University of Alaska’s Future in Flux

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong The UA system employs 923 fewer people and has eliminated or suspended 50 academic programs due to a 53 million dollar decrease in funding over the past three years. In the upcoming year the budget faces a daunting 20 percent decrease in funding. This is a larger decrease…

Strategic Pathways Simplified (Part 2)

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Phase 2 of the Strategic Pathways initiative is assessing the redesign of eight University of Alaska departments in order to reduce costs and streamline the system. The Academic Areas article last issue covered the first four departments.  This one sums up the suggested changes to four main Administrative…

Community Leaders Discuss Civility

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN For the UAS Whalesong Public Administration, journalism, and education professionals came together Feb. 23 at “Political Leadership and Civility” to discuss civility in the Last Frontier and their personal experiences in leadership. UAS School of Management hosted the “Political Leadership and Civility” lecture at 360North as a part of their UAS MPA…

UAS Students Team Up for WorldQuest

BY MARSHA SQUIRES Academic Exchange and Study Away Coordinator For the UAS Whalesong Six brave and knowledgeable UAS students and the Semester at Sea representative to the university accompanied Academic Exchange and Study Away Coordinator Marsha Squires to the annual Juneau World Affairs Council’s (JWAC) WorldQuest fundraiser event Friday, Feb. 3. 

JIRP at Fireside Lecture

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Dr. Erin Whitney, Executive Director of the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP), spoke at the Forest Service’s long running Fireside Lecture Series on Feb. 3 at the Mendenhall Glacier visitor center. JIRP is an eight-week immersion in the wilderness of the Juneau Icefield, which manages the longest running…

“The Vagina Monologues” at UAS

BY DYLYN PETERSON Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong On Feb. 10, UAS put on a production of Eve Ensler’s feminist play “The Vagina Monologues” as part of the V-Day movement, which seeks to end violence against women. V-Day was also created by Ensler, and started as a nationwide group of performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on…

Strategic Pathways In Brief

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong Strategic Pathways Phase 2 is currently in full swing reviewing possible changes to numerous elements within the UA system. Preliminary reports have been submitted for consideration on eight areas, four academic and four administrative. In this and the next issue, I will endeavor to provide a succinct summary…

What’s Next for Strategic Pathways?

BY HOLLY FISHER Staff  Writer, UAS Whalesong As The University of Alaska system continues the long and complex journey of revamping to fit new budget constraints, new information is beginning to be released regarding Phase II of the Strategic Pathways. So far some of the changes have been gradual while others have been more abrupt,…

Ebony Stewart Wows at Concert Series

BY ERIN LAUGHLIN Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong The Alaska Airlines Student Concert Series at UAS presented Ebony Stewart, Slam Poet, a captivating performance utilizing her personal experiences as resources to address issues like sexual health, body image, and self-esteem. In her solo performance, Stewart invited the audience into her art, creating an environment of friendship…