Friday, September 30, 2011

Dr. Rosay presents an update on the Alaska Victimization Survey to Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, presented an update on the Alaska Victimization Survey at a meeting of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) in Anchorage on September 28.

The Alaska Victimization Survey is a multi-year project designed to provide definitive measures of intimate partner violence and sexual violence for Alaska. It provides statewide and regional baselines that can be  used to support prevention and intervention efforts that reduce violence against women.  Data are used to guide planning and policy development, and to evaluate the impact of prevention and intervention services.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prof. Brandeis continues Justice Center partnership with the federal archives

Archivist Robyn Dexter discusses resources available at the NARA.

 Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Justice faculty, invited representatives of the National Archives at Anchorage (NARA)  to guest lecture in his JUST 250 Development of Law class on September 15.  Regional Archives Director Bruce Parham and Archivist Robyn Dexter presented information on the types of resources available at the NARA.  Students will use the federal archives as part of a research paper assignment on a chosen judicial, legislative or administrative action.

  The education outreach partnership between the NARA and the Justice Center began in 1993 with students in the Development of Law class visiting the National Archives in Anchorage as part of a class project, and has grown and continued with great success over the years.

Regional Director Bruce Parham has been lecturing to classes since 1993.  However, he will be retiring this year after 22 years of service with the NARA, and Robyn Dexter, Archivist, will take over outreach to the Justice Center. Prior to joining the NARA, Mr. Parham worked as an archivist in Arkansas and California, and has spent 37 years in this work both as an archivist and as an administrator. Robyn Dexter and Susan Means, Senior Records Analyst, will manage the Anchorage office until a new director is hired.

L to r: Archivist Robyn Dexter, Regional Archives Director Bruce Parham,
and Prof. Brandeis.

2011 victimization survey results for Anchorage to be released October 3

The results of the 2011 Victimization Survey for Anchorage will be introduced at a press conference on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Auditorium.  The survey was conducted in the Municipality of Anchorage through a contract with the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA).

The victimization survey was conducted in the Municipality of Anchorage from April 2011 to June 2011.  The survey was designed to measure the lifetime and past year exposure to sexual violence and intimate partner violence.

The press conference will immediately follow the opening ceremony at 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Awareness Month Coalition event will include video remarks by Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Mark Begich, a State Proclamation by Attorney General John Burns, and the presentation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month awards.

The press conference is presented jointly by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, AWAIC, STAR, and the UAA Justice Center.

More Information:
For more background on this project, visit
For more information about CDVSA, visit
For more information on AWAIC, visit
For more information on STAR, visit

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Justice Club meets Friday, September 30

The next Justice Club meeting is Friday, September 30, at 10:00 a.m. in ENGR 110. Please contact President Sam Peters for information about the agenda.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Dr. Chamard presents at UAA Safety Awareness Month 2011 program

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, will be a participant at the  "Safety & A Slice: An Interactive Exhibit" on Wednesday, September 28 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union Lounge. Free pizza is part of the event.

This program is one of several being presented at UAA as part of National Campus Safety Awareness Month 2011 in September.

The program on Wednesday includes representatives from UPD, Student Conduct, Environmental Health & Safety, Volunteers of America, the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, and alcohol/drug educators, and will focus on ways to promote campus safety.  Fire extinguisher training and other live demos are also scheduled.

Dr. Chamard teaches courses on crime prevention, is a member of the UPD Auxiliary Emergency Team, and was recently elected chair of the Anchorage Public Safety Advisory Commission.  She has also completed training as a member of the UAA campus community emergency response team.

The National Campus Safety Awareness Month website is sponsored by Security On Campus, Inc., a  501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to safe campuses for college and university students. It was co-founded in 1987 by Connie and Howard Clery, following the murder of their daughter at Lehigh University. Jeanne Clery was a freshman when she was beaten, raped and murdered in her dormitory room on April 5, 1986. Jeanne's assailant was another Lehigh student who murdered Jeanne during his attempt to commit robbery as she slept.

Justice Center pizza party for students great success

The Justice Center hosted a pizza party with Moose's Tooth pizza on Tuesday, September 20 for Justice and Paralegal students at the Justice Center offices.  Students enjoyed the informal environment and had an opportunity to meet Justice faculty and staff.  Justice Club treasurer Sarah Peterson presented information on the club and upcoming activities, and signed up several new members.

The Justice Center hopes to hold this event for students at the beginning of each semester.

L to right: Justice Club VP Coleman Alguire & Secretary Daniel Reinhard listen as Treasurer Sarah Peterson talks to the group about the Justice Club.

Students listen to description of Justice Club activities.

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Club advisor (left), talks with Dr. Cory Lepage, and Dr. Brad Myrstol,
Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society advisor.

Dr. Marny Rivera, Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society advisor,
enjoys pizza at the event.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dr. Rivera receives promotion and tenure certificate at 2011 faculty and staff convocation

College of Health Acting Dean Susan Kaplan presents certificate to
Dr. Marny Rivera, while Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mike
Driscoll and Chancellor Tom Case look on.
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, received her certificate of  promotion to the rank of Associate Professor and award of tenure in the UAA College of Health at the 2011 UAA Faculty and Staff Convocation held September 16 at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Dr. Rivera holds a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been a Justice Center faculty member since 2007.

Opening of the convocation.

