Welcome to University Advancement
Advancement means progress. For our team, progress comes in building the university’s connections to others. We do this through alumni relations, fundraising, marketing and strategic communications. Advancement helps to move the university from where we are today to where we want to be in the future.
University Advancement Departments
The Office of Alumni Relations team collaborates with members of the UAF Alumni Association and its board of directors, striving to build relationships and connect and support members of Nanook Nation. Alumni Relations provides opportunities to engage in lifelong involvement with the university community through the online engagement platform Nanook Network, events like the Nanook Rendezvous and communication via The Alumnus newsletter. Alumni Relations mobilizes UAF alumni to support students through the UAFAA Benefactor Fund.
The Office of Development works with alumni, benefactors, students, employees, friends and corporate partners to advance UAF's mission and strategic goals through private giving. Philanthropy — including major gifts, annual funds, planned gifts, endowments and sponsorships — makes incredible things possible at UAF. These gifts help build a diverse community driven by curiosity and intellectual rigor. They empower students, faculty and researchers to address complex challenges in the circumpolar North and beyond.
The Office of University Relations leads strategic communications, marketing and public relations activities that enhance awareness, build support, increase engagement, strengthen our brand, and elevate our reputation and position UAF as Alaska's research university and America's Arctic university. University Relations also manages events on and off campus, including commencement, Golden Days, the chancellor's holiday gathering, Sparktacular and convocation.