January 2009


Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

QUESTION

My husband and I just had our hair cut at the TVC cosmetology school. The two hairdressers did a great job. Both are graduating tomorrow. When I asked about any kind of graduation ceremony, they said there was none, "Which is too bad because we worked really hard. Not all of us made it." Is this true? Is there not a ceremony of any kind for them to invite family and friends to so they can celebrate this accomplishment?

RESPONSE

From Rick Caulfield, TVC Director

The TVC Cosmetology Pilot Program concluded training for its first cohort in December 2008. We had 15 students who completed the required number of hours and practical operations required by the state in order for students to take state licensing exams in hairdressing and manicuring. As TVC director I was at the cosmetology training facility Dec. 19 to present certificates of completion to all students. Since that time, a majority of the student/completers have taken the state of Alaska written and practical exams; we expect them to have their results within a few weeks.

We anticipate having a TVC ceremony recognizing the students who completed cohort one and also those who passed their state licensing exam once they have received the results of their licensing exams. I expect that this event will take place in the first week of March 2009.

TVC is now accepting applications for the second cohort. The deadline for priority consideration is Feb. 26, 2009. That cohort of 22 students will begin March 26, 2009. It will involve a state-approved program of study lasting until March 2010. For more information visit  http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/csmt/index.html.

*UPDATE  TVC is hosting a family event to recognize the achievements of all TVC Cosmetology Pilot Program students who completed the program in December. The event will take place Monday, March 9, from 4 - 5 p.m. in the student gathering area at the Tanana Valley Campus Center, 604 Barnette Street.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

QUESTION

The Butrovich lot has no one-way sign at the west entrance. Is it still one way? People coming out that way are fighting their way upriver for cars coming in, on a lane that looks like it was made for one car at a time.

RESPONSE

Yes. The west entrance to the Butrovich parking lot is one way. "Do Not Enter" signs are posted to indicate a prohibitive exit.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

QUESTION

What's the status of the implementation of Google Applications for Education at UAF?

RESPONSE

The Office of Information Technology is implementing Google Apps early this semester. Users can opt-in anytime. Now that the e-mail system is online, users have the full calendar year to migrate their mail over to the new service and announce their new e-mail address. All UAF e-mail addresses will use @alaska.edu on the new Google platform. For more information about how to make the switch visit http://www.alaska.edu/oit/cas/projects/email-consolidation/pilot/. Through Google Apps students, staff and faculty at both UAF and the statewide offices now have access to tools including e-mail, shared calendars, instant messaging, word processing, spreadsheets, and slideshow presentation applications.

For more information about Google Apps, including tutorials, visit http://www.google.com/a/edu.

Friday, Jan. 30, 2009

QUESTION

Does the governor's hiring freeze for state employees affect the university?

RESPONSE

While UAF continues to carefully consider any new positions in relation to our operating budget, current recruitments at UAF are not directly affected by the hiring freeze Gov. Palin announced during her State of the State address Jan. 22, 2009. A portion of the funding for many positions at UAF are secured through non-state fund sources such as competitive research grants, funding that would be lost if the positions are not hired.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009

QUESTION

Is there a shuttle for students to get from campus to the Carlson Center for hockey games?

RESPONSE

Athletics provides a shuttle service to the Carlson Center for hockey games. Below are the scheduled bus times/locations for the rest of the season's hockey games at the Carlson Center. All shuttles return to campus about 10 minutes following the conclusion of the games.

January 30 and 31 vs. Ohio State, February 20 vs. Ferris State (games at 7 p.m.)
Patty Center at 6:15 p.m.
MBS Complex at 6:20 p.m.

February 21 vs. Ferris State (game at 5 p.m.)
Patty Center at 4:15 p.m.
MBS Complex at 4:20 p.m.

February 27 vs. UAA (game at 6 p.m.)
Patty Center at 5:15 p.m.
MBS Complex at 5:20 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

QUESTION

  1. What percentage of the UA land and campuses is used for anything?  
  2. What are the most remote uses of the University of Alaska?  
  3. If someone wanted to do research on some part or remote part of the UA campus, what would they need to do to get permission?

RESPONSE

  1. The university owns approximately 150,000 acres of land located throughout the state of Alaska. Approximately 13,000 acres of those lands are designated for educational purposes, including three main campuses (UAF, UAA and UAS) and several satellite campuses and research facilities. The balance of the university land is held by the university for investment purposes. This includes selling, leasing and developing investment lands to generate revenue for the university’s Land Grant Trust Fund. Proceeds from this fund are used for, among other things, the UA Scholars Program, natural resources-related education and research, inflation-proofing and the effective management and development of the university’s land portfolio. Please visit the University of Alaska Land Management website for more information concerning university lands available for purchase or lease. In addition to university-owned lands, the university conducts research on more than a million acres of land owned by third parties.
     
  2. The university uses its land for a wide variety of research, education and investment purposes. Remote research sites operated by the university, on university-owned lands, include areas such as Halibut Cove, Cantwell, Nome, Kotzebue, Strelna and Minto Flats. Other remote research sites, such as the Toolik Lake Research Station, are operated on leased or permitted lands.
     
  3. If the research is being proposed by a UAF-affiliated researcher for use of UAF campus lands, they will need to contact UAF Facilities Services at 474-2778. Otherwise they would need to contact the University of Alaska Land Management office at 450-8133. Whether or not a permit would be issued, and the requirements of a permit, would depend on the nature of the research and suitability and availability of the land for research purposes. If you would like additional information regarding university lands, contact Kristi Sherman (kristi.sherman@alaska.edu), associate director for UA Land Management, at 450-8133.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

QUESTION

I recently ran into some problems with class scheduling. It seems that some time during the break a course of mine had been changed to another allotted time without notifying me and now it just so happens to conflict with another one of my courses. Is this something that departments are allowed to do without any repercussions?  Who will be responsible for books already ordered? The new books that will need to be ordered? The time lost to find another course that will fit in a schedule? The lost options due to courses that are now full?

RESPONSE
From Tim Stickel, Registrar

There are several reasons courses may change. It could be based on an instructor change or no classroom available to accommodate demand. The university is working on an automatic notification to a student's university e-mail account when this type of change occurs. That system will hopefully be in place by fall 2009.

Textbooks can be returned; check the bookstore website for specific information.

UAF offers more than 2,200 courses each semester. Hopefully you will be able to find one to fit your schedule. Be sure to work with your advisor.

Monday, Jan. 05, 2009

QUESTION

In the KUAC enews that came out today it states that "The university has imposed a hiring freeze...". Can you elaborate on this?

RESPONSE

The hiring freeze referenced in the KUAC newsletter is for KUAC only. There is no hiring freeze for the rest of the university.

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