Whalesong Podcast Announcement

New things are coming for Whalesong. The UAS campus newspaper is moving in a new direction.  Beginning fall semester, Whalesong will have digital-only releases, with weekly stories online at our website, uaswhalesong.com. The main publication will be a news podcast, released weekly on the website and on platforms such as Spotify and Google Podcasts. Listen to weekly campus updates, interviews, and learn about noteworthy events.  … Continue reading Whalesong Podcast Announcement

Wildlife Corner

Great in color, great in black and white, and good to have around, these feathered friends are often mistaken for each other. Crows and ravens are members of the corvid family, a diverse group of birds with 133 species worldwide. Most corvids are medium-sized birds that molt once a year but show remarkable intelligence for their size. Many people regard corvids as the most intelligent … Continue reading Wildlife Corner

What about Willow?

News of the Willow Project has been sweeping the internet for a while now. Many might recognize the hashtag “StopWillow” on posts and videos, which invokes the question “what is Willow?” and “what impact will it have on the climate and Alaska wildlife?”  The Willow Project is located on the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A), 23-million acres of federal land on Alaska’s North Slope set aside … Continue reading What about Willow?

Would you like to go on exchange?

Where would you’d like to study? What about Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Hawaii, and Ghana? Through UAS academic exchange programs, students can travel the world and study wherever they choose.  According to Miranda Barril, UAS Exchange and Study Away Coordinator, students who are interested in an academic exchange or study abroad program have two options. The first option is the International Student Exchange Program. It … Continue reading Would you like to go on exchange?

The State of the University

UA President Pat Pitney delivered her third State of the University address on Feb. 21 in Fairbanks. The in-person event took place during the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce weekly business lunch. Pitney chose to highlight campus successes and how the university empowers Alaska.  Pitney began the address by acknowledging the indigenous communities of Alaska and the land the university resides on. She then thanked those … Continue reading The State of the University

The Mighty SE&L Award: March

The Mighty SE&L award, a collaborative effort by the Student Activities Board and the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership, highlights the accomplishments of students who are making a positive impact on the Campus Life experience through student involvement opportunities. Students are nominated through a submission form and then voted on by the Student Activities Board, who select one recipient to receive the award while … Continue reading The Mighty SE&L Award: March

We make offerings through the fire

UAS students, faculty and friends honored Professor Sol Neely, Ph.D., who died in October while backpacking in Washington state, where he was teaching at Heritage University.   Alaska Native Studies Professor X’unei Lance Twitchell led a Tlingit fire dish ceremony at Noyes Pavilion on Nov. 12. “We make offerings through the fire,” Twitchell said as he handed out cards, suggesting those gathered write Neely’s name … Continue reading We make offerings through the fire

Spotlight: Meet the new Dean of Students

The University of Alaska Southeast has appointed Nathan Bodenstadt as the new Dean of Students.     Located on the Juneau campus but also serving UAS Sitka and Ketchikan campuses, the Dean of Students oversees a variety of departments, including Residence Life, the Recreation Center, Counseling, the Health Clinic, Student Activities, and the Native and Rural Student Center.  The Dean of Students is also part of the … Continue reading Spotlight: Meet the new Dean of Students

Update: Gen Z Blocks Red Wave in 2022 Midterms

Alaska voters returned incumbent Mike Dunleavy to the governor’s office, Mary Peltola to her U.S. House seat, and Lisa Murkowski to her seat in the U.S. Senate on Nov. 23, when ranked choice vote tabulation factored in second and third choice votes on top of the first choice counted on Election Day. A constitutional convention proposed in Ballot Measure 1 failed. The results show an … Continue reading Update: Gen Z Blocks Red Wave in 2022 Midterms

Reproductive rights and Alaska

In the November general election, more than 70 percent of Alaska voters rejected holding a  Constitutional Convention, leaving the state’s constitutional privacy clause unchanged for another 10 years.  The privacy clause protects abortion and reproductive rights in Alaska, one of the few states where abortion remains legal now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. Since that June decision, 13 states have … Continue reading Reproductive rights and Alaska