2014 Archive

Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Goes to Longtime Educator

Edith R Bullock Prize Winner 2014: Dana Thomas

The University of Alaska Foundation has announced that Dana Thomas, UA System vice president for Academic Affairs and Research and a 30-plus year statistics faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has been selected the 2014 recipient of the Edith R. Bullock Prize. 

The prestigious title includes a cash award, and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year. 

“Dana’s reputation for collaboration has earned him respect and admiration both inside and outside the university. His leadership in the area of improving service to students has been extraordinary,” said Foundation Chair Susan Anderson of Anchorage. “Dana’s many years of above-and-beyond dedication to the University of Alaska make him a deserving candidate for this award. Ms. Bullock would have undoubtedly admired him.” 

Born and raised in Fairbanks and an alumnus of the UAF Biology program, Dana Thomas returned home to develop a statistics program at UAF in 1981 after completing his graduate work in Oregon. 

He served six years as chair of UAF's Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. While on faculty at UAF, he arranged United States Agency for International Development contracts to work two years in the Republic of Yemen facilitating a national survey of agriculture and two years in the Sultanate of Oman, improving fisheries statistics operations there. 

From 2006 to 2012, Thomas served as UAF's vice provost and accreditation liaison officer, and he has served as an institutional accreditation evaluator of other institutions for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. 

While serving in his current role as the chief academic officer for the UA System, Thomas has provided invaluable leadership in UA’s “Shaping Alaska’s Future” initiative, a long-term effort initiated by President Pat Gamble to strengthen UA’s culture of excellence, continuous improvement and innovation. 

“Dr. Thomas’s overarching goal as an administrator is to promote the success of students, within the fundamental principle that students are successful only if they attain a high standard of academic accomplishment,” said Susan Henrichs, UAF provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Thomas’s dedication to student success has brought about many positive changes. While at UAF, he worked with faculty and Fairbanks North Star Borough high school teachers to better align high school and college courses to prepare high school students for university placement tests. He implemented programs to help with the transition time after a student enters college – from freshmen seminars to advising. Thomas was instrumental in the development of an Early Warning Program to identify at-risk freshman during the third week of each fall and spring semester. Under his guidance, the TRiO program, for first-generation, low-income, and disabled students, achieved better graduation rates for this disadvantaged group than is found for baccalaureate-seeking students as a whole.

The Bullock award was established through a generous gift from the late Edith R. Bullock, who served the university for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees. The University of Alaska Foundation, a non-rofit 501(c) (3), raises, invests and manages privately donated funds for the sole benefit of the University of Alaska. Nominations for the Edith R. Bullock award are due for consideration annually on December 1.

UAS professor and longtime Juneau resident Julie Hamilton receives professorship

Julie Hamilton wins 2014 Harold Caven Professorship

The University of Alaska Foundation is proud to announce that the recipient of the 2014 Harold T. Caven Professorship is Julie Hamilton, assistant professor of accounting at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Read the entire press release

UA Foundation Elects Officers and Welcomes New Members

February 10, 2014 Press Release

The University of Alaska Foundation welcomed five well-known Alaskans onto its Board of Trustees and elected three officers at its December 2013 annual meeting.

New Officers 2014
Susan Anderson of Anchorage, president and chief executive officer of The CIRI Foundation, was elected chair, while Jim Johnsen of Fairbanks, senior vice-president of human resources and process transformation with Alaska Communications, was elected vice chair. Karen Polley, owner of Stone Soup Alaska Designs in Juneau, was elected secretary. Officers will serve in their respective positions until November 2015.

Trustees elected to serve through 2016
Cynthia Cartledge of Anchorage, shareholder of Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking, APC; Linda Hulbert of Fairbanks, agent for New York Life Insurance; Amy Humphreys of Seattle, Wash., president and chief executive officer of Icicle Seafoods, Inc.; and Cary Keller of Fairbanks, medical director of Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics Fairbanks. Karen Polley of Juneau, owner Stone Soup Alaska Designs was re-elected for a second term.

The UA Foundation Board of Trustees consists of elected and emeritus members from across Alaska; appointed trustees including UA President Pat Gamble and Chancellors Tom Case (UAA), Brian Rogers (UAF) and John Pugh (UAS); as well as UA regent appointees Mary K. Hughes of Anchorage and Fuller Cowell of Fairbanks.

The University of Alaska Foundation is a private nonprofit corporation established in 1974 to solicit, manage and invest donations for the exclusive benefit of the University of Alaska.

For more information and bios for all members see the following web page:

Axel Robert and Janet Joyce Carlson Memorial Scholarship Created

January 8, 2014

University of Alaska Alumnus Kurt Carlson has established the Axel Robert and Janet Joyce Carlson Memorial Scholarship with a gift in honor of his parents.  
The Carlsons were long-time former employees of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Axel with the Cooperative Extension Service and Joyce as administrative assistant to Earl Beistline, head of what was then called the Mining & Mineral Engineering Department, now the College of Engineering and Mines.
As a pioneer of cold climate construction, Axel “Bob” Carlson traveled the state of Alaska happy to share his knowledge of energy conservation. Joyce was always by his side. Bob’s efforts in energy efficiency are now standard construction techniques in Alaska. His publication, “Building a Log House in Alaska,” is still a well-used reference in high latitude construction. The Carlsons made Alaska their home from 1965 to 2002, when they reluctantly left the state.
“We established the scholarship as an opportunity for family and friends to share in the remembrance of mom and dad, and to honor their contribution to the university. They were always there to help others. This scholarship will now ensure that spirit lives on,” their son Kurt said.
Once the scholarship reaches an endowed level of $25,000 it will be open to students with a GPA of 2.5 and enrolled at any UA campus. Contributions can be directed to the University of Alaska Foundation, Attention: Axel Robert and Janet Joyce Carlson Memorial Scholarship Endowment, PO Box 755080, Fairbanks, Alaska  99775-5080. 
For more information contact: Dory Straight, UA Foundation, 907-450-8030 or Dory.Straight@alaska.edu

University of Alaska Foundation Calendar Year 2013 End Instructions

The University of Alaska Foundation has posted its Calendar Year 2013 End Instructions.  Please click  here   to review them.   

The University of Alaska Foundation will close for the holidays beginning Wednesday, December 25ththrough Thursday, January 2nd, inclusive.  

A staff member will be available at each Foundation office during the closure to accept gifts.

Anchorage Office Hours: Monday, December 30th, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, December 31st, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call (907) 786-1016 for assistance during these hours.  

Fairbanks Office Hours: Friday, December 27th and Monday, December 30th, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Tuesday, December 31st, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please call (907) 474-5987 for assistance during these hours.  

You may also give online by clicking here.

Please consult your tax adviser to determine the tax considerations of your donations.   The University of Alaska Foundation resumes regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Friday, January 3.   Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays.

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