September 16, 2014

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014

2015 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Call for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. The prize, which was established in 1989 with funds provided by Mrs. Bullock, is the University of Alaska Foundation’s most prestigious award. The honor, along with the $15,000 that goes directly to each year’s recipient, provides meaningful acknowledgement to its recipient and inspiration to others. Each year the UA Foundation Board of Trustees selects an individual whose work has demonstrated excellence in support of the University of Alaska to be the winner of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence.

Any UA student, faculty, staff member or volunteer who has made a significant contribution to further the university’s mission of “inspiring learning, and advancing and disseminating knowledge through teaching, research, and public service…” is eligible to be nominated for the prize.

The deadline for receipt of complete nomination packets, including application, resume or CV, and letters of reference, is Dec. 1, 2014. Any material postmarked after midnight on the deadline date will be considered for the following year’s prize. Nominations may be mailed or electronically submitted.

For more information, please visit our website,


For more information, call Dory Straight at the UA Foundation, 907-450-8030


For immediate release

Board of Regents to meet in Juneau to approve budgets, policies and programs

The Board of Regents will meet Sept. 18-19 at the University of Alaska Southeast Student Recreation Center on the Juneau campus. Public testimony will be held at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday.

The regents will have an early look at the draft FY16 operating and capital budget requests. They also will review proposed changes to human resources policies, including the addition of administrative leave that could be used in cases of weather or campus closures. The full board also will consider proposed tuition rates for the 2016 academic year.

A number of program changes are up for approval, including a medical assisting certificate at UAS; a post-graduate certificate in speech-language pathology at the University of Alaska Anchorage; and deletion of early childhood programs at UAS. The provosts will present a program review and accreditation report to the Academic and Student Affairs committee, as well as a credit transfer summary report.

The Facilities and Land Management Committee will receive updates on several major projects in the system, including Kenai Peninsula College student housing and career and tech center, Juneau campus modifications, the UAA and UAF engineering buildings, the UAF combined heat and power plant, deferred maintenance and more.

The Audit Committee will review the 2014 Audit and Consulting Services annual report, consider the UA Foundation FY15 Operating budget, and hear an update on the UA identity theft prevention program.

The Lumina Foundation will make an informational presentation to the full board on Thursday morning. The focus will be on the state of higher education in Alaska within the national context.

On Thursday evening, the board will have an opportunity to view the new freshman housing complex at UAS.

You can find the board agenda in advance of the meeting at

All portions of the meeting except executive sessions will be webstreamed live at the following link:


For more information: Kate Ripley, 907-450-8102 or