May 11, 2007


Ronald Cosgrave recently gave UA the single largest gift ever made by a living alumnus--$2.6 million. The gift was used to purchase 30 acres of undeveloped land in Fairbanks, directly across Geist Road from the UAF campus. Cosgrave served on the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees from 1979-1983, was named the 1978 Alumnus of the Year and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UAF in 2003.

Erik Drygas, UAF alumnus, was appointed by Gov. Sarah Palin to the UA Board of Regents. Drygas will fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Jim Hayes. His appointment must be confirmed in the Legislature.

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Anita Hartmann, CLA, was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Research Administration.

TVC's applied business program has a new management concentration that allows students to complete courses required by the BBA program at UAF and UAS. The emphasis provides a more direct path into the four-year degree programs. The program's graduates also have the option of pursuing their bachelor's online through the UAS program.

Aldona Jonaitis, Museum, was an invited speaker at the first Latin American Conference in Museology and Cultural Heritage Management in Bogota, Colombia.

Jean Flanagan Carlo, CLA, was invited to attend the Res Artis gathering, a global network of residencies, held in conjunction with the Transcultural Exchange Conference April 27-29 in Boston.

Most campus offices will be closed May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

Rudy Krejci, emeritus, participated in a television documentary based on his translation of a manuscript by Jan Eskymo Welzl.

Julie Estey has accepted the position of UA Museum of the North's development director. Estey, who is executive director of the Yukon Quest International, will begin her duties full time in mid-June.

Jerry McBeath, CLA, was invited by the National Chengchi University in Taiwan to present a paper at the International Conference on Economic Development and Democratic Transformation: Taiwan and East Asia.

Read about the Alaska Chamber Chorale and Marvilla Davis, who retired as director of the chorale this spring in the latest online feature story at

The UA Press recently published The Inuit Language in Inuit Communities in Canada map by Natascha Sontag and the second edition of Alaska Trees and Shrubs. For more information visit

The UA Museum of the North needs volunteers to introduce visitors to the new art gallery. Training will take place during the week of May 21. For more information call 6948 or e-mail

The last day to use your personal holiday leave for FY07 is June 23. For more information contact UAF HR at 7700.


The UA Museum of the North presents On the Edge: Forging New Directions in Alaska Native Art May 12-Sept. 30. The exhibit features the work of 23 contemporary Alaska Native artists who honor their cultural heritage with works that diverge from traditional expressions. For more information call 7505.

The Office of Information Technology is hosting training opportunities throughout the summer, including Roxen Page Designer May 15, QAdhoc May 23 and Banner Navigation May 24. For more information or to register visit

Staff Appreciation Day, hosted by the UAF Staff Council, takes place May 17 from noon-2 p.m. in the Wood Center. For more information call 7056.

Provost Paul Reichardt's retirement tribute will be held May 17 from 5-7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Provost Reichardt will be presented with the 2007 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence by the UA Foundation.

The Georgeson Botanical Garden spring plant sale takes place May 19 at 10 a.m.

The Fairbanks Flutists, conducted by Dorli McWayne, CLA, present a concert Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue(s) May 20 at 4 p.m. in the Davis Concert Hall.

Summer Sessions presents free summer movie nights in Schaible Auditorium including The 39 Steps May 21 and Shadow of a Doubt May 23 at 6:30 p.m. For more information visit

Outdoor Adventures is sponsoring summer trips including the UAF Biking Tour May 22, Kayak Evening Session I May 24 and Denali Mountain Biking May 26. For more information call 6027 or visit

The 13th annual College of Fellows Campus Flower Planting takes place May 30 at 9 a.m. Bring your gardening gloves and tools, the flowers and refreshments will be provided. For more information call Pat at 7581.

NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday with Ira Flatow will hold a live broadcast in the Davis Concert Hall June 8 at 10 a.m. Admission is $10, $5 for students, seniors and military. For more information call 7021 or visit

The 9th Annual TOTE Family Fun Fest, hosted by the UA Museum of the North, takes place June 10 at noon. Admission is $5 adults, $3 for youth 7-17 and free for kids 6 and under. For more information call 7505.

Grants and Awards

TVC was awarded the 2007 Family Friendly Workplace award in the category of public employers with more than 25 employees. The award is sponsored by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Early Childhood Development Commission.

Sargent Shriver, a UAF honors student, was awarded the Outstanding Oral Presentation award at the L. Starling Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference.

Brendon Bruns, Electrical Engineering major, placed first in the IEEE NW Area Student Paper Contest for "Design of a High-Performance Hybrid-Electric Snowmachine."

UAF recognized three donors for their commitment to philanthropy and dedication to the university's mission: Paul and Terry Reichardt for individuals, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. for corporate gift; and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation for foundational support. They were honored, along with more than 200 other donors, at a reception held May 2.


May 31, 2007: Applications for the Lawrence Tingook Davis Memorial Scholarship are due. For more information visit

June 1, 2007: Registration deadline for the National Science Foundation Proposal Writing workshop being held Aug. 22-23 at UAF. NSF is providing some participant support for UA rural campuses, UAA and UAS; applications are due May 22. For more information visit

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Our Alumni

The UAF Alumni Association will welcome nearly 1,000 new relatives Sunday. They're in good company, joining a family of more than 25,000 members from right here in Alaska (roughly two-thirds), throughout the country and around the globe.

It's an exciting time to be joining the association, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. In its 80 year history, it has only been since 1976 that the association has welcomed graduates of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. From 1927 to 1935 the graduates came from the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, and from 1935 to 1975 they came from the University of Alaska.

Regardless of the university name on their diplomas, experience--both in and out of the classroom--is what our graduates remember most.

This means all of us at UAF have a responsibility to make their experience a positive one. Let's not focus on our alumni only after graduation. We need to reach out to them the second they step foot on our campus. We create a memorable experience for our future alumni in the way we teach our classes, the way we interact with them in our offices, the way we answer our phones when they call, the way we maintain our grounds and so forth.

It's well worth our time. Students who fondly remember the time spent here are often our biggest supporters as alumni. As we celebrate the past 80 years, let's resolve to make their experience even better during the next 80.

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