Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Blood Drive at UAF

Hello, all!

Hey everybody, Joe here! I just wanted to let you all know about the blood drive that happened at UAF last Friday. I really should have told you about it when you still had a chance to head down and donate blood, but that's neither here nor there. The bottom line is that giving blood is a good thing to do: you feel great because you're providing a valuable service, and you get free cookies! When I went on Friday, I totally got to chow down on some oreos. It was sweet. Just so you all know, the blood bank does blood drives at UAF every year, so keep your eyes peeled! Thanks for reading, and y'all have a nice day!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fourteen High Schools in Four Days!!!

Jessica and I just got back from a whirl-wind five-day trip to Anchorage where 4 of them were spent driving around like maniacs trying to meet with as many students as possible from the south side of Anchorage to Houston. It was a great chance to catch up with all the counselors (those who made it to our Counselor Reception and those who are holding out hope for an invite to next spring's event) and get officially introduced, seeing as how I am taking over the Anchorage are of recruiting for UAF.

Here's the list of the high schools we visited last week:
  1. Palmer High School
  2. Service High School
  3. South High School
  4. East High School
  5. West High School
  6. Wasilla High School
  7. Matsu Career Technical High School
  8. Houston High School
  9. Eagle River High School
  10. Chugiak High School
  11. King Career Center
  12. Diamond High School
  13. Bartlett High School
  14. ....hmmmm, I know I'll think of this last one later...
Anyway, it was a fantastic trip where we got a chance to meet some really amazing students, and not to mention some pretty cool kids (and parents).

Day 5 consisted of an all day table-manning expedition at the IDEA fair for home schooled students.

Check out my sweet table setup where over the course of the day over 18-inches of snow fell while I sat there contemplating HOW AM I EVER GOING TO GET TO THE AIRPORT IN ONE PIECE!?!?! (in a rental car even!)
I got to the airport about 5 hours early, but at least my flight wasn't canceled and I got to sleep in my own bed that night... in one piece!

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to come out and talk to Jessica and I. It made the trip totally worth-while and a-w-e-s-o-m-e. EXTREMELY exhausting... but AWESOME none the less. Thank you.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Sock Monkeys...for Charity

This past week was Springfest at UAF...a campus-wide celebration of spring--with losts of community service projects. This year that Admissions Outreach Coordinators decided to help make sock monkeys for charity (making stuffed toys for children without homes). (And yes, they are made out of socks) Our own Ginny Tschanz was the coordinator for the project. Check out the pics!
Charlie's a sewing machine...Jessica's toy is starting to take shape...
Ginny shows off the final product.
Here they are! Go sock monkeys!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cyberinfrastructure Day!!!

Hello, all!

Today I got to check out a few of the lectures at UAF's Cyberinfrastructure Day! I know it sounds like a brain drain, but it was actually pretty sweet. The overall theme of the day was to increase awareness and interest in the field of communication technology, and its component fields. These are fields that range over everything from Mechanical Engineering to Education.

I was able to sit in on Dr. Mike Comberiate of NASA's presentation on communications technology. He and his group C.O.O.L. (Communication Over Obscure Locations) is responsible for approximately 100 awesome communication technology feats over the last 30 years. He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the first pole to pole telephone call (North to South Pole). What he was mostly talking about was programming robots to investigate the moon! Back in '04, President Bush espoused an interest in starting a lunar colony, and Dr. Comberiate's research is going directly towards that field. I can't really summarize all of the cool stuff that he talked about in his lecture, but I can say that I wish you were there.

Because Dr. Comberiate has been to both the North Pole and the South Pole, he brought a sample from both pole's to his lecture. Afterwords he invited anyone in the audience who would like to be able to claim that they had stood on both poles at the same time to come to the stage. So, he took my picture, and as soon as he forwards it to me, I'll post it on this blog. I also took a photo with him. Really, he was a great guy. Hopefully, UAF will be getting involved in some of the University-based C.O.O.L. research he's doing (we've got the cold part down, let's see if we can also be COOL). Thanks for reading, and I'll let you know when the next exciting event happens.


