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Congradulations Claire-Elise A. Baalke of Anchorage, Alaska as new member of the National Society of Collegiate ...

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Bobby and Camai Cassey are photographed. Camai just received a Bachelor of Science in Occupationa ...

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Location: Wayland Baptist University, 10/08/10 Camai Cassey, Dawn Ash, and Qiauna Dade on graduation day! Camai, Dawn, and Qiauna received a Bac ...

Location: Wayland Baptist University, 10/08/10 
Bobby and Camai Cassey are photographed. Camai just received a Bachelor of Science in Occupationa ...

Location: Wayland Baptist University, 10/08/10 Bobby and Camai Cassey are photographed. Camai just received a Bachelor of Science in Occupationa ...

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We are traveling this year and homeschooling but today Corin attended a public school in Scotland as their ...

Location: Callander Scotland, 9/15/10 We are traveling this year and homeschooling but today Corin attended a public school in Scotland as their ...

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DeVan Hardy-Hoover from Zeeland, MI previously of Wasilla, AK has been named
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Location: Michigan, 04/05/2007 DeVan Hardy-Hoover from Zeeland, MI previously of Wasilla, AK has been named to the Deans List at Davenport Unive ...

Location: SAHS, 11/30/09 
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Location: Wayland Baptist University, April 23, 2010 
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Katrina Hill, a senior at Eagle River High School, was recently recognized as one of only two Alaska students to receive  ...

Location: School, 2010 Katrina Hill, a senior at Eagle River High School, was recently recognized as one of only two Alaska students to receive ...

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Nathaniel Knapp, a senior at East Anchorage High School, was recently recognized as one of only two Alaska students to re ...

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Qiauna Funnique Dade and Camai Kuri Cassey (better known as the Dade Girls) graduated with thei ...

Location: Wayland Baptist University, 10/09/09 Qiauna Funnique Dade and Camai Kuri Cassey (better known as the "Dade Girls") graduated with thei ...

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Our grandson Christian Bannatyne son of Cliff Bannatyne and Rene King was inducted into Jr Honor Scoiety  ...

Location: Wendler Jr High , 04-27-2010 Our grandson Christian Bannatyne son of Cliff Bannatyne and Rene King was inducted into Jr Honor Scoiety ...

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Jaymie Jackson of South Anchorage High school is signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday 2/3/2010; Jaymi ...

Location: Anchorage, October 2009 Jaymie Jackson of South Anchorage High school is signing a National Letter of Intent Wednesday 2/3/2010; Jaymi ...

  196     September 3, 2009 - 12:26pm | akjesster8

UAA summer 2009 Chancellor's and Deans lists posted

Congratulations to the UAA students who have made the Chancellor's List and Dean's List for the 2009 summer semester.

To be eligible for the Chancellor's List a degree/certificate seeking student must take at least 12 credits and receive letter grades of 4.0 for the semester. Those on the Dean's List must be enrolled in at least 12 UAA credits with a letter grade of at least 3.50 for the semester.

This academic success requires much hard work and determination. Our Chancellor's List and Dean's List students are an inspiration to us all.

Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/honorslist.cfm to view both lists.

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  192     August 3, 2009 - 3:00pm | rjbmoliva

Student Achievers

We have been trying to find the link on the website to submit a photo and information regarding our daughter's college graduation, etc. We have registered, and the website, just keeps taking us in loops. We can't find where to submit anything except a comment. HELP!!!!!

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  February 12, 2010 - 9:10am | cvereide

I was in the same boat and

I was in the same boat and emailed my questions to ADN. I was told to post the announcement myself as they don't have staffing to post them. You will need to submit it under Comment. Hope this helps!

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  189     July 25, 2009 - 12:54pm | kimandas

Amanda Stricklan Attends National Young Leaders Conference

South High School freshman Amanda Stricklan just returned from the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Boston. This conference offers mature, high-achieving students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and applying this knowledge to make a positive impact in their homes and communities. During the conference, Amanda studied the pilgrim settlements, pre-revolution colonial economy and social tolerance, and the American Revolution. “It was an amazing experience. I learned so much and I could not have done it without the generous support of these wonderful sponsors: R&M Consultants, Inc., Estimations, Inc., the Great Alaskan Bush Company, ECI-Hyer, HDR Alaska, Inc., the Alaska Premier Dental Group LLC, Shilanski & Associates, USKH, Inc., HDL Engineering Consultants, Enterprise Engineering, Inc., Duane Miller Associates, and BGES, Inc.”

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  181     July 7, 2009 - 11:04am | pgross

Alaska Pacific University Summer Graduation

Alaska Pacific University's Summer Graduation will be held Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 AM. The location is the Abbott Loop Community Church Auditorium, the corner of Lake Otis Parkway and Abbott Loop Road.

Following is the list of graduates:

Associate of Arts
Education
Dora M. Boyscout

Outdoor Studies
Jennifer R. Baker
Dustin English
Rachel Mannato
Brian Skean

Psychology
Carrie Elizabeth Arnot
Jessica Ruthe Olson

Degree Completion Program

Accounting for Information Management
Michael T. Newman

Business Administration and Management
Clifford H. Brown
Debra Jane Learned
Barbara Jo Sappah
Kirill Petukh

Business Administration and Management
Accounting for Information Management
Phong Moua

Health Services Administration
Laura Berger
Edward F. DeForest

Organizational Management
Candice Elizabeth Cheshire
Mary Lisa Peterman

Graduate Degrees

Master of Arts
Michelle E. Carton
Dena Marie Luchsinger

Master of Business Administration
Julie A. Cullings

Master of Global Finance
Natalia Meyers

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Nancy Eileen Gehm
Jeremy Bradford Rampton

Master of Science in Environmental
Karen Cain
Pamela Jean Jones

Danube University

Master of Business Administration
Information and Communication Technology
Herbert Berger
Karin Elisabeth Fuchs
Stefan Grosch
Joachim Klein
Martin Nemeth
Peter M. Oehlinger
Franz Rudinger
Petra Tatzer

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  179     June 30, 2009 - 1:51pm | ewumedia

EWU Spring Quarter Dean's List

The 2009 spring quarter dean’s list at Eastern Washington University can be viewed at www.ewu.edu/deanslist.

The list can be sorted by state, city, high school or name by clicking the blue icons at the top of each category or the menu boxes at the top.

Students from Anchorage include:

Ryan South - Bartlett High School Anchorage AK
Allison Jost - East Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Molly Kalamarides - East Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Marieven Laurio - West Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Mark Shearer - South Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Scott Traver - Robert Service High School Anchorage AK
Nicole Bohne - South Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Paul Campbell - West Anchorage High School Anchorage AK
Kristine Gonzales - A J Dimond High School Anchorage AK
Hayley Robertson - A J Dimond High School Anchorage AK
Danielle Cambridge - Colony High School Palmer AK
Kali Boyer - Colony High School Palmer AK
Christine Olsen - Colony High School Palmer AK
Rebecca Hall - Palmer High School Palmer AK
Katherine Schmidt - Colony High School Palmer AK

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  178     June 18, 2009 - 4:06pm | akjesster8

The Northern Light and KRUA-FM 88.1 announce new leadership

The UAA Media Board has selected new leadership for UAA’s two student-fee supported media, The Northern Light and KRUA-FM 88.1.

Suzanna Caldwell, a senior Journalism and Public Communications major, will become the executive editor of The Northern Light effective July 1. She is the outgoing managing editor of the news organization, which publishes a weekly newspaper and Web site throughout the academic year and a monthly edition in the summer.

Caldwell has worked at The Northern Light since August 2006, rising from reporter to section editor to her current appointment. Caldwell was also the co-producer of Shootout.net, the Department of Journalism and Public Communication’s multimedia Web site that operates during the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament.

Caroline Willis, a senior double major in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies and minor in Journalism and Public Communications, will become the station manager of KRUA-FM 88.1 effective July 1.

Willis has worked and volunteered at KRUA for four years, the last two as program director, in which she trains volunteers, manages the station’s program schedule and serves as the primary promotional agent for the station. She has also helped create an organization charter for the UAA Campus Programming Board.

Congratulations to outgoing student leaders, Gretchen Weiss of The Northern Light, and Paul Flahive of KRUA, on their many contributions to both organizations. Flahive ends his two-year tenure as the KRUA station manager and led the station in implementing the NextGen broadcast system, instituted a new underwriting program, and revitalized the KRUA volunteer scholarship program. Under Weiss’ leadership, The Northern Light celebrated its 20th anniversary, instituted special editions for the Great Alaska Shootout and Commencement, and developed a new organizational structure to meet the growing needs of Web-based media. Both organizations have won Alaska Press Club awards for news coverage.

The Northern Light and KRUA are both supported by student media fees. They provide news, information and entertainment to the UAA community as well as opportunities for UAA students to learn media skills in a professional environment. The University of Alaska Anchorage Media Board oversees and selects managers for KRUA-FM 88.1 and The Northern Light, approves media policies and budgets, and serves as an advocate for student media at UAA.

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  177     May 21, 2009 - 1:13pm | akjesster8

UAA Spring 2009 Dean's & Chancellor's lists announced

Congratulations to UAA's undergraduate students who have made the Chancellor's List and Dean's List for the 2009 spring semester.

To be eligible for the Chancellor's List a degree/certificate seeking student must take at least 12 credits and receive letter grades of 4.0 for the semester. Those on the Dean's List must be enrolled in at least 12 UAA credits with a letter grade of at least 3.50 for the semester.

This academic success requires much hard work and determination. Our Chancellor's List and Dean's List students are an inspiration to us all.

Visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/honorslist.cfm to view both lists.

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  176     May 8, 2009 - 8:23am | akjesster8

UAA graduates

THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE AND REQUESTED THAT WE DISTRIBUTE THIS NEWS RELEASE.

The following students were among the more than 2,100 graduates in the University of Alaska Anchorage’s (UAA) Class of 2009. Students earned their degreed during a celebratory ceremony at the George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday, May 3.

Kimberly Taylor DeMoss, Bachelor of Arts, Justice; History Minor
Her parents are Duane and Carol Taylor.

Geneva Paula Hoskins, Associate of Arts, General Studies
Her parents are Madison E. Hoskins, Jr. and Linda D. Madaris.

Justin Matthew Judd, Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy: Communications Minor
His parents are Laurie and David Ellis, and Gary M. Judd.
Honors: Cum Laude

Nikki Rose, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Her parents are Fred and Annette Valdez.

Michael Allen Rose, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
His parents are Douglas and Stephanie Rose.

Helen Totemoff, Bachelor of Human Services
Her mother is Susan Totemoff.

This is not a complete list of UAA graduates. For a list of the Class of 2009, visit the front page of the Anchorage Daily News Web site, www.adn.com.

The University of Alaska Anchorage, founded in 1954, is the largest of the campuses comprising the University of Alaska system. UAA works to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression. A global university attracting a diverse student body from across the country and around the world, UAA has more than 20,000 students and offers associate’s, baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

Learn more about UAA at www.uaa.alaska.edu.

