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What is the UA policy on taking a “Mental Health Day”
The University of Alaska’s benefits page list several qualifying reasons to use sick leave. A “Mental Health Day” is not listed which presents the question, does a “Mental Health Day” count as sick leave? Thank you.
Friday, January 18, 2019 4:53:00 PM

Accreditation at UAA’s education program
How will the UAA loss of accreditation affect UAF’s education program?
Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:45:18 PM

West Ridge gym?
Back on Oct. 31, a survey was sent out asking whether employees would support a small gym located in the basement of the West Ridge Research Building. I haven’t heard anything about the proposal since then. Is it going forward, and if so, what are the details? And has Nanook Recreation determined whether people would … Continue reading West Ridge gym?
Friday, January 11, 2019 1:17:59 PM

Card swipe for pool locker rooms
What is the purpose of the card swipes on the doors of the Patty Center pool locker rooms?
Friday, January 11, 2019 9:29:55 AM

Who unlocks building doors?
Is ABM really responsible for unlocking building doors? I thought CSOs took care of that. Who locks the doors at night?
Friday, January 11, 2019 9:19:53 AM

What’s going on with KSUA, the Sun Star and ASUAF?
What is going on with the Sun Star and KSUA? Also, what has ASUAF been doing this whole semester?!
Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:30:08 AM

What are the Constitution Hall hours?
What are the Constitution Hall hours? The UAF website says 6:30 am-10 pm but I have run into times where the door stays locked past 6:30 am. I work nights on campus, getting off work at 6:30 am, and sometimes am unable to access my campus mailbox at a time that is convenient to me.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 11:22:31 AM

Are the Strategic Plan goals prioritized?
The chancellor listed the goals for UAF in a recent Cornerstone article. I wanted to know, are the goals in a priority list? If so, why is “revitalize key academic programs, from occupational endorsement to Ph.D.” last on the list when that seems like the key to most of the other priorities?
Thursday, January 10, 2019 10:00:12 AM

Single sign-on at library
It would be nice if the library also used single sign on. It is utilized all across the UA system, why not there? It seems archaic to have to make a phone call to receive a PIN that you don’t even get to set yourself.
Tuesday, January 08, 2019 3:35:18 PM

Federal government shutdown
Will the potential government shut down affect UAF departments?
Friday, December 21, 2018 2:51:43 PM

Response from UAF administration on the staff morale survey results?
Question 1: Will there ever be a response from UAF administration regarding the staff morale survey results? Question 2: Why hasn’t leadership or administration made any comment on the results of the morale survey? One of the big sore points in there was lack of communication by leadership and by no one responding it really goes to … Continue reading Response from UAF administration on the staff morale survey results?
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 4:01:02 PM

Thanks for the holiday party
Thank you so much to the chancellor for the nice holiday party on December 6th. The music was wonderful, the food inventive, and the company and comaraderie much appreciated.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 11:27:13 AM

Convenient recycling bins on a two-way street
UAF used to have recycling bins conveniently located on a two-way street across from the SRC…then they moved to a one-way street on the edge of campus.  When will the university move the recycling bins to a convenient location on a two-way street near the center of campus?    
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 10:49:54 AM

Digital shuttle bus schedules
Since the digital shuttle bus schedules at the heated bus stops and Wood Center can’t be scrolled by the viewer, would you please reformat the display (reduce the size of the font for example) so the entire schedule fits on the screen? The Nenana lot in particular often gets clipped off at the bottom of … Continue reading Digital shuttle bus schedules
Monday, December 17, 2018 1:39:10 PM

Accuracy of temperature sign
How accurate is the temperature sign at the bottom of the hill and is it measuring the temperature in that spot? Does anyone check it? I’ve noted that my car thermometer shows a 6-degree difference.
Monday, December 17, 2018 10:37:00 AM

Time and temp sign at Wood Center bus stop?
How about a time and temperature sign located by Wood Center bus stop area with a 360° display?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 10:31:09 AM

Improve quality, variety and quantity of food at M3
Every day it feels like the hunger games in the Murie building. If i don’t get here early enough, I might not get one of the 3 breakfast sandwiches they bring here every day. And they only have soup like once a month. When they do have soup, it’s basically just flavored salt water with … Continue reading Improve quality, variety and quantity of food at M3
Monday, December 10, 2018 3:14:16 PM

