TEDWomen - Hopes and Dreams

US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, spoke at the TEDWomen gathering Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010 in Washington D.C. In the 18 minute video linked below, Clinton details why it is of vital international importance for every girl in the world to get the chance to pursue her hopes and dreams. 

Hear Clinton's exciting words and stories @

PLUS, check out the Vital Voices Global Partnership Clinton highlights @ 


"Where are the Women?"

Panel Discussion
WoodCenter Multi-Level Lounge
1:00 - 2:00pm
 Tuesday, Dec. 7th

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Rachel Simon in Fairbanks

Writer and motivational speaker Rachel Simon (Riding the Bus with My Sister) will be in Fairbanks Tuesday, December 7th for a FREE daytime and a FREE evening event. PLUS, Simon will be the guest speaker at the FRA (Fairbanks Resource Agency) Annual Gala
Wednesday, December 8th, 6:30 p.m. at the Westmark.
Details on all 3 events below
Meet Author Rachel Simon at a Brown Bag Lunch & Book Discussion
Tuesday, Dec. 7
12 noon to 1pm
Fairbanks Resource Agency
805 Airport Way
Space is limited-please RSVP to Eva at 456-8901


Rachel Simon Lecture at UAF
Tuesday, Dec. 7
7:00 pm
401 Gruening Building
UAF Main Campus


FRA Annual Gala*Rachel Simon Guest Speaker
Wednesday, December 8
6:30 p.m. at the Westmark
Tickets for the Gala are $40 each and are available by calling Fairbanks Resource Agency at 456-8901.


Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award $$ Available

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Their international Women's Opportunity Awards program disperses nearly one million dollars annually to help women reclaim their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

The local Women's Opportunity Award application period is open through December 15th.

For more info on Soroptimist, to read stories about past Women's Opportunity Award recipients, and to download an application, visit the following URL  

Locally, applications must be submitted, by DECEMBER 15th, 2010 to:

Soroptimist International of Fairbanks
PO Box 70074 
Fairbanks, AK 99707

We have one paper copy of the Women's Opportunity Awards program application available in the Women's Center, 112 Eielson Building, UAF Campus. We'll hand over this paper copy of the application to the first person who stops in to request the application. Others can download the application from online. If you plan to use the online application, make sure to print out the Reference Forms, obtain references, fill out and submit the forms and application by DECEMBER  15th, 2010 to:

Soroptimist International of Fairbanks
PO Box 70074 
Fairbanks, AK 99707


LGBTQ&A Scholarships!

Since 1993, more than $2 million in scholarships to support education and leadership development has been awarded to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and straight-ally students. 

Pride Foundation scholarships are available for students from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Full details on who qualifies for a scholarship are available here.

To apply, please visit http://www.pridefoundation.org/scholarships/apply . Previous applicants may log in using their email address and password. New applicants must first register for a new account. Further application instructions and eligibility requirements are discussed on the above site. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. PST on January 31, 2011.


Libby Roderick In Concert

Concert to benefit PFLAG Fairbanks and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks

Friday, November 19th at 8pm
Libby Roderick in Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks 4448 Pikes Landing Road (across from the Princess Hotel)

Opening Act - Mariah Ver Hoef - Fairbanks Singer/Songwriter

Tickets $32


UWA Holiday Bazaar

University Women's Association
42nd Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday November 6th & 7th
10 am to 4 pm
Wood Center on the UAF Campus
Free admission
Free parking & shuttle from Taku Lot
Live music
Sunday door prizes
New vendors each day


Women Faculty Brown Bag Lunch

Great "Transitions" discussion at the Women's Center, and onlineFriday Nov. 5th, sponsored by the Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women & the UAF Women's Center. 

Stay tuned to this blog for information and links to future Committee on the Status of Women and Women's Center discussions.


Winter Arts Faire!

Celebrate the Season !
Fri: Oct 29th,   4pm -8pm
Sat: Oct 30th, 10am-4pm

Venue - Morris Thompson Cultural Center
101 Dunkel Street, Fairbanks, Alaska
Unique Gifts by Local Artisans
Sponsored by Fairbanks Potters Guild

Sen. Begich Spring Internships

U.S. Senator Mark Begich is accepting applications for Spring 2011 student internships in his Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau and Washington, DC offices.

