October 1, 2004

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The UA Board of Regents met in Fairbanks Sept. 14-15 and approved President Hamilton's  request for a 10 percent increase in tuition for the 2006 academic year . The name change for UAF's Water and Environmental Research Center Laboratory to the Quinton Costello Laboratory was approved. Other board actions include approval of the UAF central chiller project, an increase in total project costs for the UAF power grid interface, lease of grounds to the National Park Service and changing the name of UAF's Yup'ik Studies Program to Yup'ik Language Proficiency . For more information visit www.alaska.edu/bor/.

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The new roundabout intersection connected to Tanana Loop and West Tanana Road will soon be open. Access to Thompson Drive will be added once the new entrance is complete. Be alert for continued construction and possible road closures. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/safety/.

For Your Information

Gov. Murkowski and State of Alaska commissioners are scheduled to be on campus Oct. 6 for a round of meetings with UAF faculty and staff. The day-long visit will also include tours of research programs housed in ARSC, WRRB and IARC.

Chris Bennett has moved from the chancellor's office to TVC as the assistant to the director to assist Rick Caulfield in his duties as interim director.

The recent approval of a plan for selected tree removal on the West Ridge highlights the importance of campus-wide participation in the process provided through the Campus Master Plan. Currently there are subcommittees focusing on the north campus, circulation and parking, and landscape and outdoor art. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/mastplan/.

Brian Barnes, IAB, and Hannah Carey, University of Wisconsin, are co-editors of Life in the Cold: Evolution, Mechanisms, Adaptation and Application, a book based on contributions of the twelfth International Life in the Cold symposium.

Terry Chapin and Donie Bret-Harte, IAB, published "Ecosystem Carbon Storage in Arctic Tundra Reduced by Long-term Nutrient Fertilization" in the Sept. 23 issue of Nature. For more information visit www.nature.com.

David Klein, IAB professor emeritus, was featured in the Sept. 20 Newsweek story "The Alaskan Front: Where the Battle of Greens Versus Big Oil is Heating Up, Once Again." For more information visit www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5963496/site/newsweek/.

Brenda Konar and Katrin Iken, SFOS, discovered a new marine habitat in Prince William Sound. The bed of rhodoliths is the first documented in Alaska's waters.

The UA Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2005 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Nominations are due by Dec. 1. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

The UAF Women's Center is looking for a facilitator for its Single Parents' Support Group. If you are interested in being the facilitator or attending meetings, contact 6360 or fywoc@uaf.edu.

KUAC-FM is seeking volunteers to help with its fall membership drive Oct. 16-24. For more information contact Ann Dowdy at 1890 or fnajd@uaf.edu.

Shirish Patil, CEM, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Education and Accreditation Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Rasmuson Library invites faculty and graduate students to participate in a pilot program to deliver library documents to your desktop. For more information call 5348.

The UAF Pub, located in Wood Center, has many events throughout the semester, including live music, movies, comedians, wine tastings and a beer festival. A side room is available for meetings. You must be 21 to enter the Pub. For more information contact 7805, fnjnb@uaf.edu or visit www.uaf.edu/thepub/.

Events

IAB's Life Sciences Seminar series presents Effects of Habitat Selection on Aquatic Metacommunity Structure by Chris Binckley, IAB post-doctoral student, Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in 214 Elvey Building. For more information call 7640 or visit www.iab.uaf.edu.

The seventh annual Forest Sports Festival takes place Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. in the UAF Experimental Farm Field, across from Georgeson Botanical Garden. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/snras/news.html.

The Office of International Programs will host its annual Study Abroad Fair Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Wood Center.

UAF's Student Drama Association presents Winter Shorts, Trifles and Reliquary in the Salisbury Lab Theatre Oct. 8-9 at 8:15 p.m., Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 15-16 at 8:15 p.m. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/theatre/.

The Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra is holding a gala concert featuring Midori on violin Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. For more information call 5733 or visit www.fairbankssymphony.org.

Summer art students from ART 295 Landscape Painting in the Brooks Range will show their works Oct. 11-15 in the UAF Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex.

