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Honoring Jacob Anaġi Adams, Sr.

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 17:02

Iḷisaġvik College honors and recognizes the life of Jacob Anaġi Adams, Sr., esteemed leader and whaling captain for the North Slope region. Anaġi provided decades of leadership and advocacy for the people and communities of the Arctic Slope. He was a founder of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, advocated for our region during the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, guided the incorporation of the North Slope Borough where he served as Mayor and helped to form the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission as the original chairman, in addition to living an active subsistence and cultural lifestyle. Other leadership positions included North Slope Borough Assembly president and serving on the Barrow City Council. He was presented with an honorary doctorate of laws degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, two years ago.“It has been an honor and privilege to have known such an amazing leader who has done so much for our region. His support to our youth and communities has been invaluable, from traveling with our basketball team as a youth, to growing the institutions and opportunities we have today. My prayers and condolences to his family,” said President Justina Wilhelm. Iḷisaġvik College sends its sincere condolences to Jacob’s wife Lucille and the entire Adams family and extended family during this time.

Iḷisaġvik College Welcomes President Wilhelm

Tue, 10/06/2020 - 16:07

UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (October 6, 2020) — Iḷisaġvik College is pleased to welcome Justina Wilhelm as the new President of Iḷisaġvik College.

A lifelong resident of Utqiaġvik, President Wilhelm is a first-generation college student and graduate of Barrow High School, where she was raised since she was 8. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, Hilo, and her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England in 2018.

Wilhelm has worked the entirety of her career on the North Slope, including 14 years with the North
Slope Borough Health Department working in various capacities, including with direct service delivery and compliance, followed by seven years as the Deputy Director of Behavioral Health. In 2017, Wilhelm joined Iḷisaġvik College as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, before being promoted to Dean of Institutional Advancement, and most recently, Vice President of Administration.

Wilhelm continues to be actively engaged in the region. She is an imiun, or a whaling captain’s wife, and she and her husband have been the Captain and Wife of Makalik Crew since 2007. This fall, their crew was blessed with not one, but two whales and Wilhelm expresses the honor that it is to serve on a whaling crew.

Wilhelm serves on the Utqiaġvik City Council, North Slope Borough School District School Advisory Council, Arctic Women in Crisis Board, and the Eben Hopson Memorial Scholarship Committee. Wilhelm is married to Ross Wilhelm and, together, they have four children: Madison, Gabriel, Juliana, and Hunter and are grandparents to 4-month old Odessa Harrington.

“The College will surely grow and prosper under her direction, as an active participant in our cultural way of life and part of the fabric of our Iñupiaq community. Sending you best of wishes for a successful, enjoyable, and many happy years as our new President,” said Lillian Lane, Chair of Iḷisaġvik’s Board of Trustees.

“I am humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve as Iḷisaġvik College’s next President. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and I look forward to my new role,” shared President Wilhelm.

Welcome, President Wilhelm!

Iḷisaġvik College Thanks President Brower for 13 Years of Service

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 16:15

UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (October 2, 2020) — It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that Iḷisaġvik College, the Iḷisaġvik College Board of Trustees and the North Slope Community thank Dr. Pearl Brower for her 13 years of service, with eight served as President.

Brower began her service in 2007 in External Relations, Communications and Advancement and also as the Dean of Students, transitioning to President of Iḷisaġvik in 2012. Under the eight years of the Brower presidency, Iḷisaġvik College has seen a host of key developments.

Under the Brower Administration, Iḷisaġvik made continued education more accessible via the various tuition waivers offered for North Slope residents and Alaska Natives/Native Americans statewide; the growth of expansive partnerships across Alaska; and emphasized the importance of Iñupiaq with the Unapologetically Iñupiaq Initiative and Policy, instituting Cultural Hour and other programming, as well as the creation of the Indigenous Learning Program, created during her tenure as President. Iḷisaġvik College is now proud to also offer its first four-year bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration.