Interns work in a variety of areas supporting the Begich Staff including researching Alaska issues, working with legislative staff on congressional issues, helping with constituent cases and inquiries, and attending meetings and briefings.

Interns are college-age. The goal is to have students work regular office hours, but accommodations can be made to work with class schedules. Interns are offered a small stipend for their service.

The application period ends Wednesday, November 10th.

The application is available at:

For further information contact Mr. Tom Moyer, Director of Sen. Begich's Fairbanks Office, @ tom_moyer@begich.senate.gov or call 456-0261


Nancy Lord

Alaska Writer Laureate  Nancy Lord shares her personal developments as a writer and her thoughts on the influences that have helped create, in Alaska, a defining and ever-expanding literature.

Date: Mon. Oct 18
Time: 7pm
Venue:Schaible Auditorium -UAF Campus

It is FREE!

For more info- call 907-474-7021 or email: summer@uaf.edu


24th Annual Fairbanks International Day!

The 24th Fairbanks International Friendship Day will be on Saturday,

Date: Oct 16, 2010
Time: 12noon-5pm
Venue: Pioneer Park, Centennial Center

There will be stage performances, Cultural Displays.
Food and Gift Items for Sale
For info: call 474-0928

Admission is FREE !
Co-sponspored by FNSB Parks & Recreation .

The Hispanic- American Experience!

This tells the story of two young women and their life struggle , deetermination, courage , story of survival and achievements in America.

Date : 23rd Sept
Time- 7.00pm
Venue - UAF, Alumni Lounge.

For more info: contact Office of Multicultural Affairs, UAF

Terry Tempest Williams @ UAF

World Renowned Conservationist and Author

Tuesday Sept. 14, 2010 - 7:30pm

Wood Center Ballroom, UAF

Terry Tempest Williams will present this year’s Bartlett Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 14th at 7:30 pm in the Wood Center Ballroom at UAF. Williams’ expansive career in the field of conservation spans fourteen books and five honorary doctoral degrees. Her writing centers largely on the conservation of our nation’s land.

Williams creates a synthesis of a science-oriented argument for conservation while maintaining a poetic appreciation for nature, a bond codified by Williams’ own exploration and experimentation in the world’s remaining untouched wilderness. She was actively involved in protests against nuclear testing in the deserts of Nevada, has received the highest honor from The Wilderness Society, and has experienced the wilderness of countries all around the world. This FREE lecture is a MUST attend event!

An informal reception will be held earlier on Tuesday (from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Wood Center E / F). Williams will sign books after her evening lecture.

Free Contra Dance!

FREE Contra Dance
Saturday, September 18, 2010 – 7:30pm-10:30pm
Wood Center Ballroom  UAF
Band: Ice Jam
Caller: Lynn Basham

No Experience Necessary! No Partner Necessary!
The caller will walk you through each dance before and as you dance!
If you don’t dance, come listen to the music. This is a great opportunity to hear Ice Jam, meet people, dance, and/or watch others dance.
A great time will be had by all!

Sponsored by the University Women’s Association & Contra Borealis Dancers


Holiday Bazaar Call for Craftspersons - Application Available Online

The University Women's Association (UWA) 42nd annual Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 6th and 7th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the Wood Center at UAF. Craftspeople may now apply for a table to sell their products at the Bazaar. Application forms are available online at
 http://www.uaf.edu/uwa/bazaar.html Download the form and directions for filling out the form at the above URL.
Applications postmarked by Monday, September 13th, 2010 will be assigned tables through a lottery drawing the following week. Thereafter, tables will be assigned by the earliest postmark. MANY MAY NOT GET THEIR FIRST CHOICE AS THE UWA BAZAAR IS A PRIME VENUE WITH MORE APPLICANTS THAN SPOTS AVAILABLE.

Apply right away to get in the initial lottery drawing! Application forms available at http://www.uaf.edu/uwa/bazaar.html


REALLY FREE Market Wordle Art

Check out this "Wordle" art from a speech Kayt wrote to promo the Really FREE Market event - Saturday August 14th in the Nenana Parking lot across from the Patty Center at UAF.

