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March 7, 2023

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Time Management!    

The roller coaster we’ve been riding on for seven weeks has reached the ride's high point. This week, the week before spring break, marks the moment when the coaster almost pauses at its peak and we have just a few moments to glance around. You can look back toward the depths of winter where we came from and you can look forward into the distance where we see break up, warming skies, and ultimately, spring. It is coming. In between here and there is the exhilarating plunge of spring break and a few remaining weeks that will pass in a hurtling rush.

Welcome to Week 8! Enjoy the view!

Take that moment to take stock. How are you doing? Are you caught up? Are you feeling confident that you have urgent and important matters managed? What about the important but not urgent demands on your time? Do you find yourself sidetracked by things that seem urgent but may not be that important? Are you feeling overwhelmed? If you are feeling a bit buried, it might be helpful to take a moment to think about how you prioritize your time. What is your time management strategy? Have you ever heard that question or thought about how you spend your time? 

There are many different ideas and models that help people think about time management. One of my favorites is called the Eisenhower Method. It provides a basic matrix that you might use to think about how to categorize the various demands on your time. Where would or should your studies fit into this scheme? What about your planned spring break activities? What time demands fill the boxes of your matrix? Where should you spend your attention?

Time Management, Wikipedia, 7 March 2023.

Managing your time effectively can lead to a more peaceful ride during the weeks ahead. They will fly by. Now is a good time to re-center and reset your priorities and schedule. Take a moment to reflect on where you should focus and maybe on what elements you should ignore or spend less time on. Are you ready for the ride? Keeps your arms and legs inside the car - here we go!

I wish you a fantastic spring break. Take care of yourself. Rest. Restore. Find and share joy where you can.

Here are some things to do and some things to know:

Do your UA Title IX Training. Really. It takes just a few moments. You need to do this before you can register for classes. It will take 5 minutes and you’ll have one less thing on your ‘to do’ list.

UA Online is moving to the ‘cloud!’

UAOnline and other Banner Applications will be offline starting this Thursday, March 9 at 5 p.m. UAOnline is expected to be back online no later than Tuesday, March 14 at 8 a.m. If you have particular questions, there is a great FAQ linked here.


  • Your UA Online account will not be accessible.

  • Advising software like Degreeworks, transcripts, and other student data will not be accessible.

  • Payment tools will only be accepting payments before the outage begins on March 13, 2023,  at 5 p.m. and after March 14, 2023. 


  • Blackboard and Canvas for UAF will be fully available for coursework during the outage window. However updates from Banner will not occur during this time, so changes to enrollments or courses by Faculty will not take place during this time. Blackboard and Canvas for UAF will be back to normal on March 14, 2023.


  • ELMO will be available for password resets and account management

Have a great week! Enjoy the amazing weather this week and have a fabulous spring break!

Let me know what you are doing for the break that has you excited! As always, I’m at obguthrie@alaska.edu.

— Owen Guthrie, vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management.


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