CENTENNIAL EVENTS

Dates and details subject to change.

May

May 27

Polar Passion exhibit opening
Special exhibits gallery, UA Museum of the North
Explore the story of Grace Schaible '49, an Alaska woman whose love of polar bears and passion for the North led to an extraordinary collection. Schaible has donated most of her polar bear art, one of the largest such collections in the world, to the museum. The exhibit will run through Jan. 22, 2018. Learn more about the Polar Passion exhibit.

Polar Bear Portrait by Todd Sherman

June

June 12

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus Larry Bennett (engineering management, 1968–1977) and Bill Mendenhall (civil engineering, 1955–1987), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic
June 15

After-Hours Bike Tour
6 p.m., start location TBD
This historic bike tour of Fairbanks is for adults only and features stories from Fairbanks' more colorful history, ranging from the gold rush good time girls to Soviet espionage. The ride ends at a popular local watering hole. Registration is limited to 40 participants. Please RSVP by June 14.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Bikes
June 18

Mark Hamilton, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
Mark Hamilton served as the University of Alaska's president from 1998 to 2010 after retiring as a major general following a 31-year career in the U.S. Army. He’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon. A public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Mark Hamilton
June 19

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Rudy Krejci, professor emeritus of philosophy and humanities (1960–1977), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic
June 25

Dana Thomas, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
Dana Thomas served as UAF interim chancellor for the 2016-2017 academic year after a long association with the university as a student, math faculty member and administrator. He’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon. A public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Dana Thomas
June 26

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus Carl Benson (geology and geophysics, 1960–1987) and Will Harrison (physics, 1972–1998), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic

July

July 7

UAF Public Art Tour
5:30 p.m., check back for location information
Tour your way through the arts on campus with art historian, artist and UAF Professor Emeritus Kesler Woodward. A unique story lies behind each work in UAF's innovative Art in Public Places program.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Elysium sculpture
July 10

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus of art Bill Brody (1967–2000) and Glen Simpson (1969–1997), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

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July 15

History Cycles
11 a.m., start location TBD
Pedal your way around Fairbanks with public historian and UAF history Professor Terrence Cole to learn more about the Golden Heart City's vibrant past. Registration is limited to 40 participants. Please RSVP by July 14.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

bikes
July 17

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Anne Shinkwin, professor emeritus of anthropology (1971–1991), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic
July 20-23

Nanook Rendezvous alumni reunion
Join fun activities for locals and visitors alike as reunion weekend returns to midsummer.

Reunion photo booth participant
July 22

Golden Days Grand Parade
10 a.m., downtown Fairbanks
March with faculty, staff, students and alumni showing off their Nanook pride.

Golden Days parade float
July 23

Wendy Redman, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
Wendy Redman spent more than 40 years at the university and retired in 2011 after 23 years as UA vice president of university relations. She’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon and a public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Wendy Redman
July 24

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Paul McCarthy, professor emeritus of library science (1964–1991), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic
July 30

Marshall Lind, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
Marshall Lind, who started teaching in Southwest Alaska in 1961, served as Alaska’s K-12 education commissioner from 1971-1983 and from 1986-1987. He then moved to higher education, serving as UA Southeast’s chancellor from 1987-1999 and UAF’s from 1999-2004. He’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon. A public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Marshall Lind
July 31

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus Paul Reichardt (chemistry, 1972–2007) and Terry Chapin (biology, 1973–2011), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic

August

Aug. 7

Down Memory Lane
7 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium
Join a centennial conversation with Professors Emeritus Dave Klein (wildlife management, 1962–1997) and Dave Hawkins (geology and chemistry, 1967–1990), hosted by veteran radio journalist Robert Hannon. The Monday night series is sponsored by Summer Sessions and KUAC.

Down Memory Lane graphic
Aug. 8

UAF Day at the Tanana Valley State Fair
Noon, Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds

Alumni hamburger boot at the fair
Aug. 25

Centennial lecture featuring Shankar Vedantam
6 p.m., Hering Auditorium, 901 Airport Way
Shankar Vedantam is a science correspondent with National Public Radio, host of the podcast "Hidden Brain" and author of the 2010 book of the same name. Vedantam’s work focuses on unconscious prejudice and how it affects everything from how people fall in love to how nations go to war.

Aug. 27

Brian Rogers, centennial celebration speaker
4 p.m., Elvey Building auditorium, UAF West Ridge
After a few years as a UAF student, Brian Rogers served as a state legislator from Fairbanks, a statewide university vice president, a member of the UA Board of Regents and UAF's chancellor from 2008 to 2015. He’ll talk with journalist Robert Hannon. A public reception will follow. The Centennial Celebration Speakers Series, sponsored by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning, features five notable figures who shaped UAF.

Brian Rogers

September

Sept. 9

Troth Yeddha' Run

Troth Yeddha Run
Photo courtesy of Sarah McConnell
Sept. 16

55th annual Equinox Marathon
8 a.m., Patty Center
University of Alaska coaches and students created the Equinox in 1963. Anyone could walk or run the marathon, and it soon became the world's largest, with 1,000-plus participants. After a several-decade decline, participation has rebounded — the 2016 race had more than 400 runners and walkers, plus 130 three-person relay teams. Hundreds more people volunteer and cheer, making it an end-of-summer party.

Equinox marathon runners
Sept. 22-23

Starvation Gulch

Bonfire
Sept. 30

Know Your Reindeer
3 p.m., reindeer research farm, West Tanana Drive
Come interact with the reindeer at UAF while learning about the historical and contemporary importance of animal husbandry in rural communities across the state. This family-friendly program will be led by UAF Research Associate Professor Greg Finstad and include archival photos and film. Come dressed for the weather.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Reindeer

November

Nov. 5

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra concert
4 p.m., Davis Concert Hall
Enjoy music composed for UAF's centennial by Scott Hansen, BA Music Composition degree student.

Symphony
Nov. 16

HooDoo Centennial Brew
5:30 p.m., HooDoo Brewery, 1951 Fox Ave.
Don your best UAF gear and enjoy a glass of beer brewed with barley grown at UAF’s own experiment farm in celebration of the university's centennial. A short program hosted by HooDoo Brewer Bobby Wilken and Fairbanks Experiment Farm staff will connect the craft of brewing with the university's founding as an agricultural college in 1917.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

HooDoo Brewery tour
"HooDoo Brewing brewery tour" by Bernt Rostad is licensed under CC BY 2.0

December

TBD

Holiday Gathering

Holiday gathering
Dec. 31

New Year's Eve Sparktacular
8 p.m., UAF's West Ridge
UAF's centennial celebrations will end with the New Year's Eve Sparktacular fireworks event.

Sparktacular

Dates and details subject to change.
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