
Permanent Fund Dividend
How to access data

See below for the schedule; all sessions will be in room 307.

The workshop is free, but attendees must register to reserve seats.

A full agenda and a registration form are available at http://live.laborstats.alaska.gov/cen/presentations.cfm. For more information, contact Eddie Hunsinger at (907) 269-4960 or eddie.hunsinger@alaska.gov.

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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6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM-April 24

6th ANNUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FORUM
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 (www.uaa.alaska.edu/engage) 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 cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.
When
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
Where
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 kmchurch@uaa.alaska.edu by Oct. 10 to set up a video link.

For questions:
Please contact Vice Provost Susan Kalina (smkalina@uaa.alaska.edu), Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students Dewain Lee (dllee@uaa.alaska.edu) or Associate Dean Hilary Seitz (hjseitz@uaa.alaska.edu).

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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”
Panelists:
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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