Early Morning Workshop - 7:30 - 8:30 AM

YOGA MORNING
Please join Margo Sorum for a morning yoga session to start your day right.  Please bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

 

Registration and Light Breakfast - 8:45 - 9:15 AM - Lucy Cuddy Hall (CUDY)

Opening Ceremony - 9:30 - 10:15 AM - Wendy Williamson Auditorium

 

Session 1 Workshops - 10:30 - 11:30 AM

AN INTRODUCTION TO BICYCLE MAINTENANCE
This workshop demonstrates some basic upkeep for your bicycle, including tips on lubricating the chain and proper tire inflation for riding conditions. We will show how to remove and correcting reinstall the wheels and demonstrate how to repair a flat tire. We will discuss what items riders should carry with them when cycling so that they will have what they need to make the repairs discussed.

Rosemary Austin is a bike seller, author and year-round cyclist, and she has worked at Paramount Cycles since they opened in 1998. Since 2000, she has been involved in organizing the Alaska Dirt Divas where she teaches skills clinics, leads rides and has fun riding with friends. In 2005, she published the guide book, "Mountain Bike Anchorage" and was a founding board member of Singletrack Advocates, which has in the last 10 years built over 26 miles of new trails in Anchorage. This spring, she became a columnist for Coast magazine.

BIRD TREATMENT AND LEARNING CENTER
Bird Treatment and Learning Center(TLC)is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned wild birds and providing avian education programs to the public. Along with our many dedicated volunteers, Bird TLC is run by our Director of Operations, Guy Runco. We treat hundreds of wild birds each year and provide educational presentations to thousands of people throughout the state of Alaska. Bird TLC operates a rehabilitation clinic 365 days per year and also maintains flight pens. Throughout this workshop, we will be discussing what it takes to run a non-profit wild bird rehabilitation center. Join us as we cover topics such as permitting, rehabilitation protocols, placing non-releasable wild birds and educating the public. We will also be discussing physiology, habitat, range, diet, behavior and conservation.

BREWING PERFECT COFFEE AT HOME
Learn to make great coffee from the comfort of your own home using professional techniques of highly trained baristas.  We will discuss how to properly store your coffee to keep it at its freshest point, how to grind it in accordance with your extraction method and how to prepare your coffee using various home brewing devices.

CONSORTIUM LIBRARY TOUR
If the library is a mysterious place to you, this tour is sure to be revealing. Join us for a guided behind-the-scenes excursion to see what the Consortium Library offers as we highlight our special collections, book repair, as well as our wealth of technology resources. Meet at the circulation desk at the entrance of the library to begin the tour.

GREENHOUSE TOUR
Get a behind the scenes look at UAA's greenhouse. Each year students and staff grow a variety of plants and flowers from seeds to enhance the beauty of UAA property. Come see what we have planned for this year's gardens.

The tour will be led by Catherine Shenk, UAA's horticulture landscaping supervisor. She has been working with tees, shrubs, annuals and perennials in a commercial setting for 15 years. Meet at the Greenhouse to start the tour.

HOME MAINTENANCE TIPS AND TOOLS DEMO
Hand held drill, circular saw, stud finder - are these tools you would like to learn how to use? I will demonstrate some basic tool use with the more common tools to help you conquer those DIY projects. Learn how to find a stud to mount something on the wall and avoid the wires when driving a screw. We will also go over basic home maintenance tips/repairs. This is not a class to teach advanced methods. Let's put those unused tools to work.

I DO BELIEVE IN SPOOKS, I DO BELIEVE IN SPOOKS, I DO, I DO, I DO BELIEVE IN SPOOKS
Have you heard the stories? Faucets that turn themselves on in locked rooms. Pianos that play by themselves. A woman in white that vanishes before your very eyes. Ghostly laughter from thin air. Beautiful brunettes pushed down stairs by unseen hands. Since the 1970's the Wendy Williamson Auditorium (WWA) has had the reputation of being haunted. Now is your chance to experience the thrill yourself as the staff of the WWA take you on a one hour terror tour and tell you tales of the other side including our first-hand accounts. New spooky happenings to share -- only the very bravest should apply.

INTRODUCTION TO LEAN AT UAA
Lean is a continuous improvement methodology that applies process mapping, analysis tools, and team based approaches to improve the customer experience, increase value, and reduce waste. Participants will learn about the history and background of lean and be introduced to basic tools that can be applied to produce significant improvements for work groups, teams and organizations across UAA.

