Spiky golden trollius flowers add color to summer perennial beds. Photo by Monique Musick

Announcements June 2015

  • SW Transformation Team update: Functional org chart review and feedback opportunity
  • FY15 Wellness Rebate Fulfillment
  • REACH featured at American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference
  • myTRACK Photo Contest Launched July 2015
  • Keep Current on UA Foundation and Development News

SW Transformation Team update: Functional org chart review and feedback opportunity

The Statewide Transformation team has developed a functional org chart for the system office based on written submissions and interviews with the president’s direct reports as well as SW budget and staffing data. The team is now reviewing each activity in relation to the essential roles of Statewide and making recommendations on whether those activities should continue without change, move to a university, reorganize within Statewide or be discontinued.

Statewide staff are invited to review the functional org chart in light of the mission goals and potential for change and submit their feedback to the Transformation Team. The Transformation Team will be sharing their initial findings with the Summit Team August 4 with a final report anticipated in the September-October timeframe.

The functional org chart, supporting documents and additional information can be found on the Transformation Team website: https://www.alaska.edu/swbir/transformation-team/

REACH featured at American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference

In July, Glenda Findlay and Kari Rasmussen, from the Office of K-12 Outreach, presented UA's Raising Educational Achievement through Cultural Heritage (REACH) project at the 6th annual American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference. The conference was held in Flagstaff, AZ and focused on Honoring Place, Community, and Culture. They shared the REACH focus to incorporate research-based best practices on improving pedagogy and providing Alaska Native students and their teachers culturally relevant science curricula and trainings. To find out more about REACH go to: k12reach.org.

Keep Current on UA Foundation and Development News

The Bugle, a bi-weekly online publication of the University of Alaska Foundation, features donor recognition, announcements, training opportunities and staff news from development offices across the system. Keep up-to-date on our UA Foundation partners HERE.

FY2015 Wellness Rebate Fulfillment

FY16 began on July 1, which means that the wellness rebate you earned during FY15 has started to be paid-out. The wellness rebate acts to off-set the UA Choice Health plan costs and will display as ‘WRB’ on your paystub. If you are a 12-month employee and are currently paying for the UA Choice Health plan, the first rebate was applied on the July 10th paycheck. Moving forward, the rebates will continue to be paid-out in bi-weekly increments in accordance with your health insurance deductions and pay schedule.

If you have any additional questions or notice any discrepancies, please contact the University’s program manager from Healthyroads, Sara Rodewald at: 450-8203 or sararo@ashn.com. Your local HR may be able to assist too when searching for the rebate on your paystub.

myTRACK Photo Contest Launched July 2015

The myTRACK campaign has gone live for 2015. The campaign starts during the summer so campuses can promote it at orientation and fall semester kickoff events. The contest will run through October 31. The grand prize is two tickets on Alaska Airlines.  There is an additional prize as well - a student-requested voting component where the student with the highest number of votes for their photo will get a $250 Amazon gift card.

In the contest, students post a “selfie,” or self-portrait, to UA’s Facebook contest site indicating with their fingers how many years it will take to earn their degrees. The contest is part of UA’s annual Stay on TRACK campaign, now in its fifth year, which encourages students to take steps graduate quicker and with less debt.

UA’s efforts to encourage full-time students to take additional credits have made a difference. Students who attempted 15 or more credit hours had a higher credit hour completion rate than those who attempted less than 15 credit hours. In the long term, students who attempt and earn at least 15 credit hours a semester perform significantly better than full-time students who take less than 15 credit hours a semester.

Here are the links for the myTRACK contest. Please help us share the opportunity!

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