USUAA and Toys for Tots brings holiday smiles

In collaboration with the Union of Students of University of Alaska Anchorage and the potential fraternity TKE, the department of Student and Academic Affairs have started their first Toys for Tots toy drive at UAA.

For the next six weeks, they will be accepting toy donations that will be taken to the children’s hospital at Providence a few days before Christmas.

Senator Max Bullock, a leader of the drive, said toys will be collected at six locations around campus. Bins will be located in front of the USUAA office in the Student Union, in the bookstore, in the Gorusch Commons, in the University Center, in the Rasmuson Hall, and in the library.

While they accept both wrapped and unwrapped toys, donating wrapped toys saves these groups time, money, and energy.

Bullock said If there are any extra gifts, they will likely be taken to Tanaina Child Development Center, UAA’s daycare services.

In other news, President Alejandra Buitrago contacted UAA’s IT department about the status of the school’s wifi. The department told Buitrago that students have stopped calling and reporting where they do and don’t get wifi services – making it hard for IT to pinpoint where they should add more routers.

IT has a long-term goal of eventually having a router in every classroom on campus.

Senator Christine Borowski said the UAA Thanksgiving Day Feast was very successful with 296 UAA students in attendance.

UAA’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) representative stepped down and has been temporarily filled by Drew Lemish. RHA will soon elect a new representative. Lemish reported that RHA is hosting an open house early next semester. The open house will be held in the RHA office in the east hall lobby.

Tracy Stewart said Concert Board is currently finalizing plans for Winterfest, an annual UAA event offering music and events. She also said that concert board readily accepts suggestions from students.

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