June 16 – Message from President Valerie Davidson to the APU Staff and Faculty – Telecommuting extension through August 2

APU Staff and Faculty, 

All employees who are telecommuting under our previous approval forms until June 19th  will be extended through August 2nd.

Please work with your supervisor if you have any questions.

Quyana (thank you) for your incredible work on behalf of APU.

Val
Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson
President
Alaska Pacific University

June 8 – Message from President Davidson to the APU Staff and Faculty – COVID-19 Update

APU Staff and Faculty,

Quyana (thank you) for your incredible efforts and for your dedication to APU as we continue to move through unchartered territory. Your extra measures have ensured that our critical work continues in a safe, responsible manner. We hope that our collective commitment to COVID-19 mitigation has helped to ensure the health and safety of you and your families.

We recognize that some have embraced working from home while others are ready to come back to the office. We all wish we could see into the future to understand how and when we will get back to “normal”, but we recognize that we have to move forward making the best decisions we can with the information we have now. To that end, we are working on a plan to safely return to our campuses over the summer and for the fall semester. Three subcommittees are actively meeting to address the multi-faceted issues: 1) Instruction & Technology chaired by Dr. Hilton Hallock, 2) Campus Operations chaired by Ben Hahn, and 3) Employee/HR chaired by Sheila King. These committees have representation from diverse campus stakeholders and welcome input shared with the chairs or with the Faculty and Staff Assembly chairs and ASAPU president.

We are also in the process of collecting data regarding office workspaces. This information will help us determine specific adjustments needed to bring employees safely back to work and comply with COVID-19 safety precautions and mandates. We will be conducting a walkthrough of campus buildings with public health engineers to assess our facilities, classrooms, and other common spaces to evaluate various scenarios for the Fall semester and ongoing efforts to address risks related to the pandemic.

In the meantime, our current telecommuting agreement is through June 19th. We recognize the uncertainty that is inherent with returning back to work during this time. We have committed to providing a two week notice prior to returning to allow you to make accommodations in your personal lives, and we will keep you updated.

With regard to Fall courses and programs, we are gathering as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision by July 1st.

It’s a beautiful time of the year and we are fortunate to have great weather right now. Alaska provides so many options for healthy outdoor activities that include social distancing. While you enjoy the summer season, I encourage you to follow best practices of hygiene, physical distancing, and masking so that we can continue to stay safe and see each other on campus again soon.

Quyana (thank you) again for your incredible work on behalf of APU.

Val

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson
President
Alaska Pacific University

May 27 – Message from President Valerie Davidson to the APU Staff and Faculty – Telecommuting extension through June 19th

APU Staff and Faculty,

All employees who are telecommuting under our previous approval forms until May 31st will be extended through June 19th. Please work with your supervisor if you have any questions.

Quyana (thank you) for your incredible work on behalf of APU.

Val

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson
President
Alaska Pacific University

May 12 – Message from Provost Hilton Hallock to APU Students – CARES Act Funds – Emergency Financial Assistance Grants Still Available

Dear Students,

A significant amount of CARES Act grant money remains available. APU encourages you to apply for emergency financial assistance if you qualify, whether for Spring, Summer, or Fall 2020 semester expenses. We are still accepting applications for the Spring semester if you had expenses during that time, but have not applied yet. Prior applicants can also submit new claims that might have been missed on their first application. This grant money does not need to be paid back.

You should apply for a grant IF you have “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).”

  • You have not yet applied for spring expenses
  • You adjusted your summer enrollment from on-campus to online or an alternate method
  • You bought or will buy new computer technology to adjust your summer or fall on-campus enrollment to accommodate online education

Please review previous grant announcements at https://www.alaskapacific.edu/category/coronavirus/ for additional eligibility details.  Questions about the funding can be directed to finaid@alaskapacific.edu.

Submit completed applications with supporting documents to finaid@alaskapacific.edu. Applications will be reviewed until funds are expended.

