Rep. Andy Josephson
Serving Neighbors in Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Representing District 17:
Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

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Anchorage LIO, Room 412
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 269--0265
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Higher Education
University of Alaska

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Today is National Voter Registration Day! Hundreds of voter registration events are planned nationwide, as well as in our fair city. A list of events in Anchorage can be found here.

Information on registering to vote in Alaska can also be found on the Alaska Division of Elections website.

University of Alaska

President Johnsen speaking at the University
President Johnsen speaking at the University

I have always been, and will continue to be a stalwart advocate for the University of Alaska. On September 7th, I attended a presentation by University President Johnsen who was speaking to professors, staff and students on the Strategic Pathways initiative. Strategic Pathways is engaging the University community and experts from around the state to determine how the University can expand access to its programs for all Alaskans, operate more cost-effectively, and build on the unique strengths at each campus to meet our state's higher education needs.

Central to the University’s commitment to Alaska's education imperative is an emphasis on teacher education. The University is reinvigorating our teacher education programs. It feels that it must graduate more teachers to serve the needs of K-12 students who would then be more likely to go on to higher education.

The University is reinvesting in programs geared to encourage and prepare rural Alaskan students for a science, math, or engineering education.

On September 20th, I went to Fairbanks in support of the research programs offered at UAF.

I toured the Permafrost TunnelThe Center for Alaska Native Health Research facility, the new Engineering Building and the Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning (climate change).

Rep. Josephson in the permafrost tunnel
Rep. Josephson in the permafrost tunnel

State and local businesses rely on the engineering and management graduates, as do commercial, political and public institutions rely on the communication and critical thinking skills of the liberal arts graduates that we turn out from Alaskan Universities.

Correction and Clarification:

I previously wrote that my part-time aide, Caroline Storm, is a “retired” Architect which is not at all the case. She is a practicing Architect and working part-time in my office until December as she has a tremendous interest in Public Process and Advocacy.

Celeste Novak is job sharing with Ms. Storm, and will start in my office on October 3rd.

As always, please call or email with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.

I Answer to You!


Andy Josephson[signed]

Representative Andy Josephson
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Phone: 907-465-4939

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