October 2020 Archive

Big Questions: Weekly Dialogue Series

Tired of small talk and conversations about the weather? Join us for conversations, dialogues, and debates with other students and topic experts! Every week we'll discuss topics suggested by students and UAA staff/faculty.

Oct. 16 Core Competency Forum: Workshop on Personal, Professional and Community Responsibility at UAA

In Spring 2020, the UAA community selected four institution-wide core student learning competencies. This year, UAA is highlighting the competency of Personal, Professional, and Community Responsibility. Because it is an institution-wide competency, we need to think about how this kind of student learning occurs in both traditional classroom settings and more broadly in student activity and service settings.

UA Foundation names Dr. Tod A. Burnett as president

The University of Alaska Foundation Board of Directors has named Dr. Tod A. Burnett as president of the University of Alaska Foundation and chief development officer of the University of Alaska. Dr. Burnett, was previously the executive vice chancellor for advancement at Brandman University, Irvine, CA, has extensive experience in higher education philanthropy and non-profit leadership. Dr. Burnett succeeds Susan Foley who retired in August and will begin his presidency on November 8, 2020.

The UAA Center for Human Development is hiring a FT Research Professional 2

The Center for Human Development is seeking applications for a Research Professional. This individual will work as part of the Center's research and evaluation team to complete project objectives. Requirements include the ability to organize, plan, and design, research/evaluation activities, analyze and synthesize results, and write project reports. The mission of the UAA Center for Human Development (CHD) is to improve the quality of lives for people who experience disabilities and their families, across the life span, through interdisciplinary training, technical assistance, exemplary service development, applied research and dissemination of information. The goals and activities of CHD are guided by the values of integration and inclusion, self-determination, individual and family empowerment, cultural sensitivity, diversity, community referencing, independence, and productivity. Are you dedicated to the core principles of research and invested in supporting projects that make a difference? We need your skills to make our programs a successful outcome. Please apply on the UA Careers website. For more information about CHD, our mission, and current projects please visit our website https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/academics/college-of-health/departments/center-for-human-development/

UAA Psychological Services Center providing telehealth COVID-19 coping sessions

In addition to its usual counseling services for adolescents and adults, the UAA Psychological Services Center (PSC) is offering free telehealth COVID-19 Coping Sessions for people struggling with sadness, loneliness, anxiety, trouble sleeping, lack of motivation, or other behavioral health concerns while dealing with these trying times. The COVID-19 Coping Session is a free single, one-hour session with a mental health clinician that will be conducted via Zoom or phone. Call 786-1795 to schedule your COVID-19 Coping Session.

Update on campus alignment

The Change and Leadership Group on Academic Alignment had an initial meeting with Chancellor Sandeen to review the group’s charge and introductory materials and ask questions. The group requested the addition of several members and the chancellor agreed.

Sustainability at UAA, now and into the future


Housed within UAA's Facilities and Campus Services Department, the Office of Sustainability plays a vital role in creating a sustainable and energy-efficient campus, which not only saves the university money but helps keep students, faculty and staff cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.

Non-partisan collaboration UAAVotes elevates voter education and civic engagement

Chancellor Sandeen with I Voted sticker

Through education, engagement and events, UAAVotes programs offer Seawolves, families and friends the foundation of knowledge needed to participate in the democratic process and shape the future of our state.

Over $17K raised at virtual Homecoming Breakfast

Homecoming Breakfast thank you slide

More than 140 graduates and partners joined the Homecoming Breakfast via Zoom to reconnect with their university and honor this year’s Alumni of Achievement while raising donations, sponsorships and gift matches to benefit UAA programs and scholarships.

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

Oct. 12 is Indigenous Peoples Day, an opportunity to celebrate Alaska Native people and communities. UAA recognizes and values the diversity of our unique location in Southcentral Alaska, the ancestral homelands of the Dena’ina, Ahtna Dene, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Chugachmiut and Eyak peoples.

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