Hello again, everyone! Welcome back now that we’re a month into the fall semester, here’s what’s happening within the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
Messages from Gabrielle
Student receives first DIPAC Macaulay Fellowship!
Casey McConnell is the first recipient of the Douglas Island Pink and Chum, Inc. sponsored, Ladd Macaulay Fellowship. The DIPAC Scholarship committee gave UAF/SFOS $1125000 to fund student research to address “salmon fisheries conservation and sustainable utilization in SE Alaska.” Ladd Macaulay was the DIPAC hatchery founder and long time SFOS Juneau partner and supporter. DIPAC Scholarship Board Chair Alex Wertheimer (’84) presented Chancellor Brian Rogers a check during the Board of Regents meeting in Juneau, September 18. (L-R Casey, Alex, Keith Criddle, Chancellor Rogers) Photo credit University of Alaska.
Students start the year with a roadside cleanup
The Juneau student subunit of the American Fisheries Society, Alaska Chapter, kicked off the year with an organizational meeting and a roadside cleanup. The group has a 2 mile stretch of road around Lena Point with the Alaska Department of Transportation, Adopt-a-Highway program.
Messages from Christina
Hear ye, hear ye, last week to order “Nooks with Hooks” sweatshirts!
Have you been admiring the “Nooks with Hooks” sweatshirts that students, staff, and faculty been wearing around SFOS? Looking for a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a Festivus for the rest of us present? Think about giving or getting a “Nooks with Hooks” sweatshirt! This is the last week that you can place order them!
The cost is $35.50 per sweatshirt ($38.50 for 1X or larger) and we can collect only cash or check (made out to UAF). There will be no additional shipping charge IF the sweatshirts are going to Juneau (Lena Building), Seward (SMC), Kodiak (Owen), or Anchorage (MAP Office). If they need to be shipped anywhere else, we will need an additional $12.35 per sweatshirt for shipping (priority mail medium flat rate).
The order will be placed with Trademark no later than October 3 (so we will need the money before noon) and it will take 2 weeks for them to produce the sweatshirts. For sites outside of Fairbanks, I will need the money in hand when I make the order, so please plan accordingly.
If you want a sweatshirt, please fill out an order form at this link AND either stop by Academic Programs or contact me via e-mail to let me know that you will be sending money.
There have been several people who have filled out the form saying they want a sweatshirt, but we have not received money. Keep in mind, no money, no sweatshirt.
Mark your calendars…
Important deadlines for the rest of the semester are approaching. Be sure to mark your calendars so you are not left in the dark.
- Wednesday, October 15……………….Deadline to apply for fall graduation
- Friday, October 31………….Deadline for student-initiated and faculty-initiated withdrawals – no refunds.
- Monday, October 27……..Spring 2015 courses are available to view on UAOnline.
- Monday, November 10……Spring 2015 registration and fee payment opens
- Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28………….UAF closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
- Friday, December 12………….Last day of Instruction
- Monday, December 15 through Thursday, December 18………….Final Exams!
All faculty who are administering final exams must be present to give their exams! Final exam schedule: http://www.uaf.edu/reg
Looking for a spring 2015 course to take, but want more information?
Check out our spring 2015 course bulletin board in the O’Neill building. Instructors are creating fliers to advertise their courses. Get a sneak peek of spring courses before they come out on UAOnline.
GPSML students: Do you need travel or research money?
The deadline is approaching to apply for GPMSL graduate student support funds through the “Robert and Kathleen Byrd Competition”. Up to eight awards for up to $800 each can be made. Eligible students are full-time students, currently enrolled within GPMSL (either Oceanography or Marine Biology) and registered for at least 9 credits in the fall 2014 semester, are current on all their graduate paperwork, and are in good standing. Funds can be used towards thesis-research oriented travel, supply materials for thesis research, contractual services as they pertain to thesis research, or tuition. Computers are not an eligible request. All requested funds have to apply the student’s current thesis project and degree program. The Robert and Kathleen Byrd award can be granted a maximum of three times to a single student for the duration of their degree program; preference may be given to students who have not received the award previously if all other aspects of the applications are equal.
Applications consist of:
- A 1-page maximum summary of the thesis work;
- Up to 1⁄2 page specific explanation of how (for what) the funds will be used together with a justification how this will support the specific graduate work; please be specific on the budget details
- A list of any current and previous other support (incl. previous Byrd funding).
Applications must be submitted electronically by 5 pm on Friday, 3 October 2014, to Katrin Iken (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions regarding the announcement, please contact Katrin. Funds from this award have to be spent by 31 January 2015. If awarded, you will be asked to write a note to Robert and Kathleen Byrd within 2 weeks of notification of the award as a pre-requisite to receive the funding. Robert Byrd is an alumnus of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and has awarded a generous gift to GPMSL for student support.
There are still several students who do not have current annual reports on file. I will be sending reminder e-mails to delinquent students and advisors. Keep in mind that these reports are considered performance appraisals and can protect both the advisor and students if future issues or questions arise. Students that are delinquent will not be considered for UAF Graduate School/SFOS travel grants, scholarships, or teaching assistantships.
Coming soon to a device near you! Docusign!!
In order to streamline our processing of student paperwork, Academic Programs is looking at adopting Docusign. What is Docusign? It is the most widely used electronic signature platform. Several UAF departments have started using it and LOVE IT! What does this mean for you? You can sign student paperwork from any device, no faxing or e-mailing approvals. Docusign is more secure than paper because documents are encrypted and a complete audit trail is maintained (what we love about this platform). Docusign will send reminders if you forget to sign the paperwork the first time AND you do not have to have a university e-mail in order to use it. This sounds like a win-win for everyone. We will be letting you know about training (from what I hear it is easy) and the official rollout when Mercedes and I are trained. Stay Tuned!
Messages from Mercedes
Welcome back to another new school year!
I know my summer went by too quickly, but I’m definitely happy to have students back in the halls of O’Neill.
Here are some highlights, changes and reminders:
- There is an updated Thesis Formatting Handbook. Check out the whole document here. If you were not able to make the Thesis Formatting Workshop earlier this week, be sure to look at the handbook and contact the Graduate School with any questions.
- I am still seeing some old graduate school paperwork layouts coming in. Please remember to use the latest forms.
- Speaking of (new) forms, I want to touch on names that should go in the fields for program chairs and deans.
- Fisheries students: Program Chair: Shannon Atkinson, (Assoc) Dean: Trent Sutton
- GPMSL students: Program Chair: Katrin Iken, (Assoc) Dean: Brenda Konar
Messages from around SFOS
Mercedes has been collecting announcements from around SFOS through the summer to include in this post.
Safety Training update from Pat Rivera:
SFOS has a Safety Portal that contains all the links you will need for any SFOS and UAF required training. Please use this link to address all your training needs. Included is the Safety Training report which is updated periodically.
Alaska Marine Science Symposium
The Alaska Marine Science Symposium registration is now open for the 2015 conference held in Anchorage, January 19-23.
Students in the News
- SFOS students, Julia Dissen, Lauren Bell, Kelly Walker, Alyssa Frothingham, Kyle Dillipaine, and Alexis Walker are working on a blog related to their studies in the arctic. Feel free to check it out over here. (PS, there’s also a link in the “Blogs” menu on the Academic Program’s website.)
- Interdisciplinary student, Danielle Ringer, was interviewed by KMXT in Kodiak about the “greying the fleet” project. Here’s the article.
- La Roche College graduate Kelly Hegel made the front page of the Kodiak Daily Mirror this summer with our Applied Marine Microbiology Lab course.
And to round out this month’s edition, here are some pictures from the Learn to Return CPR class from this summer.