Category Archives: Informania Interviews

KRUA radio opportunities and more discussed this week on Informania, Thursday at 5pm, 88.1FM,

Connor Keesecker, KRUA Station Manager, and recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate in International Studies, shares information about his experience at KRUA and the great opportunities available for students and community members at UAA’s student radio station.  To find out more about how to get involved at KRUA go to

Sources mentioned this week on Informania include:

Mango Languages, available to Alaskans through, a great resource for historical text, video and audio collections.

The Economist, a resource for current world news.

BBC (British Broadcasting Corp.), a resource for world news from a United Kingdom perspective.

Al Jezeera, English version of Arabic news resource.

Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society with UAA student chapter.

Informania explores UAA’s College and Career Pathways, Monday, May 11, at 9am, replayed Thursday at 5pm, on, 88.1FM.

Monday, May 11, Deb the Librarian interviews Kelly Donnelly, the Director of Outreach and Program Development for College and Career Pathways (CCP).  CCP is part of the Community and Technical College at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

CCP strives to enlighten Alaskan high school students about the various vocational and technical career opportunities; to build bridges between high school, college, and career; and to provide support for students pursuing a vocational or technical career path.

Many courses and programs are integrating academic skills with real-world work tasks, so students can use their math and writing  skills in workplace settings.  Also, programs like the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) demonstrates how organizations working together (for 20 years), can develop educational pathways and support structures to help students succeed academically and vocationally, and become leaders in industry.

For students interested in pursuing a vocational or technical career but feel financially overwhelmed, there may be scholarship funds available to help!  Many scholarships go unclaimed because qualified students do not apply.  All scholarships are not based on grades alone, so it may be worthwhile to submit a University of Alaska Anchorage scholarship application (including the essay)!  For more information, go to

With Anchorage’s Run-off Mayoral Election on Tuesday, May 5, Informania explores the history of elections and political parties. Listen on Thursday at 5pm on 88.1FM,

Monday, May 4, Deb the Librarian interviewed Forrest Nabors, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage.  In this interview, Professor Nabors provides information about the history of elections, and the history of the Democratic and Republican political parties.  He also shares insight into when and why Anchorage has a run-off Mayoral election.  Listen, and be informed!

Congratulations Graduates! Informania explores Graduation Commencement Ceremonies on KRUA, 88.1FM, Monday at 9am, repeated Thursday at 5pm.

Commencement ceremonies provide an opportunity to officially recognize and celebrate the student’s accomplishment of earning a college degree.  Listen to Informania on Monday, April 27, to discover what’s included in a commencement ceremony, and what’s involved with making an event like this happen at UAA!  We also explore the UAA graduate student “Hooding Ceremony.” Guests this week include Annie Route, Director of Student Life and Leadership, and Bridgett Dyson, Special Events Manager.

Learn more about UAA’s Commencement Ceremony at

On today’s show, Annie mentioned the effort of a student to gather donated graduation gowns to bring to her home town in the Eastern European country of Moldova, where celebrating graduation may inspire others to attend college. Read more in the Green and Gold story,  Sending UAA Spirit to Moldova.

A big thank you also goes to Facilities staff; and the many volunteers who play a big part in making this event a success!

UAA Commencement for Spring 2015 graduates will be held Sunday, May 3, at     1 p.m. in the Alaska Airlines Center

Watch it live on GCI channel 1 or live-stream on the GCI website.

 Graduate Degree Hooding Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 2, 3 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Congratulations, University of Alaska Anchorage Graduates!

Planning for the future: Resources for scholarships and job opportunities discussed on KRUA’s Informania!

Monday, April 13, Deb the Librarian shared the following sources that may be useful to students.

Scholarship Opportunities

Go to to register for scholarships at the University of Alaska Anchorage!

Interested in Federal Student Financial Aid?  Go to

Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education has links to multiple financial aid sources, plus an eportfolio system to help you track courses, explore career matches for your interests and skills and create resumes.  Check this out at

Testing and Education Reference Center, a source that has information on multiple colleges and universites, scholarships, and college, and career exams.  Available to all Alaskans!  Find this at

Foundation Directory Online (at UAA’s Consortium Library)

Job Opportunities

Interested in working at the University of Alaska?  Check out job openings from all UA campuses at

Search for jobs nationally through the Consortium Library’s ReferenceUSA database.  UAA students can log onto this with their Blackboard user name and password.

Check out, where employers can post jobs, and university graduates can search for them!

Visit UAA’s Career Services Center!  They can provide guidance on finding jobs and internships, and assist you with creating resumes, and preparing for interviews!



Informania explores distance education and gamification, Thursday at 5pm on, 88.1FM.

UAA Instructional Designer Melissa White shares information about distance education curriculum design and the inclusion of games (gamification) in learning course content.  The UAA department, Academic Innovations and eLearning will be co-hosting the event, Serious Fun, on April 17, 2015.  Students and faculty are welcome to attend!

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Informania explores traumatic brain injury, Monday at 9am, replayed Thurs. at 5pm, on, 88.1FM.

Informania shares databases! Learn a language, watch BrainPop videos, find engine repair manuals, research family history!

Informania celebrates Jazz Week with Music Professor Karen Strid-Chadwick. Listen Thursday at 5pm on or 88.1FM.

Interested in attending Jazz Week events?  See the list of events at!

On February 2, Informania explored ScholarWorks, UA’s institutional research repository.

ScholarWorks is a searchable database of research conducted by faculty, students, and staff at the University of Alaska.  Erik Carlson, the Consortium Library’s Metadata Librarian is responsible for overseeing the development and management of ScholarWorks at UAA.  On February 2, 2015, Erik shared insight into institutional repositories, and the evolving contents of UA’s ScholarWorks database.  Search ScholarWorks to discover what has been added.

Erik also introduced me to a database that searches open source research from a multitude of institutions.  The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) includes more than 70 million documents, including research from UAA.  Check it out at!