Wordle: Really FREE Market Fairbanks Aug 14, 2010
Wordle: Really FREE Market

See http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2284014/Really_FREE_Market_Fairbanks_Aug_14%2C_2010 and http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2284321/Really_FREE_Market for a larger versions of these Wordle artforms.

Make your own WordClouds FREE at http://wordle.net/

"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends."
See the post below for MORE details on the Really FREE Market.



The University of Alaska Fairbanks will host the second Really FREE Market of the summer.

Date: Aug 14

Time: 10am - 1pm

Venue: Nenana Parking Lot (across from the Patty Center - UAF)

The market is a good opportunity to share clothes and other back-to-school items with local families before the school year begins. Please encourage your family and friends to consider participating.

Drop off clean, safe, usable items between 8-10 a.m. the day of the market.The earlier items are dropped off, the more time our volunteers will have to organize them. Look for clearly marked signs for drop off lanes. Volunteers will help you unload your items.

Come back from 10 a.m. to 1:00 pm to browse the FREE "treasures" ... take what you can use, PLUS enjoy FREE music by Alaskalina and Almost a Minyan.

We need volunteers to help with the market. Please contact Lydia Anderson at 474-7037 if you are interested in helping out with this fun event.


Climate Change and Weather in AK

Scientist breaks down climate change for free lecture

Photo courtesy UAF Summer Sessions.

Atmospheric scientist Uma Bhatt will discuss the difference between climate and weather and how each affects Alaskans at the free lecture and learning session, “Climate Variability and Change in Alaska,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2.

The event is part of the Monday Marvels series, a free hands-on session and lecture series presented by UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning and the Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA).

All events are held in 201 Reichardt on UAF campus. Sessions are taught by ASRA faculty, cover a wide range of scientific topics, and are free.


Beluga Nights FINAL 2010 performance

Robin Dale Ford and Pat Fitzgerald, Alaska's favorite local singer-songwriting duo, return to Beluga Field for the season's final
FREE Beluga Nights Summer Concert event.

Sunday, July 25th
6:00 p.m.
UAF Beluga Field

Promises to be an exciting show filled with bluegrass, folk, and fun!

For More Information + Rain Locations


Libby Casey - The View from Washington

7 p.m. Monday, July 12 - Schaible Auditorium *FREE*
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What does Alaska look like from D.C.?

Hear Libby Casey, the Washington, D.C. correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network, talk about all she sees and hears in her dynamic and demanding career. She moved to Washington in 2008 after spending more than a decade in Fairbanks reporting for local public radio station KUAC and teaching radio production at UAF.
Now APRN’s D.C. correspondent, Casey is also a regular guest host of C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Her stories have appeared on “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition,” “The World,” and the CBC. Since moving to Washington she’s discussed Alaska politics on “The Today Show,” CNN, MSNC and Fox News. 
For further information call 474-7021 or visit www.uaf.edu/summer



Saturday , July 10, 2010 
1:00 - 5:00pm

THE HOUSE TOUR is AAUW 's primary fundraising event of the year. Three houses are open this year for viewing on a drive-yourself tour.

3 Interesting Homes
Tickets and Maps - $20.00 - available at:
The Woodway - College Road
Hops Stationary - Shoppers Forum
If Only - Cushman St. Downtown
Proceeds help fund local scholarships for women returning to school.

Tour outstanding homes, raise $ for scholarships!


Emerging Issues in Reproductive Health Care and Family Planning

7 pm, Wednesday, June 2nd
Reichard Building, Room 201
UAF Campus, Fairbanks

An engaging lecture featuring Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood of America, will discuss the current state of reproductive health care access in the United States, addressing such issues as birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, access to pregnancy options, and access to comprehensive sexual health education.

As you may know, Cecile Richards is the daughter of the dynamic and legendary Governor Anne Richards of Texas. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to meet Cecile Richards in her first ever visit to the farthest north Planned Parenthood! 


