Spring 2020 Emeritus

Our Distinguished Emeritus

 

Alan S. Boraas

Alan S. Boraas

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology (posthumous award)
College of Arts and Sciences, Kenai Peninsula College

Dr. Alan Boraas is being recognized posthumously as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology. Dr. Boraas was described by the KPC Connection as “the much-admired and longest-tenured faculty member in the history of KPC. In many ways he embodied the college itself, achieving tremendous success despite any limitations inherent in a small institution situated in a largely rural environment. Some say he was the “soul of KPC.” He was a strong advocate for the Dena’ina people and language. Dr. Steve Langdon, a fellow Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, was quoted in the Peninsula Clarion as saying, “His voice was so important to understanding what we are experiencing now and his research made enormous contributions to our understanding of what preceded us. Alan will always be with us — and in the world around us.”

 

Anne Bridges

Anne Bridges

Professor Emerita of Culinary Arts and Hospitality
Community and Technical College

Dr. Anne Bridges is retiring after more than 17 years as UAA faculty. She served as UAA’s Faculty Senate president in 2008-09, and received the Distinguished Service to the Faculty Senate Award in 2011, as well as many other awards over the years. One of her nominators said, “I have yet to meet someone as dedicated as Dr. Bridges. She has worked tirelessly for the university and our program. Her energy and enthusiasm for teaching has been impactful to our students and the faculty that she has mentored.”

 

David A. Fitzgerald

David A. Fitzgerald

Professor Emeritus of Computer Information Systems
College of Business and Public Policy

Professor David Fitzgerald is retiring after more than 17 years as UAA faculty. He served as UAA’s Faculty Senate president in 2016-17, and received the Distinguished Service to the Faculty Senate Award in 2015 along with many other awards. As one of the letters of support in his nomination file noted, “He is not a faculty member who built his file, earned tenure and then sat back. He has continued to be invested and he has continued to fight for the students and for UAA, even when it may not be easy or popular. He is committed to his profession, but he is also committed to us.”

 

Edward J. Forrest

Edward J. Forrest

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
College of Business and Public Policy

Dr. Edward Forrest is retiring after nearly 20 years as UAA faculty. He served as associate dean of his college for several periods, and was the director of the M.B.A. program for five years. As his nominator said, “Professor Forrest’s multiple contributions to student learning and success, his high-quality scholarship that brought international recognition to the university and has the potential for continued success, and his dedication and service to the university all make him deserving of Professor Emeritus.”

 

Larry Morris Foster

Larry Morris Foster

Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Larry Morris Foster is retiring after more than 20 years as UAA faculty. He served as president of UAA’s Faculty Senate and University Assembly. He served as one of the tri-chairs of the successful UAA reaccreditation effort from 2016-18. He has received numerous awards for teaching and service, and is noted by many for his boundless energy and dedication to the university. According to one letter of support, Dr. Foster earned the nickname “Mr. Two Guys” in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics since he was able to accomplish the work of (at least) two people.

 

Paul H. Landen

Paul H. Landen

Professor Emeritus of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences, Kenai Peninsula College

Dr. Paul Landen is retiring after almost 12 years at the Kenai Peninsula College. He has been recognized numerous times as KPC’s “Most Outstanding Faculty.” One of his letters of support noted, “Dr. Landen fits the description of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional skill, knowledge, dedication and persistence in his efforts to build a better world. His commitment, passion and service are exemplary. He is clearly a person who lives his values.”

 

Jerilyn G. Rubin

Jerilyn G. Rubin

Professor Emerita of Business Administration
College of Business and Public Policy

Professor Jeri Rubin retired after 35 years of distinguished service to the university. She was originally hired at Anchorage Community College in 1985. According to her nominator, “She has dedicated her life to student success. In her office, one piece of art that hung for years said: ‘Teaching is... to touch a life forever,’ and she has done just that. She has taught thousands of students in a variety of courses, and not only encouraged those students to learn course content, but also to prepare themselves for their futures.”

 

Donald E. Spalinger

Donald E. Spalinger

Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Donald Spalinger retired after nearly 25 years as UAA faculty. He is noted for having tremendous success in ecology research. One of his colleagues stated, “It would be difficult to overemphasize Don’s success in research at UAA. He arrived at a time when research received little recognition and even less support, and yet he has been able to develop and sustain an internationally recognized program in large ungulate physiology ecology that has received consistent funding and support from state and federal agencies, that has supported many graduate and undergraduate student researchers, and that has resulted in a significant number of publications in highly ranked journals.”

 

Michael Stallings

Michael Stallings

Staff Emeritus (2019)
UAA/APU Consortium Library

Michael Stallings retired after more than 13 years at the UAA/APU Consortium Library, regularly working beyond his job expectations by applying his computer programming skills to many critical projects. As reflected in the two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence that he won for community service in 2011 and 2017, Stallings’ legacy will forever be associated with the highly successful system expansion of the Alaska Library Catalog, which began in 1999 and grew to unify 87 of the state’s libraries under a single computer network. In the words of his nominator, “The Alaska Library Catalog is an important bridge across Alaska’s digital divide in providing connections to our communities for lifelong learning.”