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SCCC Echo Mod Holds Annual Talent Show

Photo of talent show

Photo of talent show

The inmates of Spring Creek Correctional Center’s mental health unit, Echo Mod, held their 2nd Annual Talent Show on December 19. The talent show was the idea of the Echo Mod inmates, and was organized by I/M Aaron Butler, and overseen by Mental Health Clinician III Dennis Perry, Mental Health Clinician II Sharon Smith, and Psychological Counselor Lisa Bildeaux. Featured acts included I/M Kenny Pruitt (harmonica), I/M Joel Brooks (guitar), I/M Steve Blevins (gift giving), I/M Randall Smith (original poetry), I/M Christopher Kevan (juggling), I/M Paul Logan (original song), I/M Mario Paridiso, I/M Carl Fleeman, and I/M Alex Eckhardt (Christmas carols and poem), and I/M Michael Kignak (artwork and harmonica). Inmates in Echo Mod must follow the rules, practice good decision making, and attend community meetings in order to earn certain privileges. Special events, such as the Annual Talent show are a powerful incentive for positive behavior, providing an attainable goal to work towards. Catering for the event was provided by inmates in the Culinary Arts Internship Program.

— Assistant Superintendent Bobby Lockeby

SCCC Staff Assist in Bear Cub Rescue

Photo of rescued bear cub

Bear Cub Bound for Sitka Home

Spring Creek recently welcomed some very unexpected visitors to the facility. It was only a few months ago, that a first year black bear cub captured the attention of people throughout the state, after wandering into the Spring Creek smoke shack. The cub, later named Smokey, had been orphaned along with her two siblings, and was hungry and weak. After much media attention, Fortress of the Bear, a nonprofit in Sitka, agreed to give the bear a home. However this was not the end of the story.

Employees at Spring Creek received a big surprise on the morning of December 10, when another baby black bear cub, almost certainly one of Smokey’s litter mates, was found in the same smoke shack where Smokey was rescued almost two months before. The little girl, only 17 pounds and with porcupine quills protruding from her snout, was severely malnourished and on the brink of starvation. Most black bear cubs her age would be well over 50 pounds, and her survival was not assured.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the dedicated employees of Spring Creek jumped to action, contacting Alaska Fish and Game, the Seward Animal Shelter, and Fortress of the Bear. After some light bear wrangling, the little girl was transferred to a kennel and transported to the Anchorage Zoo, where after a successful surgery to remove the porcupine quills, she made her final journey to be reunited with her sister in Sitka.

— Assistant Superintendent Bobby Lockeby

Spring Creek to Begin Certified Carpentry Program

Photo of Don Revels and inmate assistant Alan Burton

L-R Education Coordinator Don Revels, inmate assistant Alan Burton

Spring Creek Education Coordinator Donald Revels and inmate assistant Alan Burton are busy at work, preparing to roll out the new Vocational Education Program in January. The new program, operating with the vision of Criminal Justice Planner Gary Olsen and PO III Clif Simons, will teach inmates valuable skills with real world applications. The first certificate program will be unveiled within the coming weeks, giving inmates the chance to earn their NCCER Carpentry I certification. Such programs not only open up sustainable employment opportunities to inmates upon their release, they also foster a sense of accomplishment and provide motivation for positive change and behavior.

— Lt. Bobby Lockeby

‘God Behind Bars’ Comes to Spring Creek

God Behind Bars at SCCC

Pictured: Phil Rees (God Behind Bars), Asst. Supt. Bobby Lockeby, SCCC Chaplain David Arestad and Pastor Scott Smith (God Behind Bars and Victory Bible Camp)

The God Behind Bars program has started at the Spring Creek Correctional Center. The program recently donated a projector, a computer, a screen and a sound system to facilitate playing DVDs of their services for the prisoners at SCCC.

Spring Creek Pie-Toss Raises Funds for SHARE

SCCC Pie Toss for SHARE 2013

SCCC Pie Toss for SHARE 2013

Sgt. Brian Morris takes a good-natured pie in the face from Food Service Lead Trip Labrake

On Wednesday October 30, Spring Creek Correctional Center held a pie-throwing event to benefit the 2013 Alaska Share campaign. The brave volunteers were Assistant Superintendent Bob Lockeby, Lieutenant Erich Torrey, Administrative Officer I Sherie Fryxell, Sgt. Justin Ennis, Sgt. Brian Morris, and Accounting Clerk Autumn Dell. Together with a silent auction, Spring Creek employees donated over $700.00 to a variety of charities and nonprofit organizations. Spring Creek thanks everyone who participated in the silent auction and pie-throwing event, either through donating goods or bidding on items.

