Grapevine archives


December 2008

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008

QUESTION

Why do we make all students move from their dorm rooms between terms? I understand if a room needs painting or major repair, but couldn't inspections be done for repairs while the student is still in the room? If it doesn't need repair why make them move? Why make them jump the additional hoop of worrying about packing their stuff while trying to study for finals.

RESPONSE
From Kevin Huddy, interim associate vice chancellor for Student Services and director of Residence Life

Residence Life does not require students to move from their rooms during the winter break. If a student is returning for the spring semester the student can leave all of his/her belongings in his/her room while away from school. If the student is staying on campus during the break then he/she can leave all belongings in his/her assigned room, however, the student may have to move to a different residence hall for the duration of the break. We consolidate students staying for the break into a few halls for security and safety purposes.

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008

QUESTION

Due to books being delivered by mail (by using an on-line retailer) and increasing the amount of packages sent in the mail, will there be an expansion of the campus post office, extending its hours, or possibly opening up the post office for the weekend again for package delivery? Is UAF factoring in the added strain the campus post office will see as a result of this change and preparing for it?

RESPONSE
From Ed Foster, director of maintenance and operations with Facilities Services

Yes, we have considered the effect on the Post Office by changing to mail order books. We are prepared to do whatever we need to make sure students received their books in a timely manner. If we need to add staff we will, but hopefully we can accommodate the need by shifting employees from the Marika Drive location to the Constitution hall location, and/or offer package pick up hours on weekends. However, it's still unknown just how much additional strain this will put on the Post Office. We anticipate a number of books will come to campus via UPS, which doesn't go through our post office; these packages are delivered directly to the address on the package.

Currently we alter work schedules and hours of operations to accommodate various other peak times, i.e., holiday packages, mass mailings to rural campuses at beginning of the semesters, etc. We will deal with the book deliveries in the same manner to ensure students receive their books. Any change in post office hours will be posted and advertised.

I hope this helps in answering this concern. If you need more information please don't hesitate to ask.

Monday, Dec. 22, 2008

QUESTION

Since UAF indicates that they support charity (with support of United Way and canned food drives), has the campus considered placing donation bins for the various charities say, down in the Taku parking lot on UAF's campus?  For example the Alaska Rag Company has a box in the Fred Meyer West parking lot, and cities like Anchorage have drop boxes around town for the Salvation Army, the Lions (who recycle Christmas trees I believe), or Value Village. (Does United Way have a drop box?)

Maybe UAF could set up donation boxes there, urge support by the members of campus and local community, and maybe donate some time of its trucks and members to haul stuff the the donation centers on a regular basis if the charities don't have the resources to do it themselves.

Since it is right across the street from the dump, people might be more inclined to drive across the street and make donations instead of investing in the dump.

RESPONSE

Your question has been forwarded to the appropriate vice chancellors.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

QUESTION

Why do the bathrooms at the Patty Center lack baby-changing areas?

RESPONSE

There is a baby-changing station located in the unisex restroom in the Patty Center near the concession stand. Facilities Services will place a sign on the unisex restroom door to identify its location.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

QUESTION

Will they reopen the recycling center that used to be in the Taku parking lot? Also are there any other current recycling programs or locations on campus?

RESPONSE
from Eli Sonafrank, ASUAF Recycling Director

The recycling shelter in the Taku parking lot was used for the glass recycling program until it was discontinued. Glass recycling was discontinued because the recycler in Anchorage stopped accepting glass for free and was actually charging a fee to accept it which we could not afford to pay. The program was basically a pilot project to demonstrate the demand for such recycling and in that it was very successful. Since then the Taku recycling shelter has been a staging area for ASUAF to recycle other things, mainly printer cartridges. The only thing that could legitimately be deposited there by the public was aluminum, in the green aluminum dumpster there.

Unfortunately, the shelter was continually used as a dumping ground for glass, cardboard, newspaper, phone books, electronics and anything else people thought they should be able to recycle, despite multiple attempts to put signs there informing people that this was not allowed. The signs disappeared within a few days to be replaced by new piles of litter which consumed several hours a week of cleanup time by the two part-time student employees of the ASUAF Recycling Program. All of the stuff that people were dumping there was not only not able to be recycled, it was using up time that could have been spent actually doing real recycling projects. As a result the Taku shelter was removed with the help of UAF Facilities Services in November, and there are no current plans to reestablish it.

As for what can be done with the aluminum that could have been legitimately deposited there, there is a big bin for aluminum recycling in the FNSB Solid Waste Transfer Site directly across the street from the Taku parking lot. Aluminum deposited there will be recycled as it is worth money and recycling it is the only way to recover that money.

