News Briefs

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.”

“Hold this Thought” is a daily one-minute thought from literature, history or culture designed to change the world, or at least inspire reflection, social change and community building – thoughts that linger after they’re heard.

“Hold this Thought” airs on KSKA at 6:49 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. every day. If you miss the show, check out the Web site at
Anyone with a thought is encouraged to contribute to the show via the Web site listed above.

UAA assistant retires after 28 years at the university

A retirement reception was held for Jan Jones on Jan. 30. Jones worked for UAA for 28 years. She first was employed as the assistant to the dean of Rural Education under Community Colleges, Rural Education and Extension and later moved to the position of Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of Student Services at UAA at the time of the university reorganization. Jones later accepted the position of Program Assistant for the Educational Opportunity Center and has dedicated 20 years to this position, including chairing the Alaska College and Career Fair.

Icicle Seafoods donates $200,000 to UAA

Icicle Seafoods Inc., founded in Petersburg, Alaska, in 1965 and currently one of the largest seafood processors in Alaska, has donated $200,000 to UAA. The donation includes $150,000 in support of expanded research and educational programs related to the state’s seafood industry, as well as funding to UAA branch campuses in Homer and Kodiak.

The money will establish the Icicle Fisheries Fund at UAA’s Institute of Social and Economic Research, said Gunnar Knapp, professor of economics at UAA and an ISER researcher. Alaska’s seafood industry is a key component of the state’s economy and a major player in the world seafood industry. Icicle’s donation to ISER will complement ongoing efforts across the University of Alaska system to make the university a world leader in the study of fisheries and the seafood industry, Knapp said.