Staff recognition and development day

 9 a.m.-noon, May 7, 2021

Staff Council will host the virtual 2021 Cornerstone Award and Longevity Award ceremony and Staff Recognition and Development Day.

Please join us in celebrating those who’ve reached milestone anniversaries of 5 years to 50.

Those who signed up for a grab-and-go lunch can pick it up starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Wood Center. 


  • Welcome — Chancellor White
  • Award ceremony
  • Keynote speech — Ash Beckham
  • Alaska Airlines vouchers and other prizes

After the program, meet at the Patty Center at noon for campus cleanup day. We’ll have bags ready for you!

*VPN required for off-campus access.


Ash Beckham, keynote speaker

The Art of Inclusive Leadership

"In this entertaining and provocative talk, Ash will explore the 5 pillars of inclusive leadership. With wildly funny and poignant stories, and a tough yet compassionate stance, Ash tells us how to take off the armor and be our authentic selves. She tells us how to get REAL.

Rather than serving up candy-coated optimism, Ash gives us permission to relate to each other as direct, authentic, unapologetic human beings by elevating her audience beyond empathy into the realm of personal discovery, and challenging every listener to take personal responsibility for creating a bigger societal shift."

— Kirkland Productions


The 2020 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held online Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The chancellor’s welcome and presentation of the longevity and Cornerstone awards took place at 10 a.m. Sessions were offered from 1-1:45 p.m. (Google Apps, yoga, pickles, potatoes) and 2-2:45 p.m. (Outdoor Adventures, composting, home energy efficiency). The awards were streamed at

The 2019 Staff Recognition and Development Day was held Wednesday, May 8, with the presentation of the Chancellor’s Cornerstone Award and the Longevity Awards from 10-11:30 a.m., and a lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 2019 event featured three 45-minute presentations instead of classes, as had been done in recent years. The afternoon session included video “tours” of a number of UAF’s rural campuses and remote sites throughout Alaska. A wellness session was offered by Valerie Gifford from the School of Education and Mark Oldmixon from Nanook Recreation, and the final presentation was from Geoff Welch, owner of Date-Line Copies. An ice cream social followed.

2019 award recipients