Monday, April 14, 2014

Justice Club visits Hiland Mountain Correctional Center

Members of the Justice Club on their visit to Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.

Members of the UAA Justice Club visited Hiland Mountain Correctional Center on Saturday, April 12.  Probation Officer Bruce Ronchetti coordinated the program for the students.

The Alaska Department of Corrections website describes the correctional center as follows:
"The Combined Hiland Mountain Correctional Center is the State of Alaska's dedicated facility for housing female prisoners. It is a multi-level adult correctional facility located in Eagle River, Alaska. The institution includes 11 buildings, containing approximately 120,000 square feet of space. It sits on approximately 62.7 acres of land adjacent to Eagle River, Alaska. It has the capacity for approximately 400 prisoners."

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Resource Fair at UAA on April 17

As part of UAA Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, a resource fair is scheduled this week. Community partners and UAA departments are joining to present information on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness, prevention, and resources.  These events are part of national Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

Event: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Resource Fair
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place:  UAA Student Union

Learn about local and statewide resources and volunteer opportunities. "NO MORE Alliance," an organization of UAA students, will be one of the exhibitors.

Images from the "UAA Says No More" Facebook page.
Click here for a full list of events at UAA in April  on domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention in April on campus.

Save the date! On April 22 - Renting 101 workshop - what students need to know about landlord/tenant relations in Alaska

Don’t miss this!
Renting 101: Tips for Renting an Apartmen

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Lyla Richards Conference Room, Lower Level, UAA Student Union

In just one hour, learn about:
•    Leases
•    Security Deposits
•    Problems with Landlords
•    Evictions
•    Moving Out

Know your rights and responsibilities as a tenant!

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., UAA Justice Center faculty
Prof. Fortson is a lawyer and the author of A College Student’s Guide to Landlord/Tenant Relations in Alaska. In his previous employment, he represented tenants in eviction proceedings. Get the guide under Student Forms & Resources on the Justice Center website.

Come and ask questions.
Learn about resources for renting an apartment and finding roommates in Anchorage.

For more information, call 786-1124. 

A joint presentation of the UAA Justice Center and
UAA Student Union & Commuter Student Services

Alpha Phi Sigma national criminal justice honor society welcomes 17 new members

L to r: Dr. Sharon Chamard, Sean McErlane, Nicole Weber, Mariama Wiggins, Dr. Ryan Fortson, Chloe Thaman,
Tahnee Conte-Seccareccia, Robin Stepetin, Camilla Hussein-Scott, Dr. Marny Rivera, and Dr. Allan Barnes.
Not pictured: Jacob Decker, Seth Dinkel, Leslie Erdman, Melissa Eury, Isabella Forshee, Veronica Klyber,
Anne Livingston, Frazier Manfull, Tenaya Stanton, and Kayla Wilke.
Seventeen Justice majors were inducted as members of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Omega Xi Chapter, on Thursday, March 27 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. Family and friends attended the ceremony, followed by a reception.

To be selected for this honor, each student had to maintain a 3.2 overall cumulative GPA and 3.2 GPA in their Justice major. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice.

Dr. Ryan Fortson, J.D., faculty advisor, moderated the ceremony. Dr. Marny Rivera, Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice faculty, also attended.

2014 Inductees:
Tahnee Conte-Seccareccia
Jacob Decker
Seth Dinkel
Leslie Erdman
Melissa Eury
Isabella Forshee
Camilla Hussein-Scott
Veronica Klyber
Anne Livingston
Frazier Manfull
Sean McErlane
Tenaya Stanton
Robin Stepetin
Chloe Thaman
Nicole Weber
Mariama Wiggins
Kayla Wilke

Friday, April 11, 2014

Walt Monegan, law enforcement veteran, speaks to students in JUST 110 classes

L to r: Walt Monegan and Dr. Allan Barnes pose
for a photo after class.
Walt Monegan, a law enforcement veteran who has served as Chief of the Anchorage Police Department, Commissioner of Public Safety, and most recently as Executive Director of the Alaska Native Justice Center, spoke to two of Dr. Allan Barnes' Introduction to Justice classes in March.

Mr. Monegan spoke about his journey into a law enforcement career, and also discussed community policing, police use of force, characteristics of a good police officer, and how students should approach applying to the Anchorage Police Department.

Dr. Chamard discusses homelessness and affordable housing at UAA Urban in Alaska Conference

Conference panelists (l to r) Anecia O’Carroll, Rebecca Robinson, Diane Bline, Mike Sobocinski,
Susan Bomalaski, Sharon Chamard, James Fitterling, and Carrie Longoria.
Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, was a panelist at the 2nd Annual Urban in Alaska Conference: A Creative Placemaking Initiative, on March 28 in the UAA Student Union Cafeteria.

“Social Issues in Anchorage: Informing Design” was the panel theme, and Dr. Chamard and Dr. Susan Bomalaski, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services  held a "conversation” on homelessness and affordable housing, and the relationship to design and use of public spaces.

