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Chancellor Rogers has offered two possible options for UAF departments to extend the upcoming winter break by declaring a soft closure or reducing business hours in December or January. The options are Dec. 20 – 22, 2010 or Jan. 3 – 7, 2011. Departments are encouraged to participate in the soft closure or reduced business hours during one or both of these weeks. Departments performing essential services may need to remain open and employees in those departments may not be able to take leave during this time. For reduced business hours or soft closure there may be no forced leave.  Employees may choose to work even if the department is closed; take annual leave or leave without pay; or take sick leave upon submission of evidence of illness or a professional appointment or treatment as indicated in university regulation R04.06.130 C.7. However, administrative leave is not an option during the closure. Employees should be aware that retirement eligibility (PERS and TRS) will be affected if your leave without pay exceeds 10 days in a calendar year. Employees should coordinate with their supervisor regarding leave options and schedules. For more information contact Human Resources at 474-7700.


For Your Information

The Arctic Innovation Competition, sponsored by the School of Management, other UAF departments, the Fairbanks North Star Borough and local businesses, is asking for new, feasible and potentially profitable ideas to be submitted by Sept. 30. The competition will award more than $19,000 in cash prizes to 20 winners, the top prize is $10,000. The competition is free and open to the public. For more information contact Ping Lan at 474-7688 or

The Cooperative Extension Service test kitchen is open for public use for an hourly fee. The kitchen is a Department of Environmental Conservation-certified facility. For more information, contact kitchen manager Kate Idzorek at 474-5391 or

The UAF Alumni Association will honor professor of petroleum engineering Shirish Patil with the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award Friday, Sept. 24, at the alumni association's annual reunion luncheon at the Princess Riverside Lodge. The association will also honor six other alumni during the awards luncheon. Paul Glavinovich,'61, '67, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence; Jackie Stormer, '89, Marketing and Communications will receive the Alumni Achievement Award for University Support; Fredric Brown, '64, and Roger Burggraf, '59, will both receive the Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support; Southcentral Chapter officer Marta Mueller, '95 will receive the William R. Cashen Service Award; and Eskil Anderson, '41, will receive the Lenhart J.H. Grothe Resource Award, given posthumously to honor an alumnus for contributions in the resource, mining or agricultural fields.

Cheryl Hatch, war photographer, newspaper reporter and documentary filmmaker, will serve as the fifth C.W. Snedden Chair in Journalism.

Carol Gold, History and Women's Studies, has been named the Arthur T. Fathauer Chair of History.

Doug Schrage is the new chief of the University Fire Department. Schrage, a UAF alumnus, will begin his duties Oct. 6. He takes over for Edie Curry, who retired June 30.

Rich Seifert, Cooperative Extension Service, has a new role as community sustainability coordinator for Extension. Seifert will help Alaska communities become as self-sufficient and resilient as possible and will work to meet needs for information about increasing energy, food and health security. For more information contact Seifert at 474-7201 or

Maggie Griscavage, Grants and Contracts Administration, was appointed co-chair of the Federal Demonstration Partnership Membership Committee.

Sunny Rice, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, helped a team of Sea Grant-funded researchers complete the first field season of a study to learn how sea otters, believed to be increasing in number, may be affecting commercial and subsistence crab fishermen and the region's shellfish dive fisheries. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a partner in the study.

Theresa Arevgaq John, Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, published "Nutemllarput, Our Very Own: A Yup'ik Epistemology" in the Canadian Journal of Native Education.

Kate Wynne, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, surveyed the whale populations in northern Kodiak waters during July and August. She and her team photographed 40 humpbacks and 15 fin whales. The whales appeared to be diving to 80+ fathoms and feeding on zooplankton, primarily copepods.

Alaska Sea Grant recently published A Sustainable Future: Fish Processing Byproducts, by Peter Bechtel and Scott Smiley, both with the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

Two dozen teachers will attend a rural teacher in-service in Fairbanks Wednesday – Saturday, Sept. 22 – 25, which is is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Service, Alaska Sea Grant, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The training will encourage science literacy through a classroom salmon incubation project coordinated by the 4-H Natural Resource and Youth Development Program. For more information contact Peter Stortz at 907-746-9459 or

The Office of Information Technology Training and Development Group is developing a series of how-to classes for Adobe CS5 and would like input to help guide the content of these courses. A brief questionnaire is available online.

Shared Voices, the monthly newsletter for the University of the Arctic, is available as an HTML based e-mail. Sign up online to receive it.

The UAF Toast of Alaska Toastmasters International Club hosts weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in 201 O'Neill Building. Toastmasters gives participants the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills. For more information call 474-6632.