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  174     April 29, 2009 - 2:55pm | akstrobes

ALASKA STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL MATH COMPETITION

A team of four middle school “Mathletes” and their coach will represent Alaska at the MATHCOUNTS National Competition, sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers and Raytheon. The National Competition will be held in Orlando, FL, on May 8th, 2009 and the top four individuals from the recent state MATHCOUNTS Competition, held in Juneau on March 21st at the University of Alaska Southeast, Egan Library, will represent Alaska middle schoolers. The coach is John Bruce of Romig Middle School, Anchorage, and the students are: 1st place – Bennett Omodio of Romig Middle School, Anchorage; 2nd place – Byung Kim of Romig Middle School, Anchorage; 3rd place – Anna Clink of Romig Middle School, Anchorage; & 4th place – Kevin Sigler of Dzantik’I Heeni Middle School, Juneau. There were 6 teams and a total of 34 students competing in the statewide competition.

Each team member or individual has trained since the fall and competed in local and state tournaments to earn their spot on the state team and win an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, FL. In Orlando they will compete both as a team and individually for the chance to win medals, trophies and college scholarships. In order to be successful, they will have to best teams from all 50 states, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Department of Defense and State Department affiliated schools.

The top teams from the 2009 State Competition were: 1st place team – Romig Middle School/Anchorage Chapter, coached by John Bruce, 2nd place team – Dzantik’ I Heeni Middle School/Southeast Chapter, coached by Dawn Momblow; 3rd place team - Homer Middle School/Anchorage Chapter, coached by Sara Reinert; and 4th place team – Tanana Middle School/Fairbanks Chapter, coached by Joanne Gilman.

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide program that combines math coaching and competition, was designed to improve math skills among U. S. students. The program targets middle schools because it is a crucial stage in student interest and ability in mathematics.

In Alaska, MATHCOUNTS is sponsored by the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers and the Alaska Engineering Education Foundation and major sponsors include: The Usibelli Foundation, BP Exploration (Alaska), Electric Power Systems, AMC Engineers, Dowl HKM, Design Alaska, Reid Middleton, Inc., BBFM Engineers, Tetra Tech, Shannon & Wilson, Inc., Conoco Phillips, Kinney Engineer, LLC, Arctic Foundations, Inc., Loundsbury & Associates, & SAME, Anchorage Post.

MATHCOUNTS’ founding sponsors are the CNA Foundation, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. National sponsors also include Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, ConocoPhillips, General Motors Foundation, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments Incorporated and the 3M Foundation.

In addition to the above National and Alaska sponsors, I would like to thank the following Juneau businesses and individuals for helping provide our traveling “Mathletes” and coaches with interesting activities and entertainment: Dolphin Tours (transportation); Bullwinkles, Breeze In and Travelodge (Meals); Lea from the office of Representative Beth Kerttula and Capitol Pages (Mark & Micaela) for arranging the Capitol Building tour; University of Alaska Southeast, Mark Speece, Ph.D. and the Rock Dump Indoor Climbing Gym. And a huge THANK YOU to the many volunteers who helped make the 26th State MATHCOUNTS Competition a success, especially: Leora Houtary, Pat Gorman, Mary Borthwick, Robert Minch, Charles Schulz and Robert Strobe. Thank you all.

Good luck to our “Alaska Mathletes” and coach John Bruce for the upcoming National Competition in Orlando, FL. in May. If you would like to get more information please visit the web site www.mathcounts.org.

Douglas H. Murray, P.E.
2009 MATHCOUNTS State Coordinator

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  173     April 27, 2009 - 9:55pm | ireneanddavid

Thomas O’Brien Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Thomas M. O’Brien, 16, a member of Boy Scout Troop 210, chartered by St. John United Methodist Church in Anchorage, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in the Boy Scouts of America organization. He was honored at a special ceremony on April 14.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Thomas built a wheeled swallow holding pen that is 8 ft wide by 4 ft deep by 7 ft high for the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC) in Anchorage during the fall of 2008. Since it is mobile, it can be moved inside during the winter. It was built over a period of 6 weeks with 300 man-hours of labor.

Thomas began his scouting career in 3rd grade during fall 2000 with Cub Scout Pack 205 at Kasuun Elementary School in Anchorage. He earned the Bear badge, the Webelos badge, and Cub Scouting’s highest award – the Arrow of Light.

Thomas joined Troop 210 in 5th grade in March 2003. He has been very active in the troop and has gone on numerous camping trips in both summer and winter, with an accumulated total thus far of 141 nights of camping. He has earned 32 merit badges and numerous awards, including the Historic Trails Award, the Iditarod National Historic Trail Medal, and the 50-Miler Award. In the summer of 2007, he backpacked 10 day for 83 miles through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, and climbing to the summit of the Tooth of Time at 9,003 ft.

Thomas has worked on many community service projects and has contributed over 375 hours of service. His service projects include Scouting for Food; volunteering at the Jewel Lake Ice Fishing Derby, the Alaska Botanical Gardens Flower Show, and Bean’s Café; and trail clearing for the U.S. Forest Service.

Thomas has served his Troop in the leadership positions of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Librarian, and Troop Guide. He completed the week-long “National Youth Leadership Training” program and served on staff at his Troop’s annual “Junior Leadership Training” program for 3 years. He is an active Brotherhood member of Nanuk Lodge 355 of the Order of the Arrow.

Thomas is currently a Junior at Service High School. After graduation he plans to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage and study electronics.

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  172     April 27, 2009 - 3:53pm | editorsblog

Parker Haymans Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Eagle Scout Parker Haymans recently achieved the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America program as a member of Troop 176 in Anchorage.

Parker’s parents are Branch and Sherry Haymans of Anchorage, and younger brother is Morgan Haymans. His grandparents are Ken and Elise Haymans of Punta Gorda, Florida, and A.C. and Ava Edwards of Conway, Arkansas.

Parker’s Eagle Scout Leadership Project consisted of raising funds for materials and installing safety flooring to complete the 1000 sq. ft. bare concrete locker room floors for the Alyeska Ski and Snowboard Club Race Training Center. ASSC is a non-profit organization that provides athletic programs for all age groups. This project addressed a very important safety concern for the participants using this facility.

As a Boy Scout, Parker earned 28 merit badges, the Spanish Interpreter strip, and the World Conservation Award. He held several leadership positions as Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Instructor, Quartermaster and Troop Grub Master. Along with members of his Troop, he hiked the historical 32-mile Chilkoot Trail in Skagway, Alaska, and the 28-mile Kesugi Ridge Trail at the Denali High Adventure Base Camp.

Parker will graduate from West Anchorage High School in May 2009. He will also be a graduate of the Anchorage school district’s Spanish Immersion Program. He is an accomplished competitive alpine ski racer for Alyeska Ski Club, and a member of West Anchorage High School’s Varsity Tennis Team and Varsity Track and Field Team.

Parker had the honor of serving as a United States Senate Page in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 2007, and he has been selected to be an intern for United States Senator Lisa Murkowski for the summer of 2009.

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  171     April 24, 2009 - 2:31pm | pgross

Alaska Pacific University Spring 2009 Graduates

Associate Degrees
Career and Technical Education
Raymond Clock
Robert Wilson

Bachelor Degrees
Bachelor of Arts
Business Administration
Alicia Bauermeister
Business Administration and Management
Ruben Diaz
Susan Erickson
Ann Laird
Pauleene Romero
Pamela Winders-Swanson
Patch Xiong
Education (K-8)
Renee Kameroff-Cox
Joseph Kottre
Environmental Policy and Planning
Joseph Casey
Environmental Science
Sunny Castillo
Health Services Administration
Latasha Golden
Karen Morgan
Human Services
Edith LaFlex
Tony Murphy
Marie Stewman
Liberal Studies
Armenta “Kay” Alley
Ashley Black
Racquel Duchesneau
Veldee Hall
Organizational Management
Candice Cheshire
Outdoor Studies
Nicholas Allen
Gunnar Cantwell
Nicholas D’Alessio
Carla Miller
Amanda O’Dell
W. Adam Smith
Nathan Van der Most
Catherine Wilder
Psychology
Christa Cartland
Tiffany Dixon
Jessica Kaari
Renee Meszaros
Bachelor of Science
Environmental Science
Timothy Bronschidle
Brian Uher-Koch
Marine Biology
Claire McPhee

Graduate Degrees
Master of Arts
Karen Gilley
Stephanie Wheeler
Master of Business Administration
Maria Benner
Kathleen Bowman
Lincoln Garrick
Erica Jolley
Thomas Mack
Rosita Nadezhdina
Kristin Tolbert
Anders Wennerstrom
Master of Business Administration
Concentration: Health Services Administration
Paul Morris
Executive Master of Business Administration in
Information and Communication Technology
Angela Totemoff
Master of Global Finance
Robert Teachworth
Ryan Theuer
Kevin Turinsky
Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Rachel Alemany
Jeff Arndt
Allison Astrella
Dana Brokofsky
Cheryl Charic
Erin Daniel
Shawn Darnell
Rebecca Fleming
Nicole Gagnon
Jennifer Gessert
Stacey Hannigan
Rebecca Hansen
Erika Logan
Abigail Nauman
Sarah Ownby
Jennifer Pickett
Neilee Price
Martha Vlasoff
Kurtis Walton
Master of Science in Environmental Science
Cody Alf
Kimberly Holmes
Margaret Perdue
Kimberly Sager
Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education
Lana Findlay
Rita Lorenz
Kelly Malahy
Kristen Metzger
Stephanie Moore

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  170     April 24, 2009 - 10:28am | connie_luque

Wayland Baptist University Graduates 80 Students

Wayland Baptist University held its April 2009 graduation ceremony on Friday, April 17, 2009.

A total of 80 students were graduated. Twelve students earned Master Degrees, 63 earned Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education Degrees, and 5 earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

The ceremony was held at 3:00 PM in Wayland’s Parkside Campus Hardage Auditorium.

The commencement address was delivered by Mr. Eduardo Campoamor, Assistant Dean of Wayland Baptist University. The student speaker was master’s graduate, Betty Jo Anderson.

Dr. Eric Ash, Executive Director and Dean of the Anchorage Campus, presented the candidates for degrees and Dr. Elane Seebo, Associate Vice President of External Campuses, conferred the degrees and presented the diplomas.

By category, degrees were presented to the following students:

Master of Arts in Management
Betty Jo Anderson, James Eldon Christensen, Cynthia Greiner Holmes, Franklin Hunsucker, Deborah Elaine Reisner, Stephanie Yvette Spight, Jennifer L. Tack, and Alice Marie Williams

Master of Business Administration
Shannon Alise Boyd, Roberta Rae Bromlow, and Alberto Lee

Master of Education
Laurlyn Saree Timmons

Bachelor of Christian Ministry
James William Phillips

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education
Darci Ahlin-Stieren, Julie E. Anderson, Jacob A. R. Ashton, Drew Don Baker, Matthew Garrett Bedard, Lucas Eugene Bittenbender, Jodi L. Boyles, Andrew Scott Brittain, Joseph Brock, Kendrick Brooks, Eric C. Burks, Stephen Lee Burris, Jessie Joe Castillo Jr., Angela L. Clark, Richard L. Clayton, Mishal Crane, James F. Estes, Robert Richard Frace, Patrick D. Garrett, Hatasha Tanya Gibson, James Calvin Gipson Jr., Jacqueline Renee Godfrey, Tod C. Hemmert, Hampton William Herglotz, Jessica Hernandez, Samuel Billy Hess, Amy M. Heusser, Daniel A. Hill, Brittany J. Huffman, James R. Johnson III, Jennifer Kay Johnston, Dianne D. King, Danielle Marie Kociaba, Candace Faith Lucas, James B. Lucas, Kevin Larone Martin, Diane V. Matchett, Tanya Y. McFadden, Ryan Timothy McNamara, Eric J. Meyer, Michael Wayne Mitchell Sr., Sherry Mitchell, Antonio Bernard Muckelvene, Konrad Richard Murak, James C. Neill, Tangi C. Nettles, Chad A. Peltier, Steven E. Quintana, Thomas A. Randt, Jamie Kenneth Rood, Robert D. Rowland, Kenneth D. Smith, Matthew Lee Smith, Nakia O. Smith, Troy Davis Snipes, Jeffery Dean Spivey, Richard I. Stanley, Ryan J. Staten, Brian A. Studinski, Karren M. Symonds, James Stuart Teige, Dionne Sherine Tennant, Raymond A. Torgersen, Bodey D. Turner, Brant Eugene Walton, Troy Lewis Waters, Guy P. Wells, Jeffrey Scott Wood, and David Scott Whetzel

Associate of Applied Science
Jentry Dee Crain, Justin Wade Dike, Ana Priscilla Hogue, Joel M. Ketchum, and William John Kiehner

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  169     April 24, 2009 - 10:28am | connie_luque

Wayland Baptist University Graduates 80 Students

Wayland Baptist University held its April 2009 graduation ceremony on Friday, April 17, 2009.