President Brower led the development of the New Iḷisaġvik College Campus Campaign, is a co-founder of the Northern Alaska Indigenous Leadership Academy, worked to elevate statewide knowledge and awareness of the College, and prioritized connecting with all the villages on the North Slope, with Iḷisaġvik making an average of 100 trips to North Slope communities each year.

Other advances include Iḷisaġvik’s partnership with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. The two organizations worked together to achieve accreditation of the Dental Health Aid Training program, which is the first Dental Health Therapy Program in the nation to be accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

“Thank you Dr. Brower for your 13 years of service, with eight in the position of President. Iḷisaġvik College is in a better position to meet the needs of our students, people and region, because of your dedication and leadership. We look forward to continuing to work with you to advance Alaska Native and tribal education in future capacities,” said Chairperson Lane on behalf of the Board of Trustees.

With President Brower’s departure, President Justina Wilhelm is the new Iḷisaġvik College President. “I am humbled to be afforded the opportunity to serve as Iḷisaġvik College’s next President. I look forward to my new role and am blessed to have this opportunity,” said President Justina Wilhelm.

Fall 2020 Operational Plan

Thu, 08/20/2020 - 19:40

UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (August 5, 2020) — Iḷisaġvik College has announced the COVID-19 Plan for Fall Semester 2020.

Iḷisaġvik College is committed to continuing to provide quality post-secondary education while ensuring student and community health, wellness and safety remains a priority as the presence of COVID-19 evolves. A full Distance Delivery Orientation will be provided to Iḷisaġvik students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester and an Early Alert System is in development to better inform and support Iḷisaġvik students through the changes implemented in accommodation of COVID-19.

College Status

  • All Academic classes, including labs, to be held via distance delivery.
  • Adult Education and GED will be available via distance delivery with tutoring limited to one-onone (all North Slope communities).
  • Workforce Development will not offer any in-person classes; this will be reevaluated at the end of August. Courses will be offered via distance delivery when possible.
  • Vocational Education classes will be in-person and limited to 8 students social distancing. Segments of courses may be offered via distance delivery to limit time in-person.
  • CDL/Heavy Equipment classes will be held in person and limited to 8 students social distancing though courses may be offered partially via distance delivery when available.
  • Village Industrial Safety Courses: In-person Instruction will be by village request and invitation only; Iḷisaġvik is currently reviewing what can be taught via distance delivery.
  • Dormitories will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, admitted on a case by case basis upon review by the Dean of Students and the President. Students will be required to remain in Utqiaġvik (Barrow) during their tenure at the dorms for Fall 2020 with exceptions for emergencies only.

Students

  • Registration is now open online and via Zoom for guided assistance. For additional support and to make a one-on-one appointment, email registration@ilisagvik.edu or call Admissions at 907- 852-1754.
  • Laptops are available for students to check out and a limited number of Kindle Fires.
  • Emergency Student Aid availability will be implemented August of 2020 via application with Financial Aid.
  • Student Internships will be facilitated virtually; in-person internships may occur with Presidential approval.
  • Dormitory residents will sign an “Acknowledgement of No Travel Unless Emergent” form upon arrival. Rooms will be provided with miniature refrigerators and microwaves to lessen contact with residents and individually packaged means will be provided for student meals. Common areas will be sanitized nightly.

Campus

  • Learning Resource Center and Browerville Center available by appointment.
  • The Cafeteria will remain closed; reevaluation will occur September 15th.
  • Increased Internet Access for Utqiaġvik-based students, with an expected implementation August 2020.
  • The Bookstore will be closed to the public but will remain operational; orders will be mailed or delivered in Utqiaġvik with contactless delivery.
  • Public Access: Limited hours are Monday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Iḷisaġvik staff otherwise available by appointment.
    • Visitors must sign in at the front desk and answer COVID-19 related questions.
    • Buildings 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366 are closed to the public though available by appointment.
  • Van Service will run with limited capacity per van in coordination with any in-person courses or trainings that may occur.
    • Face coverings are mandatory and masks will be provided if needed; van surfaces will be cleaned between runs.

