News Briefs

UA marketing campaign wins national advertising awards

The UA Reel World campaign has received top honors from the annual Admissions Marketing Report’s Advertising Awards. More than 2,100 entries were received from over 1,200 colleges and universities across the U.S. and several foreign countries. The Admissions Advertising Awards is the oldest and largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. UA won a gold medal for a single newspaper ad, a silver medal for the TV ad series and a bronze medal for the overall advertising campaign, which includes TV, radio, print and web advertising on Facebook and Myspace. The UA Reel World campaign is produced by the Nerland Agency that advertised throughout the fall and will advertise again this spring. To view seven of the UA Reel World TV ads, visit

Opening of campus Starbucks brings new Dining Services jobs

The wait is over for coffee enthusiasts: Starbucks celebrated its grand opening at the UAA Consortium Library on Monday, Feb. 19, in place of the previous Counter Culture coffee stand. Chancellor Elaine Maimon was scheduled to start the unveiling with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and Starbucks employees provided free coffee samples and pastries throughout the day. The opening celebration also had planned a series of raffles for prizes, including Starbucks mugs and bags of coffee. The campus Starbucks is operated by Seawolf Dining Services and has created 13 new jobs on campus, half of which are filled by UAA students. UAA Food Service Director Stephen Wadsworth said the new Starbucks serves as an upscale improvement for students and faculty on campus. WOLFbucks and dining dollars will be accepted at the Starbucks location. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starbucks will be closed during student holidays.

Ankle-bracelet tracking device may help lower gang violence

Rep. Bob Buch, D.-Anch., has filed House Bill 133, which would require an electronic tracking device to be attached to the ankle of a convicted gang member, in order to help police lower the amount of gang violence in the area. Anchorage police have recognized that members tend to continue gang-related activities once they are released on probation. By using monitoring ankle bracelets, the tracking devices will potentially aid police in tracking the activities of the convicted members. Buch was joined by co-sponsors Rep. Lindsey Holmes, Rep. Bob Lynn and Rep. Max Gruenberg for support to use the monitoring equipment. Aside from being endorsed by the Anchorage Police Department, House Bill 133 is also supported by the Municipality of Anchorage and is one of Mayor March Begich’s priorities for the session.

UAA professor nominated for 2006 Engineer of the Year

Engineering professor Grant C. Baker is a nominee for the National Society of Professional Engineers 2006 Engineer of the Year. Baker is chair of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, in which students can specialize in computer systems, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. The program currently has 240 students enrolled since it started in 2005. Baker has received the 2005 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Contribution to Students. He has also been announced the 2006 Engineer of the Year by the Alaska section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. The award from the National Society of Professional Engineers will be announced at the annual banquet at the Millennium Hotel on Feb. 24, during National Engineers Week Feb. 18-24.

Technical College, Engineering Club contribute to Fur Rondy

The UAA Community & Technical College participated in this year’s Fur Rondy Snow Sculpture Competition on Saturday, Feb. 17. The event has been a part of Fur Rondy for over 20 years. UAA’s mascot, Spirit the Seawolf, was the inspiration behind the sculpture. The competition took place at the Anchorage Railroad Plaza, with sculptures on display throughout Fur Rondy. Judging for the awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. The Architecture and Engineering Club will also be participating in this year’s Fur Rondy by presenting the Outhouse Race in order to raise money for New Orleans relief efforts. Groups of five build a wooden outhouse and race against other teams by using snowboards or skis. The race will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, between 4th Avenue and D Street downtown at 4 p.m.