UAA Students can still have summer fun online and off-campus

All in-person events on campus have been canceled at UAA but that doesn’t have to stop students from enjoying the summer. UAA Student Activities and Commuter Programs and Student Life and Leadership have a calendar of upcoming events that students can enjoy off-campus. All events are complementary with student ID and some have additional costs such as extra exhibitors at museum events.

Tundra flowers bloom at Hatcher pass, a great nature escape close to Anchorage. Photo by Christina Swayney.

UAA Student Activities and Commuter Programs offers a calendar of events on their Facebook page. The next event will be at Wild Scoops in Downtown Anchorage on July 17. The first 200 UAA Students will receive a free scoop of ice cream at any Wild Scoops location after presenting their student ID. Wild Scoops is a popular ice cream parlor with interesting flavors such as ‘fireweed’, ‘Thai tea’ and coconut birch. They are open from 12-10 p.m. daily and also offer curbside pickup.

July 18 is Museum Day for UAA students at the Anchorage Museum. The first 50 students to request tickets will get free admission. Tickets can be obtained from UAA Tix. The Anchorage Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m.-6.p.m., 12-6 p.m. on Sunday and closed on Mondays.

Featured exhibits at an additional cost of $15 for students include Anchorage-based artist Ted Kim from the Anchorage Museum’s Dena’ina language book “Nkenaghch”: Good Words to Never Forget.”

Unheard” is a public photography installation that highlights this award-winning series, in collaboration with the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica. The installation features 27 empowering portraits of survivors of sexual assault from across Alaska, along with their quotes about what happened to them,” according the Anchorage Museum.

For a fully digital event that students can enjoy from the comfort of their own homes, the UAA Digital Art Meetup will be held on July 22, from 6-7 p.m. Students can engage online with other students, talk about art and showcase their work. The event planning is still in progress and more information will be available soon on the UAA Student Activities and Commuter Programs Facebook page.

Another virtual event will take place on July 30, from 7-9 p.m. Virtual Disney Bingo will feature prizes and a fun Disney theme. Check the event page for upcoming information about this event.

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Summer in Alaska is a time to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the sun. UAA Canoe and Kayak Day will be on August 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Jewel Lake. Canoe and kayak rentals will be free for 30 minutes and complementary instruction is also available. Tickets for this event can be obtained from UAA Tix.

Fans of esports can enjoy the online North & South: League of Legends 5v5 tournament presented by GCI. The tournament will take place on August 1 at 12 p.m. and August 2 at 6 p.m. The University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of South Florida partner together to present the 5v5 League of Legends Tournament. All students at any skill level can sign up on Smash.gg.

Portage Pass Trail offers easy walking trails and a view of Portage glacier set against radiant blue water. Photo by Christina Swayney.

Summer is also a great time to get some exercise and improve your health. It can also be an incentive if a little competition is involved. The UAA FitBit Challenge will run until July 31. The soft deadline to participate was June 5, but sign up is still available with a reduced chance of winning, simply because there is less time to rack up Fitbit steps. UAA students and faculty can sign up as individuals, a UAA department or office and student organization or club. On July 31, the fittest participant or participants will win the coveted UAA Fitbit Challenge Trophy and the fittest student organization or club will win $300 toward their organization accounts. For more information, visit the signup page or contact Corey Miller at [email protected]

For more online and off-campus events, visit the UAA Student Activities and Commuter Facebook page and the UAA Student Life and Leadership Facebook page. UAA also has a webpage for virtual engagement.

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