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Welcome

An open house for new faculty and staff, "What Fairbanks Has to Offer You," including UAF departments and Fairbanks community vendors such as daycare providers and self-defense groups, takes place Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 3 – 5 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. This event is free. For more information contact Joy Morrison at 474-5055 or jfmorrison@alaska.edu.

Follett Bookstores
is now managing the UAF Bookstore complete with a selection of e-books and new and used books on site. Students will be able, in some cases, to rent texts instead of buying them. Students will also have the option of shopping online and either have books sent to them or pick them up in the store.

The UAF Community and Technical College
, formerly the Tanana Valley Campus, officially changed its name July 1, 2010.

UAF students
have opportunities for volunteer, paid or for-credit research at UAF. Find out more at the second annual research fair, Friday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. This event is sponsored by the Center for Research Services.

Parking Services
announced fee changes in June, including to the cost of parking permits, ticket prices and permit structural changes. Purchase your permit or chat with Parking Services online about your parking options.

The College of Rural and Community Development has moved its college bookstore operation, which is separate from Follett, from under the Center for Distance Education to a stand-alone CRCD bookstore in Fairbanks at 2175 Davis Road, Suite 104. CRCD cross-regional and CDE local students can buy new or used books on site or order books online. Textbook rentals will be available this spring. For information call 474-7711.

The Admissions Office and the Office of the Registrar
have been combined. Students who need assistance for either office should go to the service window in first floor Signers' Hall or the one-stop kiosk located there.  The number to call for information is 474-7500.

The UAF Police Department
is using Nixle to send out safety and emergency information. For emergency text alerts on your cell phone sign up for the service. More information is available at the UAF on Alert website. The number to call for information about campus closures and other emergency information is still 474-7UAF (7823). In case of an emergency call 911.

The Department of Alaska Native Studies, formerly under the College of Liberal Arts, is now combined with the Rural Development Program, under the College of Rural and Community Development. This move recognizes the strong similarities and parallelisms in mission, orientation, curriculum and intention that already exist between these two programs and will broaden the range of course offerings and increase the number of faculty working to deliver these programs. As an important result of this joining, the bachelor's degree in Alaska Native Studies will become available to students through distance delivery .

The Computer Science Department
, formerly under the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is now housed in the College of Engineering and Mines. Both programs share some of the same courses and overlap in research. The engineering and computer science programs are accredited by the same organization. The Computer Science Department will remain in the Chapman Building.

The UAF Business Office
has a new partnership with Tuition Management Systems to improve service to students . Students or parents will be able to enroll in a monthly payment plan. Benefits of this new program include online enrollment, monthly payment plans, increased call center hours, mailed monthly statements and life insurance underwritten by New York Life Insurance Co. that covers the payment plan.

Facilities Services
has partnered with the Fairbanks North Star Borough MACS bus system to provide final bus service at night back to the main campus from 604 Barnette St. and the Downtown Center. The 604 Barnette St. pick-up is at at 9:03 p.m. at the MACS bus stop on 7th Ave., and the Downtown Center pick-up is at 9:06 p.m. at the parking garage bus stop on Lacey Street. Riders must be at the bus stops by these times; the bus will not wait. This service replaces the late UAF shuttle service; passengers who miss the MACS bus will need to arrange for alternate transportation. All UAF students, faculty and staff are able to ride the MACS bus system for free with a valid PolarExpress card.

Most UAF offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 6, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.




 

For Your Information

Staff, faculty and students can purchase or renew parking decals online and choose to have them mailed or pick them up at the Parking Services office, 114 Facilities Services. For more information contact 474-7275 or fypark1@uaf.edu.

The UAF Master Plan 2010 for the Fairbanks campus is now available online.

UAF's events calendar has a new look — it is in Google Calendar, which means you can now view or subscribe to various event calendars. To subscribe for individual events calendars click on the Google button at the bottom of the event page. For additional information contact Cheri Renson at cheri.renson@alaska.edu.

Michele Hébert has been hired as UAF's sustainability coordinator. The position, a partnership with the ASUAF Review of Infrastructure, Sustainability and Energy (RISE) board, Student Services and Cooperative Extension Service, uses the resources and missions of all three organizations.

The UAF Honors Program hosted the Partners in the Parks project Aug. 8 – 14 in Denali National Park. The project is an experience-based learning program sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Collegiate Honors Council.

Cooperative Extension Service now offers online publications about canning basics and canning meat and fish in jars and cans, part of the Preserving Alaska’s Bounty series. DVDs are available for $5. For more information call 474-5211.

UA Press recently republished A Caribou Journey and A Woolly Mammoth Journey, both written by Debbie S. Miller and illustrated by Jon Van Zyle.

New Student Orientation welcomes new students Aug. 29 – Sept. 1. The schedule of activities and presentations is available online. NSO invites the UAF community to help with preparations, provide information and welcome new UAF students and families. For more information contact 474-1103 or orientation@uaf.edu.

Registration is open for the fall semester; classes begin Thursday, Sept. 2. The deadline for adding classes, late registration and fee payment is Friday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. in person and midnight at UAOnline. Visit the UAF academic calendar for details.

Residence halls open to students Sunday, Aug. 29. The first day of classes is Thursday, Sept. 2.




 

Events

The UAF Community and Technical College is hosting its fall open house (PDF) Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at 604 Barnette St.

UAF Bookstore invites all faculty and their administrative assistants to a textbook department open house on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Check out textbook adoptions for this semester, ask questions and meet the staff. For more information call 474-6858.

The fourth annual Alaska Book Festival presents special guest author Charles Wohlforth. He will discuss his new book The Fate of Nature: Rediscovering our Ability to Rescue the Earth, Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in Davis Concert Hall. For more information call 474-7021.

The Office of Information Technology Training and Development Group is hosting an open house Thursday, Aug. 26, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. in 319 Bunnell Building.

The Bartlett Lecture Series has selected author Terry Tempest Williams as its speaker for fall 2010. Her lecture at UAF will take place Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information call 474-6026.

The 2010 UAF Graduate Student Conference takes place Aug. 31 – Sept. 1.

The UA Museum of the North
offers 30-minute movies, Dynamic Aurora, Winter and You Are Here, throughout the day all summer. You must purchase a $5 movie pass, in addition to museum admission, for unlimited access to all the day's shows. The museum's summer exhibit is "Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape." The museum is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily May 15 – Sept. 15.

The UAF Alumni Association is hosting its reunion weekend, honoring the classes of 1960 and 1985, Thursday – Saturday, Sept. 23 – 25. The reunion luncheon will be Sept. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Princess Riverside Lodge, and the UAF Athletic Hall of Fame brunch will be Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. Each costs $25 to attend. Registration is required by Tuesday, Sept. 21. For more information call 474-7081.

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

Kate Wynne, Marine Advisory Program, was awarded the John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant by the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources. The $100,000 grant is for enhancing the quality of data and tissue collected from marine mammals stranded in remote Alaska.

The UA Museum of the North received a $96,705 grant for the Providing Access to Images of Alaska's Botanical Heritage project.

UAF's Student Support Services was selected to receive a $238,356 Student Support Services TRiO grant.

The UA Museum of the North received one of the Best of Attractions Alaska awards from UpTake.com.




 

The Alaska Nanook athletic event scores from last week are: Home games – volleyball vs. Alumni, 3-1.




 

Deadlines

Oct. 1: Deadline for faculty to submit textbook adoptions.



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