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Undergraduates will share research and creative work

<i>Photo by Kate Pendleton</i><br>Geology major Pat Terhune, left, accepts congratulations for his poster from Paul Layer, dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, at the 2016 Research Day.
Photo by Kate Pendleton
Geology major Pat Terhune, left, accepts congratulations for his poster from Paul Layer, dean of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, at the 2016 Research Day.

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity will host UAF Research and Creative Activity Day on Tuesday, April 25, in Wood Center’s lower level.

Undergraduate students in all disciplines will share posters and displays of their work. The public can view the entries between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., a public reception will feature brief presentations by the Dean’s Choice Award recipients, and overall prizes will be awarded.

In addition, awards will be given for the Visualize This! competition sponsored by the Alaska National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, the Alaska Institutional Development Award Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and the Alaska Biomedical Learning and Student Training program.

For more information, please contact URSA at ursa.uaf@alaska.edu, 907-450-8772 or www.uaf.edu/ursa.

Nominations due for Staff Council’s May 1 election

UAF Staff Council will elect its 2017-2018 president and vice president at a meeting scheduled for 8:45–11:15 a.m. Monday, May 1, in the Wood Center ballroom.

Nominations may be submitted either online or in person, with the following deadlines and rules:

  1.    Online nominations – Due by Friday, April 21. Nominations must be submitted using the online form available at http://www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staff-council/elections/officer-election/.
  1.    In person – Due by the official close of nominations on the floor at the Monday, May 1, Staff Council meeting. For more information on this meeting, please visit www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staff-council.
  • Any staff person represented by UAF Staff Council is eligible to run for office. (Nominees are not required to be members of the council.)
  • You may nominate yourself.
  • In order for a nominee to be placed on the ballot, the nomination must be accepted by the nominee before the close of nominations on the floor at the May 1 meeting.
  • All individuals elected to office must obtain approval from their supervisor prior to taking office.

For additional rules and information, visit http://www.uaf.edu/uafgov/staff-council/elections/officer-election/ or contact the Staff Council Office at 474-7056 or uaf-staff-council@alaska.edu.

Update your college savings during open enrollment

A future beneficiary of the UA College Savings Plan has high aspirations.
A future beneficiary of the UA College Savings Plan has high aspirations.

By Lael Oldmixon
Executive director, UA College Savings Plan

The UA College Savings Plan would like to remind UA employees that the open enrollment period for employee benefits, April 17-May 15, is a great time to start, review or increase college savings for a loved one. You can save through employee payroll deductions or automatic monthly contributions from your bank account. As the nation’s only 529 plan located within the walls of a university, we have a unique perspective and ability to support students and employees in paying for post-secondary education.

Students requesting distributions to pay for their educational expenses are always grateful to have had money saved on their behalf. UA employees with college-age children or with a desire to attain their own degrees are equally thankful that they are able to supplement the employee tuition waiver with money saved in tax-advantaged college savings accounts. As the benefits of savings come to fruition for the beneficiary, we celebrate. We are happy to make saving for college easy for you.

Easy ways to get started:

  • Grow your accounts through systematic monthly contributions. Payroll deduction is a convenient way for UA employees to fund their college savings accounts. To participate in payroll deduction, first set up an account in the UA College Savings Plan. Register online or by calling 1-800-478-0003. Then, fill out the payroll deduction request form and return it to the UA College Savings Plan office. Alternatively, you can enroll in automatic monthly contributions.
  • Follow the UA College Savings Plan on Facebook and watch for updates about upcoming events and tips.
  • Get to know the UA College Savings Plan staff. Drop into Suite 207 of the Butrovich Building (Fairbanks) or Suite 209 of the Bragaw Office Building (Anchorage), or reach us at 474-5671 and collegesavings@alaska.edu. We’re here to answer your 529 questions.

Sign up to help during SpringFest Service

SpringFest Service offers some of the finest and most festive ways to give back to your campus and community on Friday, April 21.

Participants this year can volunteer at:

  • the Georgeson Botanical Garden.
  • the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living (spring cleaning).
  • the Fairbanks campus (cleanup).
  • the Boys and Girls Club (more spring cleaning).

The annual volunteer event is organized by the Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience Office.

Volunteers will get bomb breakfast burritos, donuts, snacks and juice boxes, along with full-sized fanny packs.

Registration, free breakfast and fanny pack distribution will start at 9 a.m. in Wood Center’s multilevel lounge or outside if weather permits. Service work will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. Transportation to off-campus sites will be provided.

For more information about service or to RSVP, visit https://orgsync.com/119110/events/1892297/occurrences/4409260.

