Friday Focus: Advancement resources

Samara Taber, executive director of university advancement
UAF photo by Eric Engman
Samara Taber, executive director of university advancement

Dec. 2, 2022

— By Samara Taber, executive director of university advancement

Recently, the chancellor’s core cabinet had lunch with Associated Students of the University of Alaska Fairbanks – UAF's student government. As we went around the room making introductions, we were prompted to share what we are passionate about. As were many of the senators and executive leaders in the room, I am passionate about solving problems. If I can solve a problem by connecting someone to the right person or resource? Even better. I love making those connections. 

I started my career as an academic reference librarian. For someone like me, answering questions from strangers about anything and everything was a pretty great job. I was learning new things every day, meeting new people, helping people by connecting them to what they needed to solve a problem.  

I’ve realized lately that some folks aren’t sure of the breadth of services UAF Advancement provides. For that reason, I have compiled a reference guide to University Advancement resources. 

Advancement pathfinder

University branded templates
Google slides, notecards, business cards, flyers, etc. 

Brand guidelinesThis resource for communicators (e.g. logo, typography, color palette)

UAF events calendar
Bookmark this! This is the master place for all UAF events (including a direct feed from Nanook Engage)

UAF events calendar submission form

Cornerstone submission form
Be sure to submit your news items to the Cornerstone as early as possible! 

UAF editorial style guide
This style guide is based primarily on the Associated Press Stylebook.

Schedule a time to get a new headshot with UAF’s institutional photographer 

UAF Expert’s Guide
Here you can browse by area of expertise to find the UAF faculty members who are the experts. 

UAF Aurora magazine
Our university magazine is published online twice per year for alumni and friends of UAF. We invite story pitches from all units with an interesting story to tell.

Web services
University Relations provides web design services, review for branding guidelines and accessibility, and best practice resources.

Social media services
In addition to managing the university’s social platforms, our team provides resources and advice to help you be successful on social media.

UAF event planning guide
You want to host an event? Great! Start here. 

UAF OnAlert
If there is adverse weather or an emergency, this is the best place to find the most up to date UAF information. Bookmark this page and refer to it during an emergency or weather event. 

How to join the UAF Alumni Association

How to make a gift 
If you or someone you know would like to make a philanthropic gift to UAF, here’s a great place to start. 

Fundraising questions
If you are considering a fundraising event, or campaign, please use this form to get support from the UAF Office of Development.

Friday Focus is written by a different member of UAF’s leadership team every week.