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The Seawolf Auction Seawolf Auction is May 8 at Sheraton Support UAA student-athletes and bid on great items at the 21st Annual Seawolf Auction, scheduled for Thursday, May 8, at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel's Howard Rock Ballroom. Doors open for the silent auction and casual buffet at 6 p.

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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.

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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.

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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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Don't forget your taxes! Just a little reminder for you procrastinators out there (and who isn't a procrastinator around this time in the semester?): Your taxes are due April 15, one week from the date of this publication. Forms can be found at your local post office, or online at www.

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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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USUAA invites students to candidates' debate USUAA will hold a debate for the three presidential candidates Wednesday, April 2, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Den. Pizza will be provided, and students will have the opportunity to ask candidates about their platforms and ideas for the university in the next year.

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Longtime UAF museum director retires FAIRBANKS - After 15 years as director of the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Aldona Jonaitis plans to retire in November. Jonaitis' tenure at the museum has been marked by dramatic growth, both in facilities and in programs.

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Debate team discusses Pebble Mine development The Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence invites the public to take part in a debate and discussion: "Should the State of Alaska permit the development of Pebble Mine?" The award-winning Seawolf Debate Team will lay out the issues on this important topic on March 27.

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Former CAS Dean dies Dr. Wayne C. Miller, Dean for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences (cas) from 1990-1996, died this past week in Tampa, where he lived. Dr. Miller was 67 and had been an advocate of liberal arts and sciences education - helping to raise millions of dollars through faculty grants and research contracts from corporations and foundations.

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UAF Professor receives 2008 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Fairbanks - Judith Kleinfeld, psychology professor, director of the national Boys Project and co-director of the Northern Studies program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is this year's recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation's prestigious Edith R.

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Young marine scientists win big at Tsunami Bowl The first- and second-place winners of the Tsunami Bowl each won a one-year scholarship to the University of Alaska Fairbanks or the University of Alaska Southeast. The winning team will also get to compete in the national finals of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, to be held in Seward in April.

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Canada Week focuses on religion The International Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAA is sponsoring a week of activities highlighting some aspect of Canada. The theme for this year will focus on religion in Canadian film, television and literature.

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Mitchell promoted to assistant dean of Honors College The University Honors College has announced that Marian Mitchell has been promoted to assistant dean of the College. In her new role, Mitchell's expanded portfolio includes advising, assessment and curricular affairs, and finance and budget, said Ronald Spatz, dean of the University Honors College.

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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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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.

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The University of Alaska Board of Regents wrapped up a two-day meeting in Juneau on Feb. 7. They approved schematic designs for a roofing and siding project at the Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel. The project, one of the university's top maintenance priorities, involves removing the existing roofing and exterior fascia boards and replacing them with new materials.

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Professors to be featured on local radio broadcast Creative writing professor Kathy Tarr and Gunnar Knapp, an economics professor and researcher at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, will be featured on KSKA 91.1 FM Anchorage's program "Hold this Thought.

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New book puts Alaska climate in focus On average, Barrow residents see snow in their community 136 days of the year, while downtown Juneau experiences 86 inches of precipitation annually. During the summer months, the Tanana Valley is one of Alaska's hot spots, averaging 70 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.

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Alaska Quarterly Review celebrates 25 years Alaska Quarterly Review, published by the University of Alaska Anchorage, will celebrate 25 years of literary excellence at a birthday celebration on Sunday, Feb. 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Loussac Library.

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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.

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Geological sciences chair to study in Antarctica During the spring term 2008, LeeAnn Munk, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, will be taking a semester sabbatical to Antarctica where she will study the transport of metals from glaciers to lakes for the McMurdo Long-Term Ecological Research project.

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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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Chico State claims North Star FAIRBANKS - Alaska came agonizingly close to grabbing their first Mt. McKinley Bank North Star Invitational tournament title, only to see it slip away at the end, as a late Chico State run propelled them to a 74-65 win over the Nanooks.

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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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Health group elects dean Cheryl Easley, dean of the UAA College of Health and Social Welfare, was recently elected president of the American Public Health Association, the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.

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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.

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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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Military students miss class Dean Schultz is asking teachers to excuse absences Oct. 30 through Nov. 9, because Elmendorf Air Force will be undergoing an exercise. It may affect military students' ability to attend classes. Students are asked to contact their instructors if they are unable to attend classes.

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UAS professor earns book award JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor of English Ernestine Hayes is a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007 for "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir." Past winners include such well-known writers as Russell Banks, Gerald Vizenor and José Antonio Burciaga.