September 2020 Archive

September Topic Series: DIY Potting Soil

UA Human Resources Labor and Employee Engagement will be hosting a new "Topic Series." The Topic Series is meant to be a platform for provoking thoughtful and meaningful discussions between UA employees. It operates similar to a book club. You can view topics and sign up for each monthly discussion through the UA Human Resources Training and Development Page.

Surplus property available for temporary work-from-home needs

UAA Surplus is pleased to offer items to employees to help accommodate work from home needs. More information regarding terms of use and required form are provided on the Surplus website.

Chancellor update on shared services decision

Thank you for your feedback on the proposal to create a shared services unit for fiscal management at UAA’s Anchorage campus. I am writing to inform you I have decided to move forward with the implementation of a single, campuswide shared services unit. This decision is consistent with the recommendation of UAA’s Shared Services Task Force and includes university-level human resources, purchasing, and finance and accounting-related activities.

UAA ranked among 2021 Best Colleges by U.S. News

UAA's Engineering and Industry Building, Parrish Bridge, and Health Sciences Building (Photo by James Evans, UAA)

UAA earned high marks for its undergraduate business, engineering and computer science programs in the 2021 Best Colleges rankings, released by U.S. News and World Report this week.

Slideshow: In the lab with UAA's Medical Assisting students

Brittney Horn reads off instructions to her lab partner as UAA Medical Assisting Program students learn to sterilize medical instruments during their first in-person lab of the Fall 2020 semester. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

During their first in-person lab of the semester, UAA Medical Assisting Program students learned how to sterilize medical equipment. While most courses have shifted to alternate delivery this fall, in-person labs are still being offered for some fields in which hands-on learning is considered critical.

Use your WOLFcard to access campus facilities

Swiping WOLFcard to access campus building

During the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting time on campus is critical to help prevent the virus' spread. Employees should only come to campus with supervisor approval. Students should only come to campus for face-to-face classes or to access essential services such as study areas and distance education technology at the Student Union and UAA/APU Consortium Library.

UAA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

UAA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

UAA is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15–Oct. 15. National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and honors five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in mid-September.

Reminder: Face masks required in all university facilities and classrooms

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.

Growing our university and improving our community through research

UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson

As UAA’s new associate vice chancellor for research, Aaron Dotson’s role is to support research and creative activity at UAA at all levels — from conception to completion and beyond.

September is National Preparedness Month: Plan for a Disaster

The UAA Office of Emergency Management reminds you to plan for a disaster. Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family by knowing the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.