The 2011 Global Change Student Research Grant Competition guidelines are available online and paper copies can be picked up at the Center for Global Change, 306 Akasofu Building, or at the Graduate School, 202 Eielson Building. The 2011 guidelines have changed significantly. Proposals are due by Feb. 11, 2011. For more information contact Susan Sugai at 474-5415 or

Win for Alaska, the UA Health In Action program provider, hosts Individualized Health Planning sessions (IHPs), beginning Monday, Oct. 4. Sign up to participate in a series of six face-to-face health planning sessions with an experienced wellness consultant who will customize a plan to help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals. Program participation is limited, register online. IHPs are a benefit of the UA Health In Action program, provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you.

The School of Management welcomes new faculty: Cam Carlson, director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program; Nicole Cundiff, Director of the Northern Leadership Center; James McDermott, Business Administration; and Ruth Prato, Accounting.

The College of Liberal Arts welcomes new faculty and staff members: Faculty: Loukas Barton, Anthropology; Tanya Corbin, Political Science; Siri Engstrom, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Daryl Farmer, English; Alicia Hall, Philosophy and Humanities; Brian Jarrett, Justice; Duff Johnston,  English; Sean Parson, Political Science; Robert Prince, Journalism; Kevin Sager, Communication; Mark Sicoli, Anthropology; Walter Skya, History; Lynne Snifka, Journalism; Sarah Stanley, English; Kimberly Swisher, Social Work; Lance Twitchell, English; Jason Whipple, Psychology. Staff: Cindy Arnold, Linguistics; Terry Norman, CLA Dean's Office; Courtney Pagh, Communication; Marilyn Weaver, Alaska Rural Behavioral Health Training Academy; Teneeshia York, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies.

The Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, as amended, (known as the “Clery Act”) requires that colleges and universities publish an annual campus safety report, distribute the report to all students and employees, and inform prospective students and employees about the report. The report contains descriptions of campus policies and programs relative to campus security and statistics concerning specific types of crimes. The purpose of the act is to inform students and employees of the incidents of crime and the policies and procedures to prevent crime or to report occurrences of crime at institutions of higher education. The law is also designed to encourage the development of security policies and procedures and to establish uniformity in reporting of crimes at all such institutions. The information required by the law, as well as additional information relating to campus safety and security, can be found at UAF Statistics, UAF Policies/Procedures or in the UAF class schedule. To receive a paper copy of these reports contact Student and Enrollment Services, 514 Gruening Building, P.O. Box 756340, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-6340, by phone at 474-7317 or e-mail at Information on sex offenders may be obtained through the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety.



Campus Safety Week (PDF) will be Sept. 20 – 24 with a series of events and activities emphasizing the importance of safety and disaster preparedness. Wednesday, Sept. 22, there will be a campuswide test of UAF's emergency communications system. You may receive test messages via e-mail, telephone, desktop alert, text message, loudspeaker or in person. The test will also include a survey to gauge the effectiveness of our communications. Sign up to receive emergency text alerts on your cell phone at the UAF on Alert website.

Careers in Energy recruitment week, presented by Career Services, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Mines, takes place Sept. 20 – 24. A job fair takes place Wednesday, Sept. 22, from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596 or

The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy will host a statewide webinar Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. focusing on climate change adaptation efforts in Alaska and elsewhere in the U.S. Register online. For more information call 474-7812.

Career Services hosts the Law School Consortium Tuesday, Sept. 21, noon – 3 p.m. in Wood Center. For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596 or

The Academic Advising Center is hosting a series of skill workshops including Note Taking Skills Tuesday, Sept. 21, and Managing Stress and Test Anxiety Thursday, Sept. 23. Most workshops take place at 1 p.m. in 409 Gruening. For more information contact the Advising Center at 474-6396 or

Chancellor Rogers will host a student forum Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the Wood Center multilevel lounge. Chancellor Rogers will discuss the current state of UAF and proposed tuition for academic years 2011 - 2012 and 2012 - 2013.

The Center for Health and Counseling kicks off its Lose to Win student weight loss incentive program Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. in Wood Center conference rooms E and F. For more information contact Nancy Bayer at 474-7043.

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power will host a community lecture on opportunities for biomass harvest and cultivation in the Interior Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Blue Loon on the Parks Highway. Speakers will include Doug Hansen from the Alaska Division of Forestry and Steve Sparrow from the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Former U.S. ambassador to Egypt Nicholas Veliotes will give a free public lecture, "The Crisis of American Diplomatic Capacity," Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Wood Center Carol Brown Ballroom. The lecture is sponsored by the UA Geography Program.

