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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.irs.gov. Good luck.

New grad school at UAA

UAA has long offered postgraduate education through a variety of programs leading to master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Until now, these programs functioned independently – individual colleges and deans set their own admission requirements, recruited their own students, hired graduate assistants and compiled their own graduation policies.

That decentralization has come to an end with the formation of the Graduate School at UAA.

Some things remain unchanged. Curricula and classroom instruction – the heart of graduate education – and faculty hiring remain within the guidance and purview of each graduate program. But the overall vision of graduate education at UAA, including admission and enrollment of students, enhancement of graduate student life, maintenance of standards and issuance of graduate degrees, will now come from a single administrative unit.

UAA offers 26 master’s degree programs, 13 post-baccalaureate-certificate programs, and cooperative/collaborative master’s and doctoral programs with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington Medical School, the University of Northern Colorado and East Carolina University. UAA enrolls in its graduate programs more than 850 students from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Among many actions so far, the Graduate School has instituted several fair-labor practices, including wage and health-insurance plans for all UAA graduate assistants, which are funded out of its budget, and hourly compensation for research assistants that is within national and state averages.

UAA’s Graduate School is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Western Association of Graduate Schools and the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals.

Lecture to honor MLK 40 years after his death

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Michael Honey, the keynote speaker for the 2008 Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium, will present a free lecture on Thursday, April 10, titled “Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign.” The keynote address is co-sponsored by UAA Student Activities, and is being held in honor of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Honey’s visit is part of a multiday celebration honoring outstanding research and creative work done by undergraduate students at UAA.

Nonprofit supports UAA and other schools

The Internet is a source of constant innovation and social movements. A new online bookstore is trying to make its mark by pushing the Internet toward the nonprofit sector and social entrepreneurship.

BooksXYZ.com is a nonprofit online bookstore that lists more than 2 million books and sends all proceeds to education. BooksXYZ.com and its parent organization, The American Public School Endowments, have distributed almost $600,000 to education, most of it to schools hard-hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

In addition to sending proceeds to education, 5 percent of each BooksXYZ.com sale goes to the school of the customer’s choice. Every school in the U.S., kindergarten through college, has a code for assigning the percentage; codes can be found by selecting “Find Your School” at the bottom of any BooksXYZ.com page.