USUAA 2018 election: Candidate interviews

Vice President President

Commuters find humor in #bridgepocalypse

MaryAlice Lovel Larmi, an Eagle River commuter, made a Facebook post that gained over 1,000 likes and reactions. Larmi wrote that she had moved less than a mile in under an hour to Anchorage from Wasilla and that, "I no longer remember what driving feels like... To my loved ones; goodbye. I belong to the Glenn now."

University seeks to reduce its eight-figure travel budget

$358,093.43 was spent on travel for members of the Board of Regents over the past five years.

Meet the students running for office in the spring USUAA election

President and vice president candidates include: Alec Burris and Geser Bat-Erdene, and Jada Caudel and IntiMayo Harbison.

Making money funny

Comedic speaker Colin Ryan, who visited UAA in 2013, has been trained in credit counseling and financial advising. As the author of several books on financial literacy, he speaks to student audiences nationwide about money and offers financial literacy training for schools and financial institutions.

Three accounting students win Paul Hagelbarger Scholarship

Each student won a scholarship of $2,000, as well as recognition on the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants Facebook page and newsletter, which is mailed to around 1,000 accounting professionals in Alaska. The recipients were also granted free membership to the AKCPA.

Faculty Alliance pursues faculty regent position

In response to the Alliance, UA President Jim Johnsen wrote that he believes “a number of problems would be created by requiring an employee-regent.”

National outlets announce new firearm sales restrictions

Walmart and DICK’S Sporting Goods limit sales of firearms and will no longer sell to anyone under 21 years old

Putting the miles in ‘milestone’

Seawolf Shuttle reaches a three-year safety goal

Chancellor announces new vice chancellor for Administrative Services

Chancellor Sam Gingerich’s office announced that Beverly Cotton Shuford has accepted the position of vice chancellor for Administrative Services

Library survey shows impact of budget cuts

Cuts to the library budget have impacted staff positions and online offerings from the library.

New academic reinstatement policies approved

The new policies for students will enable academically disqualified students to apply for financial aid and include a mandatory advising program. A previous rule required the applicants to earn at least 12 credits before their official readmission.

Final candidate for vice chancellor presents; chancellor to hire this month

Pat Shier has been serving as interim vice chancellor for Administrative Services at UAA since the previous Vice Chancellor, Bill Spindle, left for a position at Texas A&M University at San Antonio in 2016. Before assuming the role of Vice Chancellor, Shier was chief information officer at UAA.

Spring students still required to complete Title IX Haven Training

The deadline for completion of the training is Friday, March 30. On the following Monday, holds will be placed on student accounts through fall priority registration.

Kathryn Craft appointed senior director of UA Statewide Health Programs

The UA Board of Regents has the goal of doubling the number of health graduates produced in the UA system by 2025. Currently, there are about 870 health graduates; therefore, the goal is to have about 1,700 by 2025.

University switches to Visa ProCards for some

In response to Sam’s Club’s closure the University of Alaska is working on giving a small group of UAA departments Visa cards, which are accepted at Costco.

UA will raise student employee pay to minimum wage

There are about 1,400 student employees in the UA system, according to UA Human Resources, and approximately 20 percent of them are paid below state minimum wage. Their wages range from $8.50 to $9.75 an hour.

Anchorage students take a stand against gun violence

Students at Service High School, West Anchorage High School and Begich Middle School conducted walk-outs and/or gave speeches against gun violence recently, after a Florida school shooting that occurred in February claimed the lives of 17 people.

VIDEO: President Johnsen’s State of the University Address

On Feb. 20, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen gave his annual State of the University Address. Johnsen's address lasted roughly 30 minutes and touched...

Textbook affordability survey results show student concern

According to national data, students are budgeted to spend $1,200 per year for books and materials. However, the median or middle value for UAA students, per semester, is between $500 and $599.

Fourth vice chancellor candidate presents at open forums

Cotton Shuford is Associate Vice President of Budget and Analytics at the University of North Texas. She has Bachelor’s of Business Administration degrees in finance and accounting, a Master’s of Science in accounting and she has almost completed a doctorate in higher education administration, according to her resume.

Run! Hide! Fight! Treat!

If there is ever an active shooter event at UAA, Emergency Manager Ron Swartz wants you to remember to “Run! Hide! Fight! Treat!” This motto is designed to remind people to find safety for themselves first and then to prevent bleeding in others who may be wounded.

UAA housing struggles with occupancy rates

In the academic year of 2010-2011, the occupancy rate was around 95 percent in the fall and 90 percent in the spring. This year’s data shows a decrease of about 10 percentage points in both fall and spring. This is the lowest fall occupancy UAA housing has ever experienced.

House renames part of Alaska Safe Children’s Act ‘Bree’s Law’

HB 44, otherwise known as the Alaska Safe Children's Act, was implemented in 2015 to require education regarding sexual abuse and assault, dating violence and child abuse in public schools. The act is comprised of two statutes, Erin's Law and Bree's Law.

As stock market drops, Alaska Permanent Fund remains up

Angela Rodell, chief executive officer of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, says that approximately 40 percent of the permanent fund's portfolio is invested in stocks, or the public equities.

Candidate for vice chancellor for Administrative Services presents at open forum

Stephen Malott, vice president for Finance and Administration at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, answered questions at a public forum Feb. 13.

Alaskan environmentalists sue Department of Interior

The Wilderness Act of 1964 gave protection to about 9.1 million acres of federal land and defined wilderness in the U.S.; the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is included in the protected areas.

University advocates for land grant

Officials at UA say that the university has not been granted all of the land it was entitled to because the federal land was ceded to state management in 1959, when Alaska was recognized as a state. Associate Vice President of Government Relations, Miles Baker, said he will advocate at the federal level to obtain the total land grant.

Senate proposes smoke-free workplaces

In his 2017 sponsor statement regarding Senate Bill 63, Sen. Peter Micciche wrote, "SB 63 seeks to protect Alaskan employees from the adverse health effects of secondhand smoke by providing a statewide smoke-free workplace law for business and public places."

Marijuana tax revenue reaches $4.5 million for state of Alaska

After the state began collecting marijuana tax in October of 2016, the total revenue for fiscal year 2017 came to $1.7 million. Brandon Spanos, deputy director of the department, says that the numbers are not surprising.