October 2014

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October means the Kendall Hockey Classic Homecoming, and the nighttime Campus Safety Walk.

Dear Community,

It’s been amazing to watch our Seawolf women’s volleyball team compete in the new Alaska Airlines Center. Just a quick walk from student housing, I’m seeing more students than ever filling the stands.  The AAC is a real game changer and great “communiversity” resource. AAC hosted the Visit Anchorage Evening Business Exchange on Thursday and the Green & Gold Gala Saturday night. And, AAC’s Raven’s Nest walking track recently opened to the public. We welcome our U-Med District neighbors and members of the community to take advantage of our great new facility!

Green and gold gala ice sculpture
More than 450 people attended the first Green & Gold Gala in the Alaska Airlines Center. The event raised about $80,000 for student scholarship.

You may have heard that the Board of Regents decided not to increase tuition for the coming academic year, which will have the effect of increasing our budget shortfall. Now, more than ever, the work that everyone has done on prioritization will help us focus our resources on programs and services that best fulfill our mission and the needs of our students and state. We will keep you informed of decisions in the next phase of our prioritization process, with the goal of beginning implementation in early 2015.

Next week, Oct. 8-9, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights will be visiting campus to learn more about how UAA handles allegations and complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence involving students. I encourage students to attend one of the focus groups or one of the open office hours to discuss these issues. The more we know and better understand our campus environment, the more we can do to keep everyone safe. Letter from the Chancellor.

There is much to be proud of at UAA, including UAA’s designation for the sixth consecutive year as a Military Friendly™ School. Thanks to UAA’s Military & Veteran Student Resource Center and our welcoming community, UAA’s nearly 2,100 active-duty service members, veterans and their families have strong support for their success at UAA.