3rd Annual ENGAGE Week November 4-10

ENGAGE Week: Urban in Alaska

What is ENGAGE Week?

This year, the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) is focusing on the "Urban in Alaska" and specifically, Anchorage's neighborhoods in order to better understand the many ways citizens are engaging with their communities to make them great places to live. We believe that utilizing this place-based approach will allow us to investigate in new ways the nature of our city and how people live in it.

How to get involved:

ENGAGE Week 2013 features dialogues, panels, workshops, and outdoor events that highlight the strengths and challenges of the "Urban in Alaska."  Feel free to attend as many activities as possible.  These events are all free and open to the public.


ENGAGE Week Schedule of Events:

Nov 1

"Open Craft: Midnight Sun Brew"
Herminia Din, Art Professor at UAA brings samples of her craft with Lee Ellis, lead brewer at Midnight Sun demonstrating his craft of making beer.
Note: this event is for ages 21 and older, and tickets are $10-15 available on the .Anchorage Museum website
7 p.m. Anchorage Museum

Nov 4

"Better Know A Neighborhood: East Side"
Brown Bag Session - Featuring Dr. Sheila Selkregg, former Eastside resident; Polly Smith, Alaska Literacy Program; and Mary Rall, Community Relations Chief, USARAK
12-1:15 p.m. in Lyla Richards Conf Room -Student Union

Nov 5


"Citizen Profiles-Young Advocates Making a Difference in their Community"
Brown Bag Session - Featuring multimedia presentations and discussion with local activists Shelly Hennessy and Amanda Metivier.
12-1:15 p.m. in Consortium Library Rm 307

"Get on Your Soapbox"  
Students will "get on the soapbox" and give 2 to 3 minute speeches arguing for or against a smoke free campus. At the end of the hour, three finalists will be selected and their speeches will be posted online for the public to vote for an audience favorite. 
Get On Your Soapbox event webpage
4-5 p.m. in Student Union North Cafeteria

"Alaska Redistricting: A Panel discussion with special guest Albert Kookesh"
5-7 p.m.  UAA Campus Bookstore

Nov 6 


"Better Know A Neighborhood: Fairview"
Brown Bag Session - Chris Constant with the Fairview Community Council will present, along with Paul Fuhs of the Fairview Business Association.
12 p.m. in Lyla Richards Conf Room - Student Union

"Art, Ethics & Community Impact"
A Dialogue for Public Life on Climate Change from three very different perspectives: Marek Ranis, Visual Artist and Assistant Professor of Art History from UNC Charlotte; Raymond Anthony, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UAA; and Maryann Fidel, with the UAA Resilience and Adaptive Management Group, with the Bering Sea Sub-Network project.
4-6 p.m. in Consortium Library Rm 307

Nov 7

"Think Tank"
Sponsored by Moose's Tooth - In this interactive session, Leadership Anchorage will be our first guest presenting this issue: "How can we recruit a more diverse leadership group that is reflective of the Greater Anchorage community?" Students, faculty, staff, and community members - come and brainstorm solutions for the organization!  This "Think Tank" will be a continuing series featuring a different non-profit each month.
12-1:15 p.m. in Consortium Library Rm 307

"Networking: Job Opportunities for Socially Minded Students"
Join our UAA alumni for a discussion of socially conscious career opportunities for students who want to explore how to make a living AND make a difference in the world!  Panel: Jayson Smart, MPA '05, Program Officer, Rasmuson Foundation; Victoria Kendall, MSW '97, Deputy Director, Programs for Infants and Children; Susan LaBelle, MSW '97, Term Clinical Assistant Professor, UAA School of Social Work; Chrissy Bell, B.A. English '01, Senior Communications Manager, Credit Union 1
5-7 p.m. Gorsuch Commons Rm 106

Nov 8

"Better Know A Neighborhood: Mountain View"
Panel and Literary Reading - A panel about Mountain View, including a literary reading by Mary Kudenov and discussion with Kirk Rose with the Mountain View Community Council.  Followed by writing workshop at 10:30. 
9-10:15 a.m. in the Student Union Den

"The Anchorage Neighborhood Writing Project"
Writing Workshop:  The city has stories. These stories—your stories—are Anchorage lore, and we'd like to hear your voice. The Anchorage Neighborhood Writing Project welcomes you to its first free writing workshop on urban writing. The class will be interactive, with discussions, exercises, writing prompts, and suggestions to encourage participants to draw inspiration from their everyday lives and write about living in Anchorage.  For details and to sign up see Writing Workshop event page
10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Student Union Den

Nov 9

"Fairview Neighborhood Pop-Up Museum"
Pop-Up Museum-Community members from Fairview will celebrate their neighborhood’s past, present, and future by showcasing remembrances and images from the neighborhood in a pop-up museum that will only appear for a few hours in the parking lot of the Fairview Rec Center.  This event is open to the community and is family friendly with activities and music for all.  In partnership with Anchorage Museum and Fairview Community Council.
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Fairview Recreation Center Parking Lot (1121 E 10th Ave)

Fri Nov 8-Sun Nov 10

"My Anchorage Walks" 
Sign up to participate in these student led walks that will showcase the lesser known urban spaces of Anchorage.     
Times and locations vary
See My Anchorage Walks event webpage for tour descriptions & to sign up.

 Download the ENGAGE Week Flyer


Thank you to all of the partners and sponsors that make ENGAGE Week happen: Moose's Tooth, Dept. of Health Sciences, Student Life and Leadership, UAA Alumni Relations, Dept. of Journalism and Public Communication, Seawolf Debate Program, UAA Smoke Free Task Force, UAA Bookstore, Anchorage Museum, Fairview Community Council.