Optimism during an economic recession
by Teresa Thompson,
SFOS Development Officer
History shows that during tough economic times, more people decide to go to college. That's good news for SFOS, and good news for our state. Workforce development in the area of fisheries and marine science is vital in the wake of a declining labor force due to retirements and a lack of new professionals. And as SFOS enrollment increases, so does the opportunity to help our students.
More donors are giving to UAF and SFOS than ever before. Although gifts may be smaller due to difficult financial times, more individuals are giving. This is partly because of UAF's stellar annual giving program, but also because people see the need to "pay it forward," having received support in the past and desiring to pass on the generosity. Other reasons for giving include an affinity for the university, an outstanding faculty member, the donor's educational experience or any number of positive factors. The good news is that people are giving, yet we must continue to build our base of donors.
Many exciting things are happening here at SFOS despite the recession: the stimulus package included funding for the Alaska Region Research Vessel; the Fisheries Division's Juneau Center has moved into the new Lena Point Fisheries Building (a dedication was held April 28 in Juneau); we are growing our undergraduate fisheries program; Alaska Sea Grant will soon hire a new director and many other exciting things too numerous to name. Although we are invigorated about our progress, these exciting programs and projects all need support.
Philanthropy is defined as the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations. Despite the economy taking a toll on our individual budgets, philanthropy is alive and well at UAF. We encourage you to join the many individuals, companies and foundations who are increasing opportunities for students at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
Teresa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-1867.
Learn more by visiting www.sfos.uaf.edu/giving.
Greetings from the Dean
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Princess Tours gives $100,000
to UAF Marine Advisory Program
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SFOS dedicated the new Lena Point Fisheries Building in Juneau on April 28. Governor Sarah Palin spoke at the ceremony and congratulated UAF on its contributions to fisheries science. Other speakers included UA President Mark Hamilton, Representative Beth Kerttula and UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers.
Optimism during an economic recession
History shows that during tough economic times, more people decide to go to college. That's good news for SFOS, and good news for our state.
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by Sharice Walker, CMI Technical Editor
The University of Alaska Coastal Marine Institute was created in June 1993 by a cooperative agreement between the University of Alaska and the U. S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service Alaska Region.
Featured Student: Megan Murphy
Megan Murphy already knows she wants to live and work in Homer, Alaska, and is pursuing a graduate degree in biological oceanography at UAF to help her achieve this goal. She is studying the oceanographic effects on crab larval transport in Kachemak Bay.
Mayumi Arimitsu, a master's degree student in fisheries, conducting her thesis research in Kenai Fjords National Park.