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Spring Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year

Spring Creek Correctional Center celebrated their Employee of the Year Luncheon at the Peking Restaurant in Seward. We had a great turnout of employees from Spring Creek and were further fortunate to have in attendance the Speaker of the House Mike Chenault.

This year’s employee of the year is Officer Jeremy Sandy who is a Correctional Officer II at Spring Creek Correction Center (SCCC) in Seward. He has been employed at the Center since March 2013 and works in the Restricted Housing Unit.

Officer Sandy is an exceptionally competent officer and a pleasure to work with. He has a “can do” attitude and is supported by his team. Communication is the key ingredient to a skilled officer and he does it well working with this population. He is admired by the examples he sets, his job performance, his integrity and his work ethic.

Officer Sandy is a role model for his peers and the new staff who are under FTO training in House One. They look to him for advice and the working knowledge to improve performance. As a junior officer, he completed the Range Officer course, is on the Spring Creek SORT Team, and strives to better himself on a daily basis. Officer Sandy is often the first responder in an incident and is physically and mentally strong to handle the situation with excellent professionalism and with an extraordinary attitude.

Often this work environment can have a dismissal and negative atmosphere, but SCCC strives to shine a little light on the men and women of Corrections who work to keep the community safe.

Congratulations SCCC and Officer Sandy! We appreciate you!

Spring Creek Interdepartment Medical Emergency Response Training

Several medical and security staff from Spring Creek Correctional Center along with the Alaska State Troopers & Federal Forestry attended training provided by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services “Bleeding Control for the injured (B-Con). Participants were taught skills to control bleeding of an seriously injured person. Students performed hands on training and applied tourniquets to control bleeding on one another, pressure dressings, and filled wounds to stop the bleeding. Also as an aid to the training was a simulated bleeding wound station setup that kept bleeding until the dressing was applied correctly. This was great training for many agencies for their work place as well as their efforts in public safety and emergency response.

Spring Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year

Spring Creek Correctional Center is happy to announce that Officer Jeremy Sandy has been selected as the Spring Creek Correctional Center Employee of the Year!

Jeremy is an exceptionally enthusiastic and competent officer and a total pleasure to work with. He has a positive “can do” attitude, is well liked throughout the facility and is well supported by his team in the Segregation Housing Unit (House 1). It takes a good communicator and a skilled (and patient) officer to work with this population and he does it exceptionally well. Officer Sandy is a role model for professionalism for all who work with him as his dedication and drive is of particular note. His commitment is evident in all he does and he can relied upon to do the job right the first time. Often times many staff, particularly new staff who are still under field training in the segregation unit, will look to him for advice and the working knowledge to succeed in this tough environment. Even as a fairly junior officer with only about two years of service he has completed the Range Officer course, is on the Spring Creek Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and strives to better himself on a daily basis. Officer Sandy is usually one of the first to respond in an incident and is physically and mentally tough enough to handle each situation with consummate professionalism as well as an outstanding attitude!

Spring Creek VoTec Cabinet Donated to Seward High School

Spring Creek Correctional Center has developed a strong partnership with the Seward Community. Over the past few months the inmates have been able to donate to Seward High School through fundraisers and hobby craft donations. The Booster club spearheaded by SCCC’s very own Sgt. Brian Morris approached the Vocation Department with a request to build a cabinet for the Athletic Department. SCCC’s newly graduated NCCER Carpentry Level One students built a 60″ x48″ x 24″ cabinet to meet the needs of Seward HS. The cabinet will be put to immediate use for the high school Annual Seward Seahawk Classic! Merchandise will be sold to help support the Athletic Department for years to come. SCCC would like to thank the Seward Booster Club and SCCC Administration for making this all possible. “Measure twice cut once.”

Carved Baleen Donated to Veterans Museum

Stephen “Sonny” Foster is an Inupiaq Native from White Mountain, Alaska. He has two relatives who were in the ATG that he remembers -his great grandfather Alex Ashenfelter and son Roy Ashenfelter. The tribe they are from call themselves the “Fish River Tribe” more than likely because they lived along the Fish River or they named the river after the tribe, no one really knows but it is fitting for them and have carried the name on proudly.

As a child he was introduced to the Native Art of carving and scrimshaw from his elders. They carved to decorate their homes in the winter months. Everyday household items were carved as well as small trinkets that adorned their parkas and sleds. Carving of animals is believed to embody the spirit of the animal. Only in the recent past has Sonny begun to use Baleen as a medium to express his artistic talents. He has previously only used pencil and paper.

Currently he is using the art of scrimshaw as a way to create pieces to honor and memorialize the people of Alaska. The scrimshaw was traditionally done with a sharpened piece of bone from the front shin of either caribou or moose as it is the hardest bone in order to support the animals’ antlers and head. And, since the invention on nails, his people have used sharpened instruments to crate art. His technique of layering dots to create the image he desires is unique and is amazing in its precision.

Sonny says he “really enjoyed doing this piece of art for the ATG and gained happiness through knowing it will bring countless smiles to peoples’ faces when they see it.”

