April 28, 2006

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The UAF Police and the UA Office of Information Technology are investigating a recently discovered security breach of a server at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. The server was used for routine business and housed information files that contained nearly 39,000 names and social security numbers of current and former UAF staff, faculty and students as well as UA administrative personnel who have had a UAF e-mail account. The university mailed letters and sent e-mails to people whose names were in the file. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/security/.

The UAF directory will be published this fall with some changes from previous years. University Relations is in the process of gathering changes to the classified listings on pages 2-17 of the current directory. The employees by department and individual listings sections will not be in the printed directory but can be accessed through the online directory at https://edir.alaska.edu/.

The Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards for 2006 go to Kelly Drew, CNSM and IAB, for teaching; Anthony Gharrett, SFOS, for research; and Pete Pinney, CRCD, for service. The winners will be honored at a reception May 1 at 4 p.m. in Wood Center conference rooms C and D.

Transportation and Parking Services is conducting a bicycle cleanup on campus. All bikes have been tagged. Bike owners should remove the tag from their bikes by May 15. Bikes with a tag remaining after May 15 will be considered abandoned and placed in impound for 90 days. Thereafter, unclaimed bikes will be sent to surplus. For more information call 7275.

For Your Information

The Alaska Film Archives of the Rasmuson Library completed work to provide access to video footage of the first public hearings that led to the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Funding for the project was from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the Rasumson Foundation.

Abhijit Biswas and Parmod Karulkar, OEM, published a feature article on nanotechnology in the April 2006 issue of Vacuum and Coatings Technology. They have been invited to write a regular feature.

Open enrollment for benefits has begun. If there are any changes you would like to make to your current benefit plans, including opting out of health care and flexible spending accounts, you need to complete the open enrollment forms. If you have no changes to your current plan, you do not need to submit forms. For more information contact UAF HR at 7700 or visit www.alaska.edu/hr/benefits/.

SFOS recently broke ground on the new Lena Point fisheries facility in Juneau. The facility will house research space for 16 laboratories, two classrooms, a teaching lab and large saltwater tanks for studying live sea creatures.

Karen Erikson, CLA, was selected as a 2006 Fulbright scholar grantee to Norway.

Denise Wartes, RAHI, made two presentations at the 11th annual Exemplary Institute conference in Albuquerque, N.M. in April. RAHI was recognized as one of 27 exemplary programs nationwide.

Jonah Lee, CEM, organized and chaired a technical session at the Society for Automotive Engineers International 2006 congress. Lee and Qing Liu, CEM, presented three papers at the SAE congress, two of which were selected for inclusion in the SAE Transactions Journal of Materials and Manufacturing.

UAF is hosting an invitation only celebration May 3 to honor annual, lifetime and Legacy Society donors for their support of UAF. For more information call 6402.

Campus Massage, part of the UAF L.I.F.E. program, is located at 106 SRC. Call 6806 for an appointment. For more information about the program visit www.uaf.edu/uaflife/.

Read about UAF researchers, institutes, students, staff and alumni who are featured in media throughout the state, nation and world in the latest edition of UAF in the news, published every Friday at www.uaf.edu/news/.

Final grades are due to the Registrar's Office May 16 at noon.

Million Voices for Darfur, a national campaign, recently visited campus to create awareness of victims of violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, Africa. For more information about this organization, contact Janet at ffjcs@uaf.edu or Esther at 455-6149 or e_antohin@hotmail.com.

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Saturday, May 13
Commencement Rehearsal
10:30 a.m.-Carlson Center

Graduate Picnic
12:30-2:30 p.m.-Wood Center

Sunday, May 14
Graduation Mass
10:30 a.m.-Schaible Auditorium

Processional line-up, Carlson Center
12:20 p.m.-Graduates
12:45 p.m.-Faculty and administration
12:45 p.m.-Stage party and honorary degree recipients

Commencement Ceremony
Noon-Carlson Center opens for guests
1:20 p.m.-Academic procession begins
1:30 p.m.-Ceremony begins

Commencement Reception
Immediately following the ceremony in the Carlson Center's Pioneer Room, sponsored by the Fairbanks Chapter of the UAF Alumni Association.

For more information call University Relations at 7581 or visit www.uaf.edu/commencement/.

