Relevant Research: Dr. Mark Wolbers on 'Alto Carinet -- The endangered species of the American Band'

2012-10-14 by

The viola is the butt of many instrument jokes in the orchestra. In the band, that instrument is the alto clarinet. Although the violin and cello can cover the range of the viola, its unique timbre and voice is considered essential. In the American band however, the alto clarinet is facing extinction

UAA music professor Dr. Mark Wolbers explores how this situation has come to pass in America. In his research, he has explored the history and criticism of the alto clarinet and explains how this misplaced criticism has led to marketplace impacts in instrument development, manufacturing and music publishing.

As a performer and conductor, Wolbers has championed the alto clarinet as a solo, chamber and band instrument. Over the last three years he has performed solo and chamber works for the alto clarinet in recitals across the state. And in March of 2011, he was selected to present a lecture/demonstration on the alto clarinet for the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) national conference in Seattle.

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'Anthropology Graduate's Guide: From Student to Career'

2012-09-16 by

The UAA Anthropology Club hosted Dr. Joe Watkins and Carol Ellick, co-authors of the book. In this podcast, they discuss their guidelines with UAA’s Anthropology students.

This podcast was recorded Sept. 7, 2012.

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Green & Gold news site
Article about their visit to UAA
UAA Anthropology Club
Dr. Joe Watkins
University of Oklahoma bio page
Archaeological and Cultural Education Consultants
Carol Ellick
Bio Page

Dr. Roland Gangloff on 'Dinosaurs under the Aurora'

2012-08-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Roland A. Gangloff is emeritus associate professor of geology and geophysics at UAF and former curator of Earth Science at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He is presently a visiting scholar at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

Gangloff is introduced by UAA anthropology professor emeritus Kerry Feldman. Gangloff shares research stories, findings and some of his own theories on how dinosaurs moved through the northern landscape. His book was published by Indiana University Press. This talk was hosted by UAA Campus Bookstore and held in Library 307 on Thursday, August 16, 2012.

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Green & Gold
Description of Gangloff's talk
New Scientist magazine
Review of 'Dinosaurs under the Aurora'
UAA Campus Bookstore
Host for the talk

'Great Blessings of the Water: Sacred water in Southwest Alaska'

2012-04-10 by

UAA anthropologists Alan Boraas and Catherine Knott share an understanding of the “Great Blessings of the Water” that take place annually along rivers in Southwestern Alaska. They worked in collaboration with local residents and were invited to document the rituals. The event they describe here took place Jan. 19, 2012 on the Nushagak River near New Stuyahok, about 50 miles northwest of Dillingham. The V. Rev. Alexie Askoak of St. Sergius Church officiated.

In his remarks, Boraas calls the religious ritual “indigenized Orthodoxy,” meaning that the religious event has been shaped by the Yupik people who practice it. The event recognizes the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, but since Christ had no sins to remove, the sins they remove in the ceremony are those of human pollution of the water. Their prayer is for pure water, home for healthy salmon.

“People raise to the sacred that which is most important in their lives,” Boraas says.

Dr. Catherine Knott was seated in the audience. Her remarks near the end, and some audience questions, are a little hard to hear, but all are audible.

This podcast was recorded March 29, 2012 at an Anthropology Club brown bag.

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Dr. Alan Boraas
Kenai Peninsula College, Anthropology
St. Sergius Church, New Stuyahok
Web page
New Stuyahok
Alaska Community Database

Professor Paul Ongtooguk's opening remarks at 'ENGAGE: Building Sustainable Communities'

2012-04-04 by

UAA’s Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) hosted a two-day workshop March 30-31, 2012 featuring facilitator Dr. Patti Clayton, a scholar with more than 10 years experience in community-engaged teaching and learning.

Judith Owens-Manley, director of CCEL, opened the workshop by introducing guest Prof. Paul Ongtooguk of the College of Education. Dr. Ongtooguk was invited to make opening remarks that would help attendees consider their unique location in Alaska. Dr. Ongtooguk emphasized the importance among Native cultures of using imagination to solve problems.

Dr. Patti Clayton follows with remarks on how community-engaged teaching and learning is shifting toward co-creation among all participants.

This event was recorded March 30, 2012.

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UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning
PHC Venture
Patti Clayton's Curricular Engagement website

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