Making the last minutes of summer count

Summer is coming to a rapid finish, and the race to make every minute count continues. With this roundup of Alaska events and activities, even the most avid of couch potatoes can ensure that summer doesn’t have to end until the very last day.

Free food on campus 

192347_457034824328203_1077841382_oThroughout the summer UAA has sponsored several free food events, each having a different theme. In addition to offering free food these events are often a great place to network with students, faculty and staff as well. Some of the featured free food events that will be coming up as the summer winds down are listed below.

Morning Munchies will run from 8:45-11 a.m. in the Cuddy Quad on July 22 and 30, in Social Sciences Building on July 24 and Rasmuson Hall on July 28.

Barbecues are at 11:45 a.m. until supplies last on July 23 and 31 at the Student Union and July 29 at the Administration Building.

Ice cream Socials will be from 3-4 p.m. on July 22 and 30 in Cuddy Hall, July 24 in the Student Union and July 28 at the library.

The Snackin’ Wagon doesn’t have set dates and times, but one can find out when and where it’ll be by following Student Activities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Alaska State Fair 

The Alaska State Fair is a yearly event that will be held from Aug. 21 through Sept. 1 at the Palmer Fairgrounds. This year will mark the 78th year of the fair and will feature games, rides, foods, local businesses and an array of concerts. Local resident and long time attendee of the State fair said, “ Although some may complain that the fair features the same activities each year its still a great tradition bring different generations too.” This year’s concerts include Flo Rida, Seether, Pentatonix and much more.

Numerous outdoor activities 

One thing Alaska is best known for is the immense natural beauty of the state. From the glaciers to the seemingly endless mountains to the wildlife, the Alaska experience is something that just can’t be fully captured through photo or video. But how can one capture the Alaska experience without hundreds of dollars to spend on a tour?

One option is to go to the Student Union Gear Room. UAA students, staff and faculty can rent equipment to explore the great outdoors. The prices allow students, faculty and staff to rent outdoor gear within their budget and timeframe they want.”

Another Alaskan favorite pastime is fishing. Whether one fishes with a pole or dip nets, this activity is not only entertaining but can produce delicious results.

Campus Kick-Off 

“Campus Kick-Off is an annual event that showcases student clubs, department and local businesses,” said Jackie Odena from Student Clubs and Greek Life. This year’s Campus Kick-Off will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 23. The event not only offers an opportunity to interact with individuals both familiar and new to campus, but also a time to win prizes and watch live entertainment. Campus Kick-Off consists of four different events. There is a main festival, featuring music, food, and booths from student clubs and organizations. After that, there is a comedy show at 7:30 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, featuring a big name act brought up by Concert Board. This year’s act should be announced soon through the “UAA Campus Kick-Off” Facebook page. After the comedy show, there is a walk-in movie shown at 9:30 p.m. on the lawn of Rasmuson Hall. Student Activities puts on the walk-in movie. This year’s film is “Captain America: The Winter Solider.” Lastly, at 11:59 p.m. the Northern Lights Fred Myers opens its doors for “College Night” featuring savings, food and loud music.