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The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is dedicated to providing high-quality business education in Alaska through a unique, active and experiential learning environment. With small class sizes, dedicated and approachable faculty and many opportunities for students to connect with the local community and professionals in their fields, SOM prepares broadly-educated professionals with a wealth of hands-on experience.

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  • Ideas win big at 11th UAF Arctic Innovation Competition

    November 04, 2019

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management awarded $30,000 in cash prizes after the 2019 Arctic Innovation Competition’s final presentations Saturday, Oct. 19. The competition, now in its 11th year, invites innovators to propose new, feasible and potentially profitable ideas for solving real-life problems and challenges. The top prize of $10,000 in the main division, for ages 18 and up, was awarded to Todd Krieg for Fish Wheel Salmon Selector. The selector improves on the classic fish wheel by safely returning coho and chinook salmon to the river to continue spawning while allowing other, more abundant species to be harvested. The process will allow Interior Alaska fishermen much longer fishing times and larger harvest numbers while still satisfying responsible management practices. In the junior division for youth ages 13 to 17 years old, James Price took home the first prize of $1,000 for Plug-Hug, a faceplate for electrical outlets. The device’s snugly fitting shield makes accidental unplugging and weather damage less likely. In the cub division for youth ages 12 and under, Aila Standlee-Strom won first place and $500 for Here Kitty Cat, a cat harness with a locator connected to an app. The app gives walking directions for…
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  • Students visit U.S. Olympic Training Center and NCAA Final Four

    October 01, 2019

    Last spring, a number of UAF students had the fantastic opportunity to attend two separate national events related to sport management. On March 18-21, six students attended the Team USA Symposium held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The students were exposed to various aspects of the Olympic and Paralympic sport and learned from industry leaders through keynote speakers and panel discussions on various topics, including the Olympic Movement, sports performance, and sports business development. UAF also entered two teams into the USOC Case Study competition. Each team presented a 15-minute oral presentation on whether or not eSports should be allowed in the Olympics to a panel of staff within the Olympic and Paralympic Movement.     “The USOC Symposium was such an amazing experience,” said Lisa Laiti, a senior majoring in business administration. “I was able to get to know more people from the university who I didn’t know very well before, experience a brand-new place, and learn so much about the sports business world. My favorite part of the trip was being able to have a better understanding of the Olympic Movement and the business side of the Olympics. This was the perfect occasion to…
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