A total of 80 students were graduated. Twelve students earned Master Degrees, 63 earned Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education Degrees, and 5 earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

The ceremony was held at 3:00 PM in Wayland’s Parkside Campus Hardage Auditorium.

The commencement address was delivered by Mr. Eduardo Campoamor, Assistant Dean of Wayland Baptist University. The student speaker was master’s graduate, Betty Jo Anderson.

Dr. Eric Ash, Executive Director and Dean of the Anchorage Campus, presented the candidates for degrees and Dr. Elane Seebo, Associate Vice President of External Campuses, conferred the degrees and presented the diplomas.

By category, degrees were presented to the following students:

Master of Arts in Management
Betty Jo Anderson, James Eldon Christensen, Cynthia Greiner Holmes, Franklin Hunsucker, Deborah Elaine Reisner, Stephanie Yvette Spight, Jennifer L. Tack, and Alice Marie Williams

Master of Business Administration
Shannon Alise Boyd, Roberta Rae Bromlow, and Alberto Lee

Master of Education
Laurlyn Saree Timmons

Bachelor of Christian Ministry
James William Phillips

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education
Darci Ahlin-Stieren, Julie E. Anderson, Jacob A. R. Ashton, Drew Don Baker, Matthew Garrett Bedard, Lucas Eugene Bittenbender, Jodi L. Boyles, Andrew Scott Brittain, Joseph Brock, Kendrick Brooks, Eric C. Burks, Stephen Lee Burris, Jessie Joe Castillo Jr., Angela L. Clark, Richard L. Clayton, Mishal Crane, James F. Estes, Robert Richard Frace, Patrick D. Garrett, Hatasha Tanya Gibson, James Calvin Gipson Jr., Jacqueline Renee Godfrey, Tod C. Hemmert, Hampton William Herglotz, Jessica Hernandez, Samuel Billy Hess, Amy M. Heusser, Daniel A. Hill, Brittany J. Huffman, James R. Johnson III, Jennifer Kay Johnston, Dianne D. King, Danielle Marie Kociaba, Candace Faith Lucas, James B. Lucas, Kevin Larone Martin, Diane V. Matchett, Tanya Y. McFadden, Ryan Timothy McNamara, Eric J. Meyer, Michael Wayne Mitchell Sr., Sherry Mitchell, Antonio Bernard Muckelvene, Konrad Richard Murak, James C. Neill, Tangi C. Nettles, Chad A. Peltier, Steven E. Quintana, Thomas A. Randt, Jamie Kenneth Rood, Robert D. Rowland, Kenneth D. Smith, Matthew Lee Smith, Nakia O. Smith, Troy Davis Snipes, Jeffery Dean Spivey, Richard I. Stanley, Ryan J. Staten, Brian A. Studinski, Karren M. Symonds, James Stuart Teige, Dionne Sherine Tennant, Raymond A. Torgersen, Bodey D. Turner, Brant Eugene Walton, Troy Lewis Waters, Guy P. Wells, Jeffrey Scott Wood, and David Scott Whetzel

Associate of Applied Science
Jentry Dee Crain, Justin Wade Dike, Ana Priscilla Hogue, Joel M. Ketchum, and William John Kiehner

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  167     April 8, 2009 - 3:03pm | asclw52

Seawolf speakers make semifinals at national championship

The Seawolf Debate Team joined nearly 130 teams from around the world at the University of Vermont for the 2009 U.S. Universities Debating Championships last weekend in Burlington, VT. The USUDC is held in the international style of debate used by the World Universities Debating Championships—the popularity of the format around the world was evident in Vermont, as representatives from Canada, Britain, the Netherlands, South Africa, India, China and Israel joined American teams from across the nation in the competition for top honors at the tournament.

The Seawolves top team proved that they’re among the best in the world when they advanced to the semifinals of this year’s tournament. After debating preliminary round motions ranging from whether elections in Pakistan should be suspended to whether allegedly stolen cultural artifacts now in private possession should be returned to their country of origin, the team of Colin Haughey (Senior, Philosophy) and Michaela Hernandez (Sophomore, Philosophy) advanced to the elimination rounds of the tournament.

In the “Sweet Sixteen” round, they quickly dispatched teams from Colgate University (NY) and LaVerne University (CA) when they successfully defended a motion to ban the global trade in seal products. That set them up to meet a tough team from Cambridge in the following round. In the Quarterfinal round, Haughey and Hernandez drew the pro side of the motion “This house would suspend stimulus programs in favor of a balanced budget.” With a carefully reasoned argument about the relationship between a balanced budget and perceptions of the U.S.’s creditworthiness, the Alaskans bested the Brits and moved into the semifinal round.

In the semifinals, the Seawolves faced teams from Middle Temple (Britain), Loyola Marymount (CA) and Yale. Though they outlined a solid position in favor of ad hoc tribunals as venues preferable to the International Criminal Court for trying war criminals, the adjudication panel ultimately promoted the Middle Temple and Loyola teams to the final round. The Seawolf team was disappointed, but pleased with what was the best showing for UAA’s debate program since Michael Rose and Tom Lassen won the USUDC tournament in 2004.

For more information, please contact Steve Johnson at (907) 786-4391.

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  166     March 27, 2009 - 2:34pm | akjesster8

UAA Honors College student Deana Glick wins Truman Scholarship

Deana Glick, a junior in the UAA University Honors College majoring in biological sciences, has been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Truman Scholarship. Selections were announced on Thursday by Madeline K. Albright, former Secretary of State and president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Glick is one of only 60 scholars named from 601 candidates nominated by 289 colleges and universities. She was selected “on the basis of exceptional leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of 'making a difference.'” This is the fourth year in a row that a UAA University Honors College student has won a Truman Scholarship. Each scholarship provides up to $30,000 in support for graduate study.

A graduate of Soldotna High School, Glick initially attended Washington State University but quickly returned to Alaska to attend UAA. “When I transferred to UAA, I received better advice, learned about my options, and began to understand how to succeed academically,” Glick said. Upon graduating next May, she plans to continue her education by pursuing Master of Public Health (MPH) and medical degrees. “UAA offers a particularly appealing MPH degree, with a strong emphasis on the challenge of providing health care to rural areas,” said Glick. “I would like to combine my study in public health with medical training in the WWAMI (Alaska’s Medical School) program.” Glick’s goal “is to take the lead in efforts to reform health care in rural Alaska.”

Glick is currently getting hands-on experience in biomedical research with WWAMI program faculty mentor Dr. Cindy Knall. Glick’s research project is titled “The Effects of Benzene and Its Metabolites on Epithelial Lung Cells.” Glick also serves on the University Honors College Student Advisory Board where she is helping to develop a peer-mentoring program. Among Glick’s community-based projects is a nonprofit organization she founded in Soldotna called ABC Help (A Backpack Can Help). With the support of the local Rotary Club, Glick supplied new backpacks, filled with age-appropriate supplies for grades K-6, to students in five elementary schools and two homeless programs in her home community.

“I find it inspiring that Deana not only performs at a very high level in her academic work but that she fully engages in bettering her community through service,” said Honors College Dean Ronald Spatz. “These are the hallmarks of leadership – the solid core values that many of our UAA students share.”
Glick joins the ranks of the following former winners of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship:
• Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security Secretary and former Governor of Arizona
• Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
• George Stephanopoulos, Broadcaster and Political Advisor
• Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Legal Analyst for CNN and Staff Writer at The New Yorker
• Neil Gorsuch, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
• Noam Scheiber, Senior Editor of The New Republic
• Luis Ubiñas, President of the Ford Foundation

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Deana Glick, please contact Jessica Hamlin at (907) 786-1288 or anjmh6@uaa.alaska.edu.

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  164     March 10, 2009 - 1:27pm | asclw52

2009 Cabin Fever Debates champions named

The 2009 Cabin Fever Debates drew to a close last Thursday when four teams of UAA students battled for a $2,000 top prize and the chance to accompany the Seawolf Debate Team to the U.S. Universities Debating Championships. The Cabin Fever Debates, co-sponsored by Club Council and USUAA, is hosted by the Seawolf Debate Team as an intramural debating tournament for UAA students not on the competitive team.

The motion for the championship round was that “the U.S. should prosecute the Bush Administration for war crimes.” In the end, Kelcie Ralph (Senior, Economics) and Faith Capras (Sophomore, Biology) convinced the panel of former CFD Champions and distinguished alumni of the Seawolf Debate Team that the interests of the nation could be served only with a criminal trial.

The Seawolf Debate Team and the CFD Champions will attend the U.S. Universities Debating Championships April 3-5 at the University of Vermont. This tournament will feature competition from over 100 debate teams from around the nation.

Later this month, the Seawolf Debate Team will host the Irish National Champion debate team in an exhibition round against some of UAA’s top debaters. The Irish will debate the Alaskans on Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in SSB 118. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Steve Johnson at 786-4391.