The admissions office is hosting the College Fair Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/admissions/collegefair/.

The UAF Leadership Program presents the student leadership conference, Mapping a Vision for the Future, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Wood Center. Registration is $10. For more information call 7037.

Grants and Awards

The Alaska Air Group gave $200,000 to the UAF endowment established by Ronald Cosgrave in honor of his many years of service to the company. This gift will double the size of the two annual awards for 2006-2007 and triple them for 2008-2009.

Robert Bolton, WERC graduate student, won first place for his poster at the Inland Northwest Regional Environmental and Subsurface Science Symposium.

Lydia Black, UAF professor emerita, was named Historian of the Year by the Alaska State Historical Society for writing the year's outstanding scholarly book on Alaska history. Black was recognized for Russians in Alaska, 1732-1867 published by the UA Press.

 

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Nanook hockey faces off with Grant McEwan College Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Carlson Center. For more information visit www.gonanooks.com.

The UAF volleyball team takes on UAA Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., Northwest Nazarene Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and Seattle University Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Patty Center Gym.

Deadlines

Oct. 11, 2004: President's Special Projects Fund applications are due to 212H West Ridge Research Building. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Oct. 15, 2004: All application materials and fees for December 2004 graduation are due. Applications can be found at www.uaf.edu/reg/forms/graduation.pdf (PDF 168K) . For more information call 7523.

Oct. 15, 2004: Proposals for the EPSCoR spring 2005 Undergraduate Student Research Support Competition are due. For more information contact 5895, epscor@alaska.edu or visit www.alaska.edu/epscor/.

Oct. 15, 2004: Proposals for the EPSCoR Young Investigator First Award are due. This award assists young faculty in competing for research funding. For more information contact 5895, epscor@alaska.edu or visit www.alaska.edu/epscor/.

Oct. 31, 2004: Applications for the University Women's Association scholarships are due. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/uwa/scholarship.html.

Nov. 1, 2004: Applications for the 2005 Angus Gavin Memorial Bird Research Grant are due. Grants up to $15,000 will be awarded. For more information visit www.alaska.edu/uafound/.

Nov. 5, 2004: Exceptional Student Employee Award nominations are due. For more information call Patti Picha at 7596.

 

campus insights

Advancement and Engagement-what does it mean?

UAF has begun a new adventure into the world of university advancement and community engagement. Under the leadership of Chancellor Steve Jones, we began this week building an organization combining five successful UAF units--alumni affairs, athletics, development, university relations and KUAC--into the Office of University Advancement and Community Engagement. Our vision is to provide a coordinated and focused approach in advancing UAF from a good university to a great one. UAF has grown over the years into an excellent university through the hard work and dedication of our alumni, faculty, staff and stakeholders. Today we have the opportunity to take UAF to the next level of excellence.

UAF has unlimited potential and incredible stories to tell. We need to let our stakeholders, friends and community know about our successes, programs and learning opportunities. The Office of University Relations' experienced and talented staff will provide our on- and off-campus community with the latest information and publications. Our alumni are the best ambassadors and supporters of UAF. We need to offer all alumni and friends the best opportunity to reconnect with UAF and provide them with reasons to stay connected. We will work closely with the alumni association to bring alumni affairs back into the advancement office, while maintaining the association's identity and role as our advocate and conscience. Nanook athletics is on a roll as national and Olympic champions, winning teams and outstanding student athletes. The athletic department will ensure Nanook athletes continue to be successful on the court, ice, range, trails and in the classroom. KUAC is a world-class public radio and TV station. KUAC will continue to grow and provide quality radio and TV to our state. And finally, to increase private and corporate donations and involvement, our development office will be redesigned to allow for an accelerated effort in bringing new funds into UAF.

Our goal is to provide a focused, coordinated and deliberate effort that provides UAF the best opportunity to increase its visibility throughout Alaska. This effort enables our community of alumni, friends, stakeholders, world-class faculty, staff and students to connect and make a difference. UAF is on the move, and we are very excited to be a part of this new adventure and opportunity.

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