Really FREE Market - Saturday, May 22

Get in on Recycling and Sustainability at UAF and in Fairbanks!
Really FREE Market 
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010-Patty Center Parking lot-UAF

Participate any or all of the following ways:

  • volunteers needed for time slots from 8am to 2pm - call or email Lydia Anderson lmanderson(at)alaska.edu, or phone 474-7037 to volunteer 

  • 8am-10am drop off clean, safe, usable items at the UAF Patty Center parking lot

  • 10am-1pm come by after 10am, take what you need, enjoy the Really FREE Market: music, community, sharing, FREE-cycling!
Contact Lydia now, to volunteer!

By SHARING we sustain each other AND our community!



Come join us in Celebrating Culture and Diversity! Everyone is invited! Come with your friends!

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7/8ths of the Iceberg: the Rest of Writing

Join Cindy Hardy, poets, poetry fans, writers, & others
7/8ths of the Iceberg: the Rest of Writing
a Craft Talk by Cindy Hardy
Wood Center Conference Room C/D
Friday, April 30th 3:30-4:30 pm


Cindy Hardy and Jean Anderson will be reading from their works on Saturday night, May 1st, 7pm, at the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park aka Alaskaland. They will finish their reading in time to scoot over to the Empress for the staged reading of Tom Moran's play.
Cindy Hardy was born in Salisbury, Maryland and grew up in horse and farm country in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University and holds an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi.

A past recipient of an Alaska State Council on the Arts Individual Artist grant, Cindy has published poems and stories in Permafrost, The Northern Review, and Ice-Floe: An International Journal of the Far North. Her chapbook, We Tempt Our Luck, was a finalist in the 2008 Astounding Beauty Ruffian Press Poetry Chapbook competition. Her poetry collection Beneath a Portrait of a Horse is newly published by Salmon Press of Ireland.

Cindy writes poems of longing, disappointment, and discovery, of the natural world bumping up against the man-made world, of the small places where we can find respite—the crack in a sidewalk, a conversation on a ferry, the taste of ginger or coffee. She lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she teaches at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, dances, gardens, and tends the horses that appear in her poems.


Thursday, April 29th - Gender & Health Care Panel

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Before (or after) the Gender & Health Care Panel, Dine Out to support the Interior AIDS Association (see blog post below)


Join in supporting Interior AIDS Association.
Date : April 29th
Dine out at local restaurants with friends while supporting HIV prevention! Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to Interior AIDS Association.
For more information and list of participating restaurants:
Ivory Jacks - 11am to 5pm
Bobby's Downtown - Dinner
Lavelle's Bistro - Dinner


The Clothesline Project

Come by the Women's Center on Friday from 10am until 3pm to make a t-shirt for the Clothesline Project.
 Photo taken from http://www.clotheslineproject.org/Photos.htm
Originally contributed by Kathy J,   Domestic Violence Specialist @ A Safe Place, NH
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. 
The t-shirts made at the Women's Center on Friday will be displayed at the Take Back The Night Rally on Friday April 23, 2010 at the UAF campus.   
The Women's Center is located at 112 Eielson Hall on the UAF Campus.

For more information on the Clothesline Project go to 



Take back the night is a rally and march to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.
A rally will be held in front of wood center with a Guest speaker, FOOD, Representatives from various local organization and a march around campus.

Date : April 23, 2010

Place: UAF Campus- Infront of Wood Center

Time: 4.00pm

Event Sponsor: Organization of Student Social Workers
Alaska Native Social Work Association
Interior Alaska Center For Non Violent Living
UAF Women's Center


UWA Undergraduate Scholarships

Now due: April 16, 2010
Apply NOW!
The University Women's Association (UWA) provides scholarships for undergraduate women at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Application deadline for 2010-11 has been extended to April 16, 2010.

Scholarship Requirements

Female applicants enrolled in the Associate Degree program who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • current enrollment of 9 credits or more at UAF in a field of study leading to an Associate Degree
  • a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • strong faculty and/or employer recommendations
Female applicants enrolled in the Bachelors Degree program who meet the following minimum requirements will be considered:

  • demonstrated financial need
  • completion of at least 12 credit hours for each of the two preceding semesters (at UAF or another institution)
  • a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA based on a minimum of 9 credit hours
  • current enrollment as a full-time (12 credit) UAF undergraduate in a degree program with at least sophomore standing
  • strong faculty and/or employer recommendations
Additional information and application forms available at http://www.uaf.edu/uwa/scholarship.html

Pam Mitchell Hoy Memorial Scholarship

Pam Mitchell Hoy 1947-1990
2010-2011 Pam Mitchell Hoy Memorial Scholarship application now available online  http://www.uaf.edu/cla/hoy.app.02.10.pdf

Pam Mitchell Hoy loved all animals, but especially enjoyed dogs. Pam raised and showed Italian Greyhounds and worked as a vet tech for two decades in North Carolina. She was a strong and vocal advocate for dogs and other pets. Pam was killed in 1990 and her murder remains unsolved.

