The Rural Alaska Honors Institute hosted a graduation ceremony at 1 p.m., July 11, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Fifty rural and Alaska Native high school students, representing more than 30 communities across the state, graduated after six weeks of academics and on-campus living at UAF this year. They explored fields such as writing, library sciences, process technology, chemistry, business, math, recreation and, for the first time ever, Alaska Native languages. Six students also gained hands-on experience working on two different projects with UAF researchers.
Since its inception in 1983, RAHI has prepared more than 1,950 students for the rigors of higher education. Graduates have gone on to obtain 929 degrees and 187 certificates from not only from the University of Alaska but also other institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Brown universities, Dartmouth College and the universities of Notre Dame and California, Berkeley.
The College of Rural and Community Development recently hosted a
gathering in Fairbanks that included faculty, staff and administrators
of the rural campuses. We came together to build and nurture
relationships, train in student advising, work on the academic structure
of CRCD, and develop a vision for the future of our programs, campuses
CRCD has a service area that includes 160 communities, 140 Alaska Native tribes and 392,000 square miles of land. Our rural campuses are the front door to the University of Alaska for two-thirds of the state, fulfilling a unique role in helping meet local needs of community partners and students, and in addressing workforce and academic needs among a diverse population. CRCD is also present on the Troth Yeddha’ Campus, offering comprehensive student advising through Rural Student Services, a dormitory at Eileen’s House and a summer high school bridging program with the Rural Alaska Honors Institute.
Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Rural Alaska Honors Institute will have new options to explore teaching careers and Alaska Native languages during the summer 2019 session.
At RAHI, high school juniors and seniors from across Alaska will attend classes on the Fairbanks campus from May 28-July 12. They’ll earn up to 11 college credits, which are transferable to any college or university in the United States.
This year, RAHI will offer a new education exploration pathway, funded by the University of Alaska. UA President Jim Johnsen wants 90 percent of Alaska teachers to be educated in Alaska by 2025.
“We are excited to offer this focus on teaching as a career,” said Sandra Kowalski, director of indigenous programs at the UAF College of Rural and Community Development. “Alaska students will benefit greatly as we prepare more of them to teach in rural and Alaska classrooms. Alaskans who become teachers are more committed to staying in our communities.”
Students this year also can enroll in a new three-credit class introducing four Alaska Native languages — Iñupiaq, Athabascan, Yup’ik and Gwich’in. The elective is the first step toward earning a K-12 teaching degree with credentials in Alaska Native languages.
Photo courtesy of (left to right): Ali Schuler, Dianna Perry, Marguerite Tibbles, Kayla Schommer, and Nyssa Baechler
For the fourth year, Alaska Sea Grant has funded five graduate students to begin marine policy and science communications work with local host organizations this fall.
Modeled after the highly successful Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship provides recent graduates with a unique professional opportunity to work firsthand on the science and policy needed to keep Alaska’s marine resources healthy.
This year’s cohort originates from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, and the University of Washington, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.
Steve Gabrielsen, Jeff Wetton, David Hernandez and Jed Hardcastle won first place in the 2018 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Engineering Pittsburgh Coal Mining Institute of America mine design contest. Mining students from around the country submit their capstone design reports.
The trio submitted their senior design report from MIN 490, taught by Rajive Ganguli. The project centered on a Hecla-owned property in Mexico. The students consulted with Hecla professionals as they worked on the report.
For the past six years, MIN 490 mine design teams have placed in the top three five times, and have won the event twice.