Face covering policy update

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As many of you are likely aware, Mayor Berkowitz recently signed Emergency Order EO-13 requiring masks or cloth face coverings be worn indoors in public settings or communal spaces outside the home. Since we have committed to remaining in Phase B and limiting on-campus activities through the fall semester, the implications of this emergency order are minimal for UAA. However, we will adhere to the order and have updated our policy guidance where necessary.

Northern Lights Boulevard 30-day road closure starts July 5

Sinkhole caused by collapsing culvert under Northern Lights Boulevard

Beginning in Jult 5, 2020, both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Northern Lights Boulevard will be closed to traffic near UAA Drive. Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) work crews will be replacing a creek culvert that collapsed under the road. The road will be fully closed so that the creek can be diverted during construction.

Staff announcements

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I am pleased to announce that Shawnalee Whitney will be stepping into the role of associate vice provost, Wednesday, July 1. Whitney has served as director of UAA’s Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE) since 2014. She has been recognized with the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2014), a Legislative Citation for contributions to Alaska higher education (2017) and a certificate of recognition from the Diversity Action Council (2019). Throughout her tenure at UAA, she has focused on supporting faculty to become more effective and confident professionals in higher education.

July 14–15: CSHEMA Virtual Conference

CSHEMA is excited to bring you eight hours of education through sessions, panels related to COVID-19 and two featured speakers during the Virtual Conference. Session abstracts are added to the website once confirmed. Topics include: intersection of safety and sustainability, makerspace safety, injury prevention, training and more.

July 9: UAA Cultural Heritage Month Celebration Planning Meeting

The UAA Cultural Heritage Month Steering Committee requests your help planning Fall 2020 cultural celebration months! Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join our first campus-wide planning meeting on July 9 at 1 p.m. on Zoom.

Great jobs and equally great careers serving Alaska's children and families

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Join the Child Welfare Workforce in Alaska and Advance your Professional Development in Child and Family Services. The Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS) in partnership with the UAA School of Social Work extends its invitation to students in Social Work, Human Services, and Justice as well as other disciplines to apply for professional positions in child welfare now open in the State of Alaska.

UAA to remain in Phase B for fall semester

UAA will remain in Phase B of the university system’s COVID-19 response plan for the fall 2020 semester. By their very nature, universities are places where people gather in person -- to learn, study, work and socialize. The constant flow of people in and out of campus poses an elevated risk of spreading COVID-19, creating an uncertain environment for fall.

UAA Student Union reservation system shifting to 25Live

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For the past eight months, folks over at the Student Union have been working tirelessly to convert their online reservation system to 25Live! The Student Union has been using EMS (Event Management Systems) to manage room reservations for the past six years. The new reservation system in 25Live will be active and open for use starting in the fall 2020 semester.

Acting UA President Michelle Rizk announces Dr. Karen Carey as interim UAS chancellor

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University of Alaska Acting President Michelle Rizk has appointed Dr. Karen Carey to serve as interim chancellor for the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS). Dr. Carey will begin July 1, succeeding outgoing UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield.

UA universities will move forward together

UAA's Engineering & Industry Building viewed through the trees (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

The news of President Johnsen’s resignation from the University of Alaska system yesterday may feel unsettling for many of you. I want to assure you that UA’s universities remain strong. As your chancellor, I am committed to moving forward positively to help ensure the bright future our students, staff, faculty and state require.