This scholarship is given in Pam’s honor to encourage students to be advocates for women and animals.

To qualify for this scholarship you must have earned at least 24 credit hours prior to the start of the fall 2010 semester, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and meet one of the following criteria:
  • be a declared minor in Women’s Studies,
  • be enrolled in the Veterinary Science Certificate Program,
  • be a declared major or minor in Justice, or
  • have made significant and positive contributions to the community on behalf of women or animals 
Application http://www.uaf.edu/cla/hoy.app.02.10.pdf must be submitted by April 16, 2010.


The Vagina Monologues

UAF will be treated to two performances of the
Vagina Monologues   

Saturday, April 17th at 8pm
Sunday, April 18th at 2pm

Both performances will take place in Schaible Auditorium in Bunnell Building.

Prices are $8 for students, $10 general admission.


Patricia Smith - Midnight Sun Visiting Writer - April 2nd 7:00 pm

The Midnight Sun Visiting Writer Series presents poet Patricia Smith Friday April 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Wood Center Ballroom at UAF.

Patricia's groundbreaking book -- Blood Dazzler -- which chronicles the human, emotional and physical toll exacted by Hurricane Katrina -- was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and one of NPR’s Top Books of 2008!

Find out more about Smith, and hear her work at http://www.wordwoman.ws/performances.html

This event is sponsored by the UAF, English Department.

Contact 474-7193 ~ ejkim2@alaska.edu for more info


Choose Respect Community Rally - March 31, 2010

Choose Respect
Alaskans Ending the Epidemic of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Join in the Community-Wide Rally

March 31, 2010
Golden Heart Plaza
Fairbanks, Alaska

The Parnell Administration invites Alaskans to join with Fairbanks community partners as - together - we take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in our state. Together we can make a difference!

For more information, please contact the Fairbanks Office of the Governor:


Celebrating the Power of Women's Voices - Women's History & Culture Month Keynote RECORDING

***Accessing the Recording***

Below is the URL for the recording of Diane Benson's Keynote Address:

The recording was made through Elluminate LIVE. If you haven’t been into Elluminate LIVE before you might have to download or update java on your computer, and also accept a license agreement, etc.

To access the recording - Click on the link to the recording (above):

when the login screen opens click on the GUEST button,

• enter an email address and name, then click on "Play."

• Click on "Open" in the dialog box that appears.

Depending on whether the computer being used is updated, the computer might have to download some java files in order to play the Elluminate Live recording of the event. (If on a slow dial-up connection the recording might take some time to load). Speakers or headphones are required to hear the audio from the presentation.


Women's History & Culture Month - Tale of Two Disappearing Women

March 25
Alumni Lounge

Sociologist Sine Anahita tells the story of two innovative women advocates for Southern Appalachia, Marguerite Butler and Olive Dame Campbell, who are disappearing from the popular historical record.


International Women's Day- Women & Community Water Projects by Josie Sam

To view a recording of Josie Sam's presentation (recorded during the Cross-Cultural Psychology class 3/17/10 click on the following URL
To access the recording, when the login screen opens click on the GUEST button, enter an email address and name, then click on "Play." Click on "Open" in the dialog box that appears. Your computer might have to down load some java files in order to play the Elluminate Live recording of the event. (If you are on a slow dial-up connection the recording might take some time to load).

Josie Sam presented her emerging research “How Does Improved Access To Clean Water Impact Rural Communities? Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of Water Projects in the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District of Central Region, Ghana” for our UAF International Women’s Day event Friday, March 5th, 2010. Josie Sam is from Ghana, West Africa. She completed a Bachelor’s degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana with a double major in English and History. She has worked with organizations dealing with women and children’s rights, microfinance and rural development, and is currently working on a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a focus on rural development and gender issues.

