June 2017

June 18

Mark Hamilton, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
Mark Hamilton served as the University of Alaska's president from 1998 to 2010 after retiring as a major general following a 31-year career in the U.S. Army. He’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon. A public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Mark Hamilton

June 15

After-Hours Bike Tour
6 p.m., start location TBD
This historic bike tour of Fairbanks is for adults only and features stories from Fairbanks' more colorful history, ranging from the gold rush good time girls to Soviet espionage. The ride ends at a popular local watering hole. Registration for this event is at capacity. Check out the History Cycles event on July 15!

For more information, please contact Carolyn.


June 12

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus Larry Bennett (engineering management, 1968–1977) and Bill Mendenhall (civil engineering, 1955–1987), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic

May 2017

May 27

Polar Passion exhibit opening
Special exhibits gallery, UA Museum of the North
Explore the story of Grace Schaible '49, an Alaska woman whose love of polar bears and passion for the North led to an extraordinary collection. Schaible has donated most of her polar bear art, one of the largest such collections in the world, to the museum. The exhibit will run through Jan. 22, 2018. Learn more about the Polar Passion exhibit.

Polar Bear Portrait by Todd Sherman

May 8-12

Week of the Arctic -- Arctic Interchange events in Fairbanks

WOTA logo

May 6

Gwich'in Nature Walk at Creamer's Field
3 p.m., meet by the barn at Creamer's Field
Language is vital to how we relate to and interact with the world around us. Gwich'in linguist Hishinlai' Peter, with UAF’s Alaska Native Language Center, will lead a nature walk through Creamer's Field, teaching participants local Gwich'in names for flora and fauna while exploring concepts of identity, culture and language acquisition.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Creamers Field barn

May 6

1:20 p.m., Carlson Center


May 3

Creation of college anniversary
1-2:30 p.m., Centennial Square (near Wickersham Hall)
On May 3, 1917, Alaska Territorial Gov. John Strong signed the bill to create what is now known as UAF. Join us on May 3, 2017, to celebrate our 100th birthday. Can't make it in person? Catch the event on UAF Facebook Live!

Creation of College invitation graphic

April 2017

April 25

Research and Creative Activity Day
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wood Center multilevel lounge
Undergraduate students will offer posters, displays and performances in the multilevel lounge from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Deans will present awards and cash prizes during a ceremony at day's end.

Research day poster presentation

April 22

Community and Technical College Culinary Scholarship Dinner
5:30 p.m., Hutchison Institute of Technology
Featuring Alaskan food
This event is sold out. To be placed on a waitlist for tickets or to make a gift to the scholarship dinner, contact Kristi Gaikoski at 907-455-2800 or kgaikows@alaska.edu.

Scholarship dinner invitation

April 20-22


SpringFest mud volleyball

April 14

Readings by authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders
7-9 p.m., UA Museum of the North
Visiting authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders will read from their works as part of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Prahlad, an English professor at the University of Missouri, won the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize offered by Permafrost, UAF's literary journal. Sanders, author of more than 20 books and professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, judged the prize. The UAF English Department sponsors the visiting writers series. For more information, call 474-7197 or email uaf-english-dept@alaska.edu.

Photo courtesy of Anand Prahlad.

Photo courtesy of Scott Russell Sanders.

April 8

Science Potpourri
Noon to 3 p.m., Reichardt Building
Torch gummy bears, pop hydrogen-filled balloons and make nitrogen ice cream at the free annual Science Potpourri. Other activities include making take-home slime and watching lava rock melt.

3D sandbox experiment

April 7-9

Alaska Native Studies Conference
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wood Center and Schaible Auditorium

April 7

CEM Awards Banquet
5 p.m., No-host corporate reception, Wood Center Pub (ages 21+)
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Wood Center Ballroom
$50 per person ($25 for students)

The College of Engineering and Mines invites you to celebrate UAF's centennial at their 38th annual awards banquet. RSVP by March 27.

