New for the Coming Year..More Study Space, More Library Hours, More Study Rooms, and Wolfcards.

It is hard not to notice the improvements at the Library. On the second floor, near the computers, there is a new open study area. Across the bridge, in the health journals collection area, low shelving has been installed to open up the floor providing more daylight and more visibility for the computer lab, CCEL, and the government documents and Alaska collections. There is now more study space along the windows near the journal collection. In relocating the low shelving from the first to the second floor, new study space was created along the south windows on the first floor. The Library will be purchasing furniture for these new study areas.

In response to student requests, the Library is open more hours this year. The Library is open until 1am, Sunday – Thursday. In order to provide a more secure after hours study facility, university IDs are required to enter the building after 10pm.


An additional group study room was built replacing the copy machine room on the second floor. Use of the copy machines has dropped over the years while the demand for group study rooms remains high. Four closed carrels on the second floor are available on-demand for individual study while the remaining closed carrels will be reserved for graduate students working on their theses or dissertations. Students will soon have the option of reserving group study rooms online.


To help students obtain their Wolfcards more conveniently, the Library now serves as an additional site for issuing UAA’s ID card. Staff at the circulation desk was trained last month on how to produce Wolfcards. This new service at the Library has been very well received.

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Women and Investing for the Future- Sept 12

Women and Investing for the Future

- the first seminar in a series on Life and Estate Planning presented by UAA and the U/Med Collaborative

Sept. 12th in Room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library, 6-7:30 p.m.

Do you want to get a better handle on investing for the future? Figure out how you can plan for your retirement, take care of your family needs and still give back to the community? Please join UAA and the U-Med Collaborative for a special series on Life and Estate Planning beginning September 12th.

Speakers: Marie Murdock, CRPC, VP-Investments, Wealth Advisor UBS Financial Services, Inc. with special guest Jo Michalski

Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m. cookies and coffee will be provided
Marie Murdock and Jo Michalski will discuss finances, budgeting, investing and philanthropy.
Feel free to invite your partner as the information will be beneficial to all who want to achieve financial independence. Email or call (907) 786-1887 to reserve your seat. Space is limited, so R.S.V.P. today.

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Graduate School Welcome Reception and Resource Fair, Sept. 20

Graduate School Welcome Reception and Resource Fair

Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-7 p.m.

UAA/APU Consortium Library, Rooms 307/309

The Graduate School Reception and Resource Fair introduces and reacquaints new and returning graduate students to and with the many resources available at UAA. This year’s fair will be Sept. 20 from 4-7 p.m. in LIB 307/309.
The reception will include food, beverages, door prizes, an opportunity to meet staff and, best of all, a chance to make some new friends in your master’s cohort. A resource fair will take place in the alcove outside of LIB 307 and 309 during the Welcome Reception. Staff from across campus will have tables set up to provide information about their services. Student clubs will also be represented.
For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.

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Lloyd Cluff presents ‘The Practice of Earthquake Geology: Career-Changing Events and Life Stories,’ Sept. 11

Lloyd Cluff presents ‘The Practice of Earthquake Geology: Career-Changing Events and Life Stories,’
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Earthquake geologist Lloyd Cluff has gained international renown for his work investigating more than 50 major earthquakes and safeguarding critical facilities around the world, including the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, the Aswan Dam in Egypt and the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in California, among others.
His background as a mountaineer and skier, coupled with his investigation following the 1964 Good Friday ‘quake made Cluff a natural choice to lead a team of earthquake geologists during the construction of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline that has set the industry standard for Alaska’s oil transportation security for the past 35 years.
Cluff has received numerous awards for his work, including the George W. Housner Medal–the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s highest honor. He is also the recipient of the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Award in Excellence for Lifetime Achievements in Earthquake Risk Reduction. Cluff was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978 and is still a member today. He is director emeritus of Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco, where he’s spent the past 26 years of his career managing the company’s earthquake risks.
Admission is free. For more information, call (907) 786-1900.
This event is sponsored by the UAA School of Engineering and the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission with support from the Ralph and Marie George Engineering Professorship Fund.

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‘Dinosaurs Under the Aurora’ presented by Roland A. Gangloff

‘Dinosaurs Under the Aurora’ presented by Roland A. Gangloff

Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Long before the North Slope of Alaska was being exploited for its petroleum resources, it was a place where dinosaurs roamed. ‘Dinosaurs under the Aurora’ immerses readers in the challenges, stark beauty and hard-earned rewards of conducting paleontological field work in the Arctic. Roland A. Gangloff recounts the significant discoveries of field and museum research on Arctic dinosaurs, most notably of the last 25 years when the remarkable record of dinosaurs from Alaska was compiled.
Roland A. Gangloff is emeritus associate professor of geology and geophysics at UAF and former curator of Earth Science at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He is presently a visiting scholar at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
This event is free and open to the public. There will also be free parking in the South Lot (the lot just across from the bookstore) for it.
For more information, visit the Bookstore website or contact Rachel Epstein at or (907) 786-4782.