PS: Click here to see an article about Dr. Comberiate in the Antarctica Sun

Friday, April 18, 2008

Jessica's Puppy

Jessica is getting a new puppy! This is big news in the Outreach Coordinator world here at UAF. Being that we live in the largest state in the union, Jessica decided to get the biggest dog she could find- a Great Dane. Here's Jessica visiting with her new pup (which comes home next week).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The OC Team is Complete!

Finally, after the hiring of Joe and I (Ginny) the UAF Admissions Outreach team is complete. Charlie, Jessica, Ginny & Joe make up the four Outreach Coordinators lead by Hope, our trusted team leader and Assistant Director of Admissions, we are the ones responsible for recruiting and helping new students discover all the opportunities UAF has to offer.It's great to feel whole again!
Can you believe it snowed 6 inches in the middle of April? With all the new snow and sunny weather, there was no way that hard working OCs like ourselves could let this opportunity pass us by!
Here's a tiny glimpse into the lives of UAF's finest Outreach Coordinators:

Charlie was so proud of his little snowman!
Thats some snowball, Joe!
I wouldn't want to be the one on the other side of that Armstrong curve-ball!
Yikes, I forgot... I was!
Stinks to be the new guy, Joe... luckily your squatting abilities are better than any of our aims.
Although mother nature did tease us slightly with the super warm spring-like weather we had a week or two ago, and then DUMPED six inches of snow in one night, you can't help but love Alaska for it's mystery, it's beauty, it's SNOW, but most importantly it's PEOPLE.
Happy Spring.
(out of 7 or so tries, honestly this one was the best)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Meet Joe Alloway

Hey there, everybody, I'm Joe Alloway. They just hired me on to be the local Outreach Coordinator for UAF, and I couldn't be happier to be involved. I graduated in December with my BA in Theatre from UAF, and I'll be graduating again in May with my BA in Japanese Studies. Obviously, I wanted to study Japanese Theatre(?), but I thought it was more important to spread the good word of higher education on the hill.

Although I wasn't born in Fairbanks, I've been here long enough to be a Fairbanksan for life. I went to Weller Elementary, followed by Tanana and Lathrop. With the exception of a few trips to Japan, Singapore, Canada and the like, I've rooted myself pretty firmly in this town. That being said, if you have any question about what life is like in Fairbanks, at UAF, or as an international student, I'm probably a pretty good person to talk to.

I'd love to hear whatever questions you might have, so give me a call, send me an email, let's start some trouble.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Where did Jessica go??

Ok, I know it has been a while since you have seen a new post from me but the Admissions Office has been VERY busy. We had two exciting events in March, one of which was UAF InsideOut. We had students come all the way from Texas, New York and many other exciting places for this year's event. If you didn't get to come up for this Spring's event, keep an eye out for our Fall InsideOut!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Why I Love Fairbanks!

Hello, ginny here!
So the weather the past couple of weeks has been pretty unusual. Last week it got up to 55F, then this weekend it snowed again! I love it.
This is what I saw on the way to the outhouse the other night before bed:

Just one of the MANY reasons why I love living in Alaska!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hello Out There!

Hello! My name is Ginny Tschanz and I am the newest member of the Admissions Recruitment team. I moved to the Office of Admissions at the beginning of March. Previously, I coordinated the New Student Orientation program for the past 3 years, so I know a lot about how to get involved on campus, and the resources that are available to new students.

I was born and raised in Rochester, New York (upstate, about 6 hours from "the city") and found myself in Alaska all by myself the fall after I graduated high school. I came to UAF for adventure, fun and something new. I quickly discovered a place that has become my home and met people that soon became my closest friends and family. I graduated from UAF in 2005 with a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Spanish, shortly after I jumped aboard as a full-time staff member. Currently I'm taking graduate classes in the Guidance & Counseling M.Ed program, and am waiting to hear (any day now) whether or not I've been accepted into the program.
I currently live in a one room, cabin without running water, about 8 miles from the University with my 10-year-old, 90lbs. Golden Retriever named Wrangler. He loves to play and swim in the Chena River and lay in the warm sun. I am an AVID knitter and am addicted to LOST and Antiques Roadshow (man, you'd think I'm in my 80's!) I love hanging out with friends listening to live music, going for walks around town with my dog and knitting of course. I love cooking and baking and discovering the wonders of sourdough! I can't wait to get settled into my new position and look forward to helping students discover the opportunities at UAF.