NEW UAA CMS OPEN HOUSE (Open Work Session)
Have you been trained in OU Campus and IT has transferred your department's content into the new CMS? Need help now that you have your site back? Stop by to have your questions and issues answered by the Web Migration Team. Session will not be a formal presentation and is open only to those who have been trained on the new CMS and their web content has been migrated to IT.

OFFICE 365 TIPS, TRICKS AND WHAT CAN IT DO FOR YOU
A dive into Microsoft's Office 365 Cloud offing. We'll discuss Onedrive for Business, SharePoint, Office Web Apps and the Mobile workforce. Along with how you, and our students can get Office 365 for free. If you haven't already check out the university's Office 365 site.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEESS' RETIREMENT SYSTEM (PERS) DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN (Tiers 1-3)
This seminar is for PERS members (Tiers 1-3) who are interested in retirement eligibility, the retirement process, pension options, forms, timing of benefits and enrollment in the State of Alaska Retiree Health Insurance Plan. Participants are individuals who first entered PERS prior to July 1, 2006.

PLANETARIUM SHOW - ABOVE ALASKA
The aurora are running wild in the Land of the Midnight Sun. Above Alaska takes you to the remote forests and mountains of the Great Land to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k full dome format, the show features some of the best aurora displays from the last two years as filmed from different locations throughout the state. You will see and experience the aurora the same way as Alaskans do, but without the frostbite.

RETIREMENT STRATEGIES FOR WOMEN
Translating retirement goals into reality can be tricky for woman because they often face gender-specific financial challenges. At this education workshop, you will learn:

     The benefits of participating in your workplace plan
     How sound investment planning can put your money to work
     How to take action toward achieving a comfortable lifestyle in retirement

SOCIAL 101
Have you been tasked to manage your department's social media? It can be a daunting task--knowing where to start, choosing which platform to use, searching for content and gaining a following. Join UAA's Social Media Specialist for Social 101 which covers all basics to get you up and running, so you can network like a pro.

THE TOOLS OF ESTATE PLANNING: HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB
This interactive session will cover some of the most common tools of estate planning. You will learn about:

     The difference between a power of attorney and an advance health care directive.
     how best to own property to avoid probate.
     Whether avoiding probate is important, or not.
     When a living trust is the appropriate tool to use.
     When a will is essential.
     The importance of how you own your property.

Bring your questions and join the discussion.

TOUR OF RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS
Nearly 1,000 students at UAA call the main campus their home. This is your opportunity to tour a part of campus many university employees are largely unfamiliar with. This session will offer participants the chance to tour the residents halls, apartment buildings, and the Gorsuch Commons. We are especially excited to showcase the exciting renovations that have occurred over the past year.

UAA TECHBEAT
Did you know you have access to free technology tools here at UAA? This session will provide an overview of the technology tools at UAA that will help you refine your current skills, learn new ones and take advantage of all of UAA's amazingly free technological resources.

USING YOUR EMPLOYEE TUITION WAIVER
Using our employee tuition waiver benefit can be confusing. Join the Office of Registrar and Accounting Services for a session geared toward demystify the process. We will cover registration, deadlines and payment, and everything in between. You will learn how Schedule Planner helps you quickly identify courses that fit your schedule and be introduced to the new DocuSign forms.

 

Community Engagement and UAA Fairs - 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM - Student Union (SU) and WFSC Spine

Lunch Session - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - Lucy Cuddy Hall (CUDY) and Quad
                             *** Only One Lunch Session ***

 

Session 2 Workshop - 1:15 - 2:15 PM

BASICS OF PERSONAL FINANCE
We all measure financial success differently, but all paths to get there requires discipline and goals. This Denali Alaskan BALANCE workshop will teach you actionable ways to personal financial control – including developing a spending plan, creating objectives, weighing insurance needs, and other tools that will help get you on the road to personal financial success.

BE LIKE BOSCO!  EAT. SLEEP. PLAY.
We can learn a lot from our feline friends.  In this workshop, we'll look at the purr-fect combination of cat-like behaviors to keep us happy and healthy.  This is an active workshop, so come prepared to move!