As for the rest of ASUAF's Recycling Program (as that was only a very small part of it), we have bins for aluminum on virtually every floor of every building on campus, and a bin for printer cartridges in all office buildings. We also recycle grocery bags, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, cell phones and waste batteries. These can be brought to our office in Wood Center. We are also investigating the possibility of starting new collection programs for recycling Plastic #1 (PETE), and newspaper in the near future. For more information see our website at asuaf.org/recycle, e-mail fyreuse@uaf.edu or call 474-6037. 

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008

QUESTION

I heard that UAF will start posting audio MP3 files, so the community can download to their ipods. I could not find the website for UAF audio MP3 files... where is it?

RESPONSE

*UPDATE: A link to the podcast of the chancellor's Convocation is now posted on the chancellor's website at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/communications/. More podcasts are in the works.

As stated in an earlier grapevine response (Oct. 3), UAF is exploring ways to have podcasts available for future lectures. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008

QUESTION

Is there an archive of UAF old photos online somewhere? (50's-60's)

RESPONSE

The archives of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the Rasmuson Library contain more than a million photographs. They relate not just to the university, but to the peoples, cultures, histories, natural resources and activities of Alaska, with a special focus on the Interior and northern Alaska. People are welcome to come to the research room during open hours (check the library website) and search the collections.

A sample of photographs, including some of the university, is available on-line at Alaska's Digital Archives. This project involves several Alaska institutions so not all of the images are from the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2008

QUESTION

When will the Grapevine become more "forum" like so multiple people can comment on a thread?

RESPONSE

We have no plans to expand the Grapevine at this time. Comments on topics covered on the Grapevine, as well as suggestions for expanding the website, can be sent to grapevine@uaf.edu.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008

QUESTION

Why do we, as staff, get repeated e-mails from the chancellor encouraging us to donate money to the United Way and see no requests to support UAF through charitable giving?

RESPONSE

The university has been an important partner with the United Way for many years now, and encouraging staff and faculty to give to this campaign is part of our community engagement mission. University employees are asked to give to the university through our annual giving program and other development outreach activities. For more information go to http://www.uaf.edu/giving/ways/annual/employee/.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008

QUESTION

Are there airport shuttles to bring students back to campus after winter break? Sure is great to have the shuttles to the airport at the beginning of winter break!

RESPONSE

Rides from the airport will be available Jan. 20 and 21 for students returning from winter break. The shuttle will be at the airport to meet all flights Jan. 20-21, or students can also call 460-2177.


Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

QUESTION

I am concerned that the Registrar's Office has changed the hours when they are open from 8-5 t0 8:30 - 5:00. The standard for "normal" business hours is 8-5 and not being open for that first 1/2 hour could convey that 1) all the employees come to work late or 2) convenience to students and the public is just not important. Who made this decision and why was it made?

RESPONSE

*UPDATE Jan. 12, 2009: The Registrar's Office is now open from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays. Opening at  8:30 a.m. did not work well for students or staff.

The decision was made to align the hours of the Registrar's Office with the Business Office and the Financial Aid Office, both of which open at 8:30a.m. The Registrar's Office remains staffed from 8a.m.-5p.m. and extends past 5p.m. during fee payment and registration.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008

QUESTION

Do you know who is responsible for the problem with the headbolt heaters in the Taku parking lot? I wanted to find out if I need to move my car today.

There was no sign I could see driving into the parking lot; the power was not on, but other cars are plugged in, and I thought the power was going through the cycling off and on. Can you  update the campus about that parking lot. Thank you very much.

RESPONSE

*UPDATE: Per Facilities Services,  the head-bolt outlets are working again as of 12:45 p.m. Dec. 2*

The following e-mail was distributed to UAF students, administrative assistants and public information officers. The administrative assistants and public information officers are asked to forward to their departments. Our apologies if this information did not reach you.

November 21, 2008

TO:  UAF students, administrative assistants and public information officers

FROM:  UAF Facilities Services

SUBJECT: Update 11/21 - Taku & Ballaine parking lots

An emergency generator is now powering 55 head-bolt outlets located in the furthest south bay in the Taku parking lot. Please visit www.uaf.edu/fs for a map of the area. The power in the specified area is continuous and your power indicator light will signal that your extension cord has power. There is no power to any of the other head bolts in the Ballaine or Taku parking lots.

A contractor has been hired and will be on site Monday to replace the broken cable. The west portion of Ballaine will be closed for the repairs. The project manager is optimistic the work will be complete by Thanksgiving. However, please keep in mind that the contractor is working against difficult conditions and the work may be extended.

If you suspect you may have problems starting your vehicle, please make arrangements to park in other lots on campus. Parking Services (474-PARK) is available if assistance is needed.

Additional plug-in parking may be available in the UA Museum parking lot with shuttle service available from Irving I http://www.uaf.edu/fs/shuttlebus.html.

Thank you for your patience during this time and again we apologize for any inconvenience. For additional information and updates call 474-7000.

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