For the latest updates and announcements regarding COVID-19, visit our website at ilisagvik.edu.

Contact:
Iḷisaġvik College | External Affairs
Cordelia Kellie
Direct: 907.982.0846
Email: cordelia.kellie@ilisagvik.edu

About Iḷisaġvik College Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality postsecondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.

Iḷisaġvik College Announces COVID-19 Plan for Fall Semester 2020

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 15:12

UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (August 5, 2020) — Iḷisaġvik College has announced the COVID-19 Plan for Fall Semester 2020.
Iḷisaġvik College is committed to continuing to provide quality post-secondary education while ensuring student and community health, wellness and safety remains a priority as the presence of COVID-19 evolves. A full Distance Delivery Orientation will be provided to Iḷisaġvik students enrolled in the Fall 2020 semester and an Early Alert System is in development to better inform and support Iḷisaġvik students through the changes implemented in accommodation of COVID-19.

College Status
  • All Academic classes, including labs, to be held via distance delivery.
  • Adult Education and GED will be available via distance delivery with tutoring limited to one-onone (all North Slope communities).
  • Workforce Development will not offer any in-person classes; this will be reevaluated at the end of August. Courses will be offered via distance delivery when possible.
  • Vocational Education classes will be in-person and limited to 8 students social distancing. Segments of courses may be offered via distance delivery to limit time in-person.
  • CDL/Heavy Equipment classes will be held in person and limited to 8 students social distancing,
  • though courses may be offered partially via distance delivery when available.
  • Village Industrial Safety Courses: In-person Instruction will be by village request and invitation only; Iḷisaġvik is currently reviewing what can be taught via distance delivery.
  • Dormitories will be limited to a maximum of 10 students, admitted on a case by case basis upon review by the Dean of Students and the President. Students will be required to remain in Utqiaġvik (Barrow) during their tenure at the dorms for Fall 2020 with exceptions for emergencies only.
Students
  • Registration is now open online and via Zoom for guided assistance. For additional support and to make a one-on-one appointment, email registration@ilisagvik.edu or call Admissions at 907-852-1754.
  • Laptops are available for students to check out and a limited number of Kindle Fires.
  • Emergency Student Aid availability will be implemented August of 2020 via application with Financial Aid.
  • Student Internships will be facilitated virtually; in-person internships may occur with Presidential approval.
  • Dormitory residents will sign an “Acknowledgement of No Travel Unless Emergent” form upon arrival. Rooms will be provided with miniature refrigerators and microwaves to lessen contact with residents and individually packaged means will be provided for student meals. Common areas will be sanitized nightly.
Campus
  • Learning Resource Center and Browerville Center available by appointment.
  • The Cafeteria will remain closed; reevaluation will occur September 15th.
  • Increased Internet Access for Utqiaġvik-based students, with an expected implementation August 2020.
  • The Bookstore will be closed to the public but will remain operational; orders will be mailed or delivered in Utqiaġvik with contactless delivery.
  • Public Access: Limited hours are Monday to Thursday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Iḷisaġvik staff otherwise available by appointment.
    Visitors must sign in at the front desk and answer COVID-19 related questions.
    Buildings 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366 are closed to the public though available by appointment.
  • Van Service will run with limited capacity per van in coordination with any in-person courses or trainings that may occur.
    Face coverings are mandatory and masks will be provided if needed; van surfaces will be cleaned between runs.

For the latest updates and announcements regarding COVID-19, visit our website at ilisagvik.edu.

Contact: Iḷisaġvik College | External Affairs
Cordelia Kellie
Direct: 907.982.0846
Email: cordelia.kellie@ilisagvik.edu

About Iḷisaġvik College

Iḷisaġvik College is Alaska’s only tribal college and is located in the northernmost village in the United States, Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow). Iḷisaġvik College provides quality postsecondary academic, vocational and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Iñupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to serving its students and developing a well-educated and trained workforce who meet the human resource needs of North Slope employers and the state of Alaska.