December 14


The faculty and staff newsletter of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

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University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton and Liane Pelletier, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Communications Systems, announced that ACS will provide UA with a backup data center for its most important online functions at ACS’ facility in Hillsboro, Ore. This will allow UA to continue critical online operations such as payroll, accounting, student loan processing, student and human resource records management and electronic teaching tools that would otherwise be disrupted in the wake of a major disaster or outage. The gift is worth an estimated $6.8 million and extends to 2015.

UAF announced the selection of Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., to build the 254-foot Alaska Region Research Vessel. The vessel will be owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences as part of the U.S. academic research fleet.

Nicole Nordstrand, Facilities Services, has been appointed north campus manager. Nordstrand is the initial point of contact for all research, education and recreation activities that take place on the UAF Fairbanks north campus. For more information contact Nordstrand at 474-6757 or


For Your Information

Most UAF offices will be closed for the winter holiday from Dec. 24 – Jan. 3; some offices will also be closed Dec. 21 – 23 as an energy- and cost-saving measure. Holiday hours are posted online. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 4. Most offices will also be closed Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of Alaska Civil Rights Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Over the winter break, all vehicles left on campus must park in the Taku lot to allow for easy access for snow and ice removal. Vehicles parked in other lots may be towed away at the owner's expense. Vehicles must have a current UAF parking decal. Outlets are available and UAF police will be monitoring the area.  For more information, call 474-PARK (7275).

Campus shuttle bus schedules will be altered during the holidays: Dec. 21 – 23: On-call shuttle service available 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Jan. 4 – 15: On-call shuttle service available 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Jan. 18: No shuttle service; Jan. 19 – 20: All routes, limited hours 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and beginning Jan. 21: All routes, regular hours 7:15 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. To call for a shuttle or for more information contact Transportation Services at 474-RIDE (7433).

The last day of instruction for the fall 2009 semester is Monday, Dec. 14. Final exams take place Wednesday - Saturday, Dec. 16 - 19. Residence halls close at noon on Sunday, Dec. 20. For more information visit the academic calendar online.

Student Recreation Center memberships are half price during the holiday break, Dec. 19 – Jan. 18. Day passes may be purchased for dates prior to Dec. 19. For more information call 474-5886.

The UA Museum of the North will keep special hours during UAF's holiday closure: noon - 5 p.m. daily, Dec. 26 - Jan. 3. The museum will be closed Christmas Day, New Year's Day and both Sundays, Dec. 27 and Jan. 3.

The IRS has issued a new W-4 form which needs to be completed by all employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2010. The new 2010 W-4 form (PDF) is available on the UA HR website. The form has also been posted to the A-Z Forms Index, Employment Forms, and Payroll Forms pages.  The W-4 information page has also been updated to reference the new form. For more information contact HR at or call 450-8208.

A live chat feature has been added to the Parking Services website. Ask questions about parking on campus during working hours and you will get answers in real time. Chat comments made while staff are offline will be answered later.

Dallas Budden, College of Rural and Community Development, was invited to present her paper titled "Online Collaboration" at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (ELEARN) 2009 in Vancouver, Canada, in October. The paper describes the benefits of online collaborative learning, some of the problems students have with collaboration, and how social presence helps.

The Pub's Tailgate Chili took the top spot at the UAF Chili Cook-off for the United Way, followed by UAF Marketing and Communications' &@*!  -- It's that hot!, and Wood Center Scheduling with their unusual chocolate chili. The effort raised $475 and awareness for United Way's annual campaign. Ten teams participated.

The Petroleum Development Laboratory received $2.15 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop an improved cement for geothermal well applications as part of a three-year collaborative research project with the Trabits Group of Wasilla and Thermasource Inc. of Santa Rosa, Calif. UAF efforts for the project will be led by Santanu Khataniar, Shirish Patil and Abhijit Dandekar.

Call Facilities Services at 474-7000 to report slick walkways or other hazards that might cause someone to slip, trip or fall.

The 2009 Celebration of Giving "Giving Comes Full Circle" event for donors took place Nov. 18. Notable donors were honored, including Dr. Cary S. Keller, Northrim Bank and The Bernard Osher Foundation, for their partnerships with UAF. The program is available online (PDF).

UAF has announced the students named to the summer 2009 deans' and chancellor's lists.

Staff Council's December newsletter is available online.

Faculty Senate actions at the Dec. 7 meeting and actions and minutes from previous meetings are online.

The UAF petroleum engineering student team won second place in competition held in conjunction with the 2009 International Petroleum Technology Conference in Doha, Qatar. The team, led by senior Joe Patz, worked on a project based on alternative energy sources. Nine teams were judged by a team of diverse oil industry professionals. IPTC received 215 student nominations from 58 institutions in 35 countries from Society of Petroleum Engineers student chapter faculty advisors, out of which 80 were selected to participate.

