Services available at Wood Center include event scheduling, campus information, dining facilities, a television area, meeting rooms, laundry and shower facilities, and a recreation area with pool tables, video games and a bowling alley. Wood Center also has a lost and found center, an automatic teller machine (ATM), tickets to cultural and sporting events, a branch of Northern Schools Federal Credit Union and the Global Café with newspapers from around the world.
Wood Center is the home of the Student Activities Office and Nanook Traditions. Student Activities organizes events designed to entertain, educate and inspire the UAF community. Annual highlights include the Polarpalooza, Bust-A-Gut Comedy Series and the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Concerts and special events have featured Flogging Molly, Sage Francis, Bettye LaVette and Jonathan Kozol.
Nanook Traditions are among UAF’s most highly anticipated annual events. These include the Starvation Gulch bonfires in October, International Education Week in November, Winter Carnival in March and Nanook SpringFest in late April.
Explore Alaska’s wild frontier when you join Outdoor Adventures excursions. Outdoor Adventures organizes a variety of trips such as hiking, whitewater rafting and rock climbing, and co-leads academic courses through collaborations with Summer Sessions and the Tanana Valley Campus. Classes such as Wilderness First Responder and Introduction to Winter Camping are available through these partnerships. Outdoor Adventures also rents equipment including backpacks, canoes, cross-country skis, tents, sleeping bags, bear-resistant food containers and much more. Visit Outdoor Adventures in the Wood Center or online at www.uaf.edu/outdoor/ for more information.
The UAF Leadership Program provides opportunities for students to learn about and practice leadership skills. Student leaders are recognized through the Emerging Leader Scholarship, the Nanook Leaders Celebration and Graduation with Leadership Honors. The Leadership Program also serves as a clearinghouse for other leadership opportunities on and off campus and is home to a community service outreach program offering service opportunities and connections to agencies that need volunteers. The Leadership Program office is located in 101I Wood Center or visit online at www.uaf.edu/leadership/.
More than 100 student organizations are active on campus, including clubs, honor societies and Greek life organizations. Membership in a student organization can help you make social connections. It can also help in career and leadership development and enhance your resume. Each semester a student organizations fair provides an opportunity to learn more about these diverse groups. You can also contact the Leadership Program office to learn more about UAF student organizations.
For those 21 and over, the Wood Center Pub offers evening entertainment with live music, an open mic night and various professional sporting events shown on the big screen television. Special events include poetry slams, beer and wine tastings, comedy performances and casino night.
For more information on these services and programs, telephone (907) 474-7037 or visit us online at www.uaf.edu/woodcenter/.