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Memry Dahl, Program and Human Resource Director, First Alaskans Institute

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Youth involvement earns Good Neighbor Citizenship Recognition for Anchorage's Promise

Anchorage's Promise - The Alliance for Youth recently rece ...

Youth involvement earns Good Neighbor Citizenship Recognition for Anchorage's Promise Anchorage's Promise - The Alliance for Youth recently rece ...

Wells Fargo mascot Jack the Dog presents a $25,000 contribution to Julie Estey, development director at University of Alaska's Museum of the Nort ...

Wells Fargo mascot Jack the Dog presents a $25,000 contribution to Julie Estey, development director at University of Alaska's Museum of the Nort ...

Photo caption: BP's Brad McKim and Carla Bean join Anchorage First Lady Deborah Bonito and Cat in the Hat for the launch of the ABC Read and Talk ...

Photo caption: BP's Brad McKim and Carla Bean join Anchorage First Lady Deborah Bonito and Cat in the Hat for the launch of the ABC Read and Talk ...

October 16 - (Anchorage, AK) The American Red Cross of Alaska elected seven new members to its Board of Directors at the organization's 90th Annu ...

October 16 - (Anchorage, AK) The American Red Cross of Alaska elected seven new members to its Board of Directors at the organization's 90th Annu ...

Safe Harbor Inn Executive Director Lynne Ballew, Catholic Social Services Executive Director Susan Bomalaski, Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate  ...

Safe Harbor Inn Executive Director Lynne Ballew, Catholic Social Services Executive Director Susan Bomalaski, Wells Fargo Commercial Real Estate ...

Wells Fargo and Habitat for Humanity hosted an Affordable Housing Leadership Build on October 5 to help complete Habitat's townhome community a ...

Wells Fargo and Habitat for Humanity hosted an "Affordable Housing Leadership Build" on October 5 to help complete Habitat's townhome community a ...

American Red Cross of Alaska Selects New CEO
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American Red Cross of Alaska Selects New CEO Successful Non-Profit Leader Chosen October 5, 2007 Anchorage "The American Red Cross of Alaska tod ...

The Anchorage Daily News BizBee for the Alaska Literacy Program raised $23,010 through an adult corportate spelling bee.  Nineteen teams of three ...

The Anchorage Daily News BizBee for the Alaska Literacy Program raised $23,010 through an adult corportate spelling bee. Nineteen teams of three ...

Mary T. Weiss participated in the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi's Triennial Convention in Orlando, Fla.  She is a member of the University of Alaska chapter ...

Mary T. Weiss participated in the 2007 Phi Kappa Phi's Triennial Convention in Orlando, Fla. She is a member of the University of Alaska chapter ...

Tom and Nancy Osborne of Seward have been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and over, to receive Alaska's 200 ...

Tom and Nancy Osborne of Seward have been selected by AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and over, to receive Alaska's 200 ...

  17     June 4, 2007 - 9:10am | mattkropke

Kids Cafe Thanks BP and Subway

The 3rd annual Kids Cafe Sack Lunch Fundraiser was our most successful yet. We would like to give special thanks to BP for purchasing the most lunches (200) and donating them back to the children in our programs. We would also like to recognize Subway for donating 300 sandwiches to the event again this year.

Other sponsors that made this event possible include Burrito Heavan, Cafe Amsterdam, Coca-Cola, Kathleen's Creative Catering, Marty's NY Bagels, Middleway Cafe, Sidestreet Espresso, Sizzlin' Cafe, Snow City Cafe, and Tiffany's Cafe.

Thank you all!
www.FeedAlaskaKids.org

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  16     May 17, 2007 - 10:24am | uaa_advancement

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company supports UA's ANSEP

Alyeska Pipeline president Kevin Hostler presented a gift of $200,000 on behalf of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company to support Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) scholarships for the upcoming academic year. Alyeska has been funding engineering scholarships for ANSEP since 1995 and also provided $300,000 for the construction of the new ANSEP building on UAA’s campus.

ANSEP is a longitudinal program that works with students from the time they are sophomores in high school all the way into graduate school. The program has been proven to increase university recruitment and retention rates through hands-on high school outreach initiatives, rigorous summer bridging programs, focused academic learning communities, organized student cohorts, networks of peer and professional mentors, community-based learning, professional internships, undergraduate research projects and graduate school programs.

