50th Anniversary Reunion

In 1964 the student firefighters in Hess Hall first moved into the Fire Hall at UAF. Thus, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the resident student firefighter program. To celebrate and commemorate this important milestone, we are planning an exciting reunion weekend this summer. In addition, we have created a web site to memorialize our now-famous Wall of Fame in the Fire Hall. This message includes all the details you need to know to start making your plans!

Mark Your Calendars!

What:              UaFD 50th Anniversary Reunion

When:             July 18-19, 2014

Where:            Fairbanks, Alaska / UAF


Agenda and Activities

Friday, July 18

5:00 PM

·          Social gathering at the UAF Campus Fire Hall

·          Catered barbecue dinner at the Wood Center

6:30 PM

·          NEW! Special opening of The Pub just for fire alumni and guests 

·          NEW! We have a very high level of confidence that the Tradition Stone will be making a special appearance!


Saturday, July 19

8:30 AM

·          All UaFD Alumni are invited to walk or ride together in the Golden Days Parade

12:30 PM

·          Picnic lunch at our University Avenue Fire Station (off campus) and skills/drills demonstration

·          Group photo

6:30 PM

·          3-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Riverboat Discovery ( http://riverboatdiscovery.com/ ) featuring live music


Sunday, July 20

9:00 AM

·          Optional golf outing at Fairbanks Golf Course

(http://www.fairbanksgolfcourse.com/ )



Travel options to Fairbanks are numerous and varied. We recommend: 

o    Fly directly to Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).

o    Fly to Anchorage (ANC) a day ahead of time and travel by Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks ( http://alaskarailroad.com/reservations/ ). This is one of the most scenic ways to enjoy Alaska!

o    Travel by car or motorhome. Excellent travel information is available at http://www.milepost.com/edirectory/# .

o    Travel from various locations in the Pacific Northwest via the Alaska Marine Highway ( http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ ).

Ground Transportation will be provided to and from all venues, hotels, Fairbanks International Airport, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.



We have reserved discounted rooms blocks to meet a variety of location and price requirements: 

Cutler Apartments (UAF Campus Housing)

These are two-bedroom suites with kitchens and all amenities, and sleeping for four (four twin beds). Beds may be pushed together for couples. 

o    $112 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations can be made online at https://uaf.irisregistration.com/Auth/Authenticate/Index?ReturnUrl=%2fRegister%3fcode%3duaf-academic-2014&code=uaf-academic-2014 

            o    "What is your reason for staying at UAF?" Select: other

            o    Type in your reason for staying as "UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion"

o    Upon completion you should contact residence life at 907.474.6769 to confirm that you have successfully booked your reservations. 


Bridgewater Hotel (723 1st Avenue)

Boutique-style hotel located in the heart of downtown. This is on the Golden Days Parade route. 

o    $125 per night, available July 17-21

o    Reservations at 800.528.4916, Group Discount Code UFR714


SpringHill Suites (575 1st Avenue)

Spacious studio suites with pull-out sofa bed, complimentary continental breakfast buffet. This is on the Golden Days Parade route. 

o    $154 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations at 800.314.0858, Group Discount Code “UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion”


Prices and Registration 


$150 per person; Children 10 and under, $50.


Prices include: 

o    All activities (except golf);

o    Friday night catered barbecue dinner;

o    Saturday picnic lunch;

o    Saturday evening 3-hour dinner cruise with live music;

o    Ground transportation as needed.


$42 (optional) Green fees for 18 holes of golf and riding cart (payable to Fairbanks Golf Course)



  To register, please visit www.uaf.edu/fire and select the Registration tab.

Please book your hotel reservations early, as space is limited!


Wall of Fame

For decades, departing members of the UaFD have been decorating a brick in the Fire Department Wall of Fame in the Fire Hall at UAF. To memorialize this living historical artifact, we have created an on-line facsimile that you can view here:




We hope to collect a short biography, an old photo, and a current photo for each person whose name is on the Wall. For an example, see Bill Shechter , Dirk Bodnar and others. If your name is on the Wall and we don’t yet have your biography and photos, please email them to us. If you are an alumni and your name is not on the wall, we will create a virtual brick for you! Please send biographies and photos to bczellweger@alaska.edu .


Spread the word!

Please help spread the word to as many people alumni and friends that you know. Encourage people to submit their biographies and photos. Most importantly, please plan to come. We hope to see you here! For more information and updates, visit our web site: www.uaf.edu/fire/ or call 907.474.5757.


Click the image to go to the Wall of Fame 50th Aniversary virtual bricks web site.


The University (Alaska) Fire Department is creating an alumni website and we need your help!   

We are constructing an online facsimile of the “Wall of Fame” currently in our fire station that features the names of past alumni.   The online version will expand to include information on you and former UFD/UAFD members.  

In order for us to create this website, we need to gather information about you.   Below is a link to a document.   Please fill out the document and return it to us via email. Feel free to be as detailed as you want, we would love to hear what everyone has been up to!

We would also appreciate a past and present photo in a .jpg format.   

Please spread the word about this project to former UFD/UAFD alumni we have lost contact with and you may know their whereabouts.

Please submit all of the above to Brooke Zellweger at bczellweger@alaska.edu