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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

UAS students host sale

JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast ceramics students will be selling their works today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mourant building on the Auke Lake campus. Students will give throwing demonstrations starting at 2 p.m.

Political consultant elected to national board

SAN DIEGO - Alaska political consultant Art Hackney was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Assoc. of Political Consultants at its spring conference in San Diego March 21, 2002.

Hackney and his wife are currently in Washington, D.C., where he is president of Edmonds Hackney and Associates. They remain consistently active in Alaska Republican politics with Ted Stevens, Frank Murkowski, Don Young, Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch and State Senator Ben Stevens.

The American Assoc. of Political Consultants was founded in 1969 as a forum for political and public affairs professionals to exchange ideas and maintain standards for conducting political campaigns. It is a bipartisan organization of over 750 members from all 50 states, as well as 50 international members.

Poem included with GCI bills

ANCHORAGE - GCI and the Alaska State Council on the Arts will be inserting a poem in April GCI bills to celebrate National Poetry Month.

"GCI is pleased to assist the Alaska State Council on the Arts in its effort to capture the beauty of Alaska through words," said David Morris, GCI director of public affairs. This is the second year GCI has supported the program, and Alaska Laser Printing and Mailing Services is placing the poem into the bills for free.

This year's poem is "Raven's Nest" by Sally Carricaburu, an Anchorage teacher.

For more information, call the Alaska State Council on the Arts at (907) 269-6610.

Martha's Flowers celebrates Secretaries Week

JUNEAU - Martha's Flowers is offering special flower arrangements in honor of Secretaries Week, April 22 through 27.

A large, colorful, springy arrangement of assorted flowers in a basket or ceramic butterfly dish is available for $55. An arrangement of colorful mixed flowers arranged in a basket is $40. They also offer fragrant roses in a bud vase for $25 or a simple vase with a single flower for $9.95.

Martha's Flowers is in the Airport Shopping Center at 9121 Glacier Hwy. and delivers on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 789-0760 for more information.

MADD Board of Directors elected

JUNEAU - The MADD Juneau Chapter Board of Directors held its second annual elections March 21. President Gene Miller, Vice-president Chanda Kulm, Treasurer Matt Felix, Fundraiser Chair Heather Bingaman, Special Events/Publicity Chairs Dawn Miller and Teresa Young were re-elected for another term.

New members are Secretary Susan Phipps, Roberta Izzard, Kari Urata and Cara Roberts.

There are currently 200 MADD Juneau members. MADD's mission is to stop drunken driving, assist victims of drunken driving and prevent underage drinking. For more information contact 463-2562 or

Regents approve adjuncts' contract

FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents approved a three-year contract with its adjuncts' union Monday.

The contract, which includes a 10 percent pay increase, takes effect immediately. It replaces the union's first contract, which expired Dec. 31.

United Academic Adjuncts, which represents up to 1,100 part-time university faculty statewide, ratified the contract in March.

Adjunct faculty teach part time, up to 15 credits per semester, and are paid by the class or credit. They do not receive health insurance, retirement or other benefits.

McKenzie is Pharmacy Tech of the Year

JUNEAU - Rod McKenzie, a SEARHC Juneau Clinic certified pharmacy tech, has been named Pharmacy Tech of the Year by the Alaska State Pharmacy Assoc. McKenzie was presented the award earlier this month at the association's annual meeting in Anchorage.

SEARHC Juneau chief pharmacist Theresa Bruce said McKenzie consistently has gone above and beyond his normal duties to keep the SEARHC pharmacy running smoothly.

"Without his skillful handling of inventory, ordering, stocking and quality assurance tasks, we would be far less efficient and effective," she said.

Pharmacy techs are playing an increasingly important role in pharmacy operations as the prescription workload on pharmacists continues to rise, Bruce explained. While techs cannot dispense medications or counsel patients, they can perform many of the time-consuming, behind-the-scenes functions necessary to support the work of the pharmacists.

"Rod is an expert at expediting the prescription-filling process, allowing the pharmacists more time with patients and providers," Bruce said.

While Alaska requires all pharmacy techs to be licensed, it does not require the higher standard of certification.

"Rod has passed a national exam to demonstrate his knowledge of pharmaceuticals. Most techs currently are not certified," Bruce noted.

Before joining the SEARHC staff, McKenzie served as a pharmacy tech in the Coast Guard in Kodiak and Sitka. He received his pharmacy tech training at the Naval School of Health Sciences in Portsmouth, Va.

Edward Jones hosts investing program

JUNEAU - Lisa Greenough, the Edward Jones investment representative in Juneau, will host a free investing program for widowed, divorced and never-married women at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at the Edward Jones office at 9309 Glacier Hwy., Suite A-100.

The "Taking Charge!" program will offer single women insight on planning for retirement, along with tips on maintaining their independence later in life. The program will also address what financial decisions single women need to be making now.

For more information or to reserve a seat for the broadcast, call 789-4688.

International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 meets

JUNEAU - The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 will hold its members-only monthly membership meeting at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the Operating Engineer's meeting hall at 214 North Franklin St. All members are encouraged to attend.

For more information, call Terry R. Miller at 586-3850.

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