USUAA shuffles leadership

In the wake of former USUAA President Andrew Lessig’s resignation, former Vice President Drew Lemish has taken over the position. Lemish explained the transition at a press conference on August 29th. Andrew Lessig had cited an inability to keep up with the demands of being USUAA president as a reason for stepping down.

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BP becomes museum's newest corporate partner FAIRBANKS - BP recently became the University of Alaska Museum of the North's newest corporate partner with a $25,000 donation to the museum. The North Slope producer will serve as the lead partner for the museum's annual open house.

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A last push to deregulate The Bush administration is working hard to enact a wide array of federal regulations before a new administration takes over in January and while Congress is not in session to veto. The regulations would weaken government rules that currently protect consumers and the environment.

The Edge Update: Gov. Bill Walker, Rolling Stone and Brexit

Local news:Governor Bill Walker announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. However, the governor says that the cancer is treatable and...

Magistrate says no questioning FBI in hacking case

A federal magistrate judge has told defense attorneys they can't question FBI agents who scoured the laptop of a University of Tennessee student charged with improperly accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account. The Knoxville News-Sentinel said U.

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UAF helps Alaskans battle against marine debris Alaska has a reputation for clean waters and pristine vistas. But fishing nets, rope, totes, six-pack rings, bottles, drums, and myriad other trash - much of it plastic - litter many of Alaska's shores. It's a vexing mess made by both humans and nature.

The Edge Update: Alaska income tax, conflicts of interest and domestic violence decriminalization

  The Edge Update can be heard every weekday on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA’s college radio station. Local A wealthy Alaskan businessman is campaigning against...

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Career fairs coming to UAA The UAA Career Services Center will present three career fairs for students, alumni and community members to place choice over chance in choosing a rewarding new job or profession. These career expos provide a valuable resource to learn what is available for employment with a convenient collection of employers in one general and two specialized fairs.

The Edge Update: An Alaskan in space, cellphone privacy and a UK election disaster

The Edge Update can be heard every day on KRUA 88.1 The Edge, UAA's student-run radio station.

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Preschoolers, college students share learning experience A new partnership is underway between the College of Education and Tanaina Child Development Center. According to a release...

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College starts early for Kenai students KENAI - Almost 150 high school seniors in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School are jumping at the advantages of JumpStart. The borough-subsidized program is providing students with a waiver that cuts the costs of college credits from $128 to $35.

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Advisory committee to help UA president plan streamlined future UA President Mark Hamilton is calling on a campus-led advisory committee to help with streamlining and improving service at UA's System Office. The system office, which provides administrative and leadership support for the 16-campus UA system, was recently reviewed by external consultants Terry MacTaggart, who has extensive higher-education experience at numerous university systems in the lower 48 states; and Brian Rogers of Fairbanks, former chair of the Board of Regents and a previous UA vice president.

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UA Legislative Internship Program deadline nears The application deadline for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program, beginning January 2009, is Thursday, October 2 at noon. For application packets and information, please contact the UAA Coordinator, Patrick Cunningham, School of Social Work, 106 Gordon Hartlieb Hall.

Search committee likely for new UA president

The chairwoman of the University of Alaska Board of Regents says a plan will be drafted this summer to find a replacement for outgoing UA President Mark Hamilton. Cynthia Henry says it's too early to say whether the 11-member board will look for another "nontraditional" candidate such as Hamilton, a former Army major general who took the UA job in 1998.

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Parking Services holds photo contest UAA Parking Services is holding a photo contest, and the grand-prize winner will receive a 2008-2009 annual parking permit. Additional winners will receive semester parking permits. Parking Services seeks digital photos of a UAA landmark or building to be used in the design of the 08-09 UAA parking permit.

Note left under UPD door leads to injured teen

At approximately 8 p.m. Sept. 16, someone slipped an anonymous note under the University Police Department door. The note described the whereabouts of an Anchorage teen who had been badly beaten and left for death.

The Edge Update: Murkowski breaks with party line, wealth in the White House and...

The Edge Update can be heard daily on KRUA 88.1 FM The Edge, UAA's college radio station.

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Kenai college heads Web classes KENAI - What do two soldiers serving in Iraq, a young Alaskan woman visiting Germany and residents from Kodiak, Emmonak, Nome, Aniak, Juneau, Sitka and several North Slope and Cook Inlet platform employees have in common? They have all taken KPC's online chemistry class co-taught by adjunct professors Bob Amundson and Susan Mircovich and KPC full-time professor Andy Veh.

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Student physics society honored by national organization The UAF chapter of the Society of Physics Students was recently recognized as an outstanding chapter for the 2006-2007 school year. Outstanding chapters are selected based on the depth and breadth of chapter activities in areas like research, science outreach, tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings, and social interaction.

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USUAA vice president Student government vice president Bahnaaz Irani announced her decision to resign from her position at a recent USUAA meeting. Irani will be graduating in December, and will no longer be able to carry out the duties of vice president in the upcoming spring semester.

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Museum design wins national architecture award The University of Alaska Museum of the North continues to garner national and international acclaim for its architectural design. Last month, the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

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USUAA releases initiatives The Union of Students UAA recently passed a resolution to ask professors to help keep the cost of textbooks down. According to a report signed by student government president John Roberson III, he met with the Faculty Senate executive board to share ideas on how students and faculty can work together on textbook pricing.

Fairbanks celebrates Arbor Day

An Arbor Day committee in Fairbanks planned to celebrate the event by planting 50 trees in honor of 50 years of Alaska Statehood. Arbor Day was May 18. The Fairbanks Arbor Day Committee formed in 1983 and planted two birch trees at a transit station in downtown Fairbanks.

The Edge Update: Alaska stalking, El Chapo extradited and warming global temperatures

According to a new survey, more than a third of Alaskan women have been stalked. The results come from the Alaska Victimization Survey, a...

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Gender discrimination law expert speaks at UAF FAIRBANKS - Martha West of University of California, Davis, gave a free public lecture, "Seeking Equity for Faculty Women," on April 22 in the Wood Center Ballroom on the UAF campus. West is a professor emerita at UC Davis who specializes in gender discrimination law.

News brief: University of Alaska planning multiple cuts, tuition increase in recent budget drafts

After two budget drafts released Thursday, President Jim Johnsen proposed ways of saving money for University of Alaska's next fiscal year, starting July 1....

Earthquakes hit Kodiak Island

Alaska's Kodiak Island is being slammed by a swarm of earthquakes, one with a magnitude of 5.9. Richard Buckmaster, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., says the southeast region of the island was hit Saturday by 20 earthquakes with magnitudes of 2.

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UAA's CTC announces associate dean UAA Community and Technical College announced the appointment of Kristin Owens to the position of associate dean and term assistant professor. Kristin will officially start May 30. She will work during June with the interim associate dean, Sandra Cobb, for a smooth leadership transition.

Palin complaints dismissed

Gov. Sarah Palin says she has been cleared in two ethics cases. Palin first announced the dismissal of one case in a Twitter feed posted Tuesday, writing: "Yet ANOTHER ethics complaint filed & dismissed! Unfair to AKns that state dollars are wasted dealing w/these malicious complaints.

Seat belt campaign kicks off

The state Department of Transportation and other agencies are kicking off a seat belt enforcement campaign. The spotlight on the Click It or Ticket campaign began May 18 will last through May 31. Cindy Cashen, Alaska Highway Safety Office administrator, says police and Alaska State Troopers will focus on ticketing unbelted people in vehicles, especially at night.