Reserved parking spot for the Chancellor’s Office

Why does the chancellor have a reserved spot in the visitor parking lot in front of the registrar’s office? I thought I had found a place to park, but when I pulled in, there was a “Reserved for Chancellor” bag over the meter. There are so few visitor parking spots as it is, so I find this to be ridiculous!

I know I can park in a far away lot and take a shuttle, but when I only need to pick up a transcript, it shouldn’t take me an hour!

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UAF and CSU accept 10 students to first vet class

chris-et-alMeghan Murphy

The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University joint veterinary medicine program is welcoming its first class of future veterinarians.

The program has asked 10 candidates, including five Alaska residents, to be the first students in the universities’ joint professional program, which will open its doors in the fall of 2015.

Of the Alaska residents, one undergraduate attends UAF and one studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. Two attend out-of-state universities and one is currently working in Anchorage. The remaining candidates are residents of other states.

The candidates have until April 15 to accept the offer.

Arleigh Reynolds, associate dean for UAF’s Department of Veterinary Medicine, said the professional veterinary medicine program has come a long way since its idea was conceived several years ago.

“It was exciting to get this program on its feet, hire faculty and get all the facilities ready,” he said. “But the real joy is bringing the students in and helping them reach a lifelong goal.”

The program is a partnership between UAF’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics and CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, one of the top veterinary schools in the country. Students receive their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from CSU, but their starting point is at UAF. They will take the CSU veterinary curriculum for all four years. The first two years are taught at UAF and students then complete their second two years at CSU.

The program admits 10 students per year, giving preference to Alaska residents. Residents pay the reduced tuition of approximately $28,000 their first two years while non-residents pay the full price of $56,000.

Christine Hardy, who oversees admissions and student services for CSU’s veterinary program said the candidates for the first class are outstanding.

“Each candidate presented an application that shows they have the full package,” she said. “They have excellent academics, strong recommendations and additional attributes such as leadership, interpersonal, communication and business skills to thrive in the program and excel in veterinary medicine. This inaugural class will pave the path for those who follow.”

Hardy was part of the selection committee, which included faculty from both UAF and CSU.

Chris Clement, a biology and wildlife major from UAF, received one of the offers.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I remember when I first heard about there being a potential vet program at UAF.”

Clement said he originally had planned to attend veterinary school out of state until he saw the program developing while he attended UAF.

CNSM Dean Paul Layer said the inaugural class will be a significant milestone. “We’re happy to have such outstanding students as candidates because they will be leading the way for others,” he said.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Arleigh Reynolds, associate dean for the Department of Veterinary Medicine, College of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 474-7904, Christine Hardy, senior director for Professional Veterinary Medicine Student Services, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, 970-491-7054,


University of Alaska president sets retirement date

bimmc9iw8ra1f0ijv4xl1c2nqqwq2h0University of Alaska President Patrick K. Gamble informed the Board of Regents on Friday that he plans to retire June 1, 2015. Gamble was appointed president, following a national search, on June 1, 2010.

Under Gamble’s leadership, the university developed Shaping Alaska’s Future, an initiative to ensure UA is serving the learning, research, economic, social and cultural needs of Alaska and Alaskans. UA is seeing positive results in a number of key areas, including improved graduation rates, more degrees and certificates awarded, and increased degrees in high demand areas like engineering, health disciplines and teacher education.

“We are up and running in moving the University of Alaska forward on a path that builds on excellence and enhances its sustainability,” Gamble noted. “We have a solid team of strong leaders — the chancellors, provosts, and other system executives, as well as highly engaged faculty and staff — who are working together and coming up with innovative ways to advance the university.”

Board of Regents Chair Jo Heckman said, “President Gamble has been the right leader to guide the university through a period of rapid change in the higher education landscape. While it is hard to see him leave, the work he’s done makes the University of Alaska highly attractive to potential candidates for the position.”

The Board of Regents will discuss the process for filling the president’s position at a scheduled board retreat in January.

“President Gamble’s commitment to the university and its students is a deep and genuine one,” Heckman said. “It capstones a lifetime of serving our country and our state. He deserves the time that retirement will allow to enjoy family and explore personal interests.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Carla Beam, vice president of university relations,, 907-786-1359.

Fisheries degrees become more accessible to rural Alaskans

Fisheries-BA-Alexander-Nicori-11Dec2014-001Sharice Walker

With a just a phone line and Internet access, a student anywhere in Alaska can now earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.

The school offers the only Bachelor of Arts degree in fisheries in North America and this year adopted two new concentrations within the degree program that will provide students a more focused undergraduate experience. Incoming students will now select a concentration in either rural and community development or business and social sciences.

The rural and community development track is being offered through a partnership with UAF College of Rural and Community Development and is designed to provide a full degree program to rural Alaska residents. Courses are delivered through a combination of audio conference, videoconference and e-learning avenues. Students also can attend classes at UAF rural campuses.

“I feel really fortunate that we have this option out here,” said fisheries student Jennifer Peeks, who lives in Bethel and has opted for the rural and community development concentration. “I like that it provides a focus on rural involvement and things that affect rural communities, it was a good fit for my goals of working with subsistence issues and communities here.”

The program will provide a broad background of knowledge for students interested in fisheries business, administration, and leadership in rural and indigenous communities in Alaska and the circumpolar North. This degree program will focus on increasing cultural awareness, strengthening leadership capacity and fostering community development, with an emphasis on the sustainable management of fisheries.

“The goal is to train students to be community leaders while they are in their communities,” said Trent Sutton, fisheries professor and associate dean at the school. “There will be a lot of fish classes and a lot of rural development classes.”

The fisheries business and social science concentration is designed for students interested in opportunities in seafood or fisheries business fields, or a social sciences facet such as anthropology or political science.

All incoming student will need to decide on which concentration to pursue by the end of the second year. Students can gain further subject matter depth through their choice of minor. The UAF fisheries BA degree was first created in 2009 and currently has 18 students.

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Trent Sutton,, 907-474-7285

Courtney Carothers,, 907-375-1412