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Hometown U represents the University of Alaska Anchorage. We are a diverse and inclusive public university serving 20,000 students in Anchorage and four community campuses. Our mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge through teaching, research, engagement and creative expression.

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What makes a cold city cool? Investigating urban design - 3/24/2014 3:26 pm

Student Spotlight: Seawolf Debate Program - 3/18/2014 10:23 am

Reimagining a winter campus during Winterfest 2014 - 2/24/2014 10:29 am

Bringing the tables of Istanbul to the screen - 2/18/2014 10:27 am

A dedicated space for alumni, UAA’s new Alumni Center - 2/12/2014 4:08 pm

Living history: Tuskegee aviator visits UAA - 2/7/2014 9:19 am

UAA offers Alaska Native words of welcome - 1/15/2014 5:05 pm

UAA joins community and statewide relief efforts for typhoon-ravaged Philippines - 11/20/2013 10:36 am

What makes a cold city cool? Investigating urban design

Where you and I might see nothing more than an empty parking lot or a barren stretch of sidewalk, Bree Kessler sees a pop-up drive-in movie theater or space for a mobile library. With a background in environmental psychology, Kessler studies the way people interact with the urban landscape. How do changes in the built environment—sidewalks, stairs, parks—shape the way people interact with it and with each other? How can we activate some of the underused spaces on campus and in Anchorage?

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Student Spotlight: Seawolf Debate Program

Steve Johnson deftly penciled a sheet of paper into eighths, and then methodically filled each eighth with lines of diminutive hieroglyphics—each section represented a position, each line of Steve’s code represented a tiny bone in the skeleton of a debate.

I AM UAA: Seawolf Debate Program: Philip Hall/University of Alaska AnchorageI AM UAA: Seawolf Debate Program: Philip Hall/University of Alaska Anchorage

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Reimagining a winter campus during Winterfest 2014

Bring your marshmallows, they’re lighting up the Cuddy Quad. This year’s Winterfest crew welcomed innovative new ideas for using winter outdoor spaces on campus during the weeklong celebration and things are about to get toasty warm, not to mention tasty.

Herminia Din with recycled material sculpture, Flow of Color. Students will be invited to add to the 12-foot installation during Winter Design @ Winterfest.   Philip Hall/University of Alaska AnchorageHerminia Din with recycled material sculpture, Flow of Color. Students will be invited to add to the 12-foot installation during Winter Design @ Winterfest. Philip Hall/University of Alaska Anchorage

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Bringing the tables of Istanbul to the screen

Last Friday Dr. Zeynep Kilic, an assistant professor of sociology at UAA, was putting the finishing touches on a grant proposal that could pave the way for her next sociological research project, a documentary film exploring food and cultural identity in her native Turkey.

The tables of Istanbul: Dr. Zeynep Kilic, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Philip Hall / University of Alaska AnchorageThe tables of Istanbul: Dr. Zeynep Kilic, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Philip Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage

“I’ve been going back for 20 years now,” she said. “And when I go there the changes appear very stark to me.”

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A dedicated space for alumni, UAA’s new Alumni Center

No one knows UAA better than the alumni who have walked the halls and nestled into study nooks across campus. Alumni are always welcome to return to their favorite haunts, but now there’s a cool, new home for them—conveniently close to some good Kaladi coffee—where they can come back and experience what’s fresh and new at their alma mater.

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Living history: Tuskegee aviator visits UAA

Nyabuony Kueth knows about the Tuskegee Airmen. She heard in one of her classes about the acclaimed group of World War II aviators, and has even seen a movie about them.Lt. Col. Leo Gray: Lt. Col. Leo Gray address the university community at UAA Black History Month Kick Off.Lt. Col. Leo Gray: Lt. Col. Leo Gray address the university community at UAA Black History Month Kick Off.

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UAA offers Alaska Native words of welcome


Panigkaq Agatha John-Shields grew up in the warm clasp of a small Yupik community, Toksook Bay. When it came time to leave home and continue her education, she hesitated about the prospect of attending college in Alaska’s largest city and chose instead to take classes in Bethel and then Fairbanks.

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UAA joins community and statewide relief efforts for typhoon-ravaged Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan vigil: UAA welcomed the Anchorage community to a vigil in The Den Nov. 15, 2013 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Olive Jones sang the Philippine national anthem and Father Luz Flores of the Holy Spirit Center led the group in prayers.Typhoon Haiyan vigil: UAA welcomed the Anchorage community to a vigil in The Den Nov. 15, 2013 for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Olive Jones sang the Philippine national anthem and Father Luz Flores of the Holy Spirit Center led the group in prayers.Even before Typhoon Haiyan had made its devastating landfall November 7 over the Phillipines, three UAA professors were watching and waiting anxiously for news. All three have family ties back to the islands.

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Feminist, media literacy expert Jean Kilbourne on Alaska's last frontier mentality

Jean KilbourneJean KilbourneFeminist and media literacy expert Jean Kilbourne will deliver a free, public talk Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Wendy Williamson Auditorium.

Kilbourne has a special message for Alaskans: Because of our strong attachment to frontier freedoms and a sense of ourselves as being independent and even libertarian, we struggle to see our social problems as community problems.

