August 2012

Aug. 31, 2012 -- Sign update needed


When are the directory signs in Signers' and Eielson going to be updated to reflect correct office names and locations? Some offices moved several years ago.


Marianne Freelong, Facilities Services

Thank you for your feedback. We are putting in work orders this morning to update the signs in Signers' Hall and the Eielson Building.

Aug. 31, 2012 -- Blackboard technical issues


The glacial speed of Blackboard is a huge problem right now -- we are strongly urged to use Blackboard, but it is taking 15 or 20 seconds to move from page to page -- contacting OIT suggests that this is a known problem and might only persist for "several weeks".  This is a major productivity issue, and an undue burden on faculty members.  STRONG SUGGESTION -- pull out all stops and address this problem NOW.


Martha Mason, Executive director for User Services / CIO

Thank you for your feedback. OIT received reports of the slowness you've described with UAF Blackboard Learn on Tuesday and the problem seemed to worsen on Wednesday.  Early morning Thursday, Aug. 30, OIT staff performed a planned emergency maintenance on the service to correct the problem. As of noon today the system is stable and we have not had any new reports of slowness. Please contact the OIT Support Center to report any Blackboard technical issues including slow performance.

Aug. 27, 2012 -- Parking on campus


Can you tell me which parking lots will be available when classes begin?  If some are still closed, which ones are and if you have the timeline of completiton.  Also wondering if everyone should be charged full price for parking if they cannot find a parking space?


Martin Klein, Facilities Services

All parking lots will be available on campus except about one-third of the Nenana Lot. If you can’t find a parking space in or near those locations, please consider parking in the Taku lot.

In addition the residential lot for Cutler lot is closed. Residents are able to park in the Reichardt parking lot or in Moore-Bartlett-Skarland North.

Parking will be available free of charge in the Taku Parking lot for a limited time from Aug. 30 - Sept. 9. This should help to alleviate some parking and traffic congestion in construction zones.

Please remember you can purchase your parking permit online and print out a temporary permit right away.

Aug. 27, 2012 -- Paper cups at Wood Center


I learned today that Wood Center is charging 25˘ for an empty cup.

Is it possible for the restaurants in Wood Center to provide reusable plastic water cups instead of charging for paper cups? These would be more sustainable and perhaps wouldn't need to cost so much.


Robert Holden, Dining Services

The standard for the campus is non disposable, but at times the locations may only have disposable cups out. There is a cost for providing the disposable cups which is why Dining Services charges for them. The standard is to provide services and wares for the customers using the food service locations. This helps to hold down the overall costs and prices.

If you are a customer at one of UAF's dining locations, they should be able to provide you a cup as a part of the services you are receiving. Reusable items are important to the campus and staff, faculty and students are encouraged to use reusable water bottles and the hydration stations which have filtered water. There is one located in the Wood Center.

Aug. 16, 2012 -- Women's Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs


I heard that the Chancellor has eliminated the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity and the Women's Center. Is that true? 


From Mae Marsh, director of the Office Diversity and Equal Opportunity

No, but the two offices are part of the UAF Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO), which is going through a relocation and a restructure. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity (OMAD) and the Women’s Center are part of those two actions.  Here’s what’s happening. 

The directors of both the Women’s Center and OMAD are moving their offices to the Nordic House, where they will be co-located with the rest of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity program. That site was chosen and modified at the request of OMAD last year.

The location that currently houses the Women’s Center will continue to provide resources, community outreach, a meeting place and the library for employees and students. The Wood Center Student Activities office will work in close partnership with us to support programs, initiatives and diversity events. The remainder of the program-related services will be provided at the new Nordic House location.

The ODEO is taking the opportunity to step back and look at how we can increase services to our students and employees. In the coming weeks, the office will be looking to the campus community to tell us what’s needed.

Your feedback is welcomed. Please send comments, questions or suggestions to Mae Marsh via email to


I understand that the Women's Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity are both being closed, and that this action was taken over the summer when not many faculty, students, or academic staff are around and with no heads up to the UAF community at all. Can someone please shed some light on this?


From Mae Marsh, director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity

There are two major changes that are occurring – a restructure and a relocation. The restructure of Equal Opportunity has been on-going for some time and is still open to community comment and input.  When the previous director retired, the element of diversity was added to the office functions – hence the change of name to Diversity and Equal Opportunity in the fall of 2011.  I remain open to ideas on how to best institutionalize diversity and create a welcoming environment. 

The relocation is in conjunction with the overall office moves. The associate vice chancellor for student life is moving into the suite currently occupied by OMAD, which will co-locate the office with several other student services, including Financial Aid, the Veterans Resource Center and the Registrar’s Office.  

The office currently occupied by the Women’s Center will remain with ODEO and will continue to provide resources, outreach services and a meeting space for students and employees.  The managers of OMAD and the Women’s Center will continue with their work and their offices will be located at the Nordic House.

Your feedback is welcomed. Please send comments, questions or suggestions to Mae Marsh via email to

Aug. 15, 2012 -- Nenana Parking Lot


With classes starting soon will the construction zones be back to normal? Otherwise, where will the students park?

Summer construction is nearing completion. However,  the West Ridge steam capacity expansion project will continue into the semester. The Nenana Lot is expected to be mostly open by Aug. 30, according to the latest project schedule. The short detour on Tanana Loop will continue to be in place as crews cross the road to work on the lot.

The contractor may need to do some paving on weekends, so please do not leave cars parked in the lot overnight or on weekends until after the paving has been completed.

If parking is tight near the Patty Center, there is frequently available parking in the Taku Lot or the museum parking lot. Shuttle service is available from both of those lots and throughout campus.

If you have any questions about parking, chat with parking at or call 474-PARK(7275)

Remember you are able to purchase your parking permit online and can instantly print a temporary parking permit until your permit arrives in the mail or you pick it up.

Aug. 9, 2012 -- ASUAF summer schedule


I have tried for the last five weeks to contact ASUAF Senators. Is ASUAF open this summer?


From Anne Williamson, ASUAF Office Manager

To make better use of our funding (provided by student fees), ASUAF does reduce hours and availability significantly in the summer as the Senate does not meet. There is, however, a small summer committee that meets on Sundays at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of Constitution Hall. The meetings are open.

The ASUAF Office in the Wood Center has been open all summer Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. We will be returning to regular hours of 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday Aug. 13. Summer hours and contact information are posted on our website.

Though there may not be any Senators in the office until the classes begin, students are more than welcome to call 907-474-7355 or drop in and ask questions.

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