2016 Archive

2017 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. The prize, which was established in 1989 with funds provided by Mrs. Bullock, is the University of Alaska Foundation's most prestigious award. The honor, along with the $15,000 that goes directly to each year's recipient, provides meaningful acknowledgement to its recipient and inspiration to others. Each year the UA Foundation Board of Trustees selects an individual whose work has demonstrated excellence in support of the University of Alaska to be the winner of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

Any UA student, faculty, staff member or volunteer who has made a significant contribution to further the university's mission of "inspiring learning, and advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service..." is eligible to be nominated for the prize. Nominees can include someone who has made a difference for many years or someone who is considered an "up-and-comer."

The deadline for receipt of complete nomination packets, including application, resume or CV, and letters of reference, is Dec. 1, 2016. Any material postmarked after midnight on the deadline date will be considered for the following year's prize. Nominations may be mailed or electronically submitted.

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Susan Foley appointed University of Alaska Foundation President

The University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees and University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced today the appointment of Susan Behlke Foley as president of the University Foundation. Foley, an Anchorage-based attorney, brings substantial executive and non-profit leadership to the position. She will join the Foundation on September 6.

“Susan’s experience and perspective as a longtime Alaskan with deep experience in philanthropy will be critical for the Foundation's success as we navigate our way through some very challenging fiscal times,” said Scott Jepsen, chair of the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees. “We look forward to her leadership.”  

As a partner in the law firm of Foley, Foley, & Pearson, P.C. for the past 28 years, Foley has helped hundreds of Alaskans recognize the importance of philanthropy as they plan their estates. A frequent lecturer on all aspects of charitable planning, philanthropy and wealth transfer planning, she has significant teaching and speaking experience.

“I look forward to working with others at the university as I take on this important role at the University Foundation,” Foley said. “Alaskans understand the university system is crucial to the future of our state. They agree that education is critical to quality of life, workforce quality and the ability to retain our brightest. Enhanced giving is key if our university is to carry out its critical mission.”

Foley has been active in philanthropic and charitable organizations throughout her professional career. She was a long time member of the board of directors of the Alaska Community Foundation and served as that organization’s interim CEO and president in 2015. She participated as a member of the Planned Giving Goals and Visioning Committee for United Way of Anchorage, and in 2014 she was the recipient of Alaska’s Outstanding Volunteer in Philanthropy Award from the Alaska Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Raised in Fairbanks, Foley earned a B.A. in Economics from Whitman College and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. She began her law practice in Fairbanks and moved to Anchorage in 1981.

Foley succeeds Carla Beam, who retired in December 2015 and Interim UA Foundation President Megan Riebe.


Prof. Bruno Kappes Receives Bullock Prize from the University of Alaska Foundation 

Prof. Bruno Kappes, director of the Anchorage Biofeedback Clinic and a 30-plus year University of Alaska Anchorage psychology professor, was recently selected by the University of Alaska Foundation Trustees as the recipient of its most prestigious award -- the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

Kappes has been a pioneer in delivering psychology courses. He has taught more than 10,000 UAA students since 2000 alone. Aside from Kappes teaching duties, he has presented international lectures on the topic and also is an active researcher. His early research at UAA assisted with the protocols and medical treatment of cold-injured patients at the Thermal Unit of Providence Hospital in Anchorage. His current research focus "insanity and the death-qualified jury" has proved important in Alaska's courtrooms as well.

"Professor Kappes has sustained extraordinary achievement and inspired learning through an accomplished history of advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service. He has taught more generations of Alaska students by virtue of his unique capacity to provide successful instruction to large numbers of Alaska students statewide, national and internationally," said John Petraitis, UAA Associate Dean of Social Sciences, in his nomination.

Kappes will receive $15,000 for his significant contribution to the university from the UA Foundation, thanks to a generous gift from Edith Bullock. "Edith Bullock made a generous contribution to establish this award to showcase the extraordinary achievements of individuals on behalf of the UA system," said Foundation Chair Scott Jepsen. "And the Trustees resolved that Bruno Kappes' accomplishments in teaching and research embodied the excellence that Mrs. Bullock wished to showcase. As Alaska looks to graduate more homegrown students, Dr. Kappes' pioneering work in distance education will help provide the foundation to reach this goal."

Edith R. Bullock's 30 years of service to the university included serving on the Board of Regents and the Foundation Board of Trustees. 

The UA Foundation raises, manages, and stewards private donations for the benefit of the University of Alaska. 

 UA Foundation Awards Migratory Bird Research Grant

The University of Alaska Foundation announced today that Danielle Gerik, a graduate students in fisheries and ocean sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the recipient of the 2016 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant.

The award is provided to support research on bird species found either permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships. Gerik received the $12,046 award for her research proposal entitled "Investigation of Shorebird Diet using Genetic Analyses of Feces from Captive fed and Wild-caught Adults and Young."

"Danielle's study is an intricate part of the 'Climate Change Effects on Wetlands, Invertebrates and Shorebirds' (CEWISH) study funded partially by the Arctic Landscape conservation Cooperative and an assortment of universities," wrote Richard Lanctot, Alaska Shorebird Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in his letter of recommendation.

Gerik's study will assist in documenting the prey eaten by shorebirds, prey availability, and the timing of the breeding season to find the impact of shorebird growth and survival. The study will help researchers and natural resource managers understand how the timing of key ecological events can impact wildlife abundance. They study will also compliment the U.S. Geological Survey's 'Changing Arctic Ecosystem Initiative' that projects habitat change and potential species responses in order to better manage natural resources in the Arctic.

This grant, part of the UA Foundation's consolidated endowment fund, was established in 1981 with a gift from the Atlantic Richfield Co. to honor the memory of Angus Gavin, an environmental scientist and advisor to ARCO. Gavin was hand-picked  by ARCO Chairman Robert O. Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the little know flora and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969. Gavin's work was instrumental in helping ARCO and the scientific community draw conclusions, pro or con, about the impact of oil field development on the ecology of the North Slope and to recommend operational changes that would minimize or negate any adverse effects on the environment.

For more information, call Dory Straight at the UA Foundation, 907-450-8030.


Harold T. Caven Professorship Recipient Named

Dr. Han Donker, Professor of Accounting at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is the recent recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s 2016 Harold T. Caven Professorship. 

The two-year professorship includes a $20,000 award.  This award will enable Donker to continue his research into the corporate values of Native corporations. While the Western standard of corporate success depends on maximizing shareholder value, Native corporations embrace a more holistic approach. Donker’s research explores current and alternative Native values and organizational forms, and how they enhance social and economic prosperity. Alaska Native corporations are the most successful Native-owned companies found in the world. Donker is hoping to export the knowledge behind their success to indigenous groups outside Alaska. 

Dr. Donker has 24-years of experience in the accounting and economics fields. He received his Master of Science in Monetary Economics from Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and his PhD in Economics and Business from Tilburg University, Netherlands. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Corporate Governance, a peer reviewed international journal that explores issues related to corporate governance. 

The Harold T. Caven Professorship was established in 1974 with a gift from Mrs. Loretta Caven, widow of Harold T. Caven.  Dr. Caven was a longtime Alaskan who first came to the state in 1943.  He served as a Director and as a Vice President of the First National Bank of Anchorage.


For more information, call Dory Straight at the UA Foundation, 907-450-8030

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