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Got time to meet a rocket scientist?

Aug. 25, 4-5:30 p.m. Main Stage, UAA Fine Arts Building Free Public Talk, Nobel Laureate astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt
Nobel Laureate Brian P. Schmidt: Attended Bartlett High School. Gives a public talk, free and open to all, Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. on the Main Stage at UAA Fine Arts Building.Nobel Laureate Brian P. Schmidt: Attended Bartlett High School. Gives a public talk, free and open to all, Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. on the Main Stage at UAA Fine Arts Building.

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Got time to meet a rocket scientist?

Aug. 25, 4-5:30 p.m. Main Stage, UAA Fine Arts Building Free Public Talk, Nobel Laureate astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt
Nobel Laureate Brian P. Schmidt: Attended Bartlett High School. Gives a public talk, free and open to all, Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. on the Main Stage at UAA Fine Arts Building.Nobel Laureate Brian P. Schmidt: Attended Bartlett High School. Gives a public talk, free and open to all, Sunday, Aug. 25, 4 p.m. on the Main Stage at UAA Fine Arts Building.

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From Washington D.C. to UAA, and loving it

Chloe Akers: Maybe you've seen her selling her jewelry at the Saturday Market?Chloe Akers: Maybe you've seen her selling her jewelry at the Saturday Market?Out of the eight colleges Chloe Akers applied to, the farthest, most northern university, away from her friends and family—UAA—was most appealing.

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Meet the new TNL editor, Ashley Snyder

The Northern Light's  new executive editor: Ashley SnyderThe Northern Light's new executive editor: Ashley Snyder

UAA's student newspaper, The Northern Light, is 25 years old this year, and new executive editor Ashley Snyder says she's excited to be at the helm as the newspaper marks this milestone.

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Meet Sophie Minich, UAA grad and new boss at CIRI

Sophie Minich, new CIRI CEOSophie Minich, new CIRI CEO

Sophie Minich is new in the top slot at CIRI, having taken the helm in January of this year; but she's not new to CIRI. She spent 20 years devoted to this organization, an approach that typifies her mindful and deliberate approach to life, learning and work.

Sophie got her bachelor's degree in finance in 1989 at UAA, and has nine older brothers and sisters. She grew up in Seward.

Read the rest of her story here.

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Happy July 4; classes resume Monday

The UAA campus will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4-5. Summer session classes will resume Monday, July 8.
Please enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July weekend.

PROFESSORS WIN HONORS

Two UAA professors from different fields have been recognized nationally for their academic contributions.
EJR David: Honored for his work on postcolonial psychology.EJR David: Honored for his work on postcolonial psychology.

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I AM UAA: Faces from the U

The best stories are always about people, and a university is a great place to find these tales because of its ripe environment for change and transformation.

Most readers won't realize that UAA has an alumni army of 40,000 graduates from all its different programs, many of them serving important roles in Anchorage and the state.

A new feature series highlights these personal stories, called "I AM UAA." Here are links to two:

SHARING HIS GIFT
Mark WilliamsMark Williams

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Summer is research season at UAA

Toolik Lake Field Notes: This research site is used by scientists from around the world doing arctic work. This UAA science blog tells stories about some of the research there.Toolik Lake Field Notes: This research site is used by scientists from around the world doing arctic work. This UAA science blog tells stories about some of the research there.Writer Jamie Gonzales enjoyed the rare opportunity to visit Toolik Lake Field Station in early June. She accompanied a UAA team researching the circadian rhythm cycles of arctic ground squirrels.

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Record 11 Seawolf athletes headed to NCAAs in Colorado

Her third trip: Junior Haleigh Lloyd will compete in her third straight NCAA Championships with the 400-meter hurdles in Pueblo, Colo.Her third trip: Junior Haleigh Lloyd will compete in her third straight NCAA Championships with the 400-meter hurdles in Pueblo, Colo.A program-best 11 members of the Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams will travel to Pueblo, Colo., for the 2013 NCAA Div. II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 23-25.

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UAA launches first startup company, Zensor

Tiny circuit board: John Lund holds the tiny circuit board that can fit inside an ultra long life, solar-powered sensor used to monitor remote property.Tiny circuit board: John Lund holds the tiny circuit board that can fit inside an ultra long life, solar-powered sensor used to monitor remote property.The University of Alaska Board of Regents announced Friday that the University of Alaska Anchorage launched its first ever startup company, Zensor™. The company was established in February 2013 by UAA Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Helena Wisniewski, and faculty inventor Dr. John Lund, a UAA electrical engineering professor.

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UAA to welcome a Boeing 727 to its aviation technology program Feb. 26

Fed Ex: Donates a Boeing 727 to UAA's aviation technology program. Nothing like having your own 727 to learn on!Fed Ex: Donates a Boeing 727 to UAA's aviation technology program. Nothing like having your own 727 to learn on!On Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at 2 p.m., a Boeing 727 donated by FedEx, will land at Merrill Field Airport in Anchorage after its short flight from the Ted Stevens International Airport.* The pilots of the 727 will do up to two flyovers before landing at Anchorage’s in-town runway.

Public viewing of the landing will be available from the Northway Mall parking lot, just off of Penland Parkway.

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