Grapevine Archives


September 2008

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

QUESTION:

Where can I find information on childcare at UAF? Are there plans on providing more in the future?

RESPONSE:

The Bunnell House Early Childhood Lab School is the childcare facility on campus.  You can find information about the program at this website: http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/BunnellHouse/

A decision has not been made at this time to provide more day care on campus. Child care is certainly a concern for UAF and for the Fairbanks North Star Borough as a whole, which is why this was one of the 15  topics Chancellor Rogers chose to address through the transition team process he initiated back in May.  As a followup to the transition team recommendations, Chancellor Rogers is appointing a Family Friendly Task Force to tackle this issue as well as looking into other ways to help employees balance work and family commitments.

For more information about the recommendations the Child Care Transition Team made you can access its final report at this address:  http://www.uaf.edu/transition/reports/

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

QUESTION:

Is Brian Rogers living in the Chancellor's residence on campus?  If not, does it represent any type of cost savings for the university?

RESPONSE:

Yes. Chancellor Rogers and his wife Sherry Modrow are both living in the chancellor's residence on campus.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2008

QUESTION:

Is it true that UAF no longer participates in the 1% for art program? And if so, why have they stopped?

RESPONSE:

UAF does support 1 percent for art.  Per Kathleen Schedler, associate vice chancellor for facilities and safety, UA has a similar program to the state of Alaska Art in Public Places program. It has just been quite some time since we have gotten funding for new buildings, therefore the allocations for art have not been recent.

The West Ridge Research Building, while mostly funded by debt taken on by UAF, did have a funding increment from the state awarded in general funds, therefore AIPP-funded art will ultimately be installed in that building. We are also currently working with the state of Alaska through the Alaska State Council on the Arts for art in the State Virology Lab.

The FY10 request includes UAF's highest capital priority, the Life Sciences building and we are budgeting an allocation for art in that new facility as well.

Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

QUESTION:

If the University outsources our mail to Google, are we as susceptible as a person using a yahoo account?

RESPONSE:

Any system is only as good as the password, PIN or secret question chosen by the user and the ability of the user to keep them secret. In the case of Google Apps for Education, we will use our own central authentication service (AuthServ), which is currently being used by many UA applications, thus providing security equivalent to that which we currently have in place for our other UA applications.

To change a password using AuthServ, you must use the University’s Easy Login Maintenance Option (ELMO). This procedure requires the user to have adequate personal knowledge and knowledge of the answer to a secret question. Any other password reset must be completed by official university support center staff.

Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

QUESTION:

I heard a rumor that … there may be a new residence hall opening on campus. 

RESPONSE:

Obtaining funding for new student housing is third on the list of UAF's top capital budget priorities, although it is being held for a year with other campus projects. As Chancellor Rogers said in his convocation address, "This is a significant move up the priority list, to recognize that the current UAF dormitories, built 40 years ago, no longer meet the needs of our students. Over the next year, we will work on the planning and design of new housing for students."

Friday, Sept. 19, 2008

QUESTION:

What is UAF planning to do with the lot/field on Geist Road located across from the agricultural fields?

RESPONSE:

There are currently no plans for this property. It was cleared a couple of years ago and recently cleared again for general maintenance purposes.

For more information, visit the UA Land Management web page on this parcel.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

QUESTION:

I heard a rumor that … Chancellor Rogers' Convocation speech would be available online. If so, when will it be posted and how can I find it?

RESPONSE:

Rumor confirmed! The complete text from the chancellor's speech can be found online at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/communications/speeches/convocation-2008/.

An archived version of the Convocation 2008 webcast video can be found online at http://www.uaf.edu/news/webcasts/.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

QUESTION:

I heard a rumor that … when we switch to Google Applications for Education we will no longer be using Meeting Maker. I have also heard that the calendar function associated with Google Applications for Education makes the calendar public and accessible through Internet searches. Is this true?

RESPONSE:

The decision to no longer use Meeting Maker has not been discussed or decided. The possibility certainly exists as Google calendar is very robust, supports many of the features of Meeting Maker and supports export to PDAs and smart phones. This project has been mainly focused on streamlining and consolidating e-mail. Google apps and calendar are certainly a bonus in the process and as UA and UAF students, faculty and staff become more familiar with and comfortable with the features, a move to Google calendar may be a consideration.
 
Sharing of the calendar is strictly controlled by the user. One can choose to NOT share one’s calendar, share with specific users, share with all UA affiliates or share with the public. If one chooses to share one’s calendar with the public, it is truly public and can be discovered via a web search. Those settings are controlled by the user.

For more information, contact Karl Kowalski, director of OIT User Services, at 450-8440.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008

QUESTION:

I heard a rumor that UAF will implement a selective admissions policy. This seems the only way to address head-on the problem raised by a student at Tuesday's convocation: namely, how can we claim "excellence" with an open admissions policy? Is it true that a revision to the admission policy is under consideration?

RESPONSE:

This fall UAF implemented new requirements for admission to all baccalaureate programs. Changes were made to the required high school GPA and the minimum ACT/SAT score. The change was made because it was determined that student success at the baccalaureate level is strongly correlated with demonstrated ability to meet certain minimum admission requirements. This experience is supported by recent studies of UAF student retention and graduation rates. The changes do not affect certificate or associate degree seeking students, and students who do not meet requirements for admission to a baccalaureate program may be admitted to a pre-major within the department of their choice. For more information on the baccalaureate admission requirements go to http://www.uaf.edu/admissions/pdf/AdmisStan_2008.pdf

Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

QUESTION:

I heard that UAF will be switching to Google e-mail. Why is the university converting and what will it mean for me?

RESPONSE:

UAF and UA Statewide will be switching to Google Applications for Education, which include e-mail services. Many universities are currently using Google's free services; the university expects to save $90,000 this fiscal year in software costs alone. The Office of Information Technology plans to initiate a phased-in approach starting with students, then moving on to faculty and staff, with all UAF and UA Statewide e-mail users on Google by December 2009. UAF and UA Statewide e-mail addresses will become @alaska.edu. No disruption is expected in e-mail services and migration tools will be provided. The change is needed to meet increasing demands on the university's many disparate e-mail systems, increased demand for storage, and the need for platform- and location-independent mail. For more information, contact Karl Kowalski, director of OIT User Services, at 450-8440.

Monday, Sept. 15, 2008

QUESTION:

Why did UAF implement a new athletics and campus recreation fee?

RESPONSE:

Former UAF Chancellor Steve Jones approved the fee last spring. The fee, which is parallel to a fee collected at UAA as well as other schools across the country, was implemented to help UAF to be able to continue to maintain and fund a strong intercollegiate athletics program that is an important part of the university's identity. The fee, which is capped at $96 per semester, gives admission to all home athletic competitions for all Fairbanks-area students enrolled in 3 or more credits. For more information visit the Athletics and Campus Recreation FAQ website.

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