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Submitted by Carla Browning
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CLA instructor publishes two cartoon collections
Jamie Smith, UAF alumnus and instructor of drawing and cartooning, has released two new cartoon collections, "Freeze-Frame: It's Gonna Be a Long Winter" and "Nuggets." Smith's cartoons have appeared regularly in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner for 20 years and he is also an editorial cartoonist for the Ester Republic.

Undergrad receives Udall scholarship
Marita Tolson, undergraduate in natural resources management, is one of 80 students throughout the nation to be awarded the 2008 Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Winners will receive up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board or other educational expenses, a four-day, all-expenses-paid orientation in Tucson, Ariz., and networking opportunities with past Udall Scholarship recipients. The scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who show a commitment to careers related to the environment and to Native American or Alaska Native students who are interested in careers in Native health care or tribal public policy.

Faculty member receives award for indigenous education studies Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley, retired associate professor of education, was awarded the Mike Charleston Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education. The award is presented annually to an individual who has dedicated a substantial portion of his or her professional career to the study of indigenous education.

UAF SIFE team recognized at regional competition
The UAF Students in Free Enterprise team won the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Seattle, Wash. on April 4, 2008. They will advance to the national competition in Chicago, Ill in May. SIFE is a nonprofit organization that aims to create economic opportunities in communities by organizing outreach projects that focus on market economics, entrepreneurship, personal financial success skills and business ethics.

CLA professor publishes fiction novel
Gerri Brightwell, assistant professor of English, recently published a novel, "The Dark Lantern." The book is a literary thriller set in 19th century Victorian London. According to Publishers Weekly, "The action will keep the reader as intrigued as a parlor maid eavesdropping outside her mistress's boudoir."

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail at marmian.grimes@uaf.edu.