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We have an August semester?
AUGUSTmester will be the two weeks right before the fall semester begins. It was created in response to several challenges UAF is facing.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:20:11 AM

Is student safety a focus?
Why isn’t student safety a focus of the Students Rights and Responsibility Center?
Friday, August 31, 2018 1:09:32 PM

Retirement of older faculty
One way to save money and invigorate the UAF faculty with new assistant professors is to support the retirement of older full professors with their subsidized health insurance they are on when they are faculty. Unfortunately, with COBRA over $18,000 per year for two adults, the high cost of health insurance is keeping these older … Continue reading Retirement of older faculty
Friday, August 31, 2018 11:24:33 AM

Problem with Ballaine parking lot entrance
My car bottomed out as I entered the freshly redone Ballaine parking lot. The parking lot looks awesome, but that water drain feature is WAY too deep.
Friday, August 31, 2018 11:09:26 AM

Lola Tilly?
What are they building on the top of Lola Tilly? And what group is currently occupying the office space on the ground floor?
Friday, August 24, 2018 2:16:16 PM

Nice flowers and herbs
I was very impressed this year with the flower pots around campus that also featured herbs. They were very complementary and interesting together!
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 3:26:47 PM

Duckering steps
The concrete stairs leading to the back door of Duckering (from the Taku parking lot) are falling apart. Ribar is exposed and they are tilted at a weird angle. It would be nice if they got replaced soon. Thanks!
Friday, August 17, 2018 9:57:25 AM

UAF Day at Tanana Valley Fair
I am thoroughly disappointed in the UAF support/showing at the Tanana Valley Fair this year on UAF Day. Where were all of the schools and colleges? Why did they not have any thing for the kids to do? As a UAF employee I was embarrassed for UAF.
Thursday, August 16, 2018 4:26:29 PM

Totem pole question
Do you have any idea when the beautiful totem pole that used to reside near the top of the steel stairs in back of the new engineering building will be put back in place? I know that road construction in that particular area has gone on for 2+ years, but it seems to be completed … Continue reading Totem pole question
Friday, August 10, 2018 10:33:59 AM

Cross-country ski team training
Last year, as in years past, I noticed that the UAF Cross Country Ski Team does training on the highways outside of the Fairbanks area. What I don’t understand is why do they do training out on the Steese Highway right in the middle of hunting season? This highway is very busy during the first … Continue reading Cross-country ski team training
Thursday, August 09, 2018 3:26:18 PM

The Eielson bus stop
Thank you for bringing back the Eielson Bus stop officially. This will be fantastic in the winter.
Thursday, August 09, 2018 3:13:09 PM

Question about Dean of Students office
What reorganization is happening at the Dean of Students Office? Everyone knows that there have been some personnel changes but there has been no clear announcement about a reorganization. Are they still functioning in the same manner or should students be referred elsewhere for assistance with previous DOS matters?
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 1:36:03 PM

Dean of Students and Res Life
I've heard dean of students and director of res life have been put on leave. Is anything going to be announced about this?
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 1:32:31 PM

Broken step by the library
I imagine that Facilities is aware of the outdoor broken concrete step near the bottom of the staircase at the back receiving dock of the library. I say this because there is a fluorescent orange circle painted around the defective step. I first noticed it in early June. I can see that many repairs and … Continue reading Broken step by the library
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 9:51:04 AM

Announcement of interim deans
I was a little disheartened to see so little written about the interim director and dean of libraries announcement.
Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:49:09 AM

Good job, Student Activities
The UAF Student Activities has put on some fun programming in the last several months. They have done a great job with activities that do not require a huge amount of engagement or commitment which I think opens the door for broader participation. Way to go!
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 1:12:47 PM

Address protocol gaps?
It seems like the situation on July 20 could have been handled differently in a lot of ways.
Monday, July 30, 2018 11:45:21 AM

Questions about response to July 20 emergency
Why did it take so long for any notifications about the tragic incident on Friday to go out the UAF community?
Thursday, July 26, 2018 2:37:56 PM

Rasmuson computers
While using the computers at the Rasmuson Library, I noticed email accounts will remain resident in the browser if not deleted after a session.  And have further witnessed an email account open when I used the terminal. It is my understanding, the UA system administrator can configure this setting. Just passing along a potential security … Continue reading Rasmuson computers
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:09:33 PM

Interim CNSM dean?
Who is the new interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics?
Monday, July 16, 2018 9:08:53 AM

