Friday, April 13, 2012

Spring has sprung in the Golden Heart City!

The residents of Fairbanks are just starting to see the grass again after eight months of winter. The UAF sledding hill is closed for the season. The ice on the ice wall is starting to detach. Students, excited about summer, are walking around in shorts and flip-flops. We are waking up to a mild twenty degrees above and the sun peeking into our windows.  Springtime in Fairbanks is a reviving, awakening time of year. 

Spring is your chance to sign up for Summer 2012 courses offered at UAF. The summer sessions are a great opportunity to take a class you wouldn’t normally be able to fit into a busy academic schedule during the fall or spring semesters. In the summer you can complete up to 14 credits in a variety of fields. Many types of classes are available, from basic general requirements, to unique one-day classes. 

A UAF Summer course may be just the thing to fill your time between floating the Chena River, hiking in the midnight sun, and taking in a Goldpanner baseball game.  Here are a few unique classes to consider:

Hands on Documentary Production, FLM F292: Work with classmates to produce a documentary film! Learn how to operate a camera, direct, edit and more. This course is three credits and is part of the MAYmester session, which runs May 14- 25th.
Seminar: The Horror Film, ENGL F692: Watch and analyze horror films, including Dawn of the Dead, The Exorcist, and Carrie. Investigate the horror narratives from different cultures, and analyze how monstrosity is defined. This three credit class is part of the first six-week session which runs May 29- July 3. 
Beginning Field Painting, ART F233: Spend even more time outside this summer while learning a new skill- painting! This summer the class is painting in the Yukon-Charley Rivers and staying at Slaven’s Roadhouse, a historic 1936 mining camp. Learn about the concepts of space, light, color, composition, and the elements of landscape painting in one of the most beautiful locations in Alaska. This class is from July 18- 22 and will earn you one credit. 
Alaskan Gourmet, CAH F025: Learn to cook gourmet, high quality meals with the freshest Alaskan products! This is a non-credit course that is from 8 am- 5 pm on July 26. Work with Chef Christopher Koetke, who will help you make the most of Alaska’s bounty.

You can learn more about these and all of the summer courses UAF offers at

The last day of registration is the first day of the class you are interested in. Register early to have the most choices!