College is about learning—and not all learning happens in the classroom. Extracurricular
activities help you grow your talents and explore new interests. They create unique
opportunities to bond with your classmates and develop skills that serve you well
throughout your life.
It's an annual celebration; a way to ease new students into campus life. At times
it's a fierce completion of honor between campus dormitories. It's also a living story
of the incredible odds the University has faced and overcome. It's Starvation Gulch.
Founded in 1923, Starvation Gulch was an inspiration of Charles E. Bunnell, the University
if Alaska Fairbanks's first president. Student built a mock town to serve as an entertainment
facility by day and fuel for enormous bonfires by night. Bunnell wanted the fires
to symbolize the passing of the torch of knowledge.
What’s more Alaskan than SNOW!? Winter Carnival is a way to break the monotony of
the Fairbanks winter with invigorating and entertaining activities in February ranging
from ice climbing to dog mushing and everything in between.
Winter Carnival started as a tradition in the city of Fairbanks. The carnival was
centered on the "Polar Bear" hockey team. Winter Carnival was also a time for students
to get out and be involved with outdoor sports. In 1927 the students constructed a
toboggan slide. Other winter sports that were popular were skiing and ice hockey.
1936 is one of the first recorded Winter Carnivals.