Holiday photos! Click on photo to view images from Statewide's Christmas disco-themed potluck.

Nominations open for Staff Make Students Count awards

Nominations for the 2011 Staff Make Students Count Award are now open. The annual award recognizes staff who have provided outstanding service to students anywhere in the UA System. Each recipient receives an award plaque, $1,000 and two domestic airline vouchers. All nominees receive a certificate of nomination. President Gamble will present the awards at a Board of Regents' meeting.

All regular, full-time permanent and part-time permanent, exempt and non-exempt staff employed by the University of Alaska are eligible to apply. Service to students may include service as part of the job or as volunteer service, either directly or indirectly, to current or prospective students.

Up to four individuals can receive the award; one each for the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Alaska Anchorage, the University of Alaska Southeast, and Statewide Programs and Services, provided there are nominations from each one, the nominations meet the criteria and are submitted by the March 15 deadline.

Please be sure to review eligibility guidelines before submitting a nomination online. For more information contact the UAF Governance office at 474-7056 or fystaff@uaf.edu.

Neil Howe, author and speaker, to present in Anchorage and Fairbanks

Millennials in the Workplace and on Campus

Find out who the Millennials really are, what they’re looking for in their careers, and how employers, educators and policy makers can maximize their workforce potential.  

Neil Howe, best-selling author and national speaker, is a renowned authority on generations in America. He gives readers and audiences powerful insights into today’s generation, what motivates them as consumers and workers, and how they will shape our national future.  MORE.....

March 3, 2011; 3:30 pm-4:45 pm  Princess Lodge, Jade Room 2nd Floor – Fairbanks
Although this event is being held on location of the Lilly Arctic Institute, no fees will be charged to attend or view Neil Howe’s event. 

March 4, 2011; 1:30 – 3:00 pm Rasmuson Hall 101 - Anchorage

To register for either event, visit the training calendar.

Neil Howe’s visit is sponsored by the United Academics, University of Alaska Statewide Office of Human Resources, UAF Office of Faculty Development and UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence.

Polar Plunge Success

The 2010 Polar Plunge fund/awareness-raising event for Special Olympics Alaska on Dec. 18, 2010, was a huge success, despite air temperatures of -5 degrees F. UAA Police Chief Rick Shell was among the first participants to jump into Goose Lake, “freezin’ for a reason," and a short video clip is attached here. About 800 brave people found sponsors or otherwise just found the courage to jump into the frigid water, raising around $300,000.

OIT Mobile Application Contest Winner

After reviewing the entries by our group of judges, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the OIT mobile application contest is John Pender for his application UAF Courses. UAF Courses is an iPhone application intended to help students pick class schedules. It searches for current classes on the UAF Course Finder and displays class information and schedules in a calendar view. UAF Courses allows students to search for classes from multiple terms, and students can save class schedules to their phone. This application compresses multiple lab classes with the same lecture for easier viewing.
Congratulations John.

Foster greenhouses needed

Georgeson Botanical Garden is seeking volunteers to foster plants from its greenhouse collection. The current greenhouse will be removed by March 1 and the new greenhouse is scheduled for completion by Oct. 31. Volunteers are needed to provide foster care for the plants during construction. For more information contact Katie DiCristine at 474-6921.

UA Foundation FY10 Annual Report now available

The UA Foundation's annual report is now available. Fewer copies were printed this year to promote sustainability. To view the FY10 Annual Report--"Seeds of Promise"-- online visit
www.alaska.edu/foundation/annual-report-2010. To request a printed copy contact the Foundation office.

Over 5,300 contributors joined together to support the University of Alaska this year. Such generosity helps  grant the wish of a college education for many Alaskans. Thank you!

Get the Point Incentive Campaign begins February 1

Get the Point Offline (Jan 1-31, 2011)
In preparation for the 2011 Get the Point (GTP) Incentive Campaign, the GTP system will be down January 1st through the 31st in order to make improvements and upgrades to the system. During this time we will be purging participant activity data. This means all of your current points will be deleted. Your username and password, along with journal entries and biometrics, will not be affected.

It’s the new year, start it out right with Get the Point!
The Get the Point Incentive Campaign will begin February 1 and run through July 31. We've added new prizes and updated the system. The program goal remains the same, to help you incorporate healthful habits into your lifestyle and reward you for consistent healthful living.

Beginning in February, track your activities at least once a month in any one of the TWO AND/OR FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTH incentive campaign periods. Once you start, you have TWO AND/OR FOUR CONSECUTIVE MONTHS to complete the GTP incentive campaign. If you don’t reach a tier on your first try, you can try again the next month. However, once you reach a tier, you are locked in for that campaign period.

Incentive Campaign Periods (You must have at least 1+ point in each of the two and/or four consecutive months to be eligible.)

  • February - May
  • March - June
  • April - July

There were an amazing number of prizes awarded during the GTP 2010 Incentive Campaign, and we look forward to your continued success in 2011!

  • 2010 2-month prizes awarded: 905
  • 2010 4-month prizes awarded: 849

Interested? Look for details in the next Health Link, visit Health In Action or go to GTP.
Only UA Health Plan eligible employees may participate.

Spring Fitness Activities

Spring forward with our Spring Fitness Activities, designed to give you flexibility, strength and vitality.
Some classes require registration, as class size is limited. To register, click on the link in your area below, or visit www.uahealthinaction.com .
Triathlon Training

Tai Chi
Presented by WIN for Alaska, Inc.
Your UA Health In Action Wellness Program provider.

UA Health Link

Keep up-to-date on current wellness benefits and be inspired by healthy lifestyle tips through the UA Health Link. This online newsletter provides monthly updates on IHP programs, wellness breaks, current incentive programs and more. If you missed this month's issue, read it HERE.

UA presence on Facebook

Social media is a rapidly growing means of communication and outreach. If you are on Facebook we would like you know about some of the different UA departments, campuses and groups that you can join.

University of Alaska System

UA College Savings Plan

University of Alaska Fairbanks

UAF Community and Technical College

Freddie Fish (FAFSA Frenzy)

University of Alaska Museum of the North

University of Alaska Anchorage

There are many more out there for specific colleges, student groups, bookstores and more. Please take a moment to become a "Fan" of the University of Alaska and put another great avenue of communication at your fingertips.

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