Ilisagvik News & Events
The Annual Board of Trustees Fall Session Workshop & Regular Meeting will be help on September 25th and 26th at 9am in Dr. Albert Conference Hall.
The public is welcome to attend. Please call 852.1820 for more information
Iḷisaġvik College is delighted to welcome Jerica Aamodt as Assistant Professor, Iñupiaq Studies.
Aamodt is Iñupiaq from Utqiaġvik, Alaska where she was raised. Prior to becoming faculty, Aamodt was Coordinator of Iñupiaq Studies since 2012. For the past four years, Aamodt has taught at Iḷisaġvik as adjunct faculty and is widely known for the contributions she has made toward the development of the Iñupiaq Studies division and to the community as a whole.
“Iḷisaġvik College has always emphasized the value of homegrown educators. This is why we were formed—to support our local people in achieving their educational goals—with the result of locally controlled, self-sustaining communities. We are proud that Niayuq, Jerica Aamodt, is an alumna of Iḷisaġvik College and it is with great pleasure that we welcome her as faculty. She joins an elite few who have been home grown educators at Iḷisaġvik. I couldn’t be more proud!” said President Dr. Pearl Brower.
Dean of Academic Affairs Birgit Meany said, “Jerica Aamodt’s transition to a faculty position is significant, because she represents a young Iñupiaq professional poised to make a positive impact at the classroom level, the institutional level, and the community level. As a faculty member, Jerica will be instrumental in shaping the Iñupiaq studies program; influence institutional decision-making; and strengthen the ties between the college, employers and community at large. It is my hope that Jerica’s accomplishment will motivate her students to see that with hard work and persistence they too can achieve their goals.”
Aamodt began her relationship with Iḷisaġvik taking dual-credit courses in high school and continuing on to receive her Associates of Arts degrees in Iñupiaq Studies and Liberal Arts with Iḷisaġvik College in April 2012. In 2014 she received her Bachelor’s degree in Alaska Native Studies with an emphasis in Alaska Native Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and her Masters in Rural Development from UAF in 2019.
ALASKA’S ONLY TRIBAL COLLEGE
Aamodt enjoys spending time with her daughter Jade on the land, working on her Iñupiaq language skills, and enjoys perpetuating the Iñupiaq language, culture, and traditions. She also enjoys teaching Jade as much Iñupiaq as she can.
Quintillion Donates 40 Mbps Bandwidth to Greatly Increase Internet Speed and Capacity at Iḷisaġvik College
UTQIAĠVIK (BARROW), AK (August 19, 2019) – Quintillion, headquartered in Anchorage, AK, has generously donated 40 Mbps in bandwidth to Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college, located in Utqiaġvik on the North Slope of Alaska.
Iḷisaġvik College Vice President and COO, Brian Plessinger, worked with Quintillion’s CEO, George Tronsrue III, and Chief Revenue Officer, Michael McHale, to increase the College’s bandwidth, meeting a huge need for Iḷisaġvik’s students, faculty, and staff members. Previously, Iḷisaġvik College was operating on only 10 Mbps. Starting August 2019, Iḷisaġvik’s capacity increased to a total of 50 Mbps, greatly improving its internet speed. CEO Tronsrue III initiated the generous donation after a meeting with VP/COO Plessinger revealed that the College was operating on only 10 Mbps. The donated bandwidth is facilitated by Iḷisaġvik College’s internet service provider, Alaska Communications.
“This partnership with Iḷisaġvik College and the community of Utqiaġvik is critically important to us,” said George Tronsrue III, Quintillion CEO. “We understand the kind of impact having access to high speed internet can have on students, faculty and staff and as the only Tribal College in Alaska and one of the few in the US, the college was unable to take advantage of other programs that could have given them either more budget, or more MB/dollar. We had the means and opportunity to provide some much- needed assistance and ‘do the right thing,’ which our entire team was eager to do. So, along with ACS, which is Quintillion’s customer delivering bandwidth in Utqiaġvik, we are honored to be able to enhance that experience through this donation. True broadband is changing lives in schools, healthcare facilities, businesses and homes in all of the Alaska communities the Quintillion subsea fiber optic cable system serves today … which is a great thing!”
Quintillion’s donation will have a demonstrable and immediate effect on operations at Iḷisaġvik College. Students will benefit from the increased speed in and out of the classroom. Faculty members using multimedia, internet-based resources within the classroom will be able to stream and download/upload much more quickly; students utilizing the internet on campus to study, or to participate in online classes, will also experience much more responsive speeds.
Dr. Pearl Brower, President of Iḷisaġvik College, is thrilled by Quintillion’s donation, and what it means for Iḷisaġvik students. “In rural Alaska, one of our greatest barriers is connectivity—both availability and cost. At Iḷisaġvik College, our current bandwidth is the lowest of all tribal colleges around the country. The contribution from Quintillion will allow Iḷisaġvik greater access at no cost. This will facilitate the education of all of our students. We thank CEO Tronsrue III for being proactive and generous when he heard about our great need. We are excited about this new partnership with Quintillion and look forward to better serving our constituents with faster campus internet.”
Iḷisaġvik College is grateful to Quintillion for its donation. Residing in arctic Alaska can pose infrastructure challenges for any organization, but Quintillion’s generosity has helped remove the cost burden of faster internet connectivity, and thus improved learning accessibility for Iḷisaġvik College students.
About Quintillion – Quintillion is a private global communications corporation located in Anchorage, AK. Quintillion built and operates a subsea and terrestrial high-speed fiber optic cable system that spans the Alaskan Arctic and connects to the lower 48 using other existing networks. The three-phase Quintillion Subsea Cable System is ultimately intended to connect Asia to Western Europe via the southern portion of the Northwest Passage through the Alaska and Canadian Arctic.
UTQIAĠVIK (Barrow), AK (August 16, 2019) – Iḷisaġvik College President Dr. Pearl Brower announced her resignation today. She will serve one more year at Iḷisaġvik College, ending her tenure as President in July of 2020.
Lillian Aanauraq Lane, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees said, “On behalf of the Iḷisaġvik College Board of Trustees we want to thank Dr. Pearl Brower, for her 12 years of service to Iḷisaġvik College, 7 of those as President. We are sorry to see President Brower depart the College, but we wish her all the best in this next chapter of her journey. President Brower has given her heart and soul to Iḷisaġvik. We as the Board are thankful for Dr. Brower’s leadership and are proud of the many accomplishments she and her team have achieved including: being named a top 10 community college in the nation (2016, 2017), adding the first 4-year bachelor’s degree to their program, offering a waiver of tuition for North Slope and Alaska Native Students, completing 9 clean audits, and facilitating the first steps in the design of a new Iḷisaġvik College campus—to just name a few. The board, students, and employees at Iḷisaġvik will miss her enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership.”
Dr. Brower added, “It has been my immense pleasure and privilege to be a part of the Iḷisaġvik College family for the past 12 years. Serving as president these past 7 years has been the highlight of my professional career. Working alongside our dedicated faculty and staff to serve the residents of the North Slope and the state of Alaska has been life- changing. I look forward to helping our Board and institution transition to new leadership. Iḷisaġvik will always be my home and I will always support growing our own local, Alaska Native leaders in our communities across the state to foster strong, locally controlled communities.”
When Brower departs the College next July she will have served the North Slope and the state of Alaska working for Iḷisaġvik College for almost 13 years, over 8 of those as President. The Board of Trustees intend to kick off their search for the new President in the Fall of 2019. It is their intent that Brower will continue to serve the College supporting the new President after July of 2020.
Iḷisaġvik College | Office of the President Malcolm Noble, Board Secretary
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