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Poetry slam planned at Arctic Java

A poetry slam will occupy Arctic Java at Wood Center at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.

The slam is open to all — share your poems and listen to other performers. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m. Performers should bring three original ready-to-go poems.

The slam is part of a series presented by the Nanook Diversity and Action Center leading up to “Mending Masculinity,” a poetry performance by Perry DiVirgilio and Kavindu Ade at 7 p.m. March 30 in the Wood Center ballroom.

‘Mending Masculinity’ performance coming to UAF

Perry DiVirgilio, left, and Kavi Ade

Perry “Vision” DiVirgilio and Kavindu “Kavi” Ade will bring their poetry performance, “Mending Masculinity,” to the Wood Center ballroom at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

DiVirgilio and Ade “cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity, the performance of gender, and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world,” according to their tour website.  “With poems focusing on gender, sexuality, multicultural identity, race, violence, street harassment, sexual assault, education, homophobia/transphobia and more, their art aims to task men and masculine of center folks of all journeys to unpack, heal and create a path to whole masculinities.”

There will be a poetry workshop on the same day at 1 p.m. in the Wood Center Conference Room E/F.

The performance is hosted by the Nanook Action and Diversity Center.

Complete wellness work to be entered in prize drawings

Need a little extra incentive to wrap up your wellness program stuff? As you head into spring break, remember that the wellness deadline is April 30, 2017.

Completing a personal health assessment, receiving a biometric screening and earning another five wellness points will save you $600 (per eligible individual) on your health care contributions during fiscal year 2018. That’s a great incentive by itself, but if you can complete those early, by March 31, you will also be entered to win one of the following:

  • Fifteen $200 Visa gift cards, with one drawn from the eligible individuals at each of UA’s 15 campuses.
  • Forty $50 Visa gift cards, drawn from all eligible individuals.

Any employee, spouse or financially interdependent partner who is currently covered by the UA Choice Plan will be eligible for this drawing. All that you need to do is complete the program requirements in your Healthyroads account by March 31, and we will take care of the rest.

Campus biometric events have started and will continue to run through the end of March. If you have not yet made an appointment, you can find the schedule and all details provided on the UA benefits/wellness page. Scroll down until you see “Biometrics Screening Information.” If you are unable to make the event at your campus, alternate biometric options are also provided within the same section on the web page.

Questions on the wellness program? Contact Sara Rodewald at (907)450-8203 or

Featured photo of the week

Wildlife and conservation biology student Roberta Walker, from Unalakleet, dances with other members the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group during the 2017 Festival of Native Arts at the Davis Concert Hall.
UAF photo by JR Ancheta

Wildlife and conservation biology student Roberta Walker, from Unalakleet, dances with other members the Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group during the 2017 Festival of Native Arts at the Davis Concert Hall.

Commencement-related orders to be placed now

Did you apply to graduate, and do you plan to walk this spring at Commencement 2017? If so, it’s time to place your orders for announcements and regalia.

Online orders can be placed through April 3. Late orders will have to be done in person at the UAF Bookstore and may incur late fees.

Announcements may be ordered here.

Regalia orders may be placed here.

Please note that when ordering through OakHill, your total will list as $0. You’re regalia isn’t free; you will pay for it when the items arrive at the UAF Bookstore.

If you need the regalia shipped to you, you may order online, but inform the UAF Bookstore via email of your plans.

All graduates need a cap, gown and tassel. Master’s and doctoral students also require hoods. The master’s set comes with a hood. Doctoral hoods are pre-ordered through the UAF Graduate School on the doctoral students’ behalf.

For more information about commencement-related orders, call the UAF Bookstore at 474-6858 or email its staff.

UAF phone system to be upgraded March 10-13

The Office of Information Technology will upgrade the UAF phone system starting at 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, and concluding at 7 a.m. Monday, March 13.

Telephone services are expected to be available during most of this time, but two activities could affect service for up to two hours. These activities are planned for times when demand is typically low.

OIT has worked separately with the UAF Police Department and its dispatch operation to maintain service without breaks. OIT also has worked with UAF service centers with sophisticated call-routing schemes to help them plan accordingly.

After the upgrades, no noticeable changes to desktop phones or voice mail are expected. If you do experience any difficulties or have additional questions, please contact the OIT Service Desk.

Kids2College volunteers needed

This spring, the UAF Financial Aid Office is organizing the Kids2College Program in Alaska’s Interior region. Local sixth-graders are completing a six-week curriculum, learning about careers and how to prepare for college. At the end of the program, the students will visit campus to experience a day in the life of a college student.

Volunteers are needed for various aspects of the program.

Career panel speakers will visit a school to talk about their career fields at one of the following times and locations:

  • March 23, 2-3 p.m.Nenana School, videoconference panel from UAF Butrovich Building
  • April 4, 10:15-11:15 a.m., Barnette Magnet School
  • April 5, 2-3 p.m., Nordale Elementary School
  • April 7, 10-11 a.m., Joy Elementary School
  • April 13, 2-3 p.m., Hunter Elementary School

On April 19, all 450 students will visit UAF to experience a day in the life of a college student. Each student will take three mock college classes and receive a campus tour. Volunteers are needed to lead a hands-on, 45-minute session for a group of 25-30 sixth graders and their teacher. This is a great way to highlight your program and inspire a future college student.

Available time slots are:

  • 10:15-11 a.m.
  • 11:15-noon
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Kids from the Tok, Delta, Nenana and Fairbanks areas participate in the program. Thank you for considering being one of the 100 needed program volunteers.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Ashley Munro in the Financial Aid Office at 474-1934,

Invent Alaska competition seeks entries

The 2017 Invent Alaska competition is accepting entries from UAF students, staff and faculty until April 21.

The Invent Alaska competition evaluates technology developed by UAF students, staff and faculty and awards prizes based on research, marketability, development stage and novelty.

The competition was created in 2016 by the UAF Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. A group of judges chose eight applicants to win a cash prize of $250 each.

For more information, contact the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at 474-2605 or


49Fit event begins at recreation center


Students and other members of UAF’s Student Recreation Center can win prizes for completing challenges as part of the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness’ 49Fit event.

Participants complete 49 units of a task (such as run 49 miles, skate 49 laps, etc.) in one month and sign a poster for that event.

They can complete one event, multiple events or even all of the events. Prizes increase with the number of completed challenges.

Posters for each event are located in the SRC or near the location of the corresponding event. For example, the poster for swimming is located in pool area.

Challenges include:

  • Bike 49 Miles (inside or outside)
  • Run 49 miles (inside or outside)
  • Swim 49 laps in the Patty Center pool
  • Skate 49 laps in the Patty Center ice arena
  • Climb 49 routes on the UAF climbing walls
  • Ski 49 miles on campus trails (before finals)
  • Lift 60 percent of your max for 49 reps

All challenges must be completed in one month. Participants must sign the poster for the amount completed to count.

Contact the SRC or a DRAW staff member for more information. Also, check out the UAF DRAW Facebook page.