The program life retention rate in engineering is more than 70 percent. ANSEP represents a new paradigm for science and engineering education where teams of students are engaged with industry professionals, university faculty and university staff from the high school years on through their time at the university.

For more information on ANSEP contact Herb Schroeder at 786-1860 or visit http://ansep.uaa.alaska.edu/.

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  15     May 15, 2007 - 10:40am | ltobin

Boys & Girls Clubs Thank Home Depot for their Continue Support

ANCHORAGE- Boys & Girls Clubs extends a special thanks to Home Depot for their continued support and donations to all our Clubhouses. A special thank you goes to Home Depot and volunteers for their donation of time and materials to build cubbies at Mountain View Community Center Boys & Girls Club. Home Depot and volunteers spent Thursday, March 29 building a much needed storage area for Club members’ books, backpacks and jackets.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs, visit www.bgcalaska.org

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  14     May 8, 2007 - 5:01pm | JenniferJohnston

Team Canyon helps prevent fires on the hillside

Congratulations to Team Canyon!! Team Canyon was formed by a group of neighbors on Canyon Road to confront the danger of teenagers building bomb fires at the trail head at end of the road. These fires could easily decimate the hillside if a wind came up and the participants did not have the fire under control.

Team Canyon not only contacted Anchorage Police Department, but formed their own committee of adults to sit during weekend evenings at the trail head with their lawn chairs, warm clothes, tea and good humor. They politely turning the participants back down the road. This proactive group has saved the upper hillside from fire and maybe stop some teenagers from getting into too much trouble.

Other neighborhoods living near cul de sacs, trail heads, or dead ends might consider this tactic to stop bomb fires in their neighborhoods. This is the traditional season for teenagers to look for places to party.

Thank you Team Canyon. Jennifer Johnston

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  13     May 2, 2007 - 3:31pm | kate_ripley

Pioneer Alaskan Gives Generous Donation

Pioneer Alaskan gives generous donation to UA

University officials recently announced the single largest gift ever given to the University of Alaska by a living alumnus, and praised the donor, Alaska pioneer Ronald F. Cosgrave, for his generosity.

Cosgrave's $2.6 million gift was made without any restrictions and is to be used at the discretion of the university president.

In making this commitment, Cosgrave noted, "The university has had a profound effect on my life and helped me to achieve the success that I've enjoyed. It's an honor and a pleasure for me to give back to the university, which has given me so much."

UA President Mark Hamilton said, "This is truly a transformational gift for the university. As remarkable as this gift is, Ron's leadership and integrity deserve special attention. The university is grateful to Ron for the trust he is placing in us. We take this responsibility seriously, and thank Ron for his generosity."

The gift was used to purchase 30 acres of undeveloped land in Fairbanks, directly across Geist Road from the UAF campus. The university has no definitive plans for developing the property at the present time.

Cosgrave, 75, originally came to Alaska in 1954 in search of work. While working as a longshoreman in Valdez, Cosgrave was convinced to enroll in the University of Alaska by geology professor John McCall. Always one to take on a challenge, Cosgrave commenced his studies that fall in Fairbanks. He found that he enjoyed William S. Wilson's chemistry class so much that he switched his major to chemical engineering.

Four years later he became the first chemical engineering graduate of the University of Alaska. Subsequently, Cosgrave was awarded a teaching fellowship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was the first UA graduate to be given such an honor. After a brief stint at MIT, Cosgrave quickly decided he wasn't the lab type and returned to Fairbanks.

Cosgrave was greatly influenced by University President Charles E. Bunnell, and became known as one of "Bunnell's Boys." During his senior year, and with President Bunnell's encouragement, Cosgrave and a small group of other students formed Northern Alaska Development Corp., which began investing in and developing real estate near the university. Cosgrave still owns some of this land today.

Cosgrave was instrumental in establishing College Utilities Corp. in Fairbanks. He later joined Alaska Airlines and is credited with saving Alaska Airlines from bankruptcy in the early 1970s. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines from 1972-1979. Cosgrave now holds the distinction of being a chairman emeritus of the company.

Cosgrave served on the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees from 1979-1983, was named the 1978 Alumnus of the Year by the UAF Alumni Association and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UAF in 2003.
For more information, contact UA Foundation President Mary Rutherford at 907/450-8030.