Weight Watchers begins a new 17-week meetings series noon – 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in the vice chancellor’s conference room in the Administrative Services Center on College Rd. For more information contact Michelle Littell at

David Conover, director of the Division of Ocean Sciences at the National Science Foundation, presents two free public seminars on the responses of fish populations to climate change and size-selective fishing practices. The first seminar, "Countergradient variation: an evolutionary response to climate change," takes place Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m. in 201 O'Neill. The second seminar, "Spatial and temporal scales of adaptive divergence in the ocean: lessons from silverside fishes," takes place Friday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in 101 of the Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau. Receptions will follow both seminars.

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 Nanook 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.

The Keith B. Mather Library presents a free patent and trademark seminar (PDF) 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in Elvey Auditorium. The library is a Patent and Trademark Depository Library. For more information or to pre-register call 474-2636.

The University Women's Association presents a fall welcome tea Sunday, Sept. 26, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Chancellor's residence. The theme is a poem you wrote; a poem you like. Please RSVP to 374-2914, 488-2314 or

Career Services hosts the UAF accounting recruitment Sept. 27 – Oct. 8. For more information contact Career Services at 474-7596 or

The 2010 Farthest North Forest Sports Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. with events held in the agricultural fields and at Ballaine Lake. The festival is sponsored by the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences and the Resource Management Society.

The Patty Ice Arena hosts Learn to Skate classes Oct. 4 – Dec. 16 with beginning level classes Monday and Wednesday and advanced classes Tuesday and Thursday; all from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Instructor permission is required for admission in the advanced class. The cost is $75 for 20 sessions, or $8 per session. For more information call 474-6888 or send an e-mail to

Anita Madison, University Employee Assistance Program provider ComPsych, presents training sessions that are free and open to all University of Alaska employees. The sessions last approximately 60-90 minutes depending on the topic and participant questions.  Topics include “Facilitating Effective Meetings” Monday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at the University Lake Building at UAA, “Presentation Skill Building” Wednesday Oct. 6, at 1:15 p.m. in 204 Butrovich Building and “Living with Change” Thursday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 a.m. in 212B Butrovich Building. Due to limited space, participants are asked to register for the sessions. Please secure supervisor approval in advance to ensure proper coverage at your worksite. Sessions not offered in your area may be available via videoconference. Submit requests to by Monday, Sept. 27, in order to give us time to identify a location for the videoconference in your area. For more information contact Anne Sakumoto at 907-786-1432.

The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women will host the sixth annual women faculty luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 12. Featured speaker is Carol Diebel, director of the UA Museum of the North. For more information contact Jane Weber at

The UA Health In Action program is hosting a flu shot clinic Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Akasofu Building lobby. This year's flu shot is a combination vaccine for seasonal flu and H1N1. The cost is $25 and payments must be made via cash or check. Vaccinations will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary. The clinic is presented by Win for Alaska and Carrs Safeway.

Discover UAF: Inside Out, hosted by the Office of Admissions, takes place Friday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Inside Out is an open house for high school juniors and seniors designed to showcase the university. Registration is required, but the event is free.

Staff Council is seeking staff photo submissions for the 2011 Staff Council calendar. The calendar theme highlights staff; please provide high quality photographs of UAF staff members, artwork, research or activities staff are involved in around campus. Submit all photographs electronically. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. For more information contact Nichole Kloepfer, at 474-7056 or

KUAC FM is hosting its fall fundraiser Oct. 16 – 24 and is seeking volunteers to answer phones. For more information call 474-1890 or e-mail

Alaska Sea Grant hosts the 26th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, Ecosystems 2010: Global Progress on Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management, Nov. 8 – 11 in Anchorage.

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

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study options to optimize wind-diesel hybrid energy systems in rural Alaska.

Andrew Nicholas, '93, Geophysical Institute, received the 2009 Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientists and Engineers of the Year Award. Nicholas and six others were chosen from nearly 35,000 Navy scientists and engineers.


Eric Stang has been named the Nanook men's assistant basketball coach.

Nanook women's volleyball takes on Western Washington Thursday, Sept. 23, and Simon Fraser, Saturday, Sept. 25, with both games at 7 p.m. in the Patty Center gym.

Nanook hockey hosts a Blue vs. Gold game Saturday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m and faces Windsor in an exhibition game Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. with both games in the Patty Center ice arena.

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



Sept. 24:  Faculty and staff submissions for technology fee proposals (TAB) are due.

Oct. 1:  Student submissions for technology fee proposals (TAB) are due.

Oct. 4: Applications for the UAF Freshman Leadership Academy are due.

Oct. 22: Nominations for the Fall 2010 UAF Exceptional Student Employee Award are due. For more information call Career Services at 474-7596.

Oct. 29
: Deadline to apply for Alaska Space Grant fellowships and scholarships. Research fellowships, education research fellowships and undergraduate scholarships are available.

Nov. 1: Pre-proposals for the NASA EPSCoR Research Cooperative Agreement Notice are due.

Dec. 1: Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence are due.

Dec. 15: Proposals for the Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant are due.

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