UAS Students and Staff Give Back in Third Annual Day of Service

holly-fisher-1BY HOLLY FISHER
Staff Writer, UAS Whalesong

On Apr. 1, 65 UAS students came together to give back to the Juneau community.

The UAS Day of Service began three years ago as a component of the Alaska Leadership Initiative (AL-I). During the Spring semester of 2015, AL-I students developed and implemented the first Day of Service, managing its creation with minimal oversight. The goal was to formulate an event by students, for students.

After the success of the initial year, the participating AL-I members reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the project, and made plans to put on another Day of Service the following year.

The third annual Day of Service Apr. 1 saw four new organizations participating, and student volunteers up by fifteen people. Continue reading “UAS Students and Staff Give Back in Third Annual Day of Service”

This Sequel is Better: The New Mendenhall Valley Public Library

For the UAS Whalesong
Rarely are sequels better, but in the case of the Valley Public Library take 2, it’s a no-brainer. Having escaped the confines, burnt-pizza-and-pull-tabs ambiance of the Mendenhall Mall, the Valley Library has a new home and, for UAS students, this new venue for studying and hanging out is not to be missed.  It’s the long awaited, recently completed new Mendenhall Valley Library at Dimond Park. That’s right, you can get your swim, soak, sauna on at the Dimond Park pool and then walk next door to the second most beautiful library in Juneau (ok I’m biased because I get to work at Egan Library every day).  Before heading inside, on the walls flanking the entrance be sure to check out the engraved donor bricks.  There are over 800 bricks featuring the names of community members, favorite literary characters and quotations including the bittersweet, “Here lies Dobby, a free elf”.  You’ll also find the names of many UAS alumni and likely those of future UAS students considering the convenient proximity of the facility to Riverbend Elementary and Thunder Mountain High School. Continue reading “This Sequel is Better: The New Mendenhall Valley Public Library”