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  12     April 10, 2007 - 4:42pm | hometown

Curves is a good neighbor

Curves food drive ends food bank’s drought
Curves for Women fitness centers in Anchorage and the Mat-Su valleys contributed 19,493 pounds of food from the annual food drive March 1-30 to the Food Bank of Alaska. The contribution is much-needed at this time of year, when supplies at the food bank are down following the holiday season, the food bank said in a press release. Since 2000, Curves in Anchorage has contributed nearly 70,000 pounds of donations to the food bank.

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  11     April 9, 2007 - 2:02pm | kate_ripley

Hughes Family Supports UA Students with $276,000 Gif

Hughes Family Supports UA Students with $276,000 Scholarship Gift

April 2, 2007

Anchorage attorneys John C. Hughes and Mary K. Hughes have donated $276,000 for the benefit of University of Alaska students. The father and daughter recently conveyed their individual interests in a Fairbanks real estate partnership to the University of Alaska Foundation. The proceeds of their gift will benefit student scholarships through the Patricia Ann Hughes Eastaugh Memorial Teaching Scholarship.

University President Mark Hamilton said, “The Hughes family has shown a lifelong commitment to Alaska, as is evidenced by their years of personal involvement with the University of Alaska. They have given countless hours of service and have also demonstrated their commitment through their generosity. Without question, they are making Alaska a better place, both today and well into the future.”

John C. Hughes and his late wife Marjorie Hughes created the endowed scholarship in 1999 in honor of their late daughter, Patricia Ann Hughes Eastaugh, a UA graduate. The scholarship benefits students enrolled at University of Alaska campuses who are studying to become teachers and provides full funding (tuition, books, room and board) for a degree. The scholarship already has produced two Alaskan teachers; both are teaching in Alaska. Because of regular contributions from the Hughes family, and strong investment returns, the endowment has grown so it can support up to four full time students annually with over $32,000 available for scholarships.

In finalizing the contribution, John C. Hughes said, “The University has been an important part of our family’s lives. It has provided an excellent educational experience not only for our family but for thousands of others.”

Mary K. Hughes, currently chair of the UA Board of Regents, as well as a Trustee on the University of Alaska Foundation’s Board since 1990, added, “Our family is proud to support the University because so many Alaskans benefit from the opportunities the University of Alaska offers. Our personal involvement and financial support are ways we can share in the University’s success in enriching the lives of Alaskans.”

John C. Hughes was one of three Alaskans who joined together in 1974 to establish the non-profit University of Alaska Foundation, a separate entity that solicits and manages private funds donated for the sole benefit of the University of Alaska. During his professional career, Hughes was a well-known attorney who began practicing law in Kodiak in the late 1940s. He moved to Anchorage in 1951 and became a partner with Davis, Renfrew & Hughes (now Hughes Bauman Pfiffner Gorski & Seedorf).

Also a former Hughes law firm partner and Anchorage Municipal Attorney, Mary K. Hughes is an alumna of the University of Alaska. In addition to her service on the Board of Regents and Foundation’s Board of Trustees, she currently serves as the Alaska State Director for the Office of U. S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. She also hosts a weekly radio show on AM 700 KBYR.

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For more information, call Foundation President Mary Rutherford, 907/450-8030. A 200dpi image of Mary Hughes is available for download http://www.alaska.edu/opa/downloads/maryhughes200dpi.jpg.zip and John Hughes at http://www.alaska.edu/opa/downloads/johnhughes200dpi.jpg.zip.

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  10     March 20, 2007 - 9:19am | hometown

Conoco, BP support University of Alaska

ConocoPhillips and BP announced their annual donation totaling nearly $7 million to University of Alaska during a Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce gathering in February.
The latest donations, $3.06 million from BP and $3.68 million from ConocoPhillips, bring the companies' gifts to $29.5 million since 2000.
The university has used the funds to hire a dozen postdoctoral reseraches to study global climate change in conjunction with the International Polar Year; funded seven prestigious president's professorships throughout the UA system to teach everything from music to Native languages, fisheries and educational technology; provide kindergarten through grade 12 teacher mentoring partnerships between the university, state of Alaska and school districts statewide; and brought high-caliber visiting scholars such as child development expert T. Berry Brazelton and Pulitzer-prize winning author Jared Diamond to UA campuses.
The donations are made to the University of Alaska Foundation, the private, nonprofit entity that solicits, manages and invests private donations on behalf of UA for the university's benefit.
The annual gifts stem from a charter agreement between the oil companies and the state regarding the BP merger with ARCO in the late 1990s. For more information, call Kate Ripley at 1-907-450-8102.

