Informania explores longboarding, starting a business, and literacy advocacy with 907Boards owner, Casey Conner, age 16. 88.1FM, kruaradio.org

On Wednesday, February 3, from 9am-10am, Informania host Deb the Librarian interviewed Casey Conner (age 16), and 907Boards co-owner (and Casey’s Mom), Lisa Conner, about Casey’s longboard business, 907Boards. Casey first developed interest in creating longboards while a middle school student at Hanshew in an afternoon wood shop program.  For seven months now, he has been running his own longboard store in Anchorage, near Dimond and Old Seward (between Papa John’s and the Pink Elephant Car Wash).  On this Informania show, Casey and Lisa discuss the steps they took to establish Casey’s business of designing and making longboards and opening a store.  They have also expanded services to include longboard lessons, field trips, and birthday parties (they have a half pipe in the back of the store!).   Casey welcomes opportunities to be a guest speaker at schools, and invites field trips to his business.

Longboarding

In addition to sharing about business development, Casey provides education about longboarding, differences between a longboard and skateboard, and talkes about the longboarding community events he organizes.  Casey welcomes opportunities to teach people of all ages how to longboard.  Safety equipment is a must!!!

Check out this article about 907Boards:  http://www.concretewavemagazine.com/page/3/

LB4C

Casey and Lisa are passionate about helping students that learn differently develop literacy.  They are advocating for this through Longboards for Change, LB4C.  They believe all people have the right to a good education, and strive to promote literacy for all.  Lisa and Casey want to bring awareness to literacy services, and help parents easily find the resources they need to help children struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges.  Longboarding provides a healthy way to engage students and draw attention to this important cause.  Way to go, 907Boards!

You can call 907Boards at 907-242-0166, or check them out at 907Boards.com or on Facebook.  Their store on Old Seward is open 12pm-6pm, 7 days per week.

This Informania show will be replayed on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 5pm.  Listen and be informed!

Balancing studies and work? Discover best practices from a hardworking student, Thursday at 5pm on Informania.

Deb the Librarian interviewed Tessamae Endes on October 19, 2015 to learn how she manages to effectively balance her full-time schedule at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and her 20-hour-per-week work schedule at the Consortium Library.  Tessa is a hard-working, knowledgeable student, who is at the Library many hours ready to assist students with printing and technology questions.  Listen to Informania and learn her strategies for success!

Learn about the movement for free textbooks, Monday, 9am, on Informania (replayed Thursday at 5pm), www.kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

On September 24, Deb the Librarian interviewed Cable Green, Director of Global Learning for the Creative Commons, and a champion for free textbooks (open educational resources)!  Also in the studio were Dave Dannenberg, Director of Academic Innovations and  eLearning, and Michael Stormo, Production Assistant for KRUA.  Listen and be informed!

Are you taking online courses through UAA? Librarians want your feedback! Learn more on Informania, Monday at 9am or Thursday at 5pm on 88.1FM / kruaradio.org.

On Monday, September 28, Deb the Librarian interviews Consortium Library faculty Lorelei Sterling, Christie Ericson, and Jennifer McKay about a survey to explore distance education and library resources at UAA.  We want to help you, students!

Also, Banned Books Week is celebrated next week, reminding us that we have the freedom to read books and listen to music that we choose, in spite of the popular books and numerous songs that have been challenged throughout the years.

Listen, and be informed!

ePortfolio researchers Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light share insights and best practices on Informania, Thursday at 5pm, 88.1FM, kruaradio.org.

On August 31, 2015, Deb the Librarian had the great fortune to interview Helen Chen, Senior Researcher for the Designing Education Lab and the Director of ePortfolio Initiative at Stanford University, and Tracy Penny Light, Executive Director of the Centre for Student Engagement and Learning at Thomson Rivers University in British Columbia.  Listen to this Informania to discover the value and many applications of ePortfolios; and how they are used as an effective high impact learning opportunity and a tool to demonstrate skills, competencies and learning abilities.

Deb the Librarian interviews Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light

Deb the Librarian interviews Helen Chen and Tracy Penny Light

Student Union services and activities (i.e. free food, gear rentals) discussed this week on Informania! (Mon. 9am, Thurs. 5pm) on kruaradio.org, 88.1FM.

August 24, Deb the Librarian spoke with Dana Bonifacio-Sample, the Associate Director of Student Union, Student Activities, and Commuter Student Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA).  Dana shared useful information about student services, and her goals for expanding the services and opportunities for students at the Student Union.  Currently, complimentary food is served in the Daily Den (1st floor of Student Union), Monday through Friday, at 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm.  Summer and winter gear  (mountain bikes, kayaks, snowshoes, and more) is available for rental on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. There is also musical entertainment in the Student Union on Wednesdays during the lunch hour, and rooms in the Student Union for student clubs to use for meetings and events.

Additionally, there are many student job opportunities at the Student Union, Interested in exploring what student job opportunities are available at UAA?  Check out  www.uakjobs.com!

For more information about resources and services offered through the Student Union and Student Activities, check out the Student Union and Commuter Services website!