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Sun Grant[edit]

According to the article on the Wiki about Sun Grants and information gathered from UAF's website, they are not a national Sun Grant university; they are regional. I'm removing this piece of information because it's misleading. UAF technically only has three grant designations. --IndigoAK200 19:42, 23 November 2006 (UTC)

Founding/forgot to log in[edit]

just in case someone's interested, I entered the original portion on History/Founding, but didn't realize I wasn't logged any rate, this section needs someone to look it over for accuracy, NPOV.Deirdre 21:20, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

Biosciences Library[edit]

My apologies, Deirdre. I misunderstood your contribution to the article. Perhaps it should be made more clear that the Biosciences Library is administrately under the Rasmuson, but is not physically under the Rasmuson? Anyway, once again, sorry to roll back your contributions.

--Cgranade 18:48, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

No problem, Chris, just part of the community editing process! I'll make it clearer. Hey, are you part of Wikipedia:WikiProject Alaska? I didn't see your name on the list. Deirdre 18:20, 10 October 2006 (UTC)

Simple Edit[edit]

I changed the website from "" to "" I hate wiki-nazis who nit pick but I've always felt that there is or could be a difference between and; and if someone should happen to make into a different site it might lead to wrong information. Feel free to change it back if you disagree but that's my 2 cents. Mercer5089 01:38, 4 January 2007 (UTC)


Dierdre- you make a very good point. May I suggest that the part regarding its translation simply be deleted for now (as it does not disrupt or dismantle the subject of the sentance) until somebody can find and reference the actual translation (or note the closest translation available)? 23:48, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

I'm not a speaker of Inupiaq, but the word does derive from the Inupiaq word for what is in English called a polar bear. It doesn't need to be exact in order to make sense or be correct, so I don't think we actually need to delete this part. Why not just keep it in and ask for a more exact translation? In fact, I'll do so on the page for the language. Maybe somebody there can clear this up. Deirdre 00:30, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I doubt seriously that "nanook" means "king of the north" -- this would be a loose translation at best, since there were no kings in Alaska...much of this page reads a bit like a promo piece for the university, rather than a description. Deirdre 19:19, 7 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Good point. BTW, nice to see your expertise on Wikipedia! --Cgranade 01:22, Jun 8, 2005 (UTC)

Nanook does NOT mean "polar bear" as mentioned in Athletics. It means something like "beast of the north," which, to whitefolk may mean the same thing, but it is not. Not knowing exactly what it means, however, I cannot update it. Maybe someone can do a little more research? Mercer5089 01:38, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Yup, but it doesn't mean "king of the north" as previously written. We need the actual translation, as opposed to the interpretation which is what we've got right now. Anybody out there speak Inupiaq? Deirdre 18:48, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
There is already a Wikipedia stub on Nanook with a citation. I'll link this in the actual article. If you guys want, you could copy and paste the citation into the artlcle. Whatever you feel more comfortable with. It will be hard to link to as a citation, however, since the online dictionary that the definition belongs to needs input of symbolic characters in order to find it. Sdegan (talk) 19:14, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
Nanook, more commonly spelled "nanuq" or "nanuk" does in fact mean polar bear. This is from the Websters online dictionary. [1] The misspelling of the word may have been enough to inhibit a correct definition.

~ * ~ Blue Electric Storm ~ * ~ (talk) 00:11, 28 October 2012 (UTC)

Whether the "flagship" status of a university can be presented as objective fact[edit]

There is currently an RfC on this question at Talk:University of Maine#Flagship RFC. Coppertwig(talk) 12:49, 16 May 2009 (UTC)

This is an interesting point. In Chancellor Rodgers' Welcome Letter to new students who have been recently admitted to the University, he specifically states that UAF is the University of Alaska's Flagship Institution. This might be common knowledge, but I agree that it needs to be cited so that we can show NPOV. I'll work on this. Sdegan (talk) 18:59, 5 January 2012 (UTC)
I have verified that this is NPOV. I found websites which can be used as citations, however per Wikipedia preferences, we shouldn't be placing citations in the opening paragraph of articles. Because of this, I added two external links. We could mention flagship status again in the article below the introduction with a link if you feel that it's necessary, or just leave it alone. Either way, it satisfies NPOV. Sdegan (talk) 19:06, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Statistics Citations[edit]