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  162     February 23, 2009 - 2:39pm | SaraUrvina

METLAKATLA TEEN NAMED ALASKA YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Juneau, Ak, February 18, 2009 Megan Gunyah, a nine year member of the Metlakatla Boys & Girls Club, has been named the Youth of the Year for the state of Alaska by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). In addition to winning this prestigious title, Gunyah will also receive one year’s tuition from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a $1000 scholarship from the Boys and Girls Club of Southcentral Alaska, and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader’s Digest Foundation. She is among hundreds of Youth of the Year winners across the country recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community.
Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. The title recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. This program was founded over 60 years ago through the generosity of the Reader’s Digest Foundation.
“The Reader’s Digest Foundation has been the proud sponsor of the Youth of the Year program since 1947,” said Susan Fraysse Russ, executive director, Reader’s Digest Foundation. “For over 60 years, we have had the great honor of saluting amazing teens, like Megan Gunyah, for their dedication to their families, Club, community, and their academic and career goals.”
Gunyah has displayed leadership & service in her clubhouse by volunteering with many programs & activities. Gunyah regularly assists younger club members during Power Hour, a homework help & education program; works as Jr Staff during the summer; and she helps staff with SMART Girls, a health & life skills program for girls.
Gunyah is an invaluable member of her community. She is an outstanding role model for her peers and her service is not limited to the Clubhouse. Gunyah volunteers for a variety of community events, such as dances and potlatches.
Gunyah’s academic success shows her dedication to education. She is a motivated student at Metlakatla High School. Gunyah takes pride in her school and participates in volleyball, basketball, and cross-country running. She is also very involved in student government and Academic Decathlon. Gunyah manages to excel in her extra-curricular activities and maintain a 4.0 GPA at the same time.
Being a student athlete herself, Gunyah has expressed serious interest in a career as a physical therapist. Her history and compassion make her especially suited for this life goal. Gunyah plans to obtain her Associates and Bachelor Degrees at the University of Alaska Anchorage, then move on to the University of Washington for further specialization.
Megan and all Youth of the Year nominees are living proof that Boys & Girls Clubs across the country are fulfilling their mission of inspiring and enabling young people,” said Roxanne Spillett, president, BGCA. “We are most appreciative to the Reader’s Digest Foundation for their long-time support of our Youth of the Year program and for helping Club members attain their goals.”
This summer, Gunyah will compete against other youth from states located in BGCA’s Pacific Region. If named regional winner, she will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and advance to the national competition in Washington. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 college scholarship and will be installed by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the Oval Office.
As the founding sponsor of the Youth of the Year program, the Reader’s Digest Foundation has given nearly $8 million towards BGCA and 62 teens have been selected as the National Youth of the Year. For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit www.bgca.org/yoy.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Southcentral Alaska
The Metlakatla Boys & Girls Club has been serving youth in their community since 1999. This clubhouse is part of a charter that spans 45 communities across the state of Alaska. The Boys & Girls Clubs offer youth in the community a safe place to play, learn, and develop friendships. Club staff are dedicated to serving young people and families, and making their communities stronger and safer. For more information about a club near you, go to www.bgcalaska.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been changing and saving young lives, providing hope and opportunity for kids who need them most. Today, some 4,300 Clubs serve some 4.8 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Known as The Positive Place for Kids, Boys & Girls Clubs can be found all across the country and on U.S. military bases throughout the world. Clubs provide young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. In communities large and small, Clubs positively impact lives and help young people reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens. Key Boys & Girls Club programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a recent Harris Survey of Club alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their life. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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  161     February 23, 2009 - 1:26pm | fousttc

2009 ALASKA STATE JROTC DRILL COMPETITION

Service High School hosted the annual Alaska State JROTC Drill Competition on Saturday, 21 February 2009. After attempting to request that the Sports department give these results, I have been instructed to use this forum. The Exhibition Armed Drill Team is a Varsity Sport within ASD guidelines. The drill season practices start mid-September and end at the State Drill Meet. One of, if not the longest practice season for any sport. The results are as follows:

Color Guard Drill
1st Place – Service H. S.
2nd Place - Colony H.S.
3rd Place - West H.S.

Regulation without Arms Drill
1st Place – Service H. S.
2nd Place - Colony H.S.
3rd Place - Chugiak H.S.

Regulation with Arms Drill
1st Place – Service H. S.
2nd Place - Dimond H.S.
3rd Place - Chugiak H.S.

First Year Drill Team
1st Place – Service H. S.
2nd Place - Dimond H.S.
3rd Place - Colony H.S.

Exhibition Unarmed
1st Place – Colony H.S.
2nd Place – Eielson H.S.

Exhibition Armed Drill
1st Place – Service H.S.
2nd Place – Eielson H.S.
3rd Place – Colony H.S.

Academic Award Large School – Chugiak H.S. – 3.287 GPA
Academic Award Small School – West H.S. 3.5 GPA

More than 300 Cadets partipated at the drill meet with another 300 or more in the stands supporting. All of the Cadets within the Alaska JROTC programs should be recognized for their outstanding efforts given this drill season.

"Semper Fi."
GySgt Tom Foust, USMC (Ret.)
Naval Science Instructor
Service High School

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  160     February 17, 2009 - 11:56am | akjesster8

UAA Construction Management Club takes 2nd at ASC Competition

Last week the UAA Construction Management Club/Association of General Contractors of America Student Chapter traveled to Reno, Nevada to compete at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition. The UAA team competed in the Commercial Construction category for Region 6 (Rocky Mountain Region) and secured 2nd place among 13 teams, finishing just behind Colorado State University.

UAA competed against several construction management powerhouses, including Colorado State, Arizona State, Brigham Young, BYU Idaho, Montana State, Weber State, Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, Boise State, Utah Valley, Western Nevada and New Mexico State. To put this major accomplishment in perspective, this is only UAA's second time competing in this annual event. Also, the winning team, Colorado State University, has a storied construction management program that is one of the largest in the country. They have been competing in the ASC Student Competition for many years and have won the Commercial Construction category several times.

“Congratulations to everyone on the team for their outstanding work,” said Jeffrey Callahan, Chair of UAA’s Construction and Design Technology program. “Thank you to the many sponsors of the team who pulled together to fund their travel and expenses. And thanks to the excellent faculty in the Construction and Design Technology Division of the Community and Technical College who helped prepare these students for success.”

Team members:
Patrick Duggan
Dan Beck
Rayn Aaberg
Josh Hood
Jonathan Hornak, Captain
Nate Seymour
Ryan Audette (alt.)
Sam Wolfe (alt.)
Anthony Podolinsky (alt.)

Faculty coaches: Peter Dedych and Donn Ketner

The team members will be special guests at the next UAA Construction Management Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the University Center.

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  159     February 15, 2009 - 6:34pm | zipcode68

Student Achiever.

Local Student JIN CHONG receives National Honor-

Dimond High School student recognized for superior academic achievement by the National Society of High School Scholars.

ATLANTA, GA- February 7, 2009- The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) today announced that Dimond High School student, Jin Chong from Anchorage, AK, has been selected for membership. The Society recognizes top scholars and invites only those students who have achieved superior academic excellence. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

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  156     January 20, 2009 - 4:29pm | pgross

Alaska Pacific University - Fall 2008 Honors List

Graduate Students
Constance Aschenbrenner
Emily Coppa
Julie Drulis
Nicholas Gillespie
Yvette Gillies
Rebekah Haussner
Kristopher Hinrichsen
Meghan Hughes
Fiona Johnson
Diana Johnson
Pamela Jones
Peter Krivda
Kuncham Kumar
Daniel Lawrence
Carla Leavitt
Andrea Nevill
Catherine Newton
Sara Ann Pock
Theresa Rutchka
Louis Sass
Katherine Shafer
Staci Somerville
Suzanne Spiller
Jennifer Weinfurter

Undergraduate Students
Jan Marie Acosta
Claire Agni
Iqbal Ahmed
Armenta Alley
Jennifer Baker
Maria Bauermeister
Barbara Baumgartner
Maorgan Bender
Corrie Bennett
Ashley Black
Phillip Blanchett
Tabetha Boruck
Louisa Branchflower
Crystal Breithaupt
Timothy Bronschidle
Thomas Brown
McKenzie Carlson
Ashley Carroll
Adam Chastan
Christina Clarke
Raymond Clock
Jasmine Daniels
Kelly Derbaum
Ian Dernbach
Violet Dittrich
Dustin Duin
Ky Eiben
Kristine Ferriss
Brandon Forsythe
Samuel Fiedman
Kathleen Friel
Derek Frohbieter
Rebecca Frowine
Christine Gann
Geoffrey Glennon
Daniel Goff
Arika Gonzales
Veldee Hall
Jule Harle-Heim
Sara Hassell
Seina Johndro
Karen Johnson
Kessica Kaari
Erika Klaar
Jeri Kopet
Joseph Kottre
Alexandra Landis
Rachel Lee
Patrick Levy
LaRee Lindsey
Effimia Litvin
Mamotse Makgetla
Rachel Mannato
Christopher Martinez
Pamela Martinez
Lauren McEvoy
Caleigh McManaman
Jamnah Morton
Ryan Oba
Andrew Nazarian
Jessica Olson
Bamirse Papraniku
Fannie Phillip
Erin Phillips
Craig Porter
Cameron Provost
Denise Rosales
Anna Roys
Sydney Devine Rausch
Terra-Nova Sadowski
Cameron Sanders
Anna Sappah
Ivy Schultz
Thomas Schultz
Cynthia Shake
Janae Shaw
Courtney Smith
Jian Smith
Averil St. Clair-Celestain
Melanee Stinnett
Erin Thomson
Jessica Tran
Brian Uher-Koch
Julene Webber
James Whitlock
Vanessa Willcox-Healey
Wesley Williams
Robert Wilson
Tracy Wilson

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  154     January 9, 2009 - 12:12pm | alaskanmom2

Nicole Bravo selected to attend Presidential Inauguration!

Middle school student, Miss Nicole Bravo has been selected to attend the Presidential Inauguration and the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C., January 17-21, 2009. Following the inauguration, Nicole will experience the inaugural parade and is invited to attend a Gala Inaugural Ball. Nicole Bravo was nominated for JrNYLC and then attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C., November 2007.

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  152     December 20, 2008 - 8:56am | bwoodin

Student Achievement

Calvin Anderson, an 11 year-old 5th grader at Finger Lake Elementary School in Wasilla, was recently admitted into Mensa, the High IQ Society. The only criteria for joining this elite group is to score in the top 2% on a standardized IQ test. His mother is also a member and they hope to find interesting Mensa activities to attend together in the future.

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  151     December 9, 2008 - 11:35am | akjesster8

Seawolf speakers close semester with dominating performances

Members of the Seawolf Debate Team closed out their fall semester competition with a pair of tournaments that showcased the strength of their young and diverse squad.

On November 21-23, the Seawolves traveled to Queens University in Kingston, Ontario for the Canadian Universities Society for Intercollegiate Debating British Parliamentary championship tournament. Over the weekend, 64 teams from Canada and the United States engaged one another in debates on such topics as whether western liberal democracies should adopt constitutional amendments granting a minimum standard of living for all, whether insider trading should be legalized and whether governments should allow dying languages to die. Representing the University of Alaska Anchorage were the teams of Ben Ferguson (Senior, Philosophy) & Severin Randall (Senior, Philosophy) and James Stinson (Senior, History) & Michaela Hernandez (Sophomore, Philosophy). Stinson & Hernandez were the highest ranked American team in the competition, while Randall was recognized as the top American speaker.

The Seawolf Debate Team then traveled its entire squad to Portland, Oregon, on December 5-7 to compete in the Portland State University Intervarsity tournament. The team joined a diverse field of 36 teams from the across the country, including teams from Vermont, New York, Colorado and California.

Over the weekend, the debaters engaged one another on such controversial topics as whether developed nations should be obligated to take in environmental refugees, whether NATO should expand to the Russian frontier and whether indigenous peoples should have a seat in the United Nations. At the end of six preliminary rounds, six of UAA's eight teams finished in the top half of the competition. Of the eight teams selected for the semifinal round, four were UAA teams; UAA was the only university in the competition that advanced multiple teams to the semifinal round.

Representing UAA in the semifinal debates were the teams of Stinson & Hernandez, Ferguson & Randall, Colin Haughey (Senior, Philosophy) & Sarah Carpenter (Freshman, International Studies), and Jennifer Lucas (Graduate student, English) & Vasilios "Akis" Gialopsos (Junior, International Studies). Stinson & Hernandez ultimately represented UAA in the final round, where they captured second place. In addition to team awards, UAA also earned six of the top 10 speaking awards: Stinson (1st), Hernandez (3rd), Randall (4th), Ferguson (5th), Gialopsos (8th) and Haughey (10th).

