June 2013

June 28 , 2013 -- Commemorative plaque

QUESTION

There is a plaque on the bench on the corner of Sheenjek and Yukon, but it is too faded to read. What did it used to say?

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Facilities Services

Thank you for your question. The plaque honors a former UA employee and reads:

In loving memory or our beloved friend, Michelle Combellick (1951-2005)

Her walk through life was an inspiration to so many of us, both physically and spiritually.

We will always remember her as we walk through our life's journey.

The Care Bears

 

June 26 , 2013 -- UAF search feature

QUESTION

When I go to do searches (in the upper right side of the main www.uaf.edu page) on the UAF website, why do results for UAA and UAS always come up first? I have to sort through several links that sound like what I am looking for but for the wrong school.

RESPONSE

From Rosen Kehayov, OIT lead infrastructure application architect

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. It appears that the search in the UAF banner was pointing to the default search collection which includes all UA domains (UAA, UAS, UAF, and SW) instead of pointing only to UAF and SW domains. I have fixed that for the main UAF page and we're working on fixing it for the rest of the sites.

 

June 24, 2013 -- Eielson stairwell

QUESTION

Something seems to have died in the stairwell of Eielson. Is there anyway to freshen the air? It's most unpleasant to walk through these days.

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Facilities Services

Thank you for providing this notice. Several FS employees checked the first floor of this stairwell and concurred that it indeed needs a good cleaning. No animals were found. The custodial contractor will be cleaning it in the next few weeks.

Although we did not detect a smell from it, there is a pipe coming from the building that will be capped off and covered up at some point this summer as time permits. 

To expedite requests about facilities, please contact dispatch directly at 474-7000 or send an email to dispatch@fs.uaf.edu.

June 21, 2013 -- Restrooms in Signers' Hall

QUESTION

The single person stall bathrooms on the first floor of Signers' Hall really need a vacant/occupied deadbolt lock. The only way to know if someone is in there is to yank on the handle and the door is either locked or not. It is an awkward situation on both sides of the door. If the deadbolt was installed, it would easily indicate "Vacant" when empty and "Occupied" when someone is using it.

Also, do those bathrooms get cleaned very often?  They are very grimy looking.  

RESPONSE

From Marianne Freelong, Facilities Services

Thank you for your suggestion. Facilities Services has submitted a work order to install the "occupied/vacant" slide locks on both bathroom doors in Signers' Hall and custodial services has been asked to do a thorough clearning of the bathrooms.

To expedite requests about facilities, please contact dispatch directly at 474-7000 or send an email to dispatch@fs.uaf.edu.

June 21, 2013 -- Reserved parking in Eielson gold lot

QUESTION

I've noticed that the Eielson gold lot now has a space reserved for OIT. There were also three spaces blocked by cones when I arrived this morning. It costs quite a bit to purchase a gold lot pass. Are spaces slowly disappearing for a reason? Thanks!

RESPONSE

From Debbie Hanson-Hill, Parking Services

The OIT space is a temporary relocation due to construction closures only. There is also a short two-week closure of several spaces in the West Eielson lot while construction takes place on the upper floors of the Eielson building. This closure should be completed by the end of June.

Please bear with us during this busy construction time. Should you have any problem finding a space in West Eielson, please contact Parking Services at 474-PARK(7275) for assistance. We will be monitoring the spaces on a routine basis.

June 10, 2013 -- Fire alarm in Gruening

QUESTION

Is there any way to ratchet down the sound level on the fire alarm in Gruening?  The alarm went off today and I was one of a line of people going down the stairs wincing in pain with fingers in ears. I know the alarm must be clearly hearable, but is hearing damage really necessary?  And if firefighters were giving instructions or someone injured were calling for assistance, no one could hear them.

RESPONSE

From Doug Schrage, Fire Chief

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. In following up on your concern, I consulted the Department of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management; the Alarm Shop; and the UAF Fire Marshal. What I've learned is that this is an issue that has been raised before. Extensive noise sampling was conducted at least twice, most recently in 2008. While the sound level was determined to be very high, it is at the minimum level permissible to ensure that the alarm can meet the audible standard in all areas of each floor. Unfortunately there is no short-term solution that we know of. The only way to reduce the noise would be to add horns in the remote areas of the building, which the current system cannot currently accommodate. We are committed to following up on this. In the mean time, the best thing we can do is take all reasonable means to prevent accidental alarms.

June 3, 2013 -- UAF Dining summer hours

QUESTION

I've noticed that Dining Services website has not been updated with summer hours before/on opening day for all summer dining locations; The Lola Tilly Commons hours are still not posted. Not only does this reduce the amount of people who could have used the facilities, but it also causes problems for those trying to plan conferences here on campus. When will hours be posted for Lola Tilly? I know they are subject to change, but currently there are no hours posted and they opened May 29.

RESPONSE

Included below is the flier listing the hours for Lola Tilly. UAF Dining has been asked to update the site as well. Conference organizers need to work with UAF Dining Services directly because they are only scheduled to be open for hours in which conferences are booked. They plan the food preparation based number of individuals (plus about 10 percent), so if someone anticipates bringing a conference on campus, they need to work directly with dining to ensure there is enough food to accommodate everyone.

Lola Tilly Commons flier (pdf)


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