What are the goals for the Strategic Enrollment Plan?
I was looking at the Strategic Enrollment Planning website, and I do not see any goals listed. It talks about the phases and processes but not what we as a university are really looking to get out of this.
Monday, December 10, 2018 1:57:26 PM

Vice chancellor’s hockey comments
In the following link Champagne appears to be saying that hockey has its beginning in the slave community and that the current goaltending style originated in the “colored hockey league” This appears to suggest that 1. our vice chancellor of athletics is, at best, not very knowledgeable regarding one of the most important sports for … Continue reading Vice chancellor’s hockey comments
Friday, December 07, 2018 4:00:54 PM

Faculty Senate undergraduate committees
Why is there not one faculty senate committee that has full oversight over undergraduate curriculum and policies? I asked who I should take an issue to and got the, “well it depends . . . ” answer. Seeing how there are three committees that oversee curriculum, why doesn’t SADA and GERC become subcommittees of CAC? … Continue reading Faculty Senate undergraduate committees
Thursday, December 06, 2018 2:56:55 PM

Bowling alley
Is the bowling alley at UAF closed indefinitely?
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 1:25:57 PM

Internal hiring? What’s the deal?
I’m curious why so many job openings within the UA system are posted as internal hire but that status doesn’t extend to students, alumni or former staff. Is there a reason that HR is closed off to external candidates for so many job posts?
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 11:18:22 AM

Patty racquetball courts
Are the racquetball courts gone for good at the Patty Center? I know a lot of people on campus who will miss them. It was a great exercise and especially nice to go play in those brightly lit warm rooms when its pitch black and below zero outside. Please consider opening one of them back … Continue reading Patty racquetball courts
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:00:27 AM

School of Education new accreditation
Congrats to SOE on their new accreditation! What is the difference between the two accreditations and is one more prestigious than the other?
Monday, December 03, 2018 2:26:54 PM

Festive and welcoming decorations
I love all of the colored lights and decorations around campus. It feels very festive and welcoming.
Monday, December 03, 2018 12:57:23 PM

Sweet on sticky notes
Whoever is leaving the uplifting sticky notes around campus, thank you!
Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:53:25 PM

Why is old food being served?
This morning, I left the MBS Campus Cache with a very dried out banana bread (which the girl using the togs should’ve noticed the hardness of it), and do not understand why these items are continuously served to students, staff, and faculty. This is at least the 4-5th time experience this since summer 2018, and … Continue reading Why is old food being served?
Thursday, November 29, 2018 10:59:38 AM

Selection process for enrollment plan steering committee
How was the steering committee for Strategic Enrollment Planning selected? I see there are people from various roles at UAF but I don’t see much in the way of student support representation (ie advising, registration, res life, Wood Center, etc). This, combined with two individuals from the admissions office being included, seems to imply that … Continue reading Selection process for enrollment plan steering committee
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:25:28 AM

Increased attendance at athletic events
UAF is in desperate need of increasing and strengthening ties to the community to recover from the dramatic decline in attendance in recent times. What is the strategy approach and specific tactics that the new Athletic Director will employ to increase attendance at athletic events?
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 11:21:18 AM

Who is responsible for student safety?
Regarding VC Champagne’s response below – who is responsible for the safety of students? Obviously, we all are. But who does the responsibility fall under? Original question: Why isn’t student safety a focus of the Students Rights and Responsibility Center? Original response: Safety is absolutely a focus, and is fundamental to everything the center does. For example, we cannot address … Continue reading Who is responsible for student safety?
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 9:54:11 AM

Are University of Alaska employees state employees?
Are University of Alaska employees state employees?
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:28:23 PM

Are course surveys anonymous?
Are the surveys that we fill out about our classes/professors at the end of the semester anonymous?
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:59:42 PM

Holiday lights
Comment 1: The holiday lights on the trees around campus look great. Love the blue & white ones all over! The entrance on Thompson Drive is of a whole different character. Is this a UAF display? If yes, why does “America’s Arctic University” feature a penguin next to our beloved nanook? Comment 2: What a way … Continue reading Holiday lights
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 12:30:23 PM

Daily Cornerstone
I read the complaint about the Cornerstone being emailed daily, and I would just like to disagree with it. Since the Cornerstone changed to being emailed daily I read it more often because it takes less time. This was a good change.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 10:28:10 AM