CHALK PAINTING 101
I feel that I have to speak up in defense of all the great pieces of old wooden furniture that are being snatched up by us furniture painters to be made-over with chalk paint. Some not so great things are happening to some fantastic furniture pieces! When I look back at some of the very first pieces of furniture I painted, I see many, many mistakes that I made!  I have never excelled in major artistic endeavors, and I have learned that producing quality makeovers when painting furniture requires some basic artistic skills. With lots of errors and lots of practice, I have grown in those skills and have been able to pinpoint a few things that I believe are definite Do’s and Don’ts for making over furniture. The popularity of chalk paint and ease of its use have given many the confidence to try out furniture painting, which I think is wonderful! However, there is a learning curve to producing pieces that are professional, attractive, and will be timeless in your decor. Therefore, whether its chalk paint, milk paint, or fusion paint, or basic coat and seal the principles still apply.  This course Chalk Painting 101- (a guide to restoring old furniture and making it new again), is a short list of Do’s and Do not’s for painting furniture with any kind of paint. There will be a hand out with ideas, and ways you can use these techniques for almost anything.

EXCEL BEYOND BASICS 1
Working with tabular data (not a prerequisite for attending Excel Beyond Basics 2)
So, you've mastered the basics of Excel.  You can easily enter data, sort your data, format your worksheets, and work with common functions like SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, etc.  But there is so much more!

In the hands-on workshop, you will learn how to:

  •   Import data from a variety of sources and formats,
  •   Split and combine columns using Flash Fill,
  •   Summarize large amounts of data using Excel's Pivot Table and Subtotal functionality,
  •   Create user friendly data visualizations with Slicers and Timelines,
  •   Ensure better accuracy in your data entry by establishing Data Validation rules, and much, much more.

GARDEN DESIGN BASICS
Join Alaska Botanical Garden's Ginger Hudson for Garden Design Basics. During this workshop, Ginger will lead you to examine and apply the steps in the landscape design process. Participants will understand the design process by learning to analyze your site and make an inventory; understand basic design principles to help you create a successful landscape plan. You will learn about the key elements of garden design and why it appeals to you. This class is for any homeowner, no experience necessary!

INTRODUCTION TO LEAN AT UAA
Lean is a continuous improvement methodology that applies process mapping, analysis tools, and team based approaches to improve the customer experience, increase value, and reduce waste. Participants will be learn about the history and background of lean and be introduced to basic tools that can be applied to produce significant improvements for work groups, teams and organizations across UAA.

KUAN YIN STANDING CHI KUNG WITH GUIDED MEDITATION
Kuan Yin Standing Chi Kung is a series of gentle and flowing movements in a standing position designed to bring health to the spine and open the heart to compassion.  We will follow our practice with a partially guided meditation for relaxation and centering in the heart.

LOCK, POP AND F-STOPS
A walk through the essentials of photography to achieve better photos without needing better equipment or taking a class.  Bring your camera or cell phone to help you chase the light, compose your images, place your subjects and find that perfect shot.  Your department and family will love you for it.

NEW UAA CMS OPEN HOUSE (Open Work Session)
Have you have been trained in OU Campus and IT has transferred your department’s content into the new CMS? Need help now that you have your site back? Stop by to have your questions and issues answered by the Web Migration Team. Session will not be a formal presentation and is open only to those who have been trained on the new CMS and their web content has been migrated by IT.

PLANETARIUM TOUR - ABOVE ALASKA
The aurora are running wild in the Land of the Midnight Sun! Above Alaska takes you to the remote forests and mountains of the Great Land to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k fulldome format, the show features some of the best aurora displays from the last two years as filmed from different locations throughout the state. You'll see and experience the aurora the same way as Alaskans do, but without the frostbite!

RETIREMENT PLANNING TIPS & STRATEGIES
Take control of your financial future!  Set goals!  Create a road map!  Implement a plan!  Enjoy!

SEAWOLF BOOT CAMP
Seawolf Boot Camp is a faculty and staff training program designed to familiarize the UAA community with the Military/Veteran student experience so that we may better serve those who served.  In Seawolf Boot Camp, participants will learn information about the military and veteran culture, challenges they face, VA benefits, how to build a military and veteran friendly environment, and resources available.  Participants will receive a Seawolf Boot Camp t-shirt, decal and magnet.  These items serve two purposes.  First, they are a reward for faculty and staff for making the effort to become better informed on the issued faced by this large student population.  Second, and more importantly, when these items are seen by students, faculty, and staff, it signifies that the individual displaying them has made the effort to learn about this student experience and as a result is better equipped to support and assist our military and veteran students.

SHARING COMMUNITY IMAGES PROJECT
Have some Alaska-related photographs you've been meaning to get high resolutions scans of so you can share them?  We can help.  We're gathering images from Alaskans to be placed online in the Alaska's Digital Archives (vilda.alaska.edu).  For more information about the project and how you might be able to participate, see website.

