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April 27, 2011

May 2011

New Administrative Assistant in Career & Technical Education
The Career & Technical Education Department has recently hired a new program assistant. Her name is Jodi Pohl and she comes to us with many years of administrative experience. Jodi is a long term Alaskan who loves to read, camp and cook. Welcome aboard, Jodi!

Hiring Blitz for HDTE Students
On April 20, a representative from Cascadia International, LLC visited the Transportation & Power Division to recruit students for entry-level medium/heavy duty truck technician positions. By the end of the week, two positions were filled by HDTE students.

Cascadia International, LLC Service Advisor, Jerod Weaver, stated that his dealership may hire as many as four students total to help meet current workforce needs. Service Department traffic and increased sales for new truck purchases have prompted an expansion of their Service Department.

Cascadia International, LLC, formerly Alaska Truck Sales, has locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tacoma, Yakima and Nanaimo. The company has enjoyed a long-time relationship with the CTC Transportation & Power Division. The HDTE program prepares students to work as entry-level technicians in the Alaskan transportation and heavy equipment industry.

(pictured: HDTE student and new Cascadia International, LLC employee, Steve Souvannasang, inspecting a brand new International Prostar Tractor for delivery to a customer.)

Culinary Arts Student Receives Scholarship
Culinary Arts Program student, Melvin Cristobal, has been selected as one of seven recipients throughout the United States of the 2011 GRI/Giacomo Bologna Scholarship. GRI (Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani) is a not-for-profit association founded in 1979, promoting awareness of Italian cuisine through member restaurants, culinary schools, news media and other avenues to achieve a better understanding of Italian food and wine in North America.

Melvin is a UAA sophomore and is from Juneau, Alaska. After spending his first semester at UAS, not knowing what avenue his studies would take him, his parents encouraged him to study law or medicine. Eventually, his cousin saw that he liked to cook and encouraged him to come to UAA and enroll in the Culinary Arts program.

One of Melvin's standout memories is when he came into the UAA kitchen for the first time. "My distinct memory is of walking into the kitchen at UAA. At first it kind of gave me goosebumps because I felt like this is where I needed to be." he adds, "UAA is awesome, I love it! The Culinary program, here at UAA, is like a close bond with fellow students and my advisor, Tim Doebler, faculty and staff, help me with anything right aware and are all very friendly. It's nice walking into a place where everyone knows what is going on, and it has a totally different vibe than other programs."

Melvin's mom encouraged him to apply for the scholarship so he decided to go for it, considering it a "shot int he dark." He says, "I really didn't expect to get it. I felt like it was a surreal moment and had to check the e-mail about five hundred times to check it was legitimate, and then I called my mom."

Melvin is confident that this trip will give him a different perspective on his culinary dreams. He says that he enjoys Asian cooking, and thinks that a trip to Italy will broaden his horizons as a person and a chef.

The scholarship is sponsored by Beni Di Batasiolo Winery, and provides students with an intensive educational food and wine trip through various regions of Italy. This year's winners will only pay for airfare to/from New York. Once in New York, they will enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to the territory of Langhe, between Alba and Asti. They will participate in tours highlighting the cuisine, products, wine and culture of this region of Italy.

National Tutoring Association Conference, April 9-13
"Tutors: Exploring the Frontiers of Student Success!"

The University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Learning Resources Center (LRC) recently hosted part of the National Tutoring Association's (NTA) 19th annual conference.

The LRC is a proud member of NTA, a group of over 10,000 individuals and organizations devoted to supporting student success and achievement through tutoring. The conference included professional tutors, peer tutors, tutor trainers and administrators, and educators from throughout the nation that gathered to discuss current topics and best practices in service delivery.

The LRC participated in the NTA conference through numerous leadership roles including the hard work and dedication of our two presenters, Dayna Jean DeFeo, LRC Coordinator, and Fawn Caparas, Reading/Writing Tutoring Specialist. We also provided the NTA guests with shuttle service to and from the campus to attend a guided tour of the LRC and its services. Scholarship attendance to the conference was awarded to Stacie Meisner, one of the LRC's Reading/Writing Tutors and commencement speaker for the class 2011 graduation.

The LRC is pleased to claim our membership as part of this prestigious organization and to further our excellent service by integrating the NTA's mission and practices in with our own.

For more information about NTA, please visit

'Late Night Tutors' and 'Late Nights' team up April 18-27 to get students through their finals
The Learning Resources Center, USUAA and the Commuter Student Services, teamed up once again to host the semi annual late night study sessions. Tutors in writing, sociology, biology, psychology, physics, math, sociology, Spanish, chemistry, accounting and many other subjects were available to help students with their studying until 1 a.m. in the student union.

"Late Night Tutors" was started by USUAA, with the assistance of the LRC, in 2008 as an innovative program to help fulfill students' academic achievement. "Late Night Tutors" coincides with "Late Nights" hosted by the Student Union, which provides free food for the students.

The LRC is pleased and proud to further encourage student learning and encouragement at UAA and looks forward to continually participating in the hosting of this program. Thank you to all of the faculty and staff members who helped to promote the program to students and to make it a success.

LRC Tutor is the Class of 2011 Student Commencement Speaker
Stacie Meisner was announced as the Class of 2011 Student Commencement Speaker on April 13, 2011. Born and raised in Gering, Nebraska, Stacie is the daughter of Jerald and Shelly Meisner. Stacy began her college career in Western Nebraska Community College but decided to move to Alaska and play volleyball for Coach Chris Green at UAA in the fall of 2008. While playing volleyball at UAA, she was elected team captain and int he same year, the volleyball team won the GNAC Championship and GNAC All-Academic Team.

As a highly involved student, Stacie has been a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board, member of Sigma Tau Delta, an English Honor Society and the editor of Understory, an undergraduate creative arts journal. Stacie has also served as a tutor for the Reading/Writing Center in the Learning Resources Center for the past year and presented at the 2011 Student Showcase.

After graduation, Stacie will attend graduate school at UAA and work toward a master's degree in English and will be a graduate assistant for the volleyball team.

Throughout her academic career at UAA, Stacie has demonstrated her desire and passion to positively impact the campus community by becoming a leader in the classroom, as a student-athlete, club and organization member, and a student worker. As one of her recommenders stated, "Stacie demands excellence without demanding limelight. She inspires others to work hard because of her own enthusiasm." Stacie has enjoyed her time at UAA because she feels there is a strong sense of community.

Resuscitation and Critical Interventions Conference
The UAA Community & Technical College, Fire & Emergency Services program is sponsoring registration to the Resuscitation and Critical Interventions Conference here in Anchorage at the Captain Cook Hotel, may 20-22, 2011.

The conference is vetted for 16 continuing medical education units for physicians, PAs, nurses, paramedics and EMTs. Interested members of the community are also welcome to attend.

For the conference schedule and more information, please see the Web site:

This opportunity is open to UAA faculty, staff and students. Our goal is to build and develop cross disciplinary networking relationships, not only across the medical field, but also across the community. We want to have as much UAA participation in this conference as we can.

Those interested can fill out the registration form online, print and fax to the attention of Jim Foster, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of the Fire & Emergency Services program. We will register the individuals and pay their registration fees. The twenty sponsored registrations available are on a first come, first served basis.