August 2014

Casenotes Header: Amazing STories, AK Airlines center and the new Engineering Building

Palmer Mayor DeLena Johnson is charter member of new Mat-Su Alumni Chapter. UAA Weed Pull success.

Dear Community,

This summer has been busier than usual as work is done to set up a transparent and effective post process for our prioritization efforts. The prioritization reports will be released to the entire UAA community on Aug. 11, when faculty return to campus. Prior to that, deans, directors and heads of major administrative units will be notified of their functions and academic programs in the transform and further review categories. Based on the prioritization reports and extensive further review of programs and functions at risk, senior university leadership and select members of the original task forces will develop a reduction and reallocation plan for FY16 and beyond. The plan will be finalized by Dec. 30.  I am confident that the work that everyone has put into this process and the work that will be done in the coming months will pay off in making UAA stronger.

While we are spending much time on strategic alignment with prioritization efforts and "Shaping Alaska's Future," it is important to appreciate all that UAA is doing every day to serve our prospective, new and returning students. Throughout the summer, high school students have been on campus taking classes helping them prepare for careers in health, sciences and engineering. HOWL days are in full swing with fun and informative orientations for new students. Saturday, Aug. 23, Freshman Convocation and Campus Kick-Off continue to welcome students to the 2014-2015 academic year.

I invite you to join me and your colleagues on Thursday, Aug. 21 for Faculty and Staff Convocation. This special event is an important time to recognize the excellence among our faculty and staff and to thank one and all for your service. This year there will be more time and space to socialize with breakfast served in Lucy Cuddy Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m. Walk over to the Wendy at 9:45 and watch highlights of the past year, a special student presentation and more. Faculty and Staff Convocation is a great way to reconnect, look at where we’ve been, where we’re headed and commit to making 2014-2015 the best year ever for UAA.