Events

The UA Museum of the North presents the opening of the Rose Berry Art Gallery with a ribbon-cutting May 1 at 8 a.m. with free admission all day. The new gallery will interpret art as an expression of the Alaska experience. Museum admission rates will increase as of May 2 to $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-17 and UA faculty and staff, and free for UA students and children under 7. For more information visit www.uaf.edu/museum/.

A retirement celebration for Wanda Martin, assistant provost for general studies, takes place May 2 from 4-6 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. Martin has 22 years of service with UAF.

Karen Gustafson's, CLA, trumpet studio presents a spring recital May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is free.

The Alaska Chamber Chorale, under direction by Marvilla Davis, CLA, presents its spring concert May 4 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students, seniors or military.

ARSC is participating the First Friday Art Walk May 5 from 5-8 p.m. with several 3D interactive art experiences in the Discovery Lab in the Rasmuson Library.

The UA Museum of the North is hosting the special exhibit The Best of Alaska Positive May 6-June 11, featuring 35 years of award-winning photographs from the juried statewide exhibition.

The 2006 Grad Bash takes place May 6 from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. in the Pub. Graduating seniors will need their invitation to be admitted.

The University Chorus Spring Concert takes place May 6 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and military.

The Alaska Camerata Concert takes place May 7 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 students, seniors and military, and children 12 and under are free.

The UAF Staff Council is hosting the 2006 Staff Appreciation Day and Carolyn Sampson Raffle May 18 from noon-2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. For more information contact 7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden is hosting its spring plant sale May 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Houseplants, annual bedding plants, perennials, hanging baskets, shrubs and trees will be for sale. For more information contact Jan at 6921 or fnjth1@uaf.edu.

Grants and Awards

Rosalind Kan, CLA, has been selected as one of four recipients of the Farthest North Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award. Kan will be recognized at a dinner and ceremony May 4. For more information contact the Girl Scouts at 456-4782.

UAF has received a $14,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to allow Lawrence Duffy, CNSM, and Jim Lokken, Lathrop High School, to conduct their research project Climate Change, Environmental Mercury and Reindeer Productivity on the Seward Peninsula, during the next two summers.

Summer Sessions received a $5,000 gift from the Family Training Associates to sponsor the Brazelton Seminar this summer. For more information about the seminar visit www.uaf.edu/summer/events/brazelton/.

Deadlines

May 12, 2006: Nominations for Staff Council president-elect are due. For more information call 7506 or e-mail fystaff@uaf.edu.

campus insights

University Advocacy

Watching the University Fire Department burn three single-family houses on campus in mid-March reminded me that few things are permanent. All three homes, built with care and enjoyed by multiple occupants over the years, had served us beyond their anticipated life. We could have extended their utility, but long-delayed repairs and renovations, with the consequent mandated code modifications, were simply too costly to justify. Our least-cost option was to destroy by fire, which did provide a wonderful couple of days of training for ours and other area fire departments. As I look at the new landscape of campus where these houses were, I reflect on our aging physical plant.

We now have a backlog in excess of $300 million in major repairs and renovations (R&R). Because infrastructure aging occurs inexorably, whether we receive state funding for R&R or not, we are accumulating some $40 million annually in deferred R&R costs. To put it into perspective, since 1992, UAF has received a total of $110 million for State Capital Funded R&R. Some of our buildings have already exceeded their anticipated life; others are approaching that time. Many are in desperate need of major attention if we are to extend their utility. UAF continues to work diligently to extend the life of our facilities, but at some point we surpass the effective life.

UAF is Alaska's flagship university--we (the crew) have a mandate to sail a critical mission of knowledge, discovery, dissemination and application in service to Alaska, the U.S. and the circumpolar North. The state has an obligation to provide the funds necessary for us to keep the ship itself in good sailing condition. The UA Regents' number one capital priority for FY07 is a $101.7 million request for R&R. Approximately 50 percent would come to UAF. Such funding is a good first step toward keeping UAF in shipshape trim, but remember that nothing is permanent. A single year's appropriation only begins to address a gap that widens each year by another $40 million. Help us get the message to our elected representatives, who have a responsibility for keeping this magnificent vessel afloat and in full service. Thank them for supporting the funding request for the University of Alaska.

If you would like to participate in university advocacy efforts, more information is available at: http://action.supportua.org/systemua/.

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