Alaska EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) won the Fairbanks North Star Borough “Don’t Be Fuelish Competition” for the second year in a row. The award goes to the office which logs the most miles not driving a vehicle when traveling to and from work.



The UA Museum of the North store holiday sale continues through Dec. 24. All Alaska Native baskets, whalebone sculptures and masks are 20 percent off, and all other merchandise is 10 percent off.

Chancellor Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow invite UAF students, faculty and staff to celebrate the season with good food and cheer in the Wood Center multilevel lounge Tuesday, Dec. 15,  4 – 6 p.m.

The Office of Information Technology hosts training opportunities throughout the year, including Microsoft Excel 2 and Blackboard Grade Center Tuesday, Dec. 15; Google Documents and Google Calendar Thursday, Dec. 17; and Google Apps Q&A Drop-in Friday, Dec. 18. A full training calendar is available online.

Staff Council meets Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 8:45 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom.

The Large Animal Research Station will host its semiannual Arctic Affair open house Sunday, Dec. 20 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information contact Lindsey Blaine at 474-5724 or Marie Gilbert at 474-7412 or

UAF Athletics and Recreation will host Winter Fun Days, a winter recreation camp for youths 5 – 15, at the Student Recreation Center Monday – Friday, Dec. 21 – 24 and Dec. 28 – 31. Camp will end at noon Thursdays, Dec. 24 and 31. For more information contact Ruth Olsen at 474-6814, 378-2282 or

The UAF Bookstore will host a textbook buyback Wednesday – Friday, Dec. 16 – 18, 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday. Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A representative from E-Follett will be on site to take care of your buyback needs. For more information e-mail

The UAF Student Job Fair takes place Jan. 27 – 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Wood Center. UAF departments will have the opportunity to advertise job openings. For more information visit Career Services or call 474-7596.

Check out the UAF Weekly Science Calendar, sponsored by the Center for Global Change and Arctic System Research, for science-related events at UAF.

Visit UAF's online calendar for information on UAF events or to publicize an event.


Grants and Awards

Terrance Quinn, professor of fisheries at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in Juneau, received the Wally Noerenberg Award for Fisheries Excellence, the highest award given by the American Fisheries Society’s Alaska chapter. The Noerenberg award has been presented 15 times since its inception in 1982 . Quinn is currently on sabbatical in South Africa; he participated in award ceremonies via a live video feed in November.

Kyong Hollen made a $10,000 donation to the School of Management. The Kyong Hollen Business Scholarship will be available beginning with the 2010 fall semester. Her scholarship will allow two students to receive an annual disbursement of $5,000 each.

John and Fran Zarling made the first gift of $17,000 to the Zarling Family Hockey Scholarship. They plan to endow the scholarship by contributing annually until it reaches $100,000.

The Hecla Charitable Foundation made an $18,000 donation to the Hecla Greens Creek Company recruiting scholarship created to engage students interested in the mining industry.

Summit Consulting Services Inc. made a gift of $15,000 in support of the Alaska Native Science Engineering Program.

Alumnus and longtime UAF supporter Bill Stroecker made a gift of $25,000 to the Helen Van Campen journalism scholarship.


Nanook men's basketball takes on Montana State Billings 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, in the Patty gym.

The Alaska Nanook athletic event scores from last week are: Home games – Glacier Classic men's basketball, vs. Grand Canyon 72-77, vs. Grace Bible College 108-105; hockey vs. Nebraska-Omaha 4-3, and 3-5; Away games - AT&T Classic women's basketball vs. Grand Canyon 58-78, vs. BYU-Hawaii 48-61.



Jan. 8: Artwork for the 27th annual KUAC AlaskaOne poster is due. For more information, call Lisa at 474-1890 or e-mail

Jan. 10: The Alaska Space Grant Program 2010 Research Initiative and Higher Education grant applications are due.

Jan. 22: Applications are due for UAF faculty members interested in teaching for a term in Europe or Latin America in 2011 – 2012. Teaching opportunities are available in: Rosario, Argentina; Vienna, Austria; London, England; Angers, France; Athens, Greece; Macerata, Italy; Siena, Italy; Morelia, Mexico; and Oviedo, Spain. The program is offered through the Office of International Programs and the Northwest Council on Study Abroad, a consortium of 12 universities in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. For more information and application forms contact John Lehman via e-mail at, or call 474-5668; or Donna Anger via e-mail at or call 474-6131.

Feb. 5: Emeriti nominations are due to the UAF Provost's Office. Guidelines and more information are available at the Provost's Office website.

Feb. 18: Usibelli Award nominations in the areas of teaching, public service and research are due to the UAF Provost's Office. For guidelines and more information visit the website.

April 2: Nominations for honorary degrees for Commencement 2011 are due.

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