2012 Archive

2013 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence

The University of Alaska Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. This prize is funded from a generous gift from the late Edith R. Bullock. Any individual, regardless of University affiliation, is eligible for nomination for the prize, which carries with it a $20,000 award for the recipient.  

The purpose of the prize is to recognize and reward an individual who has demonstrated excellence in support of the University of Alaska. The selection committee will base its decision primarily on two criteria:

1. The extent to which the individual demonstrates a specific, definable, notable accomplishment which benefits the University (establishment of an academic or administrative program, the development of a course, the successful completion of a project, the achievement of a research discovery, the provision of a needed university or public service, the achievement of an educational goal, the publication of a thesis or paper, the achievement of national recognition, etc).

2. The extent to which the individual demonstrates general support of the University either through service, advocacy, philanthropy, etc.

Nominations must be completed on the Bullock Nomination Form, which can be found on the Foundation website here . All nominations must be received in the Foundation Office on or beforeDecember 7, 2012, to be considered for the 2013 prize. Nominations received by the Foundation after that date will be considered for next year’s prize.  

For more information contact:

University of Alaska Foundation
Attn: Dory Straight
910 Yukon Drive, Suite 206
PO Box 755080
Fairbanks , AK 99775-5080
907-450-8030 phone
907-450-8031 fax

Langdon Selected 2012 Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence Winner

Steve J. Langdon

Steve J. Langdon, professor of anthropology for the University of Alaska Anchorage, is this year’s recipient of the University of Alaska Foundation’s prestigious Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. The Bullock Prize for Excellence includes a cash award and is the largest single award made annually by the UA Foundation’s Board of Trustees. 

“The purpose of the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence is to shine the light on individuals that demonstrate excellence in support of the university. As the University of Alaska strives for excellence and accountability to the people of Alaska, Dr. Langdon has exemplified that by connecting the university with the indigenous peoples of our state on issues crucial to them,” said Jo Michalski, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees, in announcing the winner of the prize.

Langdon is not only recognized as one of the top social scientists in Alaska but is highly regarded in his field nationally and internationally. He has taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage for thirty-six years. During his tenure Langdon has inspired many students to further their education and contribute to their communities through research and teaching.  His book, The Native People of Alaska, first published in 1986, has provided an informative and compelling overview of Alaska Natives that has contributed to greater awareness and understanding of Alaska’s indigenous people. It is used by many schools, agencies and organizations to acquaint students and newcomers to Alaska with basic information.   He has worked with Alaska Native groups in Anchorage and elsewhere to prepare educational materials related to cultural heritage and history for their youth.

As a lifelong resident of Anchorage, Langdon had felt that more people needed to be aware of the city’s rich Dena’ina history. He developed collaborative relations with the Eklutna Village Council to document traditional knowledge about places and their names in the Anchorage area. His research and influence can be found in the interpretive signage throughout Anchorage informing people of the Dena’ina history in the area and the naming of the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

Langdon’s research has also impacted public policy changes that affect fisheries management and local economies through his analysis of the impact of limited-entry fishing programs on rural and Native Alaskan communities. He has been a consultant for national and state organizations since 1978 and served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences in 1994 and 1999.

Dr. Langdon has been deeply involved in understanding Alaska Native adaptations to the natural environment. He has made path breaking discoveries on the nature of precontact salmon fisheries of the Tlingit and Haida and how they sustained runs for thousands of years. His research on traditional knowledge of salmon has demonstrated how deeply held spiritual beliefs  about relationships between humans and salmon coupled with well-designed engineering practices insured the continuity of the salmon runs in southeast Alaska.

Langdon, a graduate of West Anchorage High School, received his formal education from Stanford University. He joined the faculty at UAA in 1976. He has been a visiting professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University for two semesters.   He served as National Science Foundation Cultural Anthropology Program Director from August 2010 to August 2011.

The University of Alaska Foundation raises, invests and manages privately donated funds for the sole benefit of the University of Alaska. The award was established by the late Edith R. Bullock, who served the university for 30 years as a member of the UA Board of Regents and the foundation’s Board of Trustees. Bullock established the award to recognize and reward an individual who has demonstrated excellence in support of the University of Alaska.  


Restricted Gift Guidance from the UA Foundation

This past spring the UA Foundation created a new “soft ledger” option as a way to accept restricted gifts into general support funds at the Foundation. This new method allowed departments to track the spending of such restricted gifts while the UA Foundation and our auditors could monitor the tracking on a password-protected shared drive. This option was created as a workaround for some previous issues that arose when using the MAU’s Restricted Donation Holding accounts. These “RDH” accounts were created years ago specifically to track such restricted gifts.

Over the years, the following three concerns have been expressed regarding the RDH accounts:

  • Money in these accounts could not be spent via a grant and contract.
  • Gifts to these funds, while still counting towards MAU fundraising totals, were not being counted towards the colleges’ fundraising totals.
  • Donors whose gifts went into these funds could not be stewarded or further cultivated and solicited as donors to a specific college, as the gifts only showed up as general MAU gifts.

The UA Foundation has taken steps to address each of the above concerns, making the RDH method of spending a better option. After months of a trial run with the soft ledger option, it has been decided to be in the best interest of all parties involved to end their use as they have become extremely burdensome to maintain and do not balance to the general ledger. All existing gifts in soft ledgers will remain there until they are spent down. Once the soft ledgers reach zero balances, they will be closed out.