Josie's Master’s thesis will examine how improved access to clean water impacts the lives of rural Ghanaians in terms of health, education, women’s empowerment, and community participation in development projects and governance. She is interested in studying the potential for gender-sensitive development interventions to change gender and social disparities. The objective is to ensure equitable access to, and control over, resources, benefits, costs, and decision-making between men and women.
Josie Sam and some of her adoring audience from the Rural Sociology class.


Writing Women Back into History

Thursday, March 4, 1:00-2:00pm
Alumni Lounge

How do you go about finding the “anonymous” women in history?
Join History professor, Dr. Carol Gold, for engaging and entertaining descriptions of her work writing women back into history. Dr. Gold searched historic archives to find out about women’s lives in pre-industrial urban Copenhagen. Some questions her research uncovered:
What is the story of Mrs. Berling, who ran a newspaper as well as a brewery for 15 years, and was accused of watering down her beer?

How did widow C.J. Black come to own three warehouses in downtown Copenhagen, and to advertise widely about ships' cargo she had for sale?

Why did Gunnel Marie travel for 15 years with her journeyman Tobias, yet never get married?

Explore these questions and more, with Dr. Carol Gold.

For more information:

Email fywoc@uaf.edu Call 907-474-6311


Far North Jewish Film Festival

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The 12th Annual Farthest North Jewish Film Festival is coming to Fairbanks. The films that will be showing are "A Matter of Size", "Waltz with Bashir", "Holes in my Shoes", "My Fuhrer", and "The Lemon Tree". A synopsis of each film, times, and showing locations is listed below.

A MATTER OF SIZE: Saturday, February 27 at 8:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd. Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up of dieting and the dieting club they belong to. When Herzl (340 lbs.) loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant in Ramle he discovers the world of Sumo where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Through Kitano (the restaurant owner, a former Sumo coach in Japan, he falls in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos". Herzl wants Kitano to be their coach but Kitano is reluctant - they first have to earn their spurs. "A MATTER OF SIZE" is a comedy about a ‘coming out’ of a different kind. The film was a breakout hit at the New York Tribeca Film Festival 2009; screened at Cannes 2009 and was the opening film for the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2009. Israel, 2009, 92 minutes, Hebrew, Japanese with English Subtitles, Comedy; Directed by: Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor, (mature content, some coarse language).

WALTZ WITH BASHIR: Sunday, February 28 at 7:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd.
 With guest panel and discussion following the film. One night at a bar, an old friend tells director Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. Every night, the same number of beasts. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties. Ari is surprised that he can’t remember a thing anymore about that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world. He needs to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As Ari delves deeper into the mystery, his memory begins to creep up in surreal images. Waltz with Bashir premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and has won and been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, among others. Israel, 2008, 89 min. Hebrew with English subtitles, Animated feature length documentary, written and directed by Ari Folman.

HOLES IN MY SHOES: Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 pm at the Pioneer Park Civic Center.
At 94, Jack Beer is not like any man his age. The film begins with an acknowledgement from Mayor Bloomberg for his contribution over a century to New York City. Jack was raised in severe poverty in the Lower East Side. He was known as New York City’s Strongest Boy.  He helped build Radio City Music Hall, and at The Manhattan Project, invented something that shortened WW2. He erected the Empire State Building spire (we see Jack at the top – via helicopter), he was a professional dog trainer, was a film actor in over 200 films, beat terminal illnesses, and, at 94, rides 3 miles per day on a stationary bike. This is a profound, inspiring and richly entertaining story for all ages. Winner of three documentary film awards. USA, 2006, 90 min. English. Documentary. Written and Directed by David Wachs.

