Campuswide Briefs

Proposed new sports arena gets a correction

In November, TNL reported that a $65 million
proposal for a new sports arena at UAA was included in the Board of Regents’ proposed capital budget. It was sent on to Gov. Sarah Palin and is awaiting her approval before it is sent to the legislature.
In the article, “UAA athletes get more elbow
room with new sports arena,” it was stated that the money to fund the $80 million project would come from Anchorage Municipality, when in fact it would be funded by the state legislature. Last spring the legislature approved $15 million for the design and site preparation of the new sports arena.
TNL reported that the new sports arena project was broken up into two phases. For clarification, these two phases are not fully entailed in the current proposal for the sports arena.
The $65 million in the proposed UA capital
budget will go to the construction of a 130,000 square foot arena. The new building will house all intercollegiate sports except hockey.
Phase II of the UAA sports arena project is a
future project still under consideration and not yet formed into a proposal. The idea is to build a hockey arena, off-campus that could be capable of a conversion to basketball for the once-a-year Great Alaska Shootout.
For the time being, however, hockey will remain at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex and
the Great Alaska Shootout will remain at the
Sullivan Arena.

Make school better and get credit for it

Inspired by the staggering number of Alaska
Native students that drop out of college, two
UAA assistant professors decided to research
the reasons why some Alaska Native students
succeeded in obtaining their bachelor degrees.
Diane Erickson from the Department of Educational Leadership and Diane Hirschberg from the Institute of Social and Economic Research conducted and recently released a study of Alaska Native UAA graduates. They found the predominant reason behind students’ success was personal drive and motivation.
From their research sprang a new idea: Participatory action research, a faculty-student collaboration that would investigate and report on what needs to occur for the college experience to be a rewarding scholastic endeavor for all students. The PAR course will help guide students in researching student experiences at UAA and developing proposals.
This course will be offered in the spring, but the deadline for application is Dec. 15. Students that enroll in the class will have their tuition and books for the course paid for. For more information contact Dr. Diane Erickson,
[email protected]

ANSEP gets more funding

From numerous donors over the past two years, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program has acquired more than $6.5 million.

The Roots of rock-n-roll

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Proclaimed to be the best show of the year,
last November UAA Concert Board hosted The
Roots concert at the Egan Center. With 2,180
tickets sold, the show can easily be considered a tremendous success. But that’s not the only number that has the Concert Board beaming with pride. Prior to the concert, the board presented a budget of projected expenses and revenue. According to the proposal, expenses were projected at approximately $86,000 and the revenue was about $70,000. The overall projected cost to UAA to put on the concert was only $16,038.
A month after the concert, Zac Clark of the
Concert Board said they were right on target.
Although he wouldn’t give exact numbers, he
said, “It’s pretty much just like our budget said. Give or take a little.” It’s not clear if the “little”was given or taken.