Bird vetch on Fairbanks campus
Can Cooperative Extension and Facilities Services co-organize a volunteer event to pull the vetch infestation on campus please?
Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:47:16 AM

Salary freeze?
I heard there is a salary freeze going on, as in no raises are to be given.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 2:26:03 PM

How often are gold lot waiting lists evaluated?
When/how often are the gold lot waitlists re-evaluated?
Monday, June 25, 2018 2:35:57 PM

Who will lead the College of Natural Science and Mathematics?
With the two schools (education and natural resources) both moving into the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the current interim dean moving to the provost position, the new interim dean will have many new responsibilities and challenges, ones the College of Natural Science and Mathematics has never had before. Who will be the interim … Continue reading Who will lead the College of Natural Science and Mathematics?
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 9:05:35 AM

ELIF listing
This website with the description for the Engineering Facility seems to be a couple of years out of date. Can it be updated?
Friday, June 15, 2018 11:27:34 AM

Alaska flag deterioration
I have noticed the gradual deterioration of the Alaska flag in front of Bunnell and ELIF. It is probaly time to replace it with a new flag.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:44:26 AM

Why is director of Wood Center such a high salary?
I saw the posting for director of Wood Center is listed as salary grade 83. Why is this position so much higher then other director positions on campus? Just a couple months ago, the director of Veteran Services was listed at only 79. I’m having trouble understanding why this seems to be one of the … Continue reading Why is director of Wood Center such a high salary?
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 4:41:41 PM

Will there be a COLA salary increase for FY19?
Is the university planning a cost-of-living adjustment salary increase for non-union employees in the upcoming fiscal year? The compensation page on the UA website does not mention it, and the salary adjustment history table that can be downloaded from that page lists a FY19 salary increase as “TBA.” If the answer is no, this will … Continue reading Will there be a COLA salary increase for FY19?
Monday, June 04, 2018 12:24:32 PM

What is the strategic plan or direction of UAF?
Without defined goals or strategy it is difficult to align budgets, programs, etc., with the mission. So, what is UAF’s defined strategic plan?
Monday, June 04, 2018 9:51:07 AM

Undoing the OIT merger
Now that planning is underway to undo the merger of UAF and Statewide IT, how much is it going to cost UAF directly to support a full IT department? Will it be paid for by converting IT services to recharge to departments and what can academic departments expect as a result of increased IT costs?
Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:20:10 PM

Heart Walk May 12
I was part of the Heart Walk on May 12 as a member of the university team and I am disappointed in the organization of the team. There seemed to be no cohesive group for the university, I never did find the university team and as far as I could tell a picture was not taken. … Continue reading Heart Walk May 12
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 1:11:42 PM

Skillsoft, employee online learning
Question 1: Why has the UA system discontinued the subscription to SkillSoft? I was hoping to take some of the lessons or assign them to staff, but now that option seems closed to us. Question 2: How does UAF plan to encourage and support professional development without resources for continuing education? Recent changes to the UAF … Continue reading Skillsoft, employee online learning
Friday, May 25, 2018 1:47:24 PM

2018 food trucks?
Any chance we’ll be getting a variety of food trucks back on campus this summer? Food pickins are slim especially on West Ridge these days, and a hot dog cart (or pitas, or BBQ, or any other options) sure would make my summer more delicious! The food cart page ( says to check back for … Continue reading 2018 food trucks?
Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:25:15 AM

Duplicate staff longevity between statewide and UAF
Recently I attended both the Statewide and UAF longevity awards. I noticed that several individuals were recognized and awarded at both events. I asked an organizer about this and they explained that people in OIT are recognized twice as the organization spans two MAUs. However, this does not appear to be the case for all … Continue reading Duplicate staff longevity between statewide and UAF
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 4:35:59 PM

How often does UA increase the contribution amount toward employee pensions?
I generally like the UA pension plan; I like being able to chose my own investments and I like that I will be 100 percent vested after three years. My concern is the university’s contribution does not scale after an employee reaches a gross income of $42,000. I understand PERS/TERS does scale with income; my … Continue reading How often does UA increase the contribution amount toward employee pensions?
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:10:18 AM

Why is there a max on tuition waivers for the employee?
Where is there a maximum of 16 credits an employee can get waived for the academic year? Spouses and dependents can get as many credits as they want waived but the employee is  maxed at 16. If the course hours are not interfering with their work schedule at all why is there a cap?
Monday, May 14, 2018 3:49:13 PM