Opting out of Cornerstone emails
How do I opt out of the Cornerstone emails?
Monday, November 26, 2018 2:25:54 PM

Wellness rebate
Why do taxes get taken out the wellness rebate?
Monday, November 26, 2018 12:48:38 PM

Eielson/Signers’ decor
The improvements to Eielson Building hallway are great. Nice job! Are there plans to update Signers’ Hall lobby and bathrooms? Often this is the first place students/families/guests stop and it looks so outdated, especially the bathrooms.  
Monday, November 19, 2018 3:58:20 PM

Patty sound system
The sound system in the Patty Gym is terrible. Is it scheduled for an upgrade any time soon?
Friday, November 09, 2018 9:59:50 AM

Are the flagged plug-ins in the Ballaine parking lot functioning or not?
Question 1: Some of the plug-ins in the Ballaine parking lot have flagging near them. Yesterday I went to plug in to one of these, and my cord did not work. Other cords in the parking lot were lit up, and I know my cord works. If these plugs are not working it would be good … Continue reading Are the flagged plug-ins in the Ballaine parking lot functioning or not?
Tuesday, November 06, 2018 7:48:34 AM

Kudos to culinary arts program
I had the pleasure of attending the annual auction/fundraiser for the Yukon Quest Saturday evening. As is customary, the culinary arts students and Luis Martinez provided an array of tasty tidbits for everyone to enjoy. It’s great training and the students engaged with the public quite well. I’m so glad that UAF continues to support … Continue reading Kudos to culinary arts program
Monday, November 05, 2018 9:00:41 AM

Cornerstone newsletter
When did the Cornerstone email newsletter change to daily emails? I remember it used to be bi-weekly, then weekly and then there was a “light” version for more pressing things between editions. I support admin being transparent and communicative but I don’t have time to review all the fluff pieces daily. I can only speak … Continue reading Cornerstone newsletter
Friday, November 02, 2018 9:55:08 AM

What is the status of the UA CITO and UAF CTO searches?
What is the status of the UA CITO and UAF CTO searches?
Thursday, November 01, 2018 2:57:10 PM

Is the Dean of Students still on administrative leave?
Is the Dean of Students still on administrative leave?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 9:32:02 AM

Reading of names on Veterans Day
With Veterans Day falling on a Sunday this year when will the name reading take place? I saw there was an event on Monday, November 12, but didn’t see anything about the name reading. Thanks.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 11:29:22 AM

Install an EV charging station on campus
Hello, there are an increasing number of people that own either full EV or extended range hybrid cars here in Fairbanks (I have a Chevy Volt).  However, there are very few options for rapid (level 2) charging of those EVs.  It would be great for UAF to have at least one parking spot (probably in … Continue reading Install an EV charging station on campus
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10:07:39 AM

Women’s sizes at the bookstore
Why are the women’s clothes at the bookstore sized so small? I usually wear a size small at other stores but at the bookstore I have to buy a large and even that is pretty fitted. Any woman size 12 or higher pretty much can’t buy women’s clothes there. And men’s shirts just don’t fit … Continue reading Women’s sizes at the bookstore
Monday, October 29, 2018 3:11:34 PM

When do the health care rebates come out?
Are the health care “rebates” still on track to come out in November? Any specific date/payroll run? Wanting to confirm we will receive both employee and spouse rebates in the same check. Thanks for any update you have.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 9:46:28 AM

Stairs behind Mac
Hello. I know it does not really matter but I am curious what the thought process / logic was around the lengths of the steps behind MacIntosh (that staircase between Mac and Nerland). I am 5′ 8” so probably a little higher than average height and I either have to stretch my legs really far … Continue reading Stairs behind Mac
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 10:17:23 AM

Old monster films at museum
Is the museum going to be showing old monster films around Halloween again this year? Last year was so entertaining and the speakers were great. I think hosting a viewing regardless of whether or not we could get speakers would be fun and festive as well.
Friday, October 19, 2018 10:22:21 AM

Leadership and degrees
Many people in leadership positions at UAF have no college degree. How are we supposed to convey the message that a college degree is vital and increase our enrollment numbers when many of our own leaders don’t even have degrees?
Thursday, October 18, 2018 10:51:22 AM

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