News Briefs

Learn about applying for major scholarships
Wednesday, Sept. 24, 3:30 p.m.
Rasmuson Hall, room 303

The University Honors College will be hosting a workshop to help students learn about the opportunities to apply for scholarships for graduate school, research and studying abroad on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Rasmuson Hall, room 303.

These scholarships are very competitive but in the last few years, UAA students have been very successful in earning these awards. Freshman and sophomores, learn about what you can do now to be ready for these scholarships. Juniors and seniors, learn about deadlines so you can get your applications prepared in time. If you have any questions, contact Jill Taylor at jill.taylor@uaa.alaska.edu.

No water in the Engineering Building this past weekend

Due to replacement of the lift station pumps, the Engineering Building did not have domestic water and sanitation on Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21.

The restrooms were closed and the building water turned off. Porta-Potties were provided in the service lot behind the building.

Changes with the American Russian Center

Last year, UAA announced its new Strategic Plan (UAA 2017); a strategic priority in this plan states that we will, “Organize and expand our internationalization and inter-cultural programs to prepare our students to think, work, and serve in a world being transformed by integration and globalization.” The first significant move towards this goal was the appointment of Ted Kassier to the position of Director of International Affairs last spring. UAA is already forming new international partnerships with nations such as China and Korea and are strengthening existing international relationships.

In an effort to continue to enhance our international efforts–and in response to significant changes in federal funding–UAA will be revising its organizational and personnel infrastructure in relation to international support programs and international affairs.

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Last February, the American Russian Center assumed the additional title of Office of International Support; in the coming weeks another change will take place with the American Russian Center in its current staff structure. Dr. Kassier will be making specific recommendations to the Chancellor’s Cabinet regarding the new direction of UAA’s international affairs and programming. He will also oversee the American Russian Center staffing transition.

UAA is committed to continued growth in our international affairs. Should you have any concerns regarding the current changes and future direction of our international efforts, please direct them to Dr. Ted Kassier at aftlk@uaa.alaska.edu.