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Yukon College students learn Jackleg drilling from UA MAPTS mine safety training instructor Jim Smith. Click for more photos and information on UA-Yukon College's first underground mine training graduates. Photo by Monique Musick

Guns in UA Classrooms and Dorms - A Call to Action

The University of Alaska is asking for your help regarding a bill in the Alaska Legislature that would allow concealed carry of weapons on all of our campuses, including in classrooms and student dorms. If you agree with the university's position against this unnecessary legislation, our legislators need to hear from you!

On Friday, March 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee moved a committee substitute (CS) of Senate Bill 176 (SB 176) out of committee. It next will go to the Senate Finance Committee, perhaps as soon as next week. A companion bill has been introduced in the House, HB 335. There's a very real possibility these bills could pass this session and be signed into law by the governor.

University employees need to weigh in on CSSB 176. MORE...

SB 176/HB 335

"An Act relating to the regulation of firearms and knives by the University of Alaska."

Regents head to the Emerald Isle

Kodiak College to host April 3-4 board meeting

The University of Alaska Board of Regents will meet on the campus of Kodiak College on April 3-4, 2014.

The packed agenda will include a motion to approve the draft issue and effect statements contained in the Shaping Alaska's Future initiative, as well as a review of metrics to measure success for the overall initiative.

Two proposals that have come from the Shaping Alaska's Future effort, a common calendar across the UA System and a charge to faculty to create common general education requirements for English and math across the system, also will be up before the board. Numerous other matters will be up for consideration as well, including several construction projects and a graduate certificate in marriage and family counseling at UAA. 

Board members will have lunch with members of the Kodiak College Campus Council, tour the college grounds and attend a community reception at the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center Thursday evening.

Public testimony will be taken at approximately 9:30 a.m. both days. Sign-up sheets will be available prior to the meeting. Comments are limited to three minutes per individual or as determined by the chair.

Written comments are accepted and will be distributed to the Board of Regents and President Gamble following the meeting. The meeting also will be available as a live webstream at:

www.alaska.edu/oit/services/video-conferencing/streaming-conferences/

Please note that webstreaming is not available during executive session.

You can find the complete board agenda at:

http://www.alaska.edu/bor/agendas/2014/apr-3-4/

Participate in Wellness Plan and Save up to $1,200 on UA Choice Plans

There’s good news for employees enrolling in the UA Choice health plan this year. Employees and their spouses or Financially Interdependent Partners are eligible to earn a $600 rebate each—up to $1,200—just for participating in the Healthyroads wellness program. Employees must act before June 30 to earn the wellness rebate.

To earn the rebate, eligible employees and/or their spouses or FIPs, need to log in to Healthyroads and complete a Personal Health Assessment. In addition, a biometric screening must be entered by June 30, 2014. While it is not required that both partners participate, it’s worth an extra $600 savings if they do—a total savings of $1,200 a year! MORE...

New Wellness FAQ HERE.

Alaska Shield 2014: Full-Scale Exercise Simulates Major Quake

WARNING UA communications testing - will make a racket

Thursday, March 27 is the 50th anniversary of the devastating 1964 Alaska earthquake, and a number of events are planned throughout the state to prepare emergency responders and incident management teams in case such a disaster were to strike again. The University of Alaska will be participating and many campuses have planned events to coincide with Alaska Shield 2014.
 
The planned disaster is modeled after the 1964 Alaska earthquake. At 10:10 a.m. on March 27, the scenario—a large and far-reaching 9.2 magnitude earthquake—kicks off the exercise. This mock quake, centered near Anchorage, will last nearly 5 minutes and have caught most of the affected area’s population either at work or school.
 
The UA System will be testing our emergency communications notification systems in conjunction with this exercise. We will be reaching out to the entire UA community using multi-modal methods: analog calls, e-mail, text messages, Alertus desktop clients, UAF Gruening speaker system, Facebook push, Twitter push and InformaCast (VoIP) instant text and audio messages. UA has set broad connectivity goals and will be able to determine effectiveness within minutes of the broadcasts.  MORE...

MAPTS Graduates First Class of Underground Mine Students

Yukon College and MAPTS collaborated to deliver a introductory underground mine training program at the Delta Mine Training Center in Delta Junction, Alaska. The training included a Soft Skills or Life Skills component in addition to the required competencies for underground mining. The use of an actual underground mine facility allowed students the necessary hands on skills combined with the camp life experience. In the future this facility will accommodate both Surface Mining and Underground Mining. MORE.....

Latest Legislative Updates

The Capitol Report Provides Regular Updates on Key Legislation

With the move to a 90-day session a lot of action happens every week in Juneau. UA's State Relations Director Chris Christensen provides regular updates on all the latest action in the Capitol. To review all the latest reports please visit: http://www.alaska.edu/state/report/.

Want to stay informed? The SupportUA-L is designed to keep UA advocates informed about the university's budget and other legislative matters. To subscribe to this listserve and receive the Capitol Report in your e-mail, please click HERE!

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