Fran Ulmer: 'The Emerging Arctic: Is the United States Ready?'

2013-10-04 by

Fran Ulmer will be speaking about Arctic exploration and environmental concerns. She was appointed Chair of the US Arctic Research Commission by Barack Obama in March 2011. Ms. Ulmer has a long history of public service, including serving at Lt. Governor of the State of Alaska, the Mayor of Juneau, and Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

This event was sponsored by the UAA Department of Political Science.

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Program Prioritization open briefing for faculty and staff, session 1

2013-10-03 by

The Program Prioritization leadership teams held three scheduled briefings. At these briefings, the chairs of both the Academic Task Force and the Support Task Force, as well as Provost Baker and Vice Chancellor Spindle, shared information about where UAA is in the prioritization process. They also answered questions raised by faculty and staff. Briefings were held in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307 on the following days:
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 3–4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 3, 3–4:30 p.m. Friday
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

This podcast was recorded on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

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Program Prioritization
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Panel: Alaska Native Corporations and their shareholders

2013-10-01 by News, Sports, and Art

Aaron Leggett, Paul Ongtooguk, Edgar Blatchford and Carl Wassilie discuss Alaska Native corporations and their shareholders. The discussion will primarily focus on Alaska Natives who feel disenfranchised and cheated because they do not have a formal relationship with any Native corporation due to the time of their birth and inheritance rules.

This event was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore and was podcast on Aug. 5, 2013.

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UAA Campus Bookstore
Anchorage Daily News
News story: UAA creates Alaska Native management curriculum

Comedian Colin Ryan on stress-free finances for students

2013-10-01 by News, Sports, and Art

Colin Ryan, comedian and promoter of financial literacy among young adults, visited UAA for a night of pop culture, comedy and sound financial advice. His talk at UAA was sponsored by the Student Financial Assistance Office at UAA. Due to audio interference, his two short video clips are not part of the podcast.

Here is a big of Ryan’s philosophy:
Your ability to have the life you want is directly affected by your ability to manage your money. But no one talks about dreams or about money that way. No one talks about money at all. Parents either surround their money habits in a veil of secrecy, or they lecture their children to the point that young people only see finances as fundamentally boring. And with good reason – on their own, finances are boring, and will remain that way until we stop sitting through lectures and start engaging in conversation.

By applying a few basic techniques to the way you manage your money, money returns to its proper place: as a means to an end. And that end? A life where you rarely think or stress about money, but instead can focus on being happy and enjoying the freedom some simple money management techniques will get you.

Visit his website at This podcast was recorded Sept. 17, 2013.

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UAA Office of Financial Assistance
Stress-free finances
Colin Ryan's website on why it matters
Financial tools for UAA students
Assembled by Colin Ryan
A Stand Up Life
Colin Ryan's professional webpage
Hometown Alaska: FInancial Literacy
Colin Ryan appeared on this Alaska Public Media program

UAA graduate and artist Vlad Basarab on his project, 'The Archaeology of Memory'

2013-10-01 by News, Sports, and Art

Guest lecturer Vlad Basarab discussed his current research dealing with “The Archaeology of Memory” project. This lecture was sponsored by the Kimura Gallery.

Basarab on his project:

“The Archaeology of Memory” has been influenced by the loss of collective culture and memory. Memory is our only link to the past. In a fast-moving society with plenty of distractions, in a world of selfishness and individualism, we have forgotten to remember.

The past is our identity, our heritage. My work is an attempt to make my audience link the present to the past through questioning traditional methods of preserving and transforming collective memory.

By referencing historic attempts at cultural effacement with political, ideological and religious motivations, I comment upon the importance of preserving memory. The time-based works, presented both in real time as installation, performance and video, as well as in a time-lapse video, address different forms of memory loss.

About Vlad Basarab:

Vlad Basarab is a multimedia, performance and video artist who explores the interconnections between ideology and history. He interrogates grand narratives and invites viewers to consider their subjective involvement in the process of knowledge and memory construction.

Constantly revisiting the past and recreating it, Basarab frequently uses clay to design works that evoke bodily transformation and speak to the indelible traces left by historical events upon people’s consciousness.

Basarab was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1977. In 1994, he co-founded the art group Palnia (The Funnel), with whom he staged various performances and exhibitions. He received a B.F.A. in ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an M.F.A. with an emphasis on electronic media from West Virginia University in Morgantown. His works have been featured in numerous national and international exhibitions in the U.S., Romania, Hungary and Peru.

You can read more about him at his website, This podcast was recorded Sept. 30, 2013.

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Vlad Basarab
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Kimura Gallery
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