Faculty and staff in lobby of
Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Justice Club September 23 tour of crime lab - deadline September 21 to register

The Justice Club will be touring the Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (SCDL) on Friday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m.  Deadline to register for the tour is Wednesday, September 21.  Please email Sam Peters, Justice Club president,  Space is limited to the first 20 members who respond.

The SCDL is responsible for providing biological screening, DNA, latent fingerprint, firearm/tool mark, blood alcohol and drug identification forensic science services to Alaska law enforcement agencies, as well providing expert court testimony on lab results of tested evidence, administering the statewide breath alcohol testing program, and training law enforcement officers in proper evidence collection and preservation techniques.

If you are participating in the tour, you must arrive at the Crime Lab at 5500 E. Tudor Road by 12:40 p.m. 

Alaska Justice Forum article cited in brief challenging Alaska's ban on food assistance for drug felons

"Prisoner Reentry and the Uniform Collateral Consequences of Conviction Act," an article published in the Winter 2011 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum (Vol. 27, No. 4), was cited in a trial court brief filed by Alaska Legal Services Corporation challenging the State of Alaska's lifetime ban on food assistance for drug felons.  The case is before the Superior Court of the Third Judicial District, Cyril Reape v. State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Assistance.

Prof. Periman presents "Best Practices in Teaching" to new UAA faculty

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice faculty; Dr. Randy Magen, School of Social Work; and Dr. Elizabeth Predeger, School of Nursing, will present, "Evaluating Your Teaching: Making Learning Visible" to new faculty on Friday, September 23.  The focus is on best practices in teaching, strategies for documenting effectiveness of one's teaching, ways to share effective methods, and demonstrating exemplary teaching in a promotion and tenure portfolio.

This lecture is part of the "Making Learning Visible Series" of CAFE (Center for Faculty Excellence).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pizza party for Justice & Paralegal students on Sep. 20

Pizza Party for Justice & Paralegal Students
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
4:00 -5:30 p.m.
Justice Center, Consortium Library
2nd floor, LIB 213

Drop in for pizza and beverages and meet your advisors, professors, and fellow students! 

Justice students at a past student event enjoy the food!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Justice Center hosts faculty/staff lunch with UAA Chancellor Tom Case

Justice Center faculty during their working retreat.
The Justice Center held a lunch for faculty and staff as part of the annual faculty retreat.  UAA Chancellor Tom Case was invited to attend.  During lunch, Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, presented a summary of  the annual Justice Center return on investment report for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.


During FY11, the Justice Center served 517 undergraduates and graduates, generating $765,125 in tuition dollars.  For every dollar the state invested in instruction, the Justice Center generated $1.56 in tuition revenue.  The Justice Center maintained 14 externally funded projects, funded for a total of $1,158,766 – with $888,684 spent in FY11.  For every dollar the state invested in research, the Justice Center expended $2.21 in grant funding awarded to the Justice Center.   

In addition, the Justice Center produced:
  • 7 peer reviewed journal articles, 
  • 15 Alaska Justice Forum articles, 
  • 11 research reports, and 
  • 2 research overviews.  
Chancellor Tom Case speaks
to the group.
The Justice Center also remained committed to providing services to the community, the university, and the profession.  Faculty and staff:
  • hosted eight major conferences, workshops, and events; 
  • worked with 79 different community partners; 
  • served on 55 university committees; 
  • furthered outreach efforts with six events; 
  • served on five editorial boards; 
  • participated in 23 different professional associations; and
  • reviewed manuscripts and grants for six different journals and agencies.  
The Justice Center received four awards in recognition of current and former faculty contributions to the justice profession and community.  The Justice Center's accomplishments are noted in our blog.

Click here for the FY11 Justice Center Annual Return on Investment  Report.  Click here for the PowerPoint summary.

Pictured here are Justice Center faculty and staff with the Chancellor - back row (l to r) Dr. Brad Myrstol, Dr. Corey Lepage, Prof. Jason Brandeis, Chancellor Tom Case, Dr. Troy Payne, Dr. Ron Everett.  Front row (l t r) Melissa Green, Dr. Sharon Chamard, Dr. Marny Rivera, Rhoda Brown, Amy Perkins, Tuyet Tran, Dr. Allan Barnes, Dr. André Rosay, Barbara Armstrong. Not pictured are Prof. Deb Periman and Alan McKelvie.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Justice Center part of 2011 Campus Kick-off success

The 2011 Campus Kick-off on Saturday, August 27 was a great success with tons of booths, activities, and no rain!  Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, and Dr. Brad Myrstol and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, were on hand to talk to current and prospective Justice and Paralegal Studies students and their parents.  UAA Chancellor Tom Case dropped by the Justice Center booth, as did the UAA mascot, "Spirit."  See photos below.
L to r: Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Brad Myrstol talk to students about Justice Center programs.
L to r: Dr. Brad Myrstol and Dr. André Rosay at the Justice Center booth.

L to r: Dr. Troy Payne, Dr. Brad Myrstol, and UAA mascot,"Spirit."

UAA Chancellor Tom Case stopped by the Justice Center booth.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wanted: Women in Law Enforcement — Recruitment Fair October 5

The third annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 5, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the UAA Student Union, Upper Level  next to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Parking is free. This event is open to everyone.

Although Alaska's population is 48% female, only about 10% of sworn law enforcement officers are women. Law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting for female officers. Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies statewide will be participating.

This program is sponsored by the Women Police of Alaska with the support of the Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, and the UAA Justice Center.

For more information, call the Justice Center at 786-1810.