April 5

"New Views of Viking Greenland: Resilient, Adaptive, but Still Extinct,by Thomas McGovern
7 p.m., West Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 3800 Geist Rd.
Thomas McGovern, an archaeology professor with Hunter College in the City University of New York, is interested in human-environment relationships in the North Atlantic and the effects of climate change on site preservation. His talk, celebrating Archaeology Week, is sponsored by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, the Alaska Quaternary Center at UAF and the National Park Service.

March 2017

March 24

Centennial lecture by Michael Nelson
3 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
The team studying wolves and moose on Isle Royale in Lake Superior includes geneticists, social scientists, filmmakers and one bewildered philosopher, Michael Paul Nelson. Nelson is professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University and co-editor of the 2010 book "Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril." He'll discuss the Isle Royale project and the fusion of science and philosophy. His presentation is part of the Institute of Arctic Biology's life science hour seminar series.

Photo courtesy of M. Nelson.

March 6

Stargazing Night: Northern Dene (Athabascan) Astronomy
Chris Cannon
6:30 p.m., meet in Room 202 Reichardt Building
The Alaska Gwich'in constellation “yahdii” spans nearly the entire sky and comprises 16 groups of stars named after body parts. Yahdii and similar constellations in other Northern Dene languages across the Arctic are incorporated into systems of wayfinding, time reckoning, weather forecasting, and cosmology and religion. Join Chris Cannon, UAF doctoral student in cultural anthropology, for a presentation and star walk to learn more about the Northern Dene sky. Come dressed for the weather.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Starry sky
Starry sky
Photos courtesy of Chris Cannon.

March 2-4

Festival of Native Arts
The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through Native dance, music and traditional arts. The festival continues the UAF student-led tradition that began in 1973 of bringing together artists, performers and performance groups in a celebration of Native cultures.

Festival drummer

March 2

Centennial lecture by Lawrence Krauss 
7 p.m., West Valley High School Theater

Krauss, a physicist and science communicator, will present "Hidden Realities: The Greatest Story Ever Told … So Far." Krauss directs the Origins Project at Arizona State University and is a leading researcher in particle astrophysics and cosmology. He has written several best-selling books, including "The Physics of Star Trek." The event is presented by the UAF Society of Physics Students.

February 2017

Feb. 23

Snedden lecture by Dorothy Parvaz
6:30 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
Parvaz, a former Seattle newspaper reporter now with Al Jazeera America, will present "On the Run: Covering the Global Refugee Crisis." After entering Syria to cover protests in 2011, Parvaz was questioned and deported to Iran, her birth country, where interrogations continued. In all, she was held almost three weeks. Her lecture, organized by the Department of Communication and Journalism, is funded by the late Helen Snedden's endowment honoring her late husband, C.W. Snedden, former Fairbanks Daily News-Miner owner and publisher.

Feb. 18

Hands-on History of Sourdough
9 a.m., Room 201 Reichardt Building

Connect to chemistry, biology and Alaska history through the age-old tradition of sourdough. Workshop participants will learn to make and care for their own sourdough starter from retired UAF nutrition educator Marsha Munsell. Participants will receive sourdough starter passed down from the late Lola Tilly, home economics professor from 1929 to 1963.

sourdough starter
"Ferment after four days" by Jim Champion is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Feb. 11

Blue and Gold Gala
6 p.m., Carlson Center
Join us for an elegant evening with fine dining and live music by Pamyua, celebrating UAF's first 100 years and our distinguished honorees.

January 2017

Jan. 31

'The Almost Forgotten Earthquake'
Assistant Professor Carl Tape, UAF
7 p.m., Raven Landing
On Aug. 27, 1904, seismic stations from around the globe recorded a magnitude 7.3 earthquake in central Alaska. Tape shares new insights at this kick-off event in the Science for Alaska lecture series.

Dec. 31, 2016 - New Year's Eve Centennial Kick-Off Video

Happy New Year to you and happy centennial to us!

All of us at the University of Alaska Fairbanks wish you the best for 2017!

July 6, 2015 - Rededicating the cornerstone

Hundreds of people, including state, university and community leaders, joined University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers on July 6 to conduct a blessing at Troth Yeddha' Park, future home of an indigenous studies center, and to rededicate our cornerstone on the centennial of its establishment in 1915. The events commemorated UAF's rich history and welcomed our next 100 years.

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