{News Briefs}

Female student assaulted

A female student who lives off campus reported to the University Police that she was walking alone on the trail behind East Hall at about 2 a.m. Oct. 14 and was knocked down and struck by a white male in his 20s wearing dark clothing. University Police are continuing the investigation.

On the Anchorage campus, Call Team Officers may be contacted at 786-1147 for on-campus safety escorts until10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Fridays.  The University Police Department may be contacted for late night and weekend escorts at 786-1120.

For additional information on crime prevention strategies go to: www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/campussafety.cfm

Flu shots available at Health Center

A nationwide flu vaccine shortage this year is taking the country by surprise. UAA’s Student Health Center, however, will follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention rules on the vaccine and will offer shots to students for $5 on Tuesday and Friday this week. According to the Anchorage Daily News, only those who have a greater risk of contracting influenza are allowed to receive the shots offered, including pregnant women, seniors, those with chronic medical conditions, health care workers, household members with small children and caregivers of young children. Shots are available on a walk-in basis for these greater risk students.

Alcohol Awareness reaches campus

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In celebration of the 21st annual National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Health Center will be sponsoring a fair with games, mocktails, prizes and information in the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20. This week is recognized nationwide as a way to reach out to students and prevent alcohol abuse in college. An evening of reflection and a candlelight vigil will be held that night at 7 p.m. for students, faculty and staff whose lives have been affected by alcohol abuse.

New API to open near campus

A new 88,000-square-foot hospital is under construction on Providence Drive near UAA and will be the replacement site for Alaska Psychiatric Institute’s current hospital. The updated public mental hospital features a winter garden room, a gymnasium, dental clinic, art and private patient rooms, the Anchorage Daily News reported. According to the Department of Health and Social Services Web site, patients who pose a threat to themselves or others because of illness or crisis will be housed in the new building by late 2004 or early 2005.