THE REGISTRATOR'S TOOLKIT
Join Assistant Registrars Alyona Selhay and Lindsey Chadwell for an interactive session geared toward expanding your Registrar's Office "toolkit."  We will discuss the registration guide and overrides, Schedule Planner. UAOnline, DegreeWorks, our websites, curriculum, grading and more.  Do you have a question specific to the Registrar's Office?  This is a perfect opportunity to ask!

THE SUPER HERO’S GUIDE TO CUSTOMER SERVICE
How can you be a hero to your customer?  What do you do when your customer starts monologue-ing?    How can you save them from themselves? Problem solving is the name of the game for super heroes, and whether you work with students, staff, faculty or community members, we all problem solve for “customers” every day.   Learn some tried and true tips on providing top notch customer service from your office, with a heroic twist.  Megan Bladow holds a bachelor degree in theatre and has been in the customer service and hospitality industry for over 15 years.  She currently works as a Conference Coordinator for UAA Conference Services, and regularly teaches workshops in theatre and education throughout the Anchorage area.

TOUR OF RESIDENTIAL CAMPUS
Nearly 1,000 students at the University of Alaska Anchorage call the main campus their home!  This is your opportunity to tour a part of campus many University employees are largely unfamiliar with.  This session will offer participants the chance to tour the residence halls, apartment buildings, and the Gorsuch Commons.  We are especially excited to showcase the exciting renovations that have occurred over the past year.

TRS DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN (Tiers 1-2) - TEACHERS’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM
This seminar is for TRS members (Tiers 1-2) who are interested in retirement eligibility, the retirement process, pension options, forms, timing of benefits and enrollment in the State of Alaska Retiree Health Insurance Plan.  Participants are individuals who first entered TRS prior to July 1, 2006.


 
 

Session 3 Workshops - 2:30 - 3:30 PM

CONFIDENT INVESTING IN ANY MARKET
So, you are ready to take your investment strategy to the next level. But, where do you begin? You work hard for the money you put in your plan. And you’ve got important goals you’re trying to meet—like an enjoyable retirement.

Smart investors know their portfolio’s mix of investments may have a big impact on their long-term growth potential. But with evolving market trends and a multitude of economic factors influencing the financial markets, how can you stay on top of your asset allocation? With the “Confident Investing in Any Market” seminar, we’re going to share with you some more sophisticated concepts and tools for evaluating investments to help you get more from your retirement savings. By carefully monitoring your choice of investments, you can help ensure that your savings strategy is set up for success.

Dan Kline, a Fidelity director, retirement planner, has more than 10 years with the company. He was previously a workplace planning and guidance consultant for Fidelity’s Tax Exempt Market. A Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, investment advisor representative, registered securities representative, and licensed insurance representative, Dan holds bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Miami University (OH).

DEFINED CONTRIBUTION RETIREMENT (DCR) PLAN  - PERS Tier 4 AND TRS Tier 3
This seminar provides information on the retirement investment account, investment options, and advisory services available to participants of the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) Tier IV or Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) Tier III. Information is included on health plan eligibility and disability and death benefits. Participants are individuals who first entered PERS or TRS on or after July 1, 2006.

DO MORE WITH LESS
Budgets are declining, so get ready to dust off the age-old catch phrase, “Do more with less.”  How can this translate into a sustainable or realistic approach to delivering university programs of distinction?  The answer is, it has never made any sense and is simply unfair to expect of dedicated staff.  Instead, let’s talk about your role in “Doing good work with less.”  Let’s build collaborative teams with shared priorities, willing to let less important projects go, and proactively navigate these stressful times together.

EXCEL 2013:  TIPS AND TRICKS
Learn some great shortcuts and tips for using Excel more effectively.  This engaging workshop will review ways to get the most out of the application.  First 25 participants will receive free laminated tri-fold reference guide to Excel 2013.

EXCEL BEYOND BASICS 2
Data visualization and functions (does not require attendance at Excel Beyond Basics 1)
So, you've mastered the basics of Excel.  You can easily enter data, sort your data, format your worksheets, and work with common functions like SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, etc.  But there is so much more!

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to:

  •   Highlight visually data of interest using Conditional Formatting,
  •   Summarize large volumes of data with Charts, Pivot Charts and with Sparlines,
  •   Link and process data with Excel functions: =VLOOKUP, =SUMIFS, = SUMPROD, =CONCATENATE,
  •   Include complex decision points in data processing with =IF statements and nested =IF statements, and much, much more.

FUN RUN
UAA 3K Fun Run for staff who would like to get some exercise in their day!  Enjoy the trail system the university has to offer. Have some fun with other staff members and bring some friends along with you!

