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UAF starts laying off people amid budget woes

A reduction in state funding combined with rising fixed costs will force layoffs at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university said about 40 positions will have to be eliminated to help make up for a $12 million budget deficit. Officials hope not filling open positions will take the brunt of the layoffs, but some […]

Black bear with two cubs shot near Goose Lake

A black bear family that had since early June been a familiar sight around UAA will not be returning. Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists on Thursday made the decision to euthanize the sow with two very young cubs that had become accustomed to life in the bustling U-Med district. According to KTVA, the […]

Prioritization update

UAA Chancellor Tom Case has announced that reports for the massive review process known as prioritization will be released Aug. 11. In a July 15 email to staff and faculty the chancellor said reports will be accessible to the “internal campus community,” and that the release date coincides with faculty coming back on contract. Assessment […]

With decimal mistake, students become millionaires

Low-income students have inadvertently presented themselves as millionaires on an application for federal financial student aid — making it less likely they will qualify for grants and loans. The mistake stems from an online form change to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, made Jan. 1 that expanded the space to enter […]

Survey: Rapes not investigated at 2 in 5 colleges

A survey of colleges and universities finds a lack of coordination between many campuses and local law enforcement in handling sexual assaults, and that many schools have gone years without investigating such cases. About 40 percent of colleges and universities reported not having conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past five years, including 6 […]

Anchorage bus routes arrive on Google Maps

Anchorage bus routes and schedules are now available to smartphone users through the Google Maps app. Anchorage officials announced last Wednesday that the city’s People Mover bus system partnered with Google Inc. to incorporate public transit data into the technology company’s mapping system, the Anchorage Daily News reported. Search results come with travel time, transfer […]

Program prioritization report submitted to provost

UAA’s 18-member Academic Task Force submitted its final report on program prioritization to Provost Elisha Baker on June 30. The report is the culmination of a massive review process begun in spring 2013 to place each of the over-300 programs at UAA into one of five categories ranging from “priority for higher investment” to “subject […]

Denali Alaskan ATMs on the way out

After selecting another competitor on a contract put up for bid, Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union will be withdrawing five ATMs from UAA’s main campus as of July 1. The contract, which called for  nine machines, including three in the newly built Alaska Airlines Center, has been awarded to Alaska ATM Service. According to the […]

Regents

Regents convene in Anchorage UAA students offer testimony

After a slow start Thursday morning in UAA’s Gorsuch Commons, the 11-member University of Alaska Board of Regents opened the floor to public testimony. Vice president of the UAA Political Science Association, Ceezar Martinson stepped up to urge the board to reconsider its policy on concealed handguns. “It is our belief that the current policy […]

Engineering

College of Engineering dean abruptly resigns

Following an inspirational speech by civil engineering graduate Michael Ulroan at this year’s commencement ceremony, the College of Engineering now faces the challenge of finding a new person to head operations. Tien-Chien Jen, Ph.D., announced his resignation as dean of the UAA College of Engineering after serving one year in the position. The resignation, effective […]

News Briefs

Kelly Ireland and AP BOSNIA FLOODS TRIGGER LANDSLIDES, UNEARTH MINES BRCKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) – Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines leftover from the region’s 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons. The Balkans’ worst flooding […]

UAA Safe Zone Kickoff

Last week UAA’s Safe Zone celebrated its third annual celebration week with a barbecue in the Student Union. Keynote speaker Drew Phoenix, executive director of Identity, kicked off the celebration by speaking about issues regarding the LGBTQ community, focusing on LGBTQ history, advances and issues that still need to be addressed. At UAA, Safe Zone […]

Alaska sues Feds over access road

Last week Gov. Sean Parnell announced in a press release that his administration issued a notice of intent to sue the federal government over an access road from King Cove, Alaska, through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge to the town of Cold Bay, Alaska. The road would provide life-saving access for King Cove residents who […]

Course hide-and-seek

There is a feeling of accomplishment for a student who is able to lock in the perfect class schedule, a harmonious balance struck in a vast sea of knowledge. In some cases, though, UAA students aren’t actually seeing all of the course sections that may become available. Keeping certain course sections hidden, primarily those taught […]

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