UAF100 stories

As part of our celebrations, we explored UAF's first century through 100 of its people, some big ideas and your own shared memories.

Ruth Lister

Shortly after arriving in Fairbanks in 1976, Ruth Lister found work as a diesel truck mechanic. Fifteen years later, she began overseeing the UAF community college program that offered training in such work. 

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Laying of the cornerstone
Big Ideas
A college in a mining camp?

In 1915, it was an audacious idea — to create a college in tiny, remote Fairbanks, Alaska. Already, the gold rush town was fading. But the man who named the town, James Wickersham, admitted no embarrassment in also proposing a college for it.

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Centennial edition
Explore the fall 2017 commemorative centennial edition of Aurora magazine.
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Interactive web timeline
Interactive timeline

Explore UAF's history from its beginning as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines through 2017.

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Video timeline
Video timeline

Time flies — 100 years in 5 minutes!

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