 

 

 

GI Tract 5K Fun Walk/Run is April 30

 

The GI Tract 5K Fun Walk/Run on April 30 will raise money for the American Heart Association.

The event will start in front of the Elvey Building, home of the Geophysical Institute, at 2 p.m.

The cost is $25 per participant or $35 for two. All proceeds will go to the American Heart Association through the UAF Gee Whiz Heart Walk Team.

The first 100 participants recieve a free T-shirt. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/AK/Fairbanks/GITract5KFunRunWalk.

Download a flier for the event here.

Best in the West backs Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta entrepreneurs

 

A dozen entrepeneurs have received a total of $35,225 through the 2017 Best in the West small business competition sponsored in part by the UAF Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center.

The annual competition is a grassroots effort to promote jobs and economic stability by building small businesses in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region.

The 2017 winners are:

  • Marlena Dhaemers, Sandpiper Stitching, $2,500
  • Leslie Boelens, Aniak Community Market, $2,500
  • Zhi Hastie, Made With Love, $5,400
  • Caroline Hessler, Caroline’s Creations, $250
  • Josh Howell, Howell Mobile Truck and Equipment Repair, $6,400
  • Laura Karr, Bethel Bookkeeping, $1,400
  • Michelle DeWitt, Eric Whitney, Christina Desnoyers, Salmon Cycles, $3,400
  • Kate McWilliams, Arctic Belle Boutique, $2,425
  • Bill Howell, Bill’s Meats, $4,400
  • Hannah Howell, Sew Cool, $250
  • Gail Alstrom, Eagles Nest Lodge, $2,900
  • David Beans, Matty’s Truck Rental, $3,400

Since 2009, Best in the West has supported 57 small business start-ups with $222,970 in award money.

The funding partnership behind the competition includes the Kuskokwim Campus Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center, Bethel Community Services Foundation, First National Bank, Donlin Creek LLC, Calista, GCI, Bethel Native Corp., Kuskokwim Art Guild, Bethel Chamber of Commerce, Coastal Village Region Fund, Wells Fargo and ConocoPhillips.

This year’s judging committee voted to start a Best in the West Foundation, planning for the future growth of businesses in the Y-K Delta. The partners welcome regional and statewide organizations to join the consortium.

The YPCC will offer workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses during summer and fall 2017.

The 2018 Best in the West competition will open for applications Dec. 1, 2017. Anyone with a business idea can talk to Reyne Athanas at 907-543-4538 or Grady Deaton at the YPCC during regular business hours.

 

 

Dining gift cards now available

Gift cards for UAF dining locations are now available in denominations of $5 and $10. Gift cards may be purchased during normal business hours at Arctic Java and Campus Cache on campus or the CTC Cafe downtown. Be sure to pick some up today.

Download a flier about the cards here.

Featured photo of the week

Participants in the 2017 Alaska Native Studies Conference share a traditional song after welcoming remarks on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Schaible Auditorium. The theme for this year's conference was "Sustaining Indigenous Livelihoods."
UAF photo by JR Ancheta

Participants in the 2017 Alaska Native Studies Conference share a traditional song after welcoming remarks on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the Schaible Auditorium. The theme for this year’s conference was “Sustaining Indigenous Livelihoods.”

Why I walk for the American Heart Association

Jeff Bayless
Jeff Bayless

By Doug Shrage

Chief, University Fire Department
It was just over three years ago that my friend and colleague, Senior Fire Capt. Jeff Bayless, collapsed during a strenuous firefighting training exercise. He died instantly from sudden cardiac arrest. He was 51 years old — just one year older than me at the time.
The year before that, former University Fire Department Chief Bill Shechter died suddenly from a major stroke.
Fifty percent of all firefighter line-of-duty deaths are of cardiac etiology, making this the leading cause of firefighter fatalities.
The American Heart Association has made important strides in preventing and improving treatments for heart disease and stroke, in part because of ongoing research conducted right here at UAF.

For me, it’s personal. I have made it a priority to reduce this figure among today’s — and tomorrow’s — firefighters. Please join me by making a contribution, joining one of the 2017 UAF Heart Walk teams or even forming your own team.

Register for 2017 Research and Creative Activity Day

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity will host UAF Research and Creative Activity Day on Tuesday, April 25.

Undergraduate students in all disciplines are invited to participate with posters, displays or performances. The works will be exhibited in the Wood Center multilevel lounge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

Deans will present a top entry from each college or school with a Dean’s Choice Award and a $250 cash prize. The Dean’s Choice Award winners will compete for the top three overall entries, with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. Early registration ends on April 17.

For more information and to register, please visit the URSA website or call the URSA office at 907-450-8772.