In Response to the Editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?

Chancellor, University of Alaska Southeast
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As UAS Chancellor I appreciate the questions raised in the recent Whalesong editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose? The editorial focused on costs of the new UAS entrance sign and other facilities, and about budget priorities when UA budgets are reduced. The writer wonders if building renovations come at the expense of courses, degrees, faculty, and staff that are the heart of any university. Continue reading “In Response to the Editorial: Is the University Forgetting its Purpose?”

The UA Board of Regents at UAS

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As you no doubt have heard, the UA Board of Regents met in Juneau Sept. 17-18, bringing news of future budget changes and tuition adjustments, and to celebrate the naming of the John R. Pugh Residence Hall. I had the opportunity to sit in on both days and observe ongoing discussion on several topics.
UAS was celebrated for outstanding attitudes and new approaches to learning, especially student initiatives and participation in and out of classrooms. I didn’t publicly testify for or against anything but instead listened to several individuals who gave heartfelt testimonies on the topic of tuition, and what increase would be acceptable. Continue reading “The UA Board of Regents at UAS”

Student Government Update

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As your Student Senate, we want to make sure that you know what is going on at Student  Government and what changes are happening on campus. As representatives of the student body, YES THAT IS YOU, we want to always have our doors open to whatever issues you may have with your education and the University. Our goals as a senate is to help you not only succeed with your education but also really enjoy your education and experience at UAS. Continue reading “Student Government Update”

Naming the Freshman Residence Hall

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I was not originally planning to attend the official naming ceremony of the John R. Pugh Residence Hall. But in a twist of fate, the class that I had thought was going to take significantly longer than planned (we were supposed to watch Gladiator) ended up going in a different direction, and taking only an hour and a half instead of the originally slated 2+ hours I had anticipated. So afterwards, I tromped up the  parking lot towards the new residence hall, resenting the amount of rain that was falling and having no idea of what to expect when I got inside. Continue reading “Naming the Freshman Residence Hall”


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As you may know, I was a Student Orientation Leader for the Fall 2015 New Student Orientation. And as you may not know, several of the incoming students I interacted with asked me why I had volunteered to be a student leader. If you’re one of those students and already know my answer to that question, feel free to move on to a different article. If, however, you are not, stick around! But don’t worry. I’m not going to talk about just me. I have a blog for that. This is about you, and this past orientation, and why I think orientation is an overall great process. Continue reading “#orientation”

An Interview with Chancellor Caulfield

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The UAS Whalesong’s Lexi Cherry had the opportunity to sit down with newly-minted Chancellor Rick Caulfield.

Lexi Cherry: Tell us your story. Who are you? Where did you come from?
Rick Caulfield: I came to Juneau in 1975 on the ferry Columbia, and I ended up moving up to Anchorage and then to Fairbanks. I spent a good part of 2 years in the interior, and then I came back down to Southeast Alaska and I worked here during the summers in the late ‘70s. My wife and I met here and were married in Gustavus in 1979, and then we ended up moving back up into the interior so she could finish her college degree. I got my master’s degree in education at UAF, and then took a job out in western Alaska in Bristol Bay. We lived out in Dillingham for 5 years, and then I decided to go back and work on a doctorate in the UK. …I ended up doing field work in Greenland, focusing on aboriginal subsistence whaling. I finished my PhD in 1993, and then came back to Alaska and worked as a professor and later on as a campus director at UAF. Five years ago, I was offered the position of provost here at UAS, so in 2010, my family and I moved back down to Southeast Alaska. … when the position of chancellor opened up this past year, I applied for and was lucky enough to get it. Continue reading “An Interview with Chancellor Caulfield”