Campus communications

Communicating with staff, faculty and students

There's a lot of focus on telling the world about UAF, but it's also important to talk to each other. Our employees are our best brand ambassadors and good communication with them makes them even better.


Cornerstone newsletter

The Cornerstone daily newsletter is one of the best ways to get information to employees. It covers university news and employee announcements, which are posted on UAF's news site. Take time to read it — it's your one-stop info shop for UAF news and employee information.

Cornerstone can help you get the word out for these kinds of general, university- or departmentwide categories:

  • events (please see the events page for details on planning your event)
  • training opportunities
  • administrative staff changes
  • minor procedural changes
  • programmatic offerings
  • requests for volunteers for UAF-related activities

Cornerstone is sent to employees each weekday. Please submit items by noon one business day before the day you'd like your item to appear. 

Cornerstone newsletter special topics

Special editions of Cornerstone are occasionally sent out for safety and construction information or other essential information on special topics as needed.

Cornerstone for students

Cornerstone for students is generally sent out on the first day of the academic term and the first Thursday of all other months during the spring and fall semesters. Please submit items one week in advance, and indicate that you’d like the information to go to students.

Cornerstone news and information site

Visit the Cornerstone website for all UAF news. Content is updated frequently and includes information from the Cornerstone email newsletters.


Grapevine

The Grapevine is a Q&A format to help dispel rumors, answer questions, and clarify misconceptions and misunderstanding. Submissions are posted unedited, so while they are anonymous, it's still nice to be polite. Suggestions for improving campus operations are welcome.


All-campus email

The campuswide email listservs for all faculty, staff and students are administered by University Relations and are reserved for announcements such as chancellor's communications, policy decisions, senior management appointments, benefits information, changes in major operating procedures, safety and holiday information, campuswide initiatives, and announcements that affect a large portion of UAF. All campuswide emails are posted in the archives of the listserv from which they originated.

Please submit your request via the University Relations project request form.

  • Keep your email efficient, direct and as clear as possible.
  • Use active, rather than passive, voice.
  • Include rationale for changes.
  • Link to documents rather than sending attachments via email.
  • Use web links that lead to more information.
  • Avoid sending to multiple lists and then to the all-campus email.

Announcements not for general distribution

  • Announcements for personal, political or monetary gain
  • Non-UAF announcements
  • Isolated department announcements, e.g., a picnic for only a portion of the campus community

More information sources

**UAF employees and sdbutro are autosubscribed. Please note, if you opt out of sdbutro you will not receive emergency messages from UAF.


Questions?

If you have questions about how to publicize your event or communicate your issue internally, please contact Tori Tragis, internal communications manager, at 474-6438 or tatragis@alaska.edu.


UA-UAF Training Calendar

UAF professional development and training opportunities are available below.

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