University of Alaska Increases Scholars Award

Sep 23, 2014
University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska System created its Scholars Award in 1999.  The scholarship is funded solely by the university through its land endowment and had remained at its original $11,000 since its creation until last week. 

Last week the University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a proposal to increase the Scholars award by $1,000.  The board agreed the minimum required credit load for a student receiving the scholarship will increase from 24 to 30 credits, beginning the second year of the award. 

UAF Awards Seven Alumni at Reunion

Sep 22, 2014
University of Alaska Fairbanks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association will be holding an awards reception on Friday in Fairbanks.  One alumnus will be receiving the association’s most prestigious award.

The Distinguished Alumnus award was first granted in 1962.  Those that receive it are selected based on service on behalf of the quality and advancement of UAF.  This year, the winner is Frank Paskvan, a 1985 graduate of UAF’s College of Engineering and Mines. 

There are over 30 correspondence schools in the state of Alaska.  These programs enable parents to be directly involved in their child’s education. However, there are quite a few misconceptions concerning the correspondence school lifestyle.

Correspondence school is essentially home schooling.  However, the parents work with school districts for resources and some specialty courses as well as guidance.

Dillingham Schools Improving in ASPI Scores

Sep 18, 2014

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development released this year’s school ratings earlier this month.  Dillingham Schools faired very well, improving across the board.  This is part of the Alaska School Performance Index.  

The ASPI was adopted by the state in 2013.  The index rates schools on a 100 point scale.  The points are awarded based on test scores, improvement on tests, attendance, standardized tests and graduation rates.  The schools are the given ratings based on a scale of one-five, five being the best.

University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska system Board of Regents agreed this week to repeal the retention incentive that was previously approved as part of the system’s president’s new contract.

The bonus was equal to one year’s salary at $320,000.  However, after a summer filled with outrage, protesting and petitioning from University of Alaska students and faculty, Pat Gamble asked the board to rescind the bonus they offered him. 

The members of the Dillingham School Board received an update on the start of the new school year during their meeting Monday night. KDLG’s Mike Mason listened in and filed this report.

University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska Board of Regents offered an incentive bonus to President Pat Gamble to stay with the university system through 2016.  An online petition started up in response and has received over one thousand signatures.  

Every school year brings new experiences for high school students. The same can be true for new teachers making their way into schools. This year a local high school welcomed a number of new teachers. KDLG’s Luke Brummer sat down with the group to get their thoughts on the upcoming 2014-2015 year, and what they intend to bring to it and the students.

ACLU Awards Scholarship to Rural Alaskans

Aug 21, 2014

The Alaska branch of a major civil rights organization has awarded scholarships to two rural Alaskans.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

Delayed Koliganek School Construction Now Underway

Aug 12, 2014
Southwest Region School District

Low river waters have delayed the completion of a new school in an upriver village, but officials are determined to get the rest of the materials to the site in time for winter. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has more.

Alaska State Legislature

A major Alaska school district has adopted guidelines for training on recognizing and preventing sexual abuse.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the policy and the campaign behind it.

Evon Peter Selected for UAF Rural Development Post

Aug 4, 2014
University of Alaska Fairbanks

As the first land grant college in the state, the University of Alaska Fairbanks has an important role in its educational history.  While it’s most established in Fairbanks, UAF also operates several rural campuses in locations such as Dillingham, Bethel, and Nome.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has the details on a new person who will administer these campuses.

Office of US Senator Lisa Murkowski

Last week US Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke in front of the National Indian Educational Association.  In her speech, she pledged her support for native language immersion programs. 

Senator Murkowski has a history of supporting native language immersion programs.  In June, Murkowski spoke in support of the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 1974.  Both that bill and the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act went in front of the Committee on Indian Affairs in late July.  They are both under review.

University of Alaska System

The University of Alaska is trying a new program aimed at bringing students from the Lower 48 with family ties in Alaska to head north. 

This fall will see the beginning of a new two year program called “Come Home to Alaska.”  Out of state students applying to the University of Alaska will be able to pay in state tuition if they have parents or grandparents that are residents of the state.  This program would save an out of state student over $13,000 for 30 undergraduate credits per year.

Igiugig Recieves Historic Preservation Grant

Jul 29, 2014
National Park Service

The National Park Service has just released this year’s group of historic preservation grants.  The funds are used by a variety of Native Americans for preserving physical sites as well as culture.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the grants as well as an Alaska village making use of one.