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27 to receive UAS degrees


Daily News Staff Writer

The commencement ceremony for the 2013 University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus graduation is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. on May 4.

The ceremony, which will take place at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, will honor the 27 UAS students receiving degrees, from certificates to honorary doctorates.

"It’s a nice mix this year in terms of levels of degrees and variety of degrees," said Gail Klein, student services manager at UAS Ketchikan.

U.S. Forest Service geologist Jim Baichtal will be presented with an honorary doctorate of science degree in recognition for his decades of work in Southeast and throughout Alaska.

"I was just shocked," Baichtal said of the moment in March when he found out about the honor. "I was incredibly humbled." He said he’s worked with UAS Ketchikan interim director Priscilla Schulte off and on for 25 years and has a strong working relationship with numerous other instructors in the University of Alaska system.

"Southeast Alaska is just a fascinating place from a geologic and glacial-history point of view," he said. "I’ve been fortunate enough to be here and be part of that."

Elizabeth Nelson, artistic director for the First City Players, will deliver the keynote address, while the student speaker will be associate of arts graduate Robert Bidwell.

Klein said Bidwell was a good choice to speak on behalf of the graduating class.

"He’s very traditional for us, in that he’s non-traditional," she said. Bidwell worked and raised a family while going to school, and still found time to get involved with the student community, including serving as president of the local honor society Phi Theta Kappa chapter.

Also on-hand for the graduation will be Schulte, UAS Chancellor John Pugh and University of Alaska regents Dale Anderson of Juneau, Fuller Cowell of Big Lake and student regent and Ketchikan native Mari Freitag.

The following degrees will be awarded:

Certificates of Fish Culture and Fisheries Management and an Associate of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology to Jeanne Boyle; Associate of Arts degrees to Cynthia Bashaw, Robert Bidwell, Min Hu, Jody Nelson, Arika Paquette, James Pawlowski and Kristen Zwicker; an Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration degree to Kristen Gilliard; Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration and Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information & Office Systems degrees to LeAnn Pickard; Associate of Applied Science in Fisheries Technology degrees to Peter Austin, Rosalie Grant and LeAn Wortman; Bachelor of Business Administration degrees to Kimberley Dean, Terilyn Hamilton and Christopher Mitchell; Bachelor of Elementary Education degrees to Javan Cook, Larissa Otness, Kalah Stevens and Teresa Varnell; Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degrees to Ghert Abbott and Carena Wood; a Master of Education in Mathematics Education degree to Laura Murph; a Master of Education in Reading Specialist degree and Graduate Certificate to Tiffany Pickrell; a University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Social Work degree to Deneise Weyhmiller; a Master of Teaching in Elementary Education degree and Graduate Certificate to Amber Machado; a Master of Teaching in Secondary Education degree to Rebecca Longshore; and an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree to Jim Baichtal.