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The Grapevine is administered by the UAF Marketing and Communications Department and was designed to dispel rumors, clarify misconceptions and clear up misunderstandings about UAF topics of a general nature to improve communication between the administration and the UAF community.

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Dec. 17, 2014 -- Nanook Shuttle


 Why did Residence Life wait until finals week to announce the Nanook Shuttle wasn't running?


From Laura McCollough, Department of Residence Life director

Good Question. Residence Life provided information about winter break closing the first week of December. This information included transportation options for getting to the airport. During the second week of December Residence Life sent out an email to all residential students that provided information about airport transportation and that the Nanook Shuttle was not an option for 2014.     

In hindsight I should have provided more communication to the broader UAF community. Lesson learned!

Dec. 16, 2014 -- Docusign tuition waiver


I filled out a docusign tuition waiver and had my supervisor e-sign it. It has been a while but the credit has not been applied to my student account. Do I need to do anything else or just wait longer? How long should it take for a docusign tuition waiver to be processed?


From Amanda Wall, Office of the Bursar director

Due to tax reporting implications, we are unable to post any payments, other than personal payments, to student accounts until January 1 of the year in which you are registered. We will apply all waivers as soon as we return from the holiday break. We also do not apply waivers for fall prior to July 1 of each year. 

Individuals can always contact the Office of the Bursar to verify receipt of waivers at uaf-bursar@alaska.edu or 474-7384.

Dec. 1, 2014 -- Statewide office holiday closure


How come the SW offices are closed on Dec. 24 and UAF offices are not?


From Erik Seastedt, Chief Human Resources Officer

Each major unit of the UA system sets its own schedule for holiday closure based on the services needed around holiday time. A variety of essential personnel will still be working at SW on Dec. 24 to make sure payroll is processed, bills are paid, electrons flow, and etc. A hard closure on Dec. 24 made sense at SW to globally give permission to our non-essential employees to take a leave day on what is usually considered a holiday. UAF’s non-essential employees have the same opportunity to take a leave day with supervisor approval, however UAF’s service needs to students, faculty and staff are very different and the decision to remain open on Dec. 24 best accommodates those needs.

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