Fall colors reflect in the windows of the Butrovich Builing. Photo by Nile Mueller

Bullock award

Alan Boraas, professor of anthropology at Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, is this year’s recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. The Bullock prize, which provides a $20,000 cash award, is the largest single award made annually by the UA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. MORE

UA president search update

Dr. Elaine Hairston, the consultant from Academic Search hired by the UA Board of Regents, spent several days in September meeting (either in person or through video and audio conferencing) with UA faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau. MORE...

Board of Regents meeting

The Board of Regents met in Juneau September 24 & 25. They approved new accademic programs, several construction and renovation projects and a new tuition rate for the 2011-2012 academic year.� MORE

Fall Safety tips

It is the time of year when school is back in session and the first hint of winter is in the air. Heightening our awareness and remembering basic safety concepts allows us actively to reduce our risks, while promoting security and safety. MORE...

Flu shots and sick leave

WIN for Alaska will be on UA campuses to distribute seasonal flu shots. The cost will be $25 for the shot. This is for the regular flu not the new H1N1 strain.

It is very important for employess who are sick to stay home to prevent the spread of illness. Please review this message on sick leave and preventative actions from Chief HR Officer Beth Behner. MORE...


Prevention is key when it comes to keeping healthy and stopping the spread of disease. As the world keeps its attention on the novel H1N1 flu, efforts aimed at prevention and education have been intensified. On the UAF campus this is illustrated by the installation of hand sanitizer dispensers in every major entryway on campus. Use them! Help stop the spread of illness.


Spikies for this upcoming season are now available from the System Office of Risk Services, Suite 106 at the Butrovich Building. If you work in one of the other buildings contact the nearest Risk Services office for your pair. Sizes are available from small to XX Large.

What are Spikies and how do they prevent injuries? HERE
Additional fall prevention tips HERE

Use payroll deduction to help grow your college savings account

To make saving for college as convenient as possible, the university offers payroll deduction as a contribution method for accounts in the UA College Savings Plan. Payroll deduction is a great way to help new or existing participants grow their accounts.

The UA College Savings Plan, managed by T. Rowe Price, is a tax-advantaged way to save for future college expenses and Accounts in the Plan may be used at UA or any other eligible school nationwide.� You can use your account in conjunction with the UA employee tuition waiver to cover expenses such as room, board, books and fees. Accounts also lock in resident tuition rates at UA,* even if you relocate out of state.

For information on setting up an account or contributing through payroll deduction, visit http://www.alaska.edu/collegesavings or call (907) 474-5671.
*Certain restrictions apply.

Hamiltons host Staff Appreciation receptions

President Hamilton and his wife Patty will be hosting Staff Appreciation receptions October 6th and 7th at their residence at 431 Gold Dust. The casual gathering includes light hors d'oeuvres, beverages and conversation. Invitations distributed September 28 indicate which night each employee has been invited to. A luncheon for Anchorage based Statewide employees is scheduled for Friday October 2. MORE...

Disc golf course update

UAF Chancellor Rogers introduced the Disc Golf Course plan to faculty, staff and students during his convocation. Facilities Services has installed nine of the baskets near the UAF core campus area - mostly as a teaser to students. The baskets will be removed as soon as snow begins to accumulate. Yardage markers and tee-off zones have not been identified but are being planned for the spring installation.

Three statewide offices: Public Affairs, UA College Savings Plan and OIT have committed to sponsor baskets on the course.

SAA News

Summary of the September 9 meeting of the Statewide Administration Assembly, the governance group for Statewide employees. SAA's next meeting is set for October 14, 2009. MORE....

Land Sales

The University of Alaska is currently offering over 200 properties for sale throughout Alaska. The parcels range in size from approximately 1 acre to 160 acres, with minimum asking prices ranging from $6,000 to $400,000.� The University is offering up to 90% financing on all sales to qualified buyers.� In addition to the land sales, the University is also offering nine properties for commercial lease or natural resource extraction (gravel/mineral). More detailed information regarding these properties is also available on the Land Management website at: www.ualand.com.

Ethics Act Compliance & Annual Disclosure of Employment or Services Outside of University of Alaska

All University employees, including regular, term, temporary, student and full and part-time faculty and staff are responsible for complying with the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act (Alaska Statute 39.52). For example, the Act regulates: Official Action that affects your personal or financial interests; Misuse of Official Position; Abuse of Subordinates; Misuse of Resources; Partisan politics; Use of information; Gifts; Participation in Grants, Contracts, Leases & Loans; Representation of 3rd Parties; and Post-Employment Actions.

Employees also must disclose any work they perform outside of their University employment. Examples of outside activities that must be disclosed are self-employment, independent contracting, or consulting. MORE....

Ethics quick reference HERE

Employment disclosure form PDF

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