Dates and details subject to change.


April 5

"New Views of Viking Greenland: Resilient, Adaptive, but Still Extinct,by Thomas McGovern
7 p.m., Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center, 101 Dunkel Street
Thomas McGovern, an archaeology professor with Hunter College in the City University of New York, is interested in human-environment relationships in the North Atlantic and the effects of climate change on site preservation. His talk, celebrating Archaeology Week, is sponsored by the College of Natural Science and Mathematics, the Alaska Quaternary Center at UAF and the National Park Service.

April 7

CEM Awards Banquet
5 p.m., No-host corporate reception, Wood Center Pub (ages 21+)
6:30 p.m. Dinner, Wood Center Ballroom
$50 per person ($25 for students)

The College of Engineering and Mines invites you to celebrate UAF's centennial at their 38th annual awards banquet. RSVP by March 27.

April 7-9

Alaska Native Studies Conference
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wood Center and Schaible Auditorium

April 8

Science Potpourri
Noon to 3 p.m., Reichardt Building,
Torch gummy bears, pop hydrogen-filled balloons and make nitrogen ice cream at the free annual Science Potpourri. Other activities include making take-home slime and watching lava rock melt.

3D sandbox experiment
April 14

Readings by authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders
7-9 p.m., UA Museum of the North
Visiting authors Anand Prahlad and Scott Russell Sanders will read from their works as part of the Midnight Sun Visiting Writers Series. Prahlad, an English professor at the University of Missouri, won the 2016 Permafrost Book Prize offered by Permafrost, UAF's literary journal. Sanders, author of more than 20 books and professor emeritus of English at Indiana University, judged the prize. The UAF English Department sponsors the visiting writers series. For more information, call 474-7197 or email uaf-english-dept@alaska.edu.

Photo courtesy of Anand Prahlad.

Photo courtesy of Scott Russell Sanders.
April 20-22


April 22

Community and Technical College Culinary Scholarship Dinner
5:30 p.m., Hutchison Institute of Technology
Featuring Alaskan food

April 25

Research Day
8 a.m.-6 p.m., Wood Center multilevel lounge


May 3

Creation of college anniversary
1-2:30 p.m., Centennial Square (near Wickersham Hall)
On May 3, 1917, Alaska Territorial Gov. John Strong signed the bill to create what is now known as UAF. Join us on May 3, 2017, to celebrate our 100th birthday.

May 6

1:20 p.m., Carlson Center

May 6

Gwich'in Nature Walk at Creamer's Field
3 p.m., meet by the barn at Creamer's Field
Language is vital to how we relate to and interact with the world around us. Gwich'in linguist Hishinlai' Peter, with UAF’s Alaska Native Language Center, will lead a nature walk through Creamer's Field, teaching participants local Gwich'in names for flora and fauna while exploring concepts of identity, culture and language acquisition.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

Creamers Field barn
May 8-12

Week of the Arctic -- Arctic Interchange events in Fairbanks


Summer Sessions' Discover Alaska lecture series begins

June 22

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.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.



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 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.

For more information, please contact Carolyn.

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


Aug. 8

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

Aug. 25

Centennial lecture featuring Shankar Vedantam
6 p.m., location TBD
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.


Sep. 9

Troth Yeddha' Run

Sep. 22-23

Starvation Gulch

Sep. 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.



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.

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



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.

Dates and details subject to change.
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