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Elizabeth Tower, benefactor of the Tower Endowment, was an enthusiastic supporter of Canadian Studies and an avid historian of Alaska. She died in September of 2010. We are grateful for her generous contributions to the University and for her inspirational energy and enthusiasm.


Elizabeth Tower Endowment

In 2004, the University of Alaska Anchorage announced the creation of the Elizabeth Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies. The goal of this endowment is to increase the visibility of Canadian studies at UAA and in the community and to improve opportunities for UAA students wanting to study in or about Canada.


Elizabeth Tower Faculty Award
Research, Study or Presentation in or about Canada

Amount:  Up to $2,500.00

Activities: May include, but not limited to, archival or other research in Canada, development of Canadian related resources at UAA, or attending a Canadian or Canadian Studies conference, or a conference with significant Canadian content. Tower Endowment Funds may also be used to bring scholars and speakers of interest to Canadian Studies to the University or to develop or promote Canadian Studies or Canada within a department or program, including support for student activities. Funding is available to faculty from all disciplines.

These funds will be made available on a case-by-case basis to faculty who have demonstrated an interest in Canada and who will develop Canadian content in their courses. Recipients will be required to present or report on their activities in a public forum.

Deadline: November 1st, 2013

For a complete list of application requirements, reporting, etc., please click here.


Elizabeth Tower Student Award
Research or Study in or about Canada

Amount: Up to $2,500.00

Activities: May include, but not limited to, study in Canada, attendance at a Canadian or Canada Studies conference, research travel in Canada, or organization of a Canadian event at UAA.

Deadline: November 1st, 2013

For complete application requirements, reporting, etc., please click here.


Elizabeth Tower Public Speaker Funding
Canadian Studies

Amount: Up to $2,500.00

Activities: Awards are dedicated to supporting a public speaking engagement of interest to Canadian Studies. Tower Endowment funds will provide up to $2,500 in publicity expenses, travel expenses and/or honorarium to bring a speaker to campus. The campus or community event must be free and open to the public.

The Tower Endowment will consider support of speakers who have been sponsored for speaking engagements elsewhere in Alaska and who are willing to also speak at UAA. Applications are open to community nonprofit organizations, and individual faculty, departments, or student groups at UAA.

Deadline: November 1st, 2013

For a complete list of application requirements, reporting, etc., please click here.


Dr. Sudarsan Rangarajan, Chair
Professor of French
Department of Languages (ADM 279)
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorage, AK 99508



2011 Fall Funding

The Tower Endowment for Canadian Studies has completed funding for fall 2011. Faculty projects and public speaker proposal deadlines were October 31, 2011; student applications are accepted on an on-going basis through the academic year.  The following proposals have been funded:

Dr. Robert Capuozzo, College of Education: $2,000 - Support for student travel-study: Comparison of Early Childhood Development programs in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, Health Sciences: $1,000 - Support speaker travel and accommodations: Symposium on Canadian Indigenous Engagement and Capacity Building in Health Impact Assessment.

Dr. David Yesner, Anthropology: $1,000 - Travel support to attend and present at "Frozen Pasts," 3rd International Glacial Archeology Conference.

2011-2013 Tower Endowment Committee members:

Robert Capuozzo, Chair, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, UAA
Rhonda M. Johnson, Professor of Public Health, UAA
Alice Knapp, Tower Family representative
Donna Logan, Senior Manager, McDowell Group
Karen Matthias, Former Canadian Consul, Anchorage

Please contact Robert Capuozzo, Committee Chair, for additional information.


2011-2012 Awards

Sarena Hackenmiller, major in International Studies (Canada Track), National Student Exchange at the Universite de Sherbooke in Quebec, $1,500.00

2010-2011 Awards

Dr. David Yesner, Anthropology, Presenting paper entitled "The Northern Cordilleran Culture in Alaska and the Yukon and its Place in the Peopling of the Americas" with Professor Norm Easton, of Yukon College, at the 2011 Society for American Archaeology Conference, $1,000.

Dr. Diane Hanson and Dr. Phyllis Fast, Anthropology, Hosting Eldon Yellowhorn of McGill University to speak at UAA's Canada Week, $1,500.  

Eldon Yellowhorn is Piikani (Piegan or Blackfeet in the United States) and is the first First Nations archeologist to receive a master's degree in archaeology; he went on to receive a doctorate in Anthropology from McGill University. He is the co-author of First Peoples in Canada, and has written many articles about heritage resources, repatriation of human remains, land management, and more traditional archeological papers.

Dr. Stephen Haycox, History/49th State Fellows Program. Hosting Speaker Terry Fenge, President of Terry Fenge Consulting, Inc. in Ottawa, as the Fall 2010 UAA Polaris Lecturer, $1,500.

Terry Fenge, President of Terry Fenge Consulting, specializes in aboriginal rights and interests, environmental affairs, and national/international public policy in the circumpolar Arctic and beyond. Dr. Fenge holds a PhD in Regional Planning and Resource Development from the University of Waterloo and is the author of six books and sixty professional articles, and was a principal in the negotiations leading to the creation of the Territory of Nunavut.


2009-2010 Awards

Dr. Nelta Edwards, Sociology, Northern Canada Faculty Development Institute and Study Tour, $2500.

Dr. James Muller, Political Science, "John Churchill and the Hudson Bay Company," 2009 American Political Science Associate Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, $1870.

Dr. Robert Capuozzo, Education, Hosting Speaker Dr. Thomas Thornton, Portland State University, $2,500.

Dr. Robert Capuozza, Education, Hosting Speaker John Streicker, $2,500.