Next up, the Seawolves will travel three teams to the World Universities Debating Championships. Making the trip to Cork, Ireland, the teams of Stinson & Hernandez, Ferguson & Randall and Haughey & Carpenter will compete against over 300 other teams at the University College Cork.

For more information, please contact Steve Johnson (786-4391) or Shawn Briscoe (786-4354). You may also visit the Seawolf Debate Team’s recently updated Web site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/seawolfdebate/.

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  150     December 9, 2008 - 10:03am | pgross

Alaska Pacific University Winter Graduation

The follwing is a list of graduates from Alaska Pacific University on Saturday, December13th:

Campus Undergraduate Programs
Associate of Arts
Career and Technical Education
*Micheley Lynn Hoeft

Bachelor of Arts
Education (K-8)
McKenzie Lee Carlson
Teaching Site: Williwaw Elementary
*Rosita Monique Olmstead
Teaching Site: Nunaka Valley Elementary
Fannie Sheila Phillip
Teaching Site: Dick R. Kiunya School, Kongiganak
*Denise Lynn Rosales
Teaching Site: Government Hill Elementary
Jessica Raquel Tran
Teaching Site: Muldoon Elementary

Environmental Policy and Planning
Minor: Psychology
Tabetha Boruck
Senior Project Title: What It Means To Be Green: A Project with Girl Scouts

Environmental Science
Callie Robin Gates
Senior Project Title: Effectiveness of Treatments on an Invasive Plant, Fall Dandelion in South Central Alaska

Liberal Studies
Cynthia L. Shake
Senior Project Title: Exploration of Artist Self-Study Research in Art History Criticism and Artist’s Self Portraits in Society

Outdoor Studies
Karissa Ann Hauck
Senior Project Title: Making Media for the Conservation Society: How Media Plays a Part in Outdoor Community

*RANA Distance Education Program

Bachelor of Science
Environmental Science
Brandon R. Forsythe
Senior Project Title: Coho Escapement in Chester Creek
Thomas Carl Schultz
Senior Project Title: Environmental Determinants of Maximum Tree Height, World Wide
James D. Whitlock
Senior Project Title: Grant Hall Energy Analysis

Marine Biology
Minor: Environmental Science
Sadie Rose Youngstrom
Senior Project Title:Effects of Motorized Vessels and Sea Kayaks on Sea Ducks in Prince William Sound, Alaska

DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM
Bachelor of Arts
Accounting Information for Management
Jared L. Henderson
Senior Project Title: A Revitalizing Effort
Barbara JoAnn Johnson
Senior Project Title: Role of Credit Rating Agencies in the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

Business Administration and Management
Susan Elizabeth Jensen
Senior Project Title: How The Issue of Positive Touch Is Addressed by Administrators and Caregivers in Child Care Facilities in Anchorage, Alaska

Human Services
*Joey Bays
Senior Project Title: The Creativity Canvas
Deborah Chulick
Senior Project Title: Capturing the Stories Behind the Art
Belisha Jefferies
Senior Project Title: Getting Help for Mother, Where do Families Turn?

Organizational Management
*Marlene V. Black
Senior Project Title: Administrative Support Supervisors Professional Development
Harry I. Soto Colon
Senior Project Title: Human, Automated, and Hybrid Visual Inspection Systems
*Shelia Abrom Mickens
Senior Project Title: Assessment of SCF Head Start-From a Parents Perspective
Donna Roxanne Weeks
Senior Project Title: The Universal Service Fund: A Qualitative Research Study to Examine Expansion of the Low Income Program to Include Broadband Internet Access

GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Master of Arts
Nancy Lee-Evans
Thesis Title: Deep Relations: Psychology and Traditional Knowledge in the Anam Cara Program
Emily Elizabeth Slaughter
Thesis Title: Heroes, Innocents, and Fools: A Study of the Embryological Character Relationships in King John and King Lear

Master of Business Administration
Stacy Lynn Schubert

Master of Business Administration
Concentration: Health Services Administration
Julie Ann Pritchard

Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications Management
Rebecca S.Markley

Master of Business Administration in Information and Communications Technology
Alexei Kuprienko

Master of Business Administration
Concentration: Global Finance
Matthew Stelmas

Master of Science in Environmental Science
William George Johnson
Thesis Title: Technical Feasibility Study for the Composting of Wood and Fish Waste in Ketchikan
David Francis George Wolfe
Thesis Title: Glacier Dammed Ice Marginal Lakes of Alaska: Changes Since 1971

Education Graduate Certification Only Option Program (CO-OP) Completers
Michelle Carton - Emily Coppa - Julie Drulis
Nick Gillespie - Carla Leavitt - Andrea Nevill
Sara Pock - Suzanne Spiller - Jennifer Weinfurter

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  149     October 15, 2008 - 3:50pm | connie_luque

Wayland Baptist University Graduates 90 Students

Wayland Baptist University held its October 2008 graduation ceremony on Friday, October 10.

A total of 90 students were graduated. Nine students earned Master Degrees, 72 earned Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education Degrees, and 9 earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees.

The ceremony was held at 3:00 PM in Wayland’s Parkside Campus auditorium.

The commencement address was delivered by Mr. Mark Murdock, Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees Member. He spoke about integrity being a lost commodity in our present society. He stressed the importance of integrity in the lives of people, and challenged all graduates to live lives of integrity in their careers and in their families.

Dr. Eric Ash, Anchorage Campus Dean, presented the candidates for degrees and Dr. Elane Seebo, Associate Vice President of External Campuses, conferred the degrees and presented the diplomas.

By category, degrees were presented to the following students:

- Master of Christian Ministry -

Michael Charles Jordan - Christian Ministry

- Master of Arts in Management -

Deborah Elaine Arens - Human Resource Management
Scott Jay Butcher - Organizational Management
Dean R. MacLean - Organizational Management
Richard Michael Worthington - Human Resource Management

- Master of Education -

Timothy Blaine Davis - Secondary Education
Pamela J. Pawloski - Secondary Education
Kristina Ruth Davis Roehrig - Secondary Education
Paula R. Smith - Secondary Education

- Bachelor of Christian Ministry -

Heather Nicole Foxworthy - Christian Ministry

- Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education -

Gerard Asselin - Human Services
Jade Anthony Baker - Occupational Education
Shaelynn Heather Ballard - Human Services
Juanita Conway Barnard - Human Services
Elizabeth Barrientoz - Management
Laura Elaine Binkowski - Human Services
Robert Blanton - Human Services
Leah A. Bottoms - Management
Rodney P. Bottoms - Business Administration
Heather C. S. S. Bowman - Justice Administration
John H. Brindley - Management
William Wade Carroll - Business Administration
James T. Cato - Business Administration
Pamela Renee Chut - Business Administration
Tina M. Cloyd - Human Services
Pamela J. Collier - Business Administration
Tracey Ann Condo - Business Administration
Cassie Renee Cooper - Human Services
Johnathan J. Damon - Management
Herschel J. Deaton - Management
Christine Blanca Diaz - Occupational Education
Joshua C. Drake - Business Administration
Ryan Joseph Dufresne - Justice Administration
James Michael Dye - Business Administration
Brian K. Echtinaw - Business Administration
Glenda Sue Eversole - Human Services
Michael Arthur Frank - Management
Andrea M. Gray - Human Services
Joan Elaine Green - Business Administration
James Daniel Harris - Justice Administration
Kathy Lynn Huerta - Business Administration
Rhonda Rachel Huff - Business Administration
Jovon D. James - Business Administration
Jacob A. Jordan - Business Administration
John A. Kutzner II - Management
Ruben O. Lacap Jr. - Business Administration
Eugene A. Larmi - Occupational Education
Phillip Robert Larson - Occupational Education
LaWana Elaine Latin - Business Administration
Marlene Ann LaValley - Business Administration
David Patrick Luera - Business Administration
Christopher Marchant - Occupational Education
David R. Matthews - Business Administration
Joseph S. McGough - Occupational Education
Jeremy Daniel McMullen - Occupational Education
Ginger Moser - Business Administration
Deborah Murray - Business Administration
Mandy Marie Newman - Business Administration
Josh Nolder - Human Services
Tracy R. Oman - Business Administration
Timothy M. Ouzts - Occupational Education
Stacey Eugene Pickett - Management
Kristi Pine - Business Administration & Religion (double major)
Tom Pine Jr. - Religion
Ronald Alan Ratzlaff - Business Administration
Wade S. Rising - Management
Heather Marie Risinger - Justice Administration
LaVerne R. Robinson - Human Services
Blanche Rodriguez - Human Services
Jamie Kenneth Rood - Management
Glenn Rouse - Human Services
Antoinette R. Rustad - Human Services
David J. Schlafer Jr. - Human Services
Latreva S. Schoultz - Management
Brian K. Scott - Business Administration
April Ann Tate - Business Administration
Mark C. Wassberg - Occupational Education
Theresa Whitehurst - Occupational Education
Rachel A. Winters - Occupational Education
Annie D. Womack - Occupational Education
Jeffrey S. Wood - Occupational Education

- Associate of Applied Science -

Jean L. Dupuis Jr. - Occupational Education
William D. Geiger II - Occupational Education
Patrick E. Martin - Occupational Education
Rodolfo Martinez - Business Administration
Ricardo Pierre McIntosh - Business Administration
Cynthia L. Michlig - Occupational Education
Aaron Michael Sutton - Occupational Education
Michael L. Thrasher - Occupational Education
Ryan Brody Veith - Occupational Education

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  148     August 29, 2008 - 10:09pm | mcaren

Local Student Named to Dean's List at Northwestern University

Evanston, Ill.- Brenna Clairr O’Tierney of Anchorage, a student in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring quarter of the 2007-2008 academic year. Students on the Dean’s List have attained a grade point of at least 3.70/4.0.

Northwestern is a private research and teaching university with an enrollment of 7,500 full-time undergraduate and 7,000 full-time graduate and professional students on campuses in Evanston and Chicago.

O’Tierney graduated summa cum laude from South Anchorage High School in 2007. O’Tierney will return to Northwestern University in the fall as a sophomore after a summer internship at KTUU Channel 2.

The Alaska Broadcasters Association, spring 2008, awarded Brenna Clairr O’Tierney a $2000 scholarship towards her journalism studies and a $1000 stipend for her internship in broadcast journalism.

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  147     August 2, 2008 - 5:28pm | lorimcc

ANCHORAGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS STUDENT NAMED NATIONAL FINALIST

ANCHORAGE, AK - JULY 14, 2008 – Chad McCaffrey, a senior this year at Anchorage Christian Schools, was named as a Samsung American Legion Scholarship National Finalist based on academic, school and community involvement. McCaffrey was recently selected by staff of the 2008 Alaska Boys State Program. He will receive $1,000 and join 99 other National Finalists from around the U.S. competing for one of ten scholarships each worth an expected $20,000.

The Samsung American Legion Scholarship funds come from the earnings of a $5 Million endowment given by Samsung in recognition of the sacrifice and commitment to U.S. servicemen and women who served during the Korean War, joined with the American Legion to offer an educational opportunity to the descendants of war-time veterans who have served honorably. McCaffrey is the grandson of Robert McCaffrey, U.S. Army, and the late David Sutfin, U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, both whom served during WW II, and great-nephew of the late Earl Cain, U.S. Air Force, served during the Korean War, WW II and Vietnam War.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung North America, Dong-Jin Oh, says Samsung wants to recognize the “sacrifices and commitment of U.S. servicemen and women. We believe this is the best way to show our appreciation to the United States and to U.S. war veterans.” Members of the Alaska Boys State program selection committee said the selection process was difficult. Applicants were some of the best qualified students in the state.

