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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

New UAF Human Resource Director

The position for UAF HR Director has been filled by Kris Racina. Kris has been serving the needs of UAF HR (as well as the other MAUs) in her capacity as the Statewide Director of Labor and Employee Relations. John Duhamel, Interim HR Director, projects that she will begin her new position March 2, 2009 and would like to thank everyone for their support and patience while serving as the interim director.

resource: HR Update Newsletter

Plans For An Energy Technology & Research Builing

UAF has tentative plans to build a 31,000 sq.ft. building dedicated to energy research, everything from wind and hydrogen to coal. These plans are on the fast track.

University leaders are talking of building the $30 million center, which would house the Alaska Center for Energy & Power, during the next two summers. The plan is to sell bonds for half the proposed building and get the rest of the money through a state grant, is included in a short list of construction projects pitched early this winter by UAF's Board of Regents. The Board also is seeking a separate 5 year state grant that would partner the energy center with the state run Alaska Energy Authority on state-proposed research projects.

UAF's proposed construction budget, which has been forwarded to the Alaska Legislature for consideration, incorporates the proposed energy building alongside another, long-discussed proposal for a new Life Sciences: Focused Research & Instruction Facility.

resource: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 1-28-09: written by: Christopher Eshleman