Chancellor of the University
of Fairbanks visited
Kodiak recently (last week), touring University facilities and speaking with
members of the community. Chancellor Brian Rogers also spoke at a Kodiak
Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The title of Roger's speech was "The Impact of
UAF in Kodiak."
Diana Gish has more.
When UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers spoke
to the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce he named a long list of all of the school's
research and extension sites around the state. Rogers
wanted to make clear that UAF stands for the University
of Alaska not the University of Fairbanks.
-- (UAF 2 1:11 "....research
also shared the ways in which the university is hoping to meet the needs of Alaska's industry.
He urged those present to help recruit students since often
there is more demand for industry specific training than there are students to
take the courses.
Next, Rogers addressed the topic that many Kodiak residents are
curious about: The newly approved arctic research vessel that will make its
home in Alaska.
-- (UAF 3 :55 "...is
Rogers acknowledged what the luncheon crowd
was eager to find out: exactly where Kodiak stands in the competition to be the
ship's future home port. But first he took the opportunity to focus on the
purpose of the vessel itself.
-- (UAF 4 :47 "...accepted
proposal, which was started 30 years ago, has always named Seward as the
preferred home port.
-- (UAF 5 1:06 "...out
of the home.")
The Shore facilities in Seward
today include a 17,000 square foot warehouse, 2,000 square foot machine shop,
apartments, auditorium, and sea lab. Those facilities would need to be
duplicated in Kodiak if the research vessel were to port here. If Seward fails
to provide a dock for the research ship Kodiak is next in line to step up.
I'm Diana Gish.
attending were Denis Wiesenburg, Dean of the School of Fisheries and Ocean
Sciences and Pat Pitney, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.