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UAF public art tour July 7

Tour your way through the arts on campus with art historian, artist and UAF Professor Emeritus Kesler Woodward. A unique story lies behind each work in UAF’s innovative Art in Public Places program. The tour begins at 5:30 p.m., with a starting point at Constitution Park on the Fairbanks campus. It is expected to last approximately 2.5 hours, and parking is free on campus after 5 p.m. Please RSVP in case of weather updates.

History cycles bike tour July 15

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Pedal your way around Fairbanks July 15 with public historian and UAF history Professor Terrence Cole to learn more about the Golden Heart City’s vibrant past. The event begins at 11 a.m., with starting location to be determined. Registration is limited to 40 participants. Please use this form to RSVP by July 14.

A century of big ideas: Forecasting the aurora

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The first question many visitors to Alaska ask is, “Where and when can I see the northern lights?” To find out the answer, and to read about UAF’s other big ideas, visit our centennial website.

Graphic courtesy of Hannah Foss, UAF Geophysical Institute.

Upcoming events and activities 

Mondays throughout the summer
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with our professors emeriti, hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. This series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.
Centennial celebration speaker series
Select Sundays throughout the summer

4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
This series, hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon, features five notable figures who helped shape UAF.
July 20-23
Sign up for at least four of the starred events on the reunion website and be eligible to win a free, round-trip ticket on Alaska Airlines. Drawing will take place July 22 at Nanook Night at the Goldpanners baseball game. Must be present to win.
Centennial lecture featuring Shankar Vedantam
Aug. 25, 6 p.m., Hering Auditorium
Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent with National Public Radio, host of the podcast “Hidden Brain” and author of the 2010 book of the same name. Vedantam’s work focuses on unconscious prejudice and how it affects everything from how people fall in love to how nations go to war.

You’re invited to the alumni reunion July 20-23

The Nanook Rendezvous reunion kicks off Thursday, July 20, with a sumptuous gourmet picnic, complete with wine, in the Georgeson Botanical Garden, and continues throughout that weekend. We’re hoping 100 alumni will march in UAF’s Golden Days Parade entry, one alum for each of UAF’s 100 years! See the complete list of Rendezvous events planned for UAF’s centennial year. Sign up for at least four starred events and win a chance for a free, round-trip ticket on Alaska Airlines! We hope you join us.
UAF photo by JR Ancheta ’15.

Madnick receives award from research administrators society


Rosemary Madnick

Rosemary Madnick, executive director of UAF’s Office of Grants and Contracts Administration, has received a Julia Jacobsen Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of University Research Administrators.

NCURA will present the award to Madnick at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6-9.

The award recognizes individuals who have made sustained and distinctive contributions to NCURA. Madnick has served the 7,000-plus-member association in various roles since joining in 1998.

“Over the years, she has served NCURA with distinction and epitomizes the true meaning of volunteerism,” said NCURA’s Executive Director Kathleen Larmett.

NCURA is a nonprofit society dedicated to advancing the field of research administration through education and professional development programs.

For more information, go to or contact NCURA’s Emily Ainsworth at 202-466-3894 or


Human Resources hours, staff limited for Fourth of July week

The university will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3-4, for the Fourth of July holiday.
In addition, the UAF Office of Human Resources will be on a soft closure during the remainder of the week. The office will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 5-7 with limited staffing.
Brad Lobland, human resources director, thanks you for your patience during this soft closure period and wishes you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
If you have questions, please contact your consultant at 907-474-7700.

UA campuses working to fix Google migration problems

UAA, UAF, UAS and UA system have been working together since March 2017 to resolve issues UAA users reported after the migration to Google. At a systemwide meeting on Jan. 27, 2017, four urgent technical tasks were identified to alleviate issues reported by UAA users.

The four urgent technical issues consist of:

  • Creating a global address list in Google. This is now complete. Additional information about GALs, in general, can be found at
  • Wrapping up migration of historic email and calendar content for UAA users. This is scheduled to be complete by the end of June 2017, with some users requesting migration after the start of fall semester 2017.
  • Develop the architecture required to support departmental distribution lists for communication and access, with implementation the end of summer 2017.
  • Restoring the ability to receive and/or manage voicemail via email, with implementation the end of summer 2017.

The UA community can stay informed of progress at

Bi-weekly project updates are posted to the site, but other helpful information is located on the project website, including:  

  • Key project documents
  • Suggested technical changes the cross-campus teams are working on. An example of this is syncing Google with Active Directory to restore functionality associated with UAA distribution lists.
  • Documentation of issues UAA users have reported since the migration to Google and suggestions for accomplishing these tasks in Google.
  • Links to Google training documentation.

Help is available on the project website and on the Google login page:

  • Project website As with any change, much like the change to establish a single email and calendaring solution through Google Apps, you will have to occasionally accomplish tasks in a different way than you  did prior to the change. Suggested workflow adjustments are located on the project website.
  • Google login page The Google login page contains “how-to” articles and answers to frequently asked questions. A news and alerts section has project updates.

Please reach out with questions. If you are  unable to accomplish a task you were able to accomplish prior to the Google migration, please reach out to the UAA or Office of Information Technology support centers so they can help you get your needs met. There may be alternative ways to complete daily business operations.

In addition, OIT Training and Engagement is available to help walk you through questions, should you continue to have them. OIT-TE staff members offer personal consultations to support you. They enjoy showing you how technology can facilitate, accelerate or automate tasks. They can be reached by contacting the OIT Support Center.

UAF staff provide food for local children

UAF staff contributed 98 pounds of food and $100 to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank’s Bone Builders program during a collection effort in May.

Bone Builders replaces the school breakfast and lunch program in summer, providing meals for children who would otherwise go without.

The University Advocacy Committee, a committee of UAF Staff Council, organized the collection effort on campus. It set boxes in the Signers’ Hall lobby, the Student Recreation Center, the Geophysical Institute, the Harper Building, the Institute of Northern Engineering and Facilities Services to collect single-serving food items.

The University Advocacy Committee thanks everyone who contributed. It hopes to support the Bone Builders program in the future.