This podcast offers solutions on how to use Alaska pioneer spirit and heart to advance sustainable programs. Drinking water, sanitation and wind energy projects for Alaska communities are discussed. Speaker Steve Konkel holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado, a master’s in city planning from Harvard and a doctorate in environmental policy development from MIT. He is teaching PADM 640, Dispute Resolution, this summer at UAA.
This event was sponsored by the UAA Campus Bookstore and recorded on May 2, 2013.
A partnership between the UAA College of Education (COE) and the Kashunamiut School District and Chevak community supports 12 paraprofessionals who are working toward their bachelor’s degrees in elementary education.
This partnership, known as the Chevak Teacher Education Initiative, embraces the concepts of inclusivity and culturally relevant teaching. Course work reflects both Western and Cup’ik cultures and philosophies.
December 2013, it is expected that about half of the group will have earned their associates degrees. This initiative is providing important insights about the power of collaboration as an indigenous community, school and university come together to create a space that supports cultural and language revitalization.
This panel presented on what it means to be part of this initiative, including perspectives from students and faculty, as well as a school superintendent and a school board member.
Panelists included: Laura Atcharian, Elsie Ayuluk, Cora Charles, Twila Chayalkun, Susie Friday-Tall, Catherine Joe, Jacquelyn Kashatok, Priscilla Matchian, Mary Matchian, Neva Mathias, Pauline Miles, Liana Pingayak, Darlene Ulroan and Lisa Unin. Chairman of Kashunamuit School District John Atchak, Superintendent Larry Parker. University Faculty and Staff: Dr. Claudia Dybdahl, Dr. Irasema Ortega, Dr. Cathy Coulter and Ms. Nancy Boxler.
Junior Wiley Cason is one-half of the UAA Debate team meeting Harvard Debate to argue repeal of the Second Amendment on April 25 at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.
Like his debate partner, Amy Parrent, Cason began debating in high school and joined UAA’s team as a freshman. Today he coaches debate at East High and formerly at Chugiak High.
In this short interview, he describes how a debater prepares by understanding that many arguments come down to the same philosophical issues, such as protecting our liberty and freedom versus our assuring our security.
He says he debates because it’s flattering to have an audience of listeners, and it teaches him to think in a more disciplined way,
This interview was recorded April 15, two days before the U.S. Senate stopped the bipartisan gun legislation that Cason speaks optimistically about in this interview. Cason’s brother, Drew, was on the team that debated Stanford last year over whether hate crimes warrant special punishment. Kathleen McCoy of UAA Advancement interviews.