For additional information please contact Bill Jacobi, Alaska Boys State Director, 907.723.8028

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  146     July 28, 2008 - 8:52am | pgross

Alaska Pacific University Spring Graduation

Alaska Pacific University
Spring Graduation
Saturday, August 2, 2008 10:30am – 12:30pm

Graduates

Association of Arts-Career and Technical Education
Robert Dunno, Jr.
Delores Korda

Bachelor of Arts

Business Administration and Management
Kelli Archer, Tiana Mikes, Eva Sheldon-Mandregan
Environmental Science
Kevin Hankton
Human Services
Tanya French
Liberal Studies
Jennifer Mason, Stacy Frisbie
Organizational Management
Joey Fowkes, Tori Kadera, Donna Romerdahl
Outdoor Studies
Peter Gresham, Charles Tyler Fitzgerald
Psychology
Rebekah Cushing, Angela Pointer, Sarah Baker

Master of Arts
Blanca Noriega-Alvarez
Master of Business Administration
Rebecca Berg, Chuck Kelley, Laura Kelley, Nathan Price, Joanne Spring
Master of Science in Environmental Science
Allana DeRuwe, Erika McDonald
Master of Science in Outdoor and Environmental Education
Robert Bashleben

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  145     July 22, 2008 - 8:25am | csarex

ANCHORAGE SIXTH GRADE STUDENT GOES TO WASHINGTON, D.C.

ANCHORAGE SIXTH GRADE STUDENT TO WALK IN THE FOOT STEPS OF U.S. LEADERS!!!

This summer over 250 elementary and middle school students from across the United States will take part in the extraordinary Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C. This conference introduces young people to the rich tradition of leadership throughout American history, while helping them develop their own leadership skills. The JrNYLC nominates exceptional students from around the country to attend an experiential educational program.

Raphael D. Borromeo a sixth grade student of Tudor Elementary was nominated and accepted as an honored scholar in the JrNYLC. He will be representing the school, the community and the State of Alaska in this prestigious conference. Raphael is an honor student at Tudor Elementary and has been recently awarded the President’s Award for Educational Excellence for outstanding academic excellence during his elementary commencement exercises. Together with fellow young leaders from across the United States, Raphael will have the exciting opportunity to study and develop leadership skills.

During the six-day program, scholars take part in educational activities and presentations; they may meet with elected officials and key Congressional staff members on Capitol Hill. Scholars also visit relevant sites, such as Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and Washington, D. C.’s monuments and memorials. In addition to examining notable U.S. leaders and historic figures, scholars study the impact of leadership throughout critical periods of American history including the Civil War and Reconstruction, World War II, the Great Depression and the Civil Rights Movement. Upon Completion of the JrNYLC, scholars gain a greater sense of understanding of the role of individuals in American democracy, as well as responsibilities of being a leader.

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  144     July 9, 2008 - 2:52pm | akjesster8

UAA announces Dean's and Chancellor's lists for Spring 2008

The University of Alaska Anchorage announces its Dean's and Chancellor's lists for the Spring 2008 semester. Both lists can be viewed online at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/records/honorslist.cfm

To be eligible for Dean's List, a student must be an admitted undergraduate degree/certificate-seeking student enrolled in at least 12 UAA credits graded with academic letter grades and must have earned a GPA of at least 3.50 for the semester. Regardless of the number of credits a student is enrolled in, temporary grades of I (incomplete) or DF (deferred) will prevent a student from being eligible for the Dean's List until course work has been completed and the I or DF is replaced by a final grade.

To be eligible for Chancellor's List, a student must be an admitted undergraduate degree/certificate-seeking student enrolled in at least 12 UAA credits graded with academic letter grades and must have earned a GPA of at least 4.00 for the semester. Regardless of the number of credits a student is enrolled in, temporary grades of I (incomplete) or DF (deferred) will prevent a student from being eligible for the Chancellor's List until course work has been completed and the I or DF is replaced by a final grade.

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  143     July 2, 2008 - 3:48pm | twoody

Brent Woodhouse attends Research Science Institute at MIT

PRESTIGIOUS RESEARCH SCIENCE INSTITUTE IN ITS 25TH YEAR

First Time Engineering Component Will Appear at RSI

McLean, VA –The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) announces that 50 top achieving U.S. scholars (listed below) and 30 top achieving scholars from 13 nations abroad have been chosen to attend the highly selective 25th annual Research Science Institute (RSI).

June 22 will mark the beginning of the six-week intensive program held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The high school scholars will participate in college-level classes under the mentorship of leading scientists and researchers. The students will conduct original, cutting edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals, and corporate research facilities at no cost to them. Students make oral and written presentations based on their research in the last week of the program.

The students, dubbed “Rickoids” after the late Admiral H.G. Rickover, father of the nuclear Navy and co-founder of the Center, are competitively selected to attend and are chosen solely on the basis of academic merit. Selection is based on standardized test scores, high school grades, essay submissions, teacher recommendations, and the potential to become future
U.S. leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

2008 is an exciting year for the prestigious Research Science Institute. Not only is the program successfully in its 25th year, but it will be the first time that an engineering component will be included in the curricula. Dr. Daniel Lee, RSI Alumnus and Associate Professor at The University of Pennsylvania, will lead the highly anticipated 4 days of engineering classes during the first week of RSI. “After 25 years, the Research Science Institute continues to propel this nation’s finest academic achievers to STEM careers,” said Joann P. DiGennaro. “The Center’s record of programming excellence for this group of students makes us very proud.”

CEE’s mission is to nurture young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to encourage collaboration among leaders in the global community. RSI alumni include winners of the Intel Science Talent Search, the Siemens Competition, and recipients of Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships, the Fields Medal and the MacArthur “Genius” Grant award.

The 50 U.S. students who will participate at RSI are:

Alabama
William Whitney, Birmingham
Mountain Brook High School

Alaska
Brent Woodhouse, Eagle River
Anchorage Christian Schools

California
Nitish Lakhanpal, Irvine
University High School
Patricia Li, San Jose
Lynbrook High School
Mariana Mao, Fremont
Mission San Jose High School
Vikram Nathan, San Jose
The Harker School
Nilesh Tripuraneni, Fresno
Clovis West High School

Connecticut
Divya Bajekal, Simsbury
Simsbury High School

Florida
Maxim Rabinovich, St. Petersburg
Shorecrest Preparatory School
Rohini Shivamoggi, Oviedo
Seminole High School

Georgia
Diana Cai, Bogart
North Oconee High School
Miles Edwards, Roswell
Lassiter High School

Illinois
Sarah Shareef, Peoria
Illinois Math and Science Academy

Iowa
Sandy Huang, Ames
Ames High School

Kansas
Varoon Bashyakarla, Wichita
Wichita Collegiate School

Kentucky
Dalton Hubble, Rineyville
Gatton Academy of Math and Science

Maryland
Seth Gordon, Bethesda
Walt Whitman High School

Massachusetts
Noah Arbesfeld, Lexington
Lexington High School
Peter Zhang, West Roxbury
The Roxbury Latin School

Minnesota
Michael Cherkassky, Edina
Edina Senior High School

Missouri
Mike Jin, St. Louis
John Borroughs School

Nebraska
Anne Wang, Omaha
Millard North High School

New Hampshire
Axel Hansen, Hanover
Hanover High School
Paul Lee, Exeter
Phillips Exeter Academy
Jeanette Wat, Exeter
Phillips Exeter Academy

New Jersey
Eliyahu Putterman, Bergenfield
Yeshiva University High School for Boys

New Mexico
Kristin Cordwell, Albuquerque
Manzano High School

New York
Benjamin Mirabelli, New York
Packer Collegiate Institute
Adam Sealfon, Brooklyn
Stuyvesant High School
Sujay Tyle, Pittsford
Pittsford Mendon High School

North Carolina
Daniel Vitek, Raleigh
William G Enloe High School

Ohio
Alec Lai, Solon
Hawken Upper School

Oklahoma
Amy Tai, Tulsa
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

Oregon
Eric Larson, Eugene
South Eugene High School

Pennsylvania
Janet Song, Audubon
Methacton High School

Rhode Island
Mary Davies, Providence
Classical High School

South Carolina
David (Harry) Richman, Columbia
Spring Valley High School

Texas
Jean Shiao, Plano
Plano Senior High School

Utah
Zane Li, Provo
Timpview High School

Vermont
Joseph Dexter, Chester
Green Mountain Union High School

Virginia
David Levonian, Fairfax
Robinson Secondary School
Christopher Olund, Springfield
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Lily Hsiang, Oak Hill
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Washington
Inar Zhang, Mercer Island
Mercer Island High School

West Virginia
Bronwyn Cockburn, Morgantown
Morgantown High School

Wisconsin
Philip Streich, Platteville
Home-school

Department of Defense Schools
DoD Korea
Michael Newman
Osan American High School
DoD Germany
Christine Ashton
Weisbaden American HS
DoD Turkey
Christopher Wilson
George C. Marshall High School
US Citizens Abroad
United Kingdom
Andrew Hyer, London
Westminster School
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The Center for Excellence in Education was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, president of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture young scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and math, and to encourage collaboration among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI) and the USA Biology Olympiad (USABO). For more information about the Center and its programs, visit CEE’s Web site, www.cee.org.

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  142     June 26, 2008 - 9:38am | twardhaugh

CREDIT UNION 1 AWARDS $10,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

Anchorage, AK – June 25, 2008 – CU1 understands the importance of education and for 23 consecutive years has awarded funds through the Bill Countryman Scholarship Program. This year seven deserving winners were selected from communities around Alaska served by CU1.

Hillary Singer will receive $1,000. She is attending the University of Edinburgh and hopes to be a research scientist or physics teacher.

Douglas Lucas of Bethel will receive $2,000. He plans on majoring in robotic and mechanical engineering at Worchester Polytechnic Institute.

Theresa Cho will receive $2,000. She is studying biological sciences and pre-med at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with a goal of becoming a MD.

Nicole Goodman of Eagle River will receive $1,000. She plans to study nursing, finance or art at Brigham Young University.

Erin Feller of Anchorage will receive $1,000. She plans to study pre-dental at Washington State University and become an orthodontist.

Chelsey Homan of Eagle River will receive $1,000. She is majoring in business management and marketing at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Adriana Hernandez De Gordino will receive $2,000. She is studying nursing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, with a goal of becoming a registered nurse or nurse practitioner.

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About Credit Union 1:

Credit Union 1 is Alaska's second largest financial cooperative, with a mission to help members achieve their financial goals by focusing on excellent service and value. Founded 55 years ago, Credit Union 1 has 13 branches, and over 55,000 members and $560 million in assets. Anyone who lives or works in Alaska is eligible to join Credit Union 1.

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  141     June 17, 2008 - 10:58am | akjesster8

UAAAA announces winners of 2008-09 Alumni Scholarships

The UAA Alumni Association (UAAAA) is excited to announce the winners of the 2008-09 Alumni Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded annually to six students, one from each of UAA’s schools and colleges.

Community and Technical College
Johnathon Storter

College of Education
Tiffiny Hanks

College of Health and Social Welfare
Sara Hannon

College of Arts and Sciences
Mary Krusen

College of Business and Public Policy
Donna Resnick

School of Engineering
Brian Slater

The Alumni Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of alumni who contribute each year through the UAA Annual Fund, combined with earnings from the Alumni Permanent Scholarship Endowment. This is just one way that the Alumni Association is giving back to UAA in support of today's students.