Spring Creek DSST Exams

Spring Creek inmates stand with certificates recognizing their achievement in passing DSST exams. DSST exams are credit-by-examination tests that can be used by non-traditional students as a means of earning college credits. T.I.M.E, an inmate-led club at Spring Creek overseen by President Jerry Douglas OB# 331809, has recently begun sponsoring the exam fee for inmates who wish to take the exam. Additionally, T.I.M.E , has begun amassing a library of text books, allowing inmates to study for and take the exams, who would otherwise not be able to afford it. Education Coordinators at SCCC oversee the library and proctor exams for inmates when they are ready to test. Of the four inmates who have tested, all have passed their exams. To commemorate this achievement and give the students a tangible representation of their accomplishment, I/M Jerry Douglas and I/M Mike Lawson #226446, also a member of T.I.M.E, designed certificates that could be awarded to students after they pass an exam. In the photographs: I/M Keane Crawford # 452346, I/M Jerry Douglas #331809, I/M Michael Adams #420987, and I/M Benjamin Rucker #514531 all hold their certificates.

Spring Creek Share Campaign Silent Auction

Spring Creek Correctional Center held its annual Alaska Share silent auction on November 18th and 19th. Each year, the silent auction has gotten better and better, and this year was no exception . All of the items up for bid were donated by generous staff members and local businesses. Among the many amazing items up for bid this year was a Resurrection Bay Tour with lunch on Fox Island for two people, donated by Kenai Fjord Tours. Pilot and Mental Health Clinician III, Dennis Perry donated an hour long flight-seeing tour on his Cessna 180 float plane. Robert Pack, a CO II at SCCC, donated three halibut fishing trips on his boat. Other items up for bid included beautiful handmade crafts and jams, clothing, knitwear, quilts, and a two night stay in a fully equipped cabin with a hot tub. SCCC would like to thank everyone who donated or bid on items at this year’s silent auction. Because of you, the auction was a huge success, generating over $4300 for the Alaska Share charitable giving campaign!

Auction Items on Display

Items Up For Bid at the Spring Creek 2015 Alaska Share Silent Auction

Spring Creek Awarded by White House

Spring Creek was happy to support the White House Communications Agency during the presidential visit to the City of Seward and the surrounding area by providing needed support for securing sensitive equipment and a vehicle that was used throughout the week immediately preceding and during President Obama’s visit. The President came to Seward to view significant glacier formations in and around the city and in Resurrection Bay as part of his efforts in highlighting the impact of climate change. As Spring Creek Correctional Center has the most secure area for storage in the community this was the ideal location to store and monitor the sensitive items with 24/7 surveillance. As Spring Creek Correctional Center and the Seward Police Department have an excellent working relationship it was an easy assist for the police department and all was secure and readily available when White House Communications Agency staffers came to the facility to obtain their equipment throughout the week.

-Clare Sullivan, Correctional Superintendent

For Angelica: SCCC Inmate Artisans’ Creations To Help Fund Girl’s Healing

Photo of SCCC inmate artisans

From L-R, standing: Randall Smith, David Forster, Anthony Garcia, Kirby Anthoney, seated, Noel Fears, Stephen Foster, Ralph Adams and Leslie Simpson

What can touch the heart more than the plight of a child who has suffered a terrible accident on Christmas Day? On December 25th, 11-year old Angelica lost her legs and her life changed forever. Though the members of SCCC’s Hobby Shop were working at full time to fulfill donation requests for two upcoming local auctions, they stopped everything to help this little girl from Anchor Point. “They had three days to pull it off. And they did. Beautifully,” said SCCC Superintendent Clare Sullivan.

Among the items donated to a fundraising auction for Angelica (held at the Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point on Sunday, January 18) include: ulu earrings made of mammoth and fossilized walrus tusk by Randall Smith, Tlingit-style salmon symbol in acrylic on canvas by David Forster, totem, eagle paddle with inlays of fossilized walrus ivory, mammoth ivory and abalone, hand-carved by Anthony Garcia, jewelry box with swivel lid and basket, both made from mixed exotic wood by Kirby Anthoney, covered-wagon lamp with clock, made of feathered maple and Alaskan birch, by Kirby Anthoney; “Wolf,” airbrush acrylic on Bristol board, by Noel Fears, four polished baleen bracelets (one with scrimshawed wolves) by Stephen Foster, baleen paddle with scrimshawed sea otter by Stephen Foster; baleen ulu scrimshawed with two figures by Stephen Foster, scrimshaw portrait on baleen and baleen hanging with scrimshawed native drummers by Stephen Foster, beaded cross pendants, beaded-heart with tassel key chains, and beaded earrings, by Ralph Adams; humming bird box, hand carved, by Leslie Simpson, “Medicine Man’ bust, hand carved by Leslie Simpson.

Estimated total retail value: $6,000.

Spring Creek Holds Silent Auction Fundraiser For SHARE

On November 5th and 6th, Spring Creek Correctional Center held a silent auction to benefit the Alaska SHARE charitable giving program. SCCC employees donated a wide variety of items to the auction, ranging from baked goods to hand-knit hats and much more. Owing to both the high quality of auction items and the enthusiasm of bidders, the silent auction was a huge success, raising $1,353 for charity. The annual SCCC pie throwing event followed on November 19 with an additional $310 raised for SHARE. Our sincerest thanks are offered to everyone who participated in these events.