Grapevine posting dates
I’ve noticed over the last six months that new Grapevine answers show up with a date earlier than when they actually appeared on the website. For example, the April 24 question and answer about the stolen gun found at the Patty Center gun show appeared May 7. The March 14 ‘Avenues for addressing impaired individuals’ … Continue reading Grapevine posting dates
Monday, May 14, 2018 2:05:32 PM

Please add new directional sign for museum
As summer and visitor season approaches, would it be possible to put up a sign on the north side of Yukon Drive at the corner of Yukon and Tanana Loop, directing people who are coming up Tanana Loop to turn right on Yukon to get to the museum? Something as simple as “Museum” and a … Continue reading Please add new directional sign for museum
Monday, May 14, 2018 2:04:24 PM

Repair of sidewalks
Now that the ice is gone I’ve been walking around campus and have seen a number of sidewalks that are disintegrating. Are there plans to replace or patch these hazards to walkers?
Friday, May 04, 2018 3:38:39 PM

Staff involvement
I noticed that the same staff are always involved on committees, projects or info groups. Please consider involving staff that are not front and center all the time. Choosing those staff continuously leads to the same ideas, thoughts and leaves out the majority of staff. For example, the diversity committee and staff appreciation day committee … Continue reading Staff involvement
Friday, May 04, 2018 9:54:24 AM

Concerns about Staff Recognition and Development Day
Many of us have voiced our concerns over the years about how Staff Appreciation Day is run. I recently heard that this committee is not under the oversight of Staff Council. Who oversees the committee and how are members appointed to it? Additionally, what is the chancellor’s stance on Staff Appreciation Day and when does … Continue reading Concerns about Staff Recognition and Development Day
Wednesday, May 02, 2018 10:18:14 AM

Six-month waiting period removed for new hires for tuition waivers?
According to the last paragraph on a Statewide report entitled, “HR Updates to Communicate as of 2/21/2018”, “The president has approved a regulation change to eliminate the 6 month waiting period for new employees to use the tuition waiver. Also, the minimum grade requirements has been eliminated. A new form is being developed with these … Continue reading Six-month waiting period removed for new hires for tuition waivers?
Tuesday, May 01, 2018 10:53:02 PM

Five-year enrollment stats
Where can I find UAF enrollment statistics for the past five years?
Monday, April 30, 2018 4:05:36 PM

Honoring students at graduation
I work in an academic department and it seems like around this time of year everyone starts complaining about how long the graduation ceremony takes. This includes quite a few people in leadership positions. Isn’t it a contradiction to complain about how long it takes to honor the accomplishments of our students while at the … Continue reading Honoring students at graduation
Friday, April 27, 2018 3:52:41 PM

Stolen firearm at gun show?
Is it true a stolen firearm was for sale during the Patty Center gun show? Is it common for stolen guns to be sold at gun shows? Is it common for felons or others who can not legally purchase firearms to purchase firearms at gun shows where a background check is not always required? Is … Continue reading Stolen firearm at gun show?
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 10:42:59 PM

Thank you, staff recognition committee
Hey, Staff Recognition Day Planning Committee, Thank you for taking the time and effort to plan a meaningful day where the staff at the UAF can take time to recognize each other’s contributions, engage in camaraderie, longevity of service, learn from each other and just enjoy the day. I look forward to this day every … Continue reading Thank you, staff recognition committee
Friday, April 13, 2018 5:12:42 PM

Where can I find a detailed UAF budget spreadsheet?
The Bursar’s Office used to post detailed financial spreadsheets on their website, e.g. UAF-Subledger-Report-by-Dept.xlsx, but I can no longer find them. We’re constantly asked to find ways to trim the budget, but without actually knowing the details there is no way to do that. The university is a public institution and as such I think … Continue reading Where can I find a detailed UAF budget spreadsheet?
Thursday, April 12, 2018 11:34:15 AM

Direct appointments to leadership positions
Question 1: Why are so many people being direct appointed into leadership positions? For example the new AVC in charge of enrollment was direct appointed, several directors have been direct appointed and even the AVC for Student Life was a direct appointment. Conversely the AVC for Financial Services and VC for Student Affairs were both recruited. … Continue reading Direct appointments to leadership positions
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:15:04 AM

Bird excrement
Is there a plan to remove all of the bird excrement in between Eielson and Gruening?
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 8:19:56 AM

Cash out of FTO?
In lieu of any cost-of-living raises, the new CBA included an option for faculty to cash out five days of FTO. Can we get a status update from Labor Relations?
Thursday, March 22, 2018 10:41:55 AM

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