For more information on the UAA Alumni Association visit www.uaaalumni.org.

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  140     June 11, 2008 - 3:28pm | embley_heidi

ERHS STUDENTS WIN GOLD AT 2008 NATIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Students from Eagle River High School triumphed at the 24th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament held May 30-31, 2008, at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. placing 36th out of 60 high schools across the nation. Nishant Ambasht and Greg Hall won a first-place gold award for their construction of a robot and also received merit awards.

The team’s top events were Robot Ramble, 1st place; Boomilever, 7th; Herpetology, 14th; and Oceanography, 14th with the rest of the 23 events placing well against the other top high school science teams in the nation.

Eagle River’s team consisted of Jean Allworden, Nishant Ambasht, Taylor Dibiasio, Greg Hall, Katrina Hall, Maggie Hepler, Bryce Jarvis, Ryan Jarvis, Sarah Martinson, Paul McDonogh, Adam Neal, Katie Sanders, Nichole Shields, Kim Shields and Abe Schmidt with Carl Edwards and Diane Wootan as coaches.

During the opening ceremony Friday, May 30th, 2008 GW President Steven Knapp announced that the university will waive the application fee for any official competitor in the 2008 national tournament. Knapp also said that any of the 1,800 official competitors who are accepted to The George Washington University will automatically receive a $5,000 annual merit scholarship.

Sponsored by GW and DuPont, the Science Olympiad National Tournament consists of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. The challenging and motivational activities, which are aligned with the National Science Standards, are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology and require knowledge of science concepts, process skills, and science applications. More than 2,000 middle and high school students and their teachers from 46 states gathered at GW to take part in the rigorous academic interscholastic competition.

The Science Olympiad is an international, non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, training workshops, and the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state, and national tournaments.

Located four blocks from the White House, The George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation’s capital. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

For more information about the ERHS Science Olympiad team, contact Rhonda Sanders at 696-2842 Sanders1@mtaonline.net or Carl Edwards at 694-3267, Edwards_carl@asdk12.org.

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  139     June 4, 2008 - 9:23am | carisima

Homer youth wins FireWise poster contest

A Homer fifth-grader won the 2008 FireWise Poster Contest when her drawing depicting the FireWise principles was selected as the winner from more than 145 peninsula wide entries.
Maggie LaRue, 11, will receive an iPod Shuffle, as well as get to ride in the Homer Fourth of July parade in a fire truck thanks to her skillful depiction of defensible space strategies.
“Maggie’s drawing showed many of the little things people can do to promote fire safety and prevent home ignitions in the event of a wildfire,” said Judy Reese, FireWise Team Leader for the Kenai Peninsula. “Many of us can learn valuable principles from her artwork.”
Also winning a chance to ride in their community’s parade this July are Meghan Powers, 12, of Soldotna; Tyler Hadley, 11, of Nikiski; Hannah Pothast, 10, of Soldotna; Lia Kim, a third-grader from Seward, Koby Etzwiler, 8, of Homer; Heidi Watkins, 7, of Kenai, and Aleftina Rijkoff, 5, of Voznesenka. Each of these young artisans took first place in their grade with nine Peninsula schools entering. The students’ artwork will be used in a variety of products encouraging FireWise education, including place mats that will be distributed to restaurants across the Kenai Peninsula.
“The poster contest was a great way to get youth thinking about how to make their homes FireWise, while bringing that message to the greater public as well,” Reese said. “FireWise is for all ages and kids can help at home by raking dead leaves and grass; planting flowers and gardens; watering the lawn; mowing the grass and stacking branches for winter burning. This is about families working together and staying together in the event of a natural emergency.”

The Division of Forestry and the Kenai Peninsula Borough received a grant from USDA Forest Service in 2007 to promote FireWise principles on the Peninsula. The efforts are a response to critical needs identified in the Community Wildfire Protection Plans, which were completed in many areas in 2006. Those plans called for more education regarding defensible space and what landowners and community groups could do to reduce their risks. Residents can call the Alaska Division of Forestry at 907 260-4262 to sign up for a free FireWise home support visit. In addition, FireWise teams can make educational presentations to community groups, clubs and organizations. Give them a call and start creating your own family masterpiece - A FireWise Safe Home.
For more information, contact:
Judy Reese
FireWise Team Leader
907-260-4262
kpb.firewise.team@gmail.com
www.firewisekp.com

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  138     May 15, 2008 - 11:44am | dmoran

Elizabeth Moran - University Graduate

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Moran, daughter of David and Betty Moran was awarded the Bachelor of Music degree, with emphasis in Music Peformance and a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. Lizzie is a 2004 graduate of Stellar Secondary School in Anchorage.

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  137     May 13, 2008 - 10:16am | DeniceHarris

NORTH POLE STUDENTS WIN STATE STUDENT AUTO SKILLS CONTEST

Austin Sipes and Justin Grover from North Pole have won the title as Alaska’s best student auto technicians and will continue on to the 2008 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills national finals in Dearborn, MI, on June 24, to test their skills against 98 other students from across the nation.

In Dearborn, the team from North Pole will be challenged to find and quickly fix the intentional “bugs” placed in their assigned vehicles, as they did at the state competition in Anchorage on May 10th then drive the repaired vehicle to the finish line. Their hands-on score will be combined with the results of a written exam testing their motor vehicle knowledge, and the total will determine the top 10 teams in the nation.

Austin Sipes and Justin Grover worked with their instructor, Gerald Million, throughout the year to prepare for the state competition. They will continue to train until the national finals in June.

The North Pole team defeated four other two-person teams from throughout Alaska to advance to the national finals, and will be awarded scholarships for their state-level victory. In Dearborn, the team will compete for additional scholarships and prizes valued at more than $6 million.

The annual Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition encourages students to explore careers in the automotive repair industry and continue their education after high school. Additionally, the competition highlights the increasing demand for well-trained technicians in the automotive repair industry. For example, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics will increase by 14 percent between 2006 and 2016, compared with 10 percent for all other occupations. BLS also estimates an additional 110,000 new automotive technician jobs will be added over the decade.

“This program helps position students to advance their education to become automotive technicians who possess the electrical and computer skills needed to handle the advanced technology of the vehicles on the road now and in the future,” said Denice Harris, AAA Spokeswoman. “As the best auto tech students in the state, these students deserve the opportunity to become the best-trained professional automotive technicians and enjoy careers that are beneficial to the motoring public, personally satisfying, and well-compensated.”

AAA MountainWest is dedicated to providing its more than 160,000 members in Alaska, Montana and Wyoming with travel, insurance, financial, and auto-related services. A fully taxpaying, not for profit corporation, AAA MountainWest, Inc. strives for improvement of motoring and traveling conditions, and is a leader for travel, civic and safety issues. AAA can be visited on the Internet at www.AAA.com.

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  136     May 6, 2008 - 7:33am | dbundick

VFW Ladies Aux.-Vicki Webb-Nelson Memorial Scholarship Winner

The VFW Ladies Auxiliaries across the State of Alaska had many enteries to the Vicki Webb-Nelson Memorial Scholarship Program this year.

Congratulations goes out to General John R. Noyes Ladies Auxiliary to Post 9978 applicant Ms. Ann M. Marsh of Service High School for winning first place for the state. She will be awarded $1000 to further her education.

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  135     April 28, 2008 - 8:34am | bmcdaniel9

Former WHS Student, Ivy McDaniel, Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Scripps Students Win Top National HonorsFor Immediate Release
Contact: (909) 621-8280
E-mail: mediarelations@scrippscollege.edu

CLAREMONT, Calif. (April 11, 2008) — Scripps students continue to earn top honors for their scholarship and proposed research. To date, Scripps women have been awarded two Fulbright scholarships, a Truman scholarship, a Goldwater scholarship and two honorable mentions, a Davis Peace Award, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Fulbright scholar Ivy McDaniel '08 will travel to Bergen, Norway, for a 10-month appointment to conduct research at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology. Laura McPherson '08 will use her Fulbright award to pursue linguistic fieldwork on the little known Tommo-So language spoken in the Dogon region of Mali.

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  134     April 25, 2008 - 12:46pm | connie_luque

Wayland Baptist University Graduates 72 Students

Wayland Baptist University held its Spring 2008 graduation ceremony on Friday, April 18. A total of 72 students were graduated, with 11 students earning their Master’s Degree, 55 earning their degree in Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education, and 6 earning their Associate of Applied Science Degree. The ceremony was held at 3:00 PM in Wayland’s Parkside Campus auditorium.

The student speakers were Linda and Thomas Hoffman, who spoke to students about the importance of Wayland and the challenges of being adult learners. “The thing that connects us is that life was not placed on hold while we went to school. Family, work, and responsibilities were parts of our everyday lives and school was something extra you accomplished in addition to life, not in preparation for life,” Thomas Hoffman said.
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Elane Seebo, Academic Vice President of External Campuses in Plainview, Texas. She spoke about having a return on the investment of an education.
She told students, “According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, if you are being awarded an associate’s degree, you have just increased you annual earning capacity, on average, by about $5,000 a year, which equates to life-time earnings of almost a quarter of a million dollars over your counterpart with a high school diploma. For a bachelor’s degree, make that about $18,000 a year, or nearly a million dollars over your lifetime. And, for those of you earning advanced degrees, you annual income, on average, is more than double that of your high-school graduate counterpart, with your lifetime earnings at least 1.25 million dollars higher.”
Dr. Eric Ash, Anchorage Campus Dean, presented the candidates for degrees and Dr. Seebo conferred the degrees and presented the diplomas.
By category, a Master’s Degree in was presented to the following students:

Master of Christian Ministry
Thomas Albert Hoffman and Kwang Guy Park

Master of Arts in Management
Randall L. Bowker, Andrew B. Carling, Andrew K. Freed, Bethany M. Ordway, William Reasoner, and Leslie Antionette Vines

Master of Business Administration
Stacy Lynn Cooper, Matthew Scott Mills, and Joshua A. Shaver

A Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education degree was awarded to Lara A. Bailey, Clint W. Bateman, Matthew R. Bloodgood, William G. Brandt, John H. Brindley, Stevan W. Cady, Christine Marie Carlin, Jonathan David Carroll, Stacey E. Cassaday, Heidi N. Chester, Marlene Childs, Brandy B. Coonrod, Mark Wayne Cooper II, Twyla Michelle Cox-Keyes, Bonnie J. Dorman, John Joseph Douglas, Joy N. Fearn, Kathleen Dianne Fulks, Catherine Marcella Gage, Bryan Keith Grella, James Daniel Harris, Barbara Ann Hartsell, Linda L. Hoffman, Jason M. Howland, Sara Rochelle Jefferson, Barbara Anderson Johnson, Brian S. Johnson, Araceli Jones, Catherine Deshaun Keeton, Stephen James Lee, Jan Cameron Lego, Paul T. Lincoln, Pamela J. Masor, Erica Lynn McCray, Joseph S. McGough, Timothy P. Munoz, Cody L. Musgrave, Jeffrey Lynn Myers, Paul R. Norris, Robert A. Orrill, Barbara A. Priddle, Jennifer Marie Robinson, Roland Frank Romero, Isaac V. Roper Charles, Jazan Saplan Siapno, Bryan D. Sisco, Victor Solano, RaeDene K. Turner, Tracey Jackman Turner, Ben R. Ungudruk, Karen Ann Waples, Michael Allen Wayt, Terilyn Welborn, Phillip O. Wilson, and Tawana Young.

