CENTENNIAL EVENTS

Dates and details subject to change.

July

July 24

Monday

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

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

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

Alumni hamburger boot at the fair

Aug. 25

Friday

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. Seating is limited to 1200 and is first come, first served, so get there early.

Vedantam
Photo courtesy of Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau

Aug. 27

Sunday

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

Saturday

Troth Yeddha' Run

Troth Yeddha Run
Photo courtesy of Sarah McConnell

Sept. 16

Saturday

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

Friday-Saturday

Starvation Gulch

Bonfire

Sept. 30

Saturday

Know Your Reindeer
3 p.m., Fairbanks Experiment 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

October

Oct. 12

Thursday

Centennial lecture by Kesler Woodward
6:30 p.m., Murie Building auditorium
Woodward, UAF professor emeritus of art, will present "A Beacon for Culture: A Century of University of Alaska Leadership in the Arts." He will illustrate and discuss the university's indispensable role in developing Alaska’s visual and performing arts and our understanding of who we are as Alaskans.

Woodward
Photo courtesy of Kesler Woodward

November

Nov. 5

Sunday

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

Thursday

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

Sunday

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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