The Aurora Borealis lit up the horizon across Auke Lake on Sunday night, prompting a flock of UAS students to gather and take photos on the dock. The show lasted about 2 hours, resulting in some spectacular low-exposure photos. Students got in front of the cameras to snap group photos and portraits with the aurora in the background. Students Liz Fruechtnicht and Alyson Kenney brought … Continue reading “Mountain Mohawks!” UAS Students Capture Sunday’s Aurora in Stunning Photos
IRONMAN Brings Cash to Campus The 2022 Ironman Alaska triathlon was held in Juneau on Aug. 7, the first time the international event has been held in the state. The UAS campus served as the start and finish lines, as well as all transition points and the Ironman village. The Student Recreation Center was the base of operations for the race, according to Dave Klein, … Continue reading Keeping It Moving at the Student Rec Center
UAS Juneau was bustling on the morning of Aug. 27, as faculty and staff welcomed new students to the University of Alaska Southeast. These new undergraduates comprise the largest enrollment group UAS has seen in a long time. As of Sept. 15, UAS had 479 new undergraduate students, compared to 457 last year, according to Kristen Handley, Director of Institutional Effectiveness. Almost 72 percent, or … Continue reading UAS Welcomes New Students
“Faculty working conditions are student learning conditions” was the rallying cry outside the University of Alaska Board of Regents meetings in Juneau on Sept. 8-9. Frustration has grown among members of United Academics (UNAC), the union that represents all University of Alaska faculty, as bargaining with UA for a new contract has entered its second year. “We made concession after concession after concession,” said Abel … Continue reading UNAC and UA: Still at Odds
President Joe Biden’s three-part “Student Loan Forgiveness Plan,” announced in August, could provide thousands of dollars in federal loan debt relief for low and middle-income students across the U.S. The White House on Sept. 20 estimated that 60, 500 Alaskan students would qualify, including 37,300 Alaska Pell Grant borrowers. The cost of a college education has steadily risen over the years. Where federal aid once … Continue reading What About It?: Loan Forgiveness
If you were waiting to get vaccinated because it wasn’t FDA approved, there’s nothing stopping you now. As of August 23, the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, now marketed as Comirnaty, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use as a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been safe to use for those older than 16 since it’s emergency use authorization on December 11, 2020, according to … Continue reading This Editorial is not FDA approved
By Margaret Everson, Staff Writer Are you tired of wearing a mask and staying six feet from others? Many people are. “Masks are sometimes uncomfortable and irritating to wear,” said Alex Tugaw, a second-year student at UAS, “but they’re an essential part of protecting our community.” Another student, who asked to remain anonymous, said masks are “a big conspiracy theory.” Whatever your opinions about masks … Continue reading Another semester of COVID-19?: What’s changed?
By Kenedy Williams, Staff Writer The University of Alaska Southeast welcomed the new Dean of Art and Sciences, Carin Silkaitis, to campus in July 2021. Silkaitis uses she/her and they/them pronouns and is a proudly a nonbinary queer person on campus. They/them pronouns in this story will be used to reference Silkaitis. Silkaitis and her wife Chrissy Sarch have two children; one is a senior … Continue reading Spotlight with Carin Silkaitis, Dean of Arts and Sciences
By Margaret Everson, Staff Writer In the June 2021 Board of Regents meeting, Interim President Pat Pitney announced that education programs within the University of Alaska system would focus on collaboration between Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau. This decision reversed previous efforts to consolidate UA education programs to the Alaska College of Education, which was to be hosted at UAS. According to a 2016 UA press … Continue reading What happened to the Alaska College of Education?