Associate of Applied Science degrees were earned by Elizabeth Barrientoz, Phoebe L. Brooks, Keith D. Gholston, Nathan M. Keays, Jeffrey Allen Martin, and Scott C. Nissen.

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  133     April 16, 2008 - 9:01am | akjesster8

Seawolves excel at U.S. Universities Debating Championships

The Seawolf Debate Team showed its depth this past weekend at the U.S. Universities Debating Championships (USUDC). Hosted by Portland State University, the tournament drew over 60 teams from universities from Vermont to Hawaii. Over the course of the weekend, UAA students engaged their peers on a number of controversial topics such as whether the International Olympic Committee should award future Olympic Games only to nations which are democratic and respect human rights, whether the government should legalize polygamy and whether the U.S. should ban homeschooling.

The team traveled an unusually young squad to this tournament; of the 10 students who spoke for the Seawolves, eight were in their first year of competition. The strength of the Seawolves bench became evident when the team of Michelle Hart (Freshman, English & Political Science) and Amie Stanley (Freshman, Political Science & Human Resources) took top honors in the novice division. This USUDC was Stanley and Hart’s first intercollegiate competition; they were the top team at the Cabin Fever Debates, UAA’s intramural debating tournament. So far, they’ve taken first place in every tournament they’ve entered.

In the main event, hard work and dedication paid off for the Seawolves. James Stinson (Junior, History) and Michaela Hernandez (Freshman, Philosophy) advanced to the quarterfinal round, placing them among the nation's top 16 teams. Meanwhile, the team of Ben Ferguson (Junior, Philosophy) and Severin Randall (Junior, Philosophy) was edged out in the semifinal round, placing them in the top eight teams. Randall was also recognized as the 8th best speaker out of the over 120 students entered in the debating competition. Nicholas Byrne (Junior, English) advanced to the final round of Public Speaking.

This tournament concluded the Seawolves competitive season but they are eager to start preparing for next year's World Universities Debating Championships in Cork, Ireland. For more information on the Seawolf Debate Team, please contact Steve Johnson (786-4391) or Shawn Briscoe (786-4354). You may also visit the team's Web site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/seawolfdebate/.

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  132     April 10, 2008 - 3:03pm | cjdolfi

Mat-Su T.A.T.U. "Kick Butts Day" A Big Success!

More than 400,000 people in the United States will die this year from a tobacco related disease. On April 2nd “Kick Butts Day” our group called Mat-Su T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use) took a stand to stop youth from getting hooked on deadly tobacco products. We are students from Palmer High, Valley Pathways, Mat-Su Career/Tech High and Palmer Junior Middle school and we took our message to the streets of Palmer. With hand made banners, signs, posters, a bucket of sidewalk chalk and a megaphone we spread the word that tobacco kills. “Kick Butts Day” is a national event sponsored by Tobacco Free Kids and is a chance to heighten awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and to petition for FDA regulation on tobacco use.

Our T.A.T.U. group would like to recognize and thank the following business in and around Palmer who showed their support during the event.

Big THANKS go to the following: the City of Palmer, Spenard Builders Supply, Country Cutts, Coffee & Cream, Ace Hardware, AutoQuest, Alaska Family Services, Palmer Vision Clinic, and Palmer Chiropractic. Also, big thanks to all of the people who honked to show their support and gave us thumbs up. We could not have done it with out your support!

There are many effective ways state and local officials can protect young people from tobacco. They can use funds from the states’ 1998 legal settlement with the tobacco companies to pay for tobacco prevention programs; they can increase tobacco taxes; and they can pass smoke-free laws to protect us from secondhand smoke. Consider these facts: Each day, more than 1,000 kids become new regular smokers; roughly one-third of them will die prematurely from a tobacco-related disease.

Today’s youth are not just part of the problem; they’re part of the solution. Our Mat-Su T.A.T.U. group wants tobacco companies to know that on “Kick Butts Day” and everyday throughout the year, we will fight them every step of the way!

Sincerely,

Mat-Su T.A.T.U. (Teens Against Tobacco Use)

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  131     April 1, 2008 - 12:52pm | ewumedia

Anchorage-area students named to EWU Dean's List

The following students have been named to the Dean's List at Eastern Washington University for the winter 2008 quarter.
The list is released after every fall, winter and spring quarter. An undergraduate student who earns 12 quality hours (QHRS) and receives a GPA of 3.5 or better is placed on the Dean's List for the quarter. If the student has placed a directory restriction on their records the name will not be released for publication.

Michaela Florio - A J Dimond High School/Anchorage
Glenn Goodrich - East Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Allison Jost - East Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Lea Rueter - Robert Service High School/Anchorage
Alex Arnold - South Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Nicole Bohne - South Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Kelly Horner - South Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Mari Welch - South Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Paul Campbell - West Anchorage High School/Anchorage
Hayden Gravley - Colony High School/Palmer
Christine Olsen - Colony High School/Palmer
Katherine Schmidt - Colony High School/Palmer

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  130     March 25, 2008 - 10:37am | SaraUrvina

Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year

MONICA EDWARDS IS THE ALASKA BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS YOUTH OF THE YEAR

JUNEAU- Congratulations to this year’s Alaska Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Monica Edwards! On Wednesday, March 12, Monica and seven other finalists competed in Juneau for three University of Alaska College Savings Plan college scholarships and an opportunity to attend Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year competition.

Monica, age 15, has been a member of the Tok Boys & Girls Club since it opened its doors in 2001. She is a positive role model in the clubhouse, in her school, and to her community. She holds a 3.9 GPA at Tok High School, and plays volleyball and basketball. She serves her community and clubhouse with a positive attitude. Monica stated, “The Club has been more than an important part of my life, it has been a home.”

In winning this competition, Monica received a $5,000 scholarship courtesy of the University of Alaska College Savings Plan (UACSP), a $4,000 college stipend from Boys & Girls Clubs and a $1,000 contribution from the Readers Digest Foundation for total award package of $10,000.

Brandi Patterson, of Metlakatla, is the first runner-up and received a $3,000 UACSP scholarship. Megan Hanks, of Fort Wainwright, is the second runner-up and received a $1,000 UACSP scholarship.

Special thanks to our Youth of the Year Event Co-Chairs, Senator Johnny Ellis, Representative Kevin Meyer, Representative Bill Stoltze,, Representative Hollis French, and our event sponsors: University of Alaska College Savings Plan, Reader’s Digest Foundation, Alaska Federal Credit Union, Alaska Red Ribbon Coalition, Bechtel National Inc, and Kiewit Building Group.

Youth of the Year is a year-round program that fosters young people’s character development, personal growth and leadership qualities. The program celebrates service to Club, community and family, academic performance, moral character, life goals, poise and public speaking.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs, please visit our website at www.bgcalaska.org.

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  129     March 24, 2008 - 1:25pm | akjesster8

Seawolf debaters compete with Europe's best

The Seawolf Debate Team traveled to Cologne, Germany, for the Tilbury House Intervarsity competition over Spring Break, March 10-14. This marks the second time the Seawolves have ventured overseas this season.

The Tilbury IV is a staple of the European debating circuit, as attested to by the presence of 35 teams from Cambridge, Manchester, Moscow Law, Turkey and Bulgaria. Over the course of the week, debaters engaged one another on controversial topics such as whether celebrities should receive stiffer penalties for crimes than ordinary citizens; whether politicians should be required to give up all private business interests; whether governments should ban the production, distribution and possession of pornography; and whether democracies should be required to hold a public referendum before committing military troops to wars not directly related to a nation's self-defense.

One of UAA's students, last year's Cabin Fever Debates champion, Severin Randall (junior, philosophy) proved her ability to compete with the best of the best. At the conclusion of the tournament, she was named the tournament's 10th Place Speaker in debating competition, placing her among the likes of the reigning European Champion from Cambridge.

For more information on the Seawolf Debate Team, please contact Steve Johnson (786-4391) or Shawn Briscoe (786-4354). You may also visit the team's Web site at www.uaa.alaska.edu/seawolfdebate/.

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  128     March 3, 2008 - 7:16am | siw

CHRISTOPHER KOLEROK WINS FULL SCHOLARSHIP

CHRISTOPHER KOLEROK WINS FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO
SEMESTER IN WASHINGTON PROGRAM

Classes, Practicum, Internship make up unique Washington, D.C. experience
Real World Political Training in the heart of our Nation’s Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. Christopher Kolerok, a senior at University of Alaska, Anchorage, has been accepted to participate in the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) at The George Washington University in Washington DC, sponsored by AT&T. This program brings together undergraduate and graduate Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native students from around the country for an intensive semester of coursework, hands-on skills practicum with political professionals, and meetings and events with key national leaders and organizations. For example, a recent group of NAPLP students met with Barry Jackson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives as well as Justice Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Commissioner Michael Toner of the Federal Election Commission. NAPLP students take advantage of their time here by interfacing with national Indian leaders, including those at the National Congress of the American Indian, National Indian Education Association, the Smithsonian Museum, and the US Congress. Students this semester will continue to meet with national leaders and organizations, but with an added eye toward the competitive Presidential election. Students are volunteering for campaigns, attending events and rallies, and taking full advantage of their time inside the beltway.

Kolerok has accepted an internship with Senator Claire McCaskill and will participate in the program’s legislative practicum in which he will work as part of a team of students under the tutelage of a professional lobbyist in developing a lobbying plan for current revisions to No Child Left Behind.

The Semester in Washington Program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study and earn credit toward their degree at The George Washington University, while experiencing the nation’s capital and developing career direction for their post-graduation endeavors. For more information on the Semester in Washington, call
1-800-367-4776 or check the program’s web site at http://www.semesterinwashington.org.

Semester In Washington
The George Washington University
1922 F Street, NW, Suite 401-A
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-8908 or (800) 367-4776
Fax: (202) 994-8471
Website: www.SemesterInWashington.org

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  127     February 29, 2008 - 11:52am | akjesster8

Seawolf speakers continue their winning streak

The Seawolf Debate team continued its streak with another final round showing this weekend at the Hatfield Debates hosted by Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In all five regional tournaments attended by the Seawolves this year, the squad has had a team in the finals. The finalists were Jim Stinson (Junior, History) and Michaela Hernandez (Freshman, Philosophy) who finished the preliminary rounds ranked 3rd of all teams entered in the tournament.

The Seawolves returned to Anchorage to host the Alaska State High School Drama, Debate and Forensic Championships on campus this weekend. Over 200 high school students from around the state will gather on UAA’s campus to speak and argue for the top prize in 12 events. The final rounds of this event are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, March 1.

Next week marks the conclusion of the Cabin Fever Debates, UAA’s intramural debating tournament hosted by the Seawolf Debate team. The tournament is down to the “elite eight” teams of the 56 students who entered the competition. The Semifinal rounds on Tuesday, March 4 (7:00 p.m., SSB 118) will feature debates on whether the U.S. should apologize to its Native peoples and whether we ought to boycott the Beijing Olympics. From the semifinal rounds the top teams will advance to the final round, to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in SSB 118. That debate will consider whether the U.S. should withdraw its combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2009.

Over spring break, members of the varsity squad head to the University of Cologne, Germany to compete in the Tilbury Cup. This tournament—a staple of the European circuit—will feature competition from Continental and British Isles teams.

For more information please contact Steve Johnson at (907) 786-4391.

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