— Dean Marshall

Officer Ceciliani Retires From SCCC After 29 Years

Ceciliani

Correctional Officer II Cathie Ceciliani retired from Spring Creek Correctional Center on May 31, 2013, after 29 years of exemplary state service. Officer Ceciliani began her career with the Department of Transportation in 1984, where she oversaw the construction of the Spring Creek Correctional Center. Cathie began working at Spring Creek since 1988, and she retired as the facility’s highest seniority Correctional Officer. Officer Ceciliani provided Spring Creek with outstanding service over the years, and we wish her continued success and happiness in her retirement.

— Dean Marshall

Spring Creek Converts Unused Property Room to Vocational Training Area

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s old property room received a face lift and has become an extended vocational opportunity to the inmates, says Education CJP Gary Olsen. The goal was to offer a construction training center for inmates at SCCC. With the help of PCC Educational Coordinator Paul Kroenung and a small crew that were working in a Carpentry Apprenticeship program, work began. The area was transformed, a few books have been added and some tools have been pulled together. The project is nearing completion and expected to be up and running in a few more months. Inmates must complete the Core Curriculum first and will then have an opportunity to participate in a National Center for Construction Education and Research or (NCCER) certified program either in carpentry, electrical or plumbing. NCCER is a not-for-profit education foundation that developed standardized construction and maintenance curricula and assessments with portable credentials. According to CJP Olsen, the construction field is one field that has fewer felony barriers for the inmate to overcome.

Correctional Officer Marolf named SCCC Employee of the Year

Marolf

From left: Superintendent Dean Marshall, Director Bryan Brandenburg, Deputy Commissioner Leslie Houston, Employee of the Year Fred Marolf, Deputy Commissioner Ron Taylor and Commissioner Joe Schmidt

Correctional Officer II Fred Marolf was honored as Spring Creek Correctional Center’s 2013 Employee of the Year. Officer Marolf began his career with the Department in April, 2005. He has served as a Field Training Officer and a TAC Team Leader at SCCC. A no-host luncheon was at the Peking Restaurant, in Seward.

Officer Marolf has successfully mentored numerous new hires at SCCC and has trained many highly effective and productive officers. Marolf’s attention to detail has proven to be a vital asset in his training approach. From his early days as a CO Marolf earned the reputation of being a highly skilled “shakedown artist.” “If you needed something found or something was suspected being in a cell, you sent Fred to find it and he usually did,” said Assistant Superintendent Bobby Lockeby. Marolf has been an active member of the tac-team for many years and can be counted on to be there when issues needed to be resolved. “Marolf has earned the respect of not only his peers but from prisoners as well. Fred’s sense of humor, although rather dry, lightens and lifts those around him,” Lockeby added “He holds the line on the departments’ mission of maintaining a firm, fair and consistent approach in dealing with prisoners.” Officer Marolf is married and has two children and is a grandparent.

PO Sullivan Receives Statewide Honors from American Legion

PO Clare Sullivan

Spring Creek Correctional Center’s PO II Clare Sullivan has been appointed Historian for the American Legion Department of Alaska and has also been honored with the Commander of the Year Award. The American Legion in Alaska represents over 100,000 veterans in the state and addresses issues that pertain to veterans educational and medical benefits and compensation for injuries sustained during military service. The American Legion in Alaska has 33 active posts in addition to outlying posts in Guam and Taiwan. Clare’s responsibilities as Historian include preserving and compiling the records of the American Legion Department of Alaska and its activities, ensuring an accurate documentation of events and preserving this information for future use and historical reference. Clare has worked for the Department of Corrections for just over 15 years and has been a correctional officer, institutional security and compliance sergeant, and now is serving as a probation officer.

Spring Creek Celebrates Sgt. Bruning Retirement

After close to 17 years of dedicated service, Correctional Officer III Barry Bruning will retire from the State of Alaska Department of Corrections on May 1. An informal get-together was held April 26th at the American Legion in Seward; photos from that event are included here.
Sergeant Bruning began his Career as a Correctional Officer I at the Spring Creek Correctional Center in 1996. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and has provided exemplary service in the positions of House Supervisor, Shift Supervisor, Disciplinary Sergeant, Compliance/Standards Sergeant and Security Sergeant. “He has been a fabulous part of our organization and will be greatly missed,” said a coworker. “He’s a good guy who has been a wonderful asset to our profession.”

— Supt. Dean Marshall