Seward Lecture: Mayor Tom Fink, serving as Anchorage mayor from 1987-1994

2016-01-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Seward Lecture series for 2015 follows the spirit of Anchorage’s Centennial year by inviting living Anchorage mayors to share their experiences with the UAA community. In this lecture, Anchorage mayor George Wuerch offers his insights.



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Seward Lecture: Mayor George Wuerch: Known Unknowns & Unknown Unknowns: Questions Every Mayor Faces

2015-11-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Seward Lecture series for 2015 follows the spirit of Anchorage’s Centennial year by inviting living Anchorage mayors to share their experiences with the UAA community. In this lecture, Anchorage mayor George Wuerch offers his insights.

Bio information from Wikipedia:
George P. Wuerch (born ca. 1936) is an American politician and a member of the Republican Party. He served as mayor of Anchorage, Alaska from 2000 to 2003.

In the 2003 mayoral election, he was defeated for reelection by former city assemblyman Mark Begich. Before this, Wuerch was chair of the Anchorage Assembly and chair of the board of directors for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

A retired United States Marine Corps officer with 21 years of service, Wuerch has also been governmental affairs manager for the Northwest Alaskan Gasline, the founder and president of Fluor Daniel Alaska Engineering, and the vice president of corporate affairs for the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

This podcast was recorded on Nov. 19, 2015 in Library 307 on the UAA campus.



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Seward Lecture: Mayor Rick Mystrom, 'Building Anchorage's Future - Dream Big and Dare to Fail'

2015-11-21 by News, Sports, and Art

The Seward Lecture series for 2015 follows the spirit of Anchorage’s Centennial year by inviting living Anchorage mayors to share their experiences with the UAA community. In this lecture, Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom offers his insights.

Biographical information from Wikipedia:
Mystrom was born in Minnesota in 1943 and came to Alaska in 1972. In 1975, he established Mystrom/Beck Advertising. In 1982, he received the Small Business Person of the Year Award from President Ronald Reagan. In 1990, he sold his advertising business, which was later merged into the Nerland Agency.

Mystrom was elected to the Anchorage Assembly in 1979, serving until 1985. In 1994, he defeated Democrat Mark Begich to succeed Tom Fink as Mayor of Anchorage. In 1997, he withstood a challenge from Fink, a fellow Republican. Mystrom was widely considered the more moderate of the two Republican candidates.

In office, Mystrom emphasized crime reduction and championed the City of Lights beautification program, encouraging residents and employers to ornament their homes and businesses with decorative lights during Anchorage’s dark winter.

In 2003, he challenged incumbent Republican mayor George Wuerch in a three-way race. Begich, who had unsuccessfully faced Wuerch in 2000, was elected.

Mystrom is a longtime advocate of bringing the Winter Olympic Games to Anchorage, and has chaired several committees to that end. Anchorage was twice the U.S. candidate for these Games (1992 and 1994).

This event was podcast on Oct. 14, 2015 in Library 307 on the UAA campus.



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Seward Lecture: Mayor Jack Roderick, 'Politics in Alaska'

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

The Seward Lecture series for 2015 follows the spirit of Anchorage’s Centennial year by inviting living Anchorage mayors to share their experiences with the UAA community. In this lecture, Anchorage’s first mayor, Jack Roderick, offers his insights.

Mr. Roderick was Greater Anchorage borough mayor from 1972 to 1975 and later was deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which oversees the state’s oil and gas, forestry, mining, land, water and geothermal programs. From
1984 to 1985, he served as the Alaska Energy director.

He received a B.A. from Yale University, as M.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from the University of Washington. He was Littauer Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard from 1980 to 1981. His book, Crude Dreams: Oil and Politics in Alaska was published in 1997.

Mr. Roderick received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005.

The Department of Political Science sponsors and organizes the lecture series. Mayor Roderick was introduced by professor Kimberly Pace. This podcast was recorded on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 in LIB 307 on the UAA campus.



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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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