UAF to kick off celebration of the Arctic with keynote speaker Alice Rogoff

arctic_day_cornerstoneUAF will kick off a celebration of the Arctic with a talk from Alice Rogoff, publisher of the Alaska Dispatch News. The talk, “The Importance of the Arctic and the Media’s Role in Communicating Its Value,” will take place in the Charles Davis Concert Hall on the Fairbanks campus at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Rogoff, whose Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC bought the Anchorage Daily News in April, chairs the advisory council for the international Arctic Circle organization. Rogoff also established the Arctic Imperative Summit in Girdwood, Alaska, in 2011 and 2012.Rogoff is the majority owner of Alaska Dispatch Publishing. The Alaska Dispatch offered a web-only news site starting in 2008. After the purchase of the Anchorage Daily News this year, the two entities merged to form the Alaska Dispatch News. Rogoff, now an Anchorage resident, is the former chief financial officer of U.S. News and World Report and the spouse of David Rubenstein, co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a Washington D.C.-based private equity firm that ranks among the largest in the world.

Other events on the Fairbanks campus Nov. 12–13 include an international flag dedication ceremony, Arctic research displays, a resource fair for students focused on opportunities in the Arctic and a town hall-style presentation about key UAF Arctic-related initiatives. This educational event is designed to bring students and faculty together to share information about Arctic opportunities and activities at UAF.

Day 1 — Wednesday, Nov. 12
• International flag dedication ceremony and reception in the Regents Great Hall at 5:30 p.m.
• Keynote speaker: Alice Rogoff, publisher of the Alaska Dispatch News, in the Charles Davis Concert Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Day 2 — Thursday, Nov. 13
• Research displays and student resource fair in the Regents Great Hall from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
• Maj. Gen. Michael Shields, U.S. Army Alaska, presents, “The Role of the US Army in a Changing Arctic, ” in Schaible Auditorium at 10 a.m.
• UAF Arctic Initiatives Town Hall at 1:15 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium.

Town hall speakers include:
Chancellor Brian Rogers
Vice Chancellor for University and Student Advancement and co-director of UArctic Institute for Arctic Policy Mike Sfraga
Vice Chancellor for Research Mark Myers
International Arctic Research Center Director Larry Hinzman
Graduate School Dean and UArctic Vice President for Academic Affairs John Eichelberger
Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education Evon Peter
Professor Mary Erhlander, director of the Northern Studies Program
International Programs and Initiatives Director Donna Anger

Arctic Day is sponsored by the UAF Chancellor’s Office. For more information, please contact Cheri Renson at 474-5114 or email cheri.renson@alaska.edu.