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2014 CELEBRATION OF GIVING

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THANK YOU.

Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone on College Hill. In honor of that milestone, we will begin our centennial celebrations at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The next few years will be an exciting time as we work with those who hold UAF closest to their hearts — many of whom are here tonight — to build the foundation of our institution for the next 100 years. But tonight, we celebrate you — the individuals, corporations and foundations whose philanthropic gifts are imperative to the success of UAF. Thank you! 
 
Our job at UAF is to help students discover that they can earn more than a paycheck in the real world. Here, we teach students how to ask questions and then we inspire them to seek out the answers. Your support ensures our students can be curious, innovative and successful because your philanthropic support provides UAF with superior programs and resources.
 
We sincerely thank you for your generous contributions and the thirst for knowledge that you kindle in our UAF community.
 
Brian Rogers
Chancellor

John and Fran Zarling

2014 Individual Honoree

John and Fran Zarling moved from Wisconsin to Fairbanks in the mid-1970s when John was hired as a professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Shortly after starting his career at UAF, John and Fran made their first gift to the university. This was the impetus of the couple’s long history of philanthropic support to the institution. The two’s relationship with UAF evolved as Fran worked part-time for the UAF Business Office and John severed several years as associate dean of UAF’s School of Engineering and director of the Institute of Northern Engineering. He is an early recipient of the prestigious Usibelli Award for Teaching Excellence and in 2013 UAF's Meritorious Service Award.  John retired from UAF as a Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering in 1997 but you will still find him in the classroom every Tuesday evening teaching arctic engineering for the College of Engineering and Mines. He is a UAF alumnus, earning a certificate of completion in aviation maintenance technology.  
 
In 2009, John and Fran endowed the Zarling Family Hockey Scholarship in support of UAF hockey athletes — a program they had supported for more than 30 years.  In 2013, the couple created the Zarling Engineering Scholarship to support first-year engineering students at UAF. In addition to these two funds they created, John and Fran have supported numerous other programs, culminating with the inclusion of UAF in their estate plans. The Zarlings are archetypes of Nanook pride. Together, they’ve experienced UAF in every way possible. They’ve had the student experience, they’ve been employees, alumni, fans, donors and genuine friends of UAF for many years.
 
 

John and Sally Howard

2014 Longevity Honorees

After graduating from Georgia Tech in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, John joined the Air Force and was stationed at Ladd Air Force Base, now known as Fort Wainwright.  Sally joined him in the Interior in December 1959.  After the initial culture shock, John and Sally soon adapted and became experienced sourdoughs. In early 1960, John began work on a master’s degree in Engineering Management. Sally completed her English degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks after beginning it at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. Sally and John remember their time at UAF fondly. It was an exciting time for them as they were just beginning their lives together and Alaska was abuzz with all of the possibilities its new statehood provided. 
 
In 1974, John and Sally Howard made their first gift to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Nearly every year since, the couple has renewed or increased their annual gift. The couple has consistently supported the Annual Fund at UAF and its mission to address areas of greatest need. In the last ten years, the Howards have significantly increased their annual donations. They support their alma mater schools - the School of Education and the College of Engineering and Mines - and they have chosen to include UAF in their estate plans. From their current home in Georgia, the Howards continue to demonstrate their commitment to higher education in Alaska.
 

Totem Ocean Trailer Express

2014 Corporate Honoree

Totem Ocean Trailer Express (Totem Ocean), has been serving Fairbanks customers since 1975, and has become the premier provider of ocean transportation service between the ports of Anchorage, Alaska and Tacoma, Washington. The company serves Alaska’s diverse transportation needs and has a tradition for providing philanthropic support to UAF and many other Alaska organizations since it was established nearly 40 years ago.
 
Since the early 1990s, Totem Ocean and its parent company Saltchuk Resources has given more than one million dollars to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with more than $725,000 directly from Totem Ocean.   Beneficiaries such as the University of Alaska Museum of the North and the UAF School of Management are two primary areas the company supports.  For nearly a decade, Totem Ocean has been the lead title sponsor of the UA Museum of the North’s Family Days. Because of Totem Ocean’s longstanding commitment with the museum, children are admitted free of charge to the museum for all of our Family Days events.
 
In 1997, Totem Ocean created their self-named scholarship, with an initial gift of $15,000.  Since that time, the company has made additional gifts to the Totem Ocean Trailer Express Scholarship that awards $1,000 per year to students majoring in UAF School of Management degree programs. 
 

DigitalGlobe

2014 State-of-the-art equipment/Special gift Honoree

DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution Earth imagery products and services. The company, with locations in the United States, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, was founded in 1992. Just a year after the company was established, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted it the first license that would allow a private enterprise to build and operate a satellite system to gather high-resolution digital imagery of Earth for commercial sale.
 
In 2013, DigitalGlobe donated a 9.1-meter ViaStat tracking antenna and associated receiving equipment to the Alaska Satellite Facility. The gift significantly expanded the facility’s research capabilities. 
 
“This equipment is a tremendous addition to our facility” said Nettie LaBelle-Hamer, ASF director and associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “It will not only greatly expand our data collection capabilities, but also open up the potential for new classes, expanded research topics and training tools for UAF students.”
 
The Alaska Satellite Facility is located within the UAF Geophysical Institute and distributes satellite-based data to scientific users around the world. Its mission is to promote, facilitate, and participate in the advancement of remote-sensing data. 
 
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