GENTLE SIVANANDA HATHA YOGA
This gentle series will include flowing movements through the spine. Sequencing is designed to be strengthening while providing safety for injuries and supporting healthy flow through the chakra system leaving the student relaxed and energized. Class ends with a guided meditation for relaxation. Amanda Lyon is an Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist and Sivananda Yoga Instructor.  She has been teaching classes and workshops since 2001.    Please bring a towel or yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing.

INTRODUCTION TO LEAN AT UAA
Lean is a continuous improvement methodology that applies process mapping, analysis tools, and team based approaches to improve the customer experience, increase value, and reduce waste. Participants will be learn about the history and background of lean and be introduced to basic tools that can be applied to produce significant improvements for work groups, teams and organizations across UAA.

LEADING YOURSELF: TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD
Our rapidly changing world calls for transformative leaders who can lead themselves and others toward a shared higher moral, civil or global purpose.  Solutions and opportunities for the most important local and international issues of are embedded in complex and shifting challenges. Transformative leadership manifests inclusive and integrative thinking. It inspires creativity though building partnerships that manifest shared goals while enriching each player’s sense of self.  This session examines the soft and hard skills that support transformative leadership.

LIVE. WORK. PLAY.
In 2010, the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation adopted a new vision: To make Anchorage the #1 city in America to live, work, and play by the year 2025.

Live. Work. Play. is about providing the kind of place that would make Anchorage where everyone wants to call home. Driving this movement are the initiative’s seven different Areas of Focus, addressing the different, yet interconnected, aspects that factor into a place’s quality of life. They are: Housing; Workplace Wellbeing; Education; Creative Placemaking; Trails Initiative; One Anchorage, One Economy; and Community Safety. Live. Work. Play. also puts an emphasis on not replacing any other initiatives and movements interested in the betterment of the community. Rather, it strives to support and highlight such endeavors. It is not a branding campaign and aims at encompassing all things that make Anchorage the best Anchorage can be.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the Live. Work. Play. initiative, including its accomplishments to date. Representatives from a few of its Areas of Focus will also give short presentations highlighting their respective Area. Through this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to understand the exciting momentum that is building behind this growing effort. The participants may also be able to make an informed decision to contribute to the Live. Work. Play. movement in various roles.

NEW UAA CMS OPEN HOUSE (Open Work Session)
Have you have been trained in OU Campus and IT has transferred your department’s content into the new CMS? Need help now that you have your site back? Stop by to have your questions and issues answered by the Web Migration Team. Session will not be a formal presentation and is open only to those who have been trained on the new CMS and their web content has been migrated by IT.

PLANETARIUM SHOWING - ABOVE ALASKA
The aurora are running wild in the Land of the Midnight Sun! Above Alaska takes you to the remote forests and mountains of the Great Land to experience a night under the northern lights. Shot in vivid high-resolution 4k fulldome format, the show features some of the best aurora displays from the last two years as filmed from different locations throughout the state. You'll see and experience the aurora the same way as Alaskans do, but without the frostbite!

STEAMDOT COFFEE ROASTERS AND CAFES
SteamDot will be discussing the specifics of what separates them from other roasteries and cafes in the state and around the country. They will also be offering a hands-on technique primer on some of the ways that SteamDot-certified baristas present hand-crafted coffees behind bar. The workshop is being offered by Ian Doumit, Coffee Culture Coordinator for SteamDot Coffee and certified member of the Barista Guild of America, and Jackson Ursin, the lead barista trainer for SteamDot Coffee.

UA'S WELLNESS PROGRAM: LOOKING AHEAD
The Healthyroads wellness program has wrapped for FY16, so what will be next for FY17 and beyond? This session will cover the FY17 wellness program and requirements to earn the rebate, go through wellness resources that are available, as well as describe how YOU can get involved with changing UAs culture of wellness. If you have any lingering wellness questions, bring those as well! Come ready to participate with this interactive session! This will be presented by the University’s on-site, dedicated Program Manager from Healthyroads, Sara Rodewald.

UAA & OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Come learn about open educational resources (OER) from Academic Innovations & eLearning. What are OER's, how do they work and are they for your classroom? Discuss how to find OER's, how to publish OER's and what kind of impact we can make for our students if we choose to implement OER textbooks and other resource materials in our courses. Facilitated by Lara Madden, Professional Development & Community Coordinator, AI&e

 

Closing Ceremony - 3:45 - 4:30 PM - Student Union (SU), Lower Level