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Announcements October 2016

  • Regents to hear audio public testimony Monday, Oct. 31
  • Guidance on campus political activities
  • SAA October Meeting Highlights
  • Sign-up for SAA Thanksgiving Potluck
  • Wellness Program Information
  • Anchorage Flu shots
  • Campus Safety & Security (Clery Act) and Annual Fire Safety Reports
  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Regents to hear audio Public Testimony 4 - 6 p.m. on Oct. 31

The University of Alaska Board of Regents wants to hear from the public and the university communities throughout Alaska, and will a two-hour public testimony session by telephone on Oct. 31 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., one week in advance of the full board meeting held on Nov. 10- / 11 in Fairbanks. The Board of Regents will also will hold an evening listening session following the first day of the full board meeting (Thursday Nov. 10), so that anyone interested can meet informally with regents and have an opportunity to share their comments and concerns.

Regardless of where you are in Alaska, you can participate via audio conference on Monday, Oct. 31 by calling 866-726-0757 between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to share your perspective on issues facing the university.

The public testimony will air on KUAC-FM HD2 and stream on KUAC2 at www.kuac.org. The direct link to the live streaming is http://kuacii.streamon.fm/. The audio will play on computers, laptops, mobile phones and most other hand-held devices with internet capability.

You also can attend an informal evening gathering to discuss issues face-to-face with the board on Thursday, November 10, at the Globe Room, 215 Elvey Building, on the UAF campus. Written testimony is accepted at any time at ua-bor@alaska.edu.

To learn more, go to www.alaska.edu/bor/public-testimony.

Agendas for committee and full board meetings will be posted at least one week prior to meetings at: http://www.alaska.edu/bor/agendas/

Guidance on campus political activities

The political campaign season is upon us again, and questions may come up regarding candidate appearances and political communications.

By law (Alaska Statute 39.52.120(b)(6)), UA employees may not use, or permit the use of, UA email or other UA property or resources for partisan political purposes. Partisan political purpose includes anything done with the purpose of differentially benefiting or harming a candidate or potential candidate, political party or group.

The following are some general guidelines. However, because the Ethics Act and other applicable law can be complex and some issues may involve constitutionally protected speech or matters of academic freedom under UA Board of Regents’ policy, please seek advice through your supervisor and the Human Resources or General Counsel’s offices if you have questions regarding a specific instance.  MORE...

SAA October Meeting Highlights

The Statewide Administration Assembly held a regular business meeting on Wednesday, October 12. Below are  highlights  from the meeting. 
 
October  SAA   Highlights
  1. SAA  Members on Strategic Pathways review teams gave brief updates on the process and timeline for Phase II. 
  2. The  SAA  Bylaw Review Committee is continuing to work on revising the  SAA  bylaws; and hope to have changes for the group to review in December or January. 
  3. Members discussed a break room for the Butrovich Building. They will examine space, need, and cost, and conduct an employee interest survey, before taking further steps.
  4. Members discussed upcoming holiday events including the Butrovich Thanksgiving Potluck (November 18 ), the Bragaw Holiday Party (December 7 ), the Fairbanks Adopt-a-Family gift drive, and the Anchorage Toys-for-Tots gift drive. 
  5. The annual Butrovich canned food drive has been moved to February, following feedback from the Food Bank on when they need donations them most. (Mugs will still be collected by Lisa Sporleder during December so please be sure to still bring those in!) 
  6. Members reviewed a new draft performance evaluation, currently being developed by UA HR. Members provided feedback on the form and guidance language.
  7. Members discussed  sending  out a morale survey for staff, to determine if morale is low at Statewide. Similar surveys have already been conducted at UAF and UAA, and have shown staff are beginning to feel the strain of the ongoing fiscal environment.  
SAA  will meet next on  Wednesday, November 16  in Butrovich 204 in Fairbanks and Bragaw 205 in Anchorage. All staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can also reach out to SAA  members between meetings to share ideas and concerns. Additional information about  SAA  meetings is available on their  website .

Sign-up for the Butrovich Thanksgiving Potluck

Thanksgiving is right around the corner!
The Butrovich Thanksgiving potluck is coming up on Friday Nov. 18 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Butrovich 109. Please join President Johnsen, SAA and your fellow staff as we celebrate the holiday with good food and great company.

If you would like to contribute to the potluck, supplies, decorating, set-up or clean-up please sign-up using this link: 

https://sites.google.com/a/alaska.edu/saa-thanksgiving-potluck-2016/

Wellness Program Information

Want to learn more about the wellness program? UAs wellness program manager, Sara Rodewald will be holding an information session tomorrow. Anyone who is not able to attend in-person will simply utilize the link to join the meeting from wherever they are! You will just need to have computer and phone access to fully participate. 

Opportunities to earn FY17 incentive points: Walk Denali Challenge, Flu shots

LEARN MORE...

Anchorage Flu Shots

UAA Student Health Center will be providing flu shots free of charge to employees and spouses, as well as students.

  • Tuesday, November 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the University Lake Building (ULB 104)
  • Thursday, November 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Rasmuson Hall lobby (RH Lobby)

Campus Safety & Security (Clery Act) and Annual Fire Safety Reports

The Campus Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, as amended, (known as the "Clery Act" ) and the Campus Fire Safety Right-to-Know Act signed into law in 2008 require that colleges and universities provide timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the campus community, to publish an annual security report and an annual fire safety report, distribute the reports to all students and employees, and inform prospective students and employees about the reports. The reports contain descriptions of campus policies and programs relative to campus security and statistics concerning specific types of crimes and fire safety information.  MORE...

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – observed every October - was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online.

Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation. 2016 marks the 13th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
 
While it is important to think about security every time you are online, Cyber Secrurity Awareness Month gives us as part of the University community, an opportunity to bring focus as security is a Shared Responsibility.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security

Staying safer and more secure online starts with STOP. THINK. CONNECT. – the simple, actionable advice anyone can follow. STOP: make sure security measures are in place. THINK: about the consequences of your actions and behaviors online. CONNECT: and enjoy the Internet.  

Whether banking, shopping, social networking, tracking one's health or downloading the latest app, in today’s interconnected world, practicing good cybersecurity is critical. All of us are digital citizens and must learn to stay safer and more secure in their ever-expanding digital lives, including by preventing and responding to identity theft and scams, ensuring that home networks are secure, managing the security of mobile devices and teaching our friends, relatives and children to use the Internet safely, securely and responsibly. 
 
Throughout National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, OIT will be sharing tips and best practices for keeping your computing environments, both personal and professional, secure.
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