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Webinar: ‘Effective academic advising for first-year students: a critical foundation for success,’ July 10

Webinar: ‘Effective academic advising for first-year students: a critical foundation for success,’ July 10

Tuesday, July 10, 9 a.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 302A

This webinar, based on the recent work of Betsy Barefoot, Ph.D., will explore the integral role advising plays in the success of first-year and undecided students and suggest effective practices to improve the persistence of today’s increasingly diverse population of students entering college. Participants will learn how to define student success broadly, looking at and beyond issues of academic performance and retention. Participants will also look closely at the best practices for promoting success among several unique subgroups of students. Participants will leave with tools to create effective policies and practices at their own institutions.
Community campuses are welcome to call in, but must R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 6, by calling (907) 786-4506.

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Commencement Polaris Lecture: ‘Conserving Liberty’ with Mark Blitz-May 4

Commencement Polaris Lecture: ‘Conserving Liberty’ with Mark Blitz

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Lewis Haines Meeting Room, Room 307

The last Polaris Lecture of the term, the Commencement Polaris Lecture, will be held on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewis E. Haines Meeting Room, Room 307 of the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The lecturer is Mark N. Blitz, Fletcher Jones Professor of Political Philosophy and director of the Henry Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College. He served during the Reagan administration as associate director of the United States Information Agency and as a senior professional staff member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He has been vice president of the Hudson Institute and has taught political theory at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of “Conserving Liberty,” “Plato’s Political Philosophy,” “Duty Bound: Responsibility and American Public Life,” “Heidegger’s ‘Being and Time’ and the Possibility of Political Philosophy” and is co-editor (with William Kristol) of “Educating the Prince.”

Professor Blitz’s lecture title is “Conserving Liberty” and addresses the question of how we can preserve and advance individual liberty in the United States in the face of the intellectual, moral, and political challenges that it faces. This talk will focus on the grounding of our individual liberty in natural rights, and the links, weak and strong, among liberty, good character, effective social institutions and self-government.

You can listen to podcasts of previous Polaris Lectures by visitng the UAA podcast feed.

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‘Climate Change and the Frontiers of Ethics’ with Dale Jamieson, April 20

‘Climate Change and the Frontiers of Ethics’ with Dale Jamieson

Friday, April 20, 7-9 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Professor Dale Jamieson, director of Environmental Studies at New York University will deliver the keynote address of the 7th Annual UAA Undergraduate Philosophy Conference. Jamieson is the author of Ethics and the Environment: An Introduction and Morality’s Progress: Essays on Humans, Other Animals, and the Rest of Nature.

For more information, visit the Philosophy Department website.

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The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

The Library’s New Kaleidoscope

A kaleidoscope can be defined as “a tube-shaped optical instrument that is rotated to produce a succession of symmetrical designs by means of mirrors reflecting the constantly changing patterns made by bits of colored glass at one end of the tube.” Invented in the early 1880s, kaleidoscopes enjoyed a rapid evolution for a century, largely at the hands of scientific instrument-makers. More recently, they were rediscovered by talented artists, who have explored the art form using different mirror systems, object chambers and sculptural forms.

The Consortium Library’s kaleidoscope was donated by Trevor and Sally Bremner, whose guests from down-under last summer, discovered a wave kaleidoscope in a local gallery. Trevor and Sally decided that such interactive art would be a perfect addition to the Library.

UAA Facilities was asked to build a custom stand for the kaleidoscope and they did a skillful job in constructing a wooden pedestal. Installed near the circulation desk, the Library’s new wave kaleidoscope has four tubes for viewing so more people can enjoy the magic. It was designed by Will Smith, an innovative California artist who studied oceanography and fine arts at American River College in Sacramento, and went on to combine his passions in his KaleidoWave© series of kaleidoscopes. Will has taken special care to incorporate UAA’s colors into the decorative glass plate that floats atop the fountain. Will Smith reportedly is very pleased that his kaleidoscope was placed in such a public, much visited space.

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Climate Change: A Public Conversation

Climate Change: A Public Conversation
When: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 11:30 AM – Thu, Mar 22, 2012 1:00 PM

Where: Library 307

‘Climate Change: A Public Conversation,’

Thursday, March 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Everyone is welcome to attend “Climate Change: A Public Conversation,” as UAA students and faculty discuss the ethical issues related to climate change and the impacts on health, food security and environmental and social justice. Refreshments served.

Event sponsored by the UAA Department of Philosophy in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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