MY FUHRER: Saturday, March 6 at 8:00 pm at the Blue Loon, Parks Hwy.
This dark comedy tells the story of Adolf Hitler and his preparation for a big New Year's speech, 1944. With the tides of war moving against him, Hitler is too depressed to speak, so a Jewish acting coach is called in to tutor him. The Führer’s is supposed to re-ignite the public’s fighting spirit but the problem is that the Führer can’t do it. Sick and depressive, he is avoiding the public. The only person who can now help is his former acting teacher, Adolf Grünbaum… a Jew. Goebbels spirits him and his family out of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and sets them up in the Reich Chancellery. Time is running out - the Führer has only five days to return to top form. Levi’s Go For Zucker and The Giraffe were shown previously at the FNJFF. Germany, 2007,  89 min. German and Yiddish with English subtitles, Feature film (comedy). Written and Directed by Dani Levi.

LEMON TREE:  Sunday, March 7 at 7:00 pm at the AK Coffee Roasting Co. on Geist Rd.
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma's trees pose a threat to the Ministers safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, a young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense ministers wife, trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Nominated for 'Best Actress' and 'Best Screenwriter' at the European Film Awards; winner of Audience Award, Berlin. Israel, 2008, 106 minutes, feature film, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles. Directed by Eran Riklis, written by Suha Arraf and Eran Riklis. Eran Riklis also directed Syrian Bride and Cup Final, shown previously at the FNJFF.

**Seating at the Alaska Coffee Roasting Company on Geist Road is limited. Please come early. Suggested donation: $10 adults, $5 students.**

Scholarship Opportunity with AAUW

The Fairbanks branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is offering two $1000 scholarships to local women with plans to reenter or continue their education, or to pursue educational projects. The awards will be based primarily on merit.
Each applicant should write a letter stating her educational background, why she wants to continue her education, her educational goals, her needs, and how she plans to use her education in the future.
If the applicant wishes to pursue an educational project instead of taking formal classes, she should describe the project and tell how she plans to use the award money to complete it.
Entries must be received by March 26, 2010. 
Letters should be sent to: 
AAUW Ann Rhian Memorial Scholarship Committee
Becky Long, Chair
PO Box 10290
Fairbanks, AK 99710
The AAUW is a nationwide organization open to every person who holds an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The goal of the organization is to promote equity for women and lifelong education.
Money for scholarships is raised by an annual local house tour that is sponsored by the Fairbanks branch of the AAUW.
For more information on AAUW or the scholarships please contact:
Becky Long          457-2542    388-4385
Ellen Whitcher       456-4518


Women Faculty Brown Bag Lunch

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The Faculty Senate Committee on the Status of Women and the UAF Women's Center are sponsoring a brown bag luncheon. The event will be Tuesday, February 16th in the Alumni Lounge at 1pm. Please bring a bag lunch and be ready for a great discussion. This month's topic will be "Making a Great Life Here". For more information, please contact:
Alex Fitts                          ffaff@uaf.edu                      474-7980
Uma Bhatt                         bhatt@gi.alaska.edu            474-2662
Renate Wackerbauer        ffraw1@uaf.edu                   474-6108
Kayt Sunwood                   kayt.sunwood@uaf.edu        474-6311


Celebrate Chinese New Year at UAF

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Come celebrate Chinese New Year at UAF. On Saturday, February 13th 2010, there will be a celebration to bring in the new year. In the UAF Wood Center Ballroom there will be a buffet dinner and a performance. Festivities start at 5:30 pm. The cost of attendance is $15 for adults, $8 for children 5-12 if purchased in advance; $17 for adults, $10 for children 5-12 if purchased at the door. For more information, please contact:
Rosalind Kan: rjkan@alaska.edu  474-0928
Mingchu Zhang: mzhang3@alaska.edu  474-7004
Zhijing Chen: chen-zhijing@hotmail.com  952-0213
Wenyu Gong: gwenyu@alaska.edu  799-4099


Marjorie Kowlaski Cole - 1953-2009 - A Tribute

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On Thursday January 28th, at 7pm, Noel Wien Library Auditorium in Fairbanks, join in this tribute to Marjorie Kowalski Cole.

Marjorie's passion for peace, justice and the environment has been recorded forever in her writing. Her voice was taken from us a short time ago, but her words remain for all to read and speak. The message she conveys is timeless.

Friends of Marjorie's will read excerpts from her works to raise her voice and to pay tribute to her life. This event will be held in the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. For more information, please call the Northern Alaska Environmental Center at 452-5021.