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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 […]

Student President Faces Impeachment

The USUAA Rules Committee held an impeachment hearing last week to oust Student Body President Drew Lemish. Charges include lack of attendance at assembly meetings, inappropriate behavior at assembly meetings, taking vacations without proper notifications and not responding to communications from other assembly members, students, staff and faculty regarding official USUAA business. Lemish was unable […]

Students vote to move forward with a smoke free campus

Students voted last week to move forward with a proposal that would make the University of Alaska Anchorage a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. The referendum passed the preliminary election results by earning 719 votes in support of the initiative, and 628 votes against the initiative. This means, 51.6 percent of students who voted supported a […]

Joe Miller visits campus

Last week, United States congressional candidate Joe Miller attended an event at UAA to discuss his campaign platform. The event was hosted in collaboration with UAA’s Political Science Association, College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty. If elected, Miller said he would address three main issues during his term: the surveillance state, national debt and […]

Board of Regents passes two considerable motions

Late last week the 11-member University of Alaska Board of Regents met in Kodiak to work through a lengthy agenda, and two of the motions passed are sure to make waves at all three universities in the UA system. One motion calls for a common academic calendar for all university campuses, including common daily schedules, […]

Alaska, No. 1 for brain injuries

According to the Alaska Brain Injury Network, or ABIN, Alaska ranks No. 1 in the nation for recorded brain injuries but lacks proper treatment or rehabilitation services for those affected. Many Alaskans experiencing brain injuries go without proper diagnosis and treatment or are transported out of state for rehabilitation. “Traumatic brain injury is one of […]

Elections predictable, mostly

Even procrastinators can be civically active, and polling stations around Anchorage remained open until 8 p.m. on municipal election night to accommodate last-minute votes. “If they don’t know, I’ll inform them what we’re voting on and why it’s important,” Anchorage resident Georgia Farnsworth explained as she staked out the Z.J. Loussac Library polling station last […]

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