This week in UAA history

Come celebrate 30 years!

Two Years Ago: Oct. 2015

Renovations underway for “re-imagined” campus bookstore: The Bookstore spent $1.8 million on renovations that included a new cafe, lighting and carpet.

Getting to know the new Atwood Chair of Journalism: Julia O’Malley was selected to be the 21st Atwood Chair of Journalism. O’Malley held the position for two years before her term ended last year.

Five Years Ago: Oct. 2012
Board of Regents approves construction projects: On Sept. 27, 2012, the Board of Regents approved $123.2 million in renovations for UAA which including a proposal for a new engineering building. The engineering building, now across from the Student Union, is an unmistakable part of UAA infrastructure.

10 Years Ago: Oct. 2007
Professor gets $225,000 to study frog brains: Biology professor Jocelyn Krebs was awarded the grant for research on Williams Syndrome Transcription Factor in Xenopus neural development.

Getting to know… Political science professor Kimberly Pace: In 2007, TNL profiled Model UN professor Kimberly Pace. Ten years later, Pace is still running the Model UN program at UAA. In an article about last year’s Model UN conference Pace said, “I think it gives students the opportunity to really delve into the international issues. Students are either assigned as a delegate for a country, they are assigned as an NGO, or as a member of the World Bank. They really get an opportunity to look at things in a really deep way. If you are assigned as a delegate, you’re also assigned to a committee. We try to make it as realistic as possible.”

Way back when: Oct. 1989
UA to face possible tuition increase: Students faced a tuition increase from $3 to $5 per credit every year for three years. Students at the time who took 15 credits a year would face a tuition raise of 56 percent. In 2016, UA president Jim Johnsen proposed a five percent tuition increase for the 2017-2018 academic year that was approved Nov. 12. In an email Johnsen wrote, “In April, when our budget outlook was particularly grim, I was prepared to request the Regents amend AY2017’s already approved tuition rates to help offset the general fund shortfall. However, our general fund allocation was raised from $300 million to $325 million, making the tuition adjustment less urgent. I also heard from students and families that introducing a mid-year tuition increase would be a hardship. So, I put that option aside for academic year 2017.”

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UA president to retire in July: University of Alaska President Donald O’Dowd from 1984 to 1990, announced his retirement, according to an Oct. 2, 1989 edition of The Northern Light.