2016-09-09 by News, Sports, and Art

University of Alaska President Johnsen discusses athletics as it related to the Strategic Pathways program on the campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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Seawolf Debate: 'UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education'

2015-11-20 by News, Sports, and Art

Recorded November 12, 2015.

The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, Difficult Dialogues Initiative and Seawolf Debate Program hosted a public debate, faculty forum and discussion: “UAA should prioritize workforce development over a liberal arts education.”

The media contains numerous reports of U.S. jobs going unfilled, or being outsourced to distant lands, because too few American workers have the requisite skills to perform them well. In Alaska, with the fiscal crisis expected to last into the foreseeable future, and with student debt rising, the pressure on students to have highly marketable skills is on the increase. More than two dozen universities in Japan are reducing or eliminating academic programs in the humanities and social sciences, following a dictum from Tokyo to focus on disciplines that “better meet society’s needs.” But don’t we need citizens capable of navigating their way through the complex social and political challenges we face, using skills and perspectives provided by a well-rounded liberal arts education? Join us for this important discussion.

Featuring the award-winning UAA Seawolf Debate Program, a faculty response panel and a facilitated public discussion.

With UAA faculty panelists:
• Dan Kline, English
• LuAnn Piccard, Engineering
• Landry Signe, Political Science
• Kyle Hampton, Economics

This event is part of a series sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence since 2003 to offer the UAA and Anchorage communities access to university resources as a basis for discussions of policies and issues affecting its future.

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Forrest Nabors: 'The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery'

2015-09-25 by News, Sports, and Art

This year’s Constitution Day Lecture, Forrest Nabors, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at UAA, spoke on the subject, “The 150th Anniversary of the Constitutional Abolition of Slavery.”

Was the original U.S. Constitution of 1787 pro-slavery or anti-slavery? Why did the abolition of slavery require a constitutional amendment? How should Americans remember the “peculiar institution” 150 years after the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment? Nabors answered these questions in his lecture. Nabors is the author of an article on this subject, titled “How the Antislavery Constitution Won the Civil War,” forthcoming in New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, vol. 10, issue 2. His book-length manuscript The Great Task of Reconstruction is the product of ten years of research and is now being considered for publication.

Organized by the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, the annual Constitution Day Lecture is free and open to the public.

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UAA Budget Open Forum Three -- April 16, 2015

2015-04-28 by News, Sports, and Art

This podcast is a recording of the April 16, 2015 budget forum held at Rasmuson Hall Room 110. UAA budget director Kelly Thorngren opens the session with a review of her Budget 101 PowerPoint, which has not changed since she delivered it in Budget Open Forum Two on April 1, 2015.

Comments from Chancellor Tom Case and members of the Cabinet begin 24 minutes into this recording.

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UAA Budget 2015 (blog)
The UAA budget blog.
Chancellor's budget ideas
Soit fir YAA cimmunity members to post revenue-generating and cost-saving ideas
Budget 101
Kelly Thorngren's most recent version of Budget 101 (2nd update)

UAA Budget Open Forum Two -- April 1, 2015

2015-04-03 by

This podcast is a recording of the April 1, 2015 budget forum held at the University Center. The Chancellor’s Cabinet and UAA Budget Director Kelly Thorngren discussed budget challenges for UAA in light of declining state support for FY 2016 and beyond. Thorngren has updated a few slides in the attached PowerPoint, Budget 101.

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UAA Budget FY16
Updated information on Legislative budget cycle
Chancellor's Budget Ideas
Website for crowdsourced savings and revenue generating ideas
Budget 101 (version two)
Kelly Thorngren has updated some slides

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