December 2020 Archive

Hooding ceremony student speaker Naidene Baechler on pursuing systemic change

Hooding ceremony student speaker Naidene Baechler

As program supervisor for Knik Tribal Council’s new behavioral health program, social work alumna Naidene Baechler works to resolve the high rates of suicide among Alaska Natives and the increased number of missing and murdered Indigenous women through educational and economic equity.

Enjoy the snow with package deals and winter break promo from SU Gear Room

Winter break promotion at UAA Student Union Gear Room. Call 907-786-1215 for details.

Now through Dec. 11, the UAA Student Union Gear Room is offering $10 off all weeklong rentals of our package deals! This includes the Skate Ski package, the Classic Ski Package and the Snowboarding Package! Also take advantage of our Winter Break Promo: starting Dec. 7, we will be taking reservations for 4.5 week-long rentals at greatly reduced prices! Learn more and reserve gear at

Accounting Services is now the Office of the Bursar and is relocating

UAA Accounting Services is now the UAA Office of the Bursar! This change better aligns with the functions of our office as well as with our counterparts at UAF and UAS.

Update on UAA’s COVID-19 response and protocols

"I continue to be proud of UAA’s contributions to support the municipality and state’s COVID-19 response. As the pandemic continues to evolve, I want to update you on two items for general awareness, as well as clarity surrounding our procedures," wrote Chancellor Sandeen in a message to the UAA community.

Dec. 4, 2020: 'Chasing Coronaviruses 2002-2020' with Dr. Meg Howard

The UAA Biological Sciences Seminar presents Dr. Meg Howard, who will be speaking about SARS-CoV-2 emergence, shift from localized pandemic to global event and a discussion of pandemic response and how this will inform the next Disease X. Dr. Meg Howard is a principal investigator with broad expertise in molecular virology, EID, biological surveillance and applied biological research. Experience leading CONUS/OCONUS research and surveillance programs, basic research and OpEx programs for various USG funding agencies (DARPA, NIH, NSF, DTRA, USFS, EPA, etc.). Expertise in Coronavirus, Influenza, Measles and other emerging infectious diseases.

UAA Financial Services and Budget Office relocated to ESH

After 17 years at the University Center, UAA Financial Services (Cashiering, Accounts Payable, Bursar's Office, Wolfcard & Financial Systems) and the Budget Office are moving back to campus! We'll be moving to ESH (Eugene Short Hall) the week of Dec. 7. We will have limited phone and email availability during that week, so please be patient when contacting us. We hope to be back up and operating on Monday, Dec. 14.

Job opportunity: Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) Associate Director

UAA Faculty Development and Instructional Support is seeking applications for an Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL), the primary entity responsible for promoting and supporting service ­learning and community ­engagement at UAA and its affiliated community campuses. Established as a Center by the University of Alaska Board of Regents in 2000, CCEL enables the university to effectively carry out its community engagement mission while connecting faculty, courses, and academic programs with community needs. The Center advocates for and supports the use of scholarship and action for the mutual benefit of the University, the State, its communities, and its diverse peoples.

Creating a more welcoming city through research


Multicultural postdoctoral fellow Amana Mbise and assistant professor in clinical-community psychology Sara Buckingham teamed up with the Welcoming Anchorage initiative to research the integration of immigrant and refugee populations in Anchorage, particularly related to employment.

Announcing UAA Interim Chancellor finalists and Town Halls

UA Interim President Pat Pitney announced two finalists for UAA interim chancellor: Christi Bell, Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director Business Enterprise Institute (BEI). Christi leads the university’s economic development programs and is responsible for managing the institute’s personnel and budgets; and Bruce Schultz, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Bruce leads UAA’s student affairs administrative unit devoted to student and campus services, and manages all aspects of the student experience at UAA. All UAA community members are invited to attend town hall meetings on Thursday, Dec. 3 to meet and engage with Christi (4–5 p.m.) and Bruce (noon–1 p.m.).

Lucy's Restaurant closed for the rest of this week

Lucy's Restaurant will be closed for the remainder of this week — Thursday, Dec. 4 and Friday, Dec. 5.

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