Download Application

As always, we appreciate all you are doing to take care of yourselves and stay connected to your classmates and APU. Do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty advisor, the Campus Life team or others at APU for assistance as we continue to navigate our response to the pandemic. Enjoy the summer weather, wash your hands, and stay well!

Take care!

Hilton

Hilton Hallock, Ph.D.
Provost
Professor of Education
Alaska Pacific University

April 28 – Message from President Valerie Davidson to the APU Staff and Faculty – Telecommuting extension through May 31st

APU Staff and Faculty,

All employees who are telecommuting under our previous approval forms until April 30th will be extended through May 31st.

Please work with your supervisor if you have any questions.

Quyana (thank you) for your incredible work on behalf of APU.

Val

Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson
President
Alaska Pacific University

April 22 – Message from Provost Hilton Hallock to APU Students – CARES Act Funds – Emergency Financial Assistance Grants Available

Dear Students, 

APU received additional guidance from the Department of Education regarding distribution and usage of the CARES Act relief funds (the original announcement is below).  The updated application is attached.  If you have already applied, you are not required to apply again; however the new guidance may affect the eligibility of your request.  The changes to the original email below are summarized here: 

  • Expenses are as of March 13, not March 12
  • Student worker lost wages are NOT eligible expenses
  • Applicants must be eligible to apply for and receive federal student aid  (FAFSA completion or being a financial aid recipient is not required).  As such, international students and some others are ineligible. 
  • Spring 2020 students continuing to enroll Summer 2020 may also request summer expenses.  Future summer expenses must still be “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).” 
  • Supporting documentation can include receipts, estimates, or typed explanations or justifications for the expense 

We know it continues to be a challenging time for you and your families. We are here to celebrate your graduation or continue to support your enrollment.  Please do not hesitate to ask for financial or other assistance if you need it.

Download Application

Take care!

Hilton

Hilton Hallock, Ph.D.
Provost
Professor of Education
Alaska Pacific University

April 13 – Message from Provost Hilton Hallock to APU Students – CARES Act Funds – Student Emergency Financial Assistance

Dear Students,

APU anticipates receiving federal CARES Act funds to provide emergency financial assistance to qualifying students.  This grant money does not need to be paid back.

You should apply for a grant IF you incurred unanticipated “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).”

This means that if you have had added or unmet expenses since March 12 because of the changes APU made in response to coronavirus, you should apply.

Example 1: You changed your flight home and it was $300 more expensive

Example 2: You had to add or increase your internet service (set up fees, monthly fee)

Example 3: Your housing costs more than your on-campus room (above and beyond a room and board refund from APU)

APU will review all applications.  There are no guarantees that you will be given a grant or your request will be fully funded.

How to Apply

To apply, meet the eligibility requirements below and submit a complete application with supporting documents to finaid@alaskapacific.edu by April 24, 2020. Requests received after April 24, 2020 will be considered if funds are available. If you need to, you can submit more than one application.

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a full or part-time APU student as of Spring 2020 and
  • Enrolled in at least one campus-based course or course with an on-campus intensive

Terms and Conditions

Awards are contingent on receipt of funds from the CARES Act.

Complete the attached application and provide supporting documentation of the expenses for which you are applying for reimbursement. Submit completed application and supporting documentation.

  • Supporting documentation examples include, but are not limited to, scans or pictures of receipts and credit card or bank statements with related expenses highlighted. 
  • If an individual other than the student applicant covered the expense, the student applicant’s name should be clearly written on the supporting documentation.
  • Questions about appropriate documentation should be sent to finaid@alaskapacific.edu.

To verify the address(s) you have on file with APU go to your student web portal (myAPU > student web portal > my address). 

To update your address(s) send an email from your APU student email account to regoff@alaskapacific.edu with your updated address.

Award of Funds

Funds will be awarded by check to the student applicant only. Please note that we may not be able to fund each request fully, but we encourage students to apply for all eligible expenses so that we can provide as much financial assistance as possible.

Download Application

We know that these are challenging times for you and your families. Please do not hesitate to ask for financial or other assistance if you need it.