The purpose of the annual conference is to bring together faculty, students, and community members in a community-wide participatory process focusing on social issues that impact the design of public space, such as race and ethnicity, youth violence and opportunities for youth, and alcohol and substance abuse and recovery. The event is sponsored by the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL).

At podium, Dr. Judith Manley-Owens, CCEL Director, listens with the audience to panelists.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Prof. Brandeis hosts law careers panels for Intro to Law classes

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., organized 2 law careers panels for his LEGL 101 Introduction to Law classes on March 26.  Prof. Brandeis invited local attorneys, paralegals, and other professionals who work in politics and government to present information on entering the legal profession, required academic credentials, tips for applying for jobs, what their particular positions entail, and critical skills needed for a successful legal career.  Students then participated in a lively q & a session with the panels.

The first panel included Carly Ashby, Paralegal, Nyquist Law Group; Meghan Kelly, Environmental & Compliance Specialist, General Communications, Inc.; Sarah Jane Shine (Fischer), Associate Attorney, Perkins Coie; and Andy Moderow, Data Director, Alaska Center for the Environment. See below.
L to r: Prof. Brandeis, Carly Ashby, Meghan Kelly, Sarah Jane Shine, and Andy Moderow.

Panel two included Vikram Patel, Program Manager/Grants Administrator, Anchorage Park Foundation; Heather MacAlpine, Associate Ombudsman, Municipality of Anchorage; Monica Elkinton, Law Office of Monica Elkinton; and Jennifer Seeley, Paralegal, Bliss, Wilkins & Clayton. Heather MacAlpine and Jennifer Seeley are Justice Center alums. See below.

L to r: Prof. Brandeis, Vikram Patel, Heather MacAlpine, Monica Elkinton, and Jennifer Seeley.

Podcast of March 19 domestic violence program NO MORE Silence in the Dark now on Justice Center website

Panelists listen to a question from the moderator. L to r: Dr. Angelia Trujillo, Officer Rhoda Street,
Officer Dave DeLesline, Randi Breager, and Dr. Marny Rivera.

The podcast of the March 19 event  "NO MORE Silence in the Dark" about domestic violence and sexual assault is now on the Justice Center website. Click here for the podcast.

Speakers included Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty; Randi Breager, Alaska State Troopers Program Coordinator; Officer Rhonda Street and Officer Dave DeLesline, Anchorage Police Department; Shannon Eddy, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) Legal Project Staff Attorney; Dr. Angelia Trujillo, UAA School of Nursing, Forensic Nurse Examiner. Dr. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center faculty, was the moderator.

The program was sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and Alpha Phi Sigma, Omega Xi chapter, national criminal justice honor society. Senior Justice majors/Legal Studies minors Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer planned and coordinated this event as part of their capstone project through the UAA Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL). The students made contact with the "NO MORE" national campaign which has the goal of  increasing greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Prof. Periman presents on student assessment and data collection at Lilly-West Conference

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center faculty, presented at the 26th Annual Lilly-West Conference on College and University Teaching held in February in California.

Her presentation, "Data Collection Demystified: Simple Strategies for Integrating Assessment Tools into Your Teaching," was geared to faculty who are non-specialists in quantitative data analysis. The session was a collaborative discussion of the newest and/or easiest strategies for using online tools to collect assessment data on students’ progress toward course or program outcomes. Techniques and strategies for incorporating assessment and data collection in a normal teaching routine, as well as tips for reducing time spent on data collection were highlighted.

Lilly Conferences are academic retreats that combine formal presentations and workshops with opportunities for informal discussion about excellence in college and university teaching and learning. These events are attended by internationally-known scholars, new and experienced faculty members, and administrators from all over the world who meet to discuss topics such as gender differences in learning, technology and teaching, encouraging critical thinking, student portfolios, group learning, and evaluating teaching.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NO MORE at UAA campaign gains momentum on campus and off

UAA students and faculty (standing left of the Choose Respect banner) hold "NO MORE" statements at the
Choose Respect March in Anchorage on March 27.
The "NO MORE at UAA" campaign which began the week of March 17 as a precursor to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April continues to gain momentum on and off campus. The "NO MORE" campaign at UAA co-branded with the "NO MORE" national campaign to increase greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

UAA students and faculty involved in the "NO MORE at UAA" campaign participated in the Choose Respect March in Anchorage on March 27 , 2014.   

UAA student Sarah Anderson was motivated by the "NO MORE at UAA" campaign to visit her home village of Pt. Heiden to talk to students about domestic violence and sexual assault. See below.

Students from Pt. Heiden hold the "NO MORE" statements they wrote after hearing Sarah Anderson's
presentation on preventing domestic violence and sexual assault.
 The "NO MORE at UAA" campaign is part of a degree capstone project with the UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL). The UAA campaign was  initiated and coordinated by Simona Gerdts and Kristen Speyerer, Justice majors/Legal Studies minors, who will be graduating in May 2014.

Simona and Kristen hope that the campaign will become a yearly event at UAA, and they are working with Dr. Ryan Fortson, Justice Center faculty, to explore forming an official student club that will sponsor the NO MORE at UAA events.