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!

Informania explores ePorfolios, Monday Feb. 16, 9am-10am, on UAA’s 88.1FM,

Informania explores the LibQual Survey, and how student feedback has changed the Library. Thursday at 5pm on, 88.1FM.

Guests, and members of the Library Assessment Team, Anna Bjartsmardottir and Rebecca Moorman share insight about the LibQual Survey, and how the LibQual Survey results from 2008 and 2011 have been used to evolve Library resources, services, and facilities.  All UAA and APU students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to complete the survey.  Make your voice count!

PRPE writing courses are explored this week on Informania, 88.1FM,

Deb the Librarian interviews Community and Technical College (CTC) Associate Professor, Shannon Gramse, about the Preparatory Development (PRPE) composition courses, and the role of PRPE courses for incoming university students.  The evolution of the program, course content, and resources are discussed.

Listen to Informania on Monday, 9am or Thursday 5pm.  Listen and be informed!