{News in Brief}

Team in training marathon

Walk Marathon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will host a Kick-Off and Sign-Up Party on Aug. 2 in the Campus Center Den at noon. The program trains participants of all ages and abilities to run or walk marathons and half marathons. This is the first, largest and most successful endurance sports training program of its kind. If you have a competitive spirit, a can-do attitude and a passion for helping others ,then team up with Team in Training for this exciting event. Get fit, have fun and raise funds for leukemia and lymphoma research!

Ace summer camp

The Aviation Centers of Excellence Summer Camp, hosted by the UAA Aviation Technology Center, educated young students in careers in the field of aviation technology. During the week of July 20, campers learned about Capstone, a new navigation system being tested near Bethel. Presentations on runway incursions, aviation history and correct radio language were part of last week’s agenda, as well as trips to the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum, the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Kulis Air National Guard. The students are also honing their skills in the flight simulator and in the tower simulator, one of only two interactive 360-degree tower simulators in the world.

“Alaska Women Write” authors at UAA bookstore

Dana Stabenow and Libby Riddles, authors of the anthology “Alaska Women Write: Living, Loving, and Laughing on the Last Frontier,” will be reading passages from and signing copies of their book at the UAA Campus Bookstore. “Alaska Women Write” contains the personal accounts of sixteen women as they test their strength, spirit and will against the Alaskan wilderness. The signing will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 30. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Rachel Epstein at 786-4782.

Suggestions needed for building names

An open forum for the campus community to discuss the renaming of several UAA buildings will be held on Aug. 20, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, Room 204. Much confusion has arisen from the current, temporary names of some buildings. For example, the College of Arts and Sciences is often mistaken for the Arts Building or the Science Building. As part of an effort launched by UAA to reduce confusion about building names, the Naming Committee is requesting input on potential names for designated buildings to achieve simplicity, user-friendliness and a greater sense of academia. In the long term, buildings eventually will be named after significant donors and other individuals who have made substantial contributions to the university, per Board of Regents’ policy on the naming of university facilities.