Anchorage mayor proclaims June 30, 2005 "Mel Kalkowski Day"

By: John T. Callahan   Jun 30, 2005

One of UAA's most well-known figures takes new position as director of military programs

Mel KalkowskiMel Kalkowski, UAA's director of electronic communications, is leaving that position to take on a new role as the university's director of military programs.

Kalkowski's long service to UAA has made him one of the university's most recognized figures. In honor of that service, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has proclaimed June 30, 2005 "Mel Kalkowski Day."

Following is the text of the proclamation.


WHEREAS Melvin P. Kalkowski is the new Director of Military Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage; and

WHEREAS Mel Kalkowski has served, sometimes under situations of extreme difficulty and personal sacrifice, with the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1975 as the highly regarded chief public relations officer and subsequent Director of Electronic Communications, as a much admired affiliate faculty member in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications, as producer of the annual Commencement and Convocation ceremonies, with distinction as a media coordinator of the nationally-renowned Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament since its inception at the Buckner Fieldhouse on Fort Richardson in 1978 – a total of 27 years and nearly 350 games, as a Campus Response Team Primary Responder, as longtime advisor to the KRUA student-run radio station, as longtime chair of the Campus Safety Committee, in a variety of positions in university governance, and as the Seawolf Mascot; and

WHEREAS Mel Kalkowski has a long history of service to the community of Anchorage attaining the rank of major as an Anchorage Police Reserve officer, as official Race Announcer for the World Championship Sled Dog Race, as a member of the planning committee of the US Conference of Mayors, on the Boards of Directors of the Three Barons Renaissance Fair, the Anchorage Winter Cities Commission, the American Diabetes Association, the Alaska Sled Dog and Racing Association, the Anchorage Fur Rendezvous, KAKM Public Television, Anchorage Community Theater, co-chairing the public relations committee of the Special Olympics 2001 World Winter Games, as chair of the Arctic Winter Games, as longtime Grand Marshall of the Alaska State Fair Parade and as producer of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon; and

WHEREAS the Public Relations Society has recognized his achievements with two Aurora Awards of Excellence and two Aurora Awards, the University of Alaska Anchorage has recognized Mel Kalkowski with a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and a Certificate of Appreciation, and he is a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Community Service; and

WHEREAS the University of Alaska Anchorage will recognize the contributions and achievements of Melvin P. Kalkowski on Thursday, June 30, in day-long activities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mark Begich, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, do hereby proclaim Thursday, June 30, 2005 as MEL KALKOWSKI DAY In recognition of his numerous and exemplary contributions to the community of Anchorage and the University of Alaska Anchorage.