Take care!
Hilton

Hilton Hallock, Ph.D.
Provost
Professor of Education
Alaska Pacific University

March 28 – Message from President Dr. Robert Onders to the APU Campus Community

APU Students, Staff, and Faculty,

I hope all of you are doing well during this time of many changes. APU continues to actively monitor the situation and adjust our operational plans as appropriate. The community mitigation strategies being put in place across Alaska may help delay the timing of the peak, and hopefully the height, of the impact of COVID19. There are many variables in this equation though and the predictive models vary.

It is still critical that each of us do our part to follow the advisories, mandates, and orders for the safety and wellbeing of our families, friends, and communities until we have better testing, supplies, and potentially treatment options to address the pandemic.

As a result of the changing conditions we have the following changes in operations to announce.

• May Block and Summer Courses – May Block and Summer Courses will move to a distance-delivery format. Due to the experiential nature of the course or low enrollment, a few courses may be still be cancelled or postponed. Student registered for cancelled or postponed classes will contacted by the Registrar’s Office. If a course is postponed until later in the summer, students eligible for flex tuition credits may apply those credits to that course. For current listings, see the course list on the website.

• Summer Housing – In an effort to minimize on-campus health risks related to COVID-19, the Office of Campus Life is suspending the Summer Housing Program normally offered May through August. Any student needing access to summer storage will need to be arranged by appointment through the Office of Campus Life. Current residents who may need to extend their permission to stay in housing should contact the Office of Campus Life to discuss options.

• Moseley Sports Center and Atwood Weight Room and Climbing Wall – The Moseley Sports Center and Atwood Weight Room and climbing wall was operating under limited access for internal APU community members only for the past two weeks. Due to the increase in the community transmission of the COVID19 virus in Anchorage, we will be closing all access to these facilities starting immediately. Existing classes may continue access. We will continually evaluate the reopening of these facilities based on the external situation with COVID19.

• Starting April 1, building access will be limited to the APU community and will be by badge/ID access only. If you are not sure whether your ID will work, send a message in advance to ITHelpdesk@alaskapacific.edu and ask them to check whether your badge is active.

Resources, FAQs, and other information related to COVID19 are available on the University’s Coronavirus website.

If you have questions and are unsure of who to ask use AskAPU@alaskapacific.edu
Thanks and take care,

Bob
Robert Onders MD JD MPA
President
Alaska Pacific University

March 22 – Message from President Dr. Robert Onders to the APU Campus Community

APU Students, Staff, and Faculty,

The past week has been an unprecedented time of transition at APU and for Alaska and the rest of the world. I want to thank everyone who worked so hard in the past week to make the transition possible.

The Governor of Alaska and the Mayor of Anchorage have both increased measures through advisories, mandates, and orders to help mitigate the spread of the virus as cases have been diagnosed in Alaska. Consistent with the specific details in these directives, educational institutions for purposes of facilitating distance learning are considered an essential function. The steps APU has taken in the past week related to the academic programs and business operations are consistent with these orders. APU staff and faculty are either telecommuting or appropriately working in socially distant environments when they need to be on campus. Please use email or phone to contact staff and faculty. If you have questions and are unsure of who to ask email AskAPU@alaskapacific.edu

It is also still critical that each of us do our part to follow the advisories, mandates, and orders for the safety and wellbeing of our families, friends, and communities.

To the Spring 2020 graduates, I know this is not how you expected to finish your last semester at APU. APU is committed to celebrating you and your tremendous accomplishments. We are evaluating options to recognize you this semester virtually as well as offering the opportunity to walk in a future traditional ceremony.

APU is actively monitoring the situation and hope to make decisions about summer courses and programs in the next two weeks. Resources, FAQs, and other information related to COVID19 are available on the University’s Coronavirus website.

APU, by standing together as a community, will emerge from this moment as a stronger, more resilient University.

Thanks,

Bob

Robert Onders MD JD MPA
President
Alaska Pacific University