The enrollment statistics mentioned in the beginning of the article need citations. Does anyone know a good source? Sdegan (talk) 06:38, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

Move Bristol Bay Campus and CTC pages to UAF page?[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
The result of this discussion was no consensus. MartinZ02 (talk) 17:42, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Should we move the Bristol Bay Campus page and the UAF Community and Technical College pages to this one? We could have those pages redirect here. Comments? Sean Egan (talk) 07:34, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

I don't agree with moving the Bristol Bay Campus page under the UAF page. Although the Bristol Bay Campus is a remote campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks, they are in different towns and have very different course offerings. Many have compared the Bristol Bay Campus to a community college, and many of the activities that occur in Dillingham, Alaska are of an outreach and community education-type college offering. ~ * ~ Blue Electric Storm ~ * ~ (talk) 00:07, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
The whole series of articles related to the University of Alaska in general suffer from a host of issues which I haven't had time to address. BBC isn't even that particularly independently notable, it's just an article that someone chose to create which hasn't seen significant improvement since. Because the community college reorganization occurred in 1987/8, recentism takes hold as easy sourcing is lacking. In reality, there should be a single sub-article covering outlying campuses and programs. Same with UAA. A lot easier to deal with than a dozen stubs apiece. RadioKAOS  – Talk to me, Billy 05:32, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Agreed, RadioKAOS. I'm thinking about starting that process myself. I guess if I see another person on here who also thinks it's a good idea, we'd have consensus, and I'd begin. Sean Egan (talk) 21:04, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

ASUAF Section Needs Review[edit]

The ASUAF section seems to contain superfluous information. Can someone look at it and either agree or disagree with me? I'd like to trim it down substantially. Sean Egan (talk) 09:42, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

I believe this started as its own article and was later merged, which is contrary to more recent practice of creating and defending en masse what amount to being useless stubs. Student government/services at UAF have a significant history which points to independent notability. What you have here, however, is a lot of WP:NOTNEWS piffle. The references to people such as Joe Hayes and Joe Blanchard, who went on to have political careers in the real world, makes me wonder if due care is being given to BLP, also. RadioKAOS  – Talk to me, Billy 05:32, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
I'm going to go ahead and clean that up, then. It does sound like news, which doesn't do the article any service. Sean Egan (talk) 21:07, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

F. S. Chapin - Notable?[edit]

Can someone please justify why F. S. Chapin III is listed under the "Noteable" section? If no one can, I propose we remove him. Sean Egan (talk) 09:59, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

Because an article exists, which also appears to be the case with numerous others of marginal or dubious notability (Elyse Guttenberg, anyone?). This whole thing could stand to be restructured, but that would involve acknowledging the notability of numerous past alumni/faculty, many of whom lack articles. Early faculty of the mining school era such as Patty, Wolff, Beistline and Duckering come to mind, as well as latter-day liberal arts faculty such as Naske and McBeath. I do have an alumni directory, so I could work on that part. RadioKAOS  – Talk to me, Billy 05:32, 6 November 2012 (UTC)
Could we maybe think about removing some of these people, though? Having non-notable people in our notable people section cheapens the institution. Sean Egan (talk) 21:16, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
What criteria do you propose for inclusion in that section? "Doesn't cheapen the institution" won't cut it. ElKevbo (talk) 21:31, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
Well, how about we follow what's proposed in Wikipedia:Notability (people)? Does that cut it? F. S. Chapin's (as well as others) biography on Wikipedia is pretty small, which we could also use as a measure of notability. Maybe? Sean Egan (talk) 04:36, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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I just waded through an excess of administrivia only to discover that the deleted text was no big loss anyway, in that it constituted subtle POV pushing. If you really want to know about copyvios in content that may matter, compare KSUA with the station's website and tell me what you think. RadioKAOS / Talk to me, Billy / Transmissions 20:24, 22 November 2013 (UTC)