Campus communications


Communicating with staff, faculty and students

There's a lot of focus on telling the world about UAF, but it's also important to talk to each other. Our employees are our best brand ambassadors, and good communication with them makes them even better.

The Cornerstone is UAF’s official email newsletter for employees and students and is the primary way the university will communicate with you. It covers university news and announcements, which are also posted on UAF's news and information site. Students receive Cornerstone weekly on Wednesdays. Employees receive it Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Cornerstone can help university departments and student clubs get the word out about things like:

  • events (please see the events page for details on planning your event)
  • training opportunities
  • changes in administration
  • minor procedural changes
  • requests for volunteers for UAF-related activities

If your unit has a public information officer, please work with them to submit items to Cornerstone. If your unit does not have a PIO, you can submit the announcement here. All submissions must be received by noon at least three business days before the day you'd like your item to appear in the newsletter. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Digital signage makes use of digital displays and are a way for UAF departments to advertise what they are working on or what activities are happening around campus. OIT provides the technical infrastructure.

See guidelines for creating and sharing digital signage files (PDF).

The campuswide email lists for all faculty, staff and students are administered by University Relations. They are used sparingly and are reserved for announcements such as chancellor's communications, policy decisions, senior management appointments, benefits information, changes in major operating procedures, safety and holiday information, campuswide initiatives, and announcements that affect a large portion of UAF. All campuswide emails are posted in the archives of the listserv from which they originated.

  • Keep your email efficient, direct and as clear as possible.
  • Use active, rather than passive, voice.
  • Include rationale for changes.
  • Link to documents rather than sending attachments via email.
  • Use web links that lead to more information.
  • Avoid sending to multiple lists and then to the all-campus email.

For more information about faculty, staff and student lists, email University Relations at

  • Announcements for personal, political or monetary gain
  • Non-UAF announcements
  • Isolated department announcements, e.g., a picnic for only a portion of the campus community

**UAF employees and sdbutro are autosubscribed. Please note, if you opt out of sdbutro you will not receive emergency messages from UAF.



Please contact email University Relations at