Welcome to the Grapevine

The Grapevine is administered by the UAF University Relations Department and was designed to dispel rumors, clarify misconceptions and clear up misunderstandings about UAF topics of a general nature to improve communication between the administration and the UAF community.

University Relations does our very best to get timely answers to your questions. Ideally, we try to post an answer within 48 hours of receiving the question. Occasionally, it can take up to several weeks to get an answer depending on the availability of the individuals who have the answers and the number of people who may be involved. If you feel your question has not been answered in a timely manner, please resubmit the original question or leave your name and contact information so we can update you on our progress.

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Question

I LOVE the remodel to the Great Hall, but as a yoga student who meets in there MWF 12-1pm, I have NO idea what time it is because all of the clocks have been removed from the walls. It would be very helpful to have an analog clock on at least the wall opposite the theater entrance or above the stairs down to KUAC. Thanks so much!

Response

Good idea! I have forwarded your suggestion to the Fine Arts building coordinator.

— Tori Tragis, internal communications manager, University Relations

Question

As a staff member I really enjoy having the Pub on campus. I recently went to their website to see what was happening and noticed that the activities haven’t been updated since December. I also noticed some older information on other Wood Center pages including last year’s SpringFest information and not the current 2018 dates. Who maintains these websites and activities? It’s nice to have this information updated for current students, future students and staff to have correct information.

Response

Thanks for pointing out the out-of-date info. We have fixed the Pub’s website. The SpringFest schedule is still in development and will be updated as soon as plans come together.

— Mark Oldmixon, director, Wood Center and the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness

- Parking space enforcement

Question

As I walk from my usual parking area located in the vicinity of SRC, I can not help but notice all the vehicles splitting two spaces parking clearly in front of the plug-in post. Is there any enforcement of space hogs? As a victim of expired pass enforcement, I have witnessed the inflexibility of ticketing. If revenues were the goal of ticketing, surely an email could be pushed out and flyers posted clearly stating “You will be fined!” Does it take a picture with circles and arrows and writing on the back to clarify how to park like a civil human being?

That being said, can I call someone in enforcement or have that perpetrator towed the next time someone parks so dang close to my vehicle that I am forced to crawl in through the passenger side?

Thanks for your wisdom in a very tight situation.

Response

I understand this can be frustrating and parking in the winter conditions can be difficult. Parking Services does not cite every vehicle that is parked over a snow-covered line. However, we are vigilant of those who seem to abuse the snow conditions by parking their cars in the center of parking spots, sidewalks, crosswalks and ADA ramps.

If you have a vehicle complaint, contact Parking Services directly at 474-5053 and we will work to address your concern.

— Amanda Wall, bursar

Question

On the second floor where Bunnell and Duckering meet, there is a glass wall with two sets of doors. If you are heading into Duckering, the doors to the right can be alarming…literally. I can’t figure out the timing, but these door at some point in the evening or maybe just on the weekends will start to “scream,” i.e., let off the most horrific alarm, if you open them. What purpose does this serve? If you say security, that makes no sense b/c the other set of doors don’t scream. A “bad individual” can just use the other set of doors to carry out some nefarious act. Also, can you please explain the alarm timing? My goal is to avoid “scream time” and prevent a headache. How about a warning sign? Something…

Response

Those are security features that have been in place since 2015.  You need to swipe your card after hours so the alarm doesn’t go off.  Facilities Services will verify that the door and its alarm system is functioning properly.

Questions and concerns about buildings and the grounds should be directed to Facilities Services at 474-7000, or visit www.uaf.edu/fs/.

— Tori Tragis, internal communications manager, University Relations

Question

Why do colleges at UAF retain a lower percentage of tuition dollars generated than those at UAS/UAA? In an email to the university community [Nov. 7, 2017], President Johnsen said the following, “Tuition directly supports instructional learning. At UAA and UAS, 80 percent of tuition revenue is retained by the college generating the revenue, and 20 percent goes to cover campus-wide needs, such as academic tuition waivers and system computing services. At UAF the percentage split is 60/40. Community and rural campuses across the UA system retain 100 percent of revenue generated by tuition.”

Why is the share retained by colleges at UAF so much less than that on other campuses? Does that mean UAF bears the largest cost for maintaining Statewide???

Response

At each university, the percentage of tuition distributed to schools and colleges is an internal decision that considers the other types of revenue going to those units. The cost of university infrastructure is also a factor. As tuition revenue can vary due to fluctuations in enrollment, UAF provides a higher percentage of state general funds to these units to help provide some level of consistency when budgeting. The other source of revenue commonly considered is indirect cost recovery that is generated from sponsored activity (i.e., research grants and contracts).

Fairbanks campus tuition revenue is distributed at 60 percent to the generating unit and 40 percent to UAF central accounts. Central tuition is used to fund scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships, waivers and discounts mandated by UA Board of Regents policies such as the Western Undergraduate Exchange or Come Home to Alaska programs. UAF fixed costs (e.g., utilities, bond debt, services) are also higher due to the age and type of our facilities.

If UAF adopted the 80/20 model (providing a greater share of tuition to colleges/schools), we would the allocate state general funds differently. Schools and colleges would be more susceptible to funding variations because of fluctuating enrollment, and we’d run a higher risk of stagnant growth escalates if the tuition rate were not increased. The decrease in state general funds over the last few years does challenge the model by adding a new level of variability to this previously predictable source.

UAF, along with UAA and UAS, also contributes to the University of Alaska’s systemwide costs. Cost shares are typically proportional to the amount of support for various service assessments (e.g., computing, network, shared software, video conferencing).

— Julie Queen, associate vice chancellor, Financial Services

- Parking pass designs

Question

As I admire my newly purchased parking pass, I cannot help but notice the Nanook graphic is merely a repeat from the spring 2017 parking pass. I wish to offer an alternative to this reoccurrence.

Naturally, there has got to be some fun and further student involvement to be found in the simple and unappreciated parking pass. Does anyone else believe the student body would further appreciate a juried photo and drawing contest for their winning image on the parking pass each semester?  Perhaps fall could be a drawing contest image and spring could be a photo contest winner and summer being some other graphic style. And for example, a $100 prize may be promoted for use by winning university students to be applied to tuition, Bear Bucks or parking.

Just a happy thought…

Good luck in school.

 

 

Response

That sounds like a fun idea to explore. Thanks for the suggestion!

— Tori Tragis, internal communications manager, University Relations

Question

I heard the Green Dot program was being discontinued. It seems like it just got up and running. Is this true?

Response

Green Dot has been a program at UAF since 2014. This semester we relaunched the with a new marketing campaign, cohort of trainers and engagement strategy. Green Dot is not being discontinued. Bystander intervention is an important component of our comprehensive prevention strategy, and we will continue to adjust the program based on the feedback we receive and the resources that are available.

You can keep up with Green Dot on Facebook @uafgreendot. If you have questions about Green Dot please email uaf-greendot@alaska.edu.

— Amy Cross, coordinator, Nanook Diversity and Action Center

- Bad weather notices?

Question

The last time there was a major weather event (rain) there was no notification from UAF. What is the formal policy for bad weather events for the university? In the past I’ve heard UAF does not close for weather because we’re a residential campus but other universities close for weather-related issues (that are also residential).

Response

Thank you for your question. We make every effort to stay open during “bad weather” events so that our students can stay on schedule with their courses. We put safety first, of course, so we expect students and professors, or employees and supervisors, to be flexible and to coordinate with each other as each situation warrants. If you are an employee and you have concerns about taking leave or working out a temporary, alternate schedule with your supervisor, please call Human Resources at 474-7000. Students who are having trouble coordinating with an instructor can contact their department head, dean of their school or college, or the Provost’s Office.

With respect to bad weather policy, there is no formal policy for bad weather events since every situation is different. As chancellor, I can authorize university closure in extreme situations, weather or otherwise, but that action is rare. We do monitor the forecast so we can direct resources to things like snow removal and sanding major roads and walkways. We also issue periodic reminders in Cornerstone to be prepared for winter travel. Weather closures or warnings are posted by the university at http://uafalert.alaska.edu/.

— Daniel M. White, chancellor

 

- Feb. 6 budget forum online?

Question

Will the Feb. 6 chancellor’s budget forum be made available online for viewing after Feb. 6?

Response

The budget forum is now available at media.uaf.edu.

— Carla Browning, institutional events and communications manager

Question

When I used eDir there was the one could use the wildcard search character ‘ * ‘. I only found that out by asking OIT years ago. Now eDir is in the process of being decommissioned and replaced by People. Will People also have this wildcard or something similar? I sincerely hope so, as it sometimes hard to know if a person is going by their nickname or middle name. If so, can this be posted somewhere for everyone to see and take advantage of? Thank you!

Response

Thanks for asking! Indeed there is a wildcard search in People. The People Help page, available through the OIT service catalog, details how to use the wildcard search and other helpful ways to use http://people.alaska.edu.

Be sure to contact the OIT help desk at www.alaska.edu/oit/ with any IT needs or questions. Look on the right-hand side for a variety of help options.

— Martha Mason, UAF chief information officer, Office of Information Technology

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