Any new restricted gift, effective immediately, will go into the applicable MAU’s RDH account. The gift will be processed and receipted as a normal gift going into that RDH account. Once the receipt is sent out, the Fund & Gift Services Manager for that MAU will go into the donor database, Raiser’s Edge, and change the gift’s fund designation to reflect the college that the gift supported. A note will also be added stating that the gift is in the RDH account, but the fund was changed in RE for stewardship and reporting purposes only. The F&GSM will then work with the MAU’s Development Office and the applicable college on communicating the correct fund number to use when spending this money. The process for spending money out of RDH accounts is the same as other Foundation accounts; the fund number is just different. Additionally, spending RDH gifts via a grant and contract is now allowed.

We understand that there have been many changes in the past few months to the acceptance and spending procedures for restricted gifts, and we appreciate your patience while we came to the best solution.

Our main concern is to be good stewards of the money that our generous donors are entrusting us with. Please feel free to contact your MAU’s Fund and Gift Services Manager (see below), for more details on the new RDH process.

Cathy Hagen (UAF & SW) cdhagen@alaska.edu or (907) 474-2438
Amber Gichard (UAA & UAS) argichard@alaska.edu or (907) 786-1016

Additionally, we have provided this document, which will help explain how to determine where restricted gifts should go.

The easiest way to avoid the difficulties associated with accounting for and spending narrowly restricted gifts, is, whenever possible, to solicit gifts for funds with broad purposes, rather than narrow ones. We have provided this document that explains this philosophy and will guide you in working with your donors.

Thank you again for your partnership in managing charitable donations to UA!

Megan K. Riebe, CFRE
Associate Vice President of Development & Executive Director
University of Alaska Foundation


University of Alaska Foundation Year End Procedures for Fiscal Year 2012

Please click here, to view the University of Alaska Foundation's FYE 2012 Deadlines for gift acceptance, fund expenditures, event processing, etc.  Any questions regarding these deadlines should be directed to your MAU's Advancement Services Office.
Special Note: The UA Foundation's Offices (Anchorage and Fairbanks) will be closed Monday and Tuesday, June 25th-26th, for a Foundation staff retreat.  Foundation services (gift deposits, pick-ups, found.help, etc.) will be suspended during these days.  We will reopen at 8:00 a.m., on Wednesday, June 27th.  Gifts may still be dropped off at UAA and UAF Development Offices during this closure.

Megan Riebe Named Associate Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the University of Alaska Foundation

University of Alaska (UA) Foundation President Carla Beam has named Megan Riebe Associate Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the UA Foundation. Reibe will start at the UA Foundation June 25, 2012.

Riebe will provide day-to-day management of the Foundation and serve as a key player in system-wide fund development efforts. She will be based in Anchorage, and will travel to Fairbanks and Juneau regularly.

Riebe brings to the UA Foundation more than sixteen years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management, including ten years in higher education. She comes to the UA Foundation from Gonzaga University where she was the Director of Development for Strategy and Leadership Gifts. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of development roles for Washington State University her alma mater, and for the Washington State University Foundation.

“Riebe’s strength in identifying strategic links between university priorities and donor interests complements the goal of raising more private support for the University of Alaska’s campuses and programs throughout the state.” said Beam, who has a dual role as the Vice President of University Relations.

Riebe has a B.A. in Business Administration and Marketing from WSU, and was awarded the 22nd Annual CASE District VIII Juried Silver Award in 2004 in the promotional copy writing category for "Case Statement: WSU Initiative in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.”

For a 200 dpi photo of Riebe go to: www.alaska.edu/files/opa/Megan_Riebe-200.jpg

For more information, call Kate Wattum at (907) 450-8102, kewattum@alaska.edu.


UA Foundation awards migratory bird research grant

Harwood with Banded Whimbrel

April 2012

The University of Alaska Foundation announces Chris Harwood as the recipient of the 2012 Angus Gavin Memorial Migratory Bird Research Grant .

Harwood, a graduate student in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, received the $15,000 award for his research proposal entitled “Breeding Ecology of Whimbrels in Interior Alaska.” Harwood will conduct this research in conjunction with the Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

The award is provided to support research on bird species found either permanently or seasonally in Alaska or its coastal waters, including their biology, general ecology and habitat relationships. With his award, Harwood intends to understand the cause of the bird’s decline by studying its breeding period. Whimbrels are a subspecies of the curlew.

Michael Spindler, Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge manager, underscored the importance of Harwood’s research. “Chris’ research will help identify potential breeding locations for whimbrels throughout Interior Alaska and therefore further conservation of this species on federal, state and private lands.”

This grant was established in 1981 with a gift from the Atlantic Richfield Co. to honor the memory of Angus Gavin, an environmental advisor to ARCO.  Gavin was hand-picked by ARCO Chairman Robert O. Anderson to observe, categorize and quantify the little known flora and fauna of Prudhoe Bay in 1969. Gavin was to draw conclusions, pro or con, about the impact of oil field development on the ecology of the North Slope and to recommend operational changes that would minimize or negate any adverse effects on the environment.


Great news for Alaska higher education from ExxonMobil

January 2012

ExxonMobil has just offered an amazing matching gift to encourage donations to Alaska colleges and universities during the 2012 Pick.Click.Give. campaign. Every contribution to any of the campuses of the University of Alaska, Ilisagvik College, and Alaska Pacific University will be matched one-to-one up to $100,000.

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