As of Jan. 1 UAA will no longer grant credit for College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for Western Civilization I and II, and United States History I and II. Western Civilization I and II and either United States History I or II are general education requirements for all Bachelor of Arts degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in the university system.
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USUAA and Alaska state legislators persevered through a handsome ice storm to sit down for lunch Friday afternoon in the Student Union Den. All but two guests were able to attend the event, which was cut short by campus closures.
As part of Engage Week, UAA’s Smoke-Free Task Force, Seawolf Debate, the Journalism and Public Communications Department, and the Department of Health hosted a soapbox debate about whether or not UAA should initiate a comprehensive smoke-free policy.
Faculty and administration are working to iron out the kinks in the juggernaut that is prioritization. Many details of the massive assessment of programs and services at UAA are still undecided, but several decisions have been reached following motions passed by the faculty Senate.
On Oct. 28, the University of Alaska’s Stay on Track, Finish in Four campaign launched a photo contest. Upload a photo of how many years it will take you to finish your degree and be entered to win 2 free Alaska Airline tickets. The Stay on Track campaign is a system-wide effort created to get students graduated on time.
There is no safe exposure amount to smoke. This is the message UAA’s Smoke-Free Task Force hopes to communicate. The task force was formed in response to a challenge made by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for all college campuses to go smoke and tobacco free by 2016.
In spring 2012 the Northern Light mourned the loss after seven years of the UAA Housing & Recreation Activities program in an editorial chastising the university’s budgetary reasoning.
Now a group of students and faculty is hoping to bring back outdoor opportunities — not only to students who live on campus but to everyone at UAA. This time around the money would come from a student fee.
“It’s about leadership and collaboration. We must focus on the students and listen to the students, even when they burst our bubble. When we think that we have it nailed, and then talk to a group of students, and they say, ‘No, that’s not where we are at. That was 10 years ago,’ we must listen,” said University of Alaska President Pat Gamble at last week’s Board of Regents meeting in Juneau.
Gamble is referring to the University of Alaska system’s Strategic Directive Initiative, or SDI.
“SDI is about collaboration,” he says. “Collaboration means incentive.”
It was a new semester when Sarah, an engineering student, began her transition from a man into a woman.
“In the first week, there was a lot of stares and confusion. I was the guy named Sarah,” Sarah said.
With the exception of one student, she said, her classmates accepted her transition. That was three years ago. Sarah, who is now a confident woman, still recalls that first stage when adjustments were fragile.
Keith Hackett was officially introduced as the new athletic director at a press conference Friday afternoon. He used the event to share his vision for UAA athletics and to address some lingering questions. Hackett’s plan for the department is a three-headed monster.
The first step is ensuring they are always in alignment with the educational mission of the university. He wants to stress the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete.
UAA’s Student Union held an Outdoor Safety Fair last week as part of Safety Awareness Month to promote outdoor safety to students.