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  8     March 19, 2007 - 1:49pm | hometown

Many businesses supported wine and food fest

The AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY raised $172,000 at the 22nd annual Anchorage Wine and Food Fest. Participants included Alaska Distributors, Brown Jug, Great Northern Beverage, K & L Distributors, The Odom Corp. and Specialty Imports. Participating restaurants were: The Bridge, Café del Mundo, Clair d’Loon, Crow’s Nest, Mixx Grill, Kincaid Grill, Marx Brothers Café, Millennium Alaskan Hotel, Seven Glaciers, and Simon and Seafort’s. Chef Al from Kincaid Grill, Farrokh Larijani from Mixx Grill, and Van Hale from Marx Bros. Café acted as “celebrity waiters.” Ariel Courtwright, a seven-year cancer survivor and Mirror Lake Middle School student, spoke about her experience at the American Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer. She raised more than $32,000 in scholarship money that will send more Alaska children to the camp. The 2007-08 Cooking For a Cure calendar can be purchased by a sponsoring restaurant or by calling 277-8696.

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  7     March 8, 2007 - 5:01pm | hometown

Museum receives $200,000 grant from ConocoPhillips

The Anchorage Museum gratefully acknowledges ConocoPhillips for making two grants totaling $200,000 to support Alaska Native and hands-on science exhibitions that will be featured in the expanded museum. The exhibitions include the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center exhibition displaying hundreds of artifacts from the National Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the American Indian; and interactive general science exhibitions on a variety of topics ranging from the natural environment to the physics of flight and optics.ConocoPhillips has supported a number of museum exhibitions including: The Living Tradition of Yup'ik Masks; Science Under Sail: Russia's Great Voyages to America, 1728 - 1867; Eskimo Drawings; A Northern Adventure: the Art of Fred Machetanz; Tibet: Mountains and Valleys, Castles and Tents; Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition; and A T-rex Named Sue.

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  6     March 8, 2007 - 4:58pm | hometown

Wells Fargo Donates $1.6 million to Alaska Nonprofits in 2006

In 2006, Wells Fargo contributed $1.6 million in cash to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout Alaska. More than 200 organizations received funding to serve the needs of local communities in the areas of social services, youth and education, arts and culture, civic events and economic development. Education is Wells Fargo's top funding priority, representing more than 40% of the financial services company's contributions. In addition, Alaska team members volunteered more than 4,200 hours of their time to nonprofit organizations in 2006.
Major funding of $50,000 or more was provided to the following Alaska nonprofits in 2006: Anchorage Museum Association for expansion project, University of Alaska Fairbanks Rural Alaska Honors Institute, University of Alaska Anchorage-Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, Alaska Pacific University (Rural Alaska Native Adult Distance Education program), United Way and the Providence Alaska Foundation for a new cancer center.
Other organizations that received substantial charitable contributions in 2006 are: Abused Women's Aid in Crisis, Ahtna Heritage Foundation, Alaska Association of School Business Officials, Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Junior Theater, Alaska Theatre of Youth, Alaska Village Initiatives, Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services, Anchorage School District, Asian Alaskan Cultural Center, Bean's Café, Boys and Girls Clubs (Anchorage and Kenai), Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation, Campfire USA-Anchorage, Catholic Social Services, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Cordova School District, Covenant House Alaska, Doyon Foundation, Foraker Group, Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity (Anchorage and Fairbanks), Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Junior Achievement (Anchorage and Sitka), Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiatives, Kodiak Women's Resource and Crisis Center, NAACP-Anchorage, North Slope Borough (Inuit Circumpolar Conference), Prince William Sound Community College, Rural CAP, Sealaska Heritage Foundation (Celebration 2006), Sitka Summer Music Festival, Soldotna High School tutoring program, Southeast Alaska Independent Living, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum of the North, World Trade Center Alaska and the YWCA-Anchorage.

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  5     February 28, 2007 - 12:21pm | Barbara_Smith

Wells Fargo Helps Feed the Hungry

F.I.S.H. (Fellowship in Serving Humanity) offers warm thanks to Wells Fargo for a generous donation of $2,000 to help the emergency food pantry get food out to those in need in our city. FISH delivers groceries three days a week, providing over 2,100 meals each week to Anchorage families. FISH depends entirely on donations of food and funds from the community to stock its shelves in order to fight hunger in our city. We are grateful for Wells Fargo's partnership in this effort.

