April 2009


Tuesday, April 28, 2009 -- Advancement Services reorganization

QUESTION

I heard that some positions are being dissolved at UAF and moved to Statewide. Is this true? What positions does this involve? Why is it being done?

RESPONSE

Advancement Services is currently undergoing a reorganization, which will consolidate a number of positions under the UA Foundation. For the last two years, the Executive Development Council has been working steadily toward gaining efficiencies and streamlining operations in Advancement Services. There are 13 positions affected across the UA system.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Add/drop form

SUGGESTION

Please change the add/drop form to state 18 credits for an overload.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Bike path and trails benches

SUGGESTION

Along the walking paths and bike trails around campus there should be benches (or sitting stones) every so often. They encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery (and get exercise), even if they have physical or health handicaps.

I would recommend adding them at intersections of trails and roads, and possibly say every quarter-mile around campus. A good site for example, would be where the three bike trails come together near Balaine lake.

All the benches shouldn't be hidden at the botanical garden (although it is nice that they have a lot of benches there).

Note:  A sitting stone is a large rock or boulder that is about the right height for sitting, and has either a natural or man-made impression that makes sitting comfortable.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Bus shelter benches

SUGGESTION

There should be outside benches (or sitting stones) at most all the bus shelters on campus. The bus shelters get sweltering hot during the summer, and quite often it would be preferable to sit outside during the summer.  Please specifically add them in the Taku and Nenana parking lots.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Building interior plants

SUGGESTION

Many buildings on campus seem to lack any form of greenery or plantings in them. You should make part of the program that plants flowers in the summer, do the same for the interior of buildings on campus. There should be some sort of plan to maintain plants indoors year round. It would be even better if you could tie into the groups that research plants on campus (cooperative extension, natural resources, agriculture, biology, etc.)  Basically we should make the interior's of our buildings look good and be more livable too.

Thursday, April 9, 2009 -- University Park

QUESTION

The response to the question does not answer question #2, in that U-Park is not leased space. Is one wing of UPark being closed this summer? Are departments going to be moved? Is the university going to provide an informational meeting to the current occupants at UPark to dispel the rumors that are floating around? There is a lot of concern the university is making plans but is not informing people. An office move is a big deal please provide us with information!

RESPONSE

From Linda Zanazzo, Facilities Services

There are many options being considered, but no decisions have been made regarding Skarland Hall. We are gathering information to analyze the costs and operational effects of many evolving scenarios. Regarding the question of Old University Park, questions have arisen as to whether the heating system of one wing will survive another winter. Facilities Services' determination of the viability of keeping the entire building heated is but one of the considerations in looking at alternate scenarios. The UAF administration is aware that office and classroom moves are a major inconvenience and needs to be sure that accurate information is disseminated. Directors in potentially affected units have been briefed and will continue to be given information as it becomes available. Please forward concerns to your dean or director so that it can be considered as the process continues. Since potential Skarland Hall scenarios are still being analyzed, there is no concrete information or decisions to share. Thank you for your patience.

Friday, April 3, 2009 -- Skarland Hall and University Park

QUESTION #1

I heard today that Skarland Hall may be renovated to provide space on campus for those offices currently off campus in leased space. Is that correct? And are any other offices already on campus being considered for the move if it happens?

QUESTION #2

There are lots of rumors floating around about the closure of one wing of U-Park and the relocation of offices to Skarland Hall. Would someone please explain what is happening? An informational meeting to the occupants affected would be a great way to stop the rumors and get the correct information out.

RESPONSE

Due to plumbing issues, Skarland Hall will no longer function as a residence hall beginning in May. The floors at Lathrop Hall currently being used for conference housing will be used for the EDGE program beginning in the fall. Yes, Skarland Hall has been identified as possible office space. Priority will be given to departments currently leasing space off campus. We're currently gathering information from those departments to see if the space will meet their needs. No final decision will be made on Skarland Hall until after the building is vacant and Facilities Services can assess the required repairs and estimate the costs of repair and/or renovation.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 -- Student-athletes' health insurance

QUESTION
 
Is it true that student-athletes will have to pay for health insurance out of their own pockets next year if they aren't covered by their parents' insurance? I also heard that the athletics department doesn't want the athletes to use the student health insurance that can be purchased through the university.

RESPONSE

From Forrest Karr, UAF Athletics and Recreation Director

Due to the increasing cost of health insurance, the Department of Athletics is looking into different options. Students are already required to have health insurance when they are admitted to the university. While they are are eligible to purchase insurance through the university, it may not cover costs associated with injuries that occur during practice and competition. Mike Curtin, head athletic trainer for the Nanooks, is looking into different options and no final decision has been made. Student-athletes who have questions about this issue are welcome to e-mail Mike Curtin.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009 -- Conflicker computer virus

QUESTION

Is there anything we can do to protect our computers from potential issues that maybe caused by the Conficker.c computer virus tomorrow (April 1)?


RESPONSE

From OIT Support Center

With the latest version of the Conflicker virus set to go off soon, it's important for you to know how to verify that your computer is up to date with Windows and antivirus software.

Symantec Antivirus:

To verify you have the latest antivirus updates, simply open up Symantec antivirus.  Go to start -> all programs -> Symantec Client Security -> Symantec Antivirus.

Once SAV opens up, you can see the date of its current virus definitions in the lower right hand corner. If the definitions are out of date, please click the LiveUpdate button and follow the steps. If the update fails, please call the OIT Support Center at 450-8300.

Windows Updates:

Open up Internet Explorer -> Go to Tools -> Windows Update -> and follow online prompt.

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