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  4     February 22, 2007 - 4:24pm | hometown

Royal Celebrity Tours Inc. Earns Green Star Award

Royal Celebrity Tours has earned the Green Star Award for its commitment to running operations in an efficient and environmentally responsible way. Established in 2000, Royal Celebrity Tours is the land-based vacation arm of Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises. Its mission is to provide guests with outstanding Alaska sightseeing stretching from Seward to Fairbanks with a commitment to environmental protection and in accordance with three guiding principles:

Reduce the creation and generation of waste materials,
Recycle as much material as possible, and
Ensure proper disposal of the remaining waste.

These principles were a solid foundation in working to meet Green Star standards. Royal Celebrity Tours established a system to purchase products in bulk to reduce packaging waste. As long as a guest is not on the run, food and drink is served in washable and reusable ware. When disposables are necessary, Royal Celebrity Tours is sure to purchase products made from recycled content, or that can be recycled after use. This even includes its tires, which, in an effort to reduce rubber disposal, are re-treaded to maximize their useful life.

In the recycling arena, Royal Celebrity Tours recycles everything from used oil, antifreeze, fluorescent lamps, and batteries to the more common plastic bottles, aluminum cans and office paper.

One of Royal Celebrity Tours’ outstanding accomplishments is decreasing vehicle emissions -- a goal Green Star focuses on with the Air Quality Award. Royal Celebrity Tours re-examined its motorcoach idling policies and established a protocol to reduce idling. By using technology equipped on its motorcoaches, Royal Celebrity Tours measured a 17% decrease in idling time, which translates into fuel savings and reduced pollution.

Finally, all of these efforts could not be successful without proper training and clear communication with everyone involved, including Royal Celebrity Tours’ guests. Training and outreach efforts include:

Educating new summer employees about waste reduction and recycling efforts during the annual kick-off event.
Informational bulletin boards, weekly staff meetings and broadcast emails detailing pollution prevention activities and initiatives.
Tour guides educating guests on separating their waste and letting them know of Royal Celebrity Tours’ recycling policy.
An email tag line on Green Star team member emails that reads: Recycle, Conserve Energy, and Prevent Pollution - a Green Star reminder.

The Green Star Award was presented to Royal Celebrity Tours at the Feb. 5 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce “Make it Monday” Forum by Steve Heinle, a Green Star board member and Division Manager of Princess Tours Rail Division. Green Star is a non-profit organization that encourages businesses to practice waste reduction, energy conservation and pollution prevention. By meeting specific standards, organizations are eligible for the Green Star Award for general waste reduction or the Air Quality Award for reduced air pollution.

For more information about the Green Star Award or Green Star’s other programs, visit www.greenstarinc.org or call 278-7827.

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  3     February 19, 2007 - 4:33pm | hometown

Ithaca College students will help Alaska villagers with taxes

Instead of packing bathing suits and shorts for spring break, three Ithaca College, New York, business students will don parkas and pack laptops March 3 to head to remote villages in Alaska to prepare tax returns free for low-income residents.
"It's an alternative spring break," said accounting senior Tendai Masaya, who is from Zimbabwe. "Aside from the learning experience, it's a way to help the community and to learn about the culture and how people live in these communities."
Before heading to the villages, students will receive training on tax issues and procedures specific to Alaska for the project sponsored by the Alaska Business Development Center and conducted under the federal Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
The students will visit Chignik Lagoon (population 86), Chignik Lake (pop. 117), Port Heiden (pop. 89), Pilot Point (pop. 73), Egegik (pop. 81), Levelock (pop. 54), Huslia (pop. 265), Kuyukuk (pop. 97), Ruby (pop. 185), Galena (pop. 654), Nulato (pop. 310), Kaltag (pop. 227).
"There's no substitute for experience, and that is a strong part of education here at Ithaca College," said associate professor of accounting Joanne Burress, who has been accompanying the students and coordinating this project for three years. The college has participated for six years.

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  1     February 9, 2007 - 4:10pm | charlene1

Anchorage Project Access recognized as a Good Neighbor

Anchorage Project Access (APA) was recently honored by the Anchorage Assembly with a 'resolution of support' for their work in assisting low-income, uninsured Anchorage residents with their health care needs. APA is an organization that connects low-income, uninsured Anchorage residents with a volunteer network of health care providers who have volunteered their time and talents to assist this population with their health care needs. During their first year of operation, APA processed 551 applications and serviced 313 individuals